Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Betsy Albetta-Digiovanni Interview
As I said in her sister Shelly's interview, I will avoid making the stereotypical "hot twin" comments, because that would simplify or minimize what makes them special. Yes Betsy Albetta-Digiovanni is beautiful, that is obvious. But what makes her special is how hard she works each day to look that good. It takes work to get that physique. It takes work and dedication. Betsy is the kind of person you root for to be successful. It is people like her who make me want to work so hard to promote the women in the industry. Betsy is one of those people, that you know whatever career choice or path she chose to take for her life, she would be a success at it, and her competitive career, and the work she has put in to achieve and amazing physique is proof of that. So yes Betsy is beautiful, yes she is a beautiful twin, but that isn't what makes her special or makes her stand-out. What makes her special and makes her stand out it that she is Betsy Albetta-Digiovanni.
Q: First, Betsy, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this. I am a big admirer and fan, so this is an honor.
A: Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your blog!
Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself. Family, where you are from, things like that.
A: I am a jersey girl born and raised. I grew up in West Caldwell NJ. As a landmark I usually tell people its where the sopranos is filmed.. LOL I am married to a wonderful guy Josh, we have a 10 year old PitBull who is the LOVE of my life, and my twin sister Shelly Albetta is my partner in crime, on and off the stage!
Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: I always played sports growing up, and in High School I played varsity Soccer for all 4 years.. that was the only sport I stuck with.
Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: In college I wanted to avoid the "freshman 15" and since I wasn't playing sports anymore I starting going to the gym.. I admired women who were toned and in shape and decided that's what I wanted to look like!
Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: I think the sport of weight training is something that you have to educate yourself on.. you don't see results if you don't know what you are doing! In the beginning I was scared to lift heavy because I didn't want to get "big" but that is the misconception so many girls have. Once I started educating myself and really training hard is when I saw the most results.
Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: Several women at my gym were competitors and watching their bodies transform during prep really inspired me! SHOUT OUT TO DEB JUDY! She lead me to Mike Davies who has been my trainer for the last 5 years, and the rest is history!
Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: I think its truly impossible to really understand the sport unless you do it and step on that stage.. of course your family doesn't understand why you cant eat at Easter dinner, and why you don't go out on the weekends because you have to wake up for AM cardio-- its a learning curve but now they understand its the biggest part of my life and do not ask questions! Luckily my husband is also a competitor so our household is in sync.
Q: Was the first competition what you expected? Did anything surprise you?
A: As a newbie, I didn't really have any expectations.. back then my naivety made it all for FUN. I was just so excited to be up there doing something I never thought I could or would do.
Q: Can you share your contest history.
*2006- 4th place mid Atlantic
*2006- 4nd place Lehigh Valley
*2007- 5th place Tracey Greenwood
*2007- 3th place Atlantic States
*2007- 3nd place Garden State
*2008- 3st place AC Pro/Am
*2008- 2st place Great Lakes Bodybuilding
*2009- 8th place North Americans
*2009- 12th place Team Universe
Q: What makes you more nervous, preparing to go on stage, or watching your sister on stage?
A: I think we both stress out WAY more for the other then for ourselves.. we are constantly wanting the other to do their best that we get caught up in each other instead of ourselves.. its a twin thing!!
Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: I think my shoulders are my MOST improved feature!
Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training shoulders-- I love heavy pressing!! Its the key to any shoulder growth and development!
Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like, and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I am on a diet all year .. off season of course is minimal cardio, heavy weights and more food and of course cheats! Then prep consists clean eats, and still heavy, efficient training!
Q: When someone sees or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Usually its always positive... people admire the dedication and will power us competitors have! Even if they don't admit it!
Q: When they see or hear it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: I think people are naive to the hard work that goes into prepping, and they ask "how do I get abs like that?".. it doesn't just happen overnight!!
Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: I think people misunderstand the real work and dedication that goes into this sport-- I call it a sport because I consider us all athletes who train hard to achieve the bods we have!
Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: There is no better feeling then getting on that stage and of course the feeling of that big meal after the show! The worst part is balancing the rest of your life around your gym and eating schedule.
Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I admire ALL the ladies, pro and am that commit themselves to this sport!
Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA
Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: Compete for YOU, and no other reason! And find a trainer whom you trust and can help guide your journey to the stage.
Q: You have done quite a bit of fitness modeling. How did you get started in that and what do you enjoy about it?
A: I think photoshoots are the fun aspect of the sport-- when you bust your butt to get in shape and your body looks great, you should SHOW it off!! And take some pics to remember how great you looked!!
Q: Whats more enjoyable, being on stage, or in front of the camera?
A: They are completely different feelings, both equally enjoyable!!
Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love to spend time with my family, i am dedicated to my career, and that coupled with competing doesn't leave much time for anything else!
Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Betsy Albetta-Digiovanni.
A: Wake up, cardio, shower, pack food, go to work, eat, train, cardio, sleep, REPEAT!
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have an identical twin whom i compete against BUT could never do this sport without.. we push each other and support each other and she is one of the reasons why I love this sport!
Q: Describe Betsy Albetta-Digiovanni in five words.
A: Driven, Loyal, Organized, Straight-forward, Loving
Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I am gearing up for Jr Nats in June... and then Team U and USA's to follow!
Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I would like to plug www.siouxcountry.com. Its the best site form women in this sport, and I love being a MOD there.. so many great people who are so very supportive!! XOXO
Q: Are you looking for sponsors?
A: I don't put myself out there for sponsors-- I have a career outside of the industry which i am focusing on right now, but if something comes up I am open to exploring that side of the industry!!
Q: Betsy, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Keep blogging and keep promoting women in this sport!!!!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this site!