How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness game?
My story is not the typical figure athlete’s story… not at all… I grew up very very non-athletic… I was into the arts: dance, music, etc… I was a musician all of my life and whereas (because of my height) I did give sports a try, I was horrible and it didn’t last long. I started going to the gym in 2005 when I had a failed engagement. It was a means to “let off steam”… a healthy outlet. My good friend Matt took me under his wing and taught me how to train. Turns out I liked it and my body responded well. Then, a trainer (Mike “SuperHuman” Neumann) approached me and encouraged me to give competing a try… the rest is history.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
Not a moment, but a series of events. The failed engagement was a huge catalyst though…
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
I am a pretty motivated person by nature… I strive for excellence in everything I do, competition is no different. When I feel weak, I will look at pictures, read quotes or talk to friends who are figure or bodybuilding athletes.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
I think people get overwhelmed and give up. This sport is something you can NOT get away from (24 hours a day, sleep, food, everything plays a role). It can burn some people out if they don’t strive to find balance and remember that it is a sport!
Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?
I think this is a personality issue, but also the people supporting you can help or hinder the journey. I tell newbie competitors that they should talk to the people who love them before they dive in!
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like and why?
My boyfriend always says “the mind is the first muscle used in any fitness regimen”… If your head is in the “game” then the rest falls into place much better! Furthermore, Nutrition is ESSENTIAL!!!! If you are not properly fueling your body, you are essentially spinning your wheels.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
Honestly, I don’t use many supplements. I use Glutamine and BCAA’S when I am deep into my diet to preserve muscle, but other than that, I drink Mona Vie (antioxidant juice) and that’s it.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
I rotate a 3 day split and I use intense circuit training. I have been training like this for about a year and the improvements on my physique have been astounding! I lift heavy!!! My boyfriend, Kaelin Patterson is an amazing personal trainer and he pushes me all of the time.
- Day 1: Chest/Arms
- Day 2: Back/Shoulders
- Day 3: Legs
What is your current diet routine?
I diet off of macro-nutrients (Protein/Carb/Fat), so my food choices are flexible, but here is what a typical day looks like:
- Meal 1 (as soon as I wake up): Hard boiled egg and a rice cake
- Meal 2: ¼ cup Oatmeal and a yogurt
- Meal 3: Spinach Salad with 3 oz Chicken
- Meal 4: ¼ cup Brown Rice, 4 oz Lean Ground Turkey, Spinach and salsa
- Meal 5: Salad, 3 oz Chicken, small sweet potato and veggies.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
I am extremely passionate about Keto diets… I think they are dreadful!!! If you want to be healthy, looking good is a byproduct of good health… I think people often get wrapped up in the aesthetics of this sport and forget that we are supposed to be representations of HEALTH!!!! Anything Extreme is not healthy and I am not an advocate of it.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
Lift heavy! There is no other way, but to lift heavy… I am always checking my form and making certain I am doing my best! And then again, if your diet isn’t in line, the arms will still not look good…
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
My family understands and supports it! My friends are mostly into the fitness lifestyle, so they get it too. I am blessed at this point of my life to be surrounded by an amazing support system. It wasn’t (sadly) always like that.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
I have competed in various natural organizations (Nationally and locally) for 2 years. I took a break for a year and in the process of figuring out what is next for me.
What are your fitness and bodybuilding plans for 2011?
Still figuring out what is next for me competition wise…, but lately, I have been involved in the fitness/figure arena in some “other” ways. I am a makeup artist, specializing in physique competition and photo shoots. I have been blessed to watch clients win their pro cards, go onto the national stage and get sponsorships from supplement lines. It is really fun to meet new people and share in their success. I am also currently working for The Diet Doc Chicago (thedietdocchicago.com) as a Body Transformation Specialist. I help people lose weight and get healthier. We do not specialize in bodybuilder/figure competitors, but rather “normal” people (ha ha). It’s awesome to watch my clients be in the best shape of their life! Some of my clients are in their 40’s and 50’s and in the BEST shape they have ever been in! It’s truly awesome and inspiring to see! I can be reached at Megan@thedietdocchicago.com for more information regarding makeup services and weight loss.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
Well, I hope to have a family… I am in the process of expanding my business (with my business partner, Graig) thedietdocchicago.com, where we teach people how to eat and be healthy, lose body fat and be at their best ever!
Who is your favorite fitness model/bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
LOL… Definitely NOT myself… Anyone who is a positive role model and a advocate for health and fitness is a person I would look up to. For example, Monica Brant! I got to meet her recently and she is amazing! Can you imagine NOT winning a pro show in over a decade and still having a positive attitude? WOW!
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
Just a normal girl trying to do the right thing and hopefully positively impact people along the way!
What did your physique look like before you started training?
YIKES… LOL… NOT GOOD… Soft, smooth, little muscle tone—I like to say “skinny fat”.
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
In some cases, yes… Both good and bad actually.
If you could tell a fitness noob just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
Stay focused, learn as much as you can, and never lose your integrity!
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Jai HO and Burning Heart (I know I know… LOL… weird… but it reminds me of my first show) Typically, I only listen to my iPod when I am doing cardio and even then, I listen to inspirational things, books, etc…
What is your favorite quote?
“Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will be among the stars.”
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
I prefer elliptical just because I have one in my home and it’s less harsh on my knees!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
That’s a toss up between cheeseburger or pizza!
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?
Oh wow, no clue! LOL Hopefully well!
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I like to just be with my boyfriend. We do not get much time outside of the gym, a bodybuilding show or an evening here and there to chill… Going to Church, dinner, shopping, etc… is all good!
What is the dumbest thing you yourself have done or witnessed in the gym?
Oh wow—LOL—I see and hear dumb stuff all day! We heard a guy say he was going to “warm up on cardio to get the testosterone pumping”… WOW!!! LOL Our Gym is filled with people who try hard but are completely misguided, so statements like this are pretty common.
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
Favorite is and always has been SHOULDERS…Least favorite (but most needed) is legs.
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
“when are you competing” … “can you train me—on my time—for free?”…”How do you get shoulders like that”
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?
Always believe in yourself… If you want something bad enough, you will get it, but you have to work hard.. NO SHORT CUTS!
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