Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Amanda Chapman

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  • Name: Amanda Chapman
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  • Age: 32
  • Where: Oakland, CA
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 145 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: L-Glutamine, Lo Carb Grow! Protein (Yum!), Lipo-6.

How Did You Get Started?

My brother was my earliest motivation for getting in shape. Although I participated in sports throughout high school (soccer, track, and basketball), by the time I graduated from college, I was about 40lbs overweight! So I focused on getting in shape by walking/jogging until I could run 30 minutes nonstop - something I'd never done before. I nearly stopped at this goal, but remembered my brother saying: "Can you truly say you've ever been in your best shape ever?"

I realized I couldn't and hadn't even tried to come close, so I hired Kenneth Williams as my personal trainer and after my first grueling track workout, knew I was in the right hands.

I went down 3 sizes (!) and loved training so much that I became a certified personal trainer. Of course, this wasn't enough; the fitness bug had bitten me! While it was fulfilling to see others improve as I had, I found myself needing another challenge to take myself to the next level.

My friend told me about her experience with figure competitions and after a lot of thought and self-doubt, I decided to go for it! Twelve weeks of the hardest training sessions and strictest dieting I've ever faced brought me to my first NPC figure competition and 4 weeks later to a Top 5 finish! I was so excited that night!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Heavy, heavy weights and interval cardio works best for me! Right now I weight train 4 times a week and do cardio 6 times a week. Interval training on all machines (treadmill, elliptical, climber) and outside really helps me burn calories in a shorter period of time. It also helps preserve my muscle as I diet for competitions.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I love to eat, so I eat frequently, splitting my calories over 6 or 7 small meals a day. I eat meals that consist of lean protein (poultry, egg whites - Lana's Egg Whites by the bucketful! - and lots of fish!), a vegetable, and a carbohydrate, such as oatmeal or a yam. I only eat the carbs in the morning, though, to ensure I burn them off throughout the day. I determined my ideal caloric intake based on my basal metabolic rate and have tweaked it, as needed. My pre-contest diet doesn't vary greatly, except the portions get much smaller, of course!

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

To my surprise, my Essential Fats, such as Flax Seed Oil. As I increased them, I found I made great gains - plus my skin tone improved!

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

The world of fitness has allowed me to challenge myself in ways I never thought possible. (No really, ask my brother, I doubted I had the ability to change my body!) I have improved my health, improved my attitude toward life, and reversed years of bad eating and exercising habits in a couple of years!

Also, health and wellness awareness among my family and friends has increased dramatically over the past couple of years. Being involved in fitness allows me to pass on tips and advice to them and others to enhance their knowledge. Just the other day, my recently retired mom was talking to me about how she much she can bench press! Whoa!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm definitely going to continue competing at figure shows. Overall, it really is a lot of fun! (Dieting excluded!) Over the next few years, I'm also hoping to participate in an athletic competition, such as the Galaxy or Women's TriFitness challenges, and open a fitness studio/gym!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Have fun! It's so easy to get wrapped up in being the best that you can lose sight of your original reason for competing. If you relax, you can learn a lot about yourself, make a lot of friends who also love fitness, and have something to brag about to your grandchildren!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Jenny Lynn, despite having a fabulous physique, is a wonderful posing coach, a fantastic business woman, and a really fun person! I also hope to meet Davana Medina one day! She has a fantastic look and is also one of my favorite figure competitors.