Sponsored Coach/Athlete - Isabelle Dizon
East Bay Area, California
Growing up, I've been interested in and have done so many things that span the spectrum from music to sports to the arts! I've played soccer, boxed and practiced taekwondo almost my entire life, I played clarinet for eight years, and now I've had the amazing journey of competing in three bodybuilding shows!
I was always so competitive with it. I actually had dreams of going to Julliard School of the Arts for university and to study Clarinet Performance as a major. I was the second girl in my taekwondo studio to receive their black belt. Lastly, I absolutely love photography - I used to do photography on the side for anyone who wanted events photographed as well as high school and college senior portraits. Although I still love those things, I found a true passion for health and fitness and helping individuals become their best selves.
My fitness journey started in 2016. Though I was an athlete growing up my entire life, I was never really consistent with my workout routine or nutrition. It was one of my summer jobs in community college, working with a non-profit in a program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, that was the catalyst in my fitness journey. The work we did helped children from low-income families learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise and I saw just how important it was to stay on top of my own fitness to motivate and inspire these children. Since then, I’ve managed to lose 15lbs and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Q and A
What is your fitness goal?
My ultimate fitness goal is to nationally quality and earn my pro card in the International Bodybuilding Federation. On top of that, I want to compete in a few Spartan races!
What inspires you?
My friends and family. Both of my parents emigrated here from the Philippines with only hundreds of dollars in their pockets, and to see the life they built for us inspires me. I promised myself I’d give back to them when I grow older to show my appreciation and love for them.
Favorite body part to train:
Legs! I love a good leg day :) But honestly, I love any type of training day!
Best advice to give someone on their fitness journey:
Starting slow is the best way you can go about it. Patience, practice and persistence is what will help you get you where you want to be, as there’s no secret to success. Find the right coach who matches your level of energy so not only do you have a coach, but a friend to support you through and through. Once you start seeing and feeling the progress, everything from your perspective to mentality changes!
What does 'Level Up' mean to you?
Wake up everyday with the intention to be better by one percent. As they say, you’re only given one life, so you should always look to make the most of it. We all have bad days - it’s important to understand we have to accept imperfections while working on the best versions of ourselves everyday.