Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Cicely 'CiCi' Kyle, CSCS

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  • Name: Cicely 'CiCi' Kyle, CSCS
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  • Age: 22
  • Where: Florida
  • Height: 4' 10"
  • Weight: 112 Lbs., Contest: 105 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Glutes & Quads
  • Favorite Supplements: None

How Did You Get Started?

I have been an athlete my whole life. I started with gymnastics, then I went on to basketball and finally track and field where I competed in college. I used to see the fitness competitions on ESPN and think, "I can do that." When I was 16 I went to Virginia to visit family for the summer. There I met one of the team coaches for Women's Tri-Fitness Competitor's, Coach Atherton. He showed me a few tips for the obstacle course and before I knew it I was off to Vegas for my first competition! I didn't compete in the grace and physique or the routines (just the fitness skills and obstacle course), but seeing everything that went on there got me hooked. It took me 5 years to get back to it but in January of 2006 I decided I would compete. I stepped onstage for my first full competition June 2, 2006 at the Southern Classic in Jackson, MS and have been competing since.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Coming from a track and field background as a triple jumper I have always been a fan of powerlifting and total body workouts. Although I have made gains through split training. I prefer a combination of strength, power, sprint, and plyometric training. I usually change workouts every 2-4 weeks so here is an example of both a strength workout (that I did 3 times a week for 2 weeks in preparing for 2007 NPC Nationals) and a sprint/power workout:

Arrow Strength:

    Day 2:
    Deadlifts: 10 @ 125lbs and 4×8 @175lbs
    V-ups: 5×15
    Seated row: 4×12 @110lbs
    Side Lunges: 4×16 @ 15 lbs
    Leg raises (sitting back against the wall with 4 lb med ball between legs - brutal!!) 4×10

300 yd shuttle run
1st run: 59 sec
2nd: 61 sec
3rd: 61 sec
5×5 cleans @ 80 lbs
3×5 snatch @ 80 lbs

I usually do a "traditional" workout 3 days a week and alternate with routine practice on 3 more days then rest on the 7th.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

A balance of moderate carbs and moderate to high fat intake works well for me. Moderate carbs for me is between 125-200g/day.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I am still new to the supplement world so I am experimenting to find out what works best for me. Because my training and nutrition has changed so dramatically over the last year I can't attribute any of the gains directly to any one supplement.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the human body and I'm continuously amazed at what it can do. Sure I appreciate fitness as it pertains to improving and maintaining good health, but I love fitness for the constant challenges and achievements it brings. I have always been competitive and therefore I used weight training to improve in sports, all the time competing against the other team in basketball or the other jumper in track. It wasn't until I started in Women's Tri-Fitness and the NPC that I realized how much I could challenge myself through weight training. I have watched my body transform in 4-8 weeks of contest prep in amazement. I challenge myself each show to go farther than I did in the last show.

As a personal trainer, I love fitness because my clients can SEE their results. It makes me happy to see a client that has never done a pushup in there life, knock out ten pushups on the floor after a couple weeks of training. I try to emphasize fitness as a way to achieve better function (doing pushups, going from sitting to standing without using their hands, etc) and better health as oppose to purely aesthetic goals.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

As a trainer I would like to host camps and workshops on training and competing as well as coach track and field. As a competitor I want to win the Arnold Classic, Olympia, and the World Tri-Fitness competition in Las Vegas. I would also like to be as recognizable as a fitness competitor as Ronnie Coleman is in bodybuilding and as respected a personal trainer as Charles Glass. As a fitness model I would like to grace the covers of today's most notable fitness magazines as well become a contributing columnist.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Compete for yourself. If you are competing to cater to the judges, your friends, or your loved ones you will never enjoy the sport.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Fitness competitors: Tanji Johnson, Adela Garcia, and Mocha Lee
Bodybuilders: Kai Greene, Dexter Jackson, and up and coming bodybuilder (and a good friend of mine) CC Matthews.

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