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Isha Barrow πŸ’œπŸ’•IFBB Bikini Pro  πŸ’œGod πŸ‘ Posing & Polishing Coach πŸ†Self-trained 7x NPC (2x Overall) Champ πŸ’ͺ🏽Master Trainer - Coach

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Happy #motivationmonday! @Teamontrack 's #NorthStar is this weekend, Saturday, October 7th! Many of you, including some of my posing clients will be competing and I couldn't be more excited! So keep pushing through this peak week-- you're almost there! πŸ’ͺ🏽I was to compete very soon myself (October 14th), but sometimes life throws you a few lemons πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹that just makes it impossible to reach a short-term goal. Yet, @teamontrack and my good friend @Cmbongiovanni have helped to make a sour moment, a time I can still do and showcase what I love, but in a different way. I won't be competing, but I'm set to be the first bikini #guestposer πŸ‘ at this weekend's event. I couldn't be more thrilled and thankful for the opportunity! Bikini athletes don't always get these types of chances to truly display the hard work we too put into our craft and posing, so it's a cool moment not just for me, but hopefully for all bikini athletes. I can't wait to show all of you what I put together. I'll also be holding a Posing Clinic for all the lady's, whether you're a bikini athlete or looking for ways to elevate your poise, confidence, and overall routine come check it out at the NorthStar! Keep a look out for special athlete pricing and more details throughout the week or DM message. Congratulations and good luck to all the athletes who will be competing, and I can't wait to turn some lemons into sweet lemonade!
#girlswholift, #girlsthatlift #ifbbpro #ifbb #npc #bikni #guestposer #posingdiva #dreambig #bebold #turninglemonsintolemonade

A little #humpday πŸ‘ #throwback to #NorthAmericans2016. It was my 4th Nationals. I had placed 3rd at both Junior Nationals and USAs months earlier...I was determined to get my Pro Card in Pittsburgh...it didn't happen (I placed 3rd, yet again), but what did happen was I grew in confidence! To this day, N. Americans still stands as one of my favorite stage experiences...you know what I mean...When you just feel amazing.✨✨✨You take your time, hit your poses...and everything just flows. It was the first time I truly NAILED my whip back...my flair moment (picture to the right). Junior Nationals I played it safe and opted for an easier pose...USAs I had a small wobble, but at North Americans was when I nailed it for the first time...and from that day on...I felt I had true command of my posing and of the stage. I went on to get my Pro Card two months later in Miami...boy it was a hell of a run, and I wouldn't change a thing! A quick congratulations to all of the bikini athletes who competed today. Never give up! πŸ˜˜πŸ’œπŸ’ͺ🏽Suit Design: @aquarterturntotheright πŸ‘™#girlswithmuscle #girlswholift #ifbb #bikini #bikini #glutes #fitness #bebold #dreambig #nevergiveup #posingcoach #northamericans2017

Happy #humpday! My #wcw goes out to @mel_fitnspire She's stepping on the National stage today, and I want to shine some light on her hard work and how proud I am to call her my best friend and soul sister. I was a fan before I was her friend. The first time I saw her I was in the audience at @teamontrack 's #2015Northstar. She immediately caught my attention, and all I could think was 'WOW...who is she?!'😍. She had killer glutes and conditioning, and she was absolutely stunning!!! GORGEOUS! I wasn't a Pro at the time, but there was no doubt she was Pro material. She had the 'it factor'...she was the complete and total package. We didn't officially meet or become friends until a year later. I instantly liked her...I could trust her and rely on her in ways I wasn't quite used to in friendships. I invited her to church, and without hesitation she came the very next weekend. She didn't just come once or twice to appease me, but we made it 'our time' to really connect on a spiritual level which just made our friendship blossom and grow that much stronger. We're truly sisters. πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈ I think sharing our faith made us not only better friends, but better competitors. When life gets hard, and prep life takes over, you need strong and amazing friends to keep you on top of your game, and to remind you to have faith...and to never give up on your dreams. She is someone that through her belief and faith in me, I was able to earn my Pro Card. I may have coached myself, but you better believe her friendship was just as powerful, if not more so than any coaching relationship. We prayed over my Pro debut suit...literally brought it to church along with my shoes and jewels and prayed that I would be seen. What friend does that with you?! A REAL ONE...someone who has your back and is down for you and your dreams. That's what kind of person I'm lucky to have in my life. Today, I'm sending out prayers, positive vibes, and all the love in my heart to this woman. ❀️I love you to the moon and back, boo! You're a Pro in my eyes...a true diamond ready to shine and be seen. πŸ’ŽI can't wait to share Pro stages and our future dreams together. Do what you went there to do! ✨

