What made you want to compete for the first time?
I wanted to challenge my body and my discipline to stay on track.
What has been your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge has been balancing my family life with prep. I have two teenage daughters and a Husband at home. My time with them is precious. We enjoy having dates at various restaurants, so getting accustomed to cooking and eating at home was a challenge. However, with their support, we were able to make it an enjoyable family affair.
What did you wish that you knew before you had started this journey?
I wish I knew how much this journey would change my perception on life. I would have started sooner. I realize that competing is the missing piece to the puzzle of my life.
What have you learned from your experience with competing?
I have learned to not compare myself with others, because you never know their background. Everyone has a story to tell, and I have enjoyed giving people the time to share their stories.
What advice would give to someone who is considering competing?
Hire a coach, but make sure you do your research first. Then, trust the process. I guarantee that you will have days where you are full of doubt, but having a coach that you trust is key. This was the best decision I made.
Tell about your support system!
My wonderful Husband Matt went out of his way to see that I was able to get my workouts in day after day; my daughters Kayley and Grace, who accompanied me at the gym on numerous occasions; my Coach Jenny Wax who answered every text and e-mail, encouraged me when I felt at a standstill, and a number of close friends and family who shared good vibes throughout my journey.
What is your next goal?
My next goal is to bring a better package to Kentucky Muscle in October. I always want to compete with that girl that walked off the stage feeling like she could have given more. I want to be my best self…. and then some!
Continue to follow Brooke’s journey on Instagram @brookev_81!
Coached by Jennifer Wax