*Name, Bio and Stats:
Rachel Godwin – Tall Diva Fitness
5′ 5 1/2”
Age – 32
HitchFit Personal Trainer and dance instructor
*Where do you live?
Kansas City, MO
*What are your athletic achievements and competition history?
This will be my 3rd time competing with the WBFF.
2nd place in my very first show, WBFF US Championships May 2011
Dancer/Performer for the University of Iowa’s “Dancer’s in Company”
Dancer/Performer for Philadelphia’s professional Dance Company, Philadanco: D2
*What or who inspires you to compete?
My best friend and husband, Jim. He is my biggest fan. Without his guidance and support I would have never chased this dream. He believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I’m also inspired by many of the other competitors I have met along the way. Seeing their results from the hard work and dedication makes me work that much harder. I know many of these people will be lifelong friends and I’m proud to be sharing the stage with them. Last but not least, I am inspired by the little things in life that many times are unexpected or overlooked; such as a genuine thank you and sincere smile.
*What excites you most about competing with the WBFF?
All the opportunities they provide their athletes! You don’t have to win first place to be noticed. I also enjoy the energy and positive atmosphere they provide during the shows and I love the fitness diva category, especially the theme wear round.
*What are your future goals?
I love to cook and I am constantly experimenting with making recipes into “clean eating”. I hope to someday write my own cookbook.
I would also be honored to be among the elite WBFF Pro athletes and compete at a pro level
*What obstacles have you overcome to achieve your goals (what’s your story?)
I have been into athletics and dance for as long as I can remember. I tried every sport as a kid including golf, basketball and even Tae Kwon Do. I enjoyed them all but my true passion was ballet, even though I always had more of an “athletic build”. As you can probably guess, my ballet teachers always told me I needed to lose weight. Throughout my years of dancing, I longed for the stereotypical skinny ballet legs, which was further enhanced by me constantly comparing myself to other dancers. Fortunately, I had a good support system at home and never fell into the anorexia or bulimia trap that so many of my friends and fellow dancers did. I’m thrilled to finally now see my muscular legs as an asset.
A major trauma for me was when I tore my ACL at age 16. It took a long time to be diagnosed correctly. Meanwhile, I tried to continue to dance with intense pain which lead to even greater damage. Once it was repaired the physical therapy took over a year before I could dance again. Even to this day, I am limited in my strength in that knee and I know I lost out on many opportunities because of this.
Nevertheless, I went on to study dance in college and then danced professionally for a few of years after graduation. The challenges of a professional dance career are like none other. The demanding physical and mental routine, with constant criticism and judgment was brutal. For the first six months, I went home crying almost every day. All that it entailed was a tremendous stress on me and at times I was ready to throw in the towel. However, I discovered what a strong spirit I truly possess and refused to let it break me down. Out of six other dancers, I was the only one who refused to quit.
I can occasionally be a little reserved, which I’ve never liked about myself, and therefore I am constantly looking to push myself to do things outside my comfort zone. Competing in the WBFF, being on stage in just a bikini is a perfect opportunity to take myself to a whole new level. I’m so excited about this challenge and all of the opportunities it can create for me. I am overwhelmed by all of the support and people who have told me I’ve inspired them. That is what this journey is truly ALL ABOUT and what keeps me going.
*How can people find out more about you?
*Anyone you would like to thank who has been a part of your fitness journey?
I would like to thank my husband, Jim, whom I first met at the gym. He has given me the confidence to do something I never thought possible. I am truly grateful for his love, support and patience.
My mentor and friend, Diana Chaloux from HitchFit Gym has been a true role model. Her advice, guidance and encouragement are priceless. Thank you for all you and Micha do. I’m honored to know you and feel incredibly blessed that our paths have crossed.
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