IFBB Professional League Hawaii Pro & NPC Pacific Island Championships
March 10th, 2018
IFBB Professional League Flex Vibes Atlantic Coast Championships Pro/Am
Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 24th, 2018
Original NPC Midwest & Iowa State Championships
Rock Island, IL
March 24th, 2018
NPC Illinois State
May 5th, 2018
NPC Nashville Fit Show
May 12th, 2018
NPC Jr. USA Bodybuilding Championships
May 18th-19th, 2018
NPC Titan Sports Festival
June 2nd, 2018
NPC Jr. Nationals Bodybuilding Championships
June 15th-16th, 2018
IFBB Pro League/NPC Lenda Murray Pro/Am
July 14th, 2018
2018 NPC Teen/Collegiate/Masters National Championships
July 18th-21st, 2018
IFBB North American Championships
August 29th-September 1st, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
September 14th-15th, 2018
IFBB Professional League Kentucky Muscle
October 20th, 2018
NPC Mel Chancey Championships
Port Charlotte, FL
October 27th, 2018
NPC Nashville Night of Champions
November 3rd, 2018
NPC Midwest Gladiator
November 3rd, 2018
NPC National Bodybuilding Championships
November 16th-17th, 2018
Before I start, let me get this clear… you’re telling me its not normal for a slightly orange and baggy clothed person to be eating every meal out of tupperware and nearly crying at the sight of peanut butter? Hello to all my fellow competitors, friends, family and the people who are extremely confused by what I just said.
My name is Shayla Jacobs and I guess you could say I was “born into” bodybuilding. It all started during the year of 2000. At the time, both my parents were highly competitive athletes in the NPC with nearly 5+ years of experience under their belt. My dad, Marc Jacobs, was a lightweight bodybuilder but brought a killer symmetrical and cut up look to the stage where as my mother, April Jacobs, was an energetic and innovative fitness competitor.
Off the stage, both worked in the industry. My dad has been with Europa for more than 20 years and my mom was a gymnastics coach but was also was a major component in the supplement industry for the top brands you see to this day. The foundation they had from the earliest moments of my life was strong and never once do I think they really knew what they were getting themselves into with me.
I was in gymnastics before anything and my mom made sure to teach me how to point my toes and bend my back. Our family was very active but there was always another level to our life, which was competing. In 2003, my dad went on to receive his procard which inevitably lit a fire in my mom to do so as well come 2004. I vividly remember the fire in their eyes and the outstanding amounts of discipline when I would try to convince them to share a zebra cake with me. Amidst the triumphs and awards, they decided to enjoy the journey and incorporate me and my gymnastics background to the stage. I did about three guest posings where promoters would fly us out to see a little troll-looking five year old cruise on stage in her electric convertible (head bobbing and all), doing some summersaults, headstands and of course my famous “toe wiggle.”
After both parents reaching the pinnacle of their career and rightfully earning their IFBB Pro card, it was time to hang up the heels and focus on life, me and my two older sisters. The next 10 years that came our way was nothing less of an experience. Through divorce, leaving our childhood home and worst of all, seeing that once so bright light shine in my parents eyes dim. Sometimes the hardest times in your life can lead you down paths that could save you or kill you and Thank God life brought us down the right one.
At 11 years old training became my outlet. It was something that not only allowed me to lay it all out on the line but brought me closer to my dad who also needed that form of therapy. Years go by and some days were harder than others but it was that overall sense of relief and accomplishment every single day that compelled me to consider it less of a hobby and more of a passion. This was also the time I could see improvements in my family because of training and eventually witnessed that light begin to shine again in my dad’s eyes.
