Where and when were you born?
I was born on September 14, 1976 in Great Lakes, IL but grew up in Newport, RI. Navy Brat….
What is your profession?
IFBB Pro Figure Competitor / PTA (Private Trainers Association) Certified Personal Trainer, Director and Examiner / Licensed-Nationally Certified Massage Therapist.
I currently practice both Personal Training and Massage Therapy out of IMPROVE Wellness Center in Woodland Hills, CA.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding/figure and how did you get started with weight training?
I was Home Schooled and so unfortunately missed out on the opportunity to participate in organized sports. I started forcing my 4 sisters to do workout videos with me when I was 12 and started weight training at 16. My driving force was any opportunity to challenge my little sister Crystal!! She has always been my favourite competitor in all aspects of life….At 16 she squatted 2 plates for 3 sets of 4-6 reps….I have never let her get stronger than me though she has far surpassed me in other challenges!! We are each other #1 fan!! I love to make her proud….
Was it a goal for you to compete in figure 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 never heard of Figure Competitions until my trainer (Mike “Zipper” Sable) bet that I didn’t have what it took to deal with the intense training and strict diet that it entailed. I showed him!!! I never expected to achieve Pro status though. It was such an honour! As for the progress in my body, I feel I have just scratched the surface of what my body is capable of!
Can you give me your competition history?
Amateur: 2003 NPC Contra Costa (10th), 2003 NPC California Figure Championships (4th), 2004 NPC Contra Costa (7th), 2004 NPC Junior Nationals (10th), 2004 NPC LA Figure Championships (2nd), 2004 NPC National Figure Championships (2nd).
Pro: 2004 GNC (Didn’t place), 2005 Tournament of Champions (didn’t place)
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you? My biggest success as well as most meaningful was definitely the Nationals! Not only did I turn pro, but it is the only show my parents ever saw me compete in! It was awesome to have them celebrate my success….I think it had the most meaning because before I came to NY for the Nationals, the person closest to me and who should have been the most supportive told me I was wasting my time since I was just going to lose. It was awesome to prove him wrong!
Please tell me something about your training routine (i.e.: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
I usually train 5-6 days per week off season, 7 days on season. Cardio varies depending on the goal and my body fat %. A normal off season day would be 2 muscle groups (Chest & Tris, Back & Bis, Shoulders & Calves….etc) One Heavy weight, lower reps (4-10) and one Lighter weight, higher reps (15-25). Legs are done alone. Off season I will do 30-45 minutes of cardio per day every day but Leg day. In competition training I increase my cardio to 1-2 hours per day, usually switching between spinning, kickboxing and machines. I have incorporated more core training recently doing Pilates and other group sessions 2-3 times per week. It has made a tremendous difference.
What is your favourite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My favourite exercise….That’s a tough one….. pretty much any Back exercise on a Hammer strength machine. My least favourite would be hack squats. I have a bad back so it is complete torture. I am strong on legs, but they are torture and the most difficult to lean out and show strong definition.
My best body part is probably my back. It develops very quickly and the muscle gets very dense and defined.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Believe it or not, I have never measured myself in competition shape!! Except for my waist which got down around 19 inches…..As for my best lift that would be on the Leg Press. 8 plates (45lb) on each side for 3 sets of 4. That’s full reps mind you!!!! Knees deep into the chest…..
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love watching my body transform when train for competition. It is like a science project and seems to change every time I compete…..And off season, come on!!! What do YOU think??? The food of course…..I LOVE good food, fine wine, and nice single malt scotch!!! Unfortunately I find it very depressing when I start to see the effects…..
Please describe a typical day in the life of Keri Doudna.
My day is quite dull…Sorry! I usually get up around 6am, at the gym by 7am. Usually train between 4 and 8 clients per day and train myself in between sessions. Between 1pm and 5pm is my time! I watch Days of our Lives, hang out with my Min Pin “Spike” and my kitten “Finzie”, eat…clean house. Read my Bible, sit at Starbucks and do the local papers sudoko and crossword puzzle. I usually get home around 7:30pm…Eat, maybe shoot pool with my neighbours upstairs. Play solitaire…Yes, not very exciting!! When I am competing it is pretty much the same except I get up at 5am for cardio, and usually finish my day with cardio again at night…..Unfortunately I am a night person that works early mornings! It is a struggle at times…
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax? etc.)
My favourite thing in the world second to my amazing Church is taking out my Harley and cruising the canyons and beaches! It is my escape… I love to read…anything by Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham….I could go on and on. Working on Motorcycles and Cars. Total Grease monkey….Practicing Guitar. Oh, and I sing Karaoke. Yes, I admit it!!! And I am pretty good too!!! Come on...everyone secretly loves Karaoke.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I love watching my body change on a daily basis. It is incredible what your body can do if you are willing to make the sacrifices and put forth the effort….I was watching some video footage of a show that I competed in (2004 LA Figure Championships…took 2nd) and was totally checking out a girl with her back to the camera. When she turned around I realized it was me!! Oops….I was so flattered though because I was total jealous of her physique! The ultimate compliment……
And I love the people. It is very much a family….Competitive, but everyone is very supportive of each other. And I admit it, I love that I turn heads when I am in awesome shape!!
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
My mother was a Nun….I am one of 7 children and was Home Schooled all the way to 12th grade. I painted Mercedes for 5 years….I was the first female bellman at a 5 star resort in Florida. I have pencil lead in my left eardrum (no, things do not go in one ear and out the other!). When I get nervous I babble on and on…..well, not JUST when I’m nervous! It’s hereditary…
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
My Competition goals are to win the Olympia…..Isn’t that every Pro competitor’s goal?? Sponsorships and endorsements would be awesome as well! On a personal level, I want to get married and have a family….My career choices will come second if and when that time comes.
Keri does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!