How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I was a competitive fighter in college and after graduating I was done fighting, but the competitive spirit was still alive, so I was looking for a new direction when Lonnie Teper came up and asked if I was a fitness competitor. I replied “not yet” with a smirk and that was the beginning of it!
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
Not really, “anything worth doing – is worth doing right” so I always train hard.
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
Keeping in mind the W’s: Why I do this, Who I do this for, What I do it for, and Where do I want to be?
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
Doubt, you have to learn to ignore it.
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)
33.3% for each – they are all pieces of the puzzle and it takes theproper integration of all three to achieve results.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
The CORRECT supplements are very important, but not all supplements are right for an individual. I do use supplements. My current top supplement is American Savage Multi Vitamin by Savage Supplements, because it contains everything in one.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
It changes- but it is always 7 days a week
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
Know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Research your diet and ask yourself if it is logical. These extreme and fad diets are usually not healthy and aren’t worth it.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
My first “vehicle” I drove was a John Deere Tractor with no power steering, I also grew up working on cars/hot rods with my dad and did archery in my back yard. Then came fighting and grappling. They have been function over ascetics to this point, now I train them to scuplt them.
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, 10 out of 10 of course
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
They are supporters of my training and it is great!
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
This will be my third season competing. I tried the USAs last year for experience and hope to better my placement this season!
What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2012?
I will be competing in The California, The Louisiana, and The USAs!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
Eventually I would like to end up in action movies – I love movies and want to be part of the magic that goes into making them – plus I want to provide a strong female character that not only acts tough, is tough, but also looks like she can actually do what the part is asking.
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Nicole Wilkins, Adela Garcia, Erin Stern.
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
Flaws – room for improvement, I’m never satisfied.
What did your physique look like before you started training?
Muscular but not as refined – I have always had an athletic build.
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
Yes at times – sometimes good, sometimes bad – there are a lot of people out there that want to hate because they actually are displacing the anger they have at their own situation on you.
If you could tell a fitness newbie just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Soundtracks – Gladiator, Pirates, 300.
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
Stepmill – works up a good sweat yet I can zone out on it.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
My homemade baked ziti for one with garlic bread and a small dessert (usually cookie or ice cream).
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
Doing whatever I feel like doing at the time, basically I like those moments when I don’t have to look at a clock, I have a fairly busy schedule with everything so those moments when I can just let go and be free are awesome.
What is the dumbest thing you yourself have done or witnessed in the gym?
Oh this could be an article in itself haha.
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
Favorite to train is shoulders, least favorite legs.
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
“How much do you bench?” is right up there, but also the more general “how much do you lift?” is worse – what lift? how much? when? off season in season? too open ended, plus I’m not a lifting competitor I’m a figure competitor. “How do you train? eat?” is another because it is always changing – there is no one answer for that, plus people don’t usually want to hear how much hard work goes in.
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?
Remember to remove doubt. Remove fear. Know that you can reach your goals and go after them with all your heart, mind, and soul.