Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tiffany Upshaw Interview








She won her first show. That in itself should tell you about Tiffany Upshaw. She is a beautiful woman with her head on straight and I truly believe nothing can hold her back. In a sport where everyone is hoping for sponsors, Tiffany has two great sponsors already, so clearly a lot of people are taking notice, not just me. It is women like Tiffany who ensure that the Bikini division is going to be around a long time and keep getting bigger. If you are not familiar with Tiffany read this and get familiar because you are going to hear her name a lot.





Q: First, Tiffany, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: Always! I love doing interviews!

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL and grew up as an only child...yes, 'spoiled' is my middle name =) I still reside here but wish to move and explore another city in the near future. I love it here because of family but am ready to cut my umbilical cord and spread my wings!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: YES! It all started in elementary school running in P.E. and winning the annual Turkey Trots for four years in a row. I also did Pop Warner cheerleading. In middle school, I continued my love for running and joined the Track/Field and Cross Country teams. I later got into Volleyball and Soccer...I tried out for the Basketball team and got cut so needless to say, I am not a great Basketball player! High school came and I wanted to get into the 'girly' things so I went to the Varsity competitive cheerleading try-outs and made the team as a freshman (which was rare!) I was the 3rd girl in the history of my high schools competitive cheerleading team to make Varsity as a freshman and cheer all four years (clap, clap, bravo!)

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: I've been working out since I was a sophomore in high school. I worked at a Golds Gym in my town and that's where I learned how to workout and train properly. I started to see alot of changes in my body for the better so I just continued!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: If at first if you don't succeed, try try again! Lol! It took me a bit to get used to gaining the balance in my muscles and the movements of lifting weights. I think due to the athleticism I had since I was a squirt, my body reacted quick and changes came. It could also just be genetics, too =)

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I was discovered on MySpace by the supplement companies, Optimum Nutrition and American Body Building - signed a 1 year contract with them and learned what exactly they represented, what they were about and who they were. I learned about the fitness world through them and saw that they had other athletes who compete so I got with a local guy who knew the process of dieting/training and competing and from then on I trained for a local show that I took 1st place in last year! I'm 1/1!

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: 100%! MY family loves it! It does take a bit for others who don't compete to understand the process though. My friends didn't quite understand why I couldn't go out, casually drink and eat anything I wanted.

Q: Was competing what you expected? Did anything surprise you about it?
A: I was in beauty pageants since the age of 10 months so I knew what to expect with stage presence but being out there in a teeny bikini was a little nerve wracking!

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: 2009 NPC Royal Palm Classic - Bikini Short Class Division - 1st Place

Q: Do you feel Bikini competitors are becoming more accepted by other competitors?
A: I'm still new to the NPC Bikini Division so I'm still observing. Some competitors think its a waste of time, some think its great. "I" as a competitor love it!

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmm..She's Got Leeeggss! Love my legs and glutes. I love my arms too.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I've recently enjoyed doing legs because I've incorporated Plyometric exercises into my workouts. I love cardio...I have a treadmill at home and my new HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio is..your gonna' laugh..but I love listening to my iPod and literally dancing like I was the silhouette in the Apple iPod commercials. I skip, hop, dance, shake, spin backwards, etc...lol..it's crazy but it gets my heart rate up and makes time fly! My neighbors probably die laughing!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like, and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I train different body parts 4 days a week and have 3 no training/cardio only days. However, I do cardio everyday! This is my 2nd go round prepping for a show so, we'll see what my guy wants me to do closer to show time.

Q: When someone sees or hears you train and compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! They seem to love the dedication I have towards attaining my goal of going Pro in Bikini. It's a healthy lifestyle and alot of people come to me for advice when they find out I am a competitor.

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: "Let me see your muscles" or "Hey, Muscles"...grrr! I'm NOT a bodybuilder or a figure competitor..I am a Bikini competitor and they don't have a whole lot of muscle!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: I would love for people to understand that I do this because I have a goal to attain. I'm not doing this to suffer or not enjoy life, I have a valid reason! I have my whole life to enjoy fat food and casual drinks, etc but right now, I want this!

Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: Best: The sense of self-pride you have for achieving such a fit body and the hard work it took to get there..plus, your always in teeny bikini /photoshoot shape.
Worst: Dieting is tough..sometimes you have those cravings for something other than chicken and a sweet potato..I want to rip into a cheeseburger sometimes but there will be a time where I can reward myself and have it! Must. Have. FOCUS!

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I admire one of the most dedicated figure competitors and someone beyond special to me in my heart, Amy Vetter! She is the person I'd always choose as my work out partner, a rock when I'm weak and my partner in cheat meal crime! I also admire Jennifer Nicole Lee and Ava Cowan!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Ohhmyy..where do I BE-GIN! I love all types of food. Much more than anything, a fine dining experience. I can always go for a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries or Rib City cheese fries with spicy ranch though...can't forget about a Reese's Pieces/Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen!

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: I'd want to ask her what her goals are and let her know that it's not just a quick process..it does take time and dedication..it's a lifestyle, not a hot minute style.

Q: Do you get a lot of friends asking for diet tips?
A: Yes!

Q: Is fitness modeling something that interests you?
A: 1000%!! I absolutely love it!

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I LOVE traveling to South Beach to shop and lay out and "R&R/Me" time. I'm also a secret computer nerd..I love technology! Of course, working out and staying in shape!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Tiffany Upshaw.
A: My days are different but normally every day it's like this: Wake Up, rub my eyes, pee, drink a cup of black coffee, take my fat burner, grab my iPod, hop on the treadmill and dance like it's my last day on earth, lol....attach my Blackberry to my hips, check emails, run errands, work sometimes, work out, lay out, send pictures and my model/talent resume' out to different magazines, companies, etc....cardio at night, sleep ;)

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: Oh man..lol, probably that I am OCD about certain things and that I'm mixed with African-American & Caucasian <---ALOT of people think I'm Spanish, European or Italian.

Q: Describe Tiffany Upshaw in five words.
A: Over-Achiever. Optimistic. Confident. FUN!

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Yes! I plan on competing at the NPC Tampa Bay Classic and NPC Southern States Championships

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I'd love to promote Optimum Nutrition & American Bodybuilding! The present and future of these companies are going to BLOW up!

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Tiffany Upshaw the athlete and competitor?
A: I absolutely love Optimum Nutrition and American Bodybuilding and feel so lucky to be with two amazing supplement companies! Id love to sign with more companies and gain more endorsements but as far as repping other supplement companies, I'm concrete with ON/ABB! I'm literally a walking advertisement with the way I market and promote myself, others and ON/ABB! I can be reached on my website: www.TiffanyUpshaw.net , my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tiffanyupshaw , or by email: tiffanyupshaw@gmail.com ! Nike - I'm ready to sign when you are! =) I'm open to any respectable opportunities!

Q: Tiffany, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Aww, your welcome! THANK YOU! Last words, "Watch out, I'm flying to the top on my own wings and refuse to stop!"

Rebeca Rubio Interview





As a TV hostess in Guatemala Rebeca Rubio is well known there. My goal is to help make her more well known in America. A beautiful woman, with a great physique, highlighted by amazing abs, Rebeca is making a big name for herself in the Fitness world. She was a cyclist, but to avoid the dangers of injury she moved to fitness, and we should all be glad she did. Just reading her written words you can see she has such a love and passion for training and fitness. Rebeca Rubio is a name to remember because she is constantly improving and is going to go very far in the Fitness Industry.




