At 34, Kim's had many people doubt she could start this late and without any gymnastics background. Kim is proving her critics wrong as she won the Emerald Cup this year and will look to follow up with a strong showing next year at the 2004 USAs.
Born/Grew up in:
Valentino my Pomeranian
Country or place would you never want to visit:
I truly can't think of any place. I love to travel, and to experience different cultures.
What's in your CD player right now:
Stevie Ray Vaughn-The Sky is crying.
What motivates you in the gym:
Preparing for a competition or a photo shoot. Other than that-I need it. I feel lethargic if I have to miss a workout.
Favorite Cheat food:
Pizza and Mint Oreos
Fav. Photographer to shoot with:
I have shot with a lot of incredibly talented people, and in each experience I have learned something new. I don't think I could select one.
Biggest Pet Peeve:
People that aren't willing to work for success, they just expect it.
Scarface and the Godfather 2
One thing people may no know about you:
I am half Latin.
What makes someone attractive:
Worst pickup line someone has used on you:
They are ALL bad.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years:
I have had a lot of monetary success, so I would have to say material items would not be a goal over the next 5 years. I want to work on helping others. Earn my Masters and counsel young girls with Body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders.
Person you'd like to meet:
Bride and Groom, Ironman, FitnessRx,Physical, MuscleMag, Oxygen,American Curves, Just Swimsuits, and Natural Muscle
What made you switch careers from the Pharmaceutical industry to fitness?
I was almost 32, and I felt like I was aging. I had never worked out or done anything athletic. Fitness gave me a huge goal and a way to obtain it. I knew if I learned gymnastics, all the strength moves, and put a routine together, that training would force me to be in great shape. Also, nothing motivates you more to eat clean and train hard than knowing you are going to be on television.
You have already been off to an impressive start Â considering you have no gymnastic or weight training background. What steps have you done taken to get into the fantastic shape you're in?
I think the most important aspect of changing your physique or learning new skills is picturing yourself already there. Once you can visualize it, you have to develop uncompromising discipline. Formulate a training and eating schedule and live it. I have had to believe in myself and pray a lot. For 3 years I have gone to Gymnastic privates, and I have always believed strongly in weight training. People don't realize how incredibly strong you have to be to do a fitness routine. I also believe that my diet is 80 to 90% of what I look like. I eat 1.5 grams of protein per pound, and have always tried to eat all of my foods rather than rely on supplementation.
You started out in Fitness America and made the switch to the NPC? What made you switch organizations?
I was never paid any prize money for being the runner-up for Fitness Universe and Fitness America Nationals. I did not realize this was going on. When I found out, I immediately switched.
How did competing in the Emerald Cup compare to your previous competitions?
I really had to push my physique to another level. I had to add shoulders and quads. I really enjoyed competing at the Emerald Cup. The show was run very professionally.
You don't hide the fact that you are 34, where many competitors donÂ¹t share their age. That is inspiring for many women. What would you tell others who think they are too old to start or donÂ¹t have what it takes to compete?
People laughed at me when I told them I was going to start going to gymnastics. In fact, no one thought I could do it. Somewhere inside me I knew I could. I always say - Don't ever give up on yourself and protect your heart from negative criticism. Nothing makes you feel older than not taking care of yourself. When you eat clean and train hard, your body is young and healthy. God gave all of us a gift. Some people can dance others are strong. Whatever your talent is show it off. Don't let others talk you out of what you know you can do.
Role Models or others who have inspired you?
All of my fitness friends, Kandace Hudspeth, Emily Nevin-Presta, and Bridgett Newell- they are always there when I need them.
Managed by anyone?
Career Highlight to date?
Winning the Emerald Cup, and I will be on the cover of the December issue of Physical.
My Father recently had to have an emergency quadruple bypass. I was planning on going to Nationals. I will be at the 2004 USA's.
Anything else youÂ¹d like to share with the peeps here on Bodybuilding.com?
Without information we cannot achieve success. Thank you Bodybuilding.com for being dedicated to helping others reach their goals.
Thanks for your time Kim, you're a great inspiration to many people out there. Keep up the hard work and our thoughts and prayers are with your father, you and your family. Best wishes in the future and we'll look forward to seeing you on stage again at USAs.
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