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Bikini competition motivates women to meet their fitness goals

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You may have seen a bikini contest or two back in college, maybe on Spring Break, but there's a new type of bikini contest that women call empowering.

Bikini fitness competitions have become the motivation women are choosing to meet their fitness goals.

This is a huge trend right now in Arizona.  About 150 women are preparing for the next big show in Phoenix.

We spent some time with one of them to find out what the training is like.

Before the sun comes up, Lindsey Arambula starts her day with an hour of high intensity training.

She'll do this for 16 weeks, preparing to prove how hard she's worked on a stage in a bikini.  It's a competition that some consider risque.  For Lindsey, it's a point of pride.

"It's not prancing around the stage in the bikini.  It's showing off your dedication and your hard work to achieve a certain tone and muscular body."

Hoping to place in her first bikini show with the organization of competition bodies, the 26-year-old pushes herself physically and mentally harder than ever before.

"I guess I never thought that I could go this far with the meal plans and the working out, waking up at 4:20, coming here and then going the rest of the day, so I never thought I could be this strict with myself," she said.

Her diet seems impossible to most people. No dairy, no bread, no alcohol, and no sweets.

Every Sunday, she spends three hours prepping the meals she'll eat all week.

Sticking to their strict diet is tough enough at home, but the real temptations arise when the competitors are at work or spending time with friends.

"Lots of bagels, red vines.. we even had another client deliver cupcakes yesterday.  We have a cake in the fridge, so I'm constantly being tested just because it is around me and I have to say no to it," she said.

Arambula fights urges to indulge  all day at Dwell Studio in Scottsdale where she does interior design.

If her mind wanders to the fatty foods, she reminds herself of the bikini.

"Knowing that I'm gonna be on stage and in front of so many people and I would love to place, so that's another thing that drives me."

25-year-old Kayli Murphy competed in her  first bikini show last year.

"So bikini is something for women to be really toned.  They're judged for their overall appearance, so they're supposed to be ladylike, they're supposed to have a pretty face.. just your overall appearance."

Murphy played basketball for Arizona State University and overseas in Germany.  Then she traded her jersey and baggy shorts for a bikini.

"In eight weeks, I dropped eight pounds, eight percent body fat and I felt better than ever."

Her new look had fans seeing her in a different way, but Kayli says she and the other competitors aren't doing this to become symbols.

"You work so hard for something.  You have your mind set out for and you're not doing it because of the way you look in a bikini or the comments people may make.  You're doing it for the inside confidence."

Kayli wants to do another show, and Lindsey already plans to continue competing.

"Everyone's asking me 'do you think you're gonna do another one after this?' and I do feel like I'm gonna become that person that becomes addicted to them," said Lindsey, who has 10 more weeks to tone her body and test her limits.

Before she competes on April 5th, she has to take a lie detector test to make sure she didn't use any illegal supplements to prepare for the show.

OCB Sun Valley Natural Championships
Figure, bikini, physique, bodybuilding
April 5
Phoenix, AZ


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