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Today, I speak with IFBB Pro Daniela Burrola Reyes, who works as a registered nurse, She competed first NPC show in 2018. She earned earned her Pro Card after taking a break in 2020 and started her own resistance band company called Strong Pompis. She seeks to inspire people through her competitive journey as a shorter competitor (she’s only 4’11”!) She finds discipline and strength through bodybuilding.
Daniela thought it would take her a long time to turn pro because she heard so many other competitors say it took them multiple national shows to earn their pro card. Once she stepped on stage with the belief that she could turn pro, she did at her second national show. Daniela talks about the important lessons she learned that helped her turn pro so quickly.
She talks about not telling anyone she was going to compete at her second national show because she didn’t want to hear everyone’s opinion about her decision to compete. Daniela experienced much less stress not having to deal with naysayers.
Daniela shares her experience with feeling like she need to eat everything post-show and how her honesty with her coach helped her over come that feeling. She used her knowledge as a nurse to know the changes she was experiencing were detrimental to her body, which gave her the motivation to get back on track. She regularly checks her labs to make sure she is staying healthy.
In our interview, Daniela offers excellent advice for competitors. DO NOT miss what she has to say!
Topics covered include:
-Starting her own business
-Honoring her Mexican heritage
-The benefits of using ankle weights and resistance bands
-The importance of diet in making gains
-Having the belief she could turn pro
-Learning from her mistakes
-Struggling with food post-show
-How being a nurse informs her choices as a competitor
-Working with Team Atlas
-The importance of posing
-Dealing with pressure
-Life as a nurse
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TIME STAMPS [1:00] Introductions [2:25] Starting her own business [3:03] pre-stage ritual [5:10] benefits of using resistance bands and ankle weights [7:15] missing the compound movements [9:54] what contributed to her gains [11:20] favorite exercises [12:45] belief in becoming a pro [20:30] dealing with food post-show [29:30] handling cravings with support [31:20] how being a nurse informs her choices as a competitor [34:50] working with Team Atlas [40:20] the importance of posing [41:10] dealing with pressure [44:20] prep compared to everyday life [46:50] life as a nurse [50:00] cosmetic procedures [57:50] competitors getting cosmetic procedures [63:50] things to consider before getting a cosmetic procedure [70:30] the best way to use sunscreen [73:25] advice for competitors