Athlete Feature/Cover Girl: VIRGINIA TOTH

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We had the pleasure of meeting this fantastic young athlete recently and wanted to share her story. We plan on working with her again in the near future.

 

My story begins when took my very first step. I grew up in a small town in the country of Hungary with a big dream to live in the United States. For as long as I could remember when I was asked “What would you like to be when you grow up?” My answer has always been, a professional athlete.

As a young girl, I challenged myself in a lot of different types of sports. From track and field to professional dancing I was determined to find my true calling. It wasn’t until I discovered fitness that I realized what my true passion in life was. Once I discovered the world of fitness I put 100% of my time and energy into it. The first time I saw bikini competitors on stage I became obsessed. Six months later I was standing on stage competing in my first show. Within that first year I had won the European and World Championship Titles for the World Bodybuilding & Physique Federation (WBPF). Through the WBPF I gained notoriety in Europe and Thailand; however I wanted exposure to the world of fitness across the United States. The federation that I decided to compete for was the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA). I took a huge leap of faith and traveled across the world to compete in Reno, Nevada for their largest worldwide event in 2012. Completely new to this federation, I had no idea what to expect. In the end, I returned to Hungary a champion bringing home three gold medals and my professional card. After my winnings, I immediately applied for my Athlete Visa. This brought about mixed emotions, on one hand I was happy and excited about my future yet I was sad because I knew that to accomplish my dream I had to leave my family.

During the time while I was waiting for my Visa I started something new. I challenged myself to try out for the WWE wrestling federation. One week before my WWE tryout, I broke my ankle. I was quite the unlucky patient because I found out that I was in the hands of the wrong doctor. My recovery didn’t go as planned, but my Visa had finally arrived. Physically in a lot of pain and leaving behind my family I decided to move to Los Angeles, California.

I was not willing to accept the condition of my ankle and knew that I had to find a way to get better. I did my research and found the right doctor for me. To fully recover it took me over two years and during this time I grew as an individual and became the strongest version of myself.

I took the fight and I started to train extremely hard. Because of my condition, I created the craziest and most creative exercises imaginable. My nutrition was on point. I made a huge transformation. The results of my hard work led to me winning the 2016 Gold’s Gym 12-week body transformation challenge. By being in the best shape of my life, I defended all of my INBA/PNBA pro bikini titles.

I always have believed that everything happens for a reason and sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. Even though I went through this painful experience, I’ve chosen to keep the faith and to never give up.

 

 

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