Team Universe, July 4-5, 2014. I may not have been sitting in a lawn chair watching fireworks in the sky…but you better believe I made some fireworks of my own on stage. I competed in the 40+, 35+, and open Figure Class A. I won my IFBB Pro card in the 35+ division. The entire trip was FABULOUS.
We drove to New Jersey from North Carolina, and in between my napping, Papi (my awesome Fireman Hubby) and I discussed the upcoming competition. I didn’t diet down as hard for this show, allowing me to come in a little fuller…which is what he said I needed to do to win, and he was right. I ate every 2 hrs when my alarm went off, despite not being hungry. I loved the road trip, with my 3 chihuahuas sleeping soundly on my lap, and my biggest fan at the wheel.
Prejudging on Friday went very well. I made 1st call outs in all 3 divisions. And I was in 2nd position for both masters divisions…with the same competitor in 1st. And it appeared I was in 4th for the open. I was super impressed with myself for that, because those young ladies were on fire! Stiff competition for sure. So anyone who competes knows how you play all this out in your head. It was my first 2 day show, so I had a whole evening, night, and morning to think about it. A pro card goes to 1st in each class…Melissa was 1st in 40+ and 35+…if I am in 2nd…she gets her pro card in 40+…I get my pro card in 35+. Papi did his best to keep me focused and happy.
The team meeting on Saturday wasn’t until 4pm. So there was no rush…woke up, ate, Papi tanned me, and I relaxed. As we drove to the competition, the excitement started to kick in. I’m not gonna lie…I could feel that it was my time. I had so much fun with the other competitors back stage. I even rapped my “get pumped” song to a room full of people…it made everyone laugh. So it was totally worth making a fool of myself. Then it was time for 40+ division. Standing on stage as they called out 5th, 4th, 3rd, and then in 2nd place – Jennifer Everson. It was at that moment I knew…in about 15 mins, I’m going to be an IFBB PRO!!! With the biggest smile ever, I walked to the back, put my trophy in my bag, and went back to get ready for 35+ division. And then they called top five winners, announcing your new IFBB Pro – Jennifer Everson. I was so excited I almost jumped up and down…but contained myself. As soon as we walked off stage, I ran out to find Papi. We embraced and he told me how proud he was of me…and then I had to get back in the line up for the Open Class A. I got 4th and was super happy with that…as I am old enough to have most of them call me MAMA.
As if becoming a pro was not enough, I got to meet my bodybuilding idol Bev Francis. And on Monday, we went to work out at her gym East Coast Mecca/Powerhouse Gym…and who was there? None other than the KIA GREENE!
I would have never thought I would be where I am today. But here I am. Confident in my journey…for I left no stone unturned. Last August when I started all of this, I was unsure of where this road would lead, but Papi knew. And so he pushed me. He believed in me. He supported me. I may have only been competing for less than a year…but I assure you I had prepared for this my whole life. Looking back at the days of lifting weights in my garage in high school while everyone else was going out…it was 25+ years in the making. As I write this, I hope that any bodybuilder, male or female; young or old; never stops believing in how great they can be.
— with Jon Everson.