Where and when were you born?
September 11, 1975...Spartanburg, South Carolina
What is your profession?
Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
Absolutely NOT!!! I was actually an overweight couch potato!!
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?
It began as just an "I wonder if I could actually..."
Can you give me your competition history?
2004 Shannon Meteraud Fall Classic, Middleweight Winner
2005 Palmetto Cup, Middleweight and Overall Winner
2005 South Carolina State, Middleweight and Overall Winner
2006 Jr. Usa, Middleweight and Overall Winner
2007 USA, Middleweight 7th place
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Each one has been such an acomplishment for me. I don't think I could even begin to try to decide which one would mean the most. There is definantly a special meaning behind each win because of all the hard work and time put towards it.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
I train on a 4 day split.
Friday: Back and Shoulders
Cardio: (offseason) 5 days, 45min minimum (contest) 7 days 11/2 to 2 hrs
**I absolutely despise cardio**
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love training back! Pullups and rows are my favorite. Biceps are my least favorite to train.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? Hmmmmm...I don't do alot of max lifting. My heaviest squat was 225 for 10 and heaviest legpress has been 500 for 8. Offseason bicep is 14 1/2 and 14. Contest 13 1/2 and 13. I had shoulder surgery in 2005 so one side is still tying to catch up with the other! Quads are 23 and 23 1/2.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I like to watch the changes in the body from week to week.
In the offseason, I love to be able to run and get some ice cream if the mood strikes!
Please describe a typical day in the life of Heidi Bagwell.
I am up by 3:30 am and in the gym by 4 for cardio. Open the gym at 5 work and train clients and have classes till mid morning and then I get my workout in. I usually go home for lunch and take a nap and head back to the gym for afternoon classes and evening clients. In bed by 930.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
If I'm not at the gym, You can usually find my husband and I hanging out at home with our 2 children or running them to karate and cheerleading lessons.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I love how it helps me to relate to my clients and help them achieve their goals.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I was actually REALLY overweight in 2002 as in size 18-20. So I have made some drastic changes in my lifestyle as well as my body.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I am currently training for the 2006 Nationals in Miami.
Heidi does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!