Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Monica Nakatsuka

Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Monica Nakatsuka! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

My story is pretty similar to many others. I have been an athlete since I left the womb. When my college volleyball career was nearing its end, I didn't want that to translate into becoming a lazy bum. I had worked out with weights and cardio since high school to stay in shape.

Then one fateful day, I met with one of the personal trainers at my gym by the name of Mike Graham. Not only did he help me in my pursuit of bodybuilding; he taught me so many of the fundamentals of nutrition and training. From that point, I have encountered several people that have inspired and encouraged my fitness goals; Antonio Gerald, a great fellow bodybuilder with an enthusiastic spirit; Barry Brooks, a fantastic photographer that has not only taken exquisite pictures and helped me with my posing, but he has also opened so many doors that I will be forever grateful; and Patrick Gargett, my boyfriend and nutritionist, the one who has inspired me since the day that I met him. His freakish understanding of exercise physiology and nutrition is what has brought out the best in my physique.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Arrow Sample Workout Program: Contest Prep:

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Aaaah... nutrition - The key to everything. For the NPC Indiana State, I worked with the most insightful man I have encountered yet, Patrick Gargett.

The diet he devised for me had a vast variety of proteins (eggs, beef, turkey, fish, chicken). This time around, I definitely utilized supplementation. I was taking CLA, L-Carnitine, Yohimbe, liver tabs, aminos, vitamin paks, and some that I am probably forgetting. I had a big baggie of supps to take everyday.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

By far Beverly Int'l products. I am a huge fan of their protein.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It is such an extreme sport. I love that not everyone can hack it. Only the strong survive.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm not opposed to being Ms. Olympia. Short-term, I plan on doing a national show within the next year. All in all, I just hope to be a good ambassador of the sport.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

FOLLOW YOUR DIET! Training is the fun part.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Lenda Murray, definitely Flex Wheeler, and Branch Warren is starting to grow on me as well. I also love anyone that can put on a good show.

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* Photos Courtesy of Barry Brooks.