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Renee Harshey: From Bikini to Wellness

Renee Harshey had been competing in bikini for fairly some time. She had finished 9 nationwide contests and two worldwide reveals, however was unable to win her professional card. “My drawback,” she says, “is that I are usually denser in my decrease physique than the bikini judges are searching for.”

Renee factors out that the feminine physique usually tends to hold a disproportionate quantity of weight beneath the waist. So, bikini opponents with extra density within the decrease half need to concentrate on dropping muscle within the legs and glutes. “To do that,” Renee provides, “it’s a must to keep in a catabolic state for a very long time, which isn’t actually wholesome.”  Plus, as a bikini competitor she needed to keep away from quite a lot of heavy leg coaching.

“I’ve quite a lot of decrease physique muscle,” she says, “and I LOVE coaching legs with issues like a number of squats and leg presses.  So, after I learn the foundations for wellness, I instantly thought that was a class virtually designed for me.”

One of many belongings you most discover about Renee, other than her fabulous physique, is her resemblance to Rachel McClish, a pioneer in Ladies’s Bodybuilding as Renee is in Wellness.

Female bodybuilder Renee Harshey posing in daisy dukes nest to a rusty old fire truck
“I’ve quite a lot of decrease physique muscle and I like coaching legs” Wings of Power

Given her genetic construction, Renee determined to strive Wellness when the division was launched in 2020. Renee had already earned her professional card on the Novice Olympia in South America in 2019 the place she gained the general award, however within the bikini division. There was a professional bikini occasion that subsequent day, so she modified her journey plans to remain over and compete for the primary time as a professional.  “I positioned ninth, which was nice for me contemplating I had really peaked the day earlier than as a way to earn my professional card, with all of the stress and pleasure, I didn’t actually maintain my conditioning for the professional present the subsequent day.”

Renee doesn’t actually take into account that her professional debut. As a substitute, she considers that to be her participation within the 2020 Wings of Power Tampa Professional, the place the primary Wellness division IFBB Professional League debuted. “This was a contest I used to be in a position to absolutely practice and food plan for, permitting me to be at my greatest.” And her greatest was adequate, since she gained the Wellness division and have become the primary Wellness Professional within the IFBB Professional League.

One of many issues that observers singled out at that occasion was the standard of Renee’s posing. “In bikini, you do largely mannequin poses.  In wellness you do quarter turns and the competitor poses in such a approach to name consideration to the muscularity, definition and separation in muscle mass just like the hamstrings and glutes in addition to the quadriceps.  In different phrases, to emphasise the issues that trigger you to be marked down in a bikini contest.”

Renee Harshey wearing a red and animal print bikini
Wings of Power

Wellness, to Renee Harshey, is a superb crossover alternative. Opponents are interested in it from different classes like bikini, physique and even determine.  “I like the determine division,” she says, “and I coach determine opponents. However I don’t have the construction for it myself.  My hips are too large and my shoulders too slim. Wellness is a sort of in-between class that fits quite a lot of girls who don’t precisely match the necessities of different forms of competitors.”

Renee really bought into bodybuilding-type coaching by chance. She modified excessive faculties and wished to enroll in a dance class, but it surely was full.  As a substitute, she enrolled in starting weight coaching, and like so many future muscle competitors champions, discovered she actually appreciated it and noticed her physique reply to the coaching.

“I continued to get an increasing number of into weight coaching over time,” Renee explains. “Then in 2012 I gave beginning to a daughter and gained 40 kilos throughout my being pregnant.  Afterwards, I bought again into the gymnasium and managed to snap again into form fairly rapidly.  At a sure level my physique modified sufficient that I made a decision to get into competitors, and I’ve been doing that ever since.”

Together with competing, Renee can also be in demand teaching professional determine opponents. Plus, she has created an organization referred to as FitChoice Meals. “Our ardour and dedication to dwelling wholesome and match lives is what drives us to create vitamin packed meals that will help you obtain your well being and health targets, “Renee explains, “and we ship them proper to you. At FitChoice Meals, we make and prep all kinds of made to order and portion-controlled meals each day, with solely the best components out there. With cautious planning and design, every meal is balanced along with your particular dietary targets in thoughts to offer your physique with the vitamins it craves.”

Renee Harshey posing in boots
Wings of Power

With all of her different life pursuits, Renee continues to be centered on persevering with her profession as a Wellness Professional and he or she is motivated by her profitable look on the 2021 Wellness Olympia. “As the primary IFBB professional Wellness champion, I really feel I’ve moved my profession as much as a excessive degree. However as they are saying, if you get to the highest of the mountain, what you typically see is one other mountain to climb.  And I intend to maintain climbing mountains so long as there’s one in entrance of me.”


Renee Harshey Contest Historical past

  • IFBB Olympia Wellness • 2021 –13th
  • IFBB Arizona Professional Wellness • 2021 –1st
  • IFBB Tahoe Professional Wellness • 2021 –6th
  • IFBB Milwaukee Professional Wellness • 2021 –3rd
  • IFBB New York Professional Wellness • 2021 –4th
  • IFBB Pittsburgh Professional Wellness • 2021 –7th
  • IFBB Tampa Professional Wellness • 2020 –1st
  • IFBB Sheru Basic Bikini • 2019 –9th
  • NPC Novice Olympia South America • 2019 –1st Total & Professional Card
  • NPC Romania MuscleFest • 2018 –5th
  • NPC North Individuals • 2017 –6th
  • NPC Universe • 2017 –10th
  • NPC Junior Nationals • 2017 –5th
  • NPC NorCal • 2017 –4th
  • NPC Nationals •  16th
  • NPC USA’s •  2016 –16th
  • NPC Universe • 2016 –8th
  • NPC Junior Nationals • 2016 –5th
  • NPC NorCal • 2016–3rd
  • NPC Junior Nationals • 2015 –12th
  • NPC Dennis James Basic • 2015 –6th
  • NPC Thunderdome • April 2015 –2nd
  • NPC Felicia Romero Basic • November 2014 –3rd


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