Annie Lynn Klepacki Interview!
She is considered a baby in the sport, having only competed for 2 years. Fans of women's bodybuilding are already aware of the mix of muscularity and feminine beauty this muscle babe offers.
CS: What's your full name and where are you from?
ANNIE: My full name is Andrea Lynn Elaine Klepacki, and I was born & raised in Wilmington, DE. I grew up in the suburbs with plenty of kids my age to hang out w/, in addition to my brother and sisters of course.
CS: What's your parent's like?
ANNIE: My mother was sort of the "Leave it to Beaver mom." We'd all come in from playing when she'd call us for dinner, and soon my dad would be home from work to eat with us. My dad was like a big kid (& still is) so we couldn't wait for him to get home! My father, my brother, and myself, and sometimes but not often my sisters, would play every, and any sport there was out there.
CS: Wow. Sounds like a very athletic family. When did you start getting involved with athletics?
ANNIE: I was throwing and catching a ball at the age of 4. My brother started as soon as he was born! He was an excellent athlete. To toot my own horn, he and I were the most coordinated & talented when it came to sports in our family. My uncle was also a great f-ball and baseball player. However, my brother got most of the attention since he was the ONLY boy and the youngest. I'll get into that whole thing later, because it's one of the reasons I think I subconsciously got into bodybuilding.
CS: Big family. What are your brother and sister's names?
ANNIE: I have 1 brother Jason. I would have to say that of all my siblings, I am closest to him. We are only a little over a year apart. Growing up, people would mistake us as being fraternal twins. Even though I was also close to my oldest sisters Carolyn & Kim, he and I share the same "nature."
CS: What do they do?
ANNIE: My brother is in the financial services business, and my sisters are both in the banking industry. My father is a teacher, and my mother is a marketing manager.
CS: So, you started athletics young what type of sports did you get into?
ANNIE: Even though I was athletic and played basketball and softball, it seemed I sort of lived through my brother and his athletic accomplishments. My entire family was focused on him & concentrated on what he needed to do to be the best in sports. We all piled in a car to all of his sporting events. He got everything he needed for what he wanted to do.
CS: Did you always feel as though you were second fiddle?
ANNIE: I was never jealous of him. I respected him a great deal for his abilities, but I guess somewhere growing up, (& this is not a 'Poor Me') attitude, but I wished my parents had concentrated a little more on me & helped me with searching for what I wanted to be in life.
CS: It sounds as though there was a little sibling rivalry going on?
ANNIE: The reason I am saying all of this is because I started lifting when I realized that I had never fulfilled that competitive nature inside me. I had always been very athletic & wished I had stayed involved w/sports longer than I had. Also, I realized, that I needed more than a 9-5 job. That isn't enough for me. I like the discipline in bodybuilding. A different goal that was just mine alone.
CS: There sounds like something is needed, has bodybuilding helped fulfill that void?
ANNIE: BB is one thing, but I realized I wanted to actually compete when I saw my father compete in a Master's show. It was a local bb show in NJ. I saw the women and said, hey, that's something I could do, and the only person I need to depend on is myself to do it. I just need a little guidance. Then after that show I started to hit the weights hard.
CS: Was it fun to have bodybuilding as a source of conversation with your father?
ANNIE: I related to my father (John) in a bb sense. Remember, I was really close to my brother and father growing up, so I guess it makes sense that he would help me in my bb pursuits. He wrote me up a serious training program and I have been going at it ever since.
CS: Did you get along with your mother too?
ANNIE: My mother (Roz) is my best friend... sometimes I feel I may leave her out, when I am discussing bb. That happens only because she is not a great fan of the sport but nonetheless supports me in it or whatever I do with her heart and soul.
CS: Was the rest of your family an influence on you?
ANNIE: My 2 beautiful sisters Carolyn and Kim had the "girlie" influence on me. I was sort of sandwiched in between dirt and football and at the same time makeup and hairspray. =) I guess I was the only tomboy who wore lipstick and nail polish! My sisters and I are closer now as we get older. They don't quite get the bb lifestyle but they respect what I do.
CS: Sounds like a typical athletic family.
ANNIE: All in all I have to say that I was fortunate to have been raised with the security of a close-knit family. We are all still very close, and my parents still together, which I know is very odd these days. So again, I have been very lucky in that sense. I was always yearning for my father's attention and approval, more of that in a little bit.
CS: Where did you go to school?
ANNIE: I attended St. Elizabeth grade school and high school. Received A's and B's.
CS: After high school did you go to college?
ANNIE: Went on to University of DE... received a BA. Then went to Wilmington College to pursue a Master's in education. However, once I started student teaching, I could not believe how hard teachers worked, and weren't compensated monetarily. I said to myself that if I'm degreed in a particular field and bust my tush to be good at it, and put my guts into my work then I want to receive respectable pay. So teaching wasn't to be my profession.
CS: Where did you go from there?
ANNIE: I knew though that I wanted to be in an environment where I could help people though. So nursing was it!! I have to say that I owe my decision to go into nursing to bodybuilding. It wasn't until I got into hardcore bodybuilding, that I really was interested in the body and all its functions. So here I am working towards my RN degree at Delaware Tech.
CS: Are you working as a nurse too?
ANNIE: Currently I am working at a bank until I get through school. I'd like to start out in the ER then go into Med-Surg and eventually specialize in endocrinology.
CS: Were you hooked right-off-the-bat with your first competition?
ANNIE: Yes, I was hooked off the bat with my first competition, even though I was a little nervous doing the biggest women's show the Women's Extrav. even though I was in the novice class it was still very competitive. So many quality women, both amateur and pro! .. I liked being on stage though. It wasn't that scary, since I had been doing live TV shows, and still am with Bruce Thompson. So I was used to that "stage" type of feeling.
