Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Bianca Burke

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  • Name: Bianca Burke
  • E-mail: biancaburke88@gmail.com
  • Age: 23
  • Where: Ohio
  • Height: 5'1"
  • Weight: 115 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abdominals
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Emergen-C Blue Flavor

How Did You Get Started?

I have always been into fitness. Growing up I was involved in soccer and gymnastics but as time went by, I became less and less involved in recreational sports. It wasn't until I started college that I began to take a more serious look at my healthy lifestyle. Visually, I looked trim, very healthy. Realistically speaking, I got out of breath sometimes from climbing stairs! I was mortified! I started out using the basic knowledge I had about working out and frequenting the gym, but as far as specificity goes, I wasn't.

I had no idea how important food was for a workout. I was at the type of mindset where eating the 4 basic food groups was a sound get fit plan. I never really thought about food as fuel for the body. I also hadn't realized that drinking a lot of water was something that needed to be kept up not only during a workout, but before and after as well.

As far as how much time I should be spending at the gym doing cardio versus weight lifting, I was lost. Some days I would be doing way more cardio than I should have been, and other days I wasn't doing enough weight lifting to grow even the smallest of muscles. What made things worse is that I didn't know a set from a rep or why a person needed to keep track of those when lifting.

It got to the point where there was an odd development that started near my groin area that I couldn't quite explain, much less see. Well, of course I kept on with my workouts and poor diet, and the odd development that started in my body eventually turned into a hernia.

A hernia is a weak point in a muscle wall that, when pressure is present, can force the muscle apart, allowing part of an internal organ or other body part to push its way through. Most men are typically seen with this type of injury mainly because they are lifting much heavier weight at the gym (adding pressure to that part of the body). But it is possible for women to get them.

Mine happened because I was doing too much strenuous workouts and not enough refueling to allow my body to recuperate from them. My body was completely disproportionate. I was not educated on the philosophy that the more exercise you do the more food and water your body will need to sustain itself throughout training sessions.

It took a hernia surgery to get me to realize that how I was going about my fitness routine needed to change - immediately.

I decided to enlist the help of a professional: a personal trainer. I did some research, and after a couple of months, I decided to go with the one who fit well with my personality.

It was a great experience, working with my trainer. I was not only starting to resemble the fitness models I saw in Oxygen Magazine, but I was accomplishing it the right way-with education. I learned so much about what kinds of foods I should be eating, how much water I should be drinking and when, and above all; just because a person looks stunning on the outside, does not mean that they are healthy on the inside.

My journey taught me to have patience when searching for results on my way to achieving total overall health. It taught me that fitness is a discipline, a way of life and a lifelong reward both mentally and physically. Most importantly, I learned that fitness with long term successful results cannot be achieved without education.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Early morning weight lifting 5 days a week and cardio 3 times a week.

Day 1: Back/Biceps
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Cardio


Day 4: Back
Day 5: Legs
Day 6: Cardio Only
Day 7: Off


What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Eating a very clean and stripped down diet throughout the week.

Meal 1: Post Cardio
Meal 2:
Meal 3:
Meal 4:
Meal 5:

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Early Morning Pre Cardio:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Being so involved in fitness has forced me to examine my diet and I discovered that what I was eating before I began working with a trainer was the reason why I encountered so many injuries throughout my fitness training.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Continued support from my loving fiancée, and images of my fellow competitors and fitness models!

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Knowing that the more I learned about what I was doing, the better my results would be.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am actually in the process of transitioning into a bikini competitor, so to compete in my first bikini competition would be awesome! Also, getting a feature in Oxygen Magazine's future of fitness section!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay hydrated! Getting enough water into your diet is just as important as getting in the right amount of protein your body needs in order to recuperate from training.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Ava Cowan is pretty amazing.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

My BodySpace to track progress, gain motivation and the Nutrition & Training sections to stay informed.