- Name: Patricia Amstutz
- E-mail: Pat.WardAmstutz@sbcglobal.net
- Age: 46
- Where: San Jose, California
- Height: 5' 2"
- Weight: 108 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :5
- Favorite Bodypart: Shoulders
- Favorite Exercise: Back
- Favorite Supplements: vitamins
How Did You Get Started?
Growing up I was always active, playing tennis, running, riding bikes, roller blading and would go to the gym with my dad, not to lift weights but to swim - so I was always around the gym atmosphere. As I got into my teen years, that slowed down to a near halt as hanging with my friends took over until my early 20's.
By my mid 20's I was diagnosed with "colitis" and ended up near death in the hospital (I was told I had the worse case in history at that time) and having to be in the hospital for one month, not able to even walk without pain, not allowed any food or water (expect intravenous) and withered away to a mere 85 pounds, I vowed that when and if I got out, I would take care of my body again.
So after 2 relapses (and hospital stays, but not as long) I joined a gym (after gaining a few pounds), and started taking aerobic classes and although it made me sweat and feel good, I was more intrigued with watching the weight lifters and how their bodies looked as well as the adrenaline and hard work it took to do this. I went to the owner of the facility (who was a competitive body builder) and hired him on the spot!
My body took to lifting like water takes to a sponge, and I was hooked. Within 6 months I saw a huge difference in my physique, & combining weights with cardiovascular I had more energy and endurance. I felt so good that I decided to take it to the next level and become a certified personal trainer in the hopes that I could make a difference in other peoples lives.
As the years went on, I was always asked if I compete and as fast as my body took to changing in appearance, I always wanted to compete on stage, not so much to compete against other women, but more so to challenge myself to get in the best shape I could and after many many years of "wanting" to compete (as well as my husband supporting me in this decision), I finally took the challenge.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I workout 5 days a week (2 on, day off, 3 on, day off) and my workouts always consist of weight training and cardiovascular. I train 2 body parts a day and 45 minutes on the step mill or interval training on the treadmill (5 double cardio days for contest). If I feel a little more tired than usual I will take an extra day off and workout 4 days instead of 5. I have learned to listen to my body/mind as its not worth the risk of injury because my mind is saying "workout" and my body is saying "I'm tired". There is a fine line when it comes to over training.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Contest diet: I ate 6 meals a day, and each meal consisted of protein, greens, and carbs (oatmeal, brown rice, yams, brown rice cakes). The hardest part of dieting for a show was the "no sugar" rule, but I was allowed sugar free jam, jello and Popsicles to curb this and thank goodness for that!
My usual eating habits are pretty clean but I do allow myself one day a week to splurge. I believe that moderation is key when it comes to not binge eating. I try to drink water but I will admit, it bores me. I was turned on to crystal light and I'm in heaven (again with the sweet tooth).
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
There are so many different ways to "train" when it comes to fitness and fitness is always evolving. Since I do this for a living, I always make sure my clients have fun while training. I vary their workouts so it keeps them guessing as well as their bodies which in turn their bodies will react to the change. I have a low attention span when it comes to working out the same way, so I put myself in their shoes. As many years as I have put into fitness personally, I feel better and look better than when I was in my early 20's.
Being in the fitness industry, I have worked in many areas (a huge perk for fitness), such as corporate sites, commercial sites, studios and in home training, but the most loved was working with local fire departments (wellness programs). I never fully knew what their jobs entailed till working with them. The importance of health/fitness in their occupation is vital, not only for THEIR lives but for the communities lives as well. This is what they do, save our lives, so for me to be able to teach or contribute my knowledge of health/fitness to them makes my job all the more worth while. My 22 year old son is also a fitness nut, so I would like to believe I had a part in this.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
To continue to do what I do, help people realize the importance of fitness, and how it can change your life, whether it be appearance changes, emotional changes, but even more important is physical/health changes... I live by this statement, "If you have your health, its worth more than GOLD!"
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Do this for YOU and go in this doing your personal best and no matter what the outcome, know that YOU ARE A WINNER!
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
Corey Everson, Rachel McLeish (they would have made great figure competitors if they had it then).
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