Q: First Rebeca I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born in Guatemala City, the biggest country of Central America. I was an only child of a young couple, and have been grown with my grand parents. I studied primary school in a German college; my favorite classes were arts and sports (Obviously). My childhood focus was on studying and doing a lot of homework, due to the bilingual education. However sports was already in my veins. I enjoyed a lot of the gymnastic routines of the Olympic games, but just on TV broadcast. My dream was to become a gymnast, because of the talent to do flips all over the floor. But I never could.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports?
A: Yes, since I've got memories. I mean since I was 5 years old, I was already excited to prepare myself to compete. I remember I was in a 5km run, and I was training after my school time, in the afternoon, running around my home, in a small park where other boys and girls used to play. Me, I was already training for my goal. After, I started to practice resistance sports, from swimming, to running and then cycling. i became a triatholonist, running third in the classification, in my first National competition. From the 3 sports there, I chose cycling to be my sport, but there was no women racing team in my country yet. I was wondering.... how can I be in a competitive sport; I really wanted to do that.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was when is tarted to work as a TV hostess in 1997, I was practicing road cycling and I started to be worried about the danger of the roads, an accident could take me out, with an injured face! So I decided to quit, but I started to gain weight, normally, the intensity of pedaling was high, like 3 or 4 hours daily, working so hard never made me think of dieting. So, I felt that for convenience of my schedule of TV transmissions, I decided to go train in the gym. Also, training my muscles made it easier to be in shape for TV and media exposure.

Q; Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you saw results?
A: Since I got my first foot in the gym, I was motivated to work hard and find another similar experience I did with cycling. I was always dreaming of toned legs, and abs, something I saw before in the women bodybuilders. Maybe one month after I started, I began to hear about something they called "Fitness contests". I have just fallen in love with that word, even though I did not know exactly the meaning. The results did not come easily, for sure, my body was very thin, not so much muscles because of the resistance training. I saw my first results after 9 months of preparation, when I won the first National contest in 2000.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I remember my first show was in August, a National competition, in which I got just 3 months out. I had great motivation for doing that contest, even though I had no experience in that field. I was already used to training everyday, and even if I got the resistance training I did not have "any" experience to do weights and do routine stuff. I was very stiff. I did not get my hands to my feet! I did my best effort, and with no preparation I still got second place. That was my first time on stage, after that I worked very very hard to keep improving myself into the competitive level. i won two years later my National title, that made me officially a Fitness competitor of my country in the IFBB amateur contest agenda. Since then in 2000 I am competing almost every year till now.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: Not really. Even my boyfriend at that time, who was a cyclist too, however he was a sport fan, he never liked my "new" sport. He hated my chicken breast and egg whites for breakfast, instead he enjoyed pancakes. To become a fitness athlete was not popular at all around here in Guatemala. Just because my work in TV and media, as a public profile, it helped me in some way to get exposure in magazines, TV reports, news, and mass media in general. Bodybuilding in Guatemala in a non-popular sport, and also causes something like shock, when the final preparation comes out, maybe because women are seen as the feminine side without strength and power. That's something that goes against my ripped abs and legs!!!

Q: Was competing what you expected?
A: Competing in fitness was the best sports experience in my whole life. It surprised me of course, because I found out a big field of self knowledge as an athlete and as a person per se. It helped me to find the deepest of my weakness and also discover the most powerful sides of myself, not only physical, even emotional and mentally. To be a fitness athlete made me change a lot of my everyday life, the way I eat, to the way I can search for my goals. Definitely the sport made myself a better person.


Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: I started in 2000 as National Fitness champion.
*2001 Bronze Medal IFBB Iberoamerican Championships, Paraguay
*2001 Central American Fitness Champion, Guatemala
*2002 Silver Medal in IFBB Iberoamerican Championships, Ecuador
*2002 Silver Medal in IFBB Central American and Caribbean Championships, Venezuela
*2003 Bronze Medal Pan-American Games, Dominican Republic
*2004-2005 National Fitness Champion, Guatemala
*2007- Placed 9th in Worlds, IFBB Fitness, Barcelona Body Fitness- 163cm
*2008- Placed 11th in World Championships, IFBB Fitness, Barcelona Body Fitness 163 cm in both, best American athlete classified.
*2010- Won Muscle Mania Figure Universe

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: My abs, they come in a great shape when I prepare myself and diet right.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love to train my back, it's my favorite part. But exercise, I am a fan of gymnastics and aerobic training. Love to box too.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: Depends on my goal. I decide to compete at the beginning of the year, so I try to work on strength and power for the first season, then resistance training doing lots of sports like track and field, long distance running, swim, hiking, etc. The whole preparation could take 6 to 8 months, during the last season pre contest diet, and interval training become the prime factors. Usually I do a lot of fitness routines and boxing drills, cardio and low carb dieting.

Q: When someone sees your physique for the first time what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: In some way they admire the discipline and persistence of achieving the perfect body through hard training and super healthy diet. But, internally people have the conviction that this sport is too strong for a woman. At least in Guatemala.

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: "How can you do the diet?" That's the first question....people complain they don't have the discipline to keep going with food and nutrition restrictions. "You got more biceps than me." is another typical expression from the male side. But mostly, people admire the hard work that came out in the competition shape.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: That bodybuilding is a drug sport, and my goal is to tell everybody that, as me, not all women do steroids. That's why I want to be clean for the rest of my sport career, telling with my story that great results can be achieved without drugs, or substance anabolic abuse. Another thing is that women that train hard loose their feminine side. On the opposite, I think that if you keep training natural your body can become even more sexy, where weights and training hard usually improve the feminine lines.

Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: The best is that competing is the perfect arena to challenge yourself. Teaches you how to overcome obstacles, and go get the goal. The most I enjoy is the road that takes you to improve your shape from the last competition you were in last year. The worst is the negative effects of dieting, changing emotional and personality aspects because the lack of glucose.


Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Pizza forever.

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: To draw small goals and not to loose the focus on the big one. To dream and to dear, both take you to the victory, even if you can not win the gold, you can learn and be a better athlete in the road to the competition. Competition should be more focus on your own battles, on giving strength to your weakness, on overcoming the most difficult challenges.

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women training in the gym as hard as the men?
A: Not really in Guatemala, but I believe I can start to make people think different with my work as a public profile in the national media. I wish to become a leader to cross the line, and help society to get a more open view of the modern woman in your typical Latin American culture.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love to write. I am planning to write a book on my story. Also I love to read, and learn foreign languages. To travel and to see what people believe or how the interpret their life in other parts of the world.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Rebeca Rubio.
A: In this part of my preparation, close to a show my schedule goes nuts for the moment. Usually I start at 6am, have my "sacred" cup of coffee, and go to the first training session at my gym, Frances martin Club, in the city of Guatemala. Then I got to get ready for work in the media department of the National Confederation of Sports, where I do a lot of PR and do promotion, and communication duties. Then I go at 4pm and do my second training session, and then go to prepare my sketch for the sports news. I am hostess of one of the newscasts on the cable national channel, so, I do my research in the National sport activities to program the menu. I got like 2 hours left before I go to the channel, at 9pm, so I work on my personal fitness projects. After my TV show I come home and prepare the next journey, basically my 6 small meals for my next day. I take a hot shower, do some stretching and massage my feet, and go to the sweet dreams.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I am an anthropologist, they never do click between my work and lifestyle with this kind of profession. I did my major degree a few years ago, and I have done a very special subject for my final thesis. It was titled "building bodies: the subculture of the urban Guatemalan gim.", a study around the cultural meanings of beauty, health concepts and body image in different socio cultural zones in the city of Guatemala. nice contribution to both, bodybuilding culture and academics anthropologist.

Q: Describe Rebeca Rubio in five words.
A: Power of Passion, Intensity, Humanity, and Strength.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Yes, I am going to compete in the Fitness Universe Weekend this June 18th in Miami Beach (Rebeca has since done this show and won). I will try two divisions, Figure, and Model Universe. Also, I am doing my National competition for this yea on June 12th, that means to be classified into the Elite athletes group. To be ready for the IFBB agenda shows around this year, also the Worlds Championship Of Fitness and Body Fitness in Mexico in October.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: That you can see me on www.rebecarubiofitness.com, and become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/rebeca.fitness?ref=ts.


Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you?
A: They can reach me at rebecarubio69@gmail.com. I will be glad to check proposals.

Q: Rebeca again I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: To keep training, dreaming, and believing in yourself. Sport is life....something you will never regret.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

NGA Pro Kayte Steenberg Interview




In the title for this interview it says NGA Pro Kayte Steenberg. I think I could just as easily have said Future IFBB Pro Kayte Steenberg. She said that's what she wants, and something tells me, when Kayte wants something she will work as hard as needed and get it. As you can see, Kayte already looks incredible, and there is no doubt she will keep getting better. One thing I really like is how important it seems to be to her to inspire others. I hope Kayte is aware she is very inspiring. If you don't know Kayte yet, get to know her. She is going to be a star in this industry.







Q: First Kayte I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No thank you Jason! I am always thrilled and love to answer questions :-)

Q: Can yous tart out by telling a little about yourself.
A: Well I was born in Buffalo, New York and have moved around a lot due to my fathers job as an engineer with FMC. North Carolina, Kansas, Philadelphia. All I have actually fell in love with, especially Kansas!!
I actually started horse back riding and competing in shows and was in 4-H. I was qualified for States a couple of times and won twice with my Arabian Tiffoli. My true passion is horseback riding. Unfortunately after moving a few times and ending back in Buffalo, I had to sell Tiffoli before I went to college. Sad! I was torn. Riding was my release. But when I hit college I actually discovered another release, running. I ran every day and occasionally worked out at my gym in college. Not until I started working at Bally Total Fitness and training is when I really became obsessed with weight training. I met my future husband at Bally's where he was a trainer there too :-) He was training for a show and that is where my flame was lit!!!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports?
A: Besides horseback riding and running, I played baseball. I was the only girl on a male baseball team. We were awesome. I was presented with the only female trophy after winning our championship.
I dabbled in a few sports in college, cross country, lacrosse, and even some volleyball. But ultimately, I loved being on my own and training was my new release.

Q: What initially got you in the gym?
A: Like I stated above, after I sold my hose I needed a new release. I began working at Bally's and just loved the environment. My now husband Tim was a trainer and was preparing for an NPC local show. Seeing him become so disciplined with training and diet I was immediately drawn in and hooked!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you saw results?
A: Well I've got to say I was a cardio junkie. Running in college I had such a mindset that it was the only way to stay lean. Also I was restricting my calories so that became a toxic combination!
I started to see results after about a month or so. I cut down my running to 30 minutes or just did the elliptical. I was feeling stronger every week.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: It was definitely the hubs that made me jump into the competition ring. I wanted to be driven, determined, and even ripped too!! TO be honest I have always been strict with dieting. I thought why not take it to the next level? It also reminded me of competing with horses when I had Tiffoli. It was really exciting.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: OH BOY....not really. My mom was of course, "OH Kathryn...you're getting skinny!!OH Kathryn why are you doing this, it is so unhealthy." Just a concerned mother of course. But the night of my show she had a huge bouquet of flowers and a large basket of Christmas cookies (she baked me FRESH Christmas cookies because I was dieting during the time) and all sorts of goodies. She is not only my mom, but my best friend. My father didn't understand. He would invite me over for dinner during prep and would always insist on offering me wine and goodies....ha.

Q: Was competing what you expected or any surprises?
A: It was so much fun!! I didn't even imagine all the support you had backstage from other competitors and girls!! It was great!! All the girls were soo nice! Now at the time I should have practiced more in posing. I have such stage fright!!!

Q: You won your NGA Pro card. What did winning that mean to you?
A: OH wow. I was overjoyed. I felt all the hard work I put in really paid off. Honestly, I really wanted to be an inspiration to people. To let them know with hard work that ANYONE can be up here doing the same thing or just to where they want to be. It made me believe that there is no limit.



Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: I would have to say my back and shoulders. I have broad shoulders and I am glad I can put them to use somewhere!! I remember when I first came to high school, girls were afraid of me because of my broad shoulders! Ha!

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train?
A: You know I would have to say shoulders, but after working with Damian Segovia and Felicia Romero I have really come to appreciate training legs. I used to despise training legs!! Urgh! But I have really come to enjoy making my limbs suffer :-)

Q: What is your normal training routine like?
A: Well not to get into huge detail with diet, I am training with Damian Segovia and Felicia Romero... AMAZING AMAZING couple. I won an incredible contest to get free prep-diet and training for my competition. I have learned SO much about myself and realizing how getting full proper nutrition really comes into play with building. I was always afraid to up calories but I have really felt confident and trust working with them.

Q: When someone sees or hears you train and compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: They first think it is such an incredible sport Especially when you start to diet down. Then everyone thinks that you are crazy for not going without "food" for some time. BUT my diet isn't a diet to me.... it's a way of life and I LOVE what I eat.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: That the diet and training is punishment. I LOVE the prep part of competing. Otherwise I wouldn't be doing it. I wouldn't look at it as things I dislike. Don't get me wrong, I love food. But I love how I eat and train.

Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: The best part of competing for me is the feeling and confidence you get. I have always loved going to the gym but when you really start to see the cuts and hard work you put in come into play it is it's own drug!!! The worst I would say is not being able to have that glass of wine with your husband when out or even out to dinner with friends. But you learn to work around it. We can still do those things!! That is what is so great about my husband. He competes as well and is so creative when it comes to finding something fun to do during prep that doesn't involve food!!

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: Hmmm.. well when I started out weightlifting I remembered seeing a picture of Jelena Abbou. She actually did the first show I did. The Mr and Ms. Buffalo. I have come to appreciate all Figure competitors, their physiques and what they bring to the table.

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: OH yes yes. I LOVE donuts and cookies :-) I am a sweets girl. Definitely pizza and pancakes too :-)

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: I would tell her to stay consistent. Start out with good eating plan and not to get discouraged!! Changes do not happen overnight. I would advise to keep a journal and note your eating and training schedule. Assess and make changes if need e! But it is always wise to keep a journal to log what you are doing.

Q: You are obviously very beautiful. Is fitness modeling something that would interest you?
A: Aw shucks Jason! Thanks! Definitely!! I was just recently asked to do a photo shoot for a local gym to hang photos around his facility. Super excited to be contacted for that and for future photo shoots as well!!!

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: Horses. I love to train horses. I have been riding since I was 6 years old. Started competing and just love to train horses. Whether it be in English, Western, Equestrian, Jumping, or even barrel racing!!! :-)

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Kayte Steenberg.
A: Oh boy it could be boring!!! :-)
I get up at 6am to do my cardio, eat and get ready for work. Take care of my boys...Arnold and Calvin, Boston Terrier and Boxer. I usually get to work anywhere from 8ish to 9 , work work work, then hit the gm anywhere from 5:30 to 6pm. Get in a killer workout and head home to eat, pack my food for the day, the mostly hit up my emails and possibly some TV shows or movies with my hubby!! Then bed by 10pm!! Yeah....sometimes 9pm I hit the sack. LOVE my rest!!

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I was queen of my county (Douglas) in Kansas back in the day. Being involved in 4-H and horses I gave it a shot. I had to do presentations and essays. Man I am not good with standing up and speaking but did surprisingly well. At the County Fair my horse and I had to do a very long pattern and knocked it out of the park. We were a terrific duo. I got to ride in the State parade with a sash and crown. Corny I know, but I would do anything with horses!! Love to compete.

Q: Describe Kayte Steenberg in five words.
A: Determined, Dedicated, Outgoing, Honest, and Passionate.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I am currently in prep for a NPC show in Rochester June 12th (Kayte has since done this show) and then off to the USA's in Vegas. Soo stoked and a ball of nerves!!!

Q: Anything you want to take this time to plug or promote?
A: Definitely a big shout out to Damian and Felicia. They are gracious and good people! I can't wait to make them proud with my new package to be revealed on stage this year! I can never thank them enough for giving me this opportunity. They are just starting their training center- Arizona Figure Diva's
Siouxcountry.com is an INCREDIBLE website!! Great wealth of information and power packed with IFBB Pro's and great members who are awesome supporters. I keep a journal there for my prep. I have become truly addicted to that site!!

