The Organic bodybuilder is a revolutionary health and fitness program created by Athena Lee, former Miss USA bodybuilding champion, fitness model and 35 year veteran of the fitness industry.
• Miss USA Champion
• RD (Registered Dietician)
• CSSD (Board Certified Specialist Sports Dietetics)
• NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
• CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
• RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher, 600 hours)
Athena has 35 years of experience in the diet and fitness industry. Handpicked by fantasy art superstar Boris Vallejo for Joe Weider's big ads. She'd like to personally note that while all the "certifications" are deemed necessary, the courses all FAIL in comparison to the experience her bodybuilding journey has provided. One cannot compare the actual experiences of going through the physical and emotional journey of competing with one's sculpted physique to simple courses that fall short as far as an understanding of the physical body and the physche.
An original program created to allow you to be comfortable in your own skin.
The organic bodybuilder will correct any body issue that you are dissatisfied with.
The results of the program include loving your body and enjoying the power and confidence that comes with that.
A streamlined, practical method designed to give you the lasting results that you deserve.
It's a program that you can maintain for life, based on your individual lifestyle, preferences, hours and habits.
Im seated next to Athena,Teen body builder phenom.
Boris Vellejo's own personal hand pick for the infamous Joe Weider BIG Ad campaign. The lightweight who slammed her way through high school winning every body building title she could get her hands on, moved on to all the New York NPC national qualifiers... took those.... and ended up the 1st and only contestant in body building history to take the overall USA 1988 by age 22 and get disqualifies for that infamous "moon pose".
Athena!! Welcome back! Before we ask where you've BEEN; lets talk openly about that show, that infamous pose... and what DID happen?!
Athena: (laughs) Fair question! Here you go: I was simply being an artist. My journey began as a dancer. So dance, expression, art, telling the story.... That's in my DNA. I'd always choreographed my own routines. this was one of them. I was focused, hungry (literally and figuratively) and in my zone. Thats all it was. I found the rumor mill quite entertaining. I'd heard it was a publicity stunt (huh?) A plan... all of this stuff. Not true. Getting that call out is still surreal to me. It's literally an outer body experience. And THEN i saw the score cards! Those straight 1's across the board. And THEN i realized something else; I'd gotten pegged "controversial body builder" on TOP of all that! I liked it. Still do. Everyone loves a controversy, there's a mystery to it. Suits me. Between THAT and the straight ones on the scoreboard i felt like; you know what? I'm happy with that. Point proven. Mission accomplished. And besides... Where does "conservative" come into this SPORT?! Thats's where they decided to draw the line!! Clearly whoever that leads back to probably shouldn't even be attending a female body building show, much less on a judging panel. This is just NOT the right venue for prudes. Anyway we all know what happened. I stuck to my schedule as a professional and did all of my after party shoots with a smile. (well the smile had lots to do with all the cake I stuffed myself with after!! but smiling none the less."
Athena chose a body building career at age 14 despite having any encouragement from anyone around her.
"I was literally gifted enough to come into the very birth of women's body building, a time where the amount of bravery to be around for even a fan, I just literally experienced magic."
lightweight overall champ......with controversy. ..........and a famous ad campaign, hand picked by the infamous Boris Vallejo for Joe Weiders Big ads......
Cut to now. Athena never fell out of love with the fascination with the body, ("I'm a Scorpio. So I'm fascinated with forensics, I always want the techniques, where they came from and RESULTS"
When I fell in love with the sport that came from the notion it was possible to cement a new ideal for women. One who, was strong, healthy, sexy and confident. And that is was. For a short amount of time. Then unfortunately the health was last on the list. And when your health is bad you can forget about the confident, sexy, strong. Because you just can't feel those when you're unhealthy. I was starving, I was counting grams of things all day, protein, supplements, reps. I was no longer coming from a place of love. And when you do your job like that you're in a lose-lose. Trust me that is not something that'll end up good. That's a big feature in what I teach now. When you come from a happy place your body works.
I kept the love I have for the body and through trial and error on myself, I created a system that's banging and you get the health, your strong and your hot on. Plus I never been a happy dieter. I like to eat. I like looking a certain way. Why can't I have both? And that I know I can teach this way and feel the love. Because I have the fat gene. So don't believe anything just because someone told you so. Have the teacher back it up. Always.
Q) Are you back to hard core weight training and being super buff again ,would you consider competing again?
