IFBB Figure Pro Erin Stern - Gunnin' For Numero Uno
Erin Stern has had a very successful year but she's one competition away from completing her desired goal. Erin will face 23 other IFBB Figure Pros at the 2010 Figure Olympia where she hopes to leave the champ. Find out what Erin's diet and training are like as she heads into her second Olympia.
Name: Erin Stern
Currently Resides In: South Tampa, FL
[ Isaac Hinds ] How is it training in Tampa vs. training in random garages like last year?
[ Erin Stern ] No comparison! Although training in random garages helped keep me up-to-date on my tetanus shots, and taught me to be quick on my feet when the locker room septic tank failed! Tampa, on the other hand, has made training easier...well, I have access to everything I need!
[ IH ] How important is it to be in a happy place for your workouts?
[ ES ] It's not. I just need a squat rack, some free weights, my ipod, and a track for the most part!
[ IH ] Top five songs on your ipod when in the gym?
[ ES ]
Rob Zombie - Reload
Static-X - Bled for Days
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Paul Okenfold - Ready Steady Go
[ IH ] For those that don't know you've been athletic for a few years. At what age did you start in sports?
[ ES ] I have always been athletic (and clumsy), but I started running track in my junior year of high school.
[ IH ] Aside from running track, what other sports did you play?
[ ES ] I did equestrian events - competing mostly in the hunter and jumper divisions.
[ IH ] You can still High Jump like a champ. How high do you think you could go right now?
[ ES ] At this very minute? My legs are sore...maybe 5'6"? I'd love to clear 6' this upcoming season!
[ IH ] Who would win in a 100 meter sprint - the day after the Olympia? You, Heather Mae French, Nicole Wilkins-Lee or Kristal Richardson?
[ ES ] Hmmm...I know Kristal ran track in high school, and I think she's pretty fast. I would win though. If you threw Alicia Harris into the mix, it would be a race!
[ IH ] From the looks of your progress pics on BodySpace, you've really built up your back. What types of exercises have you been doing to build your back?
[ ES ] Thank you! I've been working on my back for two years! The key has been going heavy and doing 5 sets of 8-10 reps.
A sample workout may be:
[ IH ] What does a day of eating and training as Erin Stern look like?
[ ES ] A sample schedule on any given day:
Meal 4: Pre Workout
Meal 5: Post Workout
If I get hungry between meals or before cardio, I'll take a ½ scoop of protein powder. I also carry my water jug around, staying hydrated helps! This year I'm weighing my proteins and carbs. I was underestimating proteins last year. Veggies, for the most part, are free. There's a limit to how much spinach one can stuff down...hopefully.
[ IH ] You've done some powerlifting in your training this year - why is that?
[ ES ] I have access to a platform this year! I have done powerlifting since college, and I love how it fires up the central nervous system and makes all of the muscles work together. Plus, it's fun getting large amounts of weight to move at high rates of speed!
[ IH ] You're not afraid of being too muscular?
[ ES ] Of course not! I believe that as a woman, the amount of mass I can put on is finite. Also, I eat clean, and feel that eating clean is the key to maintaining weight.
[ IH ] What has been the biggest learning experience for you this year?
[ ES ] There are so many. I have learned to not second-guess or doubt myself. It makes life and competing a lot easier!
[ IH ] You mentioned eating bison - why that as a protein source?
[ ES ] I guess it's a personal preference! It's leaner than beef, and I feel like I digest it well. I feel like I need red meat in my diet (something other than just fish, poultry, or egg whites). Oh, and it's delicious!
[ IH ] What type of protein do you use?
[ ES ] Dymatize ISO-100 - it's the best, cleanest whey protein isolate there is!
[ IH ] How do you cook your broccoli?
[ ES ] Don't laugh! I wrap it in a wet paper towel and microwave it. It's the lazy girl way to steam!
[ IH ] Why quinoa and not brown rice or a sweet potato?
[ ES ] I won't touch another sweet potato until Thanksgiving! I feel like they "stick" to me. Quinoa is a complete protein, and I feel like I digest it well.
[ IH ] You and your sister "Dewy" are pretty tight. Have you ever played tricks on guys since you sound the same?
[ ES ] Not yet! I think we're probably too busy taking "action shot" pics, jumping in front of people.
[ IH ] What does your family think of you being one of the top IFBB Pros?
[ ES ] Well, my parents excited to book their trip to Vegas, asked me if I wanted to go see the Hoover Dam with them on Saturday afternoon (right before Olympia finals). So, they are proud of me - but don't quite understand it.
[ IH ] You've had a pretty successful year, an Oxygen Cover, sponsorship with Dymatize, won a pro show, top finisher in a BodySpace contest, the list goes on... How important is it to win the the Olympia to make the year a total success?
[ ES ] Thank you! Well, it's my #1 goal, so it's very important! I'd love to have to make a completely new list of goals for next year!!!
[ IH ] Will we see you compete again this year after the Olympia?
[ ES ] Hopefully! I love to compete, and really had fun at the Ft. Lauderdale show last year. We'll see!
[ IH ] What advice do you have for other women who are wanting to compete and emulate what you've achieved?
[ ES ] If this is your passion, go for it! Make a business plan, market yourself, work hard, then work harder, and always be professional. You can learn something from everyone you meet. Be specific with your goals - and if you can do it yourself, great - if not, don't be afraid to get help!
[ IH ] Will the Gators have any chance at a National Title this year in football?
[ ES ] It would be great to see... but, I don't think it's in the cards this year. They're a young, Tebow-less team. I will be rooting for them regardless. Go Gators!
[ IH ] When visiting Starbucks what do you order?
[ ES ] Haha! I always ask them which word is "medium." That sets the tone for the rest of the order - the barista is probably thinking, "Get this redneck outta here!" I like ordering a medium iced Americano.
[ IH ] Who does your suits?
[ ES ] Tamee Marie, Go Figure Suits. She's the best!
[ IH ] Awesome! Good luck Erin!
[ ES ] Thanks, I-Man!
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