How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I have always been very active. I had gotten into doing 5Ks a lot and when I came across a rerun of a fitness pageant on television it reminded me that I had always wanted to give that a shot. I liked the thought of changing up my workouts and challenging myself with a new and different goal to strive for.
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
I really like to surround myself with positive people that are working on their own goals as much as possible. I think this helps motivate me and keep me focused. I also love listening to all different kinds of fun music to push me to keep going while at the gym. The fact that I just feel better inside and out when I am eating healthy and working out is a big motivator to keep at it too. It can definitely be challenging some days though!
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)
For me I would say 60% diet, 20% training, and 20% rest. I think diet is really the key to achieving goals but there is certainly a training and rest factor involved. It is hard to pinpoint exact percentages. I do think every single person needs a slightly different formula. I know when I am eating mostly clean and healthy with a few indulgences sprinkled in I look and feel my best which means I can train easier and longer. Rest is important but anyone that knows me knows I seem to do just fine with a little less rest than is recommended. Once again I will have to refer that back to everybody being a little different.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I really try not to use too many supplements because I like to get as much as I can from my diet. I do think they can be very beneficial for active people depending on the amounts, supplements, and situations though. I personally love protein powder and nitric oxide. Those would be my top supplements. Since I love to cook and bake I am always throwing some protein powder into this and that so I can maintain my lean muscle mass. Nitric oxide is a great way to get some extra energy and power for workouts too. I use both of these regularly and typically the ones I use are by Dymatize, Syntrax, and BSN.
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
Generally I do cardio 6 times a week anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours per day depending on what I have coming up. I typically do 2 days of strength training for upper body and 2 days for lower body each week with some abdominal and core work every other day. My diet is generally high protein, lower carbohydrate, and moderate calories along with a ton of water. I like to eat mini meals every 2-4 hours too. It’s important for me to plan in meals (mostly on the weekends) where I can eat whatever I want within reason so that I feel like I have some balance. Plus it makes it easier to stay on track with my other meals.
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?
I honestly am not sure how I would rate. I guess it depends on who is voting lol! I like my arms because they are strong but they are wiry strong, I think this look works well for both modeling jobs and the Bikini level of bodybuilding shows. I also think that my limbs (legs included) tend to not hold thick muscle so it is easier to learn to love what you have and make it work for you than to try to constantly create something that is genetically close to impossible.
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
They are very supportive which is a blessing! I have gotten nothing but positive reinforcement. I am so happy that I have people that are genuinely rooting for me to succeed because it really makes it easier. I cannot thank them enough for all their love and encouragement.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
I have placed in the top five of almost every competition I have entered. I have numerous 2nd place victories and my most notable achievements are 1st place at 2009 INBF/WNBF Ms Super Natural Overall Bikini, 1st place 2010 & 2011 NMA Can-Am Overall Bikini, and 2011 5th place WBFF New England Championship.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
In 5 years I see myself with my professional card in Bikini, owning my own boutique style gym where I can put my education and passion of exercise and nutrition to use by helping others reach their goals, and I also see myself as a sponsored athlete which is something I would consider a huge honor. I have so many aspirations and things I want to do that it would be crazy to list them all but in 20 years I am sure I will have achieved most if not all of them. I am motivated and fueled by passion so I know I will make them all happen somehow
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
I love Kiana Tom. She has been an inspiration to me since I first saw Kiana’s Flex Appeal. I also really like Jamie Eason and Jen Jewell for their amazing physiques and the upbeat, positive energy they seem to always have. There are a lot of people I admire or look up to though so it is hard to pick only a few!
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” because it never fails to get me in the mood to work out! I usually have a very random mix of crazy alternative rock, old school (and some new) rap and then just some great classics like this one.
What is your favorite quote?
I love quotes but probably my favorite is ““If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
Running! I think it helps me clear my mind and unwind when I run outdoors. Indoor treadmill running is not as much fun but I still enjoy it. I have noticed that I do have to be careful not to run too much because then I start to lose muscle. It also seems like I tend to get injured easier if I put in too many miles each week so even though I love it I have to be careful not to overdo it.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I love anything coconut, cupcakes, and pizza!
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I really enjoy hanging out with friends and family. They are so important to me. I also really enjoy cooking and inventing in the kitchen. Outside of dieting and training healthy recipe creation would probably be my next big passion.
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
My favorite body part to train is a tie between booty and ab training. My least favorite is probably calves because I just do not find it very exciting.
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