Q. How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
A. While training, the first thing i do is get dressed and go for a hr run or head to the gym for an hour, i then have a shower have breaky and head straight to work.
Q. How long have you been training?
A. I start training at least 6 months prior to my first comp.
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I started modelling when i was 18 but never fit in with the other girls, I’ve always had a muscley figure from all the sports i played when i was younger. I heard about a sports modelling competition and contacted some people. I loved my first comp and how much I learnt about my body and couldn’t wait to do it the following year.
Q. How many people have you encouraged into the sport since you started?
A. I haven’t really encouraged any one to do the sport of body building but I have encouraged a lot of friends to get fit and eat healthy.
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. I never considered myself as a big girl but looking back at photos now, I can defiantly see the difference. My energy levels weren’t always good either, since changing my diet I have a lot more energy.
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. Other than eating a lot of fish (which I don’t like) I think the last few weeks are more easier than other weeks, you look forward towards your competition, you have your outfits sorted (almost) and you’ve been through so much already, you should get the last few weeks get in your way. But I guess that the comp is more closer than ever does keep you motivated and on track, you have no time left to sneak in any treats or slack off.
Q. How do you handle the stress of it all?
A. I keep myself busy and make sure I still see my friends and get enough sleep. .and I look at the positives … how much better I feel, how much better my body is looking.
Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. I’m not sure if its people’s attention but I defiantly have more confidence in myself.
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing athlete can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Motivation and a goal in the back of your mind.
Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement?
A. BSN ‘lean desert’
Q. How many days a week do you work out?
A. Training 6-3 months before a comp three to four times a week. 3-0 months prior to comp I do at least one work out if not two every day. Plus my job is quite physical
Q. How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout?
A. 5-8 about an hour’s worth of exercise
Q. How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
Q. How about tanning/makeup/hair preparation for a contest. Can you tell that I’m still overwhelmed?
A. That’s the fun part… well the super dark tan was a little daunting the first time hahaha
Q. What is your philosophy on diet?
A. The less man made food you eat the better.
Q. Any holiday eating tips?
A. Makes eating healthy food fun, don’t be too strict on yourself your on holidays just don’t go overboard
Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. Cardio session every day 1-2 hours (sometimes split into two sessions) plus a different body part work out mon-fri and extra cardio sessions on the weekend.
Q. What about working out while you are on the road?
A. You don’t always need fancy gym equipment; if there’s somewhere safe you can go for a run and take in the scenery. Or start morning and or afternoon routine with old fashion crunches, sit ups, and lunges they still work just as good.
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. I haven’t personally tried them but not everyone’s body is the same, they all have different limits in different types of workout programs.
Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
A. WNBF NT titles 09 placed second in best body swimsuit
WNBF NT titles 2010 placed overall champion in miss fit body and miss USA figure
WNBF nationals 2010 5th in miss fit body and 6th in miss USA figure
Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. To practice the poses more
Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?
A. I didn’t do much for my 20th or 21st birthday because its only 1-2 weeks before titles which is when your diet is super strict! I think it was worth it, all the hard work I put in if eating too much birthday cake or having a few too many celebration drinks had a big effect on me not being able to compete or compete 100% I would have regretted it.
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. A good attitude, support from people close to you, and a clear goal on what you want to achieve
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 have good days and bad days, you just have to stay motivated, but by the time my diet is super strict my body is use to my eating routine and I very rarely get hungry.
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Yes I have very close friends that aren’t into fitness and completion, sometimes it’s good to have a break from fitness in the back of your mind however sometimes it gets difficult to have much of a social life when your diet becomes very strict.
Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. I love fruit
Q. Favorite guilty indulgence?
A. Defiantly chocolate
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
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 abdominals
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. My legs
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. Change up your workout for a weeks or give yourself a calorie boost for a few days
Q. What are your future plans?
A. Continue to compete, return to nationals in 2012 and aim for world titles
Q. What do you want our readers to know about you that they couldn’t find out from seeing you on stage or in print?
A. I’m still a normal girl and a full time zoo keeper, I have to work extremely hard to sculpt my figure.