Where and when were you born?
July 25, 1965 outside Phila, PA
What is your profession?
Owner, Kate’s House of Fitness – Personal Training Studio/Sports Supplements Store
Personal Trainer/Nutrition Consultant – Undergrad degree in Exercise Science, ACSM & ACE certified
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was not athletic in high school or college. I have always suffered from exercise-induced asthma and played on the D-squad for any sport. However, for some unknown reason I had always wanted to be & had envisioned myself as a muscular female. I discovered weight training late in high school and was allowed out of PE in favor of attending a small neighborhood gym. Weight training was something I found I could excel at and I enjoyed it right from the very beginning!
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 had always had this innate desire to be a big, muscular female. I didn’t know anything about bodybuilding, but once I discovered it then my ultimate goal & desire was to compete and become a pro.
Can you give me your competition history?
My first competition was the Mid-USA in New Mexico in 2001. I competed in 5 divisions & trophied in each. Since then I have competed in several regional competitions in Vegas and California. From the very start I purposely chose contests that would be tough competitions – drawing out some of the best fbbs. So although I have 14 trophies, and am proud of each of them, none are for an overall win.
Since 2005 I have competed at the Nat’l level. I have a great team working with me which includes Charles Glass & Dave Palumbo. Although they, along with many others, believe I should have already achieved success at the national level, I am still struggling to break the Top 5.
2010 Masters Nationals: Lightheavyweights 3rd
2010 USA: Lightheavyweight 4th
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Nothing could surpass the elation of successfully competing in my very first competition! I was just proud to have gotten up on that stage, to have trained & dieted to a level like never before and attained 1 major goal of my life! It was particularly fun because it was local and I had a lot of friends in the audience rooting for me!
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
My training changes constantly through the year, but in general, I weight train 5-6 days per week and hit each major bodypart once per week, except legs which I hit twice by splitting them into a quad day and a ham day. Calves & abs I train 3X per week. When preparing for competition I do cardio 2X per day.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one don’t you like so much?
I’m not sure which is my favorite exercise, but I have always loved training back! I also really look forward to triceps, which need the work!
There is no exercise I don’t like altogether. Depending on the day I can enjoy and anticipate almost anything. However, on other days, simply going to the gym is a struggle.
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)?
For working sets:
Leg Press – over 1000 lbs for 15 reps
Partial Deadlift – 385 lbs for 10 reps
Incline Bench Press – 215 lbs for 10 reps
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love seeing all of the daily changes when preparing for competition. I love training hard all year then finally seeing the payoff as conditioning comes in.
Off-season I enjoy lifting heavy & trying to beat my previous best on certain lifts. I also enjoy training a little less and eating a little more!
Please describe a typical day in the life of Kate Cooper.
6-7 am Wake up, quick meal, workout for 2 hours, shower & eat again, go to work and see clients, sell products, do inventory, pay bills, etc., go home, eat dinner & watch t.v. (best part of the day – down time with my boyfriend), to bed by 9 or 10 pm
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I only have 1 full day off from work per week so most of my down time is spent resting & recuperating. I enjoy movies, eating out, hiking and just having time to relax and feel the arms of my boyfriend around me.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I like the discipline & sacrifice that is required to truly excel at this sport. Anything that is worthwhile should take hard work. And I like constantly pushing myself to new limits & learning what the human body is capable of.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I was a strict vegan for over 10 years. For a couple of months before my first competition in 2001 I started to eat egg whites & whey. After that competition I ate whole eggs & some dairy. From the end of 2001 to 2003 I added in seafood. Then came poultry. In preparation for the 2007 Nationals I started to eat red meat for the 1st time in over 22 years!
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I will only feel successful if I obtain my status as a professional bodybuilder. Until that time that is my only goal!
Kate does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!