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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Amy Lee Martin

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  • Name: Amy Lee Martin
  • E-mail: None
  • Age: 32
  • Where: Indianapolis, IN
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: Off Season Weight: 138 Contes
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Shoulders, because I’ve had to work hard for them.
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Sci Fit's Whey Isolate Protein, Labrada EFA's, Multivitamin, and

How Did You Get Started?

Fitness and being active have always been a big part of my life. Growing up it was gymnastics, track & field, and cross country. In college I picked up my love for aerobics and group exercise classes in fact I was even a step aerobics instructor for a couple years.

After college I needed an outlet for all of my energy and joined a local gym to stay in shape. Joining a local gym turned out to be the best idea as this is where I met my husband Doug Martin. Doug really helped give me a foundation for weight training. While I knew some of the basics, he helped me understand proper form, the concepts of sets, and what exercises should be paired together.

After I started getting the hang of it, I was hooked. I also have to credit my husband for sparking my interest in figure competitions. He was preparing to compete in bodybuilding at the 2007 Indianapolis NPC Bodybuilding and Figure championships and encouraged me to compete in figure.

This was one of the best experiences of my life, I placed 1st in my class and won the Overall title. Needless to say, I'm hooked again.

Amy Lee Martin
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Amy Lee Martin.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

arrow Typical Weight Training Week:

arrow Cardio:

Contest prep approximately 45 minutes of cardio 5 to 6 times per week.

Off season approximately 20 to 30 minutes of cardio 4 to 5 times per week.

I generally spend about 45 minutes weight training and follow up with cardio switching between various machines: treadmill, stair stepper, step mill, elliptical.

arrow Favorite Training Program:

Legs Quads/Hams and Calves/Glutes/Thigh (I split my leg workout into 2 training days)

Monday - Quads/Hams:

  1. Barbell Deadlift
  2. Smith Machine Squat and one leg smith machine squat
  3. Hack Squat
  4. Leg Extensions
  5. Leg Press
  6. Seated and lying leg curls

Usually I pick 4 out of the six exercises and complete 3-4 sets of 10-16 reps.

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Friday - Calves/Glutes/Thigh:

  1. Glute Kickback
  2. One leg cable kickback
  3. Thigh Abductor/Adductor
  4. Calf Press on leg press machine
  5. Standing and seated Calf raises

Usually I pick combinations of the above exercises and complete 3-4 sets of 10-16 reps.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I believe that nutrition is one of the most important aspects of staying fit and healthy. I enjoy eating healthy as a lifestyle. It helps me feel good about myself and has so many benefits. Eating the right type of food is also a great supporter to all of my training efforts, without proper nutrition my training would certainly suffer.

My nutrition plan changes throughout the year depending on if I am preparing for a contest. Currently I am eating 6 meals a day that include things like oatmeal, whey isolate protein, flank steak, chicken, salad/green veggies, sweet potatoes, and plenty of EFA's.

One of the most important keys to my successful nutrition plan is the love and support from my husband. He prepares most of our meals and develops nutrition plans that work best for me.

Amy Lee Martin
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Amy Lee Martin.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I could not live without my staples:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Fitness is something that has always been in my heart and mind. It gives me goals to work towards and makes me feel happy and confident. I often feel compelled to be the best me I can be and staying healthy and strong certainly support this.

Here is a quote that I came across that helps express my drive towards fitness:

"Embrace the challenge. What lies behind us and what lies before us are nothing compared to what lies within us."

In other words you have the strength inside you and you can do it!

Amy Lee Martin
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Amy Lee Martin.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Here are my planned competitions for 2008:

  • Jr. National Bodybuilding/Figure/Fitness Championships (Chicago, IL) June 2008
  • USA Bodybuilding/Figure/Fitness Championships (Las Vegas, NV) July 2008
  • Indiana State Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Competition (Fort Wayne, IN) July 2008

I can proudly say I placed 10th in the 2008 Jr. Nationals Figure Class E (my first national competition). I am currently focused on making the needed changes for my next 2 competitions, wish me luck!

I recently competed in the Indiana State Figure Championships and won my class and the overall! I could not feel more happy and blessed.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Set goals for yourself and work towards them. Be compassionate, stay focused, and carry a positive attitude with you everyday. Some other helpful qualities that come to mind: discipline, dedication, courtesy, and responsibility.

Amy Lee Martin
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Amy Lee Martin.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

It is so hard to pick a favorite, so first I will mention some local figure lady favorites and IFBB Pros: Jenn Gates and Jessica Wright! These ladies have been just awesome and so supportive!

Some other favorites include Catherine Anderson and Nicole Wilkins. Bodybuilding has to be Dexter Jackson.