Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Carly Thornton

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Carly Thornton! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I started training at 21 years old. Before this I was overweight and unhappy with the way I looked which lead to very low self esteem. I was always the fun/bubbly joker out of all my friends and had lots of male friends but never anything more. When I used to go out partying with my friends, I drank alcohol before going out as I felt that if I was drunk then I wouldn't care what I looked like. I hated getting ready and looking in the mirror at my pudgy stomach, no nice clothes fit!

So it came to my 20's and I got so sick and tired of feeling bad about myself that I joined the gym where I used to go to school. It was very small but had enough equipment for me to do my bit without anyone seeing me! Gradually I began to loose the weight and felt more confident to join a larger chained fitness centre. I loved it; I loved exercise and the way it made me feel.

I could never go back to being that girl trying her hardest to shine with her personality, but never was seen. I despised myself when looking in the mirror and gorging on food and alcohol in the hope that this will in some way bring comfort. Of course, it just made everything worse.

I taught myself the importance of exercise diversity and clean eating. Within a few disciplined months, my body began to transform. I felt amazing! I felt fit physically and emotionally, I had a true sense of accomplishment and well being.

But, I wouldn't change a thing as it has made me appreciate things more. I'm extremely passionate about helping others not only to achieve, but to show that no matter what age or shape you are in, YOU can change for the better.

Let's live this life the way we really want too, no more wishing but a lot more doing! I can do it! You can do it! Believe...motivate...create that better you!

If you want your fitness to be off the chain, then do it!
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If you want your fitness to be off the chain, then do it!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Day 1: Legs
Day 2: Cardio Only
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Off


Day 5 Back/Arms
Day 6: Cardio Only
Day 7: Off


Strap in, it's gonna' be a wild ride.
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Strap in, it's gonna' be a wild ride.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I work very well with structure and consistency.

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You think a body like this doesn't have an equally lean diet?
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You think a body like this doesn't have an equally lean diet?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Consistency is the key. I supplement daily with whey, glutamine, BCAAs, vitamin C and spirulina.

Morning:
Morning, Pre Workout, Post Workout, & Evening:
Morning, Post Workout, & Evening:
Pre & Post Workout:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is an art, I find it extremely fascinating how we as humans can totally change the way we look through clean eating, dietary changes and exercise. For me it's a way of life and I'm so honored to have the opportunity to share my passion and love for fitness to others and inspire them to seek their ultimate goals

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Everything motivates me! I wake up feeling energized and ready for the day! I get totally hyped about each workout and the changes I will make. I not only look healthy on the outside but the inside too and I feel this really shines through!

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I love making new goals, short and long term, as this keeps the motivation high and the fire burning! I love structure, I love change and I thrive on seeing others do the same!

Once this shoe is tied, it's on to the next challenge!
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Once this shoe is tied, it's on to the next challenge!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I would love to grace the stage again at some point, but I also have the WWE try outs this November. I want to continue with other aspects of fitness, within magazines, articles to others and fill them with knowledge, to become the person they long to be. I want people to know me as someone who is an ambassador to the sport, I have such a deep love and motivation for all aspects and I want to share it with the world.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay focused on you, if you walk on stage looking the best you have ever looked, then no matter what you're placing is, you are a winner!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I use BodySpace to keep connected and to share my path. I buy supplements from the Store and read all training and nutrition articles on the SuperSite.