Monday, February 28, 2011

Kristin Bittner Interview


Being from Ohio, when I find a competitor from Ohio I like to go out of my way to make them look good. In the case of Kristin Bittner...... I don't have to. She makes herself look much more than good. Kristin started training as an outlet after having to give up gymnastics. That outlet has turned into a love for what she does, and does very well at. Kristin is one of those people who is so deserving of support.





Q: First, Kristin, 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 and raised in Cleveland Ohio, and most of my family is here in ohio. I am an only child, and probably a little spoiled because of it :)I have a degree in surgical technology from the University of Akron, and am now attending Baldwin Wallace college to get my bachelors in biology with a minor in business. I graduate this December and am hoping to get into medical sales.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or
anything?
A: I was a competitive gymnast for 14 years and started at the age of 4. I also ran track (mile and 1/2 mile)and competed in a few horse shows.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: I had 2 ankle surgeries due to gymnastics injuries and quit competing when I was 18. I was used to being in the gym for 20 hours a week. I felt lost without gymnastics and an outlet to release all my energy. The gym seemed like
a good place to start. My mom started training with a woman who had done a few figure shows. I went to go watch her show to see what it was all about. In the middle of the competition, I turned to my mom, and said " I want to do this."
My mom's trainer is now my trainer. I guess the rest is history!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started
to see results?
A: It was relatively easy for me because of the gymnastics background. I started noticing results pretty quickly. I lost what little boobs I had pretty quickly! My goal was to put on more muscle, and I definitely toned up my body and got some curves!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: My mom's trainer, who is also my trainer now, was planning on competing in a show in April. She suggested that my mom and I also compete with her! I am always up for a challenge, and doing a show was definitely the outlet I needed for my competitive nature and energy. I instantly fell in love with the glitz and glam of competing! I definitely caught the competition bug!


Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: My parents and boyfriend have been incredibly supportive with me competing. My boyfriend has been behind my back 100%, even though he thinks its funny to eat pizza and bread in front of me while I'm dieting! He really has been supportive and has even been helping me pick out bikinis and going to posing practices with me!

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: It was everything I expected and more! I was expecting cattiness backstage from the competitors, but everyone has been amazing and I have made some great friends in this industry. I don't think anything can prepare you for the spray tanning naked
with a room full of other naked girls, though! I guess it comes with the territory!

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A:
*April 2009- Natural Ohio, Lakewood Ohio- 2nd place
*May 2009- Mike Francois Classic, Columbus Ohio- 4th place
*August 2009- IFBB North American Championships- 7th place in class D
*October 2009- Natural Northern Ohio, Lakewood Ohio- 3rd place in class C
*June 2010- West Coast Classic, Los Angles California- 3rd place in class C

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: I get the most compliments on my quads. They are definitely developed from gymnastics and track. They grow quickly and I have to make sure that they don't get too big before a show!

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I have a love-hate relationship with legs. I hate doing them, but I love the soreness I get after a good leg workout. My favorite to train is probably biceps, and my goal every session is to see the vein in my bicep pop!!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it
for contest prep?
A: I do weights 5-6 days a week,doing 1 body part each day and do some boxing in my basement daily. I always eat pretty healthy, but cut down my carbs pretty low 6-8 weeks before a show. When getting ready to compete, I do cardio everyday, and make sure that I eat my boiled chicken and sweet potatoes every 2 hours! I also have my best friend with me, a gallon jug of water, that goes everywhere with me!


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: This is a touchy subject for me. People that compete or workout regularly, understand the dedication and sacrifice that it takes to compete, and are supportive. The other 75% of people that have probably never worked out a day in their life, that feel the need to knock me down for competing. They often make comments about what I'm eating and question why I would put myself through the torture. It makes you appreciate the supportive people that much more!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you
are most sick of hearing?
A: "What is a bikini competition, and does the girl with the biggest boobs win?" So annoying! Or people that question everything that I'm eating. Yes, its sweet potatoes and chicken, just like yesterday!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the
one thing you wish people understood?
A: I think there is a misconception about the bikini division. People think that we just push 5 lb pink weights! I'm leg pressing 300 lbs. I'm in the gym everyday lifting and doing cardio. We don't just wake up and look like this. Bikini requires
dedication and sacrifice

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: I'm a weights girl 100%! I hate cardio, and I hate it even more when I'm dieting and getting ready for a show. I recently just got into boxing, and I get excited to take my aggression out on the bag everyday!

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I'm a huge Jay Cutler fan, but I've also met some AMAZING girls while competing, who I will always stay in contact with.
There are too many good competitors out there, both amateur and pro!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Pizza is always my post contest food, but I can't turn down my mom's chicken paprikash!

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: Don't be afraid to lift heavy and work hard! You will be sore the next day, but it will all be worth it in the end!

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women working in the gym with
the weights and not just doing cardio and things?
A: There are definitely more girls doing weights, and I think it's awesome! I think the bikini division has helped with that. Women can still have muscle without looking "manly". Everyone looks better with a little bit of muscle!

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I like to travel to any place that has a beach! Miami is probably one of my favorite places! I also spend alot of my time reading magazines and websites to find new, yummy, healthy recipes to try!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Kristin Bittner.
A: Right now, school takes up a good majority of my day. When I get done with school, I'm going to the gym or down in my basement boxing. I then make dinner from scratch every night, and usually involves chicken in some sort of way. I will do homework or study til 10pm, then call it a night. I'm actually kind of boring!

Q: Describe Kristin Bittner in five words.
A: Athletic, Compassionate, Intelligent, Dedicated, Stubborn

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have an obsession with tattoos! I have 5, but promised my boyfriend that I wouldn't get anymore :(

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I'm planning on doing the Muscle Mafia show in October in Lakewood Ohio, the Natural Pennsylvania a week later, and then maybe the Mid Atlantic in West Virginia!

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I am an aspiring fitness model, so if anyone is interested, email me!!


Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they
getting in Kristin Bittner the athlete and competitor?
A: I would love to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email Kroxy022b@aol.com. I am a very hard worker,dedicated,
professional and have placed top 4 in every regional show I've done!

