Apr 30, 2021
TITLE: SHARON HALPIN; Does it Truly Matter?, Macro Mistakes, Fostering Life & Love, Growing up with 10 Siblings
In this episode, Celeste speaks with Sharon Halpin, a full-time
hair stylist who started her competing journey back in 2014,
earning pro status at North Americans in 2019 and who
attributes her competitive spirit to having grown up with nine
Celeste starts off the episode by asking Sharon if she has any rituals or routines she performs before her heel hits the stage. Sharon shares her first experiences with competing, what caused her to take a step back, and ultimately, what made her decide to return to the sport. While discussing taking a macro approach on prep, Celeste asks Sharon if there are any mistakes she has made or that she see other athletes making while implementing this technique.
Shifting the conversation from Sharon’s approach to training and nutrition, Celeste asks about how Sharon’s life looks while in prep and during an improvement season. She also shares how her husband, being her high school sweetheart, has seen her progress and evolve over the years and through various sports. Sharon talks about the friendships she’s gained through the sport and how she supports and fosters those friendships that she makes on show day.
Next, Celeste has Sharon share more about her pro debut. Sharon emphasizes that while every competitors goal is to win their show, the biggest reward is in the constant improvement and progression that the sport requires. Next, Celeste asks Sharon how she kept herself motivated and focused on her goal of achieving her pro card, despite having a long season with multiple national shows.
Celeste asks Sharon more about her job as a hair stylist, wondering how Sharon’s work schedule affects or impacts her energy during prep. Celeste asks Sharon about her decision to offer coaching and Sharon explains that while she loves to coach and sees it as a teaching opportunity.
After talking competing and coaching, Celeste asks Sharon more about her personal life. Sharon discusses how growing up poor and having to compete for her parents attention encouraged and influenced her to take on the mentality to set herself apart and strive for more in her life; something she found within bodybuilding. After opening up and sharing more about her family history and personal life, Celeste asks Sharon to give her best advice to first time competitors and for the girls on their road to pro.
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[0:45] Celeste introduces Sharon
[1:30] Celeste asks Sharon about her pre stage rituals.
[2:45] Celeste asks Sharon if she ever envisioned herself at her pro debut despite her long journey to the pro stage.
[4:40] Sharon discusses what brought her back to bodybuilding.
[8:20] Celeste asks Sharon about her training style & what her training looks like.
[11:30] Sharon talks about how she’s approached her reverse diets and mindset to best support growth between shows.
[14:15] Celeste asks Sharon about her food choices within her IIFYM approach when getting close to a show.
[18:45] Celeste asks Sharon about mistakes with the IIFYM approach, both with personal experiences and what she sees other girls doing.
[22:50] Sharon shares what her life looks like in prep & during an improvement season.
[25:25] Celeste asks Sharon about her husband and the impact her athletics have had on their relationship over the years.
[30:35] Sharon shares how she’s fostered the friendships she’s made at shows and within the sport.
[36:45] Celeste asks Sharon to share details about her pro debut.
[42:50] Celeste asks Sharon about her long off season and the feedback she received after her performance at her pro debut.
[48:15] Sharon talks about the mindset she maintained during her road to pro.
[56:10] Celeste asks Sharon how her work as a hair stylist impacts her energy and schedule while on prep.
[59:25] Celeste asks Sharon when she decided to start offering coaching given her already busy schedule.
[63:30] Sharon talks about what it was like having 9 siblings and the influence it has had on her behaviors.
[70:50] Sharon gives her best advice for novice competitors and to girls on their road to pro.
[73:45] Sharon shares where listeners can find and connect with
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