How did you first get started in the bodybuilding/fitness game?
I had been working out and lifting weights for about 15 years. People would constantly ask me if I competed. With the help of a bodybuilder I worked with, I decided to train for my first show in 2009.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
I can’t say there was a defining moment, more like consistent encouragement from others and the voice inside me that wanted to be challenged mentally and physically on a much higher level.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
Just picking two is tough. Being appreciated for my hard work by way of compliments, requests for photo shoots, etc is definitely one way. And I have high expectations for myself and want to look a certain way, both for my own well being and for the sake of my clients who hire me to help them get in the best shape of their lives as well.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
I feel very blessed that I have not experienced a lot of hurdles getting in my way. If I set a goal, I will do what it takes to reach it.
Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?
It all comes down to how bad you want it! You must have faith in yourself, nobody is stopping you but YOU!
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)
Strictly my opinion, but I think it is about 60% diet, 20% training, 20% rest. It’s a formula, nutrition plays a huge role in the effectiveness of the quality of training. And resting is important to refuel and recharge and allow your muscles to grow.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I think for people that are strictly dieting and lacking certain nutrients through their foods, supplements are very important. I however am a big fan of using natural supplements which are gentler on the body and digestive system. I supplement my diet with things like green tea extract, vitamins, fish oil, flax, etc.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
I am technically in the “off season”, but I still like to train like I’m getting ready for a competition. I find it easier to be in competition-ready shape than to start from scratch. I lift 5 days a week separating out body parts and focusing on areas that I tend to struggle with twice a week. (i.e. legs, glutes, shoulders) and I do a variety of cardio 6 days a week. I don’t love cardio so I try to mix it up as much as possible to keep it interesting.
What is your current diet routine?
I thankfully prefer to eat clean. I love fish, lean meat, egg whites, vegetables and the occasional carb like oatmeal and potatoes. And I’m a big water drinker, so I always stay very hydrated, which helps control hunger cravings.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
I think extreme dieting is a temporary solution to weight loss, but can certainly backfire if not done correctly, which includes maintenance post-diet.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
My awesome arms came from my many years of competitive swimming as a child and teenager. And maybe some really good genetics helped as well!
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 can’t rate myself!! I would hope I would rate well, but that’s up to who is voting I guess! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, haha!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
Once everyone understood what exactly I was doing, I can say my friends and family were very supportive of me competing and making training a priority in my life.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
I live in NYC and so far have just competed in figure on the East Coast. I started in 2009 and since then have done 4 shows placing as high as 2nd at the Rhode Island Championship in 2010 which qualified me to compete nationally.
What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?
I decided to take 2011 off from competing to focus on my building my personal training business. I think it was the right decision, as much as I miss being on stage. But I still go to all the local competitions to support my fellow competitors.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
The dreaded 5 year, 10 year, 20 year question! I will be wherever this world takes me. All I know is I will have worked my butt off to get wherever I am and hopefully learning and growing as I progress in my life and career. Generic answer, I know!
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?
Do what makes you happy. Find something you enjoy to do to stay fit and healthy and don’t let the naysayers keep you down!