Chaundra M. Tangi
Where were you born?
Denver (Englewood), CO
Any pets? If so what are their names?
I have an awesome cat named D'Lylah!
I work for Greenwood Athletic Club, as the Group Exercise Coordinator and also the Athletics and Graphics Administrator. I also am a Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist. I do some freelance Graphics work as well... business cards, promotional materials, etc...
- 2003 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure, 7th Place
- 2001 NPC National Figure Championships, 1st Place - Short Class (earned Pro Card)
- 2001 NPC Team Universe Fitness Championships, 3rd Place - Short Class
- 2000 NPC Team Universe Fitness Championships, 7th Place - Short Class
- 2000 NPC Northern Colorado Fitness Championships, 1st place - Overall
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Funny you should ask. When I was little, I used to pray to God that I would become a Professional Figure Skater, I guess he just didn't hear the "Skater" part!
You weighed 167lbs in 1997, how hard was it to loose the weight and what did you do to get where you're currently at?
After going through a difficult period in life, and gaining the weight, I came to a point where I knew I had to be pro-active. It wasn't difficult to loose the weight because I was so fed up and motivated. My self-esteem had been brought down so far that I could only go up. With help from some friends, I applied what I knew about eating and exercise. I lost almost 50 pounds in 6 months. The difficult part was maintaining. I love food: sweets & fried foods, there's not much I don't enjoy.
However, since I earned my Pro Card in 2001, I have elevated my training to an elite level. I weight train 5 days a week and in the off season do about 4 hours of cardio a week (pre-contest it doubles, at least :). I also don't go crazy with the food in the off season like I used to. Fortunately, I was brought up in a very healthy home and had a great deal of knowledge from my mom on nutrition. Now, I actually work at the same gym as my trainer, Dave Fujii, so I couldn't get off-track even if I tried!
How did you get into the fitness industry?
Initially, I was working the front desk on the weekends at a health club in Greeley during my over-weight period. As members saw my body change, they began to ask questions about nutrition, etc. My dear friend, the late Willie Morton, encouraged me every day and eventually persuaded me to get my Personal Trainer Certificate. From there I actually did a few bodybuilding competitions before switching to Fitness.
Who inspires you in the industry?
There are so many amazing athletes in the IFBB, past and present! A few names come to mind, Cory Everson, Lenda Murray, Elaine Goodlad, Carla Sanchez, Adela Garcia... For my personal career I am most inspired by those who are natural athletes who maintain conditioning though training and proper nutrition.
What's it like being an IFBB Pro and how hard was it to get there?
To say I am an IFBB Pro is like a dream come true! My husband and I went to the Arnold Classic in 2000 and I remember watching women like Timea and Kelly in awe... this was one month before my first fitness contest. I never thought I'd share the stage with women like that! I have to work hard day in and day our to maintain conditioning and try to add muscle. Fortunately, just before my fist contest I met my current trainer who is a true master with bodybuilders and fitness competitors. He guided me, and since I listened to him, I have actually had a pretty easy road to the IFBB.
Any advice for women trying to get their pro card?
Be patient. Don't take short-cuts! And most important, find a trainer you believe in and trust completely. It is hard to put all your faith in one person and hope they steer you right. Listening to your friends and family may feed your ego, but it will be easier to get off track.
What is your number one goal at this time?
To qualify for The Olympia!
You recently competed in the Pittsburgh Pro Figure, how was that experience for you?
It was amazing! When I was the fourth girl called out in the one-piece round, I was shocked. I am honored to have stood in the line-up with Davana and Mari. Each girl was so nice, and it made the whole experience great. I was fortunate to travel with my friend, fellow IFBB Pro Liane Siewald, which also helped ease the tension.
When is the next show you plan to compete in?
Atlantic States Pro Figure in NYC, August 8 & 9.
What's been the most frustrating time for you in your career?
My first Team Universe in 2000. I placed 7th of 11 girls, but I was 3rd in my 2-piece and 9th in my 1-piece. After the show, Sandi (Ranalli) said my physique was great, but my suits were horrible and I was marked down because the judges couldn't see my body when I came out in the 2-piece, she said they all wondered who I was! I have to say, I'd rather come out with that feedback than with her telling me I didn't have what it takes :)
What's been your best moment in your fitness career thus far?
Winning at the Northern Colorado in 2000. It was my first fitness competition (no height classes- 11 great girls), and I actually planned to do it for fun before my husband and I tried to have children. That day changed my life. On stage, I knew I did my homework and was so happy with myself that the only thing I hoped was to not be last.
What's the best advice you've received since being a fitness/figure competitor?
To always come in my very best. If it's good enough to win on that day, then so be it. The placing is icing on the cake!
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What can people expect to see from you in the next couple years?
An improved physique each time I get on stage. This is a process and since I've only been seriously training for about 2 1/2 years, I have lots of room for improvement. I hope to always make an impression.
What would others say we should expect from you in the future?
Well, my trainer who has over 17 years experience in the industry, and never talks about placings, says that I have the package to walk away with a title in the near future!
What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
That I have a passion for children and for fighting drug and alcohol abuse. I used to run a Teens Against Drugs program and have worked for Social Services as a Family Facilitator. I have a friend who does foster-care and I think it's an amazing job to take care of those children. After we have a child of our own, I would love to adopt and help a child in need.
Thanks Chaundra for taking the time to share with everyone a little bit about yourself. Best of luck to you in the coming year, we'll be cheering you on.