About Kasey Wilson
I was born and raised in the small town of Poquoson, VA. After high school I attended James Madison University for my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. JMU is also where I began to develop an interest in fitness.
As a freshman, I lived a typical “college lifestyle”- my health was not a priority. Luckily, I had a roommate who enjoyed weightlifting and I began my fitness journey by working out with her. Over the course of a few months, I found myself in the weight room everyday. After about a year of consistent training I was encouraged to try bodybuilding. I completed a short 6-week prep, got on stage, and immediately fell in love with the sport.
My drive as an athlete began to shape my life. I became highly focused on my studies, training, and nutrition. It was never easy to balance the temptations of college with bodybuilding, so I quickly made friends who either shared my passion or supported my endeavors. The JMU Fitness Club is where I ultimately found lifelong friends who competed in bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and so many other athletic events. I’m so thankful to have been surrounded by amazing
athletes who were pursuing dreams of their own.
I recently completed my Master’s Degree at Radford University and accepted a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with high school students. I’m excited to have found a career that allows me to pursue both my passion for
helping individuals with disabilities and bodybuilding. I’ve now competed for 4 consecutive years and hope to earn IFBB professional status.
If there were 1 thing I could say to a college student who’s considering bodybuilding, it would be “If you love it enough, just do it. You will make it work.” Even while prepping I managed to take full advantage of my college experience and maintain the social life I did before. I’m so glad I started my journey with this sport while still a student, regardless of the challenges and excuses I could have made. It has truly shaped my life for the better.
Why did you start competing?
I didn’t know anything about competing until people from my gym suggested I try it. I was a competitive dancer all through high school and I definitely missed the rush of being on stage in front of judges. I figured I’d try this just for shits and gigs…urns out I loved it!
What do you enjoy most about competing?
Winning, duh! Just kidding, everything about show day and seeing the final package!
Who inspires you, and why?
Hannah Ranfranz is one of my favorite bikini pros and is a huge inspiration to me. Even though she isn’t one of the “top” pros (yet!), she had an amazing rookie season. I remember admiring her backstage at Jr. USAs in 2018 and knowing she was a standout athlete. Hannah inspires me to always be 100% unapologetically myself. She gives off the best energy and is always positive and happy-go-lucky. I’m calling it now: she’ll make it to the Olympia one year soon!
How do you stay motivated?
I always write down my goals and stick to them.
What are your favorite exercises and why?
Shoulder lateral raises and hip thrusts.
What is your favorite cheat food?
Easy question. Duck donut with vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles.
What is your favorite health and fitness quote?
“No one is ever going to give you anything of value. You have to work for it, sweat for it, fight for it. But there is far greater value in accomplishments you earn than in accolades that are merely given to you. When you earn something, you never have to worry about justifying that you truly deserve it.” –Ronda Rousey (P.S. I highly recommend her book My Fight, Your Fight)
If you could give one piece of advice about dieting, what would it be?
Eat REAL food! But seriously, all the processed junk has gotta go! Whole foods are the best foods, plus, they taste wayyyy yummier.
If you could give one piece of advice to new athletes or people just getting into fitness, what would it be?
To people just getting into fitness: “Don’t give in to your excuses. Consistency is the key to results; excuses will ruin your consistency.”
To new athletes/competitors: “Learn how to take constructive feedback and act on it with a positive attitude.”
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