Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Sandy Wiedmeyer

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How Did You Get Started?

I didn't start really getting serious about working out until after I had my second child. My best friend was a fitness instructor/trainer and convinced me to start going to the gym she worked at. Fast forward more than 4 years and tons of hard work later and here I am. I am now a group fitness instructor and an amateur figure competitor. I competed in my first 2 figure competitions this past Spring of 2009.

I took 3rd in my class at the NGA Heart of America competition, and at the NANBF Illinois competition I took 4th in Novice and 2nd in my height class.

Sandy Wiedmeyer.
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Sandy Wiedmeyer.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

Day 1: Chest/Biceps

Day 3: Back/Triceps

Day 4: Lower Body

Lunge Lunge
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Walking Lunges.
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Day 5: Shoulders/Posing Practice

Day 6: Back

    I work this again because I find my back is currently weaker than my chest.

  • Cable Lat Pulls Underhand Grip: 4 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
  • Single Arm Cable Rows: 4 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Row: 4 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
  • Seated Row: 4 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
  • Deadlift: 4 Sets Of 8-10 Reps

    Sandy Wiedmeyer.
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    Sandy Wiedmeyer.

    What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

    Meal 1

    Meal 2

    Meal 3

    Meal 4

    Meal 5

    Meal 6

    BCAAs Pre- and Post-Workout

    Sandy Wiedmeyer.
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    Sandy Wiedmeyer.

    What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

    I am avid about getting protein at each of my 6 meals including whey protein after my workout sessions. I also supplement with EAS L-Glutamine, EAS Phosphagen, and BCAAs.

    Why do you love Bodybuilding?

    There are so many reasons why I love fitness; it is difficult to capture them all. I love the way it makes me feel. I am invigorated after a good workout and love the feeling of control that I have over my workout session. I love the way it has transformed my body. I am seeing changes that I never thought possible.

    And I love that it is about me. When I am at the gym I am just Sandy, not mom or wife, simply me with no strings attached. It has helped me to find an identity that belongs solely to me!

    What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

    I am motivated by the support of my husband and admiration of my two children. I feel inspired when I see them mimicking my healthy lifestyle. Nothing can beat setting a good example for my kids!

    Sandy Wiedmeyer.
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    Sandy Wiedmeyer.

    What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

    How far I have already come makes me want to push harder. It makes me realize that my goals are obtainable!

    What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

    I plan to compete in more figure competitions and continue to build my physique. I have also begun to follow some fitness modeling leads. I am also starting my own fitness related business. Stay tuned for more information on that exciting venture!

    What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

    Push forward and don't give up, no matter what others are saying. I was told that I shouldn't do figure, that I would never be able to compete. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! After having two children and at the age of 36, I am in the best shape of my life and things are only getting better! I worked hard, have much work to do, and have already achieved more than I thought possible.

    Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

    Jen Hendershott is such an inspiration. She packs so much energy and drive. She has made a name and a brand for herself, reaching out to women everywhere. I love Zivile Raudoniene's look for Figure. She brings a beautiful package to the stage, with sexy lines and a nice balanced physique.

    Sandy Wiedmeyer.
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    Sandy Wiedmeyer.

    What Features Do You Use On

    Well, I have been all over the site. There are endless resources that have helped me immensely in my fitness journey. I am on BodySpace for inspiration and support, I have used the SuperStore because of the great deals and reasonable shipping, the exercise database has been such a huge help (if you haven't checked it out you really should), and the information from other members on the forum is immeasurable!