Dec 31, 2021
Today I speak with IFBB Pro and 2021 Olympian Vania Auguste. Vania started competing back in 2015 and won her pro card at Jr Nationals in 2019. Vania works as a posing coach alongside her teaching career, leading girls to the stage with a powerful stage presence and confidence in their routines.
Vania shares what inspired her move from her native country of Haiti to the US, sharing how she ended up in Nashville and chose her career as a high school teacher. Vania also discusses what inspired her to explore her love for posing, offering her time to competitors as a posing coach. She talks about how she balances both her teaching schedule and traveling for competitions and how she approaches the topic of bodybuilding with her students.
This year Vania was able to qualify for the Olympia after 10 shows and she shares her journey to the stage and what inspired her decision to become an IFBB Pro. We also discuss how Vania changed both her physical and mental training to gain the success she’s had in the sport, and how she prioritizes her health at all points in her prep.
You won’t want to miss Vania’s insight to both competing and work-life balance in this episode!
-Tips for improving your stage walk
-Mistakes at National level shows
-Decision to become a posing coach
-Balancing teacher life & competing
-Mentality switch to earn the O qualification
-Prioritizing health during prep
-Future plans & advice for competitors
[0:50] Celeste introduces Vania.
[1:50] Vania shares her pre stage ritual.
[3:00] Vania shares tips for the best stage walk.
[4:20] Celeste asks Vania how she helps posing clients control their arms.
[5:45] Vania talks about what’s helped her confidence on stage.
[11:10] Celeste asks Vania about mistakes she sees girls make at the national level.
[13:50] Vania shares how and when she started posing coaching.
[15:35] Celeste asks Vania how she came to America & what influenced her decision to pursue teaching.
[20:05] Celeste asks Vania about time management with her teaching schedule and competing.
[22:55] Vania talks about life in prep vs in improvement season.
[26:10] Celeste asks Vania to share her Olympia experience.
[30:15] Vania discusses her journey to becoming a pro & the inspiration behind competing in figure along the way.
[33:00] Celeste asks Vania what specifically made her “feel like a bikini girl.”
[39:20] Vania shares what attributed to her progression her rookie season, leaving her just one point shy of her Olympia qualification.
[44:50] Celeste asks how that first season affected Vania’s mentality going into her next, where she earned her O qualification.
[47:15] Celeste asks Vania how her training changed once she switched coaches.
[55:20] Vania discusses how she manages her body’s health & needs during long competition seasons.
[60:30] Celeste asks Vania about her Olympia feedback and current plans.
[66:25] Vania gives her best advice for novice competitors and for girls on their road to pro.
[70:50] Vania shares how and where listeners can further connect