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Kayte Steenberg the athlete and competitor?
A: Most definitely!! :-) I am a dedicated passionate girl with a lot to give to this sport. My whole heart is into training and this lifestyle. My email is the best way kaytebugg00@yahoo.com. Everyday I am excited to hit the gym to bring the best of me and to also inspire those around me as well.

Q: Kayte, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: I want to thank again Damian Segovia and Felicia Romero for this opportunity. I really want to break out into the Figure world and become an IFBB Pro. ONE DAY :-) Also my husband. He is so supportive and without him I would not be!! He evens me out and has always been there for me. XOXO
Thank you Jason again for this interview.

Sheila Benditz Contest Prep Journal

There is so much going on, I don't know where to start, so I hope I don't "babble"!! I got my new diet......WOW!!! I am really feeling it, sometimes I just wonder what I am doing!! I have never felt like this! It's like I am walking with concrete feet. As a matter of fact, my evening on Monday, I ate a meal, took a nap, ate my last meal, and went to bed!! SO I have been dealing with this for about a week, met up with my nutritionist yesterday, we discussed this diet, and he realized I was not following it, as instructed! I am looking forward to seeing if there are some positives responses after making the slight changes. I sure hope I get to feeling better. What was told to me, as I may not be the biggest woman in Pittsburgh, I will be the most shredded!! Like that attitude and confidence he has in me, I hope I prove him right!

My workouts are still going great, Tina Chandler is so AWESOME, she really knows how to kick my butt, and I love it! She hits areas that I have never worked and I can see changes so quickly. I am already looking forward to having an off season, to see what I can accomplish! I feel good about where she has brought me, and I am not finished yet, I got a few more weeks and I am starting to feel good about everything. SO I am finalyl sending in my registration for both the Branch Warren and Master Nationals! Not that I was waiting to see where I was, I was going to do both shows not matter, I really felt that I could get there.

As I get closer to contest, it seems that it gets harder for me to write these, I hope I do not bore you, and I can only try to write what I really feel.

Stay strong!!
XOXO
Sheila

Mind Over Matter: Making a Place For Female Muscle....and If Anyone Minds, It Doesn't Have To Matter by Sheena Hunter

Mind Over Matter
Making a place for female muscle...and if anyone minds, it doesn't have to matter.


This has been a pretty interesting week for me. Just a few days before my second
bodybuilding show, my Promoting Women interview posted and I was asked to write a column for this blog. To be honest, the first thing that came to mind when Jasonannounced that I would be doing a column for this blog was, “oh no don't suck don't suck don't suck...” No pressure, right? And then it occurred to me—there really is no added pressure. I can contribute to the world of female bodybuilding with or without an overall win at the second contest of my short career. I am learning, and I am a work in progress...but aren't we all? Let's progress together.

I should begin by introducing myself, but before I send my very private thoughts into the vast abyss of the world wide web, I'd like to invite you to introduce yourself to me as well. Post a comment, shoot me a message, or Facebook me...just let meknow who I'm writing for. Are you a competitor, or someone who just wants to build a better physique? This might be helpful to know before I go off on a tangent about peak week or other contest-specific issues. However, please know that I'm not
writing to offer advice on training or nutrition—not only am I not qualified to help
anyone, but I am also still learning and am certainly not an expert. I can only write about my own experience in the sport, with the hope that something I write
might brighten your day or affirm your own experience.

I am 26 and this is my second year as a competitor. My family means the world to me, and if I'm not in the gym I'm either with them or reading a book. I have a BA in Women's Studies and am headed on to graduate school in Atlanta. I am a feminist,
and I am very strongly opposed to the standards that women have been expected to live up to. I am in this sport to make room for women who do not want to be held to the ideal that skinny and weak equals feminine beauty. I also reject the idea of
boundaries—who drew the line between “perfectly toned” and “too muscular”? Why are
Michelle Obama's arms considered over-the-top by some critics, and what does that mean for the rest of us? I am not immune to the struggle with insecurities and bad
body image days, and so I will explore these issues openly as I grow as a woman and as a competitor.

I chose bodybuilding over figure because I work damn hard for my bicep peaks and gym cleavage (pecs), and the figure poses felt very unnatural, like I was being asked (yet again) to hide my hard-earned size. I have felt the pain of the Barbie idealfor a very long time, and I have felt the confusing pressures of the mixed messages that say women should be sexy but not slutty, thin but not skinny, curvy but still thin, etc. I feel that figure competitors are caught in the middle of those mixedmessages, constantly guessing how much is “too much” and which judges are going to favor which look. For me, I want there to be no confusion: I am an aggressive athlete. I sweat. I have pullup and deadlift calluses. I refuse to present myself as anything other than an athlete, until I am outside of the context of my sport. I don't work out in heels, so why on earth would I compete in them? If you want to see me in heels, I'll likely be rocking six-inchers at the after party.

I have no hard feelings toward figure competitors—in fact, I have many friends in
figure. There is a girl at my gym who busts her butt in the gym harder than any man
there, but still chooses figure even though she could be competitive in
bodybuilding. I believe what keeps her in figure is that the industry offers more
opportunities for figure, and I am certainly not mad at her for being smart enough to see that. It is the industry that angers me. It is frustrating to know that my
chances of ever being a sponsored competitor are very slim. I am frustrated by photos of figure competitors on ads designed to appeal to female bodybuilders, as though the figure image has been superimposed on the unsightly reality of bodybuilding.

I can't say it hasn't been hard to swallow my pride as figure competitors get to be
known as the “pretty” and “ideal” ones with “not too much” muscle, while I watch my
femininity diminish as I get closer and closer to the show. I struggle between
the part of me that wants to be “pretty” and feminine, and the bodybuilder side of me that wants more size. It hurt like a punch in the stomach to hear the difference between the way FBBs were announced as we took the stage, and the way the figure
and bikini girls were announced. But, as an intelligent and attractive female athlete, I owe my daughter and the world more of myself than sex appeal, so I'm learning every day how to take it as a compliment when some backwoods hillbilly man tellsme I would be so much hotter if I wasn't so muscular, or when I hear girls whisper, “ew, why would you want to look like that?” as I walk by in a tube top.

So, this is me and this is what I'm about. Who are you? It is likely that, competitor or not, if you are attracted to this sport it is because you yearn for self-improvement in some way. Improve with me, inside and out, as I move forward and
explore both the mental and the physical sides of female bodybuilding.



In the meantime, let me leave you with a perfect illustration of my battle with
femininity...I still giggle about this one. Maybe some of you can relate: it was
miniature golf in a small town, and I was going for that feminine pretty feeling of
being on a date with my fiance...cool breeze, warm night...I thought the kids were all staring at my boobs until I saw the photos later:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Competitors Edge by Vanessa Prebyl

A Weekly Blog By Nationally Ranked Bikini Competitor Vanessa Prebyl

Hello!!! This week I would like to talk about life as a competitor.

For the longest time I would train and eat healthy and stay insanely focused about my next competition. I would put things off until after my show and stay on my strict routine. I am still very focused on my next competition/meal plan/workouts; however, I have realized that even though I am a competitor- life must go on. I have now been able to manage visiting my friends and family and also going to the movies now and then. I obviously cannot go out to dinner or stay out too late because it messes with my sleeping and therefor messes with my workout intensity. I finally have realized that there needs to be a BALANCE in a competitors life. One must be able to train for a competition and try to live a normal life. This is not an easy task and has taken me almost a year to figure out.

My husband and I have now decided to play our vacations so we have something to look forward to. For example, out next trip will be to New York after I compete in the Team Universe competition. We will be going to Soho, Greenwich village, Times Square, and Central park. This will be our first time going to New York so we are pretty excited. We are only going to take one day of training off and then back to the competitors style of life.

