Weight: 224 lbs
Body Fat: 40%
Weight: 125 lbs contest, 135-140 lbs off season
Body Fat: 18%
Why I Got Started
During my childhood years and through my teens I was always athletic yet a bit on the chubby side. My father passed away when I was 15-years old. Not even realizing, I ended up turning to food for comfort and the pounds started coming on through the years.
About 5 years later I had gained about 75 pounds. I knew I was overweight, just didn't realize the extent of it. I couldn't believe what I saw when I would look in the mirror; it wasn't the person I knew I was deep inside.
I had worked at a few gyms working front desk and retail. In the year 2006, I began working at Equinox Fitness which is where I met my now boyfriend who was a personal trainer as well as a competitive bodybuilder. I became attracted to his lifestyle and personality and I wanted to learn more about the fitness industry.
He invited me to watch one of his shows which was the 2007 NPC Southern States and I was hooked. Afterward, he asked me if I ever wanted to compete in Figure and I immediately agreed. Right then my life had changed.
How I Did It
In the year 2007, I began dieting and learning more about nutrition and exercise. My boyfriend was always there to teach me more things and push me each and every day. I manipulated the diet as my body changed and continued to train and keep cardio consistent which included cardio machines as well as track workouts and plyometrics.
After two years and 55 pounds down I became a personal trainer myself and was ready to begin my contest prep for my first show. Finally, 100 pounds down, I competed on May 9, 2009, in the Figure Novice category placing 2nd and receiving amazing feedback from the audience as well as judges.
It was a moment I will never forget, and all the hard work helped me see that I had the will power to accomplish my goals. It also feels amazing to hear when I have inspired others. I've become addicted to the fitness lifestyle and couldn't be more satisfied. My goal is to one day get my pro card.
My diet was designed specifically to my needs and body. I manipulated the diet with the changes my body made. My body is sensitive to carbs, so once on contest prep it was kept to the bare minimum.
I kept 4-5 meals per day and carbs only in first two meals and fats at one serving per day (kept at last meal to help cravings.)
I weight trained 4 days per week, 2 on 1 off, 2 on 2 off. Cardio was kept at 1-2 hours per day, first session empty stomach and the 2nd session either after training or before bed. At 5 weeks out I kept cardio 3 hours per day, mixing it up with stair mill, stepper, treadmill on incline or elliptical, also including track workouts.
Monday: Back & Chest
- Pull-ups: 4-5 sets of 10-12 reps
- Push-ups: 4-5 sets of 15-20 reps
- Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Incline Bench Press: 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps
- Lat Pulldowns: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Hyperextension: 4 sets of 12-15 reps
- Squats: 4-5 sets of 10-15 reps
- Dumbbell Lunges: 4 sets of 30 reps
- Leg Press: 3-4 sets of 20-30 reps
- Seated Leg Curls: 3-4 sets of 20-30 reps
- Leg Extension: 3-4 sets of 15-20 reps
- Stiff Legged Deadlifts: 3 sets of 15 reps
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- Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 12-15 reps
- Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Front Raises: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Upright Barbell Rows: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Rear Delt Raise: 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps
- EZ-Bar Curls: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Concentration Curls: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Bench Dips: 3-4 sets of 20 reps
- Triceps Pushdowns: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Dumbbell Kickbacks: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Skullcrushers: 3 sets of 15 reps
I kept abs 3 times a week and as I got closer to contest my training got lighter in weight and higher in reps.
Suggestions For Others
Consistency of cardio, training and dieting is the most important aspect of being successful. If I was able to find my will power, anyone can! It's all about consistency and staying positive. I learned to keep my goals and vision in mind, looking at the bigger picture and to not get impatient. Don't be so hard on yourself and know that everyone has different goals in fitness.