How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness game?
An old boyfriend back in NY was a personal trainer and had been in bodybuilding for a few years. I had always wanted to compete in fitness and was extremely interested in how we could create such changes in the human body via nutrition and training. After beginning to watch my own body change so rapidly, just based on the small amount of knowledge I had learned, I begun to put myself into motion for it.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
There wasn’t necessarily a defining “moment” per say, it was more a series of events and a certain time in my life. I began transitioning out of working in the music industry/club scene in NYC after 9-11 happened. I didn’t even realize I was transiting out of it at the time, but that is exactly what happened. Exercise and nutrition became a means of both dealing with such a horrible tragedy right there in my back yard at such a young age, as well as a way of forming a healthier lifestyle for myself.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
Music and I consider myself blessed to have been born with an innate hunger and ambition embedded deep within me. I’m never fully satisfied because there is always more to learn…always higher to climb. I am grateful and I am appreciative…but I never allow myself to become complacent.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
Most complain of time…which we must MAKE, and the breaking of old habits or perceptions…those of others and those which we have formed about ourselves based upon insecurities or the past. To that I say, “suck it up…make it happen…and F*CK THE PAST, your future is NOW!”
Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?
I believe it all boils down to life experience and attitude…how we RESPOND to life’s events. In order to succeed at ANYTHING, one must have the heart and soul of a fighter…and decide to become a warrior. Carlos Castenadas once said, “No one is born a warrior in the same way that no one is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.” Attitude is everything. Successful people do not fear failure, nor do they fear walking the path alone at times. Be kind to everyone you meet, treat all people with respect and keep a positive attitude. In order to succeed we must not only be mentally and emotionally strong, but also open to people…we have a lot to teach each other and to learn from others’ life experiences. We are all one and are designed to be a a community by nature. When we walk alone without fear and are open to those brought before us with an open mind and a loving heart, amazing things happen. I have learned so much from others to help me along my way. That is how life works.
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)
Aside from mental training I believe all are EQUALLY important and is a very delicate balance. This often needs shifting based upon differed variables, such as how much stress you are under…the balance can shift from day to day.
How useful do you think supplements are? What is your current top supplement?
I do believe that supplementation can help when training hard. We are depleting out bodies and tearing through workouts and nutrients. Our soil isn’t even what it used to be so yes, I do believe in using them and have had nothing but improvements in recovery.
Currently, I use Amino Energy by ON nutrition . BCAAs + electrolytes & a little green tea. Helps keep my muscles protected and keep me hydrated during intense training. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE “Extreme Shock” beta alanine drink for ore-workout. It helps prevent muscle fatigue.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
I can be a little bit of a maniac at times and often have to be reminded by either my body or someone else to take a breather lol, but usually:
Tuesday: Arms & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Wednesday: abs or off
Thursday: Chest/Shoulders & BJJ
Saturday: Back or sometimes I’ll switch MY routine around to accommodate a Crossfit style total body.
I vary my cardio times and intensity. I often do fasted cardio and a little post workout. This is just a bare bones outline…I am very intuitive with my training and love to switch things up.
What is your current diet routine?
Routine is the enemy. I don’t have a routine. I eat around 1.5g protein per lb of body weight…and more if I feel I need it based on more training volume. I eat a ton of vegetables, especially greens and high fat. I eat starchier carbs or fruit as I crave them or feel I need them and include a lot of Superfoods.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
The little rebel (ok big rebel) in me has strong aversions to anything with a label on it…period. Lol
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
Part genetics, part diet and a lifetime of being an athlete…and climbing/flipping on things.
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?
Hmm…good question. Not sure…they may not be someone else’s preference, but I myself like them just the way they are.
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
Very supportive, but again…sometimes they have to call me out on the maniac mode…doesn’t mean I always listen though.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
I have not been on stage a ton. I took 7th at the USBF 2006 and 2nd in the fitness division at the 2010 NPC NC State Championships.
What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?
I’m excited to participate in the bikini division at Jen Hendershott’s “All Women’s Weekend” in Charleston, SC on October 1st as I have heard so many positive things about her show…plus she has always been a huge inspiration to me.
2 weeks out from that I will be taking the Crossfit Level 1 certification so I am excited to try some new things in the coming year
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
Still living the life, still learning, helping others, riding my skateboard…eating well and training hard out of pure love of the game.
20 years…just maybe doing it all at the beach? lol Maybe? …
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?
Love who you are, love your own unique and beautiful self.
Photo Credits: S. Chambers Photography, Michael Ekstut, Dimitri Williams Photography and RTP Photography