Where and when were you born?
November 17 – Wilmington, Delaware.
I currently live in Lewes, DE – near Rehoboth Beach.
What is your profession?
Primarily, I am a Realtor.
I also am co-owner of Iron 101, Power and Physique Productions.
It is a multi-faceted company. We promote and produce strength and fitness related events – powerlifting meets, bodybuilding shows, seminars, etc. and also do personal training. We are in our baby stages right now, but it’s taking off quickly.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
Not unless you consider socializing and partying a sport….
I was always strong, and wanted to grow big biceps ever since the day I saw Arnold and Franco etc. on Wide World of Sports in the Mr. Universe contest (telling my age). Girls “didn’t do those things” back then…but we’ve changed that now, haven’t we?
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
I’m not sure if competition was a goal in the beginning. I started training primarily because I wanted to be strong. Looking good was a side effect.
Can you give me your competition history?
2004 DE State 1st Lightweight and Overall
2005 East Coast Classic 2nd Middleweight
2005 NPC USA – “16th”
2006 NPC Nationals - "16th"
2007 – NPC Master Nationals HWT – 7th
2005 APF VA State 148 – Full Power - Open - First Place
2006 APF DE Power Classic - 165 – Full Power - Open – First Place
2006 APA VA State Bench Only – 165 – Open – First Place
2006 First State Power Frenzy - 148- Full Power - Open - First Place
2007 APA Delaware Open Iron Fest Bench and Deadlift Only- 165 –Open and Master I - 1st Place
APA Delaware Open – Bench Only and Deadlift Only 165 – Open and Master I – 1st place
APF Delaware Power Classic – Bench Only 165 – Open and Master I – 1st Place
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Every single contest and competition I’ve entered has its own special meaning. After ten years of being out of the gym, and only eight months of training myself, I decided to just go for it and won the DE State. I almost scrapped my whole plan after becoming very ill halfway through my prep. At three weeks out I got talked back into doing it, and won. And so the snowball started rolling….
It was kind of ballsy to step on the USA stage in 2005 after only a year and a half of training, but I didn’t look out of place, and held my own. If you see any of my pictures, I was in a better conditioned state than almost anybody else up there that day. I needed some better legs, and a better presentation, but I believe I have control of those points now.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
Monday – Quads, Hamstring, Calves (Squat Day)
Wednesday- Chest, Shoulders, Triceps (Bench Day)
Friday – Back, Biceps, Calves (Deadlift Day)
I NEVER train abs directly, the core gets hit with all the heavy squatting and deadlifting.
I do NOT do “cardio” either – it causes me to become overtrained, flat and stringy. I do walk a couple of miles three times a week.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I like most movements – especially the heavy basics. I love to train. I abhor high reps – luckily my body responds to low reps, low volume –HEAVY weight.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
Does my opinion count? People comment mostly on my back and shoulders. I also get a lot of feed on my aesthetic lines and proportions.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
For all of those lifts listed below I weighed 155 pounds :
Squat – 465 (3x bodyweight – competition legal depth – belt and knee wraps only)
Bench – 335 “bodybuilder” style, and 315 with a pause –“powerlifter” style
(belt and wrist wraps only)
Deadlift – 430 (belt only)
Measurements change with bodyweight and bodyfat levels.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I have no “off” season. If I’m not bodybuilding, I am powerlifting, and vice versa.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Kate Baird.
HAH! – There are no typical days – they are all crazy busy, I’m always doing something different, and I like it that way.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I do not own a dictionary with the word “Relax” included!!
I have a teenaged son whom I adore and like to spend time with (when he allows me to!). Between real estate, my training, training others, competing and producing powerlifting meets and now bodybuilding shows, there isn’t much time left except maybe to brush my teeth.
I do live near the beach, and I savour the times I can get out in the fresh sea air and walk along the dunes.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I like hanging out with sweaty men at the gym!
I like the mental conquer of the physical.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
People who know me claim that there is nothing that I can do or say that would surprise them.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I will total 1200 raw on the powerlifting platform in the very near future in the 165 lb. division, which will include a 500 raw squat. I have not been able to bring my best to the platform yet, because recently, as the crazy woman I am, I have been competing in the same very meets I am at the same time running – not conducive to pushing and pulling your best numbers. Raw lifting is beginning to come back around and be recognized again. I have nothing against geared lifting; it’s just not the route I personally wish to pursue. As far as bodybuilding, I really don’t know – presently the judges seem to like the kind of physique I am presenting, but they do change their minds a lot. I get so much positive feedback from the public; it keeps my enthusiasm revved up. Until the passion burns out, I’ll be lifting and pumping.