BEING TRISH

Being Trish dwells into the everyday life of Trisha Smick, single mother of three and physique bodybuilder on the side.  She has time and time again proven herself to be a qualified physique athlete in what most consider to be a male-dominated sport. She currently resides in New Jersey with her three childre, ages 12, 8 and 5. Trish graduated in the top 10% of her class from Penn State University with a B.S. Degree in Exercise Physiology.
My passion for fitness sprouted when I was in high school, teaching aerobics and weight training. My interest grew into a passion motivating me to pursue a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Penn State University.

But, it wasn’t until after college following a significant life event in 1992, that I began dedicating myself to the sport of fitness. Todd Zabielski, a trainer friend invited me to attend a competition for a female client he was training. As a fitness enthusiast, I was amazed by what I witnessed and the discipline & tenacity required to step on that stage - prepared! That night, I told Todd with such conviction “I can do that; I want to do that” and 3 months later I did. I had a great showing my first time out and continued to do so for the following competitions. Soon thereafter, I earned my WNBF Pro Card and placed 6th in my first pro show the 1994 “Ms. Universe” in NYC.

Ironically, at 26 following the Ms. Universe I stopped competing altogether for 18 years. I struggled with the concept that I may never be “the best,” that there would likely always be someone better than me, so “what’s the point”? This all or nothing mindset left me feeling deflated and defeated.

I continued to train for general health for the next few years, but as my family grew so did my distance from the gym. At 33 following marriage and the birth of my first child, I stopped training completely and did what too many women do that I strongly urge against. In becoming a wife and mother my life revolved around everyone else’s needs and I lost “me.”


Strangely, It took another difficult life altering event to get me back to the gym and the roots of the sport. In early 2010 my mother’s health began a decline eventually leading to her loss of life in 2012. Witnessing her decline and accepting the inevitable outcome on my best friends life was such a tremendously painful process and had an impact on many interpersonal family relationships. Simply put, I needed an outlet for my pain and angst so I turned to the sport that I knew I could count on like I did so many years ago.
In May 2011 I walked through the doors of a gym again and 1 1/2 years later I stepped on stage at the 2012 INBF World Amateur Championships and placed 2nd in both Figure and Fit Body (Physique).

What’s different this time around for me? I realize that while this sport can summon so many strengths it oddly can bring a lot of our insecurities right along with it. I have the maturity and wisdom to embrace the concept that this sport is not about anyone else but me; It is my journey! And, as I enter each new day I strive to leave behind an older version of myself to unveil a new and improved one; a version that has learned from both her mistakes and triumphs of yesterday. So, it really doesn’t matter if I am “The Best” as long as I am “My Best”!


Awards:

2014: NPC Golds Classic, Physique 2nd Place

2014: NPC Natural Mid-Atlantic Classic; Physique 1st Place

2014: NGA Mr & Ms. Natural Philadelphia; Physique 1st Place

2013: OCB Battle for The Belt; Physique 2nd, Bodybuilding 3rd Place

2012: INBF Amateur World Championships; Fit Body 2nd, Figure 2nd Place

1994: WNBF Pro Ms. Universe; Bodybuilding 6th Place

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