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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Corrie Bignell

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  • Name: Corrie Bignell
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  • Age: 32
  • Where: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 130 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Purple K and Liquid Clenbutrx

How Did You Get Started?

I have always been active and involved in keep myself fit. I have always had a goal of competing, but I didn't have the drive or confidence to do so. After the birth of my son in November of 2008, I decided that I had to fulfill my dreams to compete.

Competing meant more than just achieving a good body, it meant gaining the confidence to face life challenges and also meant that I could overcome all of life's many obstacles that have been in my way. I was in a 2.5 year relationship to a man who I thought was the man of my dreams, but once I informed him we were pregnant he ran far away!

Having said that, I was in dire need of some confidence! I also have a 16 year old daughter who I have also raised on my own. I was 16 years old when I had her. So I have had obstacles from a very young age. Taylor (my daughter) is an absolute angel, and I have never regretted having her! My son on the other hand has been a very difficult baby. Going to the gym every day was the only break I ever had from him. But it pushed me to where I am now. Gabriel is an angel as well, just a little different.

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Corrie Bignell.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I did weight training 6 times a week and cardio 35-45 minutes 7 times a week, alternating days between step mill and stationary biking. When I was 6 weeks out I upped my cardio to 2 times per day, adding running on a treadmill at a 6% incline.

Since I worked nights, it was difficult to fit in 2 sessions of cardio. Therefore, on my break at 4:30 AM I would run up and down the hospital stair well (9 floors) for 30-40min. This was an intense workout! Many of my co-workers thought I was absolutely nuts! The only thing that pushed me through these workouts was my little iPod shuffle. Hard work but it all paid off!

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Shoulders

Day 3: Back

Day 4: Arms

Day 5: Chest/Leg Shaping

Day 6: Rest

Day 7: Start Day 1 Routine Again

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Corrie Bignell.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I ate the same food day after day. This consisted of:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

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Corrie Bignell.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Purple K by far! It has significantly increased my strength and endurance, therefore giving me more lean muscle.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because it makes me feel that I can concur any of life's challenges. I am able to cope with stress so much better now. And also, I feel so confident in my own skin. After having 2 children I am very proud of how I look.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I'm motivated to follow a healthy lifestyle because of my children. I want to show them that it pays to live a healthy life. Working as a nurse I see day after day the effects of living a non healthy lifestyle, and I know the importance of taking care of our bodies. We only get one!

Since I have already had cancer, I want to try my hardest to stay healthy. It's funny though, even though I have battled cancer, not a day went by when I felt sick. I would like to think it was because I was already healthy to begin with.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

My children. I wanted to be the best possible mother to them and by achieving my goals I have become a better person inside and out!

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Corrie Bignell.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future plans are to compete in November 27 OPA London, Ontario. It's my goal to place in the top 3.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay humble! And don't lose sight of why you are competing. Do it for yourself and yourself only!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

What Features Do You Use On

BodySpace, Store for product info, and all the great blogs.