2016 was the year that changed my life. In July, I was turning 16 years old and like every year, the main question was what did I want for my birthday? I thought on it for so long but I had everything I could have ever want… so what better to ask for than to see my dad get back on stage after a ten year break? He personally thought it would’ve been easier to get me a car but boy was it just too perfect considering the Europa Games Charlotte was the weekend of my birthday! He began his prep and I made sure to stand by his side as much as possible whether it was for 45 minutes of cardio or simply writing little notes to get him through his day. Watching him at an older age allowed me to grasp a portion of what it is like to be a competitor and prep for a show. I was infatuated with the resilience and the “no excuses” type of person he formed back into. It inspired me every single day and began forming a small voice in the back of my head to do this one day as well, when the time comes.
After the longest 10 year holt, my dad stepped on stage in the 212 division and received a top five placing in a stacked class. He brought aesthetic and played his strengths by not sacrificing his physique based on the guys who showed up. I will forever hold that time near and dear to my heart and it will go down as the best birthday of my entire life. But wow, was that only the beginning. I remember vividly standing in the kitchen a week after my dads show, eating stromboli and pineapple sherbert out the carton telling him that next year, Im stepping on stage. I was inspired and I knew we just could not be done and this was only the beginning.
Fast Forward to January 1st 2017, 16 years old and just doing simply what I was told. With the excitment of their baby girl getting on stage for their first time, the team came back together! My dad trained me, did cardio with me and talked me through the tough days while my mom came out swinging with a banging fitness routine rightfully themed as “Oompa Loompa.” The North Carolina State Championships was something that both my parents won in their previous times of competing and come April, their little girl took the title as well. What do you know, a whole family of state champs! Its’ crazy sometimes where life can take you and the true meaning given behind doing what you do makes it all worthwhile.
Now, for the most recent chapter of my story…2018. With 2016 being my dads’ comeback year, 2017 being my debut year, what better than 2018 to be our year? We started prep January 1st to be able to step on stage together at the same show. Some days were tough in a house full of competitors on low carbs and high pressure but somehow putting on a little Delilah and jamming out to some old classics soothed our soul. The days counted down and before we knew it, my dad and I were up at 2:30 in the morning enjoying steak and oatmeal. There was an overwhelming sense of excitement even when we were both sitting silent. We both knew there was a job that had to be done and every single second of work that was done would be laid out on that stage within the next hours. From then on, it all happened in a blink. From both of us rushing backstage before we were ready to go on to nearly wanting to rush the stage itself when both of us won our divisions. That was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life. There was so much more behind this show than just what was seen with the naked eye. It sparked a fire in both of us that now is growing even more. From goals that were only a mere thought to now looking at the highest levels in bodybuilding and knowing it can only be a few steps away with persistence, hardwork and dedication. Let’s just call this the beginning.
Written by Shayla Jacobs
My name is Aloanu Meagher, I am 25 years of age and was born in the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. I hadn’t planned on being a bodybuilder but when I got back from playing football in college I promised myself that I’d turn pro in something. So far, I’ve competed in five shows, with my latest show being the 2018 NPC Pacific Islands Championships. Lifting weights has always been therapeutic for me. In 2014 I decided to challenge myself and compete in my first bodybuilding show… and since then, my passion for this sport just kept growing. I found my inner strength to push myself beyond my limits physically and mentally. I also fell in love with the sport, learning the ins and outs of your body; what works, what doesn’t. I realized how much this sport/lifestyle meant to me when I had a setback last year.
I was prepping for NPC Nationals in Miami back in July 2017 when I started getting back pains, however I thought nothing of it and I pushed through like I always do. The back pains got so bad I had to check in to the ER. I was diagnosed with a psoas strain. I was given meds and sent home the same day. Over the next couple days, the pain got worse and now my legs had become swollen. It was decided that we go to the ER at another hospital. At this point I could barely walk, my legs were severely swollen and my feet were turning purple. The doctors ran a bunch of tests and within the next couple of hours I was told that they would need to perform surgery. The doctors had found a bunch of blood clots from my legs up into my lower abdomen. They also found that one of the veins running up to my heart was underdeveloped, blood wasn’t passing through as it normally should. I didn’t realize how life threatening it was until they prepped me for surgery, saying there’s a possibility of the surgery being unsuccessful… three hours later I came out of surgery successfully, rods were inserted into the back of my legs for the blood thinners to drip into my system. I was unable to make any type of movement for the next few days while the rods were in place. I was monitored and had tests done frequently over the next two weeks when I was recovering in the ICU.
