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After meeting Mirla, you will agree that she is one the sweetest, most humble athletes you will come across. Mirla started gracing the stages in Bikini when she moved to Oregon from Texas and has been a top 3 threat every single show. Aside from training, dieting, and competing.. Mirla also works as a Hispanic Community Outreach Coordinator for some local Oregon schools and is leading by example in more ways than one. Look for more of Mirla G. on the stages soon because she is training with wins in mind and improving her physique and the sport of Bikini competitions. The sweet quite girl is dangerous in every show she enters.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I decided to start competing in July 2011, that being after a woman (now a great friend) at the gym asked me if I was training to compete in the bikini division. At that time I had no idea what she was talking about, but after asking around and doing a bit of research, I fell in love with the idea of a “muscle beauty contest” and had to give it a shot.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I love seeing my body change. I keep pushing my mental limits; learning what works best for my body and mind. I like to be able to demonstrate self-discipline, hard work and inspire people along the way.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
Off-season my trainer has me lifting heavy. Back and leg day are my very favorite. I like to beat my personal record-high weekly.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite dieting meal is Saffron Sweet Potatoes as my main carb source. It is so good that I even have it when I’m off-season!  Just dice sweet potatoes, sprinkle in a Tuscan blend herbal seasoning and add crushed Saffron, bake to taste then broil the last 10 minutes of baking and voila, delicious!! Being Mexican, my favorite cheat meal would have to be steak tacos. Nothing like the simplicity of steak, cilantro, onion, lime and green salsa on a corn tortilla! Yum!

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
I have a lot of people who believe in me and have guided me in the sport. My trainer, Anthony “Twan” Chacon has been my trainer for the past 3 competitions, without him I’d be lost! He is one of the best trainers I know and a wonderful person. He always pushes me and keeps me motivated. Secondly, Andre “Bam Bam” Scott, who has been my posing coach since day 1; he’s the best posing coach out there! My mom has been my #1 fan and one of my biggest supporters; she even made my last competition suit. My roommate, Megan, who helped me prep and pack my meals during competition season so I could have time to hit the gym for cardio. Lastly, my boyfriend, Jeremy, he has eaten cold tilapia, spent hours lifting and doing cardio with me, and who has reinvented food textures for my enjoyment. He has been a trooper and a great supporter in the process.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
I’m ultra-competitive; seeing others do well, makes me want to push myself even harder. I have had the honor of inspiring people around me to make healthier life choices. For those people, including my mom- who will be competing for the first time this October, I strive to better myself in a safe and healthy way.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I’m going to take a couple of months off from competing in order to bring forward the best package that I  yet have to offer.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory would have to be from my first competition, 2011 Washington Ironman. The moment when I was waiting to learn who placed first. When I heard the other competitor’s number called out as the runner up, I felt an emotion hard to explain; like a gush of excitement and happiness. I had placed 1stin my first completion, by far a great accomplishment!  A bad memory would have to be eating cold gelatinous tilapia at 8am during contest prep!

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
You can always find me on Facebook

10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

Competing is a tangible goal. Getting on stage knowing you put in the time, effort and dedication is the biggest accomplishments ever. You are rewarded with a healthy, strong physique that will definitely pay off in the long run.




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