Sponsored Coach/Athlete - Celeste Barker
I began my fitness journey after finishing my career as a collegiate volleyball player. I fell in love with bodybuilding, as it was a sport I could dedicate myself to, and work for me and only me, which is something I never had with volleyball. And from that came an inner confidence with what I was able to accomplish on all fronts. I competed in my first NPC Figure competition in 2019 and received first in my class qualifying me to step on the national stage for the first time. My ultimate competing goal is to earn my IFBB Pro Card and continue to compete as a pro. Through sharing my journey on social media, I fell in love with the opportunity to coach others through their fitness journeys. Spring of 2020 I came on as one of the coaches for the team I have been on since 2017,, Team NK Athletics, a competition and lifestyle team. Every single person on the team is like family to me, and benign able to serve this team in several different manners is honestly a dream come true.
What inspires me?
My clients. I work with a wide range of individuals of various backgrounds, occupations, fitness levels, etc. But every person I work with has the same goal of wanting to improve their life through improving their health/fitness. Especially those that stay for a while, you can really build a strong connection. Seeing them commit to themselves, discover new things about themselves, find confidence in themselves, it's the most amazing thing to see and be a part of.
Favorite body part to train:
back or legs!
Best advice to someone on their fitness journey?
Always do it for you. Not everyone is going to understand why you are doing what you are doing, or why you may sacrifice certain things. But nobody else needs to understand other than you. It can feel lonely at times, pursuing a goal that not many other people are, and it's easy to feel like YOU'RE the one in the wrong. But if you stay true to you and your journey, the right people will come into your life. You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with, so it's worth it to continue to commit to yourself, and hold out until you do find those like minded people who will help elevate you.
What does Level up mean to me?
To me Level up means constantly trying to improve yourself for yourself, down to the smallest daily habits. Nothing changes if nothing changes. So in order to keep progressing, you have to keep evolving and adapting. Keep growing and learning. Break outside of your comfort zone to discover what you are truly made of. There is always another level you can strive for. Be proud of how far you have come, but ever be satisfied or complacent with settling. We are all so much more capable than we think we are.