Q: Kristin, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words
before you go?
A: Thank you for interviewing me, and thanks to my family ,friends, and trainers for supporting me through this crazy ride!!

Deep Squats and Deep Thoughts by Brea Sharron

"Deep Squats and Deep Thoughts"

Hey ya'll! Here's the "deep thought" part of the tittle I've got for ya'll today....
Competition is a team sport. Yes only one of you goes on stage, and blah blah blah, but we as competitors forget all the other people that help us down the road to success. I know personally there is no chance in heck (by the way, I always watch my language) I could have ever even made it to my first show without all the love, support and encouragement I had.
Dieting is hard. No, if, ands, or buts about it, and it sucks. Without the help of friends and family helping you cook, clean or simply just telling you that you look great, (even more is said for the ones understanding not to tempt you into cheating) it sucks even more. I'm am blessed with an amazing mother who really tries, she's learned to hide anything "bad" ideally chocolate my kryptonite in random places in her house so I can come over. Granted she normally ends up telling me where she's hid stuff going "do you want me to tell you where I hid the bag of mini reeses (just the mention of that luscious chocolate and peanut butter combination is currently make my mouth water) is." But hey, I'll go ahead and give her points for effort, and she does tell me when and where my "diet" foods are on sale...
Next on the agenda is training. Ahhemm cardio... Cardio sucks too, not quite as much as dieting but a close second. Without my cardio buddies with me I sure as heck wouldn't have the motivation to keep my happy tail running around like a gerbil on a wheel on that darn treadmill as much as I do. My latest thing is run for two minutes, walk (and talk) at an incline for three and not only do I get a chance to do a little socializing making it more bearable but I've almost always got some one going, time to run again, you need to run, just one more time, you can do it! That all being said I thank the Lord for my best friend Tonya who is preparing for the same shows I am. We both know we'll be right next to each other on stage in the same height class (yes, I found someone who is over the age of 12 who is also 5 feet tall....) but we still say we are a "team" and we can not let the team down! We meet before work for cardio and again at lunch to lift and keep each other accountable and motivated for our workout, saying "do another set that one wasn't hard enough." We constantly text each other throughout the day asking how the others diet is going, reminding each other that we really don't want that cookie in the kitchen at work, and when one of us cooks we cook enough for both to make food prep easier, as well as bringing each other a meal to work if the other one forgot or is out of food. She is amazing, last year it was just me doing this and I had a few buddies but no one to really be there and let me advise anyone, make a friend with a local girl in the same boat is makes things much more enjoyable!!!
On another note I've got to say something for all the coaches out there, this one goes without saying but WE DEFINITELY COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU! Not just for all the the expertise to give us the winning edge, but the encouragement and support every step of the way!
My second to last thanks is to all the sponsors and supporters no matter how big or small they may be. The supplement companies who give us a free stuff (yay for shaker cups and samples) or even deals to help the expense of all the darn protein and vitamins, the photographers who do free shoots for us, or the clothing companies who help us make it another day without doing laundry. That being said, don't forget these guys ya'll, do what you can to help them. These are the people who saw the potential in you and helped out before anyone else did. A huge thank you to an awesome guy I'm blessed to call a friend, Mr. Adam Weidel and his new clothing line Silverback Krew (come say hi to me at our booth at the Arnold or www.silverbackkrew.com). All these guys are awesome!
Last but definitely not least is the Lord... I won't get all preachy here but there is absolutely no way I could have made it through all these of contest preps and shows without faith and patience that passes all understanding... So anyways ya'll yes it you all alone on stage but don't forget the everyone who helped you along the way and a humongous THANK YOU to everyone who has helped me!

Quote of the day:
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there"

Keys to Successful Weight Loss by Janelle Gallo

Keys to successful weight loss

There are many factors that contribute to weight loss that should be followed. It is not just one factor that is to be followed but a combination of all these factors will help with a successful & healthy weight loss. Remember, it is great to lose weight but if you aren't healthy inside than you are only setting yourself up for problems down the road. Here are the factors:

1) HEALTHY EATING- Your diet should consist of lean proteins such as fish, chicken, turkey, eggwhites, fat-free cottage cheese and greek yogurt, whey isolate & casein shakes. Eating organic and hormone-free meats is especially important because they don't have added hormones and chemicals added to them. Along with lean proteins, there should be a variety of dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli and fruits. Berries have very high antioxidants. Finally, staying away from refined carbohydrates such as cakes, cookies, pastries, any foods that have white flour and are processe. You need to incorporate whole grain, complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, red skin potatoes, and oatmeal or grits. Lastly, incorporating healthy fats that are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated helps lubricate and protect joints, are good to for the brain and help reduce inflammation in the body as well as help you burn fat. These sources should come from fish oils, olive oil, nuts, natural nut butters, avocado, coconut & coconut oil, and seeds. Remember, too much of healthy food can prevent you from losing weight. You must have small portions and eat frequently throughout the day to keep blood sugars normal and metabolism to speed up. Calories in =calories out. You must burn more calories than you eat in order to lose weight, so total calories for the day that you ingest is what counts.

2)EXERCISE- You must be active and get your body moving. Performing cardiovascular exercises that bring your heart rate up will burn fat. Activities such as brisk walking, cycling, jogging, running, plyometrics, group exercise classes such as zumba, cardio kickboxing, spinning and various exercise machines such as the elliptical, stepmill or treadmill is also a great way to get your body moving. Remember, do activities that you enjoy. It will make exercise fun and motivating. These activities will help strengthen your heart, & blood circulation. Perform these exercises at least 5 days a week. Along with cardiovasular exercise, strength training is beneficial for building muscles, and strengthening muscles and bones. If you develop more lean body mass, your body will burn more fat and burn it more efficiently. Also, having strong muscles will help strengthen the joints. You can use dumbbells, barbells, tubing & bands, a cable system, as well as machines to strengthen the muscles. Lastly, incorporating flexibility into your routine, will prevent you from getting injured and keep muscles from becoming so tight. Yoga, pilates, and stretching exercises are beneficial for this. Give yourself 2 full days of rest to recouperate and recover your body from exercise. More is not better and won't get you results faster! Your body is like a car, if you overwork it, it will eventually break down.

