Q. How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
A. First things first…..COFFEE!!! then breakfast for me and the little one, (Sophie) since hubby has usually already been up for a while. After breakfast, morning cardio with Sophie cheering me on, either on the treadmill upstairs, or outside in our neighborhood with the BOB stroller & Boomer dog!
Q. How long have you been training?
A. I started gymnastics when I was in grade school & then began basketball, track, & cheer leading in Jr. High. I was always very active in sports, but really began training with weights when I was a sophomore in high school. So, (I’m telling my age here) for about 28 years!
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I was a college cheerleader and after graduating, I wanted a way to challenge myself to stay fit and I love competing. I had seen some of the Fitness Pageants on ESPN and just decided I would go for it! I needed a new goal and challenge & I do like being on “stage”!
Q. How many people have you encouraged into the sport since you started?
A. I can’t give a specific number, but I get asked about my fitness journey all the time. I hope I inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle all of the time, not just when training for a competition. We only have one life and one body to live it in. If it’s a healthy, fit body, then it sure will make life a lot more fun and enjoyable!
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. Athletic from all the sports, but SKINNY!!!!
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. I am very competitive…..(I don’t even like the person on the treadmill next to me going harder than I am…lol) so I just imagine what I need to be doing to be MY best and hopefully beat my competition. It also helps knowing I’ll be on stage, being judged in a teeny tiny swim suit!!!! Pretty much no room for error in those things!
Q. How do you handle the stress of it all?
A. Some days I handle it better than others. I just try to keep myself balanced and have fun with it all keeping in mind that in the scheme of life, competing is only a tiny portion of my life. I love it and I really feel accomplished when I reach new fitness goals and place well in a show, but I am much more than a fitness competitor. This sport is definitely competitive, but at the same time it should be enjoyable! At the end of the day, it’s very subjective and I may win or I may lose, but as long as I’ve given it all I’ve got, then I hold my head proud knowing I did MY very best.
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing athlete can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. A great support system! Family and friends that support and encourage you are very important. It takes a lot of time, money, & focus to get prepared for a show. It pretty much takes all I have mentally & physically, so having love, support and understanding from those closest to me proves to be crucial in my success. My husband is truly my biggest fan & supporter, the rest of my family is also very supportive, and my friends in both the fitness world or not, are huge positive reinforcers.
Q. How many days a week do you work out?
Q. How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A. I try to only fluctuate 5-10 pounds. I HATE competition dieting, so I try to stay as lean as possible, but healthy, so that is easier to lean out for a show.
Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. It changes all the time! I get bored easily & the body adapts so quickly that you should always keep changing things up. It also depends on how close it is to show time, cardio definitely gets kicked up a notch or two at show prep time!!
Q. What about working out while you are on the road?
A. I definitely think its important! Most hotels have some type of workout facility, but you can always get a great workout in your room with body weight or bands (they are easy to pack) run/walk the stairs of the hotel, or find a great running trail or park to get out & get some fresh air and exercise. When we are on the road, either for work or vacation, we all tend to eat more than normal, so definitely need to off set some of it with exercise!
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. YES!!! Some people just do not feel comfortable or confident enough to go to the gym. Home work out programs are wonderful for them, or for those just to busy to get to the gym. After I had my daughter, Insanity & P90x were one way I got back into shape. I still do at least one DVD workout a week.
Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
A. Well, I began competing so long ago (1992) in Fitness, so I have tried several different organizations and been pretty successful in all of them, either winning or placing top 5 in all local shows and at least top 20 at National levels. Most recently, since coming out of “retirement” after having my daughter, I was 2011 Great North Bikini Classic Champion in the FAP organization, top 20 2011 Fitness Universe Bikini Classic, 4th place 35+ Fitness Model 2011 WBFF Central Championships, 6th place Bikini Model 2011 WBFF Central Championships, Top Ten Fitness Model 2011 WBFF Worlds Amateur Division, 3rd place 35+ Fitness Model 2011 WBFF Edmonton, 5th place Fitness Model Short 2011 WBFF Edmonton.
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. YES!!!!! I’m pretty much starving all the time!!! LOL
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Heck yeah! . I have lots of friends outside the fitness field and a lot that are competitors. Just like everything else in life, you have to have balance. Fitness/competitor friends are the only ones that can truly relate to everything involved with competition, but it’s nice to be “normal” around my friends that have known me for years.
Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. I have several women that inspire me. Chady Dunmore 2x WBFF World Bikini Champion, Kim Dolan WBFF Pro, and Kristi Winger Szudlo WBFF Pro. These women do it all! They are moms, wives, career women, and Pro Athletes & do it all with such grace. I also admire Monica Brandt WBFF World Figure Champion. She has been in this industry a long time and always handles herself with grace & dignity.
Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. Grilled Chicken, baked sweet potato, and green beans
Q. Favorite guilty indulgence?
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. Smith Squat Lunges & Hill Sprints
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. I mostly get compliments on my legs & I LOVE training them!!!!! They respond the fastest.
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. Switch things up…..change my diet, increase cardio intensity and time, add more plyometrics, increase intensity on weights!
Q. What are your future plans?
A. Get my Pro card as a WBFF Athlete & be published in fitness magazines, all the while making my family first and foremost priority because without them, nothing else matters.