Name: Bo Shin
Height/Weight: 5’7 /135 lbs
Q. How long have you been training?
A. 9 years
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. I was completely out of shape with no muscle tone.
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. I remind myself that time passes and that it is my worst own enemy. I also picture myself of the day of the show and imagine the look that I will accomplish by working and dieting hard!
Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. I definitely do! I get asked for advice on exercise and diet frequently. I also get very motivating complements from peers that I go to the gym with
Q. What is the one key piece of advice you could pass on to our readers?
A. Motivation is key to success and what keeps you going to achieve your goals. Realize that everything takes time and that time always passes. I always say that if you never give up, then you can never fail.
Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement?
A. JUGGERNAUT by Infinite Labs!!!!
Q. How many days a week do you work out?
A. Training season for a show: 6 days 2x a day/ off season 4-5 days 1x daily
Q: How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout?
Q: How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A: 10 pounds
Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. I do everything from yoga to kickboxing! Weight training, cardio on the stairmaster or tredmill, plyometrics, balancing moves……
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. Yes I do! I think that these programs are great for building lean muscle and strength while incorporating cardio!
Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
A. NPC figure 2007/ 4th place
Status Fitness cover model search/ 5th place and moving on to finals
Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. That it takes so much dedication in order to succeed in competing and that only those who really want to do well in doing shows will separate you from the ones that do not do well. Motivation is a must!
Q. Looking back on what you have accomplished so far, what is one thing you would change if you could, knowing what you do now?
A. I would have given up going out a long time ago because now I realize and have learned that you have to dedicate 100% to training. Sleep is a definite necessity during training.
Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?
A. I have given up my social life and it has been completely worth it. I used to go out all the time weekly but have realized that it really sets you back when trying to accomplish keeping up with your diet and training. I feel great that I can wake up with a clear head and my body is ready to go!
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing a bodybuilder/fitness/figure/bikini can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Motivation and drive!! You can’t start or finish a goal without these two!
Q. Is it not very hard to exercise and lift on such a low calorie diet? I am talking about the pre-contest diet. I know you follow a very low calorie pre-contest diet. Don’t you get hungry?
A. I honestly don’t get too hungry because I eat every 2 ½ hours. This keeps me full and ready to keep my work outs going! I do have much lower energy but use my mental drive to keep myself going.
Q. For someone who is currently a non-competitor, but wants to be as healthy and fit as possible, what would you recommend as far as diet ratios and workout plan (i.e. combination of weights and cardio, how many days, etc.)?
A. I think that exercising 4-5 times a week for about 45 minutes is a good recommendation. Weight training different muscle groups on different days and also doing cardio atleast 3 times a week for about 30 minutes. Mixing up a variety of work outs such as plyos and doing different aerobics classes will also be a great way to stay healthy and in shape!
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Yes I have a mixture of friends from those that compete to those that do not even work out.
Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. Jamie Eason is my inspiration becauses she is a complete sweetheart and such a talented person!
Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. Salmon, broccoli, and sweet potatoes
Q. What is your favorite cheat meal?
A. Big bowl of pasta!!
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. Lunges and squats
Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
A. My abs! This is the one area on my body that is tough to lean out
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I started more for the goal of wanting to getting into shape. Now I compete because it makes me feel good that I can achieve this goal and also help others along the way when they look to me for training or nutrition advice
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. Picking my fellow trainer’s heads and watching them train their clients!
Q. Do you like the whole competition process? And how does it feel to be on the stage in the front of the hundreds and thousand people?
A. I think of it more as a love/ hate relationship! I know that it takes hard work to get to your goal
Q. What are your future plans?
A. I plan on continuing to competing in more shows and involving myself more into the business aspect of this industry. I am also planning on getting my masters degree in dietetics and would love to be a staff writer of a fitness magazine one day
Bo Shin an Infinite Labs sponsored athlete www.infinitelabsstore.com