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Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ripped Reflection

Maggie refuses to let herself regress. She worked too hard to be where she is today. The competition bug bit hard and infected her with a passion to be better than the day before!

Name: Maggie Corso
E-Mail: m_e_corso@yahoo.com
BodySpace: mcor327
Location: Oak Ridge, NJ
Age: 43  Height: 5'2"  Weight: 110 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 7 1/2

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

My interest in weights started in high school. I always loved the look of gymnasts. For several years, I trained five days per week with a combination of weights and aerobics. As I entered my 30s, life started to take over. A new house, job, and a monster commute to go with the new job took me away from the gym. Adding a pregnancy and bed rest to the list ended my workouts completely.

Ten years later, into my 40s with two small children, I was in the worst shape of my life and needed to make dramatic changes. My boys needed me healthy. It was time to get back to basics. I altered my diet and began working out at home. Soon, I was back to the gym with my passion for weights renewed.

I trained hard and wanted to look like girls who grace the covers of fitness magazines. A friend told me I was too old; that my hormones, tendons, and age would work against me. She told me that my goals were unreasonable at my age. Luckily for me, I have a bit of a stubborn streak. I ignored her advice and began obtaining the look I wanted.

One year later, I entered my first figure competition with the INBF and won a pro card with the WNBF. I fell in love with the stage and the entire process. After winning my pro card, I began competing in the NPC. My new goal is to earn an IFBB pro card. I've competed in two NPC shows now. I placed fifth in my class and first in novice at the first and second in my class at the second. I earned the right to compete at a national level and a chance at an IFBB card. At 43, I'm in the best shape of my life.

What Workout Regimen Delivered The Best Results?

This is one of my favorite routines because it delivers phenomenal results.

Day 1: Back/Biceps


Day 2: Rest

Day 3: Legs


Day 4: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps


Day 5: Abs/Calves/Cardio


Day 6: Lower Body


Day 7: Rest

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I follow Fighter Diet nutritional planning. It's basically allows you to eat a great deal without the consequence of overdoing it calorically. A typical day for me is about 1800 calories in the following meals:

Meal 1: Pre-Workout
Meal 2: Post-Workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Meal 7

What Supplement Schedule Gave You The Greatest Gains?

How Did Your Passion For Fitness Emerge?

Reading Oxygen magazine and seeing the spotlights on figure competitors drove me. I love their physiques and find them so inspiring. Erin Stern's cover in Oxygen pulled me right in. I love her physique and subscribed to her Facebook page.

What/Who Motivated You?

Fitness model and creator of Fighter Diet, Pauline Nordin, is simply amazing. I first saw her amazing glutes inside Oxygen. I look her up and what she did to earn that glorious physique. She has been an amazing source of inspiration and motivation for me. Her diet plans have made a huge impact on my results and her passion for training and staying lean is infectious.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

Whenever I have an off day mentally or life gets busy and chaotic, I take a look in the mirror. Seeing my reflection in the mirror reminds me of the promises I made to never go back to being unhealthy. My mind immediately snaps to my boys. If I slack on my goals, they'll see it and think it's okay to let yourself down.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I will continue competing because I love every aspect of it. I'm preparing to be certified in personal training and would love to model and provide inspiration to others. If I can do it at 40, then anyone can.

What Is The Most Important Fitness Tip?

Remember to rejoice and celebrate your successes. It's easy to get caught up in the work and distraction of life. Don't let that overshadow your successes. It's important to keep a pure image of yourself. That's one of the reasons I enjoy competing. When the day comes where there's nothing left for me to pick at or train for, I'm done. I embrace my results and enjoy every moment of every day.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder/Fitness Athlete?

Erin Stern; I love her physique and her competitive and joyful spirit. She's truly inspiring. Pauline Nordin; her drive and determination in every aspect of life is intoxicating. Her commitment and willingness to share knowledge is exceptional.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I entered the Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel Search last year and it lit my competition spark. If I was going to put my name on my body, I was going to be serious about fitness. While I didn't win, the flames to compete were fanned, and before long I was planning my first figure competition.

