Lisa shares the lowdown on her background, battle with cancer and finding time for her daughter all while competing as an IFBB Pro. Anyone who's had the opportunity to meet Lisa knows she's a sweetheart and her new husband Jason is one cool cat as well. Take a minute to get to know Lisa.
[ Q ] Do you workout?
No not at all! (IH: Haha kidding.)
[ Q ] Name:
[ Q ] Nickname:
Lis, Lisa-Lisa, Picklehead (my daughter of course).
[ Q ] Pets:
Actually, we have a turtle named Louie.
[ Q ] What made you make the move to Sin City?
I was born in Seattle but moved to Vegas when I was one. I moved back to Seattle when I was 13 years old and back to Vegas when I was 28.
[ Q ] Do yu miss living in Seattle?
Yes and no. I definitely miss the beauty and culture that Seattle has to offer but the weather... Heck no!
[ Q ] What prompted you to start working out?
I started training back in 98' when I moved back to Vegas. I was struggling with Anorexia and was pretty thin. I needed to put weight on but wanted to make sure it was going to be healthy weight. I have been hooked ever since.
[ Q ] Congratulations on winning your pro card last year. Excited to be in the pro ranks?
Thank you! I still have to pinch myself from time to time. It all happened so fast that it just didn't seem real.
[ Q ] When did you make your pro debut?
I made my debut at the
Pittsburgh Pro. It was such an exciting show and not to mention my friend Elaine's 40th B-day so we definitely had a nice little celebration afterwards.
[ Q ] How's the training going now?
I am now getting ready for the NY Pro Figure in August. I just competed in the
California Pro Figure show in Culver City and placed 14th! I was so excited to make the top 15 out of 40 Pro's. A few minor adjustments here and there and look out NY!
[ Q ] Still working with Mike Davies?
I'm not. Mike really is an incredible trainer. I have learned so much from him. I found it difficult to train with him being so far away. So I decided to start training with my husband Jason. It's great having someone in the gym pushing me every day. I do want to thank Mike for all of his support. He is truly a genuinely kind person.
[ Q ] Most rewarding thing about competing?
I'd have to say the most rewarding thing is seeing my daughters face after I come home from a show and no matter where I place she always says "My mommy's the winner"
[ Q ] Why do you think da Schaerer-Maloy booty needs the most improvement?
You know am I the only person that thinks that? I actually have brought out my booty quite a bit. When I first started competing it was tiny. Lot's of
squats later and BAM!
[ Q ] First thing you go for when your show is over?
Anything chocolate and yummy!
[ Q ] Bodysport (http://www.bodysport.com) reported you were diagnosed with "Basal Cell Carinoma" a form of skin cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to you How did surgery go and how are you feeling?
Thank you Isaac. It was pretty devastating. You never really realize how much you take things for granted until you are not able to do them anymore such as
tanning or even laying out in the sun. I love laying on the beach or by the pool. But not anymore.
I am feeling much better. I had the skin cancer removed and although it left quite a nasty scar I am doing great and just blessed that they were able to remove it all.
[ Q ] What advice do you have for anyone when it comes to tanning?
Please don't tan! I was such a sun goddess and I thought the only way to look good was to have a nice golden tan. Even though I am really white now I actually look better. My skin is so much nicer, not that leathery too much sun look. In the grand scheme of things it's just really not worth taking the chance to be tan.
[ Q ] You're a single mom of an adorable little girl. How do you find time to compete being a single mother?
Well, I'm not a single mom anymore but when I was it was tough. To be honest with you, I made the time. There were plenty of times when I was exhausted or at the end of my rope but I really wanted to show my daughter that no matter what life throws at you you can achieve what ever you set your mind to.
[ Q ] I'm sure there are many single moms who say they are too busy and don't have time to do everything it takes to compete - what do you say to them?
Bologna! I mean that in the nicest way possible. Not only at one point in time was I a single mom but I am an Executive Casino Host (extremely stressful and demanding position), trained full time and had my daughter 4-5 days a week. It really is about what you want out of life. If you want to compete then you will find a way.
I take my daughter to the track with me and while I'm doing sprints or bleachers she is riding her bike or jump roping. So not only do I get to train but she gets to have fun and is learning how important exercise is herself.
I would have to say it was finding the time to do everything. Between cleaning,
training, working and spending time with her there was very little time if any for me. I would wake up at 6am and would not finally sit down to relax until 9pm at night after I put her to bed. It is all worth it though. I wouldn't trade a single moment of it for anything in the world.
[ Q ] What's the best thing about being a mom?
I'd have to say having this beautiful Strawberry Blonde, big blue eyed, sweet little girl looking at you every morning saying I love you mommy! There is nothing like it in the world.
[ Q ] You say Elaine Goodlad is a role model of yours (a very admirable one at that). What about Elaine makes her your role model?
Elaine Goodlad is amazing. She is not only beautiful on the outside but her inner beauty is her real quality. She is the kindest, most humble, honest, genuine person I have ever met. She has had so many challenges and yet keeps coming out stronger and stronger every time. She gives anyone and everyone the time of day.
There have been several times where we have been working out and she will stop and take the time to talk to a fan or answer any training question they may have. For those of you who know heryou know exactly what I am talking about.
[ Q ] What kind of music do you listen to in the gym?
I usually listen to whatever they are playing in the gym.
[ Q ] MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice?
[ Q ] Smurfs or Carebears?
[ Q ] Jeans and T-shirt or a Dress?
Jeans and T-shirt.
[ Q ] If I was conducting this interview and eating with my mouth open what would you say?
[ Q ] What has been your experience with having a Web site?
I love having my website, especially now that I have someone that I know is going to do an awesome job on (hint, hint). (Lift Studios is currently building Lisa's Web site -
http://www.lisafigure.com - Lisa had someone hack her site and a run of bad luck with previous "webmasters")
[ Q ] Any advice for those thinking of creating their own site?
Yes, email Isaac Hinds! He's the bomb.
[ Q ] All the Lisa Figure fans want to know when will your member's site be up?
I don't know, ask my webmaster! JK. It will be up within the next week or two.
[ Q ] Thanks Lisa - anything else you want to share with the people reading this?
I just wanted to say thank you Isaac for taking the time to interview me. I also want to thank my daughter, Kylie and my husband Jason for all of their support. I honestly don't know what I would do without them.
To all of the competitors out there, train hard but stay healthy! God Bless!
I love having my website, especially now that I have someone that I know is going to do an awesome job on (hint, hint). (Lift Studios is currently building Lisa's Web site - http://www.lisafigure.com - Lisa had someone hack her site and a run of bad luck with previous webmaster)
Pharmagenx - I'd like to thank them for all their support and awesome products