3) WATER-Too many people don't drink enough water. Water is very important for our bodies. It is good for the hair, skin, and nails as well as keeping your body hydrated. Research has shown that drinking a lot of water helps the body burn fat. It also helps your body to perform exercise. Being in a dehydrated state is not healthy. It can cause muscle cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and you can even pass out! Your body is made up of all cells. We need to hydrate them in order for them to perform their activities. Water also helps with transporting food into our cells so we can have the energy to perform exercise and burn fat. So, drink your water! Aim of 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon of water a day.

4)SLEEP-I can't tell you how important sleep is to the body. Quite often I get clients that have their diet and exercise down perfectly but they are not losing weight because they get 5 hours a sleep a night. Aim for 8 hours a sleep a night. Sleep helps your body recover from the everyday stressors it experiences. When we are sleep-deprived, we see the body's natural hormones become disrupted. Cortisol levels tend to rise and then the dreaded fat in your midsection suddenly appears. Other hormones such as gh levels, and estrogen or testosterone is thrown off. If hormones are imbalanced than the body will have trouble burning fat because of the lack of sleep and stress that is being put on it. So, get your sleep and try to cut down on the stress in your life. It will only hurt you in the long run.

4)DECREASE STRESS-As stated above, stress can hinder your weight loss. We all have daily stresses that we deal with but when you are overstressed, you begin to change your body's chemistry. Cortisol levels raise, & hormones become imbalanced as when sleep deprived and your body starts to crave sugary & salty foods. This can hinder your healthy eating and cause you to gain weight. So finding ways to de-stress helps. Take a yoga class, meditate, go for a walk instead of eating bad food, talk to friends and family to vent and get feelings out, read self-help books. All of these things can help you manage stress. Stress is the silent killer, so decreasing it will put you on the path to a healthy and successful weight loss.

5)HAVING A POSITIVE MENTAL STATE- Research has shown that people who have a more positive state of mind suffer less from disease and live longer than their counterparts who tend to be negative. Having a positive outlook towards your weight loss will make you more successful with it. You have to believe that you can do it, and when there are setbacks or hard times, you must still learn from them instead of pointing out the bad experience you had. Having a mental picture and visualizing what you want to look like or be like will help also. If you have constant negative thoughts about the weight loss process or say you are going to try, will only set yourself up for failure. You have to say to yourself that you are going to "DO" it, regardless of what happens. Remember, mind=body. Having a positive mind, can help you accomplish any fitness goal.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

NAAFS Caged Fury 14 Report


On Saturday February 26th the NAAFS put on another great show, Caged Fury 14. Before a packed, standing room only house, they put on another great show. Every fighter showed up ready to entertain. The fights had really great crowd responses, as the crowd clearly enjoyed each fight. The NAAFS is one of those promotions who always runs a first class show designed to entertain the fans. Here is my report on the show.

1. Dave Spadell (3-1 Independent) vs Miguel Defina (4-2 Team GriffonRawl)

RD 1: Defina opens with some good punches and quickly goes for a guillotine, instead settling for a good takedown. Defina lands good body shots from the top. Spadell is able to stand back up. Defina lands a good knee to the body and they clinch on the cage. They separate and Defina gets the better of an exchange. Defina gets a takedown against the cage and Spadell pulls guard. Defina lands a couple punches to end the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Defina

RD 2: Defina lands a good punch but Spadell then lands several good shots against the cage rocking Defina. Defina gets a clinch and takedown and begins looking for a rear naked choke. Spadell escapes and stands back up. Both fighters look tired here. Defina goes for and gets a double leg takedown and gets his back. He is able to get one hook in but can't get the second so begins to land strikes. The ref stands them up as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Spadell

RD 3: Great leg kick by Spadell and Defina counters and gets a takedown and gets mount. Spadell gets a great sweep to get on top and goes for a choke, but Defina reverses and gets back on top and then gets a crucifix, but was not overly active from the position. Now he lands some good body shots. Spadell rolls to is stomach and Defina looks for a choke as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Defina
My score card: 29-28 Defina
Decision: Miguel Defina by unanimous decision: 29-28/29-28/29-28

2. Amateur Lightweight
Bill Algeo (1-0 Team Titan PA) vs Victer Crenshaw (1-0 Strong Style Fight Team

RD 1: Crenshaw comes out landing punches including some good head shots and goes for the takedown. He gets a nice slam takedown. Algeo is going for an arm but Crenshaw pulls out. Crenshaw gets his back but Algeo does a nice job of rolling out and standing up. Crenshaw lands a good head and body combo and then lands a few more shots. Algeo gets a takedown and gets his back and goes for a rear naked. Crenshaw pulls out but Algeo goes for it again. This time he gets it hooked in but Crenshaw is able to quickly get out. Algeo lands some punches to the head as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Algeo

RD 2: Good shot to the head by Crenshaw, who then lands some more shots. They clinch against the cage where Crenshaw lands a great punch to the head. The ref separates them. Crenshaw gets thumbed in the eye forcing a stop in action. When it resumes Algeo lands a good punch and Crenshaw answers with some good shots and they clinch on the cage. Crenshaw lands a good uppercut Algeo gets a slam and lands in side control and then gets the mount followed by getting his back. He flattens him out and starts landing punches. Algeo gets mount again and lands ground and pound forcing the ref to stop it.

Result: Bill Algeo by TKO at 2:53 of round 2

3. Amateur Light Heavyweight
Tommy Deroia (4-0 Dungeon MMA) vs Tony Hodges (3-0 Team Hodges)

RD 1: They clinch and Deroia lands a knee and gets a takedown and gets side control. Then he gets his back and flattens him out and quickly gets a rear naked choke for the tap.

