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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Leslie Draper

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Leslie Draper! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I wanted to compete in fitness/figure or bodybuilding since I was a teenager. I'm a runner and completed several marathons, but I wanted to compete in a physique contest. I wanted a tone and muscular physique. I also wanted to learn more about nutrition and diet to get my body in great shape.

Once I completed college it was finally my time to hit the stage. I had always trained with weights, but I knew that I had to lift more and lift heavy to compete. As well, my diet had to be adjusted to gain muscle and lose fat. I began researching nutrition and training like crazy. I had followed fitness contest for many years before figure competitions emerged. I chose to enter a figure competition first.

In 2007, I entered my first figure competition followed by two more that year. I placed in 2 of the three contests. In 2008 I entered into 4 competitions placing first in my class in three of them. What a great accomplishment in only my second year of competing.

Leslie Draper.
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Leslie Draper.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I do 4 sets of 9 reps each exercise. Heavy so 9th rep is difficult to complete.

Monday: Legs/Shoulders

Tuesday: Chest/Triceps

Wednesday: Cardio/Abs

Thursday: Back/Biceps

Friday: Shoulders/Calves/Abs

Saturday & Sunday: Cardio/Abs


    I Add More Cardio- 45 Light Intensity In The Morning; Then I Add HIIT As Needed.

Leslie Draper.
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Leslie Draper.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My meals stay virtually the same, altering amount of carbs as needed. I also vary my veggie sources occasionally, but always green veggies (lots of them).

Meal 1

Meal 2

Meal 3

Meal 4

Meal 5

Meal 6

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Leslie Draper.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I believe the supplement that has benefited me the most is chocolate protein. Specifically Muscle Provider. I could not compete without having something for my chocolate fix. It is very versatile; I can make a shake, pudding or bake with it. I make my own bars for easy traveling and I even freeze them for a frozen treat in the summer. If I had to pick one-this is my life saver.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

This is a lifestyle and one I have always attempted to maintain even in college. When I compete it gives me a goal to push myself further. I love the changes I see in my muscles and shape. Each competition I improve and I find an area to improve upon for next time as well. It keeps me focused. I am proud that I have the determination and dedication it takes to compete.

I like meeting other competitors that have similar interests and understand the love of the sport. It's great to discuss diet/training/tanning/supplements with each other backstage. Only other competitors can understand my obsession with the sport. It's also about staying healthy and active. I'm proud to maintain a healthy diet year round and be a role model for my family and friends. The longer they see I'm able to continue eating healthy the more they are encouraged to do so as well.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to compete in at least one contest per year. I said that this past year and I competed in three shows. It gets to be addicting. I am currently looking to compete in June 2009. I have competed consecutively the last two years. This year I may compete in June and again later in the year. At least those are my thoughts for now. I'm always looking at the calendar for a contest to prepare for.

Leslie Draper.
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Leslie Draper.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Patience. In this competitive arena you have to be patient. You have to be spot on with your diet and training. And that may not always show in your physique as soon as you want it to. I've had to learn what foods and diet work best for me. It has taken a lot of patience to gain muscle and lose body fat. And Persistence - you have to be persistent.

You can't give up and you must continue through with a plan be it diet or training to gauge how your body will respond. You have to keep on pushing yourself to be the best you can be on the day of contest. And for me win or lose each time I know I have pushed myself to accomplish another goal.

You have to be competitive, but compete against yourself. Making improvements in your physique through diet and exercise are healthy habits to keep. So even if you don't take home the trophy you likely have some great pictures and an awesome experience that you can gain valuable information to improve upon in the future.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Monica Brant, Tosca Reno, and Jamie Eason.