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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Pamela Soper

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Pamela Soper! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I started weight training when I was 15 years old to keep me out of trouble and from gaining weight! I don't exactly come from the best genetics! I carried around my oxygen and muscle fitness magazines and did workouts from there. I read The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding from cover to cover many times!

I did my first bodybuilding show (with no diet experience what so ever) at the age of 21. My first figure competition wasn't until 2005. In 2006 I did my first national figure competition (North Americans) and placed 14th! I have been competing and progressing ever since!

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Pamela Soper.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I do a lot of plyometrics and shaping exercises for legs. I tend to lift heaver on my shoulders and chest right now. And sometimes I only train legs every other week. I try to do abs with all my workouts.

My cardio varies from month to month. On season, I do 6 - 12 sessions a day consisting of sprints, stairs, running on incline and lots of leg shaping exercises. I also move very fast through my weight training sessions keeping my heart rate up the entire time.

Off season cardio is a little more relaxed with only 5-9 sessions a week, and weight training maybe only 3 days per week (just combining body parts) but I still keep up the intensity. I love a great workout, and that never changes!

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I have an awesome nutritionist/trainer, Mike Davies. He has done my nutrition plan for me for the past three years, I can never guess what he will have me do (always seems to be something different from show to show). I eat clean, every two hours I'm eating (who can complain about that) and I stay very hydrated! Lots of veggies and lean proteins!

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Pamela Soper.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I am a firm believer in vitamins and minerals. Along with a healthy diet filled with quality protein! I never go a day without taking glutamine 3 or 4 times a day (sometimes more if I am really dieting and/or sore). Calcium and a lot of vitamin C.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because it has changed my life and has the power to do so for anyone who gives it a try! Fitness has not only given me self-esteem, a positive attitude towards life, and something to do, but it has given me a purpose.

I found my passion in life and I have stayed dedicated and true to it. With persistence, dedication, and consistency you can achieve anything, that's what fitness does for me.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future fitness plans are to continue to compete in the NPC and shoot to obtain an IFBB pro card! I want to be a competitive pro so if it takes me time to get there, I'm definitely okay with that!

I want to continue to fitness model more and represent a good supplement company. Fitness and health are a way of life for me, I will continue to live this lifestyle and be a positive role model in the industry. Great things will continue to come I'm sure.

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Pamela Soper.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Well, there are a lot of tips I would give other fitness competitors, but if I could only pick one, it would have to be figure and fitness is a FUN sport. When it stops being fun and becomes too stressful, STOP!

This is not a 'hurry up sport', something that happens overnight or something that anyone makes you do. It is a choice to diet, to train, and to compete. So don't stress, relax and enjoy the journey of competing at every level and definitely educate yourself on the sport and take notes along the way. It only makes you a better athlete and competitor if you understand what you are doing!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Wow, I have a lot of favorites. The first that come to mind are of course Monica Brant for who she is in the industry and all the struggles she has gone through to help make this sport what it is today, as well as Jen Hendershot for the same reason.

I also look up to Julie Palmer, Kim Klein, Melissa Frabellie, and Tracey Greenwood, for their years of hard work (many of these girls have been competing for over 10 years).

That is the kind of competitor I want to be! I also look up to my fitness friends I have made throughout the few years I have been competing like Jenn Gates, Nancy Di Nino, Gina Ostarly, and many more.