An Interview With 2007 Fitness International Competitor, Debbie Czempinski.

Recurring hamstring tears mixed with a dash of ruptured Achilles tendons have been the thorn bursting Debbie's bubble. Learn about her and the difficulties she has faced.


Debbie Does Columbus

The bouncing brunette from down under, Debbie Czempinski is back with a bang. The fast rising fitness competitor from down under had been hampered as of recent with more injuries than Bambi put through a heavy wash cycle before spending 10 minutes on a fast spin dry.

Recurring hamstring tears mixed with a dash of ruptured Achilles tendons have been the thorn that has been bursting Debbie's bubble, but this year she hopes to wash away those bitter tears with a prime piece of real estate - the plot that sits upon the Arnold Classic podium.

The Australian resident has recently taken up the opportunity to call Columbus her home town by relocating to the Ohio capital. Her trainer - Mike Davies is a local to the area and with that stability in mind we hope to see the potential of the sexy Czempinski blossom into the capabilities her competition are more than aware of.

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Her routines are always fast paced and her flips are so quick its no wonder that occasionally her hamstrings pop off for a tea break to avoid the experience of somersaulting vertigo.

    "Three weeks out from my first Arnold appearance in 2005, while rehearsing my routine I tore my right hamstring," Debbie told Bodybuilding.com.

    "Assuming I could compensate by changing everything to my left side, I thought it would not be a big deal; 2 weeks later I tore my left hamstring and was left with no flexibility at all. I decided I still wanted to compete and did so, but once back home in Australia, my hamstrings were not responding to treatment and I had to have surgery 4 months before I was due to compete at the 2005 Olympia.

    Eventually, my surgeon removed the scar tissue from the sheath around my hamstring. Surgery and a new stretching coach ended up making me more flexible than before. Unfortunately this wasn't the end of my injury run. Two weeks (Valentine's Day) out from the 2006 Arnold, again while rehearsing my routine, I landed out of one of my somersaults and ruptured my left Achilles tendon, resulting in surgery the next day.

    I was devastated... two weeks in a cast, four months on crutches and extensive rehab, I have made a full recovery. Although it kept me out of competing for a full year, I am hoping that all my injuries are now behind me and am looking forward to returning to the stage at the Arnold Classic."


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Debbie At The 2005 Olympia.
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This year Debbie is confident that she will get through the show with no injuries and has also been focusing on bringing in a more stream lined and more balance physique. The pocket rocket has always had a tad of trouble losing a portion of her genetically muscular physique but with a year off training, a more toned down shape will be on display.


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Debbie Czempinski.

To finish off, Bodybuilding.com got the following answers to our interrogation.


[ Q ] What are you doing different this year to last year?

    [ A ] - This year I am hoping to make it through the event without any injuries!!!! After having a whole year off competing I hope to bring a more stream lined, balanced physique onto the Fitness International stage.


[ Q ] Do you have any strange habits/fetishes when dieting or in general?

    [ A ] - None more than I normally have! Other than going through lots of sugar free chewing gum things stay pretty normal. Eat, cardio, eat, train, eat, cardio, eat, sleep and do it all again the next day.


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Debbie At The 2005 Olympia.
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[ Q ] What has been you main focus of improvement this year - physically, mentally, personally and genera?

    [ A ] - Physically I have tried to make my body more balanced and strengthen my body to recover from the ruptured Achilles. Mentally I have been trying to "listen" to my body and getting to know it's limits.

The Achilles Tendon: 1 Of 3:

The Achilles tendon is the tendonous extension of three muscles in the lower leg: gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris. In humans, the tendon passes behind the ankle. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. It is about 15 cm long, and begins near the middle of the leg, but receives fleshy fibers on its anterior surface, almost to its lower end.


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    In the past I have pushed past the boundaries and have paid the price. Personally my entire family has challenged ourselves by leaving our home in Perth, Australia and relocating to Columbus, Ohio.


[ Q ] Can you tell me something about you that nobody knows?

    [ A ] - I can stick my tongue up my own nose!!


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Debbie Czempinski.


[ Q ] What does competing in the Arnold Classic mean to you?

    [ A ] - I consider competing at the Arnold a huge privilege and honor. The Arnold is a fantastically run competition and the athletes are made to feel so welcome.


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Debbie At The 2005 Olympia.
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[ Q ] Can you give me your prediction of the top three?

    [ A ] - Adela, Kim Klein and Jen.

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