Q. How long have you been training? A.Â I have been training for competitions for 10 months. Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition? A.Â Initially I started just as a motivator to get in better shape. Once I began training, doing research of the sport and noticed the major changes in my body, I wanted to do more. After my first competiton I placed 5th and was completely hooked! Q. How many people have you encouraged into the sport since you started? A.Â My encouragement for others has really been in overall health and getting in better shape.Â Q. What was your body like before you started training? A.Â When I started training I came right out of a transformation! So by my second competition (which was just 2 mos after the first one) my results were pretty extreme. Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks? A.Â The nutrition part wasn't that tough on me. It's restricted yes, but I never felt hungry. I think the hardest part for me is the last week. You start the week consuming a very large amount of water and by contest day you're down to just about no water at all. You get excitement from knowing your hard work is about to pay off. So you find anything around you to try to stay motivated push on.Â Q. How do you handle the stress of it all? A.Â The stress was really hard to get used to in the beginning. I do whatever I can to stay positive and relaxed. I plan out those "fun" foods that I miss for after the show. I meditate, get a massage, go to the steam room and jacuzzi at the gym, read books. Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape? A.Â Yes actually. I am stopped quite frequently by people that I know and even strangers. People are curious how your arms are so defined and things like that. It's funny, the first question is usually "You work out everyday, don't you"? They have this look on their face like "Uh, oh..sounds hard". Q. What do you feel is the most important thing athlete can have in order to be successful in this sport? A.Â Pure dedication. Sometimes you can lose motivation or feel too drained from a previous workout or just the stress of the day. When you're dedicated you find the motivation and you gather your strength to push towards your goals. Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement? A.Â Pre-workout - Gaspari Size On (it's acually meant to be sipped during the workout) but hands down, it's my favorite. My favorite protein shake is whey Q. How many days a week do you work out? A.Â 6 days Q. How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout? A.Â 2-3 Q. What kind of workout program do you follow? A.Â Strength/resistance, HIIT Q. What about working out while you are on the road? A.Â It's never a problem for me. The best workouts can be the ones we use with our own body weight. (pushups, crunches, lunges, jump squats, jumping jacks, plank, side-plank) Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X? A.Â I absolutely believe in them. I actually used P90x and Insanity Asylum as an additional workout to what was given to me by my coach. As a competitor, P90x or Insanity doesn't work as your primary workout but as an additional workout, it was great. Insanity Asylum is filled with lots of plyometric moves that are a part of a bikini or fitness model workout regime. Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results? A. Muscle Mania Lone Star, May 2011 - 5th place Muscle Mania Alamo July 2011 - 4th place Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition? A.Â What social life?? When I'm competing, I don't have a social life. Everything is scheduled, there really aren't enough hours in the day to socialize. Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete? A.Â Pauline Nordin, Larissa Reis. My favorite athlete is Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo-Jo). She died in 1998 but I think of her often and she will always be my favorite. Q. What is your favorite healthy meal? A.Â Spinach salad with sliced strawberries and a tbsp balsamic vinegar Q. Favorite guilty indulgence? A.Â Homemade cake Q. What is your favorite exercise? A.Â Dumbbell bent over row Q. What is that one body part that you just canât seem to bring up or make it look like you want? A.Â I'm currently working on my legs. I'd like to add a bit more size Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body? A.Â My back Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau? A.Â Once I notice that something isn't working anymore, I stop immediately and switch to something else.