I would like to share my experiences with Ava Cowan over the last two and half years. Ava has been my coach as I am an avid bodybuilder with passion for the sport. I compete also. More as a byproduct of my intense working out than a profession. I compete in the figure division.
If you look up the definition of coach in Wikipedia it reads the following: “ Coaching is training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Occasionally, coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring in focusing on specific tasks or objectives, as opposed to general goals or overall development.”
When I first entered my engagement with Ava this is what I thought she would provide; Coaching! The experience turned out to be much more than that. Over the two and half years she was there for me in all aspects of training. NO matter the day, the time or the question, Ava would respond with care, details and professional insight. Ava lives in Florida and I live in New Jersey so one would think that would not be a great formula for success. I will tell you it wouldn’t matter what corner of the world Ava was in, she was so responsive I felt like she was right next to me every day.
She helped me tailor my workouts, my diet and more importantly my psyche about training. This change in paradigm also has led to positive developments in my personal life. She was always “on the clock”. I did compete in the Garden State Bodybuilding Championships the last two years and I did place in both of those competitions. Ava was there for me right up to the time when I walked on stage for pre-judging. She would ask for more pictures, tell me more peanut butter cups or more whatever. She truly cared.
As I have said, the competitions are more for fun. But what I have attained from my experience with Ava is much deeper. She has shown me how to take my workouts and diets to the next level. She has journeyed with me along the way, always adjusting, always watching, always caring. Regardless of my placement in the competitions I have never been happier with the development of my body, my progress and the depth of knowledge she has given me.
She clearly has lived up to the definition of “Coach”. But more importantly I now see her as a mentor. One that I want to model my fitness routines around. One that I want to continue to learn from. I can’t thank her enough for the hard work she has given in my development. I have never felt better about my progress. And I do believe as importantly I can call her a friend. That is because she cares. She cares about my development, my satisfaction with my progress, and about my psyche. Although words can never express my gratitude, THANK YOU AVA!"
I had a dream to become one of them! After going to watch few Figure competitions, I wanted to be one of those girls, nice tight , tanned, toned bodies, beautiful flashing suits, ripped abs stepping on stage and everybody is cheering on them! My dream finally came true this past weekend, November 7th 2009. I was one of those girls!!! The girl that actually stepped on stage for the first time ever and WON !!!
My journey started beginning of 2009. I started to train with one of my friends/boyfriend. That didn't go well because I realized that he wanted my money and is not here to help me! He was sending me meal and workout plans that he made for somebody else and are not altered for my needs. I didn't see any changes in my body for few months working with him so I decided to move step forward and I contacted Ava Cowan! She was my first choice for a trainer since I've been amazed by her physique and dedication to be the best of the best, but since somebody else offered to train me who I knew from before I put my first choice on the side. That was a big mistake! Well live and learn!
After I got in touch with Ava, we immediately start working on my meal and workout plan that led me to my success! Everything was altered to fit my needs. I made the best decision with having Ava as my trainer and I wish that I didn't listen to anybody before and went with my heart and had her train me from beginning !
Ava is the best trainer that you can have, passionate about what she is doing, here to help you 150% and answer all your questions, support you during your journey until the last second when you are about to step on that stage!
I've been training with Ava for past 5 months. My body never looked better. When we start training, I had cracked rib and I had to lift about 50% of my usual weight that I was lifting before. In less than 2 months, my body changed drastically. I start lifting heavier , doubled and tripled my weigh that I was lifting before , built quality muscle mass and lose fat. From 145 lb I was down to 128 lb before my competition and from 13.85 % body fat to 8.1% day before the show!
It wasn't easy! Dieting , low carbs and you have to push yourself to the maximum. I was thinking to quit few times asking myself do I really want this that bad? Yes, I wanted that badly!
I had Ava's chant of the champion on my computer screen and every time I was low on myself I red it and that pushed me through! I wanted to cheat on my meals but again, I looked at that very same picture and saw her abs and I wanted to have the same , that was enough to tell myself, she wont know if you cheated but I will and will show on the end ! Lots of hard work at the gym but most important will of power to don't slip and cheat on your meals, lots of dedication and here I am. Standing on the stage as a winner!
I'll be training with Ava to get me ready for many more shows to come! She is perfectionist in whatever she does, with my posing lessons, every time we get together she was changing it until finally she found the perfect pose for me to present my physique the best on that stage! She helped me pick the suit, perfect tan , make up artist just to look my very best ! And i did!
It's not enough words to explain my happiness and thankfulness to her! She made my dream come true!
What a wonderful , down to earth person, great supportive friend and excellent trainer!
Looking forward to continue working with her to get me ready for many more shows to come and of course to win them all !
Ava you are the BEST and thank you from all my heart for everything that you have done for me!!! I wouldn't be able to do it without you !!!"