Result: Tommy Derioa by Tapout (Rear naked choke) at :44 of round 1

4. Amateur Lightweight
Cameron Ross (3-1 Brick Wall Fight Club) vs Josh Kallai (2-0 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Nice body kick by Ross and then he lands a leg kick. They clinch on the cage and Kallai gets a takedown and gets his back. He gets his hooks in and Ross tries hard to stand but goes back down. Kallai lands good strikes. The roll around but Kallai does good job keeping the body triangle. Kallai flattens him and lands more strikes.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Kallai

RD 2: Ross misses a leg kick and Kallai shoots in and gets a takedown and side control and then mount. He lands some good punches. They stay in this position for awhile. Kallai then lands some nice body shots and gets his back and flattens him. He lands some more shots to end the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Kallai

RD 3: Ross comes out throwing punches then Kallai gets a takedown. Kallai postures up and lands several punches before taking his back. He ends up back in half guard. Kallai moves to the mount and lands ground and pound. Ross's mouth is bleeding pretty bad. Kallai lands more ground and pound to end the round.
I scored RD 3 10-9 Kallai
My score card: 30-27 Kallai
Decision: Josh Kalli by unanimous decision: 30-27/29-28/30-27

5. Amateur 115lbs
Ronda Gale (3-2 Dungeon MMA) vs Holly Powell (4-1 Savage Grappling)

RD 1: Both throw leg kicks. They clinch on the cage . Gale lands two good punches followed by a beautiful jab. Powell lands a nice body kick. They separate but then clinch again. Gale lands a good uppercut in the clinch. Nice knee by Gale. Powell is trying hard to take it down and Gale lands nice punches. Powell lands a good punch and Gale lands a good shot in return. Powell is going for a single leg and finally gets it. Powell is going for an arm as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gale

RD 2: Good knees by Gale. Both throwing wild punches and Gale lands a good knee to the body. They clinch on the cage and Powell tries to take it down. Powell is really trying hard to get the takedown, and Gale just keeps landing shots. The ref separates them and Gale lands a couple nice punches. Gale then lands a good knee to the body and a leg kick. Gale lands several more punches. Powell shoots in but gets stuffed. Powell finally gets it down as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Gale

RD 3: Gale lands hard punches. Powell shoots for the single and gets stuffed. Gale lands a nice shot to Powell's head. Now Powell is going for a double leg and Gale lands on top. Powell trying hard for a triangle. In guard Gale lands some shots. Powell is going for an arm but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Gale
My score card: 30-27 Gale

Decision: Ronda Gale by split decision: 30-27/28-29/29-28

6. Amateur Bantamweight
Victor Guarriello (3-2 Team Air Gad-fly) vs Cody Garbrandt (3-1 Mainstreet MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Guarriello. Garbrandt lands some head shots and hurts him and the ref stops it.

Result: Cody Garbrandt by TKO :36 of RD 1

7. Amateur Bantamweight
Tyler Saltsman (4-0 Team Titan PA) vs Isaiah Chapman (9-1 Rock Hard MMA)

RD 1: Saltsman shoots in but misses. He shoots again and gets stuffed. Chapman lands a good punch and knocks him down but Saltsman gets back up immediately. Good jab by Chapman. Saltsman gets a single leg but Chapman gets right up only to be slammed down by Saltsman. Saltsman lands good strikes from the top. Chapman gets back up. Saltsman takes him down again. Chapman tries hard to get up but Saltsman holds onto one leg. They do stand and Saltsman shoots in again and gets a takedown but Chapman gets up quick. Chapman lands a knee and punches at end of the round.
I sored RD 1: 0-9 Saltsman

RD 2: Chapman lands some punches. Saltsman shoots bet gets stuffed. Chapman lands good strikes against the cage. More good striking by Chapman. Chapman landing a good deal of punches here. Saltsman goes for and gets a takedown and lands some short head shots. Then he lands some body shots. Chapman gets to his feet and lands a nice cross that hurts him. Saltsman shoots for but cant get a takedown at the rounds end.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Chapman

RD 3: Both land some punches. Good leg kick by Saltsman followed by a takedown. Good punches by Saltsman as Chapman tries for a choke from the bottom. They stand back up. Good punches by Saltsman and then he shoots but gets blocked. Saltsman then gets the takedown and Chapman tries for a guillotine. Saltsman postures up and lands good strikes. In north-south position and then side control for Saltsman. Chapman stands and lands a knee to the body and throws wild punches to end the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Saltsman
My score card: 29-28 Saltsman
Decision: Isaiah Chapman by unanimous decision: 29-28/29-28/29-28

8. Pro Lightweight
John Myers (11-9 Instigator Fight Team) vs Bryon McCroskey (8-4 Team GriffonRawl)

RD 1: Lots of circling. Myers lands a body kick and both land punches. McCroskey gets a takedown but decides to stand back up. Myers lands a leg kick and and McCroskey lands a hook. McCroskey then lands a nice leg kick and punch. McCroskey misses a spinning back fist and Myers gets a takedown. McCroskey lands a nice elbow from the bottom and Myers pushes him against the cage. Myers decides to stand back up. McCroskey hurts him with a punch and Myers goes for and gets a single leg. Myers goes for a guillotine but it doesn't appear tight. McCroskey gets on top and land good strikes. They stand and McCroskey lands a knee to the head and takes him down. Myers looks cut badly over his eye. Good body shots by McCroskey to end the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 McCroskey
After the round Myers knee is injured and he can't continue
Result: Bryon McCroskey by TKO at end of round 1

9. Pro Light Heavyweight
Josh Watson (6-2 Team Throwdown) vs John Hawk ( 10-2-1 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Both throwing jabs. Watson lands a good punch. Hawk lands some good shots. Good leg kick by Watson then hawk lands a nice leg kick. Both are landing hard shots. Hawk lands a good leg kick. Watson charges in but misses a punch and Hawk lands a few shots putting him against the cage. Good leg kick by Watson. Watson lands a cross and Hawk answers with a couple good jabs. Watson lands a leg kick. Hawk hurts hm with punches and drops him. Hawk gets on top and lands vicious elbows till the ref stops it.

