How Did You Get Started?
In 1998 I was diagnosed with Bio-Chemical Depression. My GP recommended I begin a regimented workout routine to increase the seritonin levels in my body and prescribed a depression drug (Paxil 40 mg). I was at an ultimate downfall and needed something to help me feel worthy of living through every day. The exercise immediately changed my attitude and decreased my feelings of depression, it took me 4 months to reduce the Paxil dose and start to feel completely energized. I now know the importance of exercise and the risks involved (personally) if I miss a scheduled workout.
Eventually I became hooked and found having a goal would help me stay motivated and not become bored, therefore I began competing. I worked with a Personal Trainer for 6 months and started to study everything I was learning along the way to proper health. I am now certified as an ISSA Personal Trainer and help those who find themselves in the same situation I went through in 1998.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I split my workouts into 5 body parts, one part per workout. I train heavy for three days on, one day off, two days on and another day off.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I follow a strict diet when on season consisting of high proteins and fats, low carbs. My carb intake is always before 3pm and easy-does-it on the night eating. Lots and lots of water and Chrystal Lite to satisfy the sugar cravings.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I think EAS products have given me the best results.
Why Do You Love Fitness?
Fitness gives me a feeling of accomplishment; I feel my best when I stick to a regular workout.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
My aim is high; I'm competing on a National level for the second year and hope to achieve Pro Status!
What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?
Always strive for your personal ultimate best! Every competitor goes through the same routines and stresses; they should be someone you can relate to not feel that they are only your "competition".
Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?
My idol for the past 7 years has been Sarah Orbanic. I was lucky to have met her at the 2003 Arnold Classics in Ohio.... not only is she beautiful on the outside but a wonderful person on the inside as well (very motivating).