My journey to becoming a competitor started in June 2015. After being assigned to Virginia I joined LA Fitness where I was asked numerous times if I competed. I have always been big into fitness and would never miss a day in the gym, even if that meant I would need to go very early or come in very late. When I started my competition journey I got in touch with three coaches who all worked together (what a deal!) I signed up with TNT nutrition and Athletes Addiction where I learned a lot about myself. I signed up with only one goal, to compete in one bikini competition

My first show was NPC Blue ridge classic in October 2015 where I placed 1st in bikini class c and 2nd overall. Right after the show ended I was so full of emotional highs that I just wanted to do it again. I requested feedback and relayed it back to my coach Shelby, TNT Nutrition. A little change and I entered my second show NPC Max Muscle Mid-Atlantic/VA/DC state/Armed Forces in November 2015 where I placed 2nd in bikini class c, 1st in Armed Forces and 2nd in midatlantic bikini class c. Exhausted but I felt like I achieved my goals at this point but my family knew it wasn’t over.

It wasn’t until April 2016 when I decided I wanted to compete in another show. I told my coaches and we got started right away, but we didn’t start my prep right away. I competed in NPC Battle Royale in August 2016 where I placed 4th in bikini class c and 2nd in Armed Forces.

I was very motivated at this point. I talked it over with my family and coaches, and it was decided I would start over in my prep for another show later in 2016. I competed in NPC Max Muscle Mid-Atlantic/VA/DC state/Armed Forces show in November 2016 where I placed 1st in mid-atlantic bikini class c also overall bikini winner, 1st in Armed Forces, 1st in VA/DC state bikini class C also over all bikini winner.  I achieved more than I could imagine. My family and coaches were all there to witness such happiness and a great show!

At this moment of my life I knew I had the potential to be a pro bikini athlete. I discussed it with Shelby and she thought it was a good idea and I would be ready.  By January 2017 I was waiting patiently to step on stage when OCB was brought up to me. I didn’t know anything about OCB or any other organizations. My coach mentioned OCB and that it would be an even level playing field competing in a natural organization and that I should consider it.

Hello OCB! After thinking about it for an entire month and taking a step into the dark I decided why not! I picked my next show and told my coach. Prep started and I had never felt so good in a prep before! I competed in Catonsville Conqueror in April 2017 where I placed 1st in bikini class c, 1st in armed forces, the overall bikini winner, and where I earned my PRO Card. Wow, was all I could think. I did it! My goal at this point was to only become a profession bikini athlete. I felt great, I went back to life and was talking to my friend when she suggested to me I need to register for the OCB Pro Bowl since I was already conditioned. Why not! We all continued another 2 weeks of prep, it couldn’t hurt, and however, I was extremely sick those two weeks from food poisoning! I didn’t know what to think at this point. It was days before I could eat. Stay strong, jazz that is all I could tell myself. OCB Pro Bowl show day arrived and all of the competitors looked amazing. I couldn’t tell who was who. When it was time for the Pro bikini competitors to head to the stage, my nerves started in; these ladies looking amazing! I just wanted to go decent and place. I was happy to share the stage. Well, I placed 1st in my pro bikini class and in my pro debut show.

Tired, depleted and very weak, my coach knew I needed a break so that was the plan. Instead August came and I wanted to challenge myself for a third show the OCB Yorton cup. This show was not scheduled in my planned events, I just wanted to try it out because I didn’t know if I would be able to attend next year. We prepped and it was a challenge, not like the others where it was small hiccups. Being a full time student, Active duty military, finishing military education; I was exhausted to the max, but I had to do this show.

Show day for the OCB Yorton cup, I was just over the moon because I leaned out enough for the show, however, I did not place at this show. I kept my head high and informed my coach and we are both just happy how my year turned out.

As of right now, my only competition goal is to compete in another show next year during the summer. 

How did I get into fitness?