It is nice being able to look forward to trips and vacations so that my husband and I can just relax. I think it is important to allow yourself to have a break from the rigorous training.

If you have any questions please post a comment to this blog or feel free to email me at vanessaprebyl2000@yahoomail.com

Quote of the Week:
"A man's/woman's body is made through their determination."
-Quote from a Bruce Lee movie


Talk to you all next week,
-Vanessa

Tricia Bailey Interview




When I ask her to tell a little about herself Tricia Bailey uses the words discipline, determination, and sacrifice. Well that is how you end up looking as amazing as Tricia. Once weighing 215lbs, she now has one of the best physiques you will see. She has a love and passion for what she does and it comes across when you read her words or see her on stage. Tricia just recently did Jr. Nationals, her first National competition, and she looked incredible. Tricia is going to keep getting better and better, and there is every reason to believe that a Pro card will be in her hands one day, and not too far from now.



Q: First, Tricia, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: You're absolutely welcome! I am at your service!

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I am from a small town called Hudson, Michigan where there was more dairy cows than population! So I am a country girl by heart. I work hard and I play hard. Living on a farm growing up there wasn't much room for belly aching and excuses. Chores and jobs had to get done! I believe having grown up with that instilled at a young age set the tone for the rest of my life. Discipline, determination and sacrifice! This is hard for me because I am not used to writing and talking about myself. I tend to keep a humble and modest lifestyle, helping others! So bear with me!
Those harnessed skills allowed me to excel in basketball, volleyball and softball. I was a 9 Varsity Letter Award winner (on Varsity sports from Soph-Senior year) and voted amongst my fellow senior athletes and our coaches as the 1999 Female Senior Athlete of the Year. Throughout high school I was reasonably decorated with' First and Second Team All League' awards while maintaining a 3.8 GPA. I was the Tom Boy and The Jock..... and also voted my senior year as 'The class garbage disposal'. Haha, I think what they meant was ' That girl could eat!'!! I think not being an athlete in college allowed me to go through some very turbulent times with the relationship with myself and others that ultimately allowed me to be who and where I am today. Without the discipline of a sport in college - an essential part of my being was missing. Being an athlete is very much a part of my DNA as my eye color. Â This missing element, was proper knowledge in fueling my body. My parents were great 'down home cooks' and made food that tasted good. Not having that key element allowed me to put on the Freshman 15, the Sophomore 15, the Junior 15 and so on! I gained 75 lbs in 3 years of college. Hoorah! I lived the college life.... and had zero focus, zero discipline and lots of the wrong kind of influence. In today's light, I see that I wouldn't be where I am and who I am today without going through so much.
Throughout all that turmoil of partying, binge eating and not putting my education nor my health higher in priority - guided me into a career path of health and wellness while transforming my own body. At my heaviest in 2003 I was 215lbs and 30+% body fat. Today I own a wellness company that I established in 2004, T.A.B. Massage & Fitness, Inc where we are 'Creating a Happier, Healthier, You" and I am in the best shape of my life at 145lbs and 11% body fat. I am a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer-NASM and a Holistic/Performance Nutrition Counselor.


Q: Then Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? What sports did you play?
A: I played Basketball, Volleyball and Softball and as a kid I played floor hockey and ran track and did shot put in Jr. high! I grew up on a farm so there wasn't much of a dull moment!

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: I grabbed a Muscle ad Fitness Hers in Jan 2003 where there was a beginners guide to weight lifting. The model on the cover was enough for me. If this is what I could look like by doing resistance training and eating clean, then by God that is what I was going to do!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Weight training was something that came very natural to me. My years on the 'farm' ...lol... I always was strong. I was always solid and coordinated and wasn't afraid to get down, get dirty or sweat! From Jan 2003 to Dec 2003 I lost about 45lbs and started to see some beautiful shoulders and arms develop! My legs took a lot longer as I was afraid to lift heave at first because I didn't want to get any bigger legs! I giggle at that now because I hear the same thing with my clients!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I was hooked on Oxygen magazine--- oogling the women with their mini-bodybuilder physiques. Finally after a few years of just looking at magazines and having a journal on bodybuilding.com (NGR8SHAPE) I decided to go with my best friend and boy friend, Matt, down to the Arnold Classic in 2008. The Pro Women on stage absolutely blew my mind with the level of dedication, discipline and courage it took to get their bodies in such impeccable condition. When I left the Arnold in 2008 I had a plethora of motivation and inspiration. I can still picture that moment in my mind of when I was watching the Women's Finals. I couldn't pick my jaw off the floor. Today I still marvel at the discipline it takes for anyone to set that kind of goal, that puts their nose to the ground and gets to work and doesn't quit. With 3 shows under my belt and Nationals to prep for, I am right there and I encourage as many women as possible to live their dream and don't ever give up.


Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: Not many people understood what Figure Competitions really were. Once they had seen me on stage and realized the discipline and time and dedication it took in the many months leading up to the stage, they respected it. They may not be able to understand the why behind one competes but they loved being a part of my passion!

Q: Was competing what you expected? Did anything surprise you about it?
A: Competing was a huge eye opener. All the minute details that go into perfecting your stage aura, to your hair, your nails, not streaking your tan, and squeeze and breathe and oh yeah SMILE! It was so fun and I was bit!

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A:
*Oct. 2008 Western Michigan 4th place Tall Class
*March 2009 Novice Michigan 3rd place Tall class
*May 2009 Michigan Championships Tied 1st place Tall
*June 18th 2010 NPC JR. Nationals 7th place F Class

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: DELTS!

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love to train my back and my glutes! RDL's and Chin Ups!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like, and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: HA! Normal? There's nothing normal about how I train and eat. I can't reveal my secrets! I figured out that my body responds best to heavy and intense lifts- even in prep for a show. We stay moderate in the way we eat in or off season! Just more damn cardio for prep time!

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: They say "wow, that's a lot of work. I couldn't do that". Or " yeah, she could kick my ass." They seem to misconceive that just because I have muscles, that I am mean and aggressive. They also jump to conclusions that they cant do what I do because they cant give up this or that food... I just say, "well, whether you believe you can or can't, you're right".

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: I am frustrated when people say "Oh it must be nice to be able to have that kind of time to workout". Because those are the people that don't make time to prioritize their health.
Everyone has commitments, responsibilities and priorities. You can't give to others what you don't possess yourself. It's almost impossible to teach, mentor and inspire fellow women, men and even your own children if you don't take care of your own physical, mental and emotional health first. And if your physical, mental and emotional health is not of priority then you have to acknowledge the detrimental affects that has on your role of being the best boss, employee, parent or spouse you can be.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: The biggest misconception that I come across is they automatically think that my diet is different in the off season as it is during a prep. The foods I eat are no different. I don't poison my body with junk just because I am in off season. I eat and train they way I do because I love being hardcore and a clean whole food eater. I don't eat and train the way I do because I compete, rather I eat and train the way I do because ITS ME and being on stage is just an expression of my dedication and passion to the Iron Game.

Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: The best is that moment of self actualization, the date that you set a year ago has come to this moment. All the hours, the gut busting work, the pain, the victories.... all come to one moment. It's knowing that no matter what -- you didn't give up. The worst thing as that as my body fat gets lower, my brain gets a little fuzzy and my patience for certain things doesn't exist.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: Davana Medina. Do I need to say more?

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Crunchy Sunflower Butter ( but I get to have this no matter what season) But if you were to ask my boyfriend, he knows that my post comp meal will always be Chicago Style Pizza--- the real deal BABY!!!

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: You need to sit down with yourself and be real and honest. Figure out what it is that YOU really want. Write it down. Make a plan. DO YOUR HOMEWORK with trainers/nutritionists. Don't settle for the dude that sits behind the counter at the gym all day. Have the courage to stand out from the cardio bunnies and be willing to work hard!



