Monday, December 28, 2009
First LA Boxing Introduction
"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"
- Marshal Suvorov
My name is Natasha and my life is heels, racing, and boxing. Simple? Hardly. I just got home to Tulsa, Oklahoma after spending last weekend competing for the title of Miss Oklahoma USA 2010, the official state title for the Miss USA/Miss Universe Organization. It was a very hectic, crazy, fun, exciting, electric, nerve-wracking, awesome weekend. I competed as Miss Tulsa USA and after days of rehearsals and preliminaries, I made the finals Sunday evening. From there, the finalists re-competed in Swimsuit, Evening Gown, and On-Stage question. In the end, I was not crowned your new Miss Oklahoma USA, but I feel like I received my own crown for all my hard work and training in the 6 months leading up to the pageant. Obviously, you can see the "Heels" connection.
Next, I am an avid NASCAR and dirt racing enthusiast. I have several friends who work or drive in racing which only fuels my love for the sport even more. Since this is a subject I could elaborate on for months, I won't go any further, haha. Lets just say I am a female who knows about cars, well, at least racecars! From lugnuts to sway bars, I love my racing and the many wonderful experiences and friends it has provided along the way. It's hard to believe, but it's a lot more than cars going in circles, I promise.
And finally, boxing! LA Boxing to be exact. It is LA Boxing that ties all this craziness together. From my love of competing in pageants to walking down pit road, LA Boxing has helped me prepare for it all! I started LA Boxing of Tulsa in February to help me prepare then for the Miss America pageant system. I saw more results in my first week of boxing than I did in 6 months of training with a personal trainer! I soon stopped competing in Miss America because I aged out. Yes, being 24 years old is "too old" for something, haha. In April, I watched the Miss USA pageant and felt my competing was not over. I started the process all over again and was named Miss Tulsa USA. From April to November, I used LA Boxing as my main form of training for Miss Oklahoma USA! Kickboxing, boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and Weight training, I did it all.
Actively competing in pageants one year ago, I still was around 130-135 pounds. I have always carried more muscle from being an athlete. With the help of LA Boxing and their wonderful trainers, I was able to reach my goal of 110 pounds for Miss Oklahoma USA. Please keep in mind, this is pageant weight. A very firm, toned, and healthy body for me. It wasn't about being skinny, it was about being healthy, strong, and confident. I would like to personally thank LA Boxing, my wonderful trainers, and the awesome LA Boxing family of members for all their help, encouragement, wisdom, and dedication in seeing me fulfill my goals. I honestly could have not done it without you.
As you can tell, I can have a lot to say at times, haha. I wanted to give you an introduction and hopefully give you an idea about what makes me "me". In the future I would like to share more with you about my training in boxing and how my workouts helped me get bikini ready for my Miss USA competition. Here's a hint, YOU too can be in the best shape of your life. The next few months I will be focusing on finishing my certified personal trainer program with NASM and volunteering with Kids Against Hunger, a very close organization to my heart. If you want to hear more about anything specific, please let me know! I want to have a conversation with you, so lets get talking!