Dewayne is nothing less than AMAZING as my nutritionist and trainer as well as a professional bodybuilder.
Of course there is always room for improvement, but he has sculpted my body to perfection. I have never looked better. He always reminds me that it is not about chasing a trophy at a fitness show, but it is about looking better than you ever have before.
And my before was an overweight Engineer and single mom who enjoyed way too many social events that included margaritas and poor food choices. For my 5’1” frame I was easily on my way to 200Lbs until I saw a picture of myself at a friend’s wedding. The picture was indication that I wasn’t taking care of my health. I began making lifestyle changes and was able to lose 40lbs on my own. I wanted to continue on my fitness journey and I decided to become a group exercise instructor. After 2 years of teaching classes, I wanted to challenge my fitness again and hire personal trainer to prepare me for a bikini competition.
I was first introduced to the “Texas Titan” and the Musclemania organization by a co-worker. In the first phone conversation I had with Dewayne, I told him “I don’t want to lose my ass and I don’t want to look like a dude.” He assured me with natural bodybuilding that I would not look like a dude and that I would improve my overall physique for the better. As I stated earlier, at this point I already dropped 40 lbs on my own and been a 24 hour fitness group instructor. I knew I wanted to take my fitness to the next level, and I thought I was in excellent shape—the key word being “thought”. Dewayne recalls that I had a slight “cockiness in our first meeting. All that I can remember is that the day after my first workout with him; I couldn’t feel the lower half of my body. That one session had obliterated my arrogance, along with my thighs, and my hamstrings. I believed at that moment he would improve my overall shape for the best.
“If you don’t feel it, you ain’t working it.”
For my first show I was amazed by the results. I remember the first two months of training, my weight didn’t change much (varied 3-5 lbs), but my body began to look completely different. I lost inches and built new muscle. Then when he created my meal plan, my weight began to drop immediately. In the first week of eating clean, I lost 7 lbs! My first bikini fitness competition occurred on May 19th, 2012 and I kept a log of my progress every day until the day I stepped onto the stage and I placed in the TOP 5! I walked away with some hardware, but my new body was my ultimate trophy and I have Mr. Malone to thank for that.
I also give Dewayne credit for educating me in the art of strength training. He is a GREAT fitness mentor. I have tried to absorb as much as possible of the information that he has shared during our sessions. He emphasizes “feeling” in every exercise. Meaning, that I need to feel what muscle is being worked. “If you don’t feel it, you ain’t working it.” Fast forward four years later, I am still training with the man they refer to as the Texas Titan.
I have been fortunate to share my fitness stories in various news media outlets like Fit2Figures, Natural Muscles Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Daily Mail, ABC13 and FOX26. Using Dewayne as a mentor, I also became a certified Personal Trainer and started my own fitness brand Fitter Smiles.