Name: Tiffany Oertel
Why I Got Started
To be honest, I didn't think that my body needed to change. I was never overweight and I grew up thinking that was all that mattered. My husband Nate works with sports supplement companies and came home from the Olympia in 2009 with some pictures of his clients and their booth models.
Seeing the pictures of the girls made me really mad because I didn't look like they did. My husband had been training most of his life for sports and was now training regularly at the gym to lose some of the weight he put on when we got married.
I started to go with him and he taught me about weight training. A few weeks later he took me to a NPC competition in Culver City and introduced me to some of the competitors and supplement vendors.
Once I saw the girls, and how committed they were to a HEALTHY lifestyle, I started to see what I was missing. I kept training and cleaned up my diet based on what I read here on Bodybuilding.com.
How I Did It
In January of 2010, Nate asked me if I was interested in competing in the Bikini Division. I thought about it and decided it would be a good thing for me. I really liked the changes my body was making and I was anxious to make more improvements.
I gave him my answer and he gave me the phone number for Kim Oddo and a credit card. I started training with Kim shortly afterwards. It took 12 weeks of training with Kim to get me from the "Skinny Fat" girl with next to zero self-confidence and hardly any experience in the gym to a Lean, Mean, Stage-rocking Bikini Competitor.
My first show was the Orange County Classic, an NPC bikini show where I took first in my height class. It was a tremendous experience and I haven't slowed down since.
I've made wonderful friends in the industry to model and work as trainers and they've inspired me to pursue a personal training certification. I've also started doing some fitness and Bikini modeling.
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Tiffany may not be a certified personal trainer yet,
but she's definitely a certified hotty!
- 125g fish, usually salmon or mahi-mahi
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Large salad
- 1 cup broccoli/asparagus
Day 1: Rest
Day 2: Glutes/Calves/Abs
Day 3: Back
Day 4: Cardio Only
Day 5: Shoulders
Day 6: Arms
Day 7: Legs
Suggestions for Others
Consistency Is Key! It's so easy to cheat on the diet or skip a workout. You don't have to be at the gym for hours and you don't need to eat perfectly clean all the time, but once you start, stay with it.
I think most people fail because they start with so many huge goals, that they get overwhelmed and then give-up. Start slow and pace yourself so you can stay consistent with training, diet and supplementation.
It's also important to surround yourself with others who respect your goals and live the same lifestyle. A support system is super important.
Finally, when things get hard, and you see that you're doing so much more than the average person, remember that looking average was never the goal, and keep pushing forward.