How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness game?

I got discovered on MySpace back in 2008 by Optimum Nutrition & American Bodybuilding. After they signed me in October 2008, I really started learning about fitness and competing. Thanks to them, I’m IN the bodybuilding/fitness game =)

Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?

Yes. After I won 1st in my class in my 1st NPC Bikini competition, I realized my potential in this industry and desire to pursue more in the near future.

What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?

I’ve always had ambition/drive so that being natural to me, I apply it to whatever my goals tend to be. I also stay reminded of exactly why I’m doing what I’m doing and the wonderful opportunities of staying on top of my game, can bring.

In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?

FOOD. The will power to stay on track, follow the diet and stay away from sweets and fatty foods. I have a major sweet tooth so sugar free jello and popsicles are my savior through dieting!

Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?

Some just keep foods like that out of their homes. Its hard when you have people who aren’t dieting with you and who can eat whatever they want. I find some people just aren’t satisfied by fatty foods and sweets and who eat clean 24/7/365.

If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like?

33.33% Training, 33.34% Diet, 33.33% Rest…I believe that all areas go hand in hand. They are all high priority when competing!

How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?

Supplements (in my opinion) are important in my diet/training. I take, Optimum Nutrition’s: Opti-Women, Fish Oil, Essential Amino Energy, BCAA’s & Glutamine Caps. I stick to all food instead of protein powder as I find that I get better results. A supplement I NOW cannot live without is the Essential Amino Energy (Orange Cooler).

In general what does your current training routine look like?

I work out 3 days a week and do cardio every day.

What is your current diet routine?

All food, 6 times per day =) Fish & turkey, green veggies, oats & eggs.

How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?

I’ve done the Keto diet, it worked as of course when you do it right, it will, but the rebounds and effects aren’t pretty/fun. I say get on a healthier diet and if you are weight training and doing the cardio, results will show!

How did you get those awesome arms of yours?

Wow thanks! I love sculpted arms on a woman. NOT masculine in size and appearance, but just toned. I’ve always enjoyed working out my arms so, by you noticing, I guess I’m doing something right!

If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site ( right now, what do you think you would rate?

hmm…an 11! Just kiddin, I’m not sure..I’m sure a nice rating though.

How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?

They love it…for me lol. My family loves the dedication and willpower I have and my friends love that they have someone to go to for advice on diets/training.

Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?

2009: 1st Place – Royal Palm Classic – Bikini C Class; 2011: 4th Place – Dexter Jackson Classic – Bikini A Short Class; Top 17, 2nd Call Out – FLEX Bikini Model Search

What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2012?

I plan to take on 2012 by still competing in the bikini division and praying to go further and increase my gains and potential in the fitness industry.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?

I see myself as an IFBB Bikini Pro, still competing, still an Optimum Nutrition & American Bodybuilding athlete, and hopefully engaged or even married. In 20 years, wow…I’ll be 43 so hopefully, happy, healthy, successful and enjoying life and my family. I’ve got a lot that I want to accomplish in that time but its way too much to list.

The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words for our readers?

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share a great part of my life with you and your fans! Follow me on Twitter: @TiffanyyUpshaw , my website: & please check out my Facebook Fan Page: ~ Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Stay Fit!

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