Sisters and competitive bodybuilders Twyla and Tyanna Gold share their inspirational fitness journeys.
Special to Inspire Coastal Bend
Growing up, I was always labeled as the “skinny girl.” Although I’ve always been a strong-willed person, my body never reflected what was on the inside. I was good at sports, but I wasn’t the best, and as an adult, I finally found something that I wasn’t just mediocre at. Turns out I was really good at it!
As a woman, I thought that lifting weights would make me look manly, and after many years of my father asking to be workout partners, I finally gave in and began training with him. At first it was extremely difficult. At only 95 pounds, I couldn’t even accomplish one push-up or pull-up. It was discouraging, but I didn’t stop and my dad’s voice resonated in my head: “Pain is just weakness leaving your body.”
After experiencing the pain, I grew stronger; one pull-up turned into five and five, turned into 10. What was once a hobby became a necessity and eventually a lifestyle.
In 2014, I competed in my first show, placing second in my class. Hitting the stage for the very first time was exhilarating, and I was immediately hooked! I’ve competed in a total of six shows, and with hard work and determination, I have placed in every show. I am nationally qualified and strive to compete at a national level soon. Sharing the stage with my sister, Tyanna, makes competing easier. We are able to share ideas and turn to each other if when we need encouragement.
If my story can inspire and motivate one person to workout and eat healthy, then all that pain is worth it.
I was around the age of 14, not being consistent, in and out of the gym months at a time. Didn’t really have any real goals. Even during the time when I wasn’t consistent with the gym, my family and I have always been “team Smoothie King.” We love our smoothies and have always been very loyal customers for years.
As I got a little older, I started hitting the gym with my dad. He wanted me to lift all these weights, and my initial thoughts were, This is hard. I don’t want to get big, and I’ll just do cardio. I thought for sure I could get the body I wanted by just doing cardio.
In November of 2014, my older sister, Twyla, competed in her first bodybuilding competition, which I attended. I had no idea what this sport was about. I just remember sitting in the audience thinking, Man, these sure are really long shows (if you’ve attended a show, you know what I’m talking about). But [I was] amazed with these men and women’s physiques. It takes a lot of dedication and discipline to get up on that stage, but I was ready for the challenge.
I started training for my first competition, Battle on the Bay, in April of 2015, where I competed in the bikini division. During this time is when I became a sponsored Smoothie King Corpus Christi athlete. I am very blessed and thankful for all the love and support my Smoothie King family has shown me. This past year, I competed in four shows, one being NPC National Championships in Miami, Fla. I wouldn’t have gotten there without the help from my amazing sponsors.
I have fallen in love with the sport of bodybuilding. I really do love the process and the feeling of pushing my body to its limits. Fitness is now my lifestyle. Lifting and the gym is my outlet. I just want to encourage everyone out there: It’s never too late to start your journey.
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