BodySpace Member Of The Month
June 2007: Michelle Berger (BuffMother)
The BodySpace Member of the Month for June 2007 is Michelle Berger (BuffMother). She was chosen because she is using almost every applicable feature of BodySpace, and doing it beautifully! Check out her wallpaper, blog, exercise videos, charts, & more!
Congratulations to BuffMother for earning herself $75.00 USD in Bodybuilding.com store credit just for having an awesome profile, blog, and photo gallery on BodySpace!
To View BuffMother's BodySpace Profile, Click Here.
To View BuffMother's BodyBlog, Click Here.
To View BuffMother's Progress Charts, Click Here.
To View BuffMother's Photo Gallery, Click Here.
BuffMother loves visiting Bodybuilding.com, BodySpace, the photo galleries, and updating her BodyBlog. She has been a registered Bodybuilding.com member since Apr 25, 2006.
[ BodySpaceAdmin ] Where are you from, and how long have you been working out?
BuffMother: I live in Arkansas, but I am from Minnesota and have been working out consistently since the summer of 2003.
[ BSA ] How did you get started training?
BuffMother: After my twins were born by cesarean section, I looked in the mirror and was disgusted by my reflection! When they were 5 months old, I decided enough was enough and that's when I really started lifting weights and eating better.
[ BSA ] Tell us about your family, kids, ages, etc., and is anyone else in your family also into fitness and working out?
BuffMother: I have 4 kids, a boy who is 7, a girl who is 5 and twin girls that are 4. They are a handful. My husband is into working out and is actually training for a cage fight.
[ BSA ] Wow, a cage fight? Tell us more! Is he an MMA fighter then?
BuffMother: Well, I started watching
MMA on TV, actually season #1 of
TUF and I was hooked!! I loved it, so I told him he needed to watch and he got hooked. Since then we have not missed watching any
UFC events and I've actually gone to 2 events. He is in training for his first MMA match.
[ BSA ] Wow, that's awesome! How long have you been visiting Bodybuilding.com and using BodySpace?
BuffMother: Oh man, I guess I've been visiting Bodybuilding.com since forever... I love it! I started my bodyspace after one of my clients
J'nea from Canada was featured as a transformation story last fall I believe, but since then I've been hooked.
[ BSA ] So, you help out other women to reach their fitness goals, correct? Are you a trainer, then? Give us a little glimpse of your fitness background.
BuffMother: Yes, I am a personal trainer and my mission is to help women. In 2005, I started a website called
BuffMother.com solely to spread the word that you can be buff after having children. I wanted to give mothers
hope that they could look and feel
My education is in exercise science, nutrition and coaching. I used my knowledge to transform myself after having 4 kids in 4 years. The program I developed works in conjunction with my Natural hormonal cycle and I teach this same system to my clients. It is called Hormonal Timing.
I have a book coming out this fall called "Hormonal Timing by BuffMother!" It explains how women can transform their bodies by using their hormonal cycles and it also goes into the mental side of fitness. Obviously, this book is for the ladies only.
[ BSA ] Sounds great! Will that be available to purchase in brick-and-mortar bookstores, on Amazon.com, or just on your website?
BuffMother: I am working all that out right now. Stay tuned for details!
[ BSA ] You were featured as a Bodybuilding.com Wallpaper of the Week back in October. Do you compete and do you do a lot of photo shoots?
BuffMother: That was really cool to be featured as a
Wallpaper of the Week! And I did compete, yes... In 2004 (the year after having my twins), I won 5 NPC figure titles but now I am retired focused on other projects. And yes, I do photo shoots
all the time. I use them for
NPC Figure Competitor & Buff Mother!
Photo By Emily McArthur.
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[ BSA ] Your BodySpace profile states that you want "to get über buff for my B-day!!" How's that coming along? LOL
BuffMother: I am there baby! My birthday was actually on the 14th of June, so I guess I need to update it, thanks for the reminder.
[ BSA ] Did you do anything different from how you normally train to move up from "buff" into the realm of the "über buff"? (And did you register the domain name "uberbuffmother.com" yet? LOL)
BuffMother: Well, I just gritted my teeth a little harder...
And thanks for the business tip!
Uberbuffmother.com is a whole new level!
[ BSA ] It looks like June 2007 was an excellent month on your BodyBlog. Tell us a little about "Belief Building" and your emphasis on personal relationships.
BuffMother: Yes it was an awesome month! I think building belief is the first and possibly most important step in achieving any goal! I really struggled in this area until I learned that the only way to build belief is to crush all doubt! Belief and doubt cannot co-exist.
Personal relationships are absolutely crucial for many reasons. I always tell people that the key to your success is to encourage others! You always get back 100X's what you put in! That's a natural law which works every time!!
[ BSA ] You've been featured in magazine ads, newspaper articles, TV news shows, and the like - what's it like to be a local celebrity? Do you get stopped at the supermarket by random strangers? LOL
BuffMother: Well, honestly I don't get out much... and when I do, my kids tend to scare people off... just kidding. When I do go out, it's fun to get recognized and have people know who I am, but most of the time I am just a normal mom.
[ BSA ] You competed in the 2006 IFBB North American Amateur Figure Championships, correct? What was it like competing against the likes of Kristal (Rost) Richardson, Rebecca Slatt, Tracy Guarino, Pamela Soper, and the like? Did you already know some of the other ladies there before the contest?
