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The Winning Spirit

By Team DBG | August 30, 2017 | No Comments

I wanted to win before I even knew what winning meant. I remember being a competitive, fierce little child who dreamt big. All of my dreams, as a child, lead back to Olympics. It was not a far-fetched dream either. I worked hard for it from the beginning. You see, I was an elite gymnast with rigorous training sessions speckled all over my schedule. The gym became the second home to me, and my fondest memories come from hours spent at it mainly because almost all of my day hours were devoted to the gym, to begin with. I trained hard, and I was committed to what I did even as a child. Numerous trophies, shields, and medals bore testimony to my addiction to winning. I fostered myself well, focusing on gymnastics to the point that I would come home sweaty and very tired. My parents were pretty supportive of me too. I can remember times when my mother did my homework because I was training in the gym all day. Then came the knee injury.

When my knee got injured, I realized the incident killed my Olympic dream, but it could not kill my competitive mind set. I was there and determined to give my body still a room to heal itself and get stronger. I remember that season and every season afterward, I took part in almost all sports except for the ones I couldn’t go for because of overlapping schedules. I also joined the cheerleading squad and continued paving my way in school years. It was when I acceded to the military after high school that I was a little lost. I dragged myself through drudgery missing that high I got from winning. It wasn’t just the offered congratulations and external motivation I received when I won that made me love it so much. It was more internal than external to be fair. Just knowing that you have worked hard on becoming the best was enough. I missed the alertness sport commanded, that brief yet never ending pause before the deciding moment in a match and the flushed cheeks after an intense training session.

It was important for me to find an outlet for myself now. I was not getting my winning ‘fix,’ so I started looking around. I was toying with a few ideas, but the best one was body building. I wished to join the bikini category, and I jumped at finding a chance to train in it. I learned it well, and my efforts paid off when in 2016 I secured the second position in NPC New Mexico State and second place in NPC Mid-USA. These wins, after such a long time, were rewarding. It was around the same time that I started taking an interest in Don’t Blame Genetics. Before joining the team or trying out for it, I came across DBG through my Instagram account, and that is why I thank the heavens for social media. I had followed other inspiring DBG athletes, and they were my first introduction to it. One day, I just got curious about their affiliation with DBG and looked it up. I read about why DBG was set up and what it was focused on, and I was smitten with the back story there and then. I thought DBG was where I’d fit right in so before joining the team; I was pretty excited.

Now, I’m training for the last competition of my year, and I’m committed to making it a memorable one for myself. This is what I always wanted to do so now that I’m getting a chance to follow through with it. Finally, I’m pretty pumped up. I’m currently training for my next NPC bikini competition, and my friends and family have been nothing but supportive. It is especially my friends I’m relying on upon now because I am away from home and there is no family nearby. I miss family, but it is my friends in the immediate locality, who continue to motivate me, listen to me, offer me advice and cheer me on. My training sessions now are equally rigorous and rewarding. I kick off my routine with cardio (stair stepper being my all-time favorite) then I move on to the weights. It’s mostly the dumb bell section first followed by barbell work. I enjoy Cross Fit and Olympic lifts as well.

Thank you so much for taking time out and reading about my experiences. I am so grateful to this platform for providing me with an opportunity to share my story.  I am so thankful for my support system, and it is mainly because of them that I am here today, penning my experiences for other aspiring athletes like me. I want to continue making my lifestyle healthier, and my ultimate goal is to help those surrounding me do the same. This platform will enable me to do just that so remain tuned for more updates.

Thank you!

Peyton Tazelaar

Team DBG

I’m currently in the best shape of my life and have never felt better. I’ve learned so much during my journey in the fitness world. I now have a burning desire to help others. Too many people ignore the mental and spiritual growth potential of fitness and consider it a shallow, frivolous hobby. I’m committed to shifting this mindset with other like-minded individuals who are intelligent, motivated and entrepreneurial. I’m excited to continue on this path with others who are enthusiastic about the work it takes to achieve success. - Bryan Watmore (CEO)

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