Growing up I was always active. When I was in middle school I ran track for fun of course. When I was in high school the football/track coach took me under his wing and taught me the ropes for weightlifting. He taught me everything and conditioned me for volleyball and track season. Summers were two-a-days with football players to train before volleyball practice. Once I graduated I stayed close to the weights and developed a passion for weightlifting. A few years later I knew I needed to be in shape as I had joined the Air Force.

After joining the military I knew fitness was a passion of mine and it was a big deal. I love meeting people who are into fitness like I am. It’s a place to escape your mind. Fitness is my way of life. It keeps me mentally focused on my everyday tasks.


TANKTEAM!! Athlete spotlight coming at you!  Check out Bikini competitor, Jaclyn Sheridan and her amazing transformation.  See you at the Catonsville Conquer.



I’ve been competing for about 2 years now. I started because I was spending so much time in the gym and decided to challenge myself and take it to the next level. This next competition will be my last most likely for a long time because I will be going to OCS and becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.  @jaclyn_sheridan



Checkout Katie Moody’s athlete spotlight below.  Katie your transformation and passion are inspiring!  Get it!!

My name is Katie Moody. I’m 27 years, and originally from the small town of South Hill, VA. I am a William and Mary alumni, Class of 2011, and I moved to Richmond, VA three years ago to finish my Master’s degree at VCU. I started my career and have been living in Richmond since.

I have always enjoyed being active and playing sports. I was a tom boy growing up, I was very athletic and into sports and the outdoors. I played softball, soccer, and volleyball all throughout school. When I started college in 2007, however, fitness was definitely not part of my agenda! Looking back, I had the typical college student lifestyle – poor diet, drinking, and no exercise! I went to the gym and did tons of cardio (elliptical bunny, anyone?), but was still clueless on how to get healthy. By my senior year, I had definitely gained the “freshman 15” and then some. I felt unhealthy and unhappy, and knew I needed to make some changes to improve my health and lifestyle.

My fitness journey started five years ago in 2012 when I moved home after college and decided I wanted to learn to lift weights. I had never stepped foot inside a weight room and was totally clueless and intimidated on what to do! I started lifting with friends and wanted to learn everything I could about fitness and nutrition. I did tons of research on my own about diets, supplements, and workout programs. After several months, I had dropped almost 30 lbs, and gotten much healthier and happier – I was hooked! It wasn’t until 2014 that I discovered bodybuilding. I competed in my first show in May 2014 in bikini. Immediately I knew that I wanted to continue learning about bodybuilding and improving my physique.

While I have been on one extreme of unhealthy lifestyle, I have also been on the other – I was in a very unhealthy relationship at this time and lost too much weight. Anxiety, depression, and poor eating brought my weight, happiness, health, and self-esteem to an all-time low. I struggled to gain weight for many months and truly hit rock bottom, mentally. Even though my fitness journey wasn’t completely linear, it was still a positive outlet in my life and something I felt empowered by. I moved to Richmond to go back to school and get my life together, and I used my next show to motivate myself to get healthy again.

Although much happier and healthier than before, I struggled with post-competition weight gain. I had successfully competed in two shows with restrictive dieting, but I wasn’t very knowledgeable about how to “maintain” during off-season. In early 2015, I found my coach, IFPA and ANBF pro Mike Pucci, who taught me balanced and healthy eating habits. Mike has coached and prepped me for all of my shows since then, including my first OCB show in May 2015 and my first NPC show.

In 2015, I also began training at Walker’s Gym in Hopewell, VA, and met my friend and trainer Jeany Walker. Jeany has been competing in bodybuilding for almost 35 years! She has taught me so much about the sport as well as how to be a better athlete. She also introduced me to powerlifting, and I began training for my first full powerlifting meet at the same time I was prepping for the OCB Atlantic Super Show in May 2016. The entire prep, I was squatting, deadlifting, and benching heavy all the way up until the show! A month later, in June 2016, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and set PR’s in all of my lifts. Who knew you could be strong and fit? I also became hooked on getting stronger, improving my technique, and learning more about lifting mechanics.

