How did you get started with bodybuilding?
In 2006 I started watching my boyfriend compete in bodybuilding and I would see the Figure girls and think wow they look amazing I want to look like that. I went to the gym on and off during University usually hitting cardio or a cardio kickboxing class. I never really did much in the weight training department. Luckily my boyfriend (now my fiancé) was a bodybuilder and personal trainer, after I showed some interest in Figure he starting taking me to the gym with him and I would train with him just like a bodybuilder would, training separate muscle groups at a time. He also introduced me to eating and supplementing to achieve better results. At the time I did not eat enough food especially protein. After a few months my body was completely changing so we decided to get my body ready for the next figure competition. I was very nervous and thought I would just do it to see how far I could go.
I placed 2nd at my first show out of roughly seemed to be almost 20 girls, after that I was completely surprised and hooked.
I loved the way weights transformed my physique. I then went on to become a personal trainer and I love my job. I went to University and received my degree as I wanted to become an elementary school teacher and now I am a trainer and contest coach for other girls needing guidance. My job is very rewarding and this is what I was meant to do. I love researching nutrition, supplementation and training styles. I meet so many wonderful people and get so much satisfaction on seeing my clients succeed in achieving their goals.
Where does your motivation come from?
Motivation for me comes from myself for the most part, I like to push myself to the limit and keep changing my physique. Every time I train I know I have to give it my all because I want to bring the best package I can to the stage.
I also get a lot of inspiration from other women in the industry.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
For me I like to start my day with cardio and do weights later in the afternoon after I have eaten three meals or so, that way I have more strength for weights. I like to split my training up into 5 days, training shoulders, back and legs twice a week each. I train heavy, I really like FST7 its super intense!! My trainer changes my workout routine every four weeks or so to keep challenging me. I never stop lifting weights it’s what keeps my body shapely.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
Lunges, Pull up’s and Arnold Shoulder Press. Lunges target the glutes, quads, and hamstrings thoroughly and give the legs great shape and separation. Pull-up are satisfying because they are tough to perform so I see them as a challenge as well as the incredible pump I get in my back and arms when I do it. Last but not least, is Arnold Presses. This exercise hit all heads of the deltoids while synergistically stimulating the triceps to aid in the lift. They give you that round broad appearance the judges are looking for.
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I start off with normal cardio, when I feel my body is used to it I will add in a few session of HIIT cardio a week as needed. In the off-season I would say I keep it all moderate intensity and pre contest I would add in some HIIT cardio to shred extra bodyfat when I have hit a plateau.
What is your diet like?
My diet changes all the time, but what I find works best for me is high protein, lots of chicken, white fish, salmon, eggs and whey protein shakes. I also eat plenty of fats like peanut butter, olive oil, and almonds. I eat carbs but keep them low I tend to see better results when I stick to low glycemic carbs like yams, brown rice and oatmeal.
They say that the pre and post-workout meals are the most vital meals for the day, what do yours consist of?
I disagree. The most important meal of the day is breakfast. This will fuel your body and put you in a anti-catabolic state. Yes pre workout meals are important as long as you have low glycemic carbs such as yams with high protein to avoid muscle loss. Post workout, I believe that the 2 meals following a workout are the most important given that you had a good breakfast and everything else is adequate. You want to flood your muscle cells with isolate whey protein and high glycemic carbs such as waxy maize. (Nutrabolics makes Waxybolic which I use post workout). One hour after this post-workout shake I will eat fish, vegetables, olive oil, and brown rice.
What supplements do you use that give you great results? How do you use them?
I am sponsored by Nutrabolics; therefore, I take all Nutrabolics supplements they are awesome. I take their Isobolic protein twice daily, I drink Amino cell during cardio and during weight training sessions, I take Superfats (cla) twice daily, Hemorush pre workout drink before weight training to flood my muscles with blood, I take Vitabolic once a day and when I get ready for contest I add in Hemodrene for HER to help me burn fat.
Which era of bodybuilding had superior physiques? Yesterdays Bodybuilders Or Todays?
I would say today’s bodybuilders have superior physiques. I really admire the physique of Figure, not too hard, not too lean, balanced, symmetrical and great stage presence.
Ava Cowan, Mindi Smith, Heather Mae French, Erin Stern because they are all feminine but tight and toned with lean muscle and all beautiful on stage.
Nothing tastes as good as winning feels!