| What Does IFBB Stand For?
IFBB stands for the "International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness". Visit their website at http://www.ifbb.com/. (The IFBB is for professional bodybuilders.)
Heather was nicknamed "Twizzler" after she was pushing the post victory candy on the bus ride back to the airport following her win at the Chicago Jr. USA's. I was excited to interview Heather, and below you will learn a little more about this young lady who is ready to put her mark on the fitness industry!
[ Q ] Hi Heather, where are you from?
A: I am from Denver, Colorado.
[ Q ] What schools did you attend?
A: Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado, and San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.
[ Q ] What do you do?
A: I'm a District Sales Representative in freight sales.
[ Q ] What are your interests/hobbies?
[ Q ] Who do you admire the most?
A: My late, great grandmother Lucy. She was not only beautiful, but also a strong woman, inside and out.
[ Q ] How did you start training?
A: Well, I started out with Denise Austin on the Lifetime channel, and the famous Abs and "
Buns of Steel" tapes – I saved a little money, and then I was able to get a
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[ Q ] What other sports did you participate in prior to training?
[ Q ] When did you start training?
A: I was 24 years old the first time I ever really picked up a weight.
[ Q ] What do you think has helped your training?
A: Having an amazing
trainer (IFBB Pro, George Farah). It's a huge equation, so between the consistencies of
cardio, weight training,
vitamins, and rest, it all just comes together! Most of all, having family and friends that believe in you. Oh, and a great gym (
Colorado Pro Gym, owed by Harry).
[ Q ] Who has inspired you?
A: The Lord! I listen to
K-LOVE Radio everyday, and that really brings
inspiration to me beyond what I could ever imagine!
[ Q ] What has stopped you from achieving your goals in the past, and what did you do to overcome this?
A: My unfortunate divorce and being a single mom. I was patient, though – I took two years off and came back when I knew it was right for my daughter and myself.
[ Q ] How old are you?
A: 28 years old.
[ Q ] Your stats?
A: I am 5' ¼", 108 lbs. off season, and 103-105 lbs. for
[ Q ] Did you think you had a chance to win the A class in Chicago?
A: I really wasn't sure I came in the best I could on that day. I wish I could have won the overall title, but I was happy to have won my class and receive the opportunity to apply for an IFBB Pro Card.
[ Q ] What are your plans now?
A: I plan on meeting people in and around the fitness industry. I will take this year to train and grow about 3-5 lbs. more, and get ready for my Pro debut
next year. I am also coming out with a website (
[ Q ] What will you do, as a pro, for the sport?
A: I want other
women to see that with hard work and
dedication, career/career mom/single mom/married or not - that you
can achieve your dreams. You just have to believe in yourself!
[ Q ] What do you do for a living?
A: I sell transportation. So, in essence, I call on corporations that manufacture products and help them get the product to either the end user or, more often, warehouses. My freight company covers domestically and internationally for our customers - it's definitely a lot of work!
[ Q ] When are you planning to first compete as a pro?
A: The Pittsburgh Pro 2007 is a possibility.
[ Q ] What are your favorite supplements?
A: 1000 mg
Vitamin C with
bioflavonoids, 1000 mg
MSM, 400 I.U.
Iso Whey Protein,
[ Q ] Who does your suits?
A: Christine Marsh Designs, Denver, Colorado.
[ Q ] Who trains you, again?
A: IFBB Pro, George Farah. He is amazing with staying on top of your schedule. Finding
consistency in a trainer is hard, but once you find that match,
don't change anything! George is a very inspiring and motivating person, and to know what he has overcome in his life
motivates me to work even harder!
[ Q ] Heather, you sure have a full plate as a mother, business woman and athlete. What is your typical day like?
A: All changes are made accordingly closer to a show.
My cardio: 35-45 minute in the morning on empty stomach, 4-7 days per week.
My diet: 6 meals per day, every 2-3 hours. Also, I drink ½ to 1 gallon of water per day.
My carbs include oatmeal, white rice, yams/potatoes (last carb intake before 5 p.m.). My protein is usually chicken, white fish, tuna fish, steak (once-in-awhile), and whey.
My favorite vegetable is broccoli, and I also typically consume the following: salad oil/vinegar, sugar-free popsicles, plain rice cakes with preserves, Splenda, coffee, Crystal Light, cinnamon, Butter Buds, etc.
My daily schedule consists of the following (see table):
|Heather's Daily Routine.|
*On Saturday & Sunday mornings, Autumn and I walk, or she rides her bike while I get in my 35-45 minutes of cardio.
**On Tuesday nights, Autumn has soccer practice, so my schedule is a little changed.
[ Q ] Any closing comments to this interview?
A: I just want to say that I am very proud to be apart of the IFBB and I look forward to bringing a positive, competitive, and fun outlook to the sport. More than anything, I really wish that I can help motivate people in going after their dreams in life regardless of what they may be. Thank you to all of my supporters at home and all the way across to New York City!
More than anything, I want to say 'thank you' and 'I love you so much' to Allen! Allen Watkins has been the best boyfriend and friend I could have ever asked for. He is the one who pushes me, day in and out, like no other - the one who sweats in the gym with me and the one who says "No Heather - No Twizzlers!"
Allen, you believing in me has pushed through so much of my life the past years and I can only say 'thank you' to God for sending you me! I love you, "Hungry Bear!"
Photos by Greg Helberg.