Funding “that” goal – whatever it is!

viviViviana Ochoa is one single mum to draw inspiration from. Her desire to be fit and get past a marriage breakdown, turned into something way more competitive after some kind words from friends inspired her to try bodybuilding, despite knowing it would cost her thousands of dollars that she didn’t have.
Vivi says she turned to natural bodybuilding, that’s no drugs or steroids, after hitting a low point in her life and feeling overwhelmed financially.
Competing in bodybuilding is an expensive sport. First there’s the gym fees, competition charges, personal training costs = $2,500 a month, says Vivi.
Next there’s the supplements = $500 a month. Grocery bills add about $200-$250 to the average shop including at least daily 500g of cooked lean meat, 500g of good carbs and a lot of fibrous veggies.
And don’t forget the bikinis = $250 each, high heals = $100, full body massage before events = $150, infrared sauna sessions before competition day = $100, spray tan = $90, makeup and hair artist = $250.
That’s around $8,500 for three months work leading up to one competition!
“Obviously financially I was struggling as I didn’t have that husband support like before.”
Thankfully her trainer Stephanie Parsons, suggested a few ways to help Vivi out financially.
“I got supplements sponsorship from “Nutrition Warehouse” and “Health Nuts” that also gives me a massive discount in all my products.”
Admittedly Viviana didn’t realise the sport would be so expensive when she started out, but thankfully her determination is what helped her attract supporters and sponsors.
The added financial help allowed Vivi to focus on competing, allowing her to eventually enter the INBA Australian titles, where she came 3rd (novice tall and open tall finals).
While she hasn’t been able to afford some competitions, such as joining the Australian team in the World Championships in Dubai, some free online personal coaching from her trainer and family financial support, have helped to keep Vivi competing at home.
“I had two more opportunities to get into the pro qualifier the NSW championship and the Muscle and Model show. I didn’t have the money, or the energy to try both, so I decided to focus and go for the last chance, then early this October I competed in the INBA Muscle and model show were I got my first gold medal placing first in 30 years-plus division, and I got also my first silver medal in the open tall category.”

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