Result: John Hawk by TKO at 3:55 of round 1

10. Pro Heavyweight
Dan Spohn (12-4 Cambridge MMA) vs Josh Hendricks (19-6 Fight Farm/Nutter MMA)

RD 1: Spohn lands a leg kick. Hendricks forces a clinch on the cage and lands a good knee. Spohn hurts him with a punch. Hendricks gets a takedown against the cage and lands a couple short head shots. Hendricks has a bad cut on his head. They stop it to check the cut and Hendricks is unable to continue due to the cut.

Result: Dan Spohn by TKO at 1:57 of Round 1

Submission of the Night: Tommy Deroia

Knockout of the Night: John Hawk

Fight of the Night: Ronda Gale vs Holly Powell

Friday, February 25, 2011

You Asked It with IFBB Pro Christy Merritt


When I decided on another You Asked It, to me, Christy Merritt was the obvious choice to ask to do it. There is so much to love about Christy, incredible physique, beautiful, dedicated, and incredibly sweet. Christy had an amazing 2010, coming from nowhere to become one of the elite Bikini competitors in the sport. So here is Christy's answers to YOUR questions.





Q: I'm interested in competing. Should be in competition shape by June, I'm nervous because I am a black woman (light skin) mother of four with moderate ab stretch marks and a few on my buttocks. Will stage lighting and a good tan enhance these marks?
A: I am so excited for you!! As far as the lighting and such...I believe that many of the spray tanners they have at the competitions can cover scars and tattoos to make them blend in with your skin, so I think that should help to eliminate the appearance ( may not be totally un noticeable, but less so ).

Q: What kind of split do you do offseason and does it change for prep?
A: I change back and forth between doing one body part (Monday off, Tues legs, Wed shoulders, Thurs off, Fri arms, Sat chest, Sun back) and 3 days on/1 off (Day 1 legs & shoulders, Day 2 Chest & Tri, Day 3 Back and Bi). Abs I do kinda whatever day I feel like it. I keep this the same during prep, just lifting lighter and higher reps as the show gets closer.

Q: What and how much cardio do you do off season and during prep?
A: Off season, average of 20 minutes 3 times a week. Prep is anywhere from 30 minutes a day to an hour (sometimes all in the morning before first meal, and sometime split morning and night - before first meal and after last meal).

Q: What kind of diet do you use?
A: Last season we strictly used a ketone (no carb) diet. Right now I have one carb day followed by two zero carb days.
No carb days look like this: meal 1 - eggs/egg whites; meal 2 shake w/peanut butter; meal 3 chicken w/ nut;, meal 4 either beef or salmon w/ greens and olive oil; meal 5 shake or eggs
Carb days: meal 1 egg whites w oats; meal 2 shake w/ banana; meal 3 chicken w/rice; meal 4 chicken w/greens; meal 5 egg whites

Q: Why did you pick Bikini instead of maybe Figure?
A: Lol, because my trainer made me! I wanted to do figure last year, but he thought with my limited lifting history, Bikini would be better. He was right...I LOVE bikini though, being a dancer I really enjoy the freedom of presentation. I will stick with it for a while :-). Maybe figure in the future though.

Q: You got a lot of success very quickly. Is it hard to keep a level head when you get that much success so fast?
A: I still have work and a family. This is just something that happens to be a hobby I am good at. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to where I am so quickly and am thankful to everyone, most importantly my husband, for their help, encouragement, and support!

Q: Due to your quick success did you experience any jealousy from other girls?
A: I have not encountered an jealousy...or at least none that I am aware of. All of the competitors have been very welcoming and friendly!

Q: Are there any competitors you look up to?
A: I think Jaimie Baird is super fab! I love her look and she couldn't be any sweeter :-)

Q: What do you say o those who say Bikini is just T&A?
A: Um...I don't have any 'T', lol! And you aren't going to see girls without good musculature placing well. I cannot speak for other competitors, but I work my butt off to look the way I do onstage! I can outlift MANY of the men at the gym..you won't see me with the 5 and 10 lb weights, that's for sure.

Q: My gym is mostly guys. Because I am female, I get a lot of the trying to talk to me or impress me stuff. Do you experience this, and how to you ignore it?
A: I would predict that many people at the gym may perceive me to be stand-offish because I put my headphones in and try not to make eye contact. I am there to work, not talk...I also don't go to the gym dressed to impress (just fitted t's and capris), never make-up.

Q: Are their any tanning products you recommend?
A: I have only been spray tanned. I really like the color I have gotten from Liquid Sunrayz, its more of a brown, not orange color. My husband has used pro tan in the past and it turned out very well. Doing the tan yourself takes soooo long though. If you can afford to get sprayed, your life will be way easier...

Q: My shoulders seem to be a lagging body part. Can you give me an idea of your shoulder routine and do you recommend I train them maybe twice a week to catch up?
A: This is one part I worked my butt off improving last year. I usually do 4 movements, DB press or military press first (heavy 6-10 reps, 5 sets); some form of lateral raises superset with front raises (8-12 reps, 4 sets); and finish up with a rear delt move (12-15 reps, 4 sets). Occasionally I will also throw in upright rows. Last season I did two shoulder days. But this year only one.

Q: What is it like competing at the Olympia?
A: Sooooo awesome! I didn't feel a lot of pressure, so I was not super nervous. It was a very crazy week before hand though, as I had just qualified 6 days before I took the Olympia stage, and had to get travel plans together on the fly. Very, very humbled to have been there for the first ever Bikini Olympia. I really hope I can re-qualify this year and improve my placing. Unfortunately I didn't go in with my best conditioning (we didn't anticipate losing water flying, but I did...a LOT; had driven to the 3 previous shows)

Q: How is the backstage atmosphere at the Olympia different from another show?
A: The only other pro show I have done was the John Simmons pro, but there were just a lot more of us getting ready (figure, bikini, and fitness) at the same time. I was quite in awe being around all the fabulous competitors I had followed before I got into the sport. Fun to be back there with the best of the best!

