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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Alisa Silva

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  • Name: Alisa Silva
  • E-mail: None
  • Age: 33
  • Where: Yreka, California
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 120 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Cable Incline Flies
  • Favorite Supplements: Burnup Bar

How Did You Get Started?

I have always been involved in many different sports and fitness programs, but my passion has always been weight lifting. As most women I carried my weight in the lower half. And because of that my passion for lifting would go through phases depending on how discourage I become when I would not get the results I expected. I have always admired the women in the Muscle and Fitness magazines. Cory is my favorite.

I would tell my family and friends "Some Day". But being a chocolate lover. It was very hard for me to change my eating habits. And you know those old sayings... " I was born with it, its just my genetics, I will always look like this, or I have big bones." The truth was I didn't want it bad enough to make the change. About 2 1/2 years ago I woke up one morning with the thought "Why not, I can look like those women in the magazines". From that time on there has been no stopping me. My diet has changed, workouts are better, and I feel like a million bucks.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My workouts are never the same from week to week. I am always changing them, by adding weight, lighter weight, high reps, giant sets, or an exercise I can do to failure in between sets, plus I always add flexing and stretching between sets.

A sample Chest and Tricep workout:


Bench Press
1 set warm up reps of 12-15
3 sets 10-12 reps Adding weight with each set

Incline Flies (using lower cable machine)
3 sets 8 - 10 reps
Right after each set of flies I do dumbbell pushups to failure then Stretch 30 seconds. And then onto the next set.

Lying Dumbbell Press 3 sets 8 - 10 reps
Same as above

Cable Crossovers (my favorite) 4 sets 8 - 10 reps
Right after each set I flex for 45 seconds to 1 min. then stretch 45 seconds.


Kickbacks 4 sets 10 - 12 reps
Lying Extension (skull crushers) 3 sets 8 - 10 reps
I add in dips to failure in between each set (use two benches)

Press downs 3 sets 8 - 10 reps
Dips to failure in between each set

Reverse grip bench press 4 sets 6 - 8
Flex 45 seconds to 1 min in between sets and stretch 45 seconds.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I enjoy an energy bar call Burn-up by Biochem. Its low in sugar and carbs. I really haven't found one that I can say gives me the greatest gains. I have found that the right diet and a multi-vitamin pak works the best for me. When I change my diet I notice a change in energy levels. So, I play with that to see what foods my body likes and doesn't. I think there's more my body doesn't like, but the brain and mouth seem to enjoy the change.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I've always enjoyed working out. I wanted to take it one step further to see how far I could go. Being a competitive person, bodybuilding competition was right up my alley. I love the rush I get preparing and just before stepping out on that stage. I have competed in three competitions this year (placing 1st in two and third in one). I am working on my fourth competitions.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

As most bodybuilders want to do. BUILD MORE SIZE. I would like to see myself a lot leaner at show than I have been. Win an over all and in a couple of years go to nationals. And finally I want to doing some modeling in the magazines that I have been looking at most of my life. "SOME DAY"

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

To take little steps, be patient, and don't feel bad when you have that bad eating day. Write down everything you eat from day to day, write down your workouts, go to the gym and complete them. Leave the visiting for when you are done. Remember: Rome was not build in one day, so beautiful bodies won't be either.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?