Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Candace Stupek

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  • Name: Candace Stupek
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  • Age: 41
  • Where: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 140 Lbs., Contest: 130 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Beverly International, Ultimate Muscle Protein, Muscle Provider, Glutamine w/ BCAA's, & Super Pak

How Did You Get Started?

I didn't start training with weights until after the birth of my third child. I was very fortunate to meet a trainer who helped me change my diet from the three meals a day (maybe) to 5-6 protein driven meals. My results were amazing and I have enjoyed every step of the process.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I train with weights three days a week: I do 45 minutes of cardio everyday. I incorporate running stairs/sprints and walking lunges around a track for extra glutes/hamstring work 2 x's a week. I train abs 3 x's a week with a variety of movements, like hanging leg raises, weighted sit-ups, leg raises on an incline bench, and cable crunchdowns.

Wednesdays - Leg Day

    I usually start with weighted walking lunges to warm up my quads.
    Leg Press (4 sets of 30) increasing weight
    Free Standing Squats (4 sets of 20) increasing weight
    Weighted Step Ups (4 x 15) supersetted with Leg Extensions (4 x 15). Go slow and hold it at the top for a count of 2 and lower even slower. Burn, burn, burn!!!

To get the Hamstrings we might superset some Straight Legged Deadlifts (4 sets of 20) with Lying Leg Curls (4 sets of 20) and then Superset some Seated Leg Curls (4 sets of 20) with Weighted Calf Raises on the Leg Press. (4 sets of 30).

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Fridays - Back, Biceps and Shoulders (again... I'm trying to build them up!)

Barbell Curls superset with seated Hammer Curls (4 sets of 15). Cable Pulls superset with Bent Over Bicep Curls. Seated Concentration Curls (4 sets of 15 on each arm)

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat 6 whole food meals a day. The first three meals include a complex carb such as oatmeal, brown rice or sweet potato. The last three will have protein and vegetables only. Protein sources include egg whites, chicken, turkey, did I say chicken??? I try to get serving of red meat 3 x's a week. I stick to green leafy vegetables and drink at least a gallon of water a day.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I love Beverly International's Ultimate Muscle Protein Powder, and Muscle Provider. I take a multivitamin in the morning and vitamin C and potassium with each meal.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Because I want to be around for a long time! I am in better shape now, than I was in my twenties. I love the example I am leading for my children. I love that with a tweak of my diet or change in an angle of movement that I can change the way my body looks. I love that each day I train I am challenging myself mentally, physically and spiritually.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My door is wide open! I never thought when I started this journey that I would be competing! I am thrilled to be in the upcoming May 2008 Oxygen Magazine in the Future of Fitness section. I am studying for my NASM CPT exam... and hope to use that to help and encourage others to make a healthy lifestyle change. I have 3 competitions on the calendar for 2008 and I'd like to do some more fitness modeling.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Do your research! I have attended fitness/figure camps to get ready for my regional show and it proved to be a great resource. Not only did I get a chance to meet the judges and promoters, but I felt I got an insiders view of what they were looking for as far as presentation and style. Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Maggie Diuablo, Monica Brant, Jenny Hendershott... they are all so beautiful, aren't they?

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