Q: Since you do Bikini, do you find yourself having to ever lift lighter than you know you are capable of?
A: I have had to go lighter on my back this off season...makes me a little sad :-( Other than that, I still lift quite heavy.

Q: What is the one diet myth that you really don't like?
A: I think people believe one of two things, either we starve ourselves to look this way, or we just have genetically amazing metabolisms. Don't get me wrong, when you get to the end of the diet you are real hungry, but it's not like we are eating 400 calories a day or anything ridiculous like that. And I don't believe any competitor up there is going to say they eat whatever they want and look ready to compete.

Q: I am new at this. I see so many different kinds of protein shakes. Which would you recommend?
A: There are many brands to choose from, that's for sure. The company I am sponsored by was started by a doctor who pulled a bunch of brands of protein and had them tested in order to formulate his own product. What he found was that the vast majority did not actually contain what they were labeled to have in them, i.e. they said there was 25 g of protein but really only had 12. ProBody Solutions beats industry standards as far as using the purest form of whey protein in their products. I use them, and love them. They may not have a hundred flavors to choose from yet, but at least you know you are getting what you paid for. And they taste real freakin good :-)

Q: Do you watch any other sports. If so what teams do you root for?
A: I LOVE sports. Especially baseball (Cardinals) and college basketball (MU Tigers). I never much got into hockey, but besides that I will sit down and watch or attend it all. Now that my little bro is all grown up I don't have any little league or H.S. games to go to. I miss it, didn't hurt he was a phenomenal athlete either.

Q: What makes you decide which competitions you want to compete in?
A: The first one my trainer chose. Each thereafter kind of fell into place because of how I placed at the previous one. I kind of had it in my head last year going into my first show that if I won the overall, I wanted to try and get my pro card. So I already knew that Jr.USA was the next national show I could compete in that was awarding 2 pro cards. And, although no one else was apprised of my desire or plans, I knew if i then won my pro card there, that the John Simmons Pro was a chance for me to qualify for the Olympia. That was my goal going into my first show. Crazy as it may sound...I don't think I really thought it would happen the way I dreamt it would... I just hoped, and did all I could preparation wise, to give myself the best possible chance to achieve that dream.
This season, the STL pro was a no brainer, I live here. The NY pro is Memorial Day weekend and worked into my schedule, and I will be working for ProBody Solutions at the Europa in Chicago, so those are the three I will do for sure.

Q: Do you do any kettle ball training?
A: Not too much. I really stick to the old school basics. Occasionally I will have my husband write me some workouts, when I feel like I need something new or have begun to plateau, and he has put the kettle bell in once or twice.

Lauren Strauss Interview


Lauren Strauss has competed once and took first place. First in your first show, that's pretty impressive. But its no secret as to why she took first. Just look at her and you can see why. She has two shows on the horizon and there is no reason to believe she wont be just as successful in those shows either.




Q: First, Lauren, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: Well, I am the youngest of three, with two older brothers. That's probably why I'm such a tomboy! I grew up in the Boston area and moved to south Florida in 1998.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: Yes, I played softball. I also like to play a little golf now and again!

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: One of my brothers called me skinny fat. That was enough motivation for me!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: I was always around an athletic family, and we always had exercise equipment around. My mom always coached our team sports and is quite athletic herself. The gym was not unfamiliar to me at all. I started out as a cardio queen and saw results really quickly from running. It wasn't too long after that that I started to incorporate a weight routine. I didn't start lifting seriously until about two years ago.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I always envied the figure competitors. I picked up my first Oxygen Magazine in 1999 and had always wanted to do it.

Q:Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Well at first they did. But then they didn't understand it and I was called selfish a lot for all the time spent at the gym. But after seeing me on stage and becoming more educated on it, they are supportive now.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: Oh my! I think there is so much that comes as a surprise! Everything from tanning to how the show is put on. Going into my second show has been so much easier because I know what to expect. There is so much information online, but until you experience it, I don't think its possible to be fully prepared.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: I competed in Bikini in the Metroland Fall Classic in Albany, NY and placed 1st.

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: My arms! I love watching them become stronger and more defined.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: Leg day is by far my favorite! My favorite is stiff leg dead lifts, it feels good and works all the parts I need to work on!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I change up training, but usually its a half hour of cardio in the morning, then lifting in the afternoon. I work on a 5 day split, chest day 1, back day 2, legs day 3, shoulders day 4 and arms on day 5.

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: Honestly, so many people do not know anything about the sport. Most of the reactions are "oh, your not going to get too big are you? You look fine the way you are!" They don't understand that I am not going to look like a bodybuilder.


Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Being a bikini competitor, and working at a gym, I hear a lot of glute comments. Its ok though, we work hard at them!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: I really wish people wold understand that just because women train heavy and hard, it doesn't mean we are going to look like a man!

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Well, I get up at 4 AM and chase after my 2 1/2 year old all day, so getting back to the gym at 5 PM is difficult, but I have to say I love every minute of it.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: Ava Cowan and Erin Stern top my list. My favorite bikini competitor is Amanda Latona.

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Ice Cream!

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: Don't be afraid to lift heavy, you aren't going to get huge and bulky.

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women working in the gym with the weights and not just doing cardio and things?
A: Yes and its wonderful! I really enjoy seeing all the women on the weight floor.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love being a mom. When we are back home in Florida we spend most of our time at the beach.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Lauren Strauss.
A: I get up at 3:45AM to get my cardio in before I have to open my gym at 5 AM. I'm off work at 9AM and my daughter and I spend the day together before its back to the gym at 5PM to lift. Then much deserved bed!

Q: Describe Lauren Strauss in five words.
A: Dedicated, Persistent, Fun, Honest, Happy =)

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I can box squat 275 lbs

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Of course! I have a competition in 7 weeks, then its off to Boston for the Jay Cutler Classic on May 8!!

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I am always looking for sponsors or modeling opportunities, I can be reached at laurenstrauss@hotmail.com>

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Lauren Strauss the athlete and competitor?
A: Yes!!! They are getting a dedicated, professional and hard working athlete. If anyone is interested in talking to me about opportunities I can be contacted via email at laurenstrauss@hotmail.com

Q: Lauren, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: I would like to thank all of my supporters and trainers, I couldn't do this without them!