A-First of all, the question alone is a loaded compliment. So, thank you. Here's what: I'd get ON STAGE again in a heartbeat. Period. Never doubted that. The stage has been my comfort zone complete with euphoria and I've been wired like that since childhood. Competitions and stage are very different animals. One has you confined to fulfilling someone else's ideal. Now, I understand and applaud anyone who's doing that if thats where they're AT right now. I've been on that side of the spectrum and I know how greatly its appreciated having the love and support. For ME however, because of where I've been and been lucky enough to accomplish and experience such magic- I'd prefer to leave the subjective side out. Having found my way home to hard core training again, I'm looking forward to inspiring a new ideal. As a veteran and old school champion I know I've earned that in the work alone. And in my humble opinion: Dam do we NEED a new ideal! I've only recently been exposed to the new women's competition forum. Whatever that means. I can't quite understand it. I'd tend to not participate in something I don't understand. From what I've seen the starved, anorexic look is being rewarded and I'll never condone that. As a person who treats all things food related that would be morally incorrect. So I am me now. The new me. The reinvented me. I hope that me represents strong, healthy, happy and feeling great. Im setting my sights on being the inspiration. For the young girls, for the moms, and for the men who'd love to have their wives at their best. Not for just for them, but to have their women feel amazing. It's kind of like putting on a super hero costume. But you have it on 24/7. If you think of yourself right now in a "costume" you'll feel how quickly that change of your behavior, your character. This goal has you living the character. And as to the lovelies setting their sights on competing, well if thats where they're at, to this I say: I shall just give them the love. Because it's the right thing to do. Be the best corner and cheerleader you can be for everyone you meet. Lead by Example. Just give the love to them and you make yourself a better human in the process.
Q) What goes on in your head while your training?
A) Exactly this every time: How can I be better? How can I bring it up a notch or 10 to serve my (training) partner? Does my partner need my energy or do I need to lean oh him this particular day? Or is it a little bit of both? The training is all just a metaphor for life It's all: How can I roll with it? How can I bring my A-game and deal with the everyday curve balls of life. It's all practice. It's all rehearsal. But you treat each practice like it's the actual show. Honestly I aim to think of every set and every rep as a performance. Like I'm on stage. If I do that it not only helps me but it hopefully inspires anyone who's watching. So this approach is a win-win. I highly recommend it.
Q) What exactly is job title?
IF I’VE CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION, you very well may be an enthusiast and practitioner of a gym rat (though I’ve personally changed THAT slang word to “gym bunny” but I’ll get back to all that!). Ok, so you may be one of the fine people who love body building, loving muscles and the aesthetics of them (you’re preaching to the choir!), you may be a competitive fitness person, or may just simply be in Love with the empowerment and self-awareness that comes from playing with dumbbells. Its the world of a different set of a “rush” that is endorphins, sleeping well, skipping happy hour and replacing it with biceps, and MOST of all: Making your PROTEIN intake a priority over martinis just the same as chia seed smoothies.
You guys are in an elite group. I salute you and am proud to say I’ve been with you since I’ve been a teenager.Your pay checks are most likely earmarked for Myoplex and amino acids. Substitute or add any other favorite “protein” powders and gone goes the priority of martinis and spirits and your budget gears towards your protein intake! And oh, I get it. You work, you have families, and quite frankly have a need to throw a good high protein shake in there at least once a day so it can all “work out”.
There’s another group of elite kiddies at the playground. I salute YOU guys too! And I’m also proud to say I’ve joined in your play dates of what’s all that in Kale and the new super heroes at the park that are “super foods”, Maca powder, olive oil leaf and raw greens powders that let’s face it: Our daily body builder friends would think to pick up as our muscle lovers eyes go straight to the protein section.
My thought provoking concept is this: WHY can’t everyone at the playground all get along?? Its beyond me to believe the muscle lovers aren’t open to some new tricks. Its also beyond me to believe our wellness junkies couldn’t benefit from the body builders bibles.
Let’s be OPEN. And HONEST. BOTH have their APPEAL. Both are clearly in touch with what it is to be extreme. And, if you’re extreme, then you’re as crazy as me. Which means this: That you’d be OPEN to absolutely anything that better fuels the machine that is your body, your vehicle. BOOM!! I HOPE I’ve just reached my point and blown your minds by hitting this idea out of the park " target="_blank">https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/svg/1f642.svg"/>
Let’s narrow this down and get this new party started.
Muscles: Meet “Wellness”.
Wellness: Meet “Muscles”.
