Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Shannon Mullins

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  • Name: Shannon Mullins
  • E-mail: smullins@clintoncity.com
  • Age: 37
  • Where: Ogden, Utah
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 125 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Nitric Oxide

How Did You Get Started?

I have arthritis and three years ago I had a severe flare up that left me to where I could hardly walk. It got so bad that I was placed on a juvenile dose of chemotherapy. It was at that time my Rheumatologist-Doctor told me that I needed to start building my muscles because once my joints deteriorate my muscle strength will be all I can rely on. So I started going to the gym to strength train. It was just 5 months ago I decided I wanted to obtain more muscle definition and to start eating clean.

So for Valentines Day my wonderful and supporting husband gave me money to hire a personal trainer. After a few sessions with my trainer Amara Kockler with Team Crazy Fit she inspired me to do a figure competition. I was very motivated and stuck to my diet and fitness plan. I'm excited to say that I competed in my very first ABA figure competition on May 15, 2010 and took 1st place in my division and 2nd place in the overall show. I was so ex-static that all my hard work and dedication had paid off. I cried after the show because I was so grateful to have my health and to know that my body could battle back against the arthritis.

Shannon Mullins.
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Shannon Mullins.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I strength train 5 days a week for 1 hour and I do cardio 6 days a week. My cardio consists of 25-50 minute sessions running or walking on an incline or elliptical. I also like to ride a stationary bike and occasionally use the Stairmaster. I try to change it up daily. I always do my cardio after my strength training or first thing in the morning when my schedule allows.

TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
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 - Heavy Upper Body/Abs/Cardio

Day 2 - Heavy Legs/Glutes/Cardio

Day 3 - Back/Chest/Abs/Cardio

Day 4 - Light Upper Body/Cardio

Day 5 - Light Legs/Abs/Cardio

Day 6

Day 7 - Off

Shannon Mullins.
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Shannon Mullins.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

This is my eating clean diet not my competition diet. I eat 5 times a day I eat a lot of Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Egg whites and Lean beef.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

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Shannon Mullins.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love that I'm a 37 year old mother of two and I'm in the best shape of my life. Fitness has made my family close. My husband and daughter are my gym partners. We are an active family we all go to the gym and workout together and live an active lifestyle. We are eating clean and we help keep each other motivated. I also love all the great people that we have met at the gym. Nothing inspires me more than to see others working hard and trying to obtain there fitness goals. I always say, "If I can do it anyone can."

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I think I have found a passion for figure competitions. I'm looking forward to the upcoming shows this fall. The competitions definitely keep me motivated. I have always been a very goal oriented person so I'm pursuing the goals for the next chapter of my life which is to stay fit and keep my body strong for whatever arthritis challenges I may face in the future.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have always been a goal driven person and I love the sense of accomplishment. Most Importantly I want to be a good example for my children. I want to instill in there minds that no matter what the challenge is in life, If you set your heart, mind and soul into it you can accomplish anything.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm currently training for some upcoming local shows this fall. I qualified at my first show this past May to compete at the ABA/INBA Team USA Show in Las Vegas Nevada on September 25th. I hope to gain experience and qualify for Team USA and represent USA in the Olympia in Reno, Nevada in November. The pinnacle would be to get my pro card and someday be on the cover of any fitness magazine. Why not shoot for the stars.

Shannon Mullins.
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Shannon Mullins.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

A favorite quote of mine to live by: The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power to tell when the clock will be still. So now is the time we own so live, love and work with the wheel for tomorrow the hands may be still.

Go after your dreams and live and love and have fun doing it. Do a competition for the experience & the great people you meet along the way.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

Supersite & Store. I love to read all the articles on the supersite they are very informing and I learn a lot. Online Store: I love to order from the online store. It is so convenient in my busy schedule to just get on the computer and buy all my protein, supplements and my husband loves the Bodybuilding.com t-shirts. The prices are amazing and they ship so quickly. I love Bodybuilding.com.

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