How did you first get started in the bodybuilding/fitness game?
I had a personal trainer as Mrs. Oklahoma in 2006 and once my reign was over, I wanted to discuss competing in figure competitions. I had always wanted to, but never really thought I could achieve the muscularity of the girls that I saw. I still sometimes can’t believe it’s me when I look at stage pictures!
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
Yes! In 2009 I was the NPC Red River Classic Overall Figure Champion. After winning that show, I wanted to go to the next level. That was the 2010 season for me. My first national show was NPC Junior Nationals in Chicago, where I placed 14th.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
Staying motivated is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle because it is so physical. You must make yourself go to the gym and workout. It’s so easy to not do it. So for me, I really recall all of the yo-yo diets and inconsistent training that was horrible for me. I would look good at an event, but then three months later, I would be out of shape. So I don’t want that feeling again. The key ingredients are to 1) maintain consistency 2) adopt a healthy lifestyle of eating. This means to treat your workouts like anything else you do daily and to begin eating clean food that you will stick with the rest of your life. DIETS DON’T WORK.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
From what I hear from others, they get frustrated with not losing that last 5 lbs. or they are not ‘cut’ enough. And a lot of people I know don’t want to give up their hamburgers or pizza! And they don’t have to really! You can do a cheat day once a week and have that! I don’t while competing, but in offseason, of course I do!
Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?
I have said this for a long time, IT IS MENTAL. Only you control what you put in your mouth or what fitness regiment you get into the habit of. I encourage working out every day. It is so importing to make your diet and working out a habit just like everything else. You take care of your teeth by brushing, you take care of your hygiene by bathing-now take care of your body by eating right and working out!
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)
I have never been asked this question, but I would say 40% training, 40% diet and 20% rest. Only because I feel the diet and working out go hand in hand. It doesn’t have to be aggressive, but consistent.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
Oh I am a huge believer in supplements! First of all, I take a lot of vitamins essential for my health. Especially being a woman, I ensure I take plenty of calcium because while in contest mode, milk and diary are off limits! But, I am also a Cellucor Sponsored Athlete, so I use a lot of their supplements. I enjoy the ISO Pro Ultra Lean in Vanilla (so I can add to oatmeal, etc.), N0 Extreme Pre-Workout and the D4 Thermal Shock Fat Burner. All of their products are top of the line! Before my shows, I will use the L2 Extreme Water Loss product for more muscle definition. I love being an athlete for Cellucor! I am always encouraging people to try their products because they really are amazing and I believe in them.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
Every day I do cardio first thing in the morning. I mix it up and never do just one cardio plan. It could be jumping jacks, jump rope, incline tread, etc. I will do that for about an hour mixed with some ab work. I will train in the evening after my day job ends. I lift 5-6 days a week, really concentrating on the muscles. I always have the ‘mind to muscle’ going on while training.
What is your current diet routine?
I eat a balanced level of complex carbohydrates and proteins every day. While I contest mode, it is important to keep it ultra clean, even eliminating sodas and sweeteners close to my show. While in offseason, I am more relaxed and follow a lot of the diet tips and foods associated with the Eat Clean diet by Tosca Reno.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
I really have only read about this diet online and discussed it in the gym with a few folks, but have never really attempted it in it’s full description. I don’t generally eat high fats and no carbs, rather I stick to lean meats and complex carbs for my weight loss. I am not a big fan of extreme diets and feel staying consistent with clean eating and giving yourself enough preparation time will give you bigger results.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
Ha! Good one..I have been working on them for years. I work my arms a few days a week and love the shape of them during contest. They generally come in pretty lean first, along with my abs!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
I have a lot of support from my daughter and husband. My husband has lost a lot of body fat recently and I am proud of him. He says he is ‘trying to keep up’ with me! My daughter gave me the best compliment ever; she said she wanted to be just like me when she grows up, strong and healthy. I couldn’t ask for more! My friends are also a huge support system. I love walking in the gym and feeling like it is my second home. They are my second family at Symmetry Gym in Tulsa, OK. All of them. I even have friends outside the gym, on www.bodybuilding.com and on Facebook that are encouraging as well. I am sure without support in many capacities, it would be more difficult, so I am thankful.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
*NPC Junior Nationals/Chicago 14th Place Class B
*NPC USA’s Las Vegas-12th Place Class B
*NPC Nationals Atlanta-DNP
*NPC Omaha Showdown-2nd Masters, 2nd Figure Short
*2010 Status Fitness Magazine Cover Model Search Top 100 Fitness Models in the World
*NPC Red River Championships/Oklahoma- Class A and Overall Figure Winner
*Darrell Terrell’s Total Package/3rd Figure Short
*NPC Oklahoma Championships-Did not place
*NPC Red River Championships-5th Place
*NPC Oklahoma Championships-6th
*2006 Mrs. Oklahoma America
What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?
