How Did You Get Started?
I have always been into sports and being fit. I played soccer at Auburn University and after college found that I missed the challenge of competition in my life. After having three children, I wanted to find a way to compete again and that is when I started looking into Figure competitions. I decided last year that I would try it.
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I started training on my own and watching what I ate and found that I really enjoyed that lifestyle. I decided to hire a coach to help me prepare for my show and chose Erik Ledin from leanbodiesconsulting.com to get me where I needed to be. When I competed in October of last year I was in the best shape of my life and succeeded in qualifying for Nationals.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I have learned a ton this past year about what works best for me and what is the most effective and efficient way for me to train. I train with weights 3 days a week, with 2 upper body workouts that include exercises such as shoulder press, rows, and benching with some bicep and tricep work. Since my quads are very developed already, I train lower body once a week and focus mainly on my hamstrings and glutes, which includes deadlifting, and hamstring curls.
My program changes on a monthly basis and I have found that this is most beneficial for my body. I also have learned that a very effective way to drop fat is by doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cycles, which Erik incorporates into my training program usually 2 or 3 times a week. I do not find that hour upon hour of steady state cardio is very effective.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Nutrition, for me, is the key to having a great physique. You can train hard, but if you don't have the nutrition to support that training, your efforts are wasted. Depending on where I am in the season, my diet changes. If I am getting ready for a competition, then I am in the process of dieting down. During this phase I am SLOWLY lowering my calories on a biweekly basis, while doing carb cycling.
I eat 6 meals a day, with the most important being my Pre and Post workout meals. My diet stays very clean. My protein intake consists of primarily egg whites, chicken, lean beef and Protein Powder, while my carbs come mainly from oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. I always get in my fats, such as fish oil, nuts, and EVOO.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
The primary supplements that I like the best are fish oils and whey protein. I didn't realize how beneficial fish oil can be and I use that on a daily basis. The Protein powder is the quickest and easiest form of protein and with having three little girls to take care of, sometimes it is the easiest way for me to get enough food in during the day.
Why Do You Love Fitness?
Fitness is a priority in my life. I get up most days at 4:30 in the morning to make sure I can get it in. It is a huge stress reliever for me as well. One of the main reasons that I do it, besides for health, is to to be a good role model for my girls. I like to show them that it is important to eat right and work out. I want them to see what a strong and healthy women looks like and I like to provide them an example of a healthy lifestyle. My favorite thing is when they come up to me and flex and say "look at my muscle mommy."
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
My immediate plans are to compete in Jr. USAs and Jr. Nationals. I would like to continue training hard and improving my physique with each show. My longer term goal would be to become an IFBB Figure Pro.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?
Stay focused, train hard, and don't let excuses keep you from obtaining your goals.
Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?