Bella Trost is a former gymnast (and national team member of Hungary in sports aerobics), and multiple time world champion bikini athlete, pro athlete in three fitness federations (WBFF -USA, Pure Elite – UK, Miami Pro – UK).
She became world champion pro bikini model at age of 39 in 2015, and has competed as a pro athlete till last year. Her athletic achievements gave her the opportunity to move to the US and she has been living in Los Angeles, California for four years now. She is founder of Beauty MasterClasses. She is winner of Excellence Performance Award 2021 at Jharkhand International Film Festival & Awards for short film $700+. She has won second position at Miss Pole Dance Hungary and British Pole Superstar.
She does not compete now, as the athlete never dies in her. She watches her diet in a healthy way, and she believes in the magical power of physical exercise which she believes is the key for not only physical but mental health, too. One of her missions is to promote the importance of physical exercise. She has written a plenty of articles about how it helps in learning about time management, prioritization, and concentration.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Bella Trost an exceptionally talented fitness expert and multiple time world champion bikini athlete here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her beauty secrets, and her passion for physical exercise.
You were born in Hungary. You were a member of the National Team of Hungary, Sports Aerobics for three years. You competed as a bikini model in 12 World and European Championships. You placed 1st five times, 2nd and 3rd several times, and earned Pro Athlete qualification in 3 fitness modeling federations – Miami Pro World Championship (UK), Pure Elite World Championship (UK), and WBFF (USA). Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
As a little girl I dreamed of being a rhythmic gymnast. I spent years training but I was never selected to compete professionally. Later, I wanted to be a prima ballerina. I practiced 4-5 hours a day, 7 days a week. I managed to get a job as an extra at the Opera House, so I had the chance to be on stage with the dancers and learn every part of each ballet, but I had no chance of getting into the ballet institute as I was over the age limit.
I was dancing in various productions when my friend, who worked in TV, invited me to do an interview with an aerobic champion. That is when my life changed. That was my first time in a gym. I watched the girls’ practice – they were doing push-ups, jumps, strength elements and choreographies. I joined in the following day. I had a new dream.
My first training session I could only do one push-up. Six months later I was on the national team. The years of rhythmic gymnastics and ballet training gave me a good base from which to build new skills fast, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
I got injured a lot, and I changed coaches until I found one who could help me get to the level of winning national championships and get on the team to compete internationally. Life was full on: I trained and traveled a lot for competitions while I studied at university and juggled different jobs. I had a strict schedule every day from 7am till 11pm.
When sports aerobics didn’t get into the Olympic Games, the federations started to fall apart and the well-promoted sport started to disappear from the scene. I got my qualifications as a personal trainer and I worked as a coach for a while but my real determination was lost – to become a world champion.
Around this time, the EU opened its borders to a few Eastern European countries. I moved to the UK with my luggage and big dreams. Settling into England was the hardest two years of my life. In Hungary I was a popular athlete; in England I was just one of the many new immigrants starting from scratch. Then I made friends and these new friends introduced me to pole dancing which is my absolute favorite to this day. I started to compete and I came in second at Miss Pole Dance Hungary and British Pole Superstar, but I could never be the best – world champion polers are on a Cirque De Soleil level and I just never had that kind of ability.
Then one day I was browsing Facebook. One of my pole friends posted some beautiful pictures. She had an amazing body transformation and she was posing on a stunning stage in an amazing bikini. I contacted her and a few weeks later I entered my first bikini contest. I went on a crash diet, started to do some cardio and push-ups, and decorated one of my bikinis. I was not ready for that competition but I knew it was something I could be very good at.
My first professionally prepared competition was the Miami Pro World Championship. I had a meal plan, a coach, I worked with a stage coach, and I bought competition bikinis. The comp prep was the hardest thing I have ever done – I puked, I fainted; the diet and the training really pushed me to my limit. But I didn’t cheat even once when it came to my meals, my workouts and my posing practice.
The only reason I didn’t give up was the body transformation I was seeing in the mirror. The results kept me going and when I got my trophy, my madness was justified. Finally I was a world champion! A week later I won another competition, the Pure Elite World Championship. I was a world champion again!
The extreme diet and workout regime destroyed my health in the first couple of years, but regardless I kept competing over the next 6 years. I had severe ups and downs, and the downs were really bad. It takes time to recover after each competition. I needed to learn how to live with dieting, how to work out in the most effective way, and how to stay as healthy as possible mentally, physically and emotionally. One of the hardest things to handle when you compete is the constant weight change. When you are show ready you may look amazing for 2-3 weeks. That’s when you have all your photo-shoots. But that body doesn’t last long. You are below your healthy body weight which comes with many unpleasant side effects like brain fog, mood swings, and constant and extreme fatigue. When the show is over you must get back to your healthy weight to be able to live a normal life again, but that means losing that perfect photo body.
You diet and work so hard for three months for that look and in a couple of weeks it’s all gone. This is something that is really hard to accept and it takes time to learn to accept yourself again. The more you compete the wiser you get, but it never gets easier, it is always difficult in different ways. Competing is a very time consuming and physically and emotionally trying thing to do. Of course, I don’t regret for a minute that I competed, and I am so grateful for all the amazing wins and experiences, but sometimes I wonder – how did I push through it all?
You became a World Champion Pro Bikini Model at the age of 39 in 2015. Tell us more about this spectacular achievement of yours.
I always say that my first win wasn’t just the win following that 3 month comp prep. It was a lifetime achievement. It was the payoff for all the effort that I had put in since childhood to be chosen, to be outstanding, to be the best at something. A deep desire to win kept me going and taught me to sacrifice, to fight for my dreams, and to work fanatically …it took me almost 40 years to get there.
If you want to be the best in something, you have to find something that is physically possible and suitable for you. Then all you need is fanatical hard work, deep desire (because you have to give up and sacrifice a lot) and the unquestionable belief that you can.
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