An Interview With 2007 Arnold Competitor, Yaxeni Oriquen.

Yaxeni has her sights set on another Arnold title! She has seen the top of the podium before and is looking to regain her title. I caught up with Yaxeni as she prepares to take the Arnold stage.

Yaxeni has seen the top of the podium before and is looking to regain her title once again. I caught up with Yaxeni as she prepares to take the Arnold stage.


[ Isaac Hinds ] How many Arnold Classics have you competed in?

    [ Yaxeni Oriquen ] I have competed in every Arnold Classic since 1998. This will be my 10th consecutive year. I won 1st place (overall) in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

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[ IH ] Will you reclaim the title this year?

    [ YO ] It is my goal to win my 4th Ms. International this year. I have trained very hard for this contest and I believe I will bring a winning package come showtime.


[ IH ] You were said to be off at the Olympia, what did you change for that show?

    [ YO ] Obviously I was very disappointed with the results of last year's Olympia. I simply peaked too early and came in retaining too much water. The cuts were not as deep as I would have liked.


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Yaxeni At The 2006 Olympia.
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[ IH ] What will you do differently for the Arnold this year?

    [ YO ] This year I am really trying to focus on coming in at a lighter weight. I think this will help me dry out more. Although the judges seem to be looking for a little less muscle with 20% reduction rule; they seem to want the conditioning to be very tight. I am adjusting the balance of salt, water, and carbs more carefully this year.


[ IH ] Who is your biggest competition?

    [ YO ] Of course, Iris Kyle will come well prepared and in incredible shape - as she always does.


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Iris Kyle At The 2006 Olympia.
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[ IH ] Do you work with anyone on your diet/training, if so who?


[ IH ] Will you be working a booth at the Arnold?

    [ YO ] I will likely work a booth, although I am not sure which one at this time.


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Yaxeni At The 2006 Arnold Classic.
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[ IH ] Where can people find out more about you?

    [ YO ] Those whom wish to learn more about me are welcomed to visit my website at: www.yaxeni.com.


[ IH ] Any words for your fans out there?

    [ YO ] I would especially like to thank my fans for their support and all of the kind correspondence I receive via email. Without them, I'm not sure all of the sacrifice is worth it.

Yaxeni Oriquen
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Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia At The 2005 Olympia.
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[ IH ] Thanks Yaxeni, best wishes at the Arnold and we'll see you battling it out in a few short days.