- Name: Michelle Martinez
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Age: 45
- Where: Livermore, California
- Height: 5'
- Weight: 112 Lbs., Contest: 104 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Abs
- Favorite Exercise: Legs & Calves
- Favorite Supplements: Hydroxycut 'HARDCORE'
How Did You Get Started?
I have always been self conscience about how I look, always wanting to look better, with a naturally athletic build and short stature; it was not easy to create that "Twiggy look" growing up. With each pregnancy I gained a total of 50 lbs. (genetics, of course) and it took months of cardio just to get back into my size 5/7 jeans. I still struggled, eventually taking an interest in every diet and diet pill to do the trick, but without much success from this yo-yo style of eating.
Ten years ago I joined the gym to at least get toned. With my husband and two girls loving the outdoor sport of wakeboarding, I dreaded this time of year and wanted every June, the month of my birthday, to be the month when I would reach my goal and have a perfect physique. However, the mirror tells no lie, and I felt disappointed with each approaching summer.
My husband Jim and I love bike riding and he did finally join the gym so we could continue to do fun things together. What I noticed most about any weight loss that I had was that I just looked thin. I lost a lot of muscle mass in the last year, most likely due to my age so Jim offered to show me some upper body weight machines at the gym. I had been apprehensive about them as I was afraid of building muscle and looking too big. He said, "give it 2 weeks".
To my surprise, I started noticing a bit of definition and others were asking me what I was doing differently. Within a few months I was already looking a bit buff, but I had no idea what I was doing. I was working out forty-five minutes to one hour with weights and also all over the gym with no rhyme or reason and probably over killing the same muscles daily.
A friend of mine at the gym, Christine, noticed my dedication and hard work and advised me to call a personal trainer that had helped her get in great shape prior to a figure competition. Shortly thereafter I was signed up with her personal trainer, Karina, twice a week who understood my goals and could help me get into the shape I had desired for so long (I really wanted to just look more toned all over). Karina did a complete assessment, gave me a diet plan to work on and the rest was up to me.
It wasn't long before my trainer suggested that I think about competing in an upcoming figure competition. The Fresno Classic was in a few months and it gave me a goal to work towards and helped me stay focused. I felt that I could go forward with the attitude that I would have fun with this and I also had very little to lose.
The competition was March 10th, and after 3three months of hard training twice a week with Karina and hitting the gym with the same basic workout four days a week, taking one day off to rest, I was ready and excited to walk out on that stage. I placed 4th in masters and 4th in the short division.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
What I learned from Karina was that cardio before weight training fatigued the muscle before it had a chance to get a good workout (something I had always done before). Now I just warm up and on day 1, 2, & 3 I work out different areas of the body, starting with the largest muscles first, finishing with secondary muscles and so on. This régime is repeated throughout the week finishing each forty-five minutes of weights with twenty to thirty minutes of cardio.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Basically a high protein diet (approximately thirty grams per meal), and low carbohydrates, including a small amount of fat for a total of 1400 to 1600 calories per day. I ate six small meals each day, three to four hours between meals. Most of the time following this diet worked for me with a few cheat meals now and then. Hey, you have to live too!
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I use supplements such as Whey Protein, Hydroxycut "hardcore", and BSN NO-Explode before my weight training. I make sure to also include a multivitamin, fish oil, selenium, DHEA, chromium picolinate, and glucosamine with MSM into my diet.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
Fitness has allowed me to focus on positive things in my life. Naturally the weight training has given me the best results, definition and muscle tone. I have an unbelievable amount of strength that I have developed. Losing body fat and gaining muscle has not made me look bigger, as I once feared, just better. I have also made a lot of new friends at the gym who, like my husband and family, have been very supportive.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
At this time, I am continuing my weight training to increase muscle mass and strength as I have fallen in love with the sport. I am also continuing to eat healthy foods in moderation and continuing with the supplements.
My family has become interested in my training because they have seen such great results so quickly, that they will occasionally ask me for tips and help at the gym. This makes me think about wanting to do some personal training myself, and so I am considering taking the steps to get certified.
I am sure I will also do future competitions, as this was one of the happiest and challenging moments of my life.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
When you start training hard, your body is going to go through so many changes. It is all very positive, of course, as you reach your goal. Others will see this too and though there will be support from many, there will be just as many who will worry that because you look "different", you don't look "healthy". This was discouraging at first! Dieting down was very difficult and takes a great deal of hard work and determination, so you HAVE to cover your ears and follow your heart when you are nearing the competition.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
Aside from my own personal trainer, Karina Dugand, I would have to say Cathy LeFrancois.
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