Local Fitness Pros hungry for Hungary
By JP Raineri
With their World Championship bodybuilding competition just days away, local fitness pros, Nora Reynoso and Christina Drob are not letting anything stand in the way of their goals.
Both, who are close friends and top competitors in the sport, with completely different approaches to their training, will be in Hungary, Budapest, this time next week competing in the INBA/PNBA Pro/Am World Championships.
Drob, who hails from Murrieta, is the reigning INBA Global Pro Bikini Diva World Champion, winning the title in Dubai, UAE last year, and has been helping Reynoso with what to expect on an international level.
Reynoso, a long standing resident of Menifee, is a true all-natural Pro and PNBA Pro (natural bodybuilder and fitness competitor), and in her three years of competition has won over 19 trophies, 13 of which have been first place.
What makes bodybuilding so appealing to these women? Both in a roundabout way stated that lots of women come into this new element of life to get strong, to say they accomplished something or even to overcome something from their past, which is exactly what Reynoso says she was looking for when she got started.
“You’re able to do things you didn’t even think were possible,” she said.
The schedule of seven to eight meals and two or three workouts six days per week is intense, but “it’s all a well designed science,” said Drob. “Ninety percent of success comes from the diet; it’s the number one thing that separates a top figure competitor from the rest. It’s usually the hardest part for a newcomer. If you lack discipline, this is not the sport for you.”
Reynoso agreed but added, while drinking a well made nutritional shake from Raw Revelations in Murrieta, “It’s hard but I have always loved a challenge!”
The competition is designed only for bodybuilders who practice by using a natural nutrition without the use of any substances harmful to one’s health, following the World Anti-Doping Code. It is not permitted to use any form of doping, particularly anabolic steroids and various hormones.
Both admit that training for a figure competition isn’t easy.
“I have to eat very clean meals and prepare meals for several days at a time and measure out my portions so I know exactly what I’m putting in my body,” said Drob, who has to find a way to work in family time with her husband and 7-year-old daughter, while also working the off hours of her days as a registered nurse. “It takes a tremendous amount of willpower. You can’t “cheat” all the time or it will show on your body. And you have to keep it up for the 12-18 weeks it takes to prep for a show.”
The bikini, the high heels, the posing and of course the stage can make a woman’s figure competition look like just another beauty pageant, but that’s not so, said Reynoso, “these competitions challenge us emotionally, spiritually, physical, and intellectually in a way that pageants never would.”
Reynoso has had to be very careful to avoid over training.
“I know now that my body is a temple. I didn’t realize at first that it was so easy to compromise my health and vitality to get results,” she said. “There is always a learning curve.”
Reynoso has been training on her own and has gone completely vegan, while Drob has an accountability coach this time around and has gone with a macros diet, which she says allows her to eat the things she likes in smaller portions.
“It may not be the look for everybody, but training like a bodybuilder can transform your body in amazing ways,” said Reynoso, who helps out at a local community charity she loves, the Life & Love Hope Cancer Foundation when not training, competing or working at her self-owned bail bonds business, Nora’s Angelz. She also has to put family time to the side during her training, but says she makes up for it by spoiling her granddaughter while also catching up with her 25-year-old daughter and 19-year-old-son as much as she can on a daily basis.
Bodybuilders use a variety of tools to get ready for a competition, and each of these tools are in some way geared toward creating a body that possesses the greatest amounts of muscle mass and the lowest levels of body fat.
“There’s more to it than just looking good as a successful figure competitor must have a great body, but even more importantly, a great stage presence and personality,” stated Reynoso.
“In the end, it’s all about showmanship,” added Drob.
Both agreed that their favorite part is that first moment stepping out onto the stage and knowing that all their hard work, dedication and training paid off.
Drob will be competing as an Open Pro and Reynoso is going into the competition in Hungary competing as an Open and Masters Pro and both will qualify the INBA/PNBA Natural Olympia XIX competition later this year in Las Vegas by competing in Budapest.
“I didn’t want to let my title go without competing this year,” said Drob. “I love the process, the pressure, the excitement, all of it.”
Sponsors like New Dawn Nutrition, Boomkinis, Yin & Yang Energy and many more have rallied behind both athletes who are very marketable and use many social media platforms like Instagram and Snap Chat to document their journeys for all to see.
After they are done with the competition, both will travel abroad for a week, which will consist of letting their hair down, celebrating their accomplishments and eating and drinking whatever their hearts desire. The Valley News will update the results once both athletes have returned home. Follow both on Instagram at @norareynoso and @mrschrissyd.
Source: Valley News