Prior to being released from the hospital, one of the doctors recommended that I lay off weight training. As it could possibly complicate things with my vein. At that moment, I was devastated… this lifestyle, lifting weights, it’s all I know, it’s my life and it just tore me apart thinking I couldn’t pick up weights again. This didn’t sit well with me so, I got another doctors opinion. He told me to ease my way back into the gym and to come into to check ups often. And that’s exactly what I did. He gave me the clear to compete again, so I set my eyes on the NPC Pacific Islands Championships for my come back with my highest potential. I came to the show and won not only my class but the overall title as well!
I’ve had so much support throughout this prep, as well as past preps. The bodybuilding community in Hawaii is such a great support system. We all treat each other like family and help one another to achieve our best. I’m so thankful for the support and motivation everyone has given me.
Written by Aloanu Meagher
I was born in Jackson, Mississippi – played sports and went to Ole Miss. I was always involved in working out and sports but I was detoured away from it when I got married at the young age of 22.
The marriage quickly turned to one of verbal and physical abuse. Finally after two and a half years I was divorced and shortly after found my way back to the gym. I was asked to join a fitness team and try out a bikini contest. I was 128 pounds at my first show.
Over time I fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding. After six years of competing I had progressed from bikini, to figure, and now I compete in the fitness division.
I also started the process of becoming a judge last year in hopes of giving back to the sport I love so much; that helped me find what true beauty is. I have since moved to Nashville where I work as a travel nurse and am currently perusing my masters in nursing.
I was your typical guy at the gym who just liked to lift to try to look better and feel better about myself. I never really considered getting into bodybuilding and doing shows. However, it was in the back of my mind but life and other priorities got in the way since pursuing something like this has to be a full time commitment day in and day out. Life through a lot at me over the years that just prevented me from really getting into this sport as we all know how expensive this lifestyle can be. Finally, in 2017, I was able to be in a position where I was more financially stable and could pursue this. I was at a very stressful job as a General Manager for McDonalds and I was drinking heavily that year and one day after a night of drinking and feeding my body crap food, I woke up and said it is now or never. I left my current job and decided to do something I would really enjoy and that was managing a nutrition shop called Clique Nutrition Being 32, I knew if I really wanted to go for it now is the time.
So, I decided to do the Midwest Gladiator in November 2017. I did an 8 week prep and won third place. That was my goal. To just place top 3 in my first show. I didn’t know anything about bodybuilding in terms of proper nutrition, how to pose or even what poses were called. I was never really the guy who posed in the gym or at home. I tend to have some insecurity issues, but this whole change allowed me to change myself mentally on top of the physical changes. After placing third, I got the fire burning and wanted more. My goal was to take my weight class and win the overall at my next show. I put in countless hours of training and working with my coach Phil Visicaro who really brought me to a whole different level than I thought was possible. So, 7 months between my first show and my second, I was able to reach the next goal I set for myself. I won LHW open bodybuilding and the Overall at the NPC Illinois State Championships. My fiancée Krista Wessley did her first show at this one as well and also placed third in Novice Figure. Without the help and support day in and day out from her and of course my amazing family and friends this would be a hard endeavor. Anyone in this sport definitely needs the support. Sometimes we can get the best of ourselves.
What’s next? Some may hear this and say impossible, but nothing is impossible. I want to go for the pro card. I told myself after my first show that in the next 2 years I will have it. So my bodybuilding career really started only 8 months ago. But, I will definitely be working as hard as I can with Phil and hit this next goal!!