IFBB Bikini Pro Tianna Ta was selected by MTV to be the coach on the season premiere of MADE. Tianna cracked the whip on an out of shape 19-year old Brooke Dragon en route to her first NPC bikini contest. It wasn’t always pleasant but Brooke followed through and stepped on stage. Many people say they want to do a show and even prep for one but few actually reach the stage. Bodybuilding.com recognized Brooke’s story with a feature her on the site.
During her MADE journey Brooke attended the Olympia. She tells Bodybuilding.com that Nicole Nagrani, Nicole Wilkins, Phil Heath and others helped her.
Olympia Weekend is the crowning achievement for bodybuilders and fitness competitors across the world. Brooke, who didn’t know that bodybuilding is only one of many physique divisions, was enthralled by her first Olympia. She was shocked by the incredible pro bodies on display, but even more stunned by how kind and helpful the pros were.
“I ran into Nicole Nagrani. When you look at someone, you don’t know their age, so I was figuring this girl was way older than me, but she is my age, in college, pre-med, doing crazy things in school—and she won the Olympia last year, by the way.”
Nagrani’s influence grounded Dragon. They had much in common, but Nicole was a world champion bikini competitor. She told Brooke to prioritize, fit the gym between classes, take prepped food to class, and make it as easy as possible.
“She was very relatable and that’s what I like,” Brooke says. “A lot of other people I got to talk to—Phil heath, Nicole Wilkins—they just wanted to help. They wanted to spread wellness to everyone. That’s what I want to do, too! It was a very welcoming experience for me, and a huge eye-opener to the possibilities of fitness.”
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