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mcor327

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mcor327

So honored to be on this list alongside some amazing athletes. Thank you Bodybuilding.com!

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Nov 28, 2012 6:37pm | report
Pendicott62

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Pendicott62

WOW! Congrats!!! Your article is a badass! Hey you're doing what other (between 40 years old and up) a favor...by proving them wrong that they can do it too just like you! Great article and keep it up!

Nov 29, 2012 6:04am | report
MikeyTN

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MikeyTN

My congrats to you. Good story, great physique.

Nov 28, 2012 6:50pm | report
masterofblacko

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masterofblacko

Very good, this more
congratulations for their effort and success
:)

Nov 28, 2012 7:30pm | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 22'7"
  • wt: 271.24 lbs
  • bf: 22.7%
musclemum1965

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musclemum1965

Great job Maggie! Your hard work and dedication set a wonderful example to all women over 40!!

Nov 28, 2012 9:43pm | report
mcor327

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mcor327

Thanks so much. You look like you are in amazing shape as well. Muscle is a thing of beauty. :)

Nov 29, 2012 9:26am | report
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olsegb79

gorgeous...congrats on your accomplishments

Nov 28, 2012 9:44pm | report
CNguyening

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CNguyening

Wow, great job! Congratulations, Maggie! Just know that you are an inspiration, thank you for being you and your hard work, it means a lot to me to see such dedication.

Nov 28, 2012 9:47pm | report
mcor327

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mcor327

That is such an amazing thing to be told. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2012 9:24am | report
Homix

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Homix

Only one day of cardio or you forgot the others?
Just curious ;)
Wonderful work.

Nov 29, 2012 4:38am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 13'9"
  • wt: 165.35 lbs
  • bf: 11.0%
mcor327

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mcor327

Cardio is minimal for me because it wastes muscle for me too quickly. During that particular workout program, yes, it was just once per week. Most typically I do not do any cardio. I'm lean from from diet. In particular, Fighter Diet. Once I adapted those concepts, I became lean without cardio.

Nov 29, 2012 9:22am | report
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Walt39

Amazing glutes!

Nov 29, 2012 6:08am | report
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Highly impressed!

Nov 29, 2012 6:19am | report
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Qotu79

Your abs are sick for anyone at any age. You're an inspiration to people over AND under 40. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2012 6:34am | report
mcor327

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mcor327

Thank you so much. If I can do it, anyone can!

Nov 29, 2012 9:23am | report
mcor327

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mcor327

Thanks everyone! You are all very kind. Remember always that age is just a number. The decisions that you make daily are what count. Xo

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Congrats. Amazing physique way to be a motivation to woman no matter where they are at, 20's 30's 40's. Its never to late or to early.

Nov 29, 2012 11:45am | report
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vijayendra29

Jeeze! I refuse to accept she is 43:) ... Great physique!!! Truly inspiring figure!!!

Nov 29, 2012 12:23pm | report
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cball89

That's dedication and hard work, what an inspiration!

Nov 29, 2012 1:16pm | report
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jpstanton

Stunning! Great work!

Nov 29, 2012 2:47pm | report
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sy2502

Very inspirational!!

Do you use a fat burner?

Nov 29, 2012 2:55pm | report
mcor327

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mcor327

No "fatburners". But I do use a pre workout that contains caffeine.

Nov 29, 2012 5:49pm | report
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gotabebig

Meggi your abs are sexy as hell...wish i could i have them

Nov 30, 2012 11:17am | report
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I wish I could look like this and I'm nowhere near 40. Great work, Maggie! I would be one happy girl if I could cut out cardio by switching to the Fighter Diet. I do 3-4 days of intense cardio per week in addition to my weight training and I still have lots to lose! :P

Nov 30, 2012 1:50pm | report
mcor327

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Holly, I'd be happy to help you out with info on Fighter Diet if you have questions. It can look very complicated when you go onto the site but it's really very simple if you know what you need.

Nov 30, 2012 2:02pm | report
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