Michelle Gonda

Bikini competitor. Mother of 4 boys. Marine Mom πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Competing was a bucket list at 40. Now at 44 it’s my passion.

Placed 3rd

in the semi-finals

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Michelle Gonda and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Make it a lifestyle not a “diet”. When you fail to plan you plan to fail. If you have children remember they are always watching! Do it for you first and foremost but do it because they will most likely follow in your footsteps. As a little girl I watched my dad lift weights in our basement. I loved our time together and here I am today. Every competition is for him. Regardless of how I place I want to make him proud. After all he inspired me.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I lost my 21 yr old son in 2017. The same discipline needed to compete helped me to navigate through the grief. It forced me to get out of bed. It forced me to eat. It forced me to exercise. It forced me to be social and interact with people. The people I’ve met through competing have become life long friends. We all have stories. The gym is πŸ’― my antidepressant. I wear a piece of Lukes clothing to every workout.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would take my boys and boyfriend Jack on a much needed vacation. There is nothing in this world more important than family. Tomorrow isn’t promised.