Since then, my training mostly consists of “powerbuilding.” I usually squat, bench, and deadlift twice a week in 12-week training blocks, along with other accessory work. Powerlifting has been a fun and difficult challenge that has also completely transformed my physique – in a good way (booty gains)! It has pushed me in different ways than bodybuilding, and has encouraged me not be afraid to lift heavy.

While my original fitness journey was to lose weight, I had no idea that it would become my passion and I would overcome so many challenges and meet so many amazing people along the way. Fitness is truly a sport where anyone can succeed – you can accomplish anything if you put in the work. It has brought much joy and patience to my life, and shown me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. I’m always excited to see where the “journey” takes me, and looking forward to a great competition season this year.


AAU Triple Crown Classic – 1st Place Open 132 weight class with 225lb squat, 145lb bench, and 290b deadlift – June 2016, Henrico, VA

OCB Atlantic Super Show – 1st Place Novice, 3rd Place Open Bikini, Novice Bikini Overall – May 2016, Richmond, VA

NPC Virginia Grand Prix – 3rd Place Open Bikini – June 2016, Norfolk, VA

OCB Atlantic Super Show – 2nd Place Novice, 3rd Place Open Bikini – May 2015, Richmond, VA

NPA Tri Cities Regionals – 1st Place Bikini – December 2014, Colonial Heights, VA

NPA Ms. Virginia – 1st Place Open Bikini, Overall Bikini Winner – May 2014, Richmond, VA


FITFAM!!  Checkout today’s athlete spotlight: Melissa Lindstrom!!  Melissa won her OCB Pro card at last year’s Steel City in Pittsburgh, PA and the gains keep rolling.  Check out her amazing transformation, congrats Melissa!

I am a minivan-driving mom of three, who lost 40lbs in 2012 after back to back babies. I started bodybuilding last April with the crazy idea to compete–OCB Steel City Natural was my goal show. 

I put my absolute best into every part of my prep even when it was totally out of my comfort zone, when I was exhausted, when self-doubt crept in, when I barely had time to breathe, let alone lift, when I cried and/or vomited during a workout, etc … I made myself give 110% so I could know that no matter the outcome, when I stepped on stage, I’d given my absolute all. 

That discipline came to fruition on November 5th when I won Novice A, Novice Overall, Bikini Open A, Bikini Overall, and thus, my OCB pro card and WNBF pro card… all during my first time ever competing!! (Did I mention that we sold our old house and signed the papers for our new house less than 24hours before the show? Because we did! Life was CRAZY!!!) 

The OCB Steel City Natural was one of the best days of my life and the outcome was beyond my wildest dreams. It convinced me, without a doubt, where my passion and purpose lies. I am excited to use this passion for fitness to inspire others to live their best lives. 

Since competing and winning, I’ve started Personal Training at Anytime Fitness and have become a Brand Ambassador with ON1E Clothing, as well as continuing to train and prep for the upcoming competition season. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me. 

I am hoping that my story will inspire someone else, who may think it’s too late to chase their dream. With enough discipline and hard work, dreams can be reality! I am living proof. 

OCB Steel City Natural Champion

OCB Bikini Pro Athlete

ON1E Clothing Brand Ambassador

IG: @melindstrom



TANKTEAM!! It’s Friday and you know we are flexing!  I want to shout out to Tina Johnson who is an amazing person inside and out.  Tina it’s been great getting to know you and watch your journey.  See you soon!  Tina’s spotlight below..

I am from Richmond Virginia. Business owner, wife of 15 years and a mother of 2 daughters. I started bodybuilding because I needed to get back in shape and take control of my health. 5 years ago I was overweight, I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was on my way to developing diabetes.

Being a former collegiate track and field athlete, I quickly regained my athletic abilities, threw away unhealthy habits and to started losing weight. My personal trainer at the time suggested that start competing for fun. I hesitated at first. “I’m a wife and mother and involved in church, no way I’m getting on stage in a tiny bikini for the world to see my body!”

