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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Julie S.

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  • Name: Julie S.
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  • Age: 40
  • Where: Massachusetts
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 140 Lbs., contest: 124 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :3
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back and Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: All
  • Favorite Supplements: Multivitamin, glutamine, calcium, glucosomine chondroiton, flaxseed oil, gingko biloba, sea kelp, MRP's and Protein Powders

How Did You Get Started?

I guess I could be classified as the stereotypical mom. My first pregnancy was fairly easy and went back to my pre-pregnancy weight within a few weeks of the birth of my son. After a horrible second pregnancy (and a lot of eating) with my second son, I was very overweight.

Prior to having children, I always exercised and stayed in pretty good shape. So after childbearing and a few years of being overweight, I was not happy with myself. I decided to get back into the gym.

I started working out with a friend who loved to lift and had a great physique. I lifted, did the 1/2 hour to hour of cardio 5 days a week. But it wasn't until I got a good grip on the nutrition end of things before I started to see my physique really change.

I liked what I was seeing but needed to set some goals for myself. The gym I joined was having a "12 week challenge". I entered this challenge at 162.6 lbs & 29.2% body fat. I lost 13.8 lbs and almost 6% body fat. To continue to motivate myself, I entered Bill Phillips Body for Life Challenge and lost another 9.4 lbs and 4.7% body.

I maintained this body fat percentage for about 2 years with just slight fluctuations. At this time, I wanted to challenge myself further. My workout partner encouraged me to enter a bodybuilding competition. I thought she was crazy! We cut out a diet out of Muscle & Fitness, decided on the appropriate ratios for a female and I started dieting down and see where it would get me.

One Saturday afternoon a few weeks later, I headed to Providence RI and sat in the audience and watched my first bodybuilding competition. With help from a nutritionist (Todd Ganci), my diet was tweaked and within nine weeks of my decision, I stepped on stage for my first bb competition weighing in at 128 lbs and 10% bf. That was in July of 2003. I took home 2nd and 3rd place trophies at the ANBC Beach Cities Classic in Hermosa Beach, California.

I entered two more shows in October 2004. The USBF Northeast Natural and the NGA Granite State Open. This time, between the two shows, I took home two 2nd place trophies, one first place trophy and a Best Poser trophy. The very best memory of these shows is seeing and hearing my two sons, now 13 and 9 in the first row, cheering on their mom!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I lift 5 days per week pyramiding up on weight and dropping reps. I work two body parts per day, hitting legs and abs twice per week. I switch up the reps/weight periodically to continue to challenge my muscles. I also incorporate, core conditioning, balance and functional training into my workouts as well.

Cardio during the off season is typically 3-5 days per week, 20-30 minutes per day. During contest prep, cardio can vary from 30 minutes per day to 2 hours per day; with HIIT cardio being used 2-3 times per week.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My nutrition is pretty basic. I eat mostly whole foods; only supplementing with meal replacement or protein shakes when whole foods are not convenient or accessible. I eat small meals 5-6 times per day.

Lean protein is a must; fish, egg whites, chicken breast and periodically lean red meat. I stick to whole grains such as oats, brown rice or Ezekiel bread. Fresh vegetables, and salads and low glycemic fruits are staples in my diet as well. 3/4 - 1 gallon of water per day.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

While I can't attest that one supplement has given me the greatest gains, I would have to say that, what I have outlined has helped my get to where I am today.

Links to supplements listed above:
Multivitamin's, Glutamine, Calcium, Glucosomine Chondroiton, Flax Oil, Ginkgo Biloba, and Sea Kelp.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because I strive to challenge myself continually. I enjoy the sport and have made a lot of great friends through the sport as well. When I am on stage in competition I have only one competitor; myself. Trophies are great but each time I get on stage I attempt to be better than the previous competition.

Maintaining a lean muscular physique has benefits other than just looking your best. I have a lot of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol in my family. I want to lead a long healthy life. I feel as though I am healthier today than I have ever been in my life. I maintain low cholesterol, a healthy blood pressure, high metabolism, lots of energy, and low stress levels.

Aside from the challenge and health benefits of bodybuilding, I like knowing that I look my best. It's nice to look good, fit comfortably in my clothes and have a firm, strong body. I also enjoy being a confident, independent individual. Bodybuilding has helped me to develop that as well.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to compete in local shows in the fall of 2005 in New England and for as many years thereafter that I can. Who knows, maybe I'll even earn my pro card. I hope to inspire, encourage and help other women that have an interest in the sport or want to lead healthy lifestyles. I am a certified personal trainer. With my career and bodybuilding experience, I plan on helping anyone that wants to make the investment to live life to the fittest!

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

You can attain what you desire. I'd have to say that's my motto. Whether it's on the stage, in your profession, or in your personal life, if you truly want something, you can work hard enough and achieve your goal.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I'd have to say that my favorite bodybuilders are the people I've come to know through the sport. These people are dedicated, driven, caring and inspiring individuals.