Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Shannon Petralito

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  • Name: Shannon Petralito
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  • Age: 34
  • Where: Massachusetts
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 134 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: MyoFusion, Syntha-6, Emergen-C

How Did You Get Started?

I began exercising when I was 19 years old. It has been a pretty big part of my life since then. I love the way it makes me feel and I love seeing the results that hard work and dedication can produce. After years of friends and family telling me I should get involved in the fitness industry in March of 2009 I walked into a local juice bar and spoke to the owner and his wife about competing. They were both competitors themselves and had a tremendous amount of knowledge to offer. After speaking with them I decided to train with them and enter my first show in June 2009, NPC Atlantic States in New York.

I competed in Figure and placed 6th in my class. Not bad for my first show! I was addicted and hungry for more. I had a lot more to learn if I wanted to improve my placing. I began doing more research and found one of the best places to learn the sport of Figure was through Cathy Savage Fitness.

I signed up for the winter 2010 Camp Savage. Being a part of CSF has already given me such valuable knowledge and continues to do so. This year, 2010, has been an exciting season for me so far. I have competed in two shows with more to come. I won overall Figure in one, and I took first in my class in the other, which qualified me for nationals in July. I am so excited for all of the great opportunities the future holds for me!

Shannon Petralito.
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Shannon Petralito.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I lift 5 days a week, and I do cardio 6 days a week. My cardio consists of 30 to 50 minute sessions depending on the intensity and includes HIIT, Steady State Treadmill walking at an incline or Elliptical. I also use the stair master sometimes.

Sample week workout plan: I change this up from week to week; I usually do my cardio first thing when I wake up in the morning.

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: Legs Heavy Day

Day 2: Chest/Triceps

Day 3: Back/Biceps

Day 4: Legs Light

Day 5: Shoulders/Core

Day 6: Cardio Only

Day 7: Rest

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Shannon Petralito.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat 6 times a day. My protein sources are chicken, fish, ground turkey, egg whites and lean beef. A sample meal plan a few months out from competing looks like this:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

I limit cheat meals to maybe 1 on the weekends. I do use low fat dressings on my food.

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Shannon Petralito.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I really only use protein supplements after a workout in my off season. I really try and make any gains by eating organic meats, fruits and veggies. I feel that this works best for my body.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love training and having a goal to work towards. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel after a show. I love the amazing women I meet. It is just so much fun!

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I see and feel the benefits of living a healthy life style, not only in myself but in those around me who choose to do so. The benefits are obvious. If you treat your body well you will look and feel your best.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I am always looking for a challenge within myself. Training and competing have given me the ability to take any negative energy or stress that I may experience and turn it positive by focusing that energy on working harder to constantly improve my physical state as well as my mental state.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I will continue to compete because I truly enjoy the sport. I would love to work as a fitness model and/or become sponsored. In doing both of these things I would like to show women of all ages that it is never too late to set a goal and follow a dream. Anything is possible. Challenge yourself, believe in yourself and be the best that you can be! No one is stopping you from achieving your dreams but you!

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Shannon Petralito.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Rule number one, have fun! If you aren't having fun, then why do it? Rule number two, compete against yourself, and don't worry about anyone else. There is always room for improvement. Rule number three, smile!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

IFBB figure pro Ava Cowan, I admire her inner strength and determination as a figure competitor.