Jessica Scofield Interview


Some people may believe in the naive stereotype that female powerlifters are big ol' burly women. Take a look at Jessica Scofield, one of the most beautiful women you will come across, and that stereotype is destroyed. She bean training out of "necessity", turned that necessity in to a love, and turned that love into becoming one of the elite at what she does.





Q: First, Jessica, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: Thanks, Jason. It’s my pleasure.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I’m first generation American and one of the first in my family to graduate college and to obtain a masters degree. My family is from southern Italy and settled in Stamford, CT.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: I never was athletic. I played sports as a kid, but I never “took it to the head” as a true athlete does. I was always the creative-eclectic person. I wrote over 2,000 poems by the time I graduated high school and enjoyed acting and the arts. Towards the end of high school I began training out of “necessity.”

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was one of those situations where I almost didn’t graduate high school. When my parents found out, my life as I knew it was taken from me. I had 2 choices: go to the gym or sit home, so I chose the first. Once I saw some women bodybuilder’s there, changes in my physique, and embraced the fact that I could better myself on all levels, I actively made the decision to stop my previous behaviors. That was over a decade ago…and the rest is history!


Q: What made you decide to go more towards powerlifting?
A: There was no choice. Once I started working out, I loved feeling strong. The challenge to me was and is: how am I going to be as strong as I possibly can while still remaining feminine.”

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy?
A: The only reason I picked up training easily and quickly is because I threw my entire self into it, meaning, each thought in my mind, every emotion I felt, I channeled into the weights. I loved and hated the discipline it takes, but it inspired every aspect of my life. Training was and is a conscious decision, regardless of if I “feel” like doing it. If I’m alive and can walk, I’m training, and I’m working! If I have an “off” day, that’s okay - life and training still go on.

Q: Is powerlifting something your family and friends supported?
A: I am blessed with the MOST supportive family! My dad and uncle both competed in powerlifting and bodybuilding. My dad, a former Marine, also played semi-pro football, so he loves the sport. As a college hammer and weight thrower, my parents have come to about 90% of my competitions. My “extended” huge Italian family is just as supportive. My friends are not really into it, but that’s why they’re my friends – they have different interests other than mine and we support and love each other regardless! My boyfriend is my coach. Enough said – he’s my rock.

Q: What made you decide to compete in your first meet?
A: I didn’t decide! One of my friends just signed me up for a deadlift only meet and told me a week before! At that time I was still rehabbing a herniated disc and I just finished my first 6-hour cycling marathon for breast cancer. I didn’t train and felt unprepared, scared, yet excited. After that meet I was HOOKED!!!! Powerlifting reminded me of what I missed - competing in the field events in college, except now weightlifting became the forefront of my passion – and I knew that defined me.


Q: Can you share some of your biggest accomplishments/
A: Biggest life accomplishments: Finding multiple passions. I helped run projects and for orphan’s and medical mission’s in Russia and Africa. For ten years I also was a physical therapy coach for a woman paralyzed with cerebral palsy. She was and is a huge inspiration. I have and continue to work with many autistic and academically challenged students. I am involved with my students, school, and the greater community. I love helping people and those who cannot help themselves.
Biggest sports accomplishments: Throwing and training with U.S. Olympic athletes, having a phenomenal throwing coach, Bill Sutherland, and throwing at the U.S. Olympic trials. I also was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Southern Connecticut State University’s football, baseball, volleyball, and basketball teams. Sports diversified, my certifications include yoga, fencing, and training. I have participated in 6+ hour cycling marathons for breast cancer; my training also includes kickboxing, caporeia, belly dancing, Olympic lifting, Highland Games, and the field events.
Having the honorary title for my weight class, as the 6th strongest female in America, is an indescribable accomplishment!! The fact that I’m 3rd in the deadlift sends electric through my body! The deadlift is about aggression and raw strength. The lift comes at the end of a competition when everyone is tired and bombing out. That’s then you have to have to have a “good talk” with yourself and smack some anger into you. Warriors to me are those who push themselves even when they don’t want to; because it’s in their blood to do so; Warriors forget about what they want and focus on the vision. If I can come out on top then, regardless of every physical and mental “weapon” that may be held against me, I am powerful.

Q: What has powerlifting taught you about yourself?
A: 1. No one thing can or should define me. 2. It’s my job to find, listen, and respond to life’s journeys, therefore no one else is to blame. 3. Once I find my focus, I’m unstoppable.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: Even if I hated an exercise, I convince myself I love it because I concentrate on the sensations I get once my sets are done! But I do love training back…and there’s nothing like sore legs! When I’m in training, for some reason, I love the bruises and cuts that come with wearing equipment. I get a sense of pride out of it – as if I just came back from war and fought for something, fought through something. I fought through the pain of those lifts (mentally, emotionally, and physically) and no one else did it for me; I can claim that and can remember what I had to conquer to achieve my goals.


Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like?
A: I am very training and diet conscious. When I’m in season, I train 4 days a week and cut down my cardio significantly. As I get closer to competing, I cut cardio out. Off season is when the work is done. I usually train 5 days a week and can do cardio for an hour or two. As a “strategic athlete,” I log all of my workouts and have done so for 10 years.
As I am deathly allergic to eggs and am lactose intolerant, my diet is very limited and regimented. Because of this, most restaurants and desserts are OUT! This doesn’t bother me because I use to be a vegetarian/vegan for 10 years, so I’m use to the disciple. I eat a lot of alkalizing food, such as vegetables (which are my FAVORITE!!!) and rice, soy, pea, and hemp protein, and green drinks. I also eat chicken, fish, and organic beef. A variety of sprouted grains, organic nuts and other healthy fats are a MUST! I eat every 2-3 hours and never deprive myself if I want something. Because of my allergies and being health conscious, I always carry food with me. NO ONE wants to see or be around me when I’m hungry!!

