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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Kathy Bertram

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  • Name: Kathy Bertram
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  • Age: 29
  • Where: Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Height: 5' 8"
  • Weight: 175 Lbs., Contest: 150 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Triple Dropset
  • Favorite Supplements: Egg Whites Inerternational protein, NO-Xplode, CellMass, Liquid Redline, Synergy Kumbucha Tea (trilogy flavor), Starcaps, SuperPump250.

How Did You Get Started?

I was a very heavy smoker from age 16-20. Seriously, 2 packs a day. Always said I wanted to be buried with a carton of cigarettes. What a dumb thing to say... I used smoking as a way to control my weight and deal with stress.

While serving oversees in the Air Force I met a guy who just in random conversation said he'd never marry a chick who smokes. I thought well, I better quit. I asked God for the strength to stop smoking. So I went back to my dorm room and got rid of all things smoking related, cigs, ash trays, lighters, etc... Just went cold turkey. Thank you God!

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I started to put on some weight after I quit and figured that I probably should give the exercise thing a try. So I started with a meek 20 minutes on the stair climber 3 times a week. One day while doing my time I noticed that I wasn't having the trouble breathing and before you could say, "Bobs your uncle," I was doing 40 min 4 times a week.

While TDY to Alaska good old Keith Guttman dragged me to the gym. After lifting weights for the very first time I was amazed at how great my body felt afterwards. He told me that I had good genetics and could possibly put on muscle quickly. So I kept it up and over the years I have just been adding and sculpting and loving every moment of it.

It keeps showing me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. The lessons I learn in the gym about determination, perseverance, and hard work transcend into all aspects of my life from my job as a personal trainer and "Feats of strength" speaker with Stand Strength Team, to the daily challenges of dealing with health problems from a super awful car accident in 2004.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I always try to change my workouts up every time I go in to hit the iron. I find that if I do something heavy for 4 sets of 10 reps then move onto med. weight for 12-15 reps and finish with light weight for 25-30 reps works very well for my body.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I try and eat an extremely clean and pure diet. I keep my carb intake to around 100g/day, protein (200g/day), and fat at 25g. I eat as organic as I can, which is tough considering the grocery stores here in this area don't have much to offer.

My younger brother, John, cannot have gluten. After I saw how eating a wheat-free/gluten-free diet improved his health I gave it a try as well. Now I am a firm believer in sticking to a gluten-free diet. To take the place of breads, I eat and love Ezekiel bread, Ezekiel pasta, and Ezekiel cereal.

Typically I eat 5-6 times a day. I cut my carbs off after 3. I cook all my food with low-sodium or sodium-free seasonings. A lot of the time I don't use seasoning at all, just try and enjoy the taste of the food itself.

Could not make it through my busy day of training people if it were not for Kumbucha tea. The Synergy Kumbucha tea has made all the difference in my energy levels and overall well being.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Hands down the No-Explode/CellMass combo! That and eating good clean carbs!

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I am absolutely in love with the great sport of bodybuilding because as much as it is an individual sport, you also really do need a team to support you. I love the challenge of remaining so disciplined and dedicated to get your body to where it needs to be. When the day of the show comes around and you know that you have done all you can do and you are soooo pushed to the max, well it's just that feeling of, "I did it!"

It blows my mind every time to see what the human body is capable of doing the process behind it is so much fun to me. I love how it is a vehicle to inspire other people who don't think they have what it takes... I always tell them.. "If I can do this, then you sure as heck can."

My friends support me when I feel like total crap and want to quit, and I love, love, LOVE how a cheeseburger tastes when it's all over!!!!

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Next season my goal is to do three shows and do them well. It is my hearts true desire to keep competing as long as this little body will allow me. I hope to get to a point where my personal training business can sponsor people who have great potential but not the money (it's a super spendy sport as we all know).

Every time I step onto that stage I want people to see how much fun it is and how very rewarding the sport can be. My plan is to just keep going and see what happens!

"All things are possible for those who BELIEVE"

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

For the first timers... Don't freak out! Your legs don't come in till that last week!

For the vets; think of how what you are doing can inspire or touch someone else who needs a boost! Don't just compete 'cause you think you look hot! Don't all those superheroes who use their powers for GOOD usually win?

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Heather Policky, Mitch Hodge, LaQuida Sanders and Shawn Wolfe

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