Where and when were you born? New Jersey 6/9/66
What is your profession? Hairstylist, personal trainer, physique model
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? I played around with different sports when I was younger........my favorite was softball, track and volleyball
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? When I joined my first gym(at 26 in Phoenix, AZ)A woman personal trainer put me on a program and show me how to train........and the results were immediate.... then shortly thereafter I met a man I dated for 4 years who was a noncompetive bodybuilder show me alot more to help me get in shape.
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 never thought about competing as a BB until after I was persuaded by a trainer in a gym in SD in 1996, and after having completed Tony Robbins personal power program.......My first show was a personal goal to conquer my fear of being in front of people and challenges myself to improve physically.
What was your first competition and how did you place? My first show was March of 97 ......I won my class and overall......
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? All of my shows have been a great sense of accomplishment as I improve alot each time . it is a personal journey everytime (I compete against myself)
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
March 97 San Diego Championships !st place Heavyweight overall
March 97 Los Angelos Championships 1st place Middleweight
Sept 97 Borderstates Ist place lightweight
March 99 San Diego 1st Middleweight
Sept 00 Borderstates 1st middleweight
Sept 01 Bordersates 1st middleweight overall
USA 02 5th Middleweight
USA 03 4th Middleweight
USA 04 3rd Lightheavyweight
USA 05 8th Lightheavyweight
North Americans 05 th Lightheavyweight
Masters Nationals 06 1st Lightheavyweight
USA 06 4th Lightheavyweight
Masters Nationals 07 1st Lightheavyweight & Overall (earned my pro card)
Atlantic City Pro 07 5th Lightweight
Please describe a typical day in the life of Debbie Bramwell. I wake up in the morning and take a moment to appreciate all my blessings....and get excited about my new day. If I do cardio then I go to gym before breakfast to exercise while I read a motivational book or bb mag.(for lazy reading) then go to grocery store for food and come home and make breakfast and cook my food for the day. i check my e-mails and then take a shower and get ready for work. My schedule changes for work and same with clients in the gym but I love people and what I do so I love going to work. Thank god for cell phone because you will see me on it throghout the day to stay connected with family and friends across the country. Afterwork I workout(around 7-8) and then I get home by 10:30 at night and eat my last meal......I either read , spend time on computer or watch tv before bed (By 12-1 am) I love to go to movies on my spare time.......
How often do you train in a week? 4-5 days offseason and 6 days 8 weeks out from show.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? The main differences are higher reps for precontest, more exercises (shaping), shorter rest between sets, more supersets and dropsets, alot more cardio, more posing, and train bodyparts more frequent
If you don't mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? I will give later
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion? I am known for my arms.........they are uniquely shaped and have alot of detail
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don't like so much? I dont have a favorite (I am sitting here thinking too long and hard) I love to train back and legs(two bodyparts I want to improve)my least favorite is biceps.......preacher curl
Judging in Women's Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about today's judging in Women's Bodybuilding. I feel it is inconsistent......so its hard to tell what will happen at each show. How can the audience see something so different then the judges........I like to see women win who really would represent our sport well and that is someone who maintains their feminity.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don't work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I love movies, going to the beach, reading books where I can learn and grow, go to LA to see my family and my friend..Joanna Thomas, spending time with friends......
What are your future plans? I will always be better and you will see me on the pro stage soon.
Debbie does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!