Happy #throwbackthursday ! These are photos from USAs 2016. Hands down, Vegas was my favorite Nationals experience. I had so much fun backstage with @myz_ti_kal and I met my birthday twin @sweatpraytiff . Bikini A had more than 40 competitors...I placed 3rd. It was disappointing to be so close, but I quickly recovered and signed up for North Americans the next day to give it another shot! With USAs just a few weeks ago, and North Americans right around the corner, it brings me back to those great memories. There's nothing quite like attempting to get your Pro Card. It's such a wild ride...a rollercoaster of emotions...some highs, some lows...but it's all been an amazing, character-building experience. Good luck to all those who are in peak week for North Americans. This is your time...your moment. Have fun and enjoy the ride! 🎒 #girlswholift #ifbb #npc #bikini #dreambig #bebold #girlsthatlift #girlswithmuscle #girlswithmuscles #vegas

Happy #transformationtuesday ! These photos compare my first set of 'progress photos' back in December 2012 to my first Pro show in April 2017. This is still one of my favorite packages...both physique and suit that I've ever brought to the stage. As some of you know, I placed 4th, and as a newbie on the Pro circuit, I couldn't have been happier and more thankful. Some people out there think a lot of my success just came 'naturally'...but I'm here to show you that I started right where many of you aspiring bikini athletes are today...that's with a dream in my heart and fire in my soul to make it to the top. So take that first step...you can do it, as long as your passion is genuine and for the RIGHT REASONS. I'm a self-trained, completely natural athlete...this was done with nothing but hard work, a good diet, lots of sweat, lots of tears, and many questions if I'd ever make it. I kept my faith though, got amazing experience at state level shows (all in Minnesota), and polished my posing and stage presence for 2-3 years before ever stepping foot on a National stage. I wanted to be ready and confident that I could hang with the Pros. So many today want instant gratification. After one show they go for that Pro Card. Take your time, get real experience...learn your body...how it works, and how to love and take care of it. I'm still not on that Olympia stage...and making it there won't make me a better person or more fulfilled person so to speak, but when I set a goal...I reach it...I fight for it. This December, it will be 5 years since I wrote in my journal, 'I'm going to be an IFBB Pro'. I'm proud of my journey...I did it myself...my work is MINE...no one other than me can take credit...every win, every overall, every loss and disappointment was my own. No one to blame when it went wrong, and a sense of immense pride when it fell in my favor. I've learned so much about my capabilities, my strengths, my weaknesses, and my heart. My heart is on fire...it's full of raw passion. My stage time is just a small piece of what I hope to share with y'all...this is only the tip of the iceberg. #dreambig #ifbb #girlswholift #Olympia2018 #fitness #bikini

Happy Sunday! It's my FIRST official day back at the gym after a 7-8 week hiatus. My #batman shaker sent to me by my girl @krisifenner_fitness has me feeling like a superhero! Thanks, babe for always believing in me and having my back!πŸ¦‡πŸ˜˜ I got just under 8 weeks to turn this fluff to buff! πŸ’ͺ🏽 #girlswithmuscle #girlsthatlift #girlswholift #fightingfluff #flufftobuff #ifbb #bikini #8weeksout #bebold #dreambig #Olympia2018

Happy #flexfriday ! πŸ’ͺ🏽 This has a bit of #flashback action going on as well. I was 8 weeks out from my Pro debut. I typically keep a pretty slender figure throughout the year, but as of right now my current 8 weeks out looks nothing like this! For those who have been following, I recently posted a 9 weeks out photo, and as you may notice...I've got some serious work to do! πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈI'll keep y'all updated on my progress as I inch closer to show day (October 14). Am I worried if I'll be stage ready in time? Not at all...the extra fluff will serve me well. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰I cannot wait to see my body transform back to this! Watch out...cause I'm coming for it! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯#Olympia2018 #SiouxFalls #bebold #dreambig #girlswholift #girlsthatlift #girlswithmuscle #ifbb #bikini #glutesandguns #8weeksout #fbf

