THE FIRST EVER IFBB ELITE PRO WORLD BIKINI CHAMPION: Melina Keltaniemi!
When you are top of the sport, you are the World Professional Champion. Best of the best! Finnish Melina Keltaniemi had a dream and that dream came in true in China last year.
Melina Keltaniemi is the current IFBB Elite Pro World Champion and for good reason! She is young, only 22 years, but she is quite experienced competitor with incredible structure and genetic potential. Buy not only that, she has a clear vision how to keep improving. Many young competitors who are successful putting too much stress winning and competing too much.
Melina understood her limitations and not trying to keep herself in contest shape whole year around. She takes good off season and let her mind and body to recuperate. That also means gains! Too many young athletes trying to avoid working and concentrate just gym life. That is so wrong since there aren’t too many professional athletes who only gets their money from just being a pro athlete. Really! People have to go work and earn money, even professionals. Melina knows that and she lives a normal life with great goal to win second time IFBB Elite Pro World Championships. That what’s matter to her and that’s what she is going to do later on this year!
M&H: Before you hit the gym first time, what was your sports?
Melina: I started to go gymnastics, skating, dancing etc. and end up to do cheerleading. I loved that sport and it was almost my whole life back then. I did it around seven years and when I turned 17 years old, I went to gym and get aerobic-gymnastic lessons at the same time before I started to focus only to weightlifting.
M&H: What was the reason why you started to lift weights?
Melina: I was interested building muscles and I wanted to change my body type more muscular and leaner. Soon I started to think I want to compete and looked body fitness category and I founded bikini category what was new here in Finland.
M&H: Your competition career as an amateur is astounding! You won in 2016 Spring Finnish Junior Championships and later on Fall the Over title in open category. The next year you won your class at Ben Weider Legacy Cup and at the end of that day you competed at the first ever IFBB Elite Pro shows in Finland – Nordic Pro. How you set up so high goals?
Melina: I will always remember my comment to my coach. I said “I want to win my first competition” and “in a year or two I want to win my pro card”. It’s kind of funny to say like that, but I have always had very high goals. If I dream about something, it is sure it will not be only a dream, I mean I always have another dream after I reached the previous one. My dreams are more like a plans or decisions and I’m going to work very hard for those decisions.
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