Stats & Info featured athlete shantal barros

Age: 23

Weight:
Off-Season: 118 lbs
Contest: 114 lbs

Height: 5’4

Current Residency: San Diego, CA

Years Competing: 8 months

Favorite Exercise: Sumo squats, Leg press (close stance)

Contest History:

  • 2016 NPC Western All Forces Championships – Bikini B 1st & Overall
  • 2016 NPC Southern California Championships – Bikini D 3rd
  • 2016 NPC California Night of Champions – Bikini 6th, Novice 2nd
  • 2016 NPC San Diego Championships – Bikini D 9th

Professional Info:

  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 3rd year undergrad (accounting)

Biography

Who am I?

I am Ecuadorian, born and raised in New York City. I was raised by a single mom with two sisters. Half of my family lives in New York and the other half in Ecuador.

I was not very athletic growing up and really don’t have much of an athletic background. Although, I did ballet when I was three years old for a couple years, tried karate for six months when I was 12, and did swimming for a couple years when I was 17. I was just not interested in or very good at any particular sport, so I figured there was no sport out there for me.

I went to college for 2 years before I decided to join the military. I received a full ride for college with the SEEK program at Queens College and decided to join the military due to my family having financial problems. I was overweight when I decided to join the military; I weighed 186 lbs. and had to drop down to 150. When I joined, I barely made it to 150 lbs. and coming out of boot camp I dropped down to 146. After boot camp, I let myself go and had junk food every day and gained all my weight back. I went back to 165 lbs! I decided to lose weight before I got put into a program in the military for overweight Marines.
I did my weight-loss journey with e-books online and they worked for a short period of time, but then I stopped seeing results. I did this to the point where I just started to eat salads and do endless hours cardio; I dropped down to 108 lbs. I didn’t like the way I looked or even the way I did my nutrition…

Then in August 2015, I met Meriza. She helped me develop a healthier lifestyle and find a balance with my meals and workouts. I started out as a lifestyle client for a few months and just decided to do my first competition after meeting Danielle Lipski. I knew that there was something else for me besides just maintaining my weight. After my first show, I became passionate with this sport and just wanted to keep going. I got last place on my first show – but that didn’t stop me! I love the way my body kept transforming after every show. I love how many people I inspired to lose weight and to even start to think about competing! I love to inspire other women to go to the gym and see that it is possible to get the body of their dreams if they work hard and train hard.

I am a very loyal, trusting, understanding, and family oriented. God and my family are my number one priority. My mom would always tell me “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” To see results with anything it will take time, passion and sacrifice.