How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I have always been an active and competitive person. Fitness has been in my blood since I can remember. I would have to say the challenge got me into the bodybuilding industry. I became a personal trainer in 2009 so was / am constantly surrounded by the fitness scene. I randomly said I’d get on stage one day so here I am – I did it! For the record, I plan on doing it again!
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
I am very internally motivated; therefore, the lifestyle adjustment has been very rewarding. Eating healthy and working out have always been part of my daily routine. Don’t get me wrong – getting on stage did / does require some adjustments with eating cleaner, giving up drinking, and lifting more – what I like to call ‘show prep.’ I also feel so much better when I eat clean – I try to stick to gluten free and dairy free even ‘off season’ because I both look and feel better. I also stay away from a lot of the sugar substitutes – they make me retain fluids and my abs tend to ‘pop’ way more without them!
Now, to get back to your question: I came across this message today and I would have to say it’s what motivates me everyday “fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life.” Plus, having a rockin’ body is a motivator for sure!
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like. And why? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)
That’s a tough one because while some say it’s 90% diet and 10% training, I am a firm believer in balance. You really can’t get anywhere without a combination of all 3!
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
Again, it’s about balance – you don’t want supplements to be 100% of your intake; however, they can be a great supplement to your daily intake! Some may say that’s why they are called supplements – imagine that!
I would have to say current top supplement is BLUE Raspberry SciVation Xtend – I use it ALL the time! I put a scoop in my water and bring it with me throughout my entire workout – it gives me the extra energy I need to get through my workouts and is so refreshing! I am also a fan of Dymatize ISO*100 Protein and Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy! I use plenty of other supplements / vitamins for various purposes; however, these are my favs!
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
I tend to isolate muscle groups when training. I do a lot of H.I.I.T. (high-intensity intervals) training on mostly on the stairMONSTER – I average 20-25 minutes of cardio on days I do interval training. Hot Yoga is my drug – I try to get there at least 1x / week. It’s a great workout and keeps me centered – it is great for both my body and my mind! A shout out to SUMITS YOGA, LOVE IT! Don’t forget rest – I try to rest 1 day / week!
In terms of my diet – I try to eat clean almost all the time and often (every 2-3 hours)
Here is a quick example (‘off-season’):
Breakfast: Homemade Protein Cookie (100% clean)
Snack: Go Raw Trail Mix (Individually Pkg) + Fruit
Lunch: Ezekiel w/ Nitrate Free Turkey
Snack: Peanut / Almond Butter + Fruit
Dinner: Chicken + Broccoli
Snack: ARTIC ZERO w/ PB2 (OMG it’s the best) or Protein Cookie (sometimes both – carbohydrate before bed on off season only)!
If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com/) right now, what do you think you would rate?
Honestly, I don’t care what I’d rate – it’s all about my image of myself not what others think about me! This is a very important mindset to have when getting on stage too – it’s all about confidence and presence! That being said – a 10!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
They are very supportive. I think my parents got a little freaked once they saw the photos from my first show. I try to remind them it’s an accomplishment and in the end, it’s not what others think of me when they look at me (both in the actual judging process and when spectators come across me either on stage or via images) – it’s how I feel and my own confidence! That being said, my family is amazing and is always behind me 100% – it’s only natural for my parents to be concerned about the ‘image’ it could portray. I am so lucky to have the support I do both with my family and friends! A big thanks to everyone for standing behind me and believing in me!
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
• Arizona Open July 23, 2011 – Bikini Class B – 3rd Place (2012 Nationally Qualified)
• Border States October 29, 2011 – Bikini Class C
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
What is this a job interview / dating website? No really, I like to take it one day at a time. Overall, I see myself setting new goals and reaching them while always wearing a smile on my face and in my heart!
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
Funny you ask that – everyone is always talking and name dropping in the industry. I am so busy with my life that I eat, sleep, play and train around my own lifestyle. I don’t really have time to “follow” anyone else – let alone myself!
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
ME, OF COURSE!!!! DUH!
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
Sometimes – people at work will come to my desk ‘junk food’ and say “Rachel just eat it, just one bite” – I laugh and leave it there until they walk away. It’s not really a temptation anymore unless of course I am having a cheat (I am only human ) Otherwise, it’s become easier to eat healthy or as some would call it, be a ‘picky’ eater because everyone knows I am into fitness and clean eating – getting on stage just proved I was for reals!
What is your all time favorite workout song?
USHER – OMG! OMG – I don’t know why but that song pumps me up in the gym, during YOGA (fast flow song) and on the dance floor!
What is your favorite quote?
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Lance Armstrong
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
StairMONSTER – I can train my heart and my butt!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Totally depends on my mood! I am a sucker for sushi, fro-yo (frozen yogurt) and PIZZA! I also recently discovered cake pops – for the longest time I thought the center was donuts (yuck) – probably better that way because it kept me away!
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I am convinced I may never grow up – like they say getting older is part of life – growing up is optional. I prefer pool parties to nightclubs – but you can catch me at both. I love staying ACTIVE! Wakeboarding – really anything that has me on a boat (yes I love the song – so fun) or in the water – it’s just pure bliss! I love to travel – especially to beaches. During football season you can catch me watching the Ravens and sometimes I do like to kick back and relax and watch movies and my fav shows of course. Oh and love the Yankees and Arizona Wildcats as well when it comes to sports! Sometimes, you may even catch me playing coed kickball or softball! Most important, I enjoy spending time kicking it with family and friends – I wouldn’t be who I am today without them!
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
Again, depends on my mood and the time of day I hit the gym (sometimes it’s around 5a and sometimes 5p)! I LOVE shoulders and a grueling butt workout! Biceps can get a little boring! LOL – hey, you asked!
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?
“How can you not eat carbs?” I am only sick of hearing it because I do eat them! Ezekiel Bread, Coaches Oats, Brown Rice, Yams, and Oat Bran (thanks MOM!) are just a few of my favs. I eat A LOT of fruit – even during ‘show prep!’ Oh – I found a new addiction – gluten free rice chex!
The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words or advise for our readers?
Thanks for this opportunity – I am honored to do this for your team! I would have to say – #1: Be true to yourself and never give up on your dreams. You create your own future. Stop making excuses. Motivation ultimately comes from within. Follow your instincts and your heart. Everyone does things differently – the key is finding what works for you. You can do anything you set your mind to – on that note – set achievable goals and never give up!
Photo Credits: Photos by Michael Simon www.foursimon.com