There are various deserving champions all through all of the divisions in bodybuilding and physique sports. Arguably, the most well-liked athlete within the Bikini division is the reigning Bikini Olympia champion, Janet Layug. Her physique, confidence, and dedication to bettering related her with followers all around the world. She instructed Dennis James on this week’s episode of The Menace Podcast that the dedication could come from her engaged on a farm in Florida throughout her childhood.
“My dad had a farm. We had a backyard the place we grew a lot of vegetables, and I truly did a number of laborious labor that you just wouldn’t suppose younger women would do,” she instructed James. “I feel rising up in that method helps construct character in you at a younger age. You be taught rather a lot.”
That effort she gave to the farm is what she utilized to her profession onstage. After profitable the Nationals in 2013, she competed on the Olympia stage in her rookie yr and positioned 2nd on the Bikini Olympia. It might be six years earlier than Layug lastly took the title. The belief of what she had performed over that point didn’t hit her till she noticed a picture on social media of her enchancment through the years.
“It confirmed yearly of me bettering, after which 2020, it was the very best picture out of all of them, and I couldn’t consider I had performed that,” she admitted. “In case you preserve staying with it and placing within the work and wanting to vary, you’ll get there and that’s what I did.”
Layug’s victory on the 2020 Olympia modified the course of her profession onstage and off. Her expertise and dedication previously additionally ready her for the modifications that got here away from the stage after profitable in Orlando, FL, final December. Whereas she wished to reap the benefits of the spoils of her victory, she wished to be true to herself.
“Since profitable the Olympia I really feel like I hit the bottom working with an unimaginable quantity of alternatives,” she says. “I at all times attempt to stay the identical particular person. I at all times attempt to stay very genuine. I don’t need any of the alternatives to get in my head or something like that.”
Layug and James speak about her upbringing, her expertise working with Hooters, her preliminary ardour to be a runway mannequin, and the chance to advertise exhibits herself. Catch the entire episode over on the Muscle & Fitness YouTube channels. Be sure to subscribe so you may see previous and future episodes of TMP as nicely. New exhibits air each Sunday at 3 p.m. Japanese time.
0:09 – Intro/Mother and father
1:30 – Philippines
3:00 – Connection to Poland?
4:05 – Childhood in Florida
7:40 – Working at Hooters
8:42 – Eager to Be a Runway Mannequin
9:36 – Stepping into Health
10:40 – Flex Bikini Search
14:45 – Successful Nationals and 1st Professional Season
19:50 – 1st Olympia and Dedication to Succeeding
23:09 – Getting Suggestions and Bettering Weaknesses
27:46 – How Bikini is Judged
33:07 – Who She Seemed Up To
35:34 – Being a Taller Competitor
36:10 – Herself in Photographs
37:08 – 2020 Olympia
41:20 – 2021
44:29 – How the Olympia Modified Her Life
45:17 – Changing into a Promoter
48:34 – Coaching and Physique Targets
50:14 – Posing and Crowd Appreciation
52:22 – Trying on the Judges
53:41 – Offseason vs. Contest
54:40 – Cookies