BuffMother: Yes, I did compete at the North American Figure Championships in Cleveland in September 2006. I had to get some closure about retiring from being a figure competitor and I got it at that show. For me wasn't about competing against anyone, and honestly I don't know any of those names.
I am a 100% natural athlete and that I think it is very sad to see the broad usage of "illegal" supplement use by figure girls. I could get really deep here, but that topic may be better left for another time.
[ BSA ] LOL, well said. It's a touchy subject.
BuffMother: Yes, so sad too.
[ BSA ] Your photo gallery is simply stunning. Who are some of the photographers you have enjoyed shooting with?
BuffMother: Well, thanks! One of my favorite photographers is
Emily McArthur. I have shot with her 5-6 times. I have worked with several other photographers also, but no real big names. I plan to work with those in the near future! (Emily is the one who took my wallpaper picture.)
To View BuffMother's Photo Gallery, Click Here.
[ BSA ] In watching all your videos, I've noticed that pink seems to be your favorite color, LOL. What are some of your other favorites, like favorite cheat meal, favorite supplements, favorite exercises, etc.?
BuffMother: LOL!! I love pink!! Let's see... I love to cheat on pizza or potato chips, they get me every time. As for
exercises, I love benching and squatting for sure, but my current favorite is actually conventional deadlifts.
My favorite supplements have to include:
Can coffee be considered a supplement? I use it as one!
|BuffMother Loves Pink!
[ BSA ] Tell us about the 800m race (your first one in nearly 11 years and you slaughtered the competition!) - where, when, and why?
BuffMother: Wow, that 800m race was an
amazing experience! I used to run track, but had to quit due to a severe
knee injury that I
still deal with. I have
Chondromalacia of the tibia, which basically means my bone is deteriorating. I had a knee scope that helped a bit but spent several years unable to run at all... The pain has been really bad at times. Now, however, I've actually been able to run a bit over the last couple years.
Last Fall, I decided that I was going to get closure on my track career by doing another race. So I started training at the track and this spring found an NCAA race to compete at unattached. I was so nervous, but the race couldn't have gone better!! I ran a 2:14. Since the race, I haven't been back to the track. I have to say training in for vanity is much easier!
|BuffMother Wins A College NCAA 800M Race.
[ BSA ] Some people have said that you look like Christy Brinkley. Do you think so? LOL
BuffMother: That's quite a compliment! I wish it were true, LOL. Pictures are cool that way, you can capture different looks. Personally, I think I look a bit more like
Elle Macpherson. (And by
a bit, I
mean a bit, hee hee - she is stunning!)
[ BSA ] LOL, I used to have a Sports Illustrated Elle MacPherson calendar up on my wall back in the day! Good times. Ok, last question - who do you look up to in the fitness industry, and why?
BuffMother: Wow! That is a super toughie! I guess I look up to several people all for various reasons. Right now I am working a lot on the business side of things, so I'd have to say
What he did with his Body For Life book, supplement line and challenge was amazing. He really did a big thing! He kept it simple, he led by example, he made products that were good, he encouraged others to lift and to change their lives. That's a lot of what I plan to do!
[ BSA ] Great, and we'll be following your progress! Any final comments or anything else you want to tell other people on BodySpace, Bodybuilding.com, and BuffMother.com?
BuffMother: I want to thank everyone! It is so fun to receive such nice notes and warm compliments from fellow members. I really wish I had time to personally thank everyone.
BodySpace is really very special to me because of the positive tone that the developers have worked so hard to create.
[ BSA ] Thank you, Michelle, for your time and your great profile on BodySpace! I hope you'll get a ton of hits and positive feedback because of this feature. Best of luck on your goals!
BuffMother: Thank you!
For More Information On Michelle Berger, Visit Her Other Sites:
- BuffMother's Official Website
- BuffMother's MySpace Profile
- BuffMother's BlogSpot Blog
- BuffMother's Yahoo Group
|BODYSPACE: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS|
As of Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 1:22 p.m. MDT, BuffMother's profile offered up the following numbers:
- 31,577 - number of BodyPoints.
- 108,524 - number of profile visits.
- 140 - number of forum posts.
- 1 - number of forum threads.
- 59 - number of BodyBlog posts.
- 116 - number of comments to others.
- 4 - number of people in her fan club (LOL)
- 1205 - number of mutual friends
- 190 - number of people she's stalking (LOL)
- 1395 - number of total friends shown in her friends module.*
- 11 - her bodyfat percentage goal.
- 0 - number of
favorite videoson her profile.
- 10 - number of videos of herself on her profile.
- 2 - number of current supplements listed.
- 774 - number of visitor comments received.
- 14,350 - number of blog visits.
- 30 - number of blog comments.
- 7 - number of progress pictures.
- 26 - number of photos in her photo gallery.
- 301,178 - number of times her gallery has been viewed, according to her gallery stats.
- 9 - number of stat charts listed in her progress section.
*Your total number of friends is actually the number of people you've added, so it's the sum of mutual friends and people you're stalking.
How Can I Be Featured?
Well, it's pretty simple actually - we're looking for profiles that are using every applicable feature, including the photo gallery, YouTube videos, favorites, blog, stats, graphs, progress tracking, etc.
We're also looking for well-written content that uses correct spelling, capitalization (NO UPPERCASE YELLING), punctuation, grammar, etc. both in the blog and profile sections.
If you think you have what it takes to be a future BodySpace Member Of The Month, send a PM to BodySpaceAdmin, and we'll take a peek!