IFBB PRO & HEAD POSING COACH
*Update April 17, 2023
I was given the name "Momma Ida" by my posing clients. Having the maternal instincts already instilled within me, I approach my Coaching in the manner of nurturing, and building a bond, but most importantly I provide my clients a deeper understanding of posing and their awareness of where their physique and mind are on stage. I'm also very detail-oriented and it's my job to quickly identify even the smallest of inklings to ensure my clients look and feel their best. My hard-nosed and straightforward attitude is from a place of love and pushing these competitors beyond their normalcy. Bodybuilding is not a place for normalcy or comfort, so you need to be mentally prepared and willing to step outside of your comfort zone when you begin posing!
I attribute a lot of my posing style to my cultural dance background in the Samoan Siva. Where fluid motions of the body, tell timeless stories of my heritage and most importantly, of who I am as an American Samoan woman. Incorporating this into my posing as a competitive bodybuilder myself is one of the reasons I love to pose and how I teach my clients. After competing in over six NPC amateur shows, I set my sights on my first National show at the 2015 NPC Universe (New Jersey), where I would win my open Women's Physique division class, becoming the first IFBB American Samoan Woman Professional Bodybuilding athlete and the first IFBB Women's Physique Professional Athlete in this state of Alaska. Besides competing, I've experienced being a stage manager for many years for local Alaska NPC shows, tabulating, and assisting on & off stage expediting. I've traveled to many shows in the lower 48 and have experienced different stage venues, scenarios, and how promoters run their shows. Nonetheless, I am extremely passionate about the sport of bodybuilding and promoting its positive atmosphere in a highly competitive arena, is important to me and those I bring into my tribe. I am forever a student in my craft, seeking counsel from experienced posing coaches in my league. In addition, I pride myself on my relationships with other Coaches and Trainers, helping their athletes look their best on stage! I am all about the WIN-WIN relationship! Competing is more of a mental game than anything and I make it a top priority to help each of my posing clients be as prepared as possible - but above all, enjoy the process. You put a lot of time, money, and discipline into competing, so it is important that you have a support system that cares about all aspects, helping you become an overall balanced athlete.
When I am not coaching, I keep a pretty busy and well-balanced lifestyle, being a mother to four amazing and active kiddos and our English Bulldog. I left full time career in the finance sector after 20-years to focus on our family business. In March (2021) I completed my Business Management degree. Bodybuilding is an intricate part of my life and has taught many life lessons of becoming independent and a self-discipline that many will never be able to understand or withstand. Balancing competition prep into an already busy household can be done but takes tact and a well drawn out plan. For me, so long as I have God and my Family in the forefront at all time, I am able to accomplish the goals I set for myself on a daily basis.
"A diamond's creation requires immense pressure and intense temperatures to reach its highest potential. Without enduring the adversity and pressure of its environment, the diamond would never become the treasure it was meant to be. May the changes you grow through bring incredible value in helping you forge a remarkable and multi-faceted life." - Susan C. Young