Q: Do you get a lot of friends asking for diet tips?
A: Yes.... and oye...yes..... ! Everyday!

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am an avid reader on psychology and spirituality books. I enjoy any activity with my Matthew! I love to write! I like to travel but don't take an effort to do that much right now! I love my two fur kids; Aza and Bongo!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Tricia Bailey.
A: OH MY!! Are you sure???
wake: anywhere between 5-6am
 5-7am: Eat/Cook/prep food for day/pack gym bag. Computer work, emails, plan day for clients
7am leave for gym (When I have 7am clients I leave at 6:40am)
7-9am train clients or I train at 7am and then have clients from 9-11am.
11am Shower/eat
11:45 leave for my office
See 5 or 6 Massage clients from 12:30-8pm
I eat about every 90 minutes and every one of my clients has seen me eat! CHOMP CHOMP!
Home between 8:30 and 9:30pm
Eat again 9:30-10
Emails/computer stuff 10-11
Bed between 10:30 and 11pm
Phew!

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I used to be 215lbs, a smoker and binge drinker in college!

Q: Describe Tricia Bailey in five words.
A: Passionate, Dedication, Inspiration, Giving, Iron Amazon

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Jr Nationals in Chicago 2010 (Tricia has since done this show and looked amazing)

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: www.trueironamazon.com
www.tabmassage.com

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Tricia the athlete and competitor?
A: Once you read the website and blog above, My heart and soul goes into my role as an educator, motivator and leader. My mission, my voice, my road. They can reach me by visiting the sites above ;-)

Q: Tricia, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you for letting others hear my voice and reason through the misconceptions of the competing world. People need to learn to listen to their inner voice. Be true to who you are and why you do what you do. Namaste`

Thursday, June 24, 2010

NGA, FAME/WNSO, and OCB/IFPA Pro Drexel Long Interview








If holding three different bodybuilding Pro cards doesn't tell you all you need to know about the athlete Drexel Long is, then read below about her track accomplishments. Drexel is an athlete, plain and simple. But she is also an amazing woman outside the world of athletics. She is someone I have gotten to know and have so much respect and admiration for. She is always quick to lend an encouraging word. And that is not just about bodybuilding or training, she is quick to do it for any scenario. This is one interview I am honored to present, so here is my interview with Drexel Long, welcome to her gun show.




Q: First, Drexel, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: Jason, Your welcome and thank you for featuring me.

Q: Can you start out by just telling a little about yourself.
A: I'm a Philly/Jersey gurl now living in Tx. I'm a middle school Physical Education Teacher and Track Coach. I luv working out and doing photoshoots. I like meeting fitness minded people.

Q: Before bodybuilding, where you an especially athletic person? Play any sports?
A: Yes, I was. I did field hockey and track before doing bodybuilding. I lettered in field hockey for 4 yrs.
I was ranked #2 in the nation in the 400m dash behind Marion Jones my Sr. Yr in HS. I received a full track scholarship to the U of Houston, where I was coached by the same coaches who coached Carl Lewis and other Olympians.

Q: What initially led you into the gym, and was bodybuilding the goal from day one.
A: In 2000 I stopped running track and took a year off because I was frustrated with my running times. After a year of not working out, I picked up the book Body for Life by Bill Phillips and followed his program and liked what I saw. Working out again also got me interested in competing because I was working out at a gym called Fonde Recreation Center here in Houston. There were pictures of female bodybuilders, one that caught my eye was Lenda Murray. I told myself I could be just like her, so I went to the local bookstore and got all the bodybuilding magazines. After reading all of them I decided I need to get a trainer and the rest is herstory.

Q: Was weight training something you picked up fairly easy? How soon before you started to see results?
A: Weight training has always been part of my athletic career starting in HS w/ track. The program I did after taking a year off was 12 weeks long. I liked the results and wanted to get better, so that made me look into getting a trainer to get better results.

Q: How long were you training when you decided to compete and what made you decide to compete?
A: Once I hired my trainer in April of that year, we picked a show, the John Sherman Classic in Nov of that year, but didn't do it because I was in a car accident that summer. The air bag snapped my wrist and I wasn't able to work upper body for 4 months. I decide to compete to see what my determination, work outs and diet could do.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time, and how about now?
A: Family and friends were and still are very supportive. They joke about what I eat but are always asking me for tips...lol

Q: Was the first show what you expected? Did anything surprise you?
A: WOW my 1st show (NPC) was everything I expected because I attended a show and worked a show so I would have an idea of how the show might go. The SURPRISE, it was the 1st year for the show and I was the ONLY female bodybuilder in the WHOLE SHOW.

Q:Can you share your contest history?
A:
2008
*IFPA Pro Yorton Cup - 8th place
*NGA NOPI Pro - 9th place
*FAME World Pro Championships WORLD CHAMP- 6th place Muscle Model
*FAME Diana Chaloux Central Championships-1st place Advance Bodybuilder (Pro card awarded)and 2nd place Advance Muscle Model
2007
*NGA Southern States Pro (debut)- 1st place
*OCB Texas Shredder- 2nd place, as a Fitness model
2006
*Musclemania Superbody- 2nd place Open
*NGA Southern States Extravaganza- 1st place Heavyweight Overall winner and Pro card awarded
*INBF American Championships- 2nd place Heavyweight
2005
*NPC Jr. Nationals- Top 10 Light Heavyweight
After competing at the Jr. Nationals, I made the decision to only compete in natural drug free shows
2004
*NPC John Sherman Classic- 2nd place as a Light heavyweight.
This qualified me to compete at a national show for 2 yrs.
*NPC Central Texas Cup (1st yr show)- I won my 1st show as a heavyweight, not only was I the only one in my class but I was the ONLY female bodybuilder in the whole show

Q: What is your best body part or the one that gets the most compliments?
A: BEST body part there is a tie between: arms, shoulders and back. People are always noticing my arms. So I now I have the name MsGuns.

Q:Do you have a favorite part to train?
A: My fav body parts to train are arms, shoulders and back.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: Training routine for off season is 3-4 days a week weights and 3 days cardio, for show prep its training is 5 days a week and cardio 6 days (2x/a day). My diet during off season isn't as strict as show prep.

Q:When someone sees your physique for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Ive always had positive reactions: they are amazed and give me props. Online is where I get the negative reaction: 9 times out of 10 its from a jealous man.

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: "Can I touch?", "flex for me" and "how much do you lift?"

Q: What is the biggest misconception about female bodybuilders, or the thing you most wish people understood?
A: Not all females take drugs to get the muscles they have- check out natural drug free female bodybuilders in the OCB, IFPA, UFE, FAME, IDFA and NGA. I think we are perfect: not to BIG and not to small but JUST RIGHT

Q: Do you feel muscular women are more or less accepted by society today then five years ago?
A: It depends on what muscular women you are talking about. The natural looking ones are accepted. The enhanced ones are not.

Q: You are a member of Team UFE. Can you tell what that is?
A: UFE is a natural drug free organization in Canada. www.ufeshows.com Last year I participated in the Facebook UFE's spokesmodel online contest. The top 5 finishers were selected as Team UFE. As a member I will help promote UFE in the US.

Q: You have a great website as well. Can you give out the address and tell people what they can find there.
A: Thanks...its called www.flexwithdrex.com You can find my bio, competition herstory and sponsorship info. Its being revamped by Jmiah of www.Jmaihonline.com

Q: Do you have any favorite bodybuilders?
A: My fav fbbs are: Lenda Murray, Tina Chandler, Beni Lopez, Karly Green, Carolyn Brinkley, Maria Carolina Davis, Nicole Ball and Klaudia Larson.

