Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Tonya Carter

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How Did You Get Started?

After 24 years of smoking, I quit and started researching fitness. I wanted to be happy and healthy. I spectated at a local NPC Natural bodybuilding competition and grew the desire to challenge myself to become one of those competitors. I only had three months of training, by myself that is, and placed 8th in figure. Six months later I tried my luck again and fell into the same placing. I knew I needed more time to train for a higher placing. After all I abused my body for over 24 years and reversing time does not happen overnight...there are no magic pills...it is hard work and dedication.

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Tonya Carter

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The plan that works best for me is when I change my workouts around frequently, but can honestly say that lifting heavy weight with lower repetitions four days a week works best for my body type.

Day 1: Light Lower Body
Day 2: Light Upper Body
Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Abs
Day 4: HIIT Cardio Or Plyometrics Circuit
Day 5: Heavy Lower Body
Day 6: Heavy Upper Body
Day 7: Off


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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

The nutrition plan that works best for me is to eat six clean meals daily. I am sure to incorporate 25-30 grams of protein per meal along with a carbohydrate source and keep my fat to a minimum with eating only what good fats are required for proper bodily function such as flax seed, fish oil tablets, and olive oils.

Meal 1:
Meal 2: Post Workout
Meal 3:
Meal 4:
Meal 5:
Meal 6:
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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

The supplements that have given me the greatest gains are various whey proteins, and Jack3d for energy and a creatine punch before each weight training session.

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Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the sport of bodybuilding and fitness because it makes me feel good inside and out. I am healthier, which in turn makes me happier, and it doesn't hurt to have the mirror smile back at you either.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My family motivates me most in following a healthy lifestyle. They are proud of what I have done with my life for the first time in years, not that they ever stopped loving me, but I didn't always live "right."

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have a continuous inner drive that challenges me to achieving my goals regardless if they are in fitness or in the office.

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Tonya Carter

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

After placing 22nd in the first annual Status Fitness Magazine's Top 100 Sexiest Fitness Models, my future fitness and bodybuilding plans are to one day grace the cover of Oxygen Magazine and take upon motivational speaking for all ages on health and wellness.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

One tip I would give other fitness competitors is that being fit is all about you, people's opinions are just that, give it your all and never give up.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

A few of my favorite fitness competitors and bodybuilders are of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Eason, Ava Cowan, and Nicole Wilkins.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

The features I use on Bodybuilding.com are BodySpace, the store, supplement reviews, and contest information to keep up with the latest and greatest.