This week’s episode of “Femme Flex Friday” was headlined by the highest three finishers of the 2020 Figure Olympia. Alina Popa and Whitney Jones have been joined by the reigning champ, Cydney Gillon, in addition to the second- and third-place finishers, Natalia Soltero and Nadia Wyatt — the primary time the three world-class athletes have been face-to-face since that fateful December weekend in Orlando, Florida.
Gillon was the primary to talk, and she or he talked concerning the strategy of going into this contest because the defending champion going up in opposition to such a stacked lineup of athletes. The previous star of “Survivor” defined that she needed to stability having fun with the method whereas utilizing her mom as a source of motivation.
“I feel at this level, it’s about having enjoyable and seeing how good I will be every present and seeing what I can accomplish. So mindset sensible, I had lots on my thoughts, I had a whole lot of well being issues happening with my mom. So my focus was on focusing every day and ensuring I used to be placing one foot in entrance of the opposite. That manner, I might accomplish what she all the time wished me to perform. She all the time wished me to interrupt information. So I wished to ensure that I might make that occur for her.”
Soltero was requested about her prep, and she or he shared how her prep was affected in Tijuana, Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her husband served because the translator and supplied insights as properly.
“We had nearly a complete 12 months that the gymnasium was closed,” he says. “So there have been instances that we skilled within the gyms as a result of the homeowners let her in by herself, and half time at dwelling. She has a small gym at home. She had a whole lot of assist from the native gyms. So whereas it was tough, most people helped her make it by means of this entire drawback.”
Wyatt shared that she needed to train at home whereas sustaining a full-time profession as a human sources govt for Goal. Whereas putting third on the prime present on this planet is kind of the accomplishment, she knew that there was room for enchancment.
“I’ve come to grips that I’m by no means going to be the most important competitor onstage. So that’s by no means going to be my aim. Actually at this level, I take a look at my presentation onstage. I feel that’s one of many issues I’m very centered on engaged on, simply that total presentation. After which I wish to image only a silhouette and make enhancements based mostly off of that I see. One thing else I want to see is a bit more quad sweep, technically, and working on my shoulders is all the time one thing that has been a difficulty for me. That’s all the time one thing I’m engaged on.”
When Cydney Gillon was requested about how she will be able to enhance on a four-time Olympia successful physique, she revealed a shocking perception about her prep.
“I personally don’t actually have a imaginative and prescient. My coach all the time has a imaginative and prescient. He’s very, very clear lower. He doesn’t even inform me what the imaginative and prescient is. I simply do the work, and he simply guides me as I’m going, and I’m both on monitor or I’m not. I depart that as much as him. Once I do get offstage, I do take a look at the images. I by no means know what I seem like as a result of I by no means take a look at myself during prep. He’s actually the one one that appears to be like at me. He appears to be like, and I flip round and switch round, and I put my garments on to go work out. So till I see stage pics, that’s my first time that I’m seeing myself.”
Amongst different speaking factors are Wyatt’s engagement after the Olympia, Gillon’s marriage ceremony after the Olympia. You may catch your entire dialog with the Determine division superstars on this episode. Femme Flex Friday premieres on Fridays at 6 p.m. EST at www.wingsofstrength.net.