How did you get started in bodybuilding/fitness?
I was a competitive gymnast in high school and wanted to continue to compete. After graduating, I began to compete in fitness.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
As soon as I started, I wanted to push myself further just as I had done with gymnastics.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
I stayed motivated by the sheer enjoyment of training and the thought of how amazing it is to reshape your body.
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your bodybuilding/fitness career/goal thus far?
Balancing everything when I used to be a full-time teacher was my biggest hurdle.
In your opinion what is the hardest part about being a bodybuilder/fitness model/competitor?
The hardest part is that the job is 24/7 to be in great shape.
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)
Training-10%, rest-20%, and diet-70%. Your nutrition is what keeps your physique in shape most. Rest is so important for recovery and energy to train the next day. Even though training is very important and my favorite, it is when you are damaging the muscle. The proper rest and nutrition is what builds and reshapes the muscle.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I supplement with vitamins, minerals, antioxidant powder, whey protein, and HMB. I have noticed a significant difference in my training and physique after using HMB, which would be my top supplement.
What is your current training routine?
I train 2 days on and 1 day off with the following split: legs(hamstrings and glutes emphasized); shoulders, calves, abs; back and rear delts; sprints and plyometrics OR gymnastics and plyometrics. I will hike for cardio 2-3x a week and do yoga once a week.
What is your current diet routine?
For my diet routine my carb sources include oatmeal, Ezekiel bread, yams, quinoa, quinoa pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables; my protein sources include eggs, tuna, chicken, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, fish, and lean beef; my fat sources are various nuts, nut butters, olive oil, and avocados. I eat every 2-3 hours with a meal amount depending on my hunger and training for that day. I do not count calories anymore and am very aware of my body’s requirements and how they can change. I adjust accordingly to any changes that may occur and my body responds at its best.
How did you get those awesome arms?
I got these awesome arms with years of intense training, consistent nutrition, and plenty of rest!!!
Who is your favourite fitness model/bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
Jerome Ferguson because he is a real person.
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror!
I see a perfect physique in my eyes:)
If you could tell a fitness noob just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
I would tell them to train intensely, eat only real food, and get plenty of rest.
What is your favourite workout song?
Any old school Micheal Jackson.
“I’ll see it, when I believe it.”
Best type of cardio?
Hiking or stairs OUTSIDE.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets?
Ketogenic diets are not healthy for an individual and can be considered only for a short period to achieve low body fat for a competition. The body suffers both mentally and physically when following this type of diet.
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 assume a 10!!!:-)
What do you like to do outside of training and dieting?
Relax at a beach or lake. I love being in the sun and by the water!
What is the dumbest thing you have done or witnessed in the gym?
There is usually a new dumb thing so often that I can’t just pick one!
What is your favourite bodypart to train? Your least favourite?
My favorite bodypart to train is back. My least favorite right now is shoulders because I am having a difficult time recovering from past injuries.