- Name: Allison Ethier
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Age: 28
- Where: Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada
- Height: 5'4"
- Weight: 120 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :5
- Favorite Bodypart: Glutes
- Favorite Exercise: Shoulders
- Favorite Supplements: Anything by Prolab
How Did You Get Started?
I had a strong gymnastic background and did cheerleading throughout high school and at the University of Western Ontario Mustangs. During that time I had seen a fitness competition on TV, and knew that in the future this was something I would naturally gravitate towards. After completing my degree and moving on to a different school, in a different degree, I decided to just focus on school. Having a good time with friends for about 2 years, and putting on a bit of weight I was getting the itch to compete again and be more active. But I needed more of a reason to compete that just societies pressure to stay slim.
A friend had brought me Oxygen magazine and encouraged me to find out where a competition would be held in my area. I did a lot of research on the sport, but my choices were limited due to the area I lived in and email/websites was just in their infancy. Most of the information I received was from bodybuilders and having read Oxygen knew that their diet was just too strict. I found a competition in my area, trained for it, made up a routine, and dieted way too long but still managed to come out on top. There was only myself and another girl in the show, but that set the foundation for all my future competitions.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
In the beginning I was doing a 3 day split twice a week with massive amounts of cardio. It worked with my physique but the training was just to demanding to keep up with for each show. As I learned more about my body and the way it reacts to training, I now do a 4 day split with moderate amounts of cardio. My cardio is mostly running and stepper training. I find them to be the best to lean me out quickly before a show or a shoot.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Usually I follow 40% carbs, 40% protein, and 20% fats. During pre-contest time I will cut back more on the carbs and increase my protein to help speed up the leaning out process. It will look more like 50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat. I keep my fats the same to have energy during the later part of the day.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I have always used Prolab Advance Whey Protein in any flavor. I have tried many other proteins in the past but they don't seem to sit well in my stomach. I have also used Creatine (love the stuff), fat burners (with ephedra), calcium, magnesium, and a multivitamin. I do have one other product that I use, but I cannot give away all my secrets...
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I love to be in the spotlight. I am a ham in real life, always cracking jokes and fooling around. I appreciate the discipline that is needed to compete in fitness, the friends that I make--as we all can relate to each other, and having a reason or a goal in the gym when I am there also helps to make all the effort worthwhile.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
To win a big show would be nice. The Fitness America Nationals would be an honor. The Fitness Universe or perhaps the Fitness Canada. I have to say that I have done quite well in fitness with magazine coverage and getting my face out there without a major title. In the future I will try my hand at the IFBB. A magazine cover is also my next big goal. So any of you magazine editors out there...my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Start at the lowest level of competition for your first show. I have seen girls come to the Nationals before even competing once. There are so many things that go on when preparing for this type of show that you are not going to get it right the first time no matter who you have as your trainer/dietician. This will get you familiar with what goes on backstage on the day of the show, and teach you the little things like what to eat on the day of competition, how to deal with your nerves the day of (Does your tan look good? Does your suit look OK? Etc.). These shows can help to get you prepared for the larger more popular events.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
I have too many to say which one(s) is my favorite. I appreciate the many varieties of athletes and bodies that are out there. I have not seen any IFBB shows, only photos. My fellow Fitness America competitors are a blast to be around laughing, sharing stories, sometimes I think I go to these shows to hang with the girls and forget that I am actually there to compete.