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Brooke Dragon: How a bikini competitor is "Made"

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Dragon told Bodybuilding.com that she "wanted to experience the workouts recommended by training and nutrition professionals [and] show people her age the entire process - to prove that bikini bodies are not gifts, but products of hard work," the website explains.

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Have you been dying to take part in an NPC bikini competition, but just don't think you have it in you to tone your body and take the stage in a glittery posing suit?  If so, you're not alone. That is exactly how Connecticut college student Brooke Dragon felt. Now, thanks to the guidance of IFBB Bikini pro star Tianna Ta and the good folks at MTV's "Made," Brooke has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the competition circuit.

An aspiring dietitian, Dragon told Bodybuilding.com that she contacted the show because she "wanted to experience the workouts recommended by training and nutrition professionals [and] show people her age the entire process - to prove that bikini bodies are not gifts, but products of hard work," the website explains.

For Dragon, training for her first bikini competition was also a way to boost her confidence and let go of the hangups she had about her body. She admits, though, that the intense five-week training program that Ta put her through on the show was definitely "extreme."

However, with Ta's guidance, Dragon learned that a major part of the competition training process was simply getting herself in the right mindset and letting go of the doubts she had about her physical strength and ability.

Just like Dragon, some of the biggest names in body competitions were plagued with doubts when they first started and could never picture themselves on stage. Many have gone from being 9-5 employees or stay-at-home moms with a few extra pounds to full-fledged bombshells.

So, if you really have your heart set on this glitzy but demanding world, don't let your negativity get the best of you before you even step on the treadmill.

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