Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Mary Bell

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How Did You Get Started?

I got started in competing when I was dared/challenged to do a Figure Competition. I have always been the type of person to take on a challenge. I had three weeks to learn how to diet down and learn pre-contest preparation work. Five minutes before I was to get on stage I learned quarter turns. I was in a class of 42 women and I did very well with respect to numerical numbers, but the experience of having my family and friends cheering me on, and meeting all the wonderful competitors hooked me into competing there forward.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Through trial and error I have found that heavy sets of no more then 9 pyramiding down to 3, and little rest in between works best for my ectomorph/endomorph frame. I keep cardio to no more the 25 minutes at 80-85% of my maximum heart rate, 4-6 times a week for pre-contest.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I employ a 55% protein 25% carbohydrates and 20% fat diet for pre-contest. Every third day I lower my protein to 45%, increase my carbohydrates to 35%, and keep my fat at 20%

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

BCAA's, Glutamine, and a Buddhist Insight Meditation CD.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the challenge and dedication you have to give to compete.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future fitness goals include:

  • Competing as long as I am able. In 2004 I will compete in 6 different shows, two being Pro Qualifiers, one in Bodybuilding, one in Mixed Pairs, and two in Figure.

  • I am also in the process of starting a health and fitness business, that will incorporate personal training, nutrition, Competition preparation, and custom made competition suits. I guess you can say I love everything about health and fitness and want to do it all.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The one tip I would give competitors is, have a positive attitude. Do not allow your numerical placement to dictate your worth. This is a subjective sport. The weeks of pre-contest preparation and getting on the stage makes you a winner! No matter if you place first or last. Take this advice to heart you will always enjoy your experience of competing.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I do not have a favorite Fitness or Bodybuilding athlete. I respect and admire all athletes, from first timers to seasoned competitors. I know the dedication and time it take to compete. I truly respect a competitor that has humility and a willingness to help others.