My first show will be Jr. USAs in Charleston, SC May 21. Then I will shoot for USAs in Las Vegas in July and I am not sure after that! We will see! I will also be making appearances for www.swoll-up.com as I am a Team Member for them as well and love their apparel.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
I have no idea! That is the beauty of life and the unknown. I had no idea www.swoll-up.com, Cellucor Nutrition Products, www.sixpackbags.com, and www.kamagonfitness.com would ask me to be involved in their companies to help promote and sponsor me. I am overwhelmed by the many good things that have been happening to me. I would LOVE to obtain my Pro Card this year with the NPC. That is a dream I have held in my head for three years now.
Who is your favorite fitness model? (other than yourself!)
I love Jamie Eason. She is so down to earth!
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
I see a mom, wife, banker, photographer, and figure competitor. I see dedication and motivation and the compassion to help others as well.
What did your physique look like before you started training?
I wasn’t necessarily overweight, but I wasn’t in shape either. I had always been like that most of my life due to sports. After high school, I still ate whatever I wanted but was more sedentary, so I gained weight. I didn’t realize it for awhile though. Until I was about 145 lbs. one day and I decided to start eating healthy.
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
Wow, that is an interesting question! I have no idea. I would like to think not, but I am sure in some capacity it may happen. I am generally a goofy, funny, confident and professional gal, so if I am treated well, the person will be in return.
If you could tell a fitness newbie just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
Consistency is key. This goes with diet and training, so it’s pretty simple. I state this to a lot of people who ask me about my success.
What is your all time favorite workout song?
“More” by Usher….for now….
What is your favorite quote?
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind” -John Wooden
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
My body is stubborn so I have to keep it guessing! High Intensity Training works well for me currently. It really gets me sweating and also burns!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
It would have to be Cherry Berry Frozen Yogurt or White Birthday cake with butter cream icing. Or just a bowl of butter cream icing will do.
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 my goodness! I have no clue!? An 8?
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I love to spend it with family! Some of my favorite things to do is just sit on the couch to watch a good movie with my daughter and husband. Love it!
What is the dumbest thing you yourself have done or witnessed in the gym?
I was changing weights on a bar using a bench and took one plate off and my hand slipped and since the other end had weight on it still, the bar flipped up and hit my jaw! So embarrassing!
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
I really love to train shoulders and can’t say that I am that excited about leg day! But, I do it anyway! Really I struggle with quads, but love hamstring exercises.
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
I don’t really ‘hate’ any question, because everyone begins somewhere and I used to be the person asking the question. I do however get a lot of questions about my diet and training. Mostly, about my abs. What do I do to get them, etc. Being a woman, and a mom, this is one thing that women often ask me for help with. I don’t generally give diet tips out, just maybe some of my favorite clean eats.
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?
I just want to encourage everyone to be true to yourself and not try to mold yourself to one person. Everybody has different methods and diets and training that works for them. It’s good to obtain good tips, but do what works best for you. I can’t say it enough that consistency is the one thing that will give you overall success. Be consistent in your diet (eat clean more often than not) and be consistent with your workouts (do it every day like taking a shower and brushing your teeth).
In closing I want to give thanks to my amazing coach Jeremy Minihan of www.sizeandshapefitness.com and all my sponsors for their support! www.swoll-up.com, Cellucor Nutrition Products, Six Pack Bags, Kamagon Ball and Symmetry Gym. I am passionate about each of them and thank them for their continued support. Please visit my website at www.chazzanderson.com for dates of shows, videos and other fun stuff! Thank you!
Photo Credits: Anderson’s Creative Photography, Danny Fittro and Doug Jantz