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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Deanne Ortman

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  • Name: Deanne Ortman
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  • Age: 21
  • Where: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Height: 5' 4"
  • Weight: 125 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Back
  • Favorite Supplements: Instone chocolate pudding

How Did You Get Started?

I have always been interested in fitness. Throughout high school I played every sport imaginable and always watched my weight. After I graduated, however, I started to get more serious about weight training and I basically watched my body transform.

After trying everyway possible to maintain my weight or loose weight during high school I have discover this is what works. It is a lifestyle that I am thankful I have adopted, as I have never felt better.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My workout plan is a bit confusing as I am constantly switching things up. The body adapts so quickly that in order to prevent from hitting a plateau you must constantly mix it up. Although I change my program constantly, I follow a basic plan that consists of 6 days a week.

5 weight-training days with one body part per day, cardio 6 days a week for 30min for 5 days and 45 min on the 6th day, and then the 7th day is a day for well-deserved rest. I have really learned how important rest is. Some people push themselves way to hard and are frustrated when they don’t make positive gains. Without proper rest the muscles cannot recover and build.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Like my workout plan I mix it up. I believe that just as the body adapts to a training program your metabolism can adapt to what you are eating. I eat an extremely clean diet year round but I still allow myself an up-calorie meal (cheat meal) once a week to throw my metabolism off.

I do not count my food down to the last gram but I do follow what I eat very closely. Planning ahead allows me to control my portions and assures me that I am meeting my caloric needs. Everyone tries to find out from the next person what kind of diet that they eat but you must find what works for you.

Following the diet for a 300 lb. bodybuilder that is on steroids is just not reasonable to follow for the average person. Find out how many calories you need including your breakdowns for protein, carbs, and fat.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have found that just sticking to the basics is what works for me. Most importantly I take a multivitamin daily (many people overlook this essential supplement). I also take omega 3-6-9, glutamine, and protein powder to meet my high protein needs.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

What an easy but yet hard question. I seriously don't know what I would do if fitness wasn't a part of my life. I have had so many amazing opportunities and met so many amazing people because of it.

I constantly get asked how I stay so dedicated and motivated. I don't know where I get such drive from, but I am truly grateful for it. The fact that at 21 years old I can be such an inspiration to the people around me is an overwhelming fulfillment.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I hope to start fitness modeling this year to get some exposure. My goal is to be a pro figure competitor so in the meantime I am just going to keep competing and, hopefully, achieve my goal in the near future.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay Positive! This sport can be so frustrating in that there is only one spot open for first place, but yet there are so many other deserving competitors. I used to hate when people used to say that we were all winners, but I have come to actually appreciate the term.

I may not always get the placing that I thought I deserved but I take it in stride. It takes a lot to have the courage and motivation to compete and that is an accomplishment in itself.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Who else but the top three: Davana Medina, Monica Brant, and Jenny Lynn.