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

I was very young, probably, 18 or 19 and an ex-boyfriend was actually an amateur bodybuilder and mentioned that I had a great shapely physique and should perhaps consider competing in the figure competitions (back them the figure girls where much more muscular and thicker.) It wasn’t but a year later that I competed in one of my first shows back in Texas.

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

I would say in 2009 when I transitioned from figure to female bodybuilding; my training, supplementation, and food intake certainly aided in my transformation. I am always striving to take my physique to another level…I don’t know how to slow down….at least not yet….however, femininity, sex appeal, and thick mass muscle is my overall objective!!!

What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?

I have always had immense self-motivation and ambition; I honestly continue to wonder myself where my continuous enthusiasm stems from. Sometimes I feel as though I have an inner beast inside me that lurks out whenever I begin feeling tired, sick, melancholy, discouraged, etc. My inner beast and OCD are the primary factors…LOL…

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

The largest hurdles would be the politics, unfairness, and exploitation that goes on throughout this industry. Just because you are the best one on stage doesn’t mean you are going to win, ESPECIALLY being a female… CAN WE SAY FAVORS PLEASE?

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

I don’t necessarily believe there are ACTUAL hurdles or factors that hinder some and not others. When people or individuals sit back and take an actual close look at what goes on and not the ideal notions of what has been falsely portrayed to them, they would see quickly the reality of this sport, industry, and many other industries for that matter. Again, we as athletes or competitors can’t blame the industry or organization for the fact that WE as individuals give so much time, effort, and economic standing to a particular sport, dream, or personal goal.

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)

Personally my percentages would be (training 40%, diet 40%, and rest 20%)..I implement a lot of stretching, however, I personally do not require a lot of rest or down time….

How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?

I believe that supplements (whether over the counter or not) are highly important for EVERYONE not just competitors. I also believe though, people need to be very careful and cautious as to what they ingest due to a great lack of regulations on over the counter supplementation. Old school supplements such as Glutamine, Creatine, and Caffeine are some of the oldest yet still highly beneficial supplements that I personally use a regularly. My current top supplement being a female would be PRIMROSE Oil and BIOTIN.

In general what does your current training routine look like?

My current off-season routine (please don’t judge me, lol)

2 hours in the AM

1 hour and a half – 2 hours again the in PM

What is your current diet routine?

My off-season diet consists of eating for my blood type which is blood type A. Very strict proteins, carbs, and luckily I get to eat specific fruits.

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

I believe everyone has to eat according to first, how their digestive system will allow, and second, a balance of sustaining eating habits that are able to be implemented and followed during the off-season as well as on-season.

How did you get those awesome arms of yours?

I just train consistently, however, I also do specifically train my biceps for that nice peak versus just trying to gain massive huge arms…there is a difference…

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?

I would rate pretty decent I feel considering I have good shape and density; however, I love HUGE SOFTBALL looking biceps!!!

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

They tend to believe I am a bit odd, obsessive-compulsive, and down right nuts at times, however, they are so use to me being this way that my crazy tendencies no longer bother anyone.

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

I have competed for many years and prior to 2009 I competed in the Figure SHORT GIRL category.

2010 – USA LIGHT HEAVY WEIGHT BB

2009 – EXCALIBUR LIGHT WEIGHT BB

2007 – LONE STAR CLASSIC FIGURE CLASS A

2006 – EUROPA FIGURE CLASS A

2005 – RONNIE COLEMAN CLASSIC FIGURE CLASS A

2004 – RONNIE COLEMAN CLASSIC FIGURE CLASS A

What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2012?

I am very eager to compete again considering I have been training so hard over the last year; I have made some immense changes to my physique..I am just curious to see where I am able to compete concerning categories as I am not sure how I will do in the new PHYSIQUE category. Regardless, I am looking forward to stepping back on stage and finally performing a posing routine that I am able to be proud of.

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

In the next 5 years I certainly want to have my businesses established and profitable. I would like to continue to pursue my bodybuilding dreams and career while still being able to express myself and my persona in all the facets that encompasses Brandi Mae!!!

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?

Train and Flex hard everyone…remember nothing comes overnight and great things take time. Be patient with yourself and never give up!!!

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Categories: Interviews, Women