IFBB Pro Lisa Aukland Interview: Why 2009 Atlantic City Pro?

Lisa explains what we should expect from the champ and how she continues to age like a fine wine - getting better and better every year. Find out more.

Article Summary:
  • Lisa hopes to place in the top 3 later this year at the Olympia.
  • She has worked with her coach, Mike Davies, since turning Pro.
  • Her background as a powerlifter has helped with her discipline.
  • The two-time Atlantic City champion, Lisa Aukland, is returning once again to defend her crown. She didn't compete at the Arnold Classic this year so her improvements should be very apparent this weekend and at the Olympia.

    Fellow IFBB Pro Marika Johansson interviewed Lisa to find out what we should expect from the "champ" and how she continues to age like a fine wine - getting better and better every year.

    Two-Time Atlantic City Champion, Lisa Aukland.
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    Two-Time Atlantic City
    Champion, Lisa Aukland.

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    [ Q ] How many years have you been training?
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      I've been weight training for over 20 years. Thus the 'mature' muscle.

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    [ Q ] What made you start lifting weights and what influenced you to compete?
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      I started lifting weights to "tone up" and just fell in love with the feeling of strength. I was encouraged to compete by someone in the gym who competed. He thought I had the right "look" and physique to do well (thanks Rob!).

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    [ Q ] You are not only a very successful female bodybuilder, I have learned that you have a Doctorate in Pharmacy and are a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI). What is your profession at this day?
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      I still work full time at a regional poison center. I used to call bodybuilding my hobby but it's really more like a second job!

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    [ Q ] You are already qualified for Ms. Olympia 2009, so what made you decide to do Atlantic City Pro show just a week before?
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      The show is a short drive from where I live so it's easy for my friends to come see me compete. They always used to complain the shows were so far away.

    It's Easy For My Friends To Come See Me Compete.
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    It's Easy For My Friends
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    [ Q ] You have won the Atlantic City Pro every year since 2006. Is this show your yearly tune in show to peak for the Olympia or do you just want to keep the Atlantic City Pro crown?
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      Of course I'd love to keep the AC Pro crown but I do this show for two reasons: it is near my home and I'm already in shape.

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    [ Q ] The fans of bodybuilding have followed how you have been climbing the Ms. Olympia ladder one step closer to the top year after year. Last year you made the top 3. Will this pattern continue this year?
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      Actually I placed 4th in the Ms. Olympia the last 2 years. My third place finish last year was the Ms. International/Arnold. My goal for the Ms. Olympia is top 3. Fingers crossed!

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    [ Q ] You have made amazing improvements every year and we are thrilled to see how you look this year. What will be the biggest difference with Lisa Aukland this year?
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      I decided to skip the Ms. International this year and the break did me a world of good. I trained hard all year and I'm thrilled about the improvements in my back.

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    [ Q ] How many weeks do you diet for and how is this years preparations different from last year?
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      My prep is pretty much the same for each contest (If it ain't broke...). I always do a 16-week contest prep.

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    [ Q ] Are you working with anybody special regarding your contest diet and training and if so why is it important for you to have this help?
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      I've worked with Mike Davies since I turned Pro. It's important to have an opinion from someone who knows what they are looking at. I look at myself every day and appreciate that "outside" view.

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    [ Q ] Can you give us a brief description of a day on your diet when it comes to your meals?
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    I Look At Myself Every Day And Appreciate That 'Outside' View.
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    I Look At Myself Every Day And
    Appreciate That "Outside" View.

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    [ Q ] Do you use any supplement and if so which ones works good for you?
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    [ Q ] You have a very complete look with full muscle bellies and very mature muscles. Would you mind revealing Lisa Aukland's successful weekly training routine?
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      No secrets. I love to train so I rarely take time off. I train 5 days a week, one body part per day.

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    [ Q ] I have noticed through the years how very well developed your calves are. Me myself and I am sure many others have a big problem to find right training method to make the calves grow. What is your secret formula?
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      I think I just have a really good connection there. I used to train them heavy with low reps. Currently, I train calves with high reps - 20-30 reps for 6 sets getting a really deep burn.

    I Love To Train So I Rarely Take Time Off.
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    I Love To Train So I
    Rarely Take Time Off.

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    [ Q ] Do you change your training routine from off season to contest season?
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      Not at all except the last couple weeks before a show where I go a bit lighter with a faster pace.

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    [ Q ] We hear many times athletes complain about how hard it is to diet and how they have to sacrifice work and family time. How do you do it and what is your recipe to make the most of yourself during this time?
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      It is challenging to balance a full-time job, family and friends. There is a lot to be said for proper time management! There are sacrifices of course but I make up for it in the off season.

    Lisa Aukland At The 2008 IFBB Olympia. Lisa Aukland At The 2008 IFBB Olympia.
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    Lisa Aukland At The 2008 IFBB Olympia.
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    [ Q ] I know that you are a very strong woman too, with many good power records behind you - 400 pounds in squats and 410 pounds in deadlift for example. Do you think this basic heavy training has helped you reach your overall physique?
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      I believe my powerlifting background helped me become a disciplined bodybuilder. I learned to be very careful with my form and I rarely miss a training session. Powerlifting also gave me a solid foundation that I "shaped" with bodybuilding.

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    [ Q ] Have you ever suffered from any injuries from heavy lifts and if so how did you overcome them?
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      I've only had one injury from heavy deadlifting. I just trained around my injury and learned from it!

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    [ Q ] We all look up to you for the amazing results you have achieved and are still amazed by how you repeatedly improve year after year. How do you fight the clock and your age?
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      It's a fact that hard training forces your body to renew and regenerate cells faster. I believe training itself is a youth serum. I train consistently year round.

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    [ Q ] Many women over 40 look up to you because you show that it is never to late and that there is now age limit in this sport. What advice would you give to women over 40, out there, that are thinking of starting to train with weights?
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      It's never too late to improve yourself!

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    [ Q ] How do you motivate yourself every year to take that step closer to the Olympia crown?
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      I love training. It is my passion. However, training for the top show in the world... it tends to be highly motivating just by itself!

    It's Never Too Late To Improve Yourself.
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    It's Never Too Late To Improve Yourself.

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    [ Q ] What does Lisa Aukland do outside the gym to relax her body and mind?
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      I work with my doggies, hang out with my honey and my friends - all the "normal" stuff.

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    [ Q ] Is there something else you want to tell the readers on Bodybuilding.com regarding Lisa Aukland and maybe your future plans or projects?
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      When I retire, or maybe sooner, I plan on promoting NPC shows in Maryland.