CS: Has your training and contest dieting changed since that first show?
ANNIE: For my first show, a year prior up until that first show, I kept my weights very heavy...no drop sets or supersets until the last 3 weeks. Since I'm tall 5'9" I wanted to maintain as much muscle as possible, especially since I hadn't been training long at that time.
CS: Tell us a little about your training? Do you have a favorite body part you like to train? What's your least favorite if you have one?
ANNIE: I am finally now seeing some muscle maturity. I have kept my strength but no longer do the bulking up in the off-season. For me it is not necessary, since I tend to hold a lot of muscleâ€¦ thanks to mom and dad. Currently with the guidance of Mat DuVall I throw in more drop sets and supersets, and "zero momentum" type of training since I'm still working towards more muscle maturity and staying a little more conditioned in the off-season. This varied type of training allows me to burn more calories.
I've finally learned my body, my body responds the best to change, since it quickly adapts. For me, then, it's best if I train in cycles, changing up my workouts all the time. My favorite body part to train is back and shoulders. Back because...geeez there is just so much muscle, and good backs on females are hard to find. Shoulders are my favorite only because I've really improved my delt width over the last 2-3 years. I used to hate them because I felt they were a week body part since my legs were pretty big in comparison, so I busted my butt to bring them out and I've done that...Also, there is nothing like the DEEP BURNING DELT workout. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU' CAN'T LIFT YOUR ARMS THAT YOUR HOMEWORK IS DONE.
Currently, I'm working on bringing in my legs a lot harder. It's a double-edged sword with big legs. The size and strength of them is great for building muscle, but if you can't get them hard enough that size doesn't matter. So now, I'm doing more front squats; feet together with lighter weight, and lots of lunges. I still go heavy don't get me wrong, but not as often or if I do the heavy squatting, I'll make sure I'll work legs again that week but do higher reps.
CS: What do you think of the IFBB/NPC trying to tone down the women again like they did in 1992? Tell me how you really feel, don't be politically correct ok?
ANNIE: I think what the IFBB/NPC are doing is great for the sport. In my opinion the female bodybuilder competitive physique was getting out of control. My favorites are Cory Everson and Lenda Murray, who optimized (in my opinion now) feminine foremost, muscularity, and grace. Female bodybuilders should be just that...FEMALE.
I have nothing against women trying to get big and freaky then later diet down where there faces are sunken in with jaw lines bigger then some males. But, I believe they were hurting the very element that can keep this sport going and that is MONEY through sponsorship. Whether it is supplement companies or Joe Weider himself; we were losing sponsorship dollars. Because of the loss of backing, and with the muscle mags not even giving exposure to all these women who worked so hard, competitive female bodybuilding was dying. Grant it, I respect these women who sacrificed so much and worked so fiercely to only give the judges what they were wanting at the time, but someone had to say enough is enough.
From both an economic perspective the superpowers of the sport wanted to keep female bodybuilding alive, and from a health perspective these women, and I know some of them, put their bodies through so much, that a few of them I ran into, it was hard for me to recognize who they were. There is a market for the hyper-muscular massive look, and that is great, but what sells and what will keep female bodybuilding alive, is the answer to this question; "What does the mainstream public want to see? Who will they pay to see either in shows or mags?" The money is with the Cory Everson's or Anja Langer's, or Lenda Murray's, with whom the mainstream public as well as the hardcore people can relate too. NUFF SAID...I WASN'T BEING POLITACALLY. CORRECT WAS I??? Now I'm all fired up.
Oh, and by the way, so many beautiful females with awesome physiques started turning away from the sport because of this. So yes, I applaud the judges and the powers that be for taking responsibility as long as the judging is consistent.
CS: Wow! Damn girl, I guess you feel pretty strongly about this Hugh? Guess what? The numbers for competitors entering National level shows was up the past couple years way before the IFBB/NPC did this turnaround for the best as they call it. Now the numbers at national level shows has decreased and the number of people that go to the women's bodybuilding compared to the fitness is, are you ready, women's bodybuilding at this years Olympia was standing room only, women's pro fitness seats were available. Check into your side of the sport a little closer, the NPC and IFBB could give a hoot about women's competitive bodybuilding. They keep it around because it gives them a few extra bucks through membership dues.
CS: So, when's your next show Annie?
ANNIE: I'll be doing a NPC show end of the summer. Have it narrowed down to 2...Maybe the Jan Tana again or Women's Extravaganza. I want to do at least 2 shows this year. Since I've stayed fairly lean I won't need to diet more than 16 weeks.
CS: Annie, what's your favorite treat when you're not dieting?
ANNIE: Chocolate Fudge Brownie and low-fat yogurt by Ben and Jerry's. THAT WAS A TOUGH QUESTION CURTIS!! TOOK ME A 1/2 SEC.
CS: For those interested in getting an 8x10 of you what's your address?
ANNIE: Send inquiries to: Elegant Treasures, Annie Lynn Klepacki, P.O. Box 7656, Newark, DE 19714.
Annie will be competing in the NPC taking one step at a time. Annie's competitive efforts so far include: July '97- NPC NY show - 3rd HW, May '98- NABBA Lancaster, PA - 1st HW, June '98- NPC NY Grand Prix - OVERALL (national qualifier), July '98- NPC Lehigh Valley - 1st HW. Look for more of Annie soon with a new feminine hard-body physique! I will and Annie, thank you for giving us a look at that fine body. Keep it up girl!
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