Emily Zelinka: In her own words

Emily Zelinka: In her own words

Emily ZelinkaI became less active throughout high school which in turn made me feel unhappy with my physical features. I believed I was fat. I had started showing signs of an eating disorder. I had been skipping meals and analyzing my body in a mirror up to ten times per day. I was fortunate enough to have great family and friends to show me how unhealthy I was becoming.

I decided to make a positive change in my life. I made a decision to become as healthy as I could and increase my self-esteem. I joined a local gym and became instantly hooked.

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In 2001 I enrolled in Fitness and Health Promotion at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. I decided that I was going to educate myself on being healthy and physically fit.

I never wanted to go back to having an eating disorder. This course educated me on how to be a healthy person emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually.

As a Personal Trainer

n 2002 I became a personal trainer at a local gym. I enjoyed meeting new people on a daily basis and teaching others about fitness. I wanted other people to optimize their lifestyle and live the best quality of life possible. This was such a rewarding job but I knew I wanted more.

In 2003 I enrolled in the paramedic program at Fanshawe College. I graduated the program in 2005 and was hired on as a paramedic by Thames EMS London. Instantly, I realized how important it was to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Shift work and lifting patients on a daily basis was a strain to my body. Even though I was a personal trainer and attended the gym on a regular basis, I decided to hire my own personal trainer. I wanted someone who would hold me accountable for being at the gym and to motivate and push me as hard as I could be pushed. I hired Brad fowler from the Athletic Club, London who is now ironically my fiancée. I started training at the gym on a regular basis and became addicted. My self-esteem was raised and I felt good about myself.

On Competing

I have thought about competing in a fitness competition for years but have always thought of it as the impossible dream. I decided to “bite the bullet” and have a consultation with IFBB Pro Stephanie Worsfold. I was curious if she thought I had what it took to compete. After a few discussions, I decided to train for an upcoming figure competition for the Ontario Physique Association (OPA). With Stephanies coaching and Brads Training I entered my first competiton on November 24th, 2007 at Centennial Hall London. To my amazement I won. I won my division (figure tall), and I won overall figure. This was the HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!

I competed in my second competition on May 24, 2008. It was the South Central Championships held in Mississauga. I had once again won first place in my class. I was so excited to move onto the provincial championships in my hometown. June 21, 2008 I competed in the provincials. The guest poser was 8x Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. I was just happy to be on the same stage as him. I ended up with 2nd place in figure tall.

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0 Responses to "Emily Zelinka: In her own words"

  1. James Peter  February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Admiring Emily, I feel so sorry; I try and recruit men to visit this wonderful site and appreciate the female form as a muscular form of art. Yet, so many won’t, perhaps afraid of being intimidated. At this point, it matters not. I’m so grateful to be able to admire those abs(!), sure the most magnificent I’ve ever seen on man or woman….just wonderful…

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  2. James Peter  February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Admiring Emily, I feel so sorry; I try and recruit men to visit this wonderful site and appreciate the female form as a muscular form of art. Yet, so many won’t, perhaps afraid of being intimidated. At this point, it matters not. I’m so grateful to be able to admire those abs(!), surely the most magnificent I’ve ever seen on man or woman….just wonderful…

    Reply
  3. John McLean  February 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, Emily is simply amazing…and beautiful!

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