CS: Lisa it seems that more and more girls are getting fed up with the way the industry treats female bodybuilders. Do you think it should go back the way it used to be during the Corey days?
LA: I'd love to see female bodybuilders back in bodybuilding publications for several reasons. Seeing Corey Everson in magazines was my personal inspiration to get in better shape. I never dreamed of being muscular. I was just looking to be "tone" and got hooked on weight lifting somewhere along the line. I don't think most women are looking to attain my level of muscularity. I believe seeing women such as me portrayed in a positive light as a great inspiration to all women. Women (and men) of all shapes, sizes, age, and weight compliment me on my physique. If they didn't like my physique I believe they wouldn't say anything at all.
CS: What was it like for you when you got your IFBB pro card?
LA: Very surreal! My fiancÃ© and I walked around Toronto in a daze. I was SO thrilled at the time. After that, I was kind of disappointed in finding that being an IFBB Pro wasn't "all that". I'm sure it is for the men. They get so much more attention.
CS: Did you have to pay for your IFBB pro card? Or do they just give it to you, since you did won the opportunity to be an IFBB pro.
LA: Yes, we pay for our IFBB Pro card, just as we did for our NPC card. I expected to pay for membership just as in any organization.
CS: Well, I don't know about that. I've heard rumor that Tennis and maybe Golf pros pay for membership, but Pro baseball, soccer, football, and other professional sports don't pay for a membership. Memberships are usually only for amateur groups or places that want your money. You're a Doctor. What are you a Doctor in?
LA: I have a doctorate in pharmacy.
CS: Where did you get your degrees?
LA: My Bachelor of Science degree was from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. My doctorate was completed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore Maryland.
CS: When and where you born?
LA: I was born in Bayshore, New York. Most of my family is still on Long Island, New York.
CS: Where did you go to high school?
LA: Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia.
CS: Were you athletic during your high school years?
LA: Not at all. The closest I came to being athletic was riding my horse on the beach!
CS: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
LA: I have two sisters, one older and one younger. Both still live in Virginia but we are very close.
CS: How was your childhood?
LA: I had a very happy childhood with a typical military family. My parents were very strict but I don't think that's a bad thing (at least not now! haha). My father was an officer in the Air Force so we traveled around a lot.
CS: Where do you call home now?
LA: Baltimore, Maryland
CS: How would you describe yourself?
LA: Full of energy, fun-loving and sensitive.
CS: Some of our readers don't know that you're a record holding powerlifter. Tell us about that?
LA: After several years of lifting weights, I discovered that I was pretty strong. It must be genetic because it came pretty easily. I was lifting the same or more than some of the guys in the gym. They encouraged me to compete in powerlifting competitions with them. I won every meet I was in. I never took it seriously enough to travel to a national event, but a "World" competition (WPA) was held near my home so I entered it and won. Upcoming meets just gave me a reason to train hard. My goal was to always achieve a new PR (personal record) in competition.
CS: Do you think that powerlifting and now StrongWomen competitions treat women better then bodybuilding?
LA: In a word- yes! I can't really comment on Strong Women competitions because I have not been involved (yet!) in that arena. I ALWAYS felt welcome in powerlifting associations. No question about it. I was completely equal in that association. Women were welcomed with open arms and even encouraged to compete. The male competitors were whole-heartedly behind the women competitors. We were lifting in the same "flights" as some of the men and got great support and encouragement.
CS: I noticed Sioux-z, who won the first women's World champion title, on the cover of Powerlifting USA ALL by herself. You just don't see that with the bodybuilding publications anymore, they're all about T&A Girls that aren't even competitors. Even when Lenda Murray snagged 7 Olympia titles she didn't even get a pic on the cover of FLEX or any other magazine. Funny, huh?
LA: NOT funny. That's the sad reality of how women are treated in bodybuilding. The funny â€¦amp;quot;or sad- part of it is that I didn't expect Lenda to be on a cover. It would have been a pleasant surprise, however. Both Lenda and Juliette deserve better. We all deserve better. I think the publishers are disrespecting women in general for not giving them elite athletes to look up to.
CS: When did you actually get serious in bodybuilding?
LA: I think it was after I started to compete in the Team Universe and realized that I was close to looking like some of the women that were winning. When I won that show then went to the IFBB World Amateur Championship and took a silver medal, I figured I should get serious! Bodybuilding is still my hobby, but I am much more passionate and involved now.
CS: So, what is next on the plate for you?
LA: Both shows I had planned on doing this fall were canceled (Southwest Pro & the GNC Physical). So, I guess it is not until next year that I'll be back onstage in (hopefully) the Ms. International. That show is invitation only and is a challenge to get in. I've been fortunate to have been invited twice already. I may play around with bench press or powerlifting competitions meanwhile, just for the fun of it.
CS: So, what supplements do you use?
LA: I've been fortunate to have a top quality supplement sponsor from the time that I was an amateur - Schwartz Labs. I use their Pro-whey Isolate, MRX-1 meal replacement powder, multivitamins for women (full of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, calcium, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and even vanadyl sulfate!), creatine, glutamine, Joint Support, thermogenics. They even have a high protein pancake mix that I use in the off season.
CS: What do you do when you're not bodybuilding or working out?
LA: I love to be busy. If I am not gardening, cooking, reading, writing, shopping, bike riding, or helping my fiancÃ© train for a strongman competition, I'll be working with my two dogs. We have two dogs (Cane Corso). This is a strong, athletic dog in the mastiff family. I "finished" my female in "breed" which means I competed with her in conformation and she won her Championship title in both the Rare Breed Association (ARBA) and the International Cane Corso Federation ICCF). No small feat for an amateur dog handler.
CS: If there was another organization, let's say it was only for female bodybuilders, and they treated the competitors better but the winnings where lower then what they are now. But, everyone competing got a check - would you jump ship even if the IFBB threatened you that if you left, you're banned from the IFBB?
LA: I have no plan of "jumping ship". I don't believe in running from a challenge. I am lobbying Lisa Bavington (IFBB Pro BB) to be the women's IFBB representative. We need to make some changes that would be a "win-win" situation for the IFBB and women bodybuilders.
CS: Do you have any thoughts for those up and coming girls who want to start bodybuilding?
LA: If you are referring to competitive bodybuilding, I encourage women to make competition a goal. It gives women an objective to train toward. I also tell them to think of it as a hobby, not a career. Very few men, much less women, come out on top of the money pit of competitive bodybuilding.
What are your favorites?
Television Show: Any comedy, but I love "Bernie Mac" right now
Movie: For brain-dead laughter: "Dumb and Dumber"
Foods: Off season food: Pizza, animal crackers
Type of Music: Anything but country
Your Height: 5'4"
Weight: Competition ~150, Off season ~160
Eye Color: Green
Best Lifts in Competition: Bench 275lbs, dead lift 410lbs, squat 400lbs
Thanks Lisa for your time. I really mean that, because I know you are a very busy woman. I hope this will show other women it's ok to have muscle, be a bodybuilder and be a career woman too. Good luck in your next adventures on the stage, but I hope you do the meet with us or at least try your hand at strongwomen comps. I'm sure Jill mills would love the competition.