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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Kim Currie

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  • Name: Kim Currie
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  • Age: 24
  • Where: Chicago, Illinois
  • Height: 5' 2"
  • Weight: 130 Lbs., Contest: 110 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Shoulders
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: BSN syntha-6 and Atro-Phex, And Apple Melon Isopure.

How Did You Get Started?

I started lifting weights when I was 12 years old. One of my swim coaches had told my parents that I either needed to get taller or get stronger in order to be at the top of my age group - a few days later my dad brought home my first set of dumbbells, followed by a complete weight training program designed for swimmers a few months later. I continued to compete in swimming and water polo all through high school and college, complete with a weight training program. When my career as a college athlete was over, I was left with a yearning to compete.

I had made it my goal to complete an Ironman triathlon by the age of 30, so I set my sights on training for a triathlon. After a few months of training, I injured my knees and was no longer able to run as I needed. I was once again left with the desire to compete, but no sport.

I had always read the various fitness magazines since I was in high school, and I admired the six-pack abs that the models displayed. I finally attended my first bodybuilding competition in college, when a co-worker of mine competed. I decided that I would start to train and diet for the next show, but life got in the way and I never gave much thought to it after that.

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After I finished college and started grad school, I went through a pretty rough patch in my life. I decided that I needed to do something for myself, as a way to escape from everything else. It was finally the right time for me to compete. I hired a local trainer and a posing coach, and I haven't stop since. I have competed in 7 shows over the course of the year - including my first junior nationals.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Being a personal trainer myself, I tend to switch up my workout programs constantly. For the first few weeks after a competition, I follow a 3x/week functional total body circuit. I try to incorporate as much ball, bosu, med ball, and free motion cable work as I can. But while I love these types of workouts, I know what my body responds best too. After a few weeks of the circuit workouts, I go back to a 5 day split:

I always do completely different exercises each week. Lifting heavy (6-10 reps) has proven to give me the best results in gaining muscle mass. Off season I do cardio 4-5 days per week. Some days I will do short sprint sessions, others I will go for a long walk or hop on whatever equipment suits my mood for about 30 minutes. In-season, I will do doubles of cardio, up to an hour and a half, right before show time. I also teach a boot camp class once a week, which includes lots of sprints and plyometrics.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My trainer has designed my diet to be high protein, low carb, and low fat. I eat 5 times a day, every 2-4 hours (as my schedule permits). Protein sources include chicken, fish, protein powder, and lean steak. Carbs tend to come from oatmeal, rice, and baked potatoes, and lots of veggies.

My diet changes about every 2-4 weeks, depending on how my body is responding.

As for the off-season, my diet has always been a free for all. I still eat every 2-4 hours, but my food choices are a little more lax than during the season. I love to cook and bake so I am constantly trying out new recipes.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I don't really use many supplements. I use protein powder on a daily basis, both in and out of season. I use Isopure exclusively during contest prep, and use BSN syntha-6 or lean dessert off season. I also take multivitamins and minerals, omega 3-6-9, and calcium supplements.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Exercise and fitness have always been a big part of my life. My training not only serves the purpose of helping me reach my goals, but it is also a place where I can let go of my frustrations. Fitness provides me with the a sense of pride in my accomplishments and has helped me overcome some of my struggles that have evolved over time.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am taking the rest of the year off after a busy year of competing, focusing on developing my quads and shoulders and adding more depth to my back. I plan on competing at few national level competitions next spring.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Find little things to help keep you motivated each day. Whether that be reading a fitness magazine, posting pics of your fav competitor, or having a training buddy.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Monica Brant, Jenny Lynn, Jamie Eason.

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