2008 Olympia Interview: The Beautiful & Talented Gina Aliotti Is Ready!

Earning a runner-up spot at the 2007 Figure Olympia has placed Gina as a top contender for the 2008 'O' title... I spoke with Gina recently and she filled me in on her plans for the 2008 Figure Olympia. Learn more!

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An Interview With Ms. Figure Olympia Competitor Gina Aliotti
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Having qualified as a pro at the 2005 USA, the gorgeous Gina Aliotti has lost no time in making her mark on the figure circuit with her 2006 and 2007 Tournament of Champions wins and 2008 Arnold Classic victory.

Earning a runner-up spot at the 2007 Figure Olympia has placed Gina as a top contender for the 2008 'O' title and in bringing to this contest a similar physique to that which won this year's Arnold she will definitely be one to beat.

Compared to previous manifestations she will be leaner, and will have achieved a 'happy medium' between conditioning, muscle size and femininity, three key areas of which she will be judged.

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Gina Aliotti At The 2008 Arnold Classic.
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I spoke with Gina recently and she filled in on her plans for the 2008 Figure Olympia.

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[ Q ] What can the fans expect to see from you come the 2008 Figure Olympia?
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    [ A ] You can expect an even more refined package. Every time I step on stage I feel that I improve and refine my physique. I have brought everything from a rock hard to softer package and this year, I truly believe I have found a happy medium that not only will fit in with the criteria but with the best look for my physique.

    I am bringing the same conditioning but just a smaller toned down version of what I brought to the Arnold. I am confident with the improvements I have made and the look I am bringing.

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[ Q ] What physical improvements - if any - are you expecting to have made?
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    [ A ] I have toned down my muscularity and am bringing a more streamlined, longer version of me. I feel that the tone-downed muscularity has made me curvier and well balanced. I have changed up my training and focused more on maintaining rather than building. This has really helped me to fine tune and refine without adding any more mass and hardness.

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Gina Aliotti At The 2007 Olympia.
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[ Q ] Have you done anything differently to prepare for this show, training and/or nutrition-wise?
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    [ A ] I have toned down the heavier weight training and have taken more of a circuit training approach to my training. I have changed up my cardio from only doing the incline treadmill to adding in some step-mill cardio and also outside speed walking.

    In the past I have been so addicted to certain machines and this time around, I have tried to really go with how I feel and change things up. Nutritionally, things are pretty much the same but I have been eating more fats in the form of flaxseed and flax oil. Carbs and proteins have stayed pretty consistent with my diets from previous shows.

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[ Q ] Do you have any predictions in terms of where you will place?
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    [ A ] I am bringing a package that I know has the potential to win. Whether or not I win, is out of my control but I am bringing the refined physique that I truly feel fits my body and the criteria perfectly. We will see what happens but I am going into the show with the winning mentality.

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Gina Aliotti At The 2007 Olympia.
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[ Q ] What motivates you to continue improving as a figure competitor?
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    [ A ] I am self- motivated. I absolutely love this sport and everything about it has been a way of my life for so long that it is so natural. I love watching my body change and the power we have to continue to make improvements.

    What I love and find so motivating is that right when we think we have found the perfect formula, we learn something new and a new formula takes us to the next level. Every time I prepare for a show, between my nutritionist and I, we come up with a new and improved formula to better my physique that much more and tweak things to be more refined than I was in the past.

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[ Q ] What is the hardest aspect when preparing for a contest as prestigious as the Figure Olympia?
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    [ A ] I would have to say the hardest aspect in my preparation has been the foregone social activities. There are often times when I choose not to partake in social activities due to the demands of my diet, sleeping, and training schedule. However, when the show is over it just makes the celebration that much sweeter.

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[ Q ] How do you deal with the pressure associated with training and dieting for a major contest?
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    [ A ] There is always pressure that we place on ourselves to be and do our very best, but honestly that is the only pressure I allow. I do not let the pressure of fans, friends, family or any outside source get in the way of my preparation. It is really a contest between me, myself and I. People tend to forget that we really are only competing against ourselves.

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Gina Aliotti At The 2007 Tournament Of Champions.
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[ Q ] What does the Ms. Figure Olympia contest represent, to you?
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    [ A ] The Figure Olympia is one of the most prestigious shows of the year. I am absolutely honored to be a part of the Olympia and what it represents. This is my third year competing in the Figure Olympia and I can tell you that being on the Olympia stage alongside the very best figure competitors in the world is both humbling and inspiring.

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[ Q ] What will be your competition plans following this year's Figure Olympia?
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    [ A ] I really don't know at this point. I like to focus on one show at a time and then after the shows I discuss with my manager, J.M. Manion, and nutritionist, Kim Oddo about what shows we think should be our next focus. Off the top of my head, I would have to say the Arnold would most likely be the first show I do in 2009.

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Gina Aliotti At The 2007 Palm Beach Pro/Am.
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[ Q ] What message would you like to give those fans watching the 2008 Figure Olympia?
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    [ A ] I would like to express my deepest gratitude for continuing to support the sport of figure. Without the support of fans, the Olympia really wouldn't be as extravagant as it is. I appreciate all the emails and words of encouragement that keep pushing me to give nothing less than 100%. I look forward to seeing you all on Olympia weekend.

    I would like to thank my manager, J.M. Manion, nutritionist, Kim Oddo, Sponsor, Biotest, friends, family and my boyfriend, Michael Silva for their continuous support and for being there by my side.

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