I have always been quite active with sports throughout my teenage years and maintained a fairly athletic build, however, I gained 23kg from the pregnancy of my daughter. I was extremely determined to get my pre pregnancy body back and through my own research into nutrition and exercise I acquired a general knowledge of the dieting and training required to lose the excess weight. I managed to lose 28kg and during the process, I noticed that I had great genetics and the perfect physique to build muscle quickly. My husband actually suggested the idea of competing in body building competitions to me. Once I had done some research and spectated two local shows, I was in complete awe of the physiques and process involved. So many times I have set out to achieve a goal and have had it left unfinished or put others need’s before my own so I have always felt a sense of disappointment and self dissatisfaction. This was my way of finally achieving something great. After a 20-week competition preparation, I stepped on stage for the first time. I was hooked, I was in love, I felt at home. I have certainly found an inner passion with bodybuilding, fitness and health.
Knowing that every day is one step closer to my goal and also knowing that once that goal is achieved, there will be yet another goal to set for myself; it will be a never ending journey. There is no other option but to stay motivated and focused on the end result. No one else is going to get out of bed for me and do the training or dieting that is involved so that I can be the best I can be, it is solely up to me so there is no other choice but to just get in there and get the job done.
I am not a fan of cardio at all so I do rely on my diet mostly to remain lean especially during my off-season so that cardio serves a greater purpose when in competition preparation. I do some days of supersets and circuits with my weights to get my heart rate up during my weights sessions in off-season. When in competition preparation, I do a lot of HIIT on the treadmill and rowing machine.
Oats and egg whites
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate shake
Salmon, sweet potato and green veggies
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate shake
Lean Steak and green veggie
Optimum Nutrition Casein shake
I have a massive sweet tooth so I only ever crave sugary treats. As for dealing with my cravings, I usually have a strong willpower to resist but on the odd occasion, I will allow myself a tiny taste of something sweet just to keep the craving at bay but I never overindulge, just a taste!
Lateral dumbbell raises, cable crunches and lat pull downs.
With normal sets, I have 90 seconds rest, with supersets, I have a 60 second rest and with circuits it's 30 seconds between sets.
No, I feel more focused when I am not listening to music during my weights sessions. I will listen to music during my cardio workouts though and tune into the local dance radio station on my iPhone.
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Ultimately, I have a long-term goal of achieving my Pro Card. However, to keep myself focused, I need to break that down into smaller goals so my main focus at the moment is placing 1st in the INBA QLD State Titles for the Open Ms Figure Division.
First and foremost, I am most proud of becoming a parent to my gorgeous daughter. Secondly, I am proud of building a strong sense of discipline with setting out a goal and not only achieving it but remaining committed to it.
As I am fairly new to the sport, I have a lot to learn and experiment with so it is still a huge learning curve. I do, however, know the areas that need improving and I am focused on ensuring I next step on stage in peak condition.
I have never done tape measurements or body fat pinch tests, I have always gone by visuals in regards to my physical progress. I can usually tell whether I am on track with my progression with the intensity I perform at in the gym while training.
L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, Creatine, BCAA's, Flaxseed Oil.
1. Lift! So many women are afraid to lift weights and are under the false assumption that they will end up looking masculine; not necessarily! Not only that, the more muscle mass you acquire, the more calories you will burn, even at rest.
2. Consistency and persistence pays off. Don't set a goal without the expectation that you will need to work hard each and every day to achieve it.
3. Nutrition plays a major role so ensure you have the right meal plan to compliment your training and to get the desired results as quickly and effectively as possible.
Height: 173cm (5'8") Weight: 60kg (off season) 56kg (comp)
Glenn Morris - eyecandyaustralia.com.au, INBA QLD - inba.com.au, Malcolm Ayling - immanemedia.com
zellemaree.com (coming soon)
Max Impact Health - maximpacthealth.com.au, The Max Level Personal Training: themaxlevel.com