Where and when have you been born? Long Beach CA.
Where do you live now? Moved to Vegas when I was 3 yrs old.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? Have been athletic all my life, playing softball, dirt bikes, raquetball, an avid snow skier and most recently training horses.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? In Jan of 2002, I had become very overweight (45% body fat) and hired Diana Dennis to do my diet for me. I got down to about 17% and decided to begin preparing for competition. I then hired Jeannie Paparone. Jeannie gave me tremendous information and put me on a diet and training schedule that really transformed my body. I stuck to my diet diligently, and soon learned that I had incredible genetics. My body just exploded with muscle! Jeannie told me I had perfect symmetry and that I would do well in competition.
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? NO! All I wanted to do in the beginning is lose weighjt! But I began to love lifting, seeing my body change, getting leaner and more muscular by the day. My body was changing so fast and so drastically that people would stop me in the gym after not seeing me for 2-3 days and be in awe of the transformations.
Which competition has been your first one and how did you place? Jeannie and I decided that my first show was to be the Las Vegas Classic. I began my cutting diet and pre-contest training 16 weeks out. It was surprisingly easy, but I think that was because it was such a PASSION of mine to compete. The experience was incredible. I don’t think my feet touched the ground all night! I got onstage to do pre-judging and I felt soooo CONFIDENT, it was odd! I hit every pose perfectly and when I came off stage my coach said I was PERFECT!! I even remembered which side to hit on tris/chest, although I don’t remember even thinking about it! I placed 3rd in Womens Masters, and was absolutely ecstatic.
Please describe a typical day in your life. During my off-season, I wake up at 5:45, shower and get into uniform for work. I work 8-5PM; at 4:45 I run into ladies room and change into my “battle gear” (lol, my gym gear) and at 5PM am out the door headed to Golds on W. Craig. After training, I tan and then go home to eat. I shower and get uniform ready for next day, and usually either get on my computer or watch a lil tv. I am in bed by 10:00.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine. I train 1 body part per day. I usually spend no more than an hour on weights, and then 20-30 min cardio.
How often do you train in a week? I train 6x a week.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? Oh wow, lol, diet for one, my pre contest diet is very bland and low in carbs. Pre contest training is a lot more reps and lighter weights.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? Well, like I said, I have only been training for 2 years, but I guess my best lift is the leg press, 11 plates either side of 8 reps.
Measurements (Approx) bis 14, chest 44, waist 30, quads 24, calves 16
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion? Jeannie says I am so symmetric that it is hard to pick, but id have to say my chest, back and shoulders.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? Favorite body parts to train are back and chest. Least is hams.
Judging in Women’s Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. But please tell me your honest thoughts about today’s judging in Women’s Bodybuilding. Well, I haven’t been around long enough to bitch about the judging, lol, but I do like the fact that the judges are leaning more towards a FEMININE FACE on women and maybe a little softer lines, I like that.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I like going to movies and working in my garden and my truck.
What are your future plans for 2004/2005? I want to do the Las Vegas Classic in 2004 and hopefully qualify nationally.