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Paulina Kolanko - Pro Bikini
Personal: Single, no children
Place of Birth: Bialystok, Poland
Facebook: Paulina Kolanko
State of residence: Illinois
Available For Posing Exhibitions and/or Seminars: Yes
Occupation: Operating Room Nurse
Hobbies: Traveling the world, weight lifting, dancing, arts and crafts
Favorite Movie: Cool Runnings
Favorite Actor: Mila Kunis
Favorite Band: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Performer: Trevor Noah
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy
Training since: 2018
Year Turned PRO: 2018
Height: 5' 6"
Preshow Weight: 120 lbs
Show Weight: 115 lbs
Education: College Graduate
Best Body Part: Abs
Most Challenging Body Part: Glutes
Favorite Exercise: Resistence band exercises
Least Favorite Exercise: Lat pulldowns
2018 NGA PRO/AM Heart of America
- 1st place Bikini Debut
- 1st place Bikini Novice
- 1st place Bikini Open
- Overall Bikini Novice
- Overall Bikini Open
BIO: When I started this journey in January, I did not know much about bodybuilding. I was watching "Pumping Iron" one night when inspiration struck. I wanted to know what bodybuilding for women looks like. What classes do they have and how often do women compete in such competitions. I knew nothing about the world of bikini competitions. The more research I did, the more this world drew me in. I've been feeling like I have been without a passion for a while. I had no personal goals to work towards. I wanted an activity where I can push myself and could call my own. Once I found the bodybuilding bikini world, I felt like I found my passion. I started training in January for my May show. All I did was research on different workout routines, diets, and posing. A lot of it was trial and error. I got a personal trainer for 6 sessions. In 16 weeks he showed me some good glute workouts. I had two different posing coaches throughout my training and boy did I need it. As for my diet and my work out routine, it was all figured out by me and lots of research and figuring out what works for my body. It was a long 16 weeks. A lot of times I felt like I had two jobs. I would leave my full time job of being an operating room nurse to go to my part time job... the gym 6 days out of the week. There were days where I was tired and had no desire to workout but I showed up and did it. On those days I have no idea where the strength or will came from. Once I set my mind on that competition, I felt like there was no stopping me. The diet got easier over time, saying no to sweets and junk wasn't as hard as it used to be. Once the results started to show up my motivation peaked more. I was determined to make a good impression. With each week not only did I learn more about my body, and I also learned so much about my personality. I never thought I would have the drive and discipline to make it in such a sport, but I did. Overcoming obstacles at the gym gave me more self-confidence to overcome obstacles in life. I have learned so many great things from this sport. This will definitely be something I can see myself doing for a long time.