How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I’ve always been active. I did gymnastics when I was young and started really working out at 18. At 19, I started teaching fitness classes and kept going from there. I started competing 3 years ago and fell in love with the discipline it brought to my life and here I am!
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
Surrounding myself with fitness-minded people is a must for me.
The right playlist for my workouts.
And the fear of embarrassing myself on stage if I don’t get it together usually does it for me.
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)
Diet is 70%. At least for most people. Unless you’re genetically blessed, it’s what is going to determine how you look. It’s the only thing out of the three that you’re doing for the majority of the day. Training and rest are pretty equal I think because they compliment each other. I’ve seen a lot of people look good without that much rest, but for overall health, it needs to be a priority.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I think if you are dieting and can’t always get all of the proper nutrients from your food, it’s very useful. I definitely use supplements in my training routine. I’ve been using glutamine from Gaspari because I’m doing so much cardio at the moment.
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
I generally do a lot of circuit training with cardio to keep my heart rate up. I tend to put on muscle pretty easily but the fat will come just as easily if I don’t watch the diet and keep up with the cardio. I eat 5-7 small meals a day, with my carbs in the first half of the day. Protein and veggies are at every meal, and a re-feed cheat once a week. If I’m not competing, I add a couple more cheats
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?
Well…as a bikini competitor, my arms aren’t winning any trophies for size lol.
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
They respect what I do, but not all of them are jumping in line to workout with me lol.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
- 09 NPC S. Florida District, 1st
- 10 NPC S. Eastern USA, 4th
- 10 NPC Nationals, 3rd
- 11 NPC Europa Orlando, 1st
- 11 NPC Jr USA’s, 3rd
- 11 NPC Jr Nat’s, 1st
- 11 NPC Nationals, 6th
- 12 NPC Jr Nat’s…??? We’ll see!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
In 5 years..hopefully having competed at least once as a pro in an Olympia or International, and helping other people achieve their fitness goals. In 20 years… I would love to have created a beautiful family that I can spend my days with and look back on my life feeling proud of the moments that I worked so hard to get to. And making all of the people who have helped me, encouraged me, fought for me and loved me proud to have contributed, in any way, to making me a better human being.
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
I would have to say Chady Dunmore is one of my favs because she’s a really nice, genuine person. I met her at my first competition, 3 years ago and she made a really nice impression.
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
Honestly, I see how tired I look lol. I haven’t had a day off in months, but at least I’m doing what I love.
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
I think there is a certain level of respect that people have when they see that someone works hard for something. It’s more apparent when you work on something physical verses something mental because it’s the first thing you notice. Sometimes you really have to prove what kind of person you are underneath though.
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Tambourine by Eve…don’t judge me
What is your favorite quote?
Talk is cheap.
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
I’m big on HIIT because I get bored very quickly and I need my cardio to be intense.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Nachos!…and red velvet cupcakes! mmmmmm!
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I’m a total homebody. I love spending time with the people closest to me, where I’m the most comfortable.
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
Glutes for both….it’s a love/hate kinda thing.
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
Not that I really hate this question, I just hear it ALL the time…”what’s your background?”
For anyone that is now wondering lol..I’m West African(Ghana) and Swedish.
The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words or advise for our readers?
Thank you guys so much for letting me be a part of this. My only advice is that everyone deserves the chance to be able to do what makes them happy, gives them value and allows them to feel like they’re truly living life. No one can stand in your way unless you allow them to…including yourself.
Photo Credits: Dan Ray, Jeff Binns, LHGFX Photography and F Scopacasa.