FIGURE PRO BILLI DAVIS: SPRING/SUMMER IS COMING!
INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK SPENCER ESP PHOTOGRAPHY | HAIR & MAKE-UP BY TANYA “STORM” WILLIAMS WNBF PRO
First off, the images in this feature were taken last November, in Texas. But they do have the feel of Spring/ Summer. As we exit out of the winter months I figured these images looked and felt timely and fun…right?
Billi Davis is a NaturalMag favorite. This champion Figure Pro has a stunning physique and wonderful insight on the subjects of health, fitness, and competing. And she really understands and appreciates the value of a good photo shoot!
It is not uncommon for Billi to send us over a series of incredible images for consideration in this publication. And that’s just what happened a couple of months a ago. Included in the group of shots was the image to the left. When I saw this photograph, I instantly knew. I immediately messaged Billi informing her that “we’ve got the March cover image.”
The following is a candid convo with Billi Davis about physique development, competing, the champion mindset, health, fitness, wellness, and more.
“I TRY TO SCHEDULE PHOTO SHOOTS CLOSEST TO MY SHOWS SO I CAN CAPTURE MY PHYSIQUE AT ITS PEAK…”
It was a picture perfect day with the sunshine and clear skies I have grown to love about south Texas. Even in November, temperatures were in the low 60s and there was a slight chilly breeze, but the limestone rocks were warm and inviting. I love the Austin ‘hill country’ so I like to get away and experience it as often as possible.
Well you looked incredible out there. And you where in amazing shape. This shoot came very shorty after you competed at the WNBF World Championship, correct?
Thank you! Yes, the week after the Worlds. I try to schedule photo shoots closest to my shows so I can capture my physique at its peak performance level.
You have a very well developed physique but you do not come into shows as one of the biggest or most muscular. However, you are typically among the most conditioned. How much of your stage look is the result of a strategy versus genetics?
“MY GENETICS ARE ALREADY ESTABLISHED SO I WORK WITH WHAT I WAS GIVEN TO IMPROVE ALL THAT I CAN.”
My genetics are already established so I work with what I was given to improve all that I can. The variable I can readily adjust is my strategy. My training regimen, adequate rest and proper nutrition are all important components to my success.
Since I am blessed with long, lean muscles I tend to focus more on my conditioning and symmetry. My conditioning is a reflection of my focus and dedication during my prep phase. I believe preparing mentally for a competition is just as important as the physical work. That being said, I began lifting weights in January of 2013. Building muscle takes time and I am only at the beginning of my fitness journey.
Well, your physique development is progressing quite nicely! What advice would you give to competitors when it comes to getting lean? And what insight can you offer that may help athletes to better mentally prepare for the stage?
“I COMMIT TO EACH COMPETITION FULLY, NEVER GIVING MYSELF THE OPTION TO PERFORM LESS THAN MY BEST OR FORFEIT.”
The best advice I can offer is to find a coach you believe in and follow their instructions 100%. Then work with them to develop an objective program that you are completely confident in following. I would not have made it this far in my competitions without the guidance of my coach, Tina Chandler IFBB Pro, and the support of my team, TC Kinects.
It is easy to get caught up thinking about the big picture, but I find it most productive to stay focused on the next order of business. I commit to each competition fully, never giving myself the option to perform less than my best or forfeit. I take baby steps to accomplish smaller goals and I remain present in each moment.
“I HOPE TO PUT ON AS MUCH MUSCLE MASS AS I CAN AND IMPROVE ON MY POSING…”
Well, I remain focused and continue to lift weights 6 days a week with 3-4 days of light cardio and eat at least 5 meals a day. I hope to put on as much muscle mass as I can and improve on my posing before I compete again this fall.
Yes, I am looking forward to the 2015 WNBF Worlds. But I am also looking into competing with the NFF or DFAC.
Where will Billi David be within the health and fitness world in five years?
It is my lifelong goal to help others find their appreciation for living a better life. Therefore, I will always have a career in the wellness industry. I want to open a wellness retreat where people learn everything from gardening to cooking and lifting weights to yoga so that they take away the ability to incorporate these healthy skills into their daily lives. NMI
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