Please don’t look at each other like the new kid and the playground that doesn’t play YOUR way and be in that clique. We didn’t like you in high school, so don’t be that way now. No, neither one of you is too cool for the other. Neither one of you is ALL right while the other is ALL wrong. Its called integration. Society has been striving for this for ages. Please keep in out of our fitness playground. Let’s lead by example and keep everyone friendly and playing nice " target="_blank">https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/svg/1f642.svg"/>
How do we START this NEW GAME?? Well how’s this:
Muscles: How about opening your minds to less chemicals and more REAL foods for a start. Think NO artificial crap. If you’re a machine I’d bet your thinking Jaguar and frankly, Jaguars don’t run on cheap gas. Please don’t tell me your still using Pam spray and using fake butter, artificial sweetener or ANY kind (Start to think of counting chemicals instead of calories!!), or using the microwave for EVERY meal. YES: its cool and important to get your protein in and adequate. I do it myself. Take some baby steps. Like you did your first squat workout. Try not to DEPEND on bars as meals.
Aim to get REAL food for your protein instead of powders. If you must use powders for your protein: limit them to 1 meal replacement. Go ahead and get CRAZY and add some raw spinach and or kale to that shake! I know! Crazy! But I do it now too! Gone are the days where I didn’t know better and ate everything out of convenience and out of a box. Which by the way: I felt like SHIT when I did that in my 20’s before I knew better. Another great baby step is aim to eat foods that have the fewest ingredients if you’re buying them prepared. If they have more than 4 ingredients AND you can’t pronounce them: Think twice before ingesting them. They should register as poison the same way you register butter in your muscle brains. (What is butter?? Says me, the girl in Love with muscle).
Where’s my other group of kiddies now??
Wellness Peeps: Your new body building buddies might seem to be the goth kid with the tattoos that you don’t quite know how to talk to. Get this: The more muscular they are: the more they get judged and same goes with the bigger they are, you’ll find those are the biggest teddy bears as they have nothing to prove. Think of how it might feel to get judged by what you LOOK like. It NEVER feels good, its usually wrong and its NEVER OK. And if they look like THAT: Rest assured: They KNOW a thing or 2 about the body!! For you can NOT attain that condition by being uninformed and undisciplined. Bonus points: remember: the ones with the most muscles are in the best moods as they’re well-fed and also they’ve worked OUT all their shit with those dumbbells already!! So you’ll be surprised! They’re friendly and super fun!
My Gaga green buddies: Open yourself UP to getting some more protein. I’m NOT one to start convincing anyone to change their ethically eating, as if someone’s already a vegan I won’t preach they should NOT being doing that just because its not MY own personal style. BUT: Green, hemp, chia, vegan or not: You can’t tell me honestly that you wouldn’t love yourself a harder bicep and a beach-friendly butt. Its perfectly morally correct to be environment and health conscious while wanting to be HOT. Trust me. This is NOT a sin and the world truly has bigger ones to worry about.
Here are some tips for merging you 2 Badass groups together:
Athena Lee’s Own Personal Muscle2Wellness Mergers:
1) When I have a protein shake body building style: I always add raw greens. Real ones! Like spinach or kale. You do NOT need any $300 fancy blender, a plain ol’ $20 glass one will do. I do this daily for breakfast. Bonus points if you add 1 tablespoon of Macha Powder daily. (I do).
2) I do the “real”, “actual” food as much as I can. If I have the opportunity to eat real, whole food, I’ll always do that as opposed to a box. Baby steps. Shop this way and little by little it’ll become a habit and get easier. Just like squats.
3) Muscle Peeps: Go in your fridge and cabinets: Do you have any diet soda, crystal light or anything of that nature?? DUMP IT! Dump it OUT!! Normally I’d make sure to never waste food or money as I grew up on Government cheese. But seriously: take the loss. You nor anyone else can benefit from that as its poison. Stop it. You’re better than that!
4) Green Peeps: When was the last time you had blood work? Yes, from a Doctor! If you’re vegan, vegetarian, celiac, lactose intolerant, you very well may be missing something that you will be able to add and benefit from without getting off your own ethical path. Vegans usually need a good B12 shot. Celiacs (that’s me) usually need a vitamin D supplement.
5) Muscles Playmates: How can you getting a little more organic in your life? Are you still doing sweatshop meat, eggs and any old fruit from the supermarket?? These things are NOT that expensive anymore. If you’re on a budget: do the BEST you can. Most stores have sales on organic fruit and meat weekly. If you REALLY want to be hardcore, (and I KNOW that you DO!), you’ll take it UP a notch and make a conscious effort to ingest less chemicals. You’re muscles will reward you, you’ll look less bloated, (HA! GOT YA!) and you’ll digest everything much more easily.
Overall: Its all about baby steps. And being open, of course. I personally aim to lead by example and I am someone who’s been extreme on BOTH ends. I can happily and with notable results in both my biceps and my blood work these 2 worlds intercept quite nicely. Take a little from 1 world and merge it with the other and it forms 1 big happy family. And isn’t that what its all about??
Being, feeling, looking our best all while remaining compassionate and open to learning more every day.
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