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How did you first get started in the bodybuilding/fitness game?

I got into the fitness industry by accident. I was really unmotivated and bored with my career as an Executive Assistant. I needed a way out. I knew I was meant to do something bigger, just didn’t know what. Along came my friend Steve Colbert, personal trainer & former Pro Bodybuilder. I was already working out and living a fit lifestyle, but Steve encouraged me to compete. I guess he saw something that I didn’t see in myself at the time. And he was the one that pushed me to compete. And though I fought it, when I stumbled across Jennifer Nicole Lee’s story and how she gave birth, lost 70 lbs and then went on to win a bikini show, I realized I had better drop the excuses. I registered for one of the biggest show, Fitness America in Las Vegas in 2008. I wanted to compete with the best to see where I measured up. After that show, I was hooked and the rest is history.

Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?

When I signed up for Fitness America. I went pretty hardcore with everything. I saw my body changed on a weekly basis. It was pretty awesome to see results that quickly. I self-trained and did all the diet myself too.

What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?

I like seeing my body lean and defined, it helps with confidence and overall self-esteem. If you look good, you feel good, and you do good. There’s always been a correlation for me when I look my best, I always make more money and am more successful in general. So those things are pretty good motivators for me to eat clean and workout daily.

In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?

The biggest hurdle is the life long commitment to eat clean and be active. Eating a clean, organic & whole food diet is key to success. Keeping active and weightlifting will help keep your muscles engaged, making you look and feel younger.

"Keeping active and weightlifting will help keep your muscles engaged, making you look and feel younger."

Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?

Eating clean is 12+ hours of work a day, it requires prep time and planning, so basically it requires a lot of thought and effort. Most people eat when and whatever they feel like, without structure because it’s easy and convenient. Eating clean requires commitment and dedication and enjoyment of what you’re eating

If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)

80% diet, 10% training and 5% rest and 5% supplements.

Do you use supplements?

I use natural or organic whey protein, preferably from New Zealand with no antibiotics, artificial sweeteners or manufactured with heat.

In general what does your current training routine look like?

30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. I do biking daily. I’m a bit more relaxed, not training as intensely as I normally do.

What is your current diet routine?

Nothing. I eat pretty much what I want whenever I want (but it’s mostly clean food). I rarely eat processed food.

How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?

I’m not a big fan of extreme diets of any sort because it’s not sustainable. I’m a big advocate of eating good and balance meals that are low in preservatives, sodium and that is mostly based on sound nutrition science. The meals I eat are usually fast and easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious.

How did you get those awesome arms of yours?

I do a lot of compound exercises, with lots of push and pull motions. Pullups, seated rows, horizontal pull ups etc.

How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?

My family wasn’t too supportive in the beginning because it’s out of our culture and social norm for girls to be so athletic and buff. But they are accustomed to it now and let me do my thing.

Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?

November 2008 – Fitness America Las Vegas (Placed Top 10)
Feb 2009 – Fame West Vancouver (Top 3)
April 2009 – WBFF West Vancouver (Top 5)
June 2009 – Fitness Universe Miami (Top 10)
July 2009 – Fitscience Competition Atlanta (Top 3)
September 2009 – WBFF World Championship
September 2009 – Olympia
July 2010 – FitScience

What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?

Don’t have one as yet. A few competitions have popped in my head, but nothing I have decided to commit to.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?

I see myself living internationally and making more money online. Hopefully, I’ll be married in 5 years or less. I want to be a motivational speaker and help people change their bodies and lives on a national level.

Who is your favorite fitness model/bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)

Jennifer Nicole Lee, her story was the catalyst for me to enter the fitness modeling world to do my first show in Las Vegas.

Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!

I’m still shapely and have abs, but I’m definitely not as toned or cut as I used to be.

What did your physique look like before you started training?

Physique looked slim, with little muscle but shapely, soft and feminine.

Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?

Sometimes when I’m really lean and my arms are more defined, some people ask questions if I train or not. And how long I’ve been training.

If you could tell a fitness noob just one sentence of advice, what would it be?

Don’t eat out, eat in if you want fast results. Stay away from process food. If it doesn’t rot in a week or less, don’t put it in your mouth.

What is your all time favorite workout song?

Blood Rave!

What is your favorite quote?

I got too many. But here are a few:
“All problems have the seed of opportunity.”
“Good luck is preparedness meets opportunity.”
“Looks may open doors but it doesn’t necessarily keep you interested in staying in the room”

What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?

Anything that makes me sweat at lot. The step-mill and running on incline will do it.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

One?? Impossible… I have to0 many!! French fries, ice-cream, burgers, chips, oh…everything. I love food.

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?

Not very high if you’re measuring my biceps. I don’t train my biceps to be big.

Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?

Like playing tennis, eating out, going to social events and meeting new people.

What is the dumbest thing you yourself have done or witnessed in the gym?

Girls working out with a full face of make-up. Really?? Come on….

What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?

I love to train glutes and legs. I have a love and hate relationship with training abs. I love the burn, but after so many reps, you don’t feel it as much.

What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)

I don’t have one. At least none that comes to mind.

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?

If you want to completely transform your body in weeks, check out my online training and weight loss programs at www.betterbodyforlife.com

Websites: www.nylanguyen.com and www.betterbodyforlife.com
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