By Taylor Dawson
Last year, I participated in the Miss Maryland Teen USA pageant and with Walter Lewis’ personal training sessions I was able to get my body competition ready. I placed 1st runner up out of 90 girls and I couldn’t of done this without Walter.
After my 2014 pageant, I had the opportunity of going back and forth to California for my acting career and I was not sure if I was going to return to compete again this year. During my time in California, I tried other personal trainers, however, their method did not work because they suggested that I build my upper body to match my lower body. Walter really knows my body and knows that I build muscle fast, so he was able to adjust my workouts and eating plan to our goals. Then I decided since we could not get Walter in person, we would try the next best thing which was skype and believe me the workout were not any easier. He would follow up with emailing me the work outs for the week and his suggested eating plan. Then he would have me keep a journal and send it to him. He is very dedicated and cares about achieving your goals. You just don’t get the hour, he will follow up and make sure you are keeping on track.
Once I returned in October and decided to compete, we only had one month but I was determined to take the crown and knew I needed a killer body to do so. Walter helped me place very high last year with my amazing swimsuit body and I knew he could do the same this year. So, I began training with him one month before the pageant. We weighed in, did measurements and the whole nine yards. We determined that my legs needed a lot of shaping up. Squats and lunges were definitely the way to go. I saw him 5 days a week and did some cardio on the days I was not training with him. He gave me a very clean meal plan that I followed strictly. By the end of our training, I lost 5 pounds as well as numerous inches off of my waist and legs, and my body fat drastically decreased. Training with Walter has always been a positive experience. He is very encouraging and positive and helped keep me determined and focused on my fitness goals. By the time pageant weekend came, I was extremely confident in my body. My confidence in swimsuit combined with my amazing shaped body were a big part of the reason I was crowned Miss Maryland Teen USA 2015!! I got numerous compliments on my great body the entire weekend and everyone asked me how I stay so fit. My one answer was Walter Lewis! Winning this title was a dream come true and I couldn’t have done it without Walter.
Next, I will be competing in Miss Teen USA, representing Maryland, in the Bahamas and will definitely be coming back to Walter to get me ready at a National level. I have a life-changing year ahead of me and I’m very grateful to know that Walter will be by my side for the entirety of it.