Dena Westerfield Gets Set To Take The 2009 Arnold Classic By Storm!

For top IFBB competitor Dena Westerfield, you could say that the seeds for a successful career in bodybuilding were planted in extremely fertile soil. Find out more in this interview as she discusses career, training, and... the Arnold.

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Dr. Dynamite:
Dena Westerfield Gets Set To Take The 2009 Arnold Classic By Storm!

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For top IFBB competitor Dena Westerfield, you could say that the seeds for a successful career in bodybuilding and fitness were planted in extremely fertile soil. Her growth (no pun intended) has been phenomenal over the years.

When she made her debut appearance on the bodybuilding stage back in 2000 at the Women's Tri Fitness show, her third place sent a strong message to the world of women's bodybuilding, "I have arrived, and I am not leaving until I reach the top!"

The following year she walked away with the heavyweight and overall title at the NPC USA Coastal Championships powerfully reinforcing that initial message.

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Dena Westerfield At The 2008 New York Pro.
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However, for Dena, life isn't just about competing, it is about living a lifestyle devoted to health, fitness and total well-being.

Her focus has always been on creating a successful career out of her passion for health, which led to her becoming a neuromuscular therapist at the Humanities Center in Pinellas Park, Florida. This was followed by a move to St. Louis to attend Logan Chiropractic College where she graduated in April 2004 and thereafter opened her own practice - Westerfield Health Center.

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Dena Westerfield:
Before The 2004 Nationals

Check out Dena Westerfield as she shows off her upper body before the 2004 Nationals in Dallas.

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Dena Today
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Her full contest history (and believe me it is 'full') can be found by visiting her website and it has given her the experience to land her in a very favorable position for her next challenge... The 2009 Arnold Classic.

Dena is now into her second year of sponsorship by Species Nutrition (the brainchild of Dave Palumbo and Colette Nelson) and, with Dave's priceless input has constructed a diet, supplement and training regime that has allowed her to stay in great shape all year round.

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Dena's Diet, Supplement & Training Regime
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This means that when the final tweaks of contest dieting are added, the results should be enough to scare the striations off the quads of her fellow competitors!

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An Interview With Dena
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[ Q ] How are you feeling with only four weeks to go to until show time?
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    Right now I pretty much feel like a scarecrow! My legs are stiff and fatigued and I am walking around like a soldier with boards as legs!

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[ Q ] What about giving everyone an insight into what an average day looks like for you at this point in time?
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    I wake at 4:30am and get on the treadmill for 1 hour. I then do four rounds of mandatory poses - which amounts to another 20 minutes of cardio. After that I eat and take care of some office things, clean and do laundry.

    Then at about 10am I head off to the gym and do a second round of cardio. This time it's 30 minutes on the hand bike or stepper, work on posing routine for 45 minutes to an hour and then back home for a nap. I usually nap from 12/12:30 until 2pm.

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Dena Westerfield At The 2007 Europa.
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    I get to the gym by 2:30, train for 45 minutes to an hour and then hopefully manage to fit in another 30 minutes of cardio. Then I see patients from 4pm until 9pm. However, if I wasn't able to do the third round of cardio at the gym, I have to do 30 minutes at home after work.

    On the light side, I'd say it's about 5 hours a day of preparation for a show, but really it takes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to maintain this body.

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[ Q ] Whew, that's the last time I complain about having to put in extra hours at work! So what about your current training schedule?
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    Right now I am doing 2 hours of cardio, 1 hour of posing. I'm just trying to keep pumped. I'm getting weaker so I'm just really concentrating on bringing out my muscles.

    I train chest, shoulders and triceps and then back, biceps, rear delts and legs twice a week. Abs and calves are trained every day.

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[ Q ] Who do you see as your biggest threat come contest day?
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    I don't have any threats. Getting there and home safe is about the only threat. I hope to place in the top 10 which will be difficult in this line up.

    Last time at this level I placed 14th, so an increase will be nice. I have no control over anyone but me. We all look different. I have a small structure and can't compare to some of the top girls although, in the big picture, I am one of the top girls too!

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Dena Westerfield At The 2007 Jan Tana Pro.
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[ Q ] So what about the future of women's bodybuilding as a whole?
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    I think in 30 more years we will all be running around looking like superheroes! Seriously though, in the real world, the look of a bodybuilder is still not the most desired physique.

    For women the look of 'figure' competitors is the most sought over appearance. There is a select group of men and women who are driven and motivated by the muscular look but it is not large scale enough to make an actual income out of. As far as I am concerned, I do it because it challenges me personally and it says something about who I am.

    Overall though, I think we are going to see a trend towards smaller physiques for both sexes in the next couple of years.

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[ Q ] What do you think of the coverage (or lack of coverage) of the women's sport in the muscle media?
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    It's getting worse and worse! The magazines have cut just about all of it out. I really think they are just trying to put it aside. The fact is we all put hard work into getting ready for a show.

    With regard to the women, I think they should reduce the number of classes and this would in turn increase the amount of prize money available. Personally, I lose money competing. At the end of the day though, I try not to get involved with things I have no control over!

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Dena Westerfield At The 2008 New York Pro.
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[ Q ] What vision do you have of yourself in terms of size and condition when you finally hit that stage?
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    Well, this year I weighed the same off season as last year but I stayed lean and full. The fact that I am not really worrying about my weight is a good thing for me as it means I can concentrate on just getting into the best possible condition.

    I think I will be in the 140 lb range on stage. I'm 143 right now at four weeks out and Dave (Palumbo) is making a couple of diet changes that will help push me to the top of my game!

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Dena's Nutrition
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One thing Dena certainly does have control over though is her diet and by following a healthy diet all year and staying in good shape she can look forward to stepping on stage in her best condition to date.

Also, by utilizing some of the highest quality supplements available today from her sponsors, Species Nutrition, you can be sure she is going to surprise both the judges and her fellow competitors when March comes around.

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On the subject of diet, Dena is currently following a 2-day protein/veg, 1-day protein/fat regime which incorporates the range of supplements produced by Species Nutrition. A typical protein/veg day looks something like this:

On the protein/fat days Dena adds two yolks to her eggs, macadamia oil, peanut butter and raw nuts. Dena also uses the Species Nutrition products 'Omegalyze', 'Fiberlyze', 'Lipolyze' and 'Somalyze' and is quick to point out that they have played a very important part in her diet, helping her to maintain a full, lean and tight physique throughout the year.

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Dena's Training
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Although she is now firmly ensconced in the pre-contest regime outlined earlier in this article, this year's off-season saw her training her legs as much as three times a week. Prior to the start of her super-charged contest program, her training looked something like this:

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Conclusion
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One thing is for sure, by the time the calendar hits the month of March, Dena is going to provide a serious threat to her competition. The fuse has been lit and Dr. Dynamite is about to carry out some surgical extractions... eliminating the competition one by one!

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Dena Is Going To Provide A
Serious Threat To Her Competition.