Once I went to a show to see what the hype was about, I fell in love! I had modeled when I was younger and I always wanted to do a pageant, but I had a hard time raising money for the necessities that came along with pageant life. Bodybuilding for me became a way for me to showcase my hard work in the gym and model on the stage at the same time! I absolutely love this sport! Whether I’m on stage or working behind the scenes this sport has brought so much joy to my adult life! Shout out to my coach IFBB Pro Shawna Pringle for her patience and dedication!

The Tina Johnson 


Bodybuilding Resume


•OCB Colonial Open Overall Figure Champion and Procard winner – July 2016. YORKTOWN, VA 

•OCB Atlantic Super Show- Second Place Figure Overall – May 2016. RICHMOND, VA 

•OCB Atlantic Super Show- Second Place Figure Overall – May 2015. RICHMOND, VA 

•NPA Nationals- Overall Figure Champion and Procard winner- August 2014. NORFOLK, VA 

•NPA Ms Virginia Overall Figure Champion May 2014. HENRICO, VA 

OTHER SKILLS AND TRAINING INCLUDE: Personal Trainer, Posing Coach, Bodybuilding Judge- Certified by @ocb_natural_bodybuilding, freelance makeup artist, lead expediter. 


TANKTEAM!.. Happy Flex Friday.  Check out Amy’s athlete spotlight below.  WOW, transformation is epic!  Amy, see you at the OCB Capital City Classic – Yes I am eating all of the FLEX Donuts!

My name is Amy Nguyen and I am a Hokie and Saint alum. I work full time as a Substance Abuse fitnesspicCounselor in residential drug treatment with Fairfax County and am the founder of the protein donut company, Flex Donuts. I found myself in fitness through losing myself. Being in a past abusive relationship, I was told that dressing nicely and tending to my outer appearance was a sign of disloyalty. I disguised my inner turmoil through excessive alcohol and food consumption. Eventually, I was able to break those chains, which led to my own re-discovery, in and out of the gym! Lifting became my new source of happiness and helped me find the strong, intelligent, and confidently beautiful woman that I have always been.

I competed in my first two bodybuilding competitions as a figure competitor in Spring 2016. I fell in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but always had a sweet tooth! After struggling with post-competition depression and binge eating disorder, I was motivated to find a way for athletes to safely incorporate tasty foods and still reach their fitness goals, all while keeping mentally and emotionally sound. Thus, Flex Donuts was founded. Some of the proceeds from protein donut sales go back to Love 146, an organization devoted to survivor care, prevention education, and training professionals to look for signs of trafficking.

In my spare time, I love to LIFT, blog, fiddle with the ukulele, watch low budget horror movies, and explore different foods. I am happy I am now able to share my passion with others!fitnesspic2


TANKTEAM… Gains going up on a Tuesday baby!  Check out Jermaine’s inspirational story below.  Jermaine – see you Saturday at the Capital City Classic.  

My name is Jermaine Powell, born in Virginia Beach Va. I grew up with a passion of sports, baseball, football, basketball etc.. I always loved to compete and just the overall challenge it gave me. I’ve always worked out but nothing close to what I do now. Fitness and just the overall healthy lifestyle has changed my life. I’ve learned so much about nutrition, dieting, and how to properly trained my body.

I come from two wonderful parents My mother Alice Powell who fought really hard fight but loss the battle to cancer and my father James Powell who is currently fighting cancer. Seeing how close the disease is in my family I wanted to put myself in the best shape possible to lower the risk of the possibility. I’ve just made one year of bodybuilding training specifically and competing. My Coach Stephen Hayes who owns the Dungeon Gym LLC, located in Richmond, VA took me under his wing and trained me to compete in the OCB tidewater Natural show which I took second place and recently the OCB National Championship where I took 1st place and earned my pro card. No words can describe how thankful and blessed I am to have Coach who cares and wants the absolute best for his clients or competitors. From first day I walked in the Dungeon Gym LLC his focus was to help me reach my dream and that was to be a professional bodybuilder. To me he’s more than a coach, he’s a mentor, a motivator, a leader, a role model, a father and a big brother.

