Our Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week was...
How Did You Get Started?
My interest in female bodybuilding was first sparked when I stumbled across a women's bodybuilding and fitness magazine. It was then that I knew I wanted to have muscles and look like 'that.' So, I began to study all of the different example exercises featured in muscle magazines and purchased various books on bodybuilding. I started the bodybuilding lifestyle by myself but over the years I began to meet other bodybuilders whom I also learned a lot from. But, basically it began when I picked up my first bodybuilding magazine and followed it up with the desire, determination, and commitment to be a female bodybuilder.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
The plan that works best for me is to train each body part once a week on a 4 day rotation along with two 30 minute sessions of cardio per week. This is an example of a typical training week:
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
My daily diet usually consists of 3 protein shakes along with 3 balanced meals. In each meal I try to consume slightly more grams of protein than carbohydrates. Most importantly, within 45 minutes after each heavy workout I consume a protein shake along with a healthy source of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit or a meal-replacement shake containing both carbs. and protein (this has been crucial for my recovery and growth).
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Methoxy Factor HP by EAS, Liquid Clenbutrx by VPX sports, but most importantly is my Protein shake supplementation.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
In bodybuilding, you can watch your physique change and blossom based upon your training and diet. Also, with bodybuilding your workouts are always changing based upon your strength gains, therefore your workouts never get boring. My physique is in my complete control based upon the work I want to put into it. And, since bodybuilding is not only very hard physically but mentally as well, one has to truly LOVE the sport in order to be committed to the sacrifices necessary to live the bodybuilding lifestyle. So in that, I love being one of a very small group of people, particularly women.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
My future plans are to begin competing within the next 2-3 years. It is my goal to gain pro-status and then be able to someday compete on the Ms. Olympia level. But in that, it is a personal goal of mine to be a Ms. Olympia competitor while remaining drug-free. Being that I am still very young I have many years to naturally add the size needed to compete at this level.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
These words of advice are particularly for those women considering bodybuilding. Unfortunately, women with muscles are often times looked at negatively by others, many believe it is not natural for a woman to be muscular. But, NEVER let the negative opinions of friends, family or anyone else around you affect your decision to build a muscular physique. Building a muscular physique and watching your body change is one of the GREATEST feelings, a feeling that many will never experience or understand. Set yourself apart from the average and build the best body you can.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
I would definitely have to say my boyfriend, he has pushed me to levels of strength I never thought I could achieve as a natural bodybuilder. He has also made me believe in my full potential as a natural bodybuilder and pushes me to keep bringing myself to new levels.
In the world of professional bodybuilders I do not have any particular favorites, I admire them all for they all make the same sacrifices to be their best.
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