How did you first get started in the bodybuilding/fitness game?
I knew in high school I wanted to do this sport, but back then I thought I would be a bodybuilder. Back then figure wasn’t even a category. I made my decision to compete in 2005 after reading old messages in my high school senior book. One of the message read “I can’t wait to see you at the Arnold and ESPN!”. I never wanted to be the person who said they wanted to do something as a kid, and never attempted to follow through, so I did what I said I wanted to do.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
Absolutely, when I took my overall placing, and qualified for my pro card, I knew I needed to step up my training and really educate myself on how my body is going to react to this lifestyle. I decided to compete in a much larger federation, where I knew I had to bring it all in order to be noticed. Challenging myself to compete in a larger federation allowed me to prep to become the pro I worked hard to become. I didn’t want to just earn my pro card and go compete right away, I wanted to make sure I could hang with the big girls on stage.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
- I look at my competition suit all the time, try it on and take pictures in it every week leading up to the show. It is a constant reminder of what I have to do to get into that suit!
- I go back and look at previous pictures from past shows and remind myself that the next picture has to be a progression from the last. NO GOING BACKWARDS ALLOWED.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?
The diet. We all know that it is majority of our success, but most people are not educated on what foods work for them. It takes time to learn your body and what foods are best for you. It is easier to ask another person what they eat and to try to follow them, then it is to really research and see what works for you. There is a lot of trial and error that people are not patient enough to go through. We want results now, not months, or years from now.
Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?
I think it boils down to what people are passionate about. I’m not passionate at all about electronics. If it is broke, I would rather buy a new one then to try to figure out how to fix or enhance what I have. However, if I need to develop a muscle, or maintain size while leaning out, I’m going to spend hours doing research. We all have things we are more interested in, and some things we want resolved “RIGHT NOW” without putting in so much work.
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)
60% diet, 20% rest, 10% training, 10% posing! If I didn’t have to add in posing that extra 10% would go to the diet.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
Yes, I believe supplements are essential to anyone’s diet. We just can’t get it all, or enough, from food sometimes. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to eat all of the nutrients you need from food. Yes, I use supplements. The most important ones I use are calcium with zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D. The others depend on where I am in the year with my food intake.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
I train 5 days a week. I alternate my weeks, for example:
- Week 1: 3 days legs and 2 days shoulders, with back or chest . I always train shoulders.
- Week 2: 3 days upper body + back or chest and 2 days legs.
I always squat and lunge with every leg routine. I also always do a combination of heavy moves to start out, followed by circuit, and ending with high volume exercises. That way I am getting the best of all worlds, keeping my heart rate up (I don’t care for cardio) and keeping things interesting.
I will do cardio, depending on which phase of training I am in. I will warm up for 15-20 minutes, and my cardio will last no longer then 45 minutes on the treadmill or stair master. I do love being on the track, so when it is warm, I will run sprint intervals.
What is your current diet routine?
I eat anywhere between 5-6 times in a day, so every 2 hours or so, I drink 1 1/2 gallons of water a day. I get all of my omegas from flax seeds and oils because I have a nut and fish allergy. My carbs come from sweet potatoes, brown rice, or oatmeal, and I eat a lot of green veggies of all kinds! I get my protein from soy products, chicken breast, turkey, or ground bison.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?
I think that anything you do that is extreme will only last for so long. They are hard to stick with. I truly feel that if things are done in moderation and modification people would be more successful with eating.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
Genetics and lots of pushups!!!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
Everyone is pretty supportive. They are all really proud of what I do, they may not completely understand, but they don’t get in the way of what I’m trying to accomplish.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
Started in 2005, placed 4th at my very first show.
Earned my IFPA Pro card in 2007
Earned my NPC national eligibility in 2007
Competed for the first time as a IFPA Pro in 2010
(and in between that a whole lot of shows lol)
What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?
I am currently training for a show in early May. I am going to do 1 or 2 more shows for the year (maybe in the fall) and enjoy my winter.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
I defiantly see myself coaching and educating new competitors, as well as motivating and mentoring. As far as me being on stage still, well, one never knows. It is all up to my body lol!
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
Someone who has accomplished a lot, but still has so much more to do.
What did your physique look like before you started training?
Still muscular, but not as compacted. I was a lot thicker!
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
Not really, I pretty much stay in my own world so I wouldn’t even notice.
If you could tell a fitness noob just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
Everything comes in time, when it’s meant to be, it will come.
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Cardio is OMG by Usher, and lifting weights, anything from Busta, Lil Wayne, or Drake.
What is your favorite quote?
“In order to be irreplaceable one must be different” – Coco Chanel
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
Running sprints on the track, because I get my whole body involved.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I love pizza!
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?
Pretty low lol!
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I do so many other things, so when I get the chance to do absolutely nothing, I do just that!
What is the dumbest thing you yourself have done or witnessed in the gym?
GOODNESS! The list is too long to pick one but, the nastiest thing I have ever seen is someone drench a treadmill or workout station and walk away without cleaning it up!! JUST GROSS!
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?
My favorite is back, my least (but I train it all the time anyway) are Glutes!
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
The question that drives me crazy is when women ask me if they are going to look like men if they lift heavy.
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?
Thank you for the opportunity, it was fun My last words are to Love what you have, work with it and not against it.