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Chic-fil-a

Q: Favorite actor, movie, TV show, and musician?
A: Fav actor: Denzel Washington, Van Diesel, Sam L Jackson, Will Smith, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Steve Martin and others
Fav actress: Sanaa Lathan, Julia Roberts, Nia Long, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Angeline Jolie and others.
Fav movie: Coach Carter, Gridiron, Dodgeball, Wedding Crashers, Shawshank Redemption, Avatar, Rocky and others.
Fav tv show: CNN (Nancy Grace), Lifetime, 24, sportscenter
Fav musician: anybody w/ a funky fast beat...

Q: Describe Drexel Long in five words.
A: Energy, Drive, Ambition, Determined and Strong-Willed

Q: Any set plans coming up as far as competing or anything else?
A: After doing 13 shows I believe I have one more left in me which will be Nov 14th in Hamilton, ON- the UFE Nationals (www.UFEshows.com). Then Ill hang up the posing suits and get into crossfit. I hope to learn and master the different exercises and qualify for sectionals, regionals and the GAMES in 2011. I plan to get more work as a sports model. I'm always in some kind of online voting contest so keep a look out for me.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I would like for people to check out Body By Vi products:
Wanna lose weight, gain muscle, maintain what you have, join me on the Body by Vi's 90 day fitness challenge www.msguns.bodybyvi.com
Wanna earn FREE products, make XTRA $$$ and WIN a paid for BMW, join me @ www.visalus.com

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so, how can they contact you and what are they getting in Drexel Long the athlete and competitor?
A: Yes, I am always looking for sponsors to help me reach my goals of being the best I can. They can contact me at my site www.flexwithdrex.com and check out my sponsorship page. They will get a hard working natural drug free athlete. An athlete who does not give up until her goals are reached.

Q: Again, Drexel, it has been an honor to have you do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Jason, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to interview with you.
Thank you for being so patience with me. Thanks for supporting ALL women of ALL sports. You are AWESOME!
Luv,
Ms. Guns

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ChieTerui Interview





Chie Terui is not only one of the most beautiful women you will ever come across, but she has one of the best physiques you will ever come across. She has worked very hard to earn that physique. Chie is someone who you can never question her work ethic, determination, desire, and love for what she does. Her goal, like many is to win her IFBB Pro card, and you would be crazy to doubt her and doubt she will get it. Chie is someone who clearly achieves what she sets her mind to. From 5th place in her first competition to where she is now, she just keeps getting better, and there is no doubt she will continue that trend and keep getting better and better.







Q: First, Chie, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: Thank you for this opportunity Jason.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: My name is Chie Terui. I'm from Japan and I've been living in the U.S. for 14 years. I am part owner of Ratio 1:1 Personal Training Center. A personal trainer, International Figure competitor, and mother of three children

Q: Before the gym, were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports?
A: I've always been athletic and I like the challenge of different sports. When I was growing up I tried basketball, even though I'm short, volleyball, badminton, etc. When I was in Jr. high school, I got into a Japanese martial arts form called Kendo and continued through high school and earned my black belt. After that I became a swimming instructor, aerobics instructor, and personal trainer in Japan. So I have been in the fitness industry a long time.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: After all the sports I tried, I still had some weight problems and that lead to me feeling insecure about myself. I became over weight and had high cholesterol problems because of the combination of having three children and the dramatic change in my diet from moving from Japan to the U.S. I went up to a size 12 and I didn't want to take any medications for my cholesterol so I went back to the gym and started exercising and eating healthy.

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy?
A: Yes, I always wanted to learn how to sculpt a body with free weights because they give you a nice toned look, and it is a different look than just losing weight with just cardio and diet. Also, I'm a self-motivated person and don't mind hard work. I was really determined and consistent. Even with the change in my diet and exercise, it still look a little longer for me to see big results. I think a lot of people think that they are eating right and at the time I did too. But if I knew then what I know now about nutrition, I think my weight would have come down faster.

Q: How long were you training when you decided to compete and what made you decide to compete?
A: When I decided to compete, I was already into weight training for 2 years and I was looking for a bigger challenge. Figure came out around that time and I felt it was a great sport and challenge for me.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time?
A: Well, all my family is in Japan so they didn't have any idea about Figure competition at the time, but my trainer and now my fiance Earl Bel was really supportive of it from the beginning.

Q: Was the first competition what you expected or did anything surprise you?
A: My first competition was the Illinois State Figure Championship in 2003. I took 5th place my first time. There were 28 girls in my class so I think I did really well for my first try. I don't like to lose and I am going for number one every time I compete so my expectations were to win first place. One thing that surprised me was that some competitors didn't have any idea about Figure competition. For instance, how to pick a suit, how to pose or color of tan etc...

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: Sure
*2010- Arnold Amateur International Figure- Open A- 3rd place
*2009- Illinois State Figure Championship- Short Class- 1st place
*2007- Illinois State Figure Championship- Open Short- 4th place
*2006- Continental USA Figure Championship- Short Class- 2nd place
*2005- Illinois State Figure Championship- Open Short- 2nd place
*2004- The Body Rock Figure Championship- Open Short- 10th place
*2004- Central USA Figure Championship- Open Short- 2nd place
*2003- Illinois State Figure Championship- Open Short- 5th place

Q: Do you have a body part that you think is your best?
A: I feel that my legs are my best body part.

Q: Do you have a favorite part to train?
A: I like to train my shoulders and hamstring because I need more!!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: Monday- Shoulders, Tuesday-Hamstring, Wednesday-Back, Thursday- Chest, Friday-Arms, Saturday-Legs, Sunday-Rest. Cardio 2-3 hours six days a week. My diet consists of proteins hakes, egg whites, chicken, turkey for my protein, sweet potatoes and oatmeal for my carbs, and green vegetables. For contest prep my workout or diet is different every time; It depends how I look at the time.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time whats the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Well, sometimes I get both positive and negative feedback.

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: People sometimes ask, "What are you eating to lose so much weight?" Also, people constantly confuse Figure with Bodybuilding.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: As far as Figure, they think we don't train or diet hard. I know that in order for my body to have come this far, I had to do hard training and dieting. It's so easy to see the before pictures and hear how long it took for me to be where I am now, but people would never understand the level of hard work I put in over the years. Most people don't realize how much time and sacrifice competitors put into out sport.


Q: What is the best and worst part of competing?
A: The worst part about competition is dieting and the restricted schedule because of eating and training. The best part of competing is winning and the end result!

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: Yes I do. My favorite competitors are Heather Mae French and Mary Lado. I admire their physiques because they are totally different than mine.

Q: DO you have a favorite cheat food?
A: My favorite cheat food is Hooters chicken wings.

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: I would tell them that you have to love the sport.


Q: You are also a trainer. What got you interested in that and what do you enjoy about it?
A: I love helping change people's lives. I have some life experiences with a lot of problems that many women are going through so I can relate to their problems and help them better themselves physically and mentally. When they can change physically, they feel better and their attitude changes. You would be surprised by how many women are not happy with themselves. But they can change it and I like to help with my talents and life experiences.

Q: If someone was interested in being trained by you, how can they contact you?
A: They can contact me by email at teruichie@yahoo.com or you can always call me at my office at Ratio 1:1 Fitness (708)755-2968. I'm also on Facebook.

Q: You have a website to. Can you give the address out and tell people what they can find there?
A: My website is www.figureprodigy.com, you can find out more about me and see my before picture. Also, my diary and my photo gallery are on there as well.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love dancing. I enjoy salsa, meringue, and Chicago style stepping.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Chie Terui.
A: My day is so busy. I get up to do an hour of cardio, make my kid's breakfast and lunch, send them to school, I then cook breakfast and lunch for my fiance and me. We own Ratio 1:1 Personal Training Fitness Center so when we get to work, we are there all day. Between clients, we do our workout, pick up our kids, cook dinner, and go back to work until we close the facility. The next day we do it all over again. Just talking about it makes me tired!

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: My before picture in comparison to how I look now.

Q: Describe Chie Terui in five words.
A: The five words I would use to describe myself are: Hard working, Determined, Competitive, Fun loving, and Bossy!

