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Move Over Boys! Girls Have Muscle Too!

Christina Massey, Strength Coach and NPC Figure Competitor

by Lisa Payne – October 17, 2012

You’ve seen the guys flex like Arnold and strut their bulging muscles in body building competitions. But more and more women are starting to train for their own bodybuilding and figure competitions. Chicago Strength Coach, Christina Massey, lives and breathes fitness and competition. It’s because of this that she decided to compete in her very first NPC (National Physique Committee) figure competition on October 6th in Ottawa, Illinois.


Prior to the event, Christina enlisted the help of Core Fitness Chicago’s Founder Dusten Nelson to help get her body in tip-top shape. Dusten designed a 14-week training and nutritional program specifically for her body. She also followed the guidance of Heather Berman, her posing coach, along with a team of experts including her acupuncturist Nicole Andrus to help keep her moving. “I honestly did not know what to expect. I went in trusting the information that I knew of training and the endless knowledge of my team and embarked on the biggest goal of my life,” she says.


Training for a figure competition is different than regular exercise in that it’s
more defined and precise to you. In speaking to women who think they might want to compete, Christina says, “They need to spend the time to work with someone that will listen to who they are, what their goals are and explain to them what they need to do to achieve those goals. That is how I was able to transform myself in 14 weeks for this show and it’s how we transform our clients.” As far as diet goes, “I hit a pretty major brick wall and its name is SUGAR!” she tell us. But her diet wasn’t about logging endless hours of cardio and restricting calories. “We did not cut calories, we did not do cardio and I did not eat tuna out of the can.” Her program consisted of balancing her hormones with specific training techniques, precise nutrition and herbal supplements. Because of this, her hamstring reading went from 24mm to 12mm in just seven days!


The day of the event brought all of her hard work together and she went in feeling prepared and confident. Christina walked away with second place and is already getting ready for her next event! “The competition truly tested my fitness. Fitness is not just how great you look in a bathing suit, but it is also about the fitness of your mind and soul,” she says. And to those who are thinking about competing, “I want women to know that they can train for shows in a healthy way,” she advises.

Christina works as a Strength Coach at the very Cheeky Core Fitness Chicago. Mention her “Train Like Jane” female small-group class and you’ll get a free class. Class schedules can be found at You can also join the Show Preparation programs available at Core Fitness Chicago.

About the Author: Lisa Payne

If this Cheeky girl could write and work out at the same time, she would! A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Lisa began teaching fitness classes and personal training while getting her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.