As I embark on preparing for my pro debuts, I want all to know that I truly love bodybuilding love I truly love the sport and I enjoy inspiring and motivating others in reaching their goals. I want to thank the OCB Matt Shepley and big Frank Meekins for assisting and putting together large scale events and media outlets where natural bodybuilding is broadcast for all to experience.



TANKTEAM… Post food coma turkey daaaay.  Take some time off from shopping and go get those gains in.  Today’s spotlight is Catonsville Conquer competitor – Steve King.  Steve has an inspiration personal journey that he shared below, thank you Steve and see you in April!

My name is Steve King. I reside in York PA and am 46 years old. 5 years ago I decided to make a life change for myself. I started my journey at a whopping 270lbs and not very healthy. After 4 years of clean eating and busting my tail in the gym 6 days a week I decided to share my results with the natural bodybuilding community. I have been competing for 2 years now with unexpected success in a few different natural organizations. I would like to thank the OCB Matt Shepley and Frank Meekins for providing a venue to show off all of our hard work. Training is my antidepressant and part of my daily routine at this point. In closing stop doubting yourself. If I could do it so can you.



TANKTEAM!! Happy turkey week, this week’s athlete spotlight is coming at you from Morgantown, WV.  Give it up for Danielle Shaner!  I met her and her husband backstage at the OCB Chesapeake Classic – Check her amazing story below and @danielle.shaner

My name is Danielle Shaner. I am 28 years old, born and raise in Frederick, MD.  I moved to Morgantown, WV after my husband and I got married in 2014.  At that time I obtained an my Group Fitness Instructor Certification.  I teach Group Ex. classes at the Pro Performance gym located in Morgantown.  I grew up dancing for over 18+ years and dabbled in Volleyball in high school.  My real passion for lifting didn’t pick up until I was in my early 20’s.  I ran into a concern in 2012; I was diagnosed with a rare joint disease in my right knee called

danielle4Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).  Since then, I’ve had 3 open knee surgeries to try and resolve the issue.  I use this diagnosis to help make me stronger mentally and physically.  In a matter of a few months I can regain almost 100% of my mobility and range of motion.  After years of wanting to compete and then convincing myself out of it, I finally took the plunge and found a coach in Feb. 2016.  I started working with Erin Dimond (Columbus, OH) and got right to work.  I competed in my first show at the OCB Presidential Cup (August 20 2016) placing 4th-Bikini Novice Class A & 5th-Bikini Open Class A.  I wanted to challenge myself and stay in prep for one more show.  I placed 1st Bikini Novice Class & 2nd Bikini Open Class in the OCB Chesapeake Classic September 17, 2016.  I am now taking a year off to build and recover from my, upcoming, 4th knee surgery in January 2017.  I have a very competitive spirit and determined to achieve every goal I set for myself.  I plan to embrace the off season to make necessary changes and progress.  I look forward to coming back to the stage next year and seeing how far I’ve come.



TANKTEAM, welcome to another edition of………. ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT.  Please welcome Skylyn Kopas!  I met Skylyn backstage at the OCB Steel City after previously seeing her compete in OCB Presidential Cup.  Giver her a shout!

My names Skylyn Kopas. I’m 23 years old and from Punxsy, Pa. I started working out with my dad when I was 13 years old. Ever since then, I was hooked! I started running, did 4 full marathons and 6 half marathons. I got bored with races so I started lifting more and running less. The first competition I attended was the OCB nationals in 2014 and that’s when my boyfriend and I both decided to start a prep for our first show. I started out with bikini (placed 3rd in open and novice) and then took a year to build size, then competed in three back to back figure shows this fall. I’m a super competitive person and even though my competition season has ended, I’m thrilled to start making gains and have a great off season.