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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Michelle Ivers-Brent

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  • Name: Michelle Ivers-Brent
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  • Age: 49
  • Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Height: 5' 3"
  • Weight: 155 Lbs., Contest: 140 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :21
  • Favorite Bodypart: Arms
  • Favorite Exercise: Incline Dumbbell Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Protein, NO-Explode, glutamine, multivitamins, kelp, and glucosamine/msn.

How Did You Get Started?

I was always athletic and in High School I played numerous sports to include softball, volleyball, field hockey, and tennis. In college I really didn't have much time to participate in a sport as I was a Physical Education major and I was always taking classes to learn how to play and teach each sport, so that was activity enough. After college though I felt I wanted to continue to participate in something. I was working at this bakery for awhile and once a week this muscular guy would come and buy a couple cookies. We made eye contact but never spoke,(I'm sure he noticed my physique).

Then one day a gal that worked with me wanted to join the gym around the corner from the bakery, so I joined with her. I finally ran into this same guy and his wife who happened to be both bodybuilders who did couples competitions (when they still had them). They approached me and gave me encouragement to try a competition, explaining that I had enough muscle (for that time) to compete. I also had seen the Ms. Olympia, now I'm talking 1985 where Cory Everson beat Rachel McLish to win her first Olympia, and this compelled me to go ahead and do it!! There were only 2 classes and not knowing much about weighing in and all that I ended up in the heavyweight class and came in 6th. I didn't get to pose at night, but I was hooked from then on.

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So here is how my contest history goes. I started with 3 qualifiers in 1986, the first I won the middleweight and overall called the San Jose Superbowl where a dedicated promoter named Paul Love remains a friend to this day, then came the Northern California Championships where I won the middleweight class, then the Cal State, 1st in the middles, then I decided to go ahead and do the Nationals. Well I didn't make the top 15 (30 girls in my class that first year), but believe I was the next one down as there were 3 of us to bid for the last spot. I was a little disappointed, but still very excited to continue on: here is the rest in chronological order:

Contest History:
    1987- ended up not competing as I had my son, Kyle that yr.
    1988- comeback after only 5 1/2 months after having Kyle- 2nd in the middles at the Los Angeles Championships, 1st and overall in the middles at the Russ Warner Classic( Russ was a good friend of Joe Weider)
    1989- 3rd middles at the USA
    1990- 4th middles at the Nationals
    1991-92- 2nd both times in the middles at the North American
    1993- 6th at the USA
    1994- 2nd at the North American
    1995- Off to open my gym Bayside Fitness in Calif.
    1996- 14th at the USA as a heavywt (ouch! went back down to middles) 4th at the Nationals
    1997- 4th middles USA
    1998- 3rd middles at the Nationals
    1999- 2nd middles at the Nationals
    2000-(very disappointed missed my class, all set up to win this yr) ended up 6th in the hvywts at the Nationals
    2001- 4th at the USA
    2002- Needed a break, took year off
    2003- 6th middles at the USA , tried hvys again and 11th at the Nationals
    2004- 4th hvys (small hvywt) at the Team Universe
    2005- Master Nationals started giving a pro card for the women so now I found my niche 2nd in the lighthvys
    2006- Felt I made a good comeback in my look (pictures that are on this profile) but 2nd again in the lightheavys.
I believe I'm the most persistent and longest running amateur out there! 2007 will mark my 21st yr of competing and I plan once again to do the Master Nationals.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I started with the old school way of doing the 3/1 schedule to get the body parts in twice a week, and focused on the weaker parts first. But as the years went on I am now doing one body part (sometimes 2) a day ( a five day routine, cardio on the off days), and include abs in there everyday(just a few reps nothing elaborate, even in the off-season). Then at contest time I'll work 6 days a week, and end up working my weaker body part twice so this is how it goes:

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I step up the cardio closer to the show if I need to up to 45 min. I start my diet about 16 weeks out and rely on staying good on it so I don't have to kill myself with doing loads of cardio, ( I believe many competitors make this mistake) Abs everyday; no weight.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I always start with a 60/30/10. 60 protein, 30 carbs and 10 fats. I never go one way or the other as I'm dieting down and this seems to work for me. Now as it gets closer to the contest I will tweak calories and may drop carbs a few days, but then I'll go back up to keep the metabolism spiked. I always drink a gallon of water a day. I do the carb deplete and load if I need to drop more to make my weight class, otherwise I stay the same, but drop the sodium.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I never used to take that many until I started learning about them when I had my own gym in 1996. And after already 10 years into the sport I finally started putting on the size I needed to still be competitive. I started using creatine, and added extra protein with liquid whey protein, and glutamine. Then in the last couple of years added NO-Explode. Very good stuff ;>)!

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It keeps me active and has helped me to keep that athletic look I've had when I was in my 20's. It is such a unique activity and sport to be able to compete in until you say its time to quit. It's also something you can do to keep your body healthy.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Well since I'm still chasing that allusive "Pro" card, it looks like the Master's Nationals again in July of 2007. If I finally get it I will continue as a pro as long as I can. I love the entertainment part of the sport.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

This is especially for the new people in the sport (if they compete): do not get too "off season". It doesn't pay to get too heavy, and really not what bodybuilding is about. I believe we all need to represent our sport ALL year round!!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Lenda Murray and Iris Kyle-Floyd.

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