Fitness is a passion that I have been actively involved in throughout my life. I was a competitive cheerleader and gymnast growing up and began weightlifting in high school. Since I was a little girl, my father told me I would do great things one day competing in this industry. That day became a reality when I decided to step onto the figure stage at the Oregon State Championships in July of 2012.
I started training for my first show on my own, then joined Team iPhysique in March and met my coach, Dan Simpson from HD Training. Dan and I had the same goals and vision for my physique. We set checkpoints and competition dates for the past season. I won first place in my height class at my first show. I trained hard the next week for the Seven Feathers Classic and accomplished my goal by becoming the overall figure champion at my second competition.
This is just the beginning to my fitness journey. I will meet higher goals, overcome difficult obstacles, and have greater successes as my journey continues. With not even a year's worth of experience at age 21, I cannot say thank you enough to my awesome support system for all my achievements so far.
Constantly mixing up workouts gave me the best muscle gains. My coach and I throw in variations of dropsets, upsets, burnouts, heavy weights, supersets, light weights, and really focusing on connecting the mind to the muscle. During the off-season, I tend to lift heavier than I do during show prep. I also like rotating abs and glutes every other day. My cardio consists of interval incline sprints, HIIT, and boxing 50 minutes per day, five days per week.
Clarissa Evans Leg Workout
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This nutrition plan is what I stick to a majority of the time. I alternate lean meats with chicken and white fish. For green vegetables, I prefer spinach, broccoli, and green beans. I may substitute sweet potatoes for brown rice occasionally. Seasonings I enjoy are salsa, lemon/lime juice, and mustard. Depending on what time of the day I train, I make sure my pre-workout consists of a carb meal. Cheat meals are incorporated into my plan every other week.
My fascination for this sport grows on a daily basis. The weight room is my favorite place and I'm constantly pushing to reach my highest potential. I've trained throughout my life in various sports, but never trained like I do now for figure shows. Each show experience, training week, and contest prep varies in its own way. The experiences you come across are what you make of them. They build you to become your best.
My younger brother, David Evans, trained with me to compete in the junior bodybuilding category in 2012. David motivates me to stay consistent with my nutrition plan and pushes me to the limit in the gym. His hard work and dedication to this sport drives me to be the best I can be.
Dan Simpson, my good friend and coach from HD Training/Team iPhysique, is my motivator. During our training sessions, Dan constantly pushes me to new heights. With him, I lift my heaviest and give 110 percent. He keeps me in check, answers my questions, and is someone I can always count on. We make a good team. Always remember to have fun because that is the most important part of this lifestyle.
I would be nowhere close to where I am without the motivation and support of my loving parents, Robon and Nola Evans, my family, friends, and teammates.
My inspiration comes from teammates, friends, and coaches. They all are inspirations to me. Every time I step into the gym, I see each athlete putting their blood, sweat, and tears in every workout. It's amazing watching everyone's journey and transformation happen week by week. Being part of such an awesome environment makes this lifestyle much more enjoyable and rewarding.
I plan to compete at the national level and have high aspirations to win my figure pro card during the 2013 season. My first national stage will be Jr. Nationals, followed shortly after by the USA's. Before these two shows, I will be competing at the Governor's Cup and the Emerald Cup. I was one of the few selected athletes to blog about my journey to the Emerald Cup. Please follow my articles. I will provide workout routines, struggles, successes, progress photos, and videos of my training. I plan on marketing myself more by blogging, posting, tweeting, and searching for potential sponsorships.
My long-term plans are to be happy and successful through a career within the industry. I'm not quite sure what path that will be yet, but I enjoy the sport enough to devote other areas of my life to fitness other than competitions.
Remember to have fun. Lots of competitors take this sport too seriously. Yes, there's a time for seriousness and productive criticism. As long as you train hard, stick to your nutrition plan, keep a level head, and have fun along the way, you will be golden.
IFBB figure pro Kristi Tauti, is my favorite competitor. I look up to her in more ways than just her competitive background. I see Kristi day after day working through a busy schedule and still finding time to complete her cardio and weights. She designs nutrition and training programs for many competitors on her team and is a mother of two beautiful children. Kristi is the most dedicated person I know. She's a gorgeous person inside and out.
Buying products from Bodybuilding.com helped me lots when I'm too busy to pick them up from a store in my area. It's nice that they deliver products right to your door.
Joining BodySpace allowed me to interact on multiple BodyGroups and gain friendships from other inspiring athletes/competitors. I enjoy looking at other members' workouts and reading articles from Jamie Eason. Bodybuilding.com plays a major roll in keeping me on track with my fitness goals.
- Featured Athlete: NPC Oregon Site
- Rookie of the Year 2012: Team iPhysique
- Bodybuilding.com 2013 Spokesmodel Search Semi-Finalist
Thanks: I would like to give a huge thanks to photographers, David Abooty and Michelle Douglas.