BIKINI BEAUTY, CORA ALBERS!
Interview By Ben Yosef / Michael Brooks Photography
“I learned how amazing it felt to be proud of myself by not giving up, putting in hard work and surpassing what I thought was possible.”
BEN YOSEF: Cora! Congrats on making top five in your classes at the California Championship! You were awesome! How do you feel about the show?
CORA ALBERS: Thank you! It was incredible. Nothing what I expected, but super amazing and learned a lot about myself and competing. Even as we talk about it now, I still find it hard to believe.
BEN: Ha! What were you expecting?
CORA: I expected a lot more animosity, like backstage amongst the girls/competitors. But, in my experience, it was nothing like that. Surprisingly, quite the opposite. There were girls giving tips, advice helping put on number buttons. I helped with a wardrobe malfunction and, in turn, got help during one of my own. I mean, totally far from what I envisioned.
BEN: Wow, that is so cool. I am so happy that this is what your IPL experience was like. I will say, though that I am not surprised. This is the vibe and energy that is at the core of what the IPL is all about. So, the league attracts certain types of athletes and coaches. What sort of things did you learn?
CORA: I learned more about my strengths, my body, taking care of myself, what it takes to compete, how to present myself and what the judges are looking for. I learned how amazing it felt to be proud of myself by not giving up, putting in hard work and surpassing what I thought was possible.
BEN: Love it! So, this was your first time ever competing? And, do you have an athletic or fitness background?
CORA: This was my first show. And I do have a fitness background, but nothing to this degree. Growing up I played a lot of volleyball, softball, swim, kayak, bike, hike, skate and did some cheerleading. I have fun with trying it all. I like to keep both my mind and body guessing. But I really just like to be outdoors, stay active and try new things.
BEN: You competed in both Bikini Open Class B where you placed 5th and Fitness Angels Open where you placed 4th. What made you decide to enter these divisions?
CORA: I initially entered Bikini Novice since this was my first time competing. But then during a posing session I learned I would be ineligible to win a Pro Card competing in that division. So that’s how I chose Open. Because I was like, if I’m putting in all this time, money and effort in I am going for it! Fitness Angels called my name as soon as I knew, saw or heard about the category. And my Coach, Caroline Tsutakawa of the Smoothies and Blenders, Gave me suggestions on where I should I compete. And I trust her 100%.
BEN: Well, you are a fantastic competitor and I cant wait to see you hit that stage again! What is next for you?
CORA: Thank you, Ben! Hearing that really means so much. You know, initially I never wanted to compete. I didn’t want muscles, to get big or look manly. But someone believed in me, encouraged me, saw more, and didn’t give up when I said “no.” So, I joined for the discipline, community and self-control. But I definitely have to give a huge shout out to Mr. Craig Tsutakawa. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here and have seen what I am truly capable of. Now I am training to compete again in the Sacramento May show and can’t wait! Also, I have two girls under me who I’m helping become stage-ready for that show as well. I am excited to push myself and continue to show others what is possible!!! BIKINI