Happy #throwbackthursday ! This little gem πŸ’Ž is from my Pro debut less than 4 months ago (April 22, 2017 - Salt City Showdown). I seriously can't believe it's only been 4 months...like FOR REAL?! 😳 I placed 4th, which was such an amazing feeling! I got to compete with some of the best in the business and was able to hold my own. Whether it's our first NPC state/regional show, first Nationals, or in this case first Pro show, we always wonder how the judges will receive us...and that feeling can leave us with a bit of anxiety. I remember feeling confident leading into the show, but waking up the morning of a ball of nerves. I don't have a coach, so I have to rely on my own eye and intuition. I have to be both coach and competitor, and stay cool 😎 . Narmin was #20 ...I was #21. I watched her kill her routine...and I had no choice but to muster up as much confidence and energy as I could to not look like a complete amateur next to her. Once I hit the stage though...my anxiety instantly melted, and I was in the moment doing exactly what I love to do...and that's to put on a show (video is posted in my profile for those interested)! That's what posing is to me...a moment to not only show off (display) your physique and hard work, but an opportunity to entertain the judges and the audience. If nothing else, I try and bring showmanship and flair. I try and make it fun! Like I'm dancing and feeling the music (in a sense). It won't be everyone's thing, but it's my thing, and I don't intend on changing it. I've competed 5 times as a Pro now, and I'm only 8.5 weeks out from the next. I'm ready to make it to Olympia...I'm ready to light up that stage in my own unique way. This is what I've been working towards for years...and I finally feel it's in reach! I've got a BIG season ahead...several shows already mapped out, starting with @titonej 's Pro Bikini & Central USA Championship is Sioux Falls, SD (Oct. 14). I'm stoked to get back on the stage. It's GO TIME!!! πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ”₯ Thanks for the support! πŸ˜˜πŸ’œ#girlswholift #girlsthatlift #girlswithmuscle #ifbb #bikini #glutes #Olympia2018 #dreambig #bebold #posingcoach #posingdiva #8weeksout

Happy Wednesday! My #wcw for the week goes out to this beauty @amarieokon . I could flash us in our bikinis backstage which would probably garnish a lot more attention, but I want the focus to stay on what a beautiful, bright light this woman is! I can be guarded, 'suspicious' of people even...(like 'what do you REALLY want?' suspicious)πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, but with Angie...my guard immediately came down. We decided to meet over coffee one afternoon, and by the end I knew I had found a friend. Her energy is contagious! She's someone that I can go beyond the surface with. We don't have to pretend we're flawless bikini pros or life is always a bed of roses. She's someone I can call on for support when life gets hard or prep is draining the energy out of me. She understands me, and I her. There's never any pressure to be or do...it's just easy. I've been blessed to find a few jewels...you know, the friends that remind you of your strength, light, and beauty. Friends that help you begin seeing your flaws with an accepting a loving heart.πŸ’œ That's what we all need...people in our lives that help us see ourselves as 'good enough', perfect as we are. That doesn't mean we stop evolving and growing, but we can better see ourselves as God sees us. Perfection in my world (my definition), is simply the acknowledgement and acceptance of flaws without the deterioration of value. Our self-value shouldn't be dependent on 'flawlessness', but our ability to shine despite them. ✨✨✨ Flaws are inevitable...we all have them (and usually we're our own worst critic)...But that's the beauty of it all, and the blessing of having great people in your life. Find friends who help you see yourself as invaluable (beyond calculable or appraisable value; of inestimable worth; priceless), good enough, and 'perfect' as you are! πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž. #friendshipgoals #igotyourback #ifbbpro #girlswithmuscle #girlsthatlift #girlswholift #humpday