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: My goal is to become an IFBB Japanese Pro Figure competitor and continue to compete and also I have a company called Figure Prodigy International and I would like to help train athletes just like m. I'm going to have The Ratio 1:1 fitness franchise in the future. I also plan to extend my clothing line and become an overall successful business woman.

Q: Anything you want to take this time to plug or promote?
A: I definitely want to thank my fiance Earl Bell for believing in my dreams, my children and my staff at Ratio1:1 Fitness for supporting me. I would also like to take this opportunity to promote my website www.figureprodigy.com and look for me at one of my many upcoming appearances.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Chie Terui the athlete and competitor?
A: Yes, I am looking for sponsors. I can be reached at teruichie@yahoo.com. As an athlete and competitor, I feel they are getting a highly recognizable hard working and already established business person that can bring recognition to their products and can crate instant mass appeal to people of the U.S. and Japan. Through my life experiences I am able to connect with women and people of all walks of life such as mothers, women with health issues, overweight women, as well as athletes who purchase large quantities of their products. I feel that I am relatable to both athletes and everyday people alike.

Q: Chie, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you again Jason for this opportunity and my last words are : Never Impossible!

Colleen Tanner Interview








I first found Colleen Tanner and it was a simple case of me really liking her physique and wanting an interview. Colleen has become a very good friend. Someone I admire both in the physique aspect and even more so in the person she is aspect. From working to put herself through high school and college to a career to bodybuilding, Colleen defines hard work and dedication. Colleen is also always quick to encourage and support me in my own competing goals. Colleen is simply a very special woman and I am honored to call her a friend. She has done only two shows to this point, but her life history tells us she will keep going, keep getting better, and reach any goal she sets. Colleen is not just a woman you can call a bodybuilding role model, she is a life role model.





Q: First Colleen, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I am originally from Syracuse, New York. My dad was a veteran from the marine Corp. and was a great influence for me to learn about not backing away from anything in life I want to achieve. When I was 13 he passed away and that is when I started working. I put myself through high school and college while having jobs. SO I learned a lot in my life so far about being a strong independent woman and now I am working hard at making my life the best I can.

Q: Before you started training, were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports?
A: I was not very athletic. I was actually one of those people you see in the gym who does an hour of cardio every day and didn't really change. Sure, maybe I lost a pound here and there but I had no idea how to weight train. I dabbled in volleyball and field hockey and even used to run 3-5 miles every day, but I didn't really compete in anything.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: When I was just starting out in college, I was looking for any kind of work to pay my bills and I had found a job in one of my local gyms as front desk help.

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you saw results?
A: Well, training was very easy for me to pick up. I might have not been doing everything right at first(like form and splitting body parts) but it was not very hard. The thing that I never did much about that I didn't change until years after Is tarted training in the gym was my diet. When I focused on proper protein intake and ditching some high sugar carbs, that was when I noticed changes.

Q: What made you decide to compete the first time?
A: I went to shows to watch competitors in the gym get up on stage. I knew how hard they trained and dieted. Since I am a huge fan of hard work and goal attainment, I have a lot of respect for all competitors. It was at one of the shows, I sat in the audience and thought to myself "I know I can do this one day and I know I can be good...I just have to figure out how to build myself."

Q: Was the first one what you expected? Any memories of the show?
A: Not exactly what I expected. At my first show I came in having over dieted (because I did everything without proper diet or training coaches), so I wasn't filled out. But the thing about the show was that there was just me and one other girl. I thought " All of that dieting to show up on game day to hardly any competition?" How frustrating. It also made me realize that I needed to seek out the proper diet coaching.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported?
A: I wish I could say yes to this one. My sister supported me by wanting to be at my shows. But most of my friends didn't understand female bodybuilding. One of the typical comments I heard was "That is gross, why would you want to look like that?" I think if you ever want to separate your real loving friends from the ones who are poisoning your future, you should train and diet for a show. It is during those very exhausting times where the greatest supporters shine.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: I am still very new.
*2008 INBF Pouhkeepsie, New York Lighweight
*2010 NPC NY Metro Lighweight

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: Normally I train 4 days per week and really try to go as heavy as I can to get 6-8 reps per set. I have been trying to maximize my rest between sets up to 2 minutes. I used to try to keep a low carb diet all year but found I was not very successful at building while doing this. So last year I changed that entirely. I eat a lot more carbs with all my meals now and am seeing more strength and gains.
Before my contest, I have to gradually drop carbs along with calories while switching to more fats with my protein intake.

Q: What would you consider your best body part or the one that gets the most compliments?
A: Honestly, I think my back is one of my best body parts. I don't usually ask anyone else what they think so I am not sure if anyone really agrees.

Q: Do you have a favorite part to train?
A: I love training my legs. It sounds crazy because most people seem to bitch and moan about leg day, but I just love it.

Q: When someone sees your physique for the first time, what is the most common reaction?
A: I don't know how to answer this. One thing about me is that I try not to pay attention to what other people think of me. I am not seeking anyones approval or opinion about what I do or about my goals. I am the only real critic of me and I like it that way.

Q: Are there any misconceptions about female bodybuilders or anything you wish people understood?
A: I think most people just do not understand why females want to train and diet so hard to get a hard muscular look and compete. For some ridiculous reason, female bodybuilding has been getting less attention while Figure and Bikini competitions are getting more. I do understand that the trend is a clear sign of what people pay to watch so that is the demand. But female bodybuilders have to take training and diet to an extreme level vs. the Figure/Bikini competitors. There should be a greater respect or appreciation for female bodybuilders. There should be more female bodybuilders promoting protein and supplements in all the health magazines vs just figure. When I pick up a Muscle and Fitness magazine I want to see female bodybuilders. That would be more inspiring for many women to at least try to get in shape in my opinion.

Q: Do you think muscular women are becoming more accepted by society?
A: A little bit, but not so much female bodybuilders. I think female figure girls have been overly promoted by advertisements and magazines.

Q: DO you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Hell ya! I have this thing for peanut butter or cashew butter.

Q: Any competitors you admire or are a fan of?
A: Yes. I am a huge fan of Colette Nelson. She is both a great bodybuilder and also brilliant with business.
I am also a big fan of Michelle Brent. She has been competing for a while and never gives up on her dream to be a Pro. If you ever see her on stage, she "brings it" and I personally think she deserved that Pro card a long time ago. What is amazing is that she will not give up. In my mind, she is a winner.

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: GO FOR IT! Just do it right. Not half assed.....if you are going to do it, make sure you know what you are doing to prevent injuries!! And get a diet coach for competition dieting.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I have a busy career. I love what I do, but it takes a lot of my time. So...when I am in the gym I look at that as MINE ALL MINE!! When I get free time I try to keep it low key. Watching funny movies or just getting some time to spend with some of my friends.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Colleen Tanner.
A: I wake up around 4ish to get ready for my day, hit the gym, and then go to work. My days tend to be long ones so when i get home at night, I try to unwind with Family Guy on TV (I just get some great laughs at that show).

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I volunteer my time as a mentor for a children's home.

Q: Describe Colleen Tanner in five words.
A: I'm extremely passionate and determined.

Q: Any plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I have been debating doing the October shows....or just waiting until the spring again.

Q: Anything you want to take this time to plug or promote?
A: Colette Nelson. She is the best diet coach, and things like music, tanning, hair, and makeup. Anyones needs before a contest.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Colleen Tanner the athlete and competitor?
A: I would be extremely grateful to have sponsors! I can be reached at step1_tanner@yahoo.com through email. Or by phone (303)304-7258.
They would be getting one of the hardest working competitors around. When I say that, I mean work ethic. I am determined to continue my future as a female competitor and to help keep this sport alive.

Q: Colleen, again, thanks so much for doing this. Any last words before you go?
A: Jason...Thank you for reaching out to me with this interview! I am glad to be a part of something that keeps female competitors in the face of the public.