Molly Wichman holds the cards – for now.
Wichman, a Lee’s Summit fitness instructor and a recently named professional fitness competitor, became the first in the Wichman household to earn a pro card from the International Federation of Bodybuilders.
The designation came after an overall first-place finish at the 2013 National Physique Committee Fitness Nationals competition July 6 in Teaneck, N.J.
Coming off two recent first place finishes at local fitness competitions, Wichman was judged at nationals first on physique and second on a two-minute freestyle fitness routine composed of strength, flexibility and energizing moves choreographed to music. Not only did Wichman win the title in the Class C fitness division, she was also awarded an IFBB pro card and is eligible to compete as a professional athlete.
Wichman plans to make her IFBB pro debut Aug. 8-10 at the Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Tampa, Fla.
“At New Jersey, first and second (place) each got their pro card” she said in a recent interview inside the fitness center she owns with her husband, Robert, in the northern part of Lee’s Summit. “They were rolling through the lineup giving out places and they were down to third place and then they called second. I was like, man, I think I’m a professional athlete now.’ It didn’t quite kick in. Then I got first, and I was like, ‘hmmm, I just got first.’
“It took a little bit to sink in.”
Robert Wichman went for his IBFF pro card at the NPC Mr. USA competition July 26-28 in Las Vegas after taking second at the show last July. His hope was to move up to first place this year and join his wife as a professional athlete.
“It was a proud moment for me,” Robert Wichman said of his thoughts on his wife gaining her pro card. “I know what she put into it. Being rewarded by your peers is always satisfying. Now, I have a lot of buddies giving me a hard time and stuff like that because of the fact that I’m so close in my own competitive career to moving into the IFBB as a professional. They all like to razz me and give me a hard time about how she turned pro before I did.”
Bragging rights aside, Molly Wichman said her husband is her biggest supporter, and along with a fellow trainer at the couple’s business, Life Transformations Fitness Center, she couldn’t ask for more sources of motivation.
“It takes discipline and planning,” she said. “My prep coach her at the gym – she’s a national bodybuilder – and my husband Robert, they work together and they help me with my prep. You don’t always want to do your prep. You may second guess yourself, you might not look the best; so they help me with my prep and you just have to be able to listen to them. If they told me to eat cardboard one day, I would eat cardboard. That’s how discipline you have to be.”
Added Robert Wichman: “Over this last year, she’s been really focusing on making the improvements necessary to her physique to step up to that level. It’s really great to see her being rewarding for having done all of that work and put in the time to make the improvements to move to that next level. As her husband and coming out and supporting me at all of my shows along the way and being a part of what you would call my team, it’s really great to be a part of her team now and watch her move forward and be kind of the support role for her that she has been for me. It’s really special. It’s kind of nice to be able to watch her do all these things also, now.”