Happy Tuesday! I'm still so touched by all the love and support from yesterday's post. I truly feel so inspired, encouraged, and thankful! This is what I truly love about this sport...it allows many of us to have a voice and platform to empower and encourage one another...and today I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to @teamontrack and @cmbongiovanni ...I got my start on Minnesota stages, earning 5 first place finishes and 2 overall titles (video is from OmahaPro where I took 2nd)...and from there I've been blessed to have the opportunity to work along side @cmbongiovanni as a stage expediter, trophy presenter, and now as a posing instructor for @teamontrack 's Summit (Rochester Fitness Summit). Why am I mentioning all this? Christine and her shows changed my life...that's why. I found my voice, grew my career, and met amazing people who inspire and empower me through networking and getting involved with @teamontrack. If you truly see yourself in this sport, then I encourage you to join us THIS WEEKEND (Saturday,August 19th). You will be surrounded by knowledgeable people who truly care...and put their hearts into this sport. Christine has so much to offer...so much experience, so much wisdom, and so much passion. She's starting something new from a place of wanting to empower the bodybuilding athlete. She's opening the door for beginner and seasoned athletes to grow and learn in a supportive environment. Bodybuilding can be an isolating sport. It's 'competitive' by nature, but with this Summit...it allows us to bridge the gap between competitor/competition and companion. We all come together in an effort to encourage, empower, and support. There's still time to register for this event @edgefitnessinc . Registration ends TOMORROW at midnight, so don't delay and miss out! The link is in my bio. I can't wait to meet everyone and visit with old friends. My class is going to be one heck of a Posing Party, so come out, learn and have some fun! πŸ’ƒπŸ‘ πŸŽ‰ If anyone wants to hitch a ride...DM me! I have room for 2 or 3. 😘😘😘

It's been awhile since I've posted, 7 weeks since I've worked out (and my last competition), and several years of introspection which brings me to this point. I'm the heaviest (weight-wise) I've ever been, but the lightest and most hopeful I've felt in years (⚠️🚨post extended into comment section). I didn't begin competing as a bucket-list hobby, but rather a soul-finding quest to see what I was truly made of. I began prepping/competing at the lowest time in my life (2012-2013). My mother was dying. I felt so helpless, so spiritually weak, emotionally broken...so I found my strength in the gym. It was my 'church', my meditation, where God could put his strength in me. I threw myself 110% into my prep. By the time I took to the stage for my first competition, my mother had already died. She would never see me compete. I'd never hear her cheers from the audience or see the pride in her eyes. She was my best friend...my soul mate. My heart was shattered. I know 'she's with me', but still I miss her daily. Her death changed me, and not always for the better. I fell into a cycle hopelessness and deep depression. Despair is an understatement. I fell into self-destructive behaviors. Many days I wished myself dead. Though I was married to my best friend, and truly one of the greatest people on earth, we struggled to connect romantically, which just made me feel the loneliness--the depression that much more. To the outside, I was a 'bikini champion', and one hell of a poser, which gave the impression of self-confidence and even happiness, but inside I felt like the biggest loser. I was struggling to stay afloat. I was losing or had lost everything that I held dear. My mother, my marriage, my finances were a complete disaster with student loan debt lingering over my head. I couldn't seem to get ahead. My best girlfriends were either married with children or living their own lives in separate states. I felt I had no one to lean on. I was always 'the strong one'. I struggled to find value in my purpose on earth. Why was I going through this? Why was I even here? What's the point of all this pain and frustration? I hid my pain out of shame...

Happy #motivationmonday ! πŸ’ͺ🏽 These are a few of my favorite shots from this past weekend's #ChicagoPro...my 5th and final show of my Pro Debut season where I placed 8th (out of 27). So here's the scoop: I didn't make it to Olympia (my highest placement this year was 2nd), and for a few days, I felt...well...sad, disappointed...but that disappointment has now transformed into excitement for my new goals. I've got my next show already planned...I'm #12weeksout πŸ‘™which should give me ample time to make tweaks and adjustments to my physique and presentation, as well as get caught up with friends, family, and business, now that my focus isn't so lasers focused on competing. Time away from the stage will also allow me to enjoy the precious Summer months of Minnesota.β˜€οΈ I'll also have more time to post and share. I don't just want to post...I want to be helpful and drop a little knowledge when I can, especially for those new to competing or wanting to give self-training a try.πŸ“šI'd love to share helpful tips, and tricks I've acquired through years of self-training/coaching. I'll also share helpful posing and presentation secrets that will help you get noticed at your next competition. πŸ‘ βœ¨I'm excitedly looking forward to the next few months/12 weeks and knocking out some of my non-stage related goals. I'm always so grateful for the support I've acquired these last few months...the most I can do is hopefully be a good source of information and support for some of y'all. 😘 So keep a look out! It's been a great season...now I'm ready to have an awesome Summer! #goals #progress #12weeksout #souixfalls, #girlswithmuscle #girlswholift #bikini #npc #ifbb #posing #presentation #summerfun

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