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you lift for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: People look at me and never think I’m a weightlifter. That doesn’t bother me. Others, such as my students, tend to comment on my muscles and call me Ms. Buff…I find that hysterical! It’s good they know I’m more than just a teacher to them. They see me as human – or subhuman, and for that reason we inspire each other. They motivate me to be better just as I push them.
As for men, some like that I’m strong and some don’t. Here’s my take: Strong is the new sexy. Most women can’t handle that - I’m not most women. Some guys can’t either – that’s not my problem.


Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: I don’t get sick of hearing anything positive! When it’s positive, I run over and over it in my head to push myself even further. At one competition a man came up to me and said, “You’re an ANIMAL!! You know how to attack the bar like a fearless beast! No one in here has done that and I’ve never really seen anything like it.” That will stay with me forever.
As for negativity, I see it staring at me all the time and use it as fuel to get better. Some people don’t want you to succeed and I like to piss those people off. I tend to do that easily by just being me. I’ve learned to be quiet about it, but when the time is right (in competition or in training), I get off on making some IRON- WOMAN noise!!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: The biggest misconception about women powerlifters is that they’re beastly looking women who are ‘he-she’s’ who aren’t feminine. I don’t care if I’m misunderstood or make someone feel ‘uncomfortable’ because of who I am, that’s not my energy being wasted. I know who I am and I like playing the part of both the beauty and the beast.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Worst part: having an injury setback. I’ve had several herniated discs, a torn shoulder, which resulted in bursitis, not to mention all the other little injuries, or ailments that pop up from time to time. There’s always something to work through, but that’s life!
Best part: feeling accomplished yet still wanting more, learning from others, and being an inspiration. Also, a good meal, shower and a deep breath at the end of the day can be as satisfying as chocolate cake!

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I admire anyone who has a drive and does something with it, regardless of gender and weights they lift. Along with that, I am FOREVER star-struck by hammer throwers, Anna Mahon and Bethany Hart. They are the epitomes of what it means to be beautiful and strong. Training with those two women was the best and most insightful time of my career. I never saw ANY two people work so hard and be so focused, male or female!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Just one?!? Haha, I love dark chocolate and peanut butter, Dairy Queen vanilla ice-cream with rainbow sprinkles…and sometimes, well, most of the time, all I want are vegan spelt muffins!!!!

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: Do it with gusto!

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women working in the gym with the weights and not just doing cardio and things?
A: It is increasing, but more women need to lift. Many don’t know enough about training therefore, they shy away from using the weights. Proper guidance is key.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love teaching English, writing, reading, and anything music and art oriented. I thrive on helping others and enjoy participating in outreach programs. Traveling, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family is always key. I also enjoy pampering myself, what girl doesn’t?!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Jessica Scofield?
A: 5 days a week I teach middle school English. After work I usually train, then alternate between tutoring, training others, or taking a class (right now I’m taking Italian class).

Q: Describe Jessica Scofield in five words.
A: A zealously focused freight-train!

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I went from facing death numerous times to being on top of life. To this day I am still surprised that this is me, but the glory goes to God.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I’m competing at the end of March and then at the end of the year. I’m willing to go wherever life takes me! I’m always hunting for more projects to put my hands into…stay tuned!


Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Jessica Scofield the athlete and competitor?
A: Yes, Jason, I am looking for sponsors. They can reach me at jessicascofield28@yahoo.com. Sponsors will get Jessica Scofield - a powerlifter teacher who embodies the versatility of athleticism. I know how to promote people and products, as both are facets of my passions! Sponsors will be guaranteed a risk taker who plays fair while giving others the time, courtesy, and recognition they deserve.

Q: Jessica, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: “I have been blessed with many burdens.”
Thank YOU for taking the time, Jason. The pleasure is all mine.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ilona Kovacs Interview

Ilona Kovacs is new to competing, but beginning with the Arnold's she has big plans for 2011, or as she says, she will "be everywhere". She began competing in order to set a goal for herself. Well that goal has been achieved, now we get to watch as she makes that goal bigger and bigger. Look for big things from Ilona this year.



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

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: First off, I want to thank you for interviewing me. I am really flattered and really appreciate you taking your time to do this interview !
So lets see, I am from NJ originally. I am a 1st generation American, which in my case means my parents are from Hungary. I am the older of 2, I have a brother that lives in Houston, TX whose married and I have 2 beautiful nieces.
I currently live and work in Manhattan. I live with my wonderful boyfriend and have lots of great friends and family around me. Academically, I have a BS degree in biology and used to work as a personal trainer.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: Yes I was always athletic. My parents instilled a lot of great values and beliefs about staying in shape and eating healthy. My Mom ran track & field, hurdles, in particular and my dad was a professional soccer player in Hungary.
I was fortunate enough to start ballet when I was 5 years old. I went on to take jazz and gymnastics lessons when I got older and then in high school I played softball and field hockey. All the while, I always worked out as well and went running, swimming, and took tennis lessons in my spare time.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: That's a very good question. I remember first going to the gym because of the classes that the gyms were offering. First it was just cardio classes and then sculpting classes. Then I got into using the machines at the gym, which is what I do now for my training.

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Well, since I have a degree in biology and used to train others, I knew the basics of training, the physiology and anatomy. I ended up recently, however, hiring a coach and a trainer to get me over my plateaus in training and push me a bit harder.
When I first started training for competitions, I started seeing results in about a month. Everything started to get tighter and I got leaner. It truly is a combination of diet and training to really get the results you are looking to achieve.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I think it was a combination of me turning 40 this year (2011) and setting a goal for myself. I also have always been on the shy side when I was a kid, so I do things that challenge me to be in front of people,like acting, modeling and now competing !
Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes absolutely. My boyfriend has been very supportive and so has my family

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it
A: Well, my 1st competition was this past October 2010. I thought I was in pretty good shape but I was definitely blown away by the other girls ! Which prompted me to hire a coach and a trainer for my next competition, which is this March.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: Sure, I literally just started competing this past year. I did an NPC regional show in Oct 2010 and a Fitness Universe show at the end of Oct 2010.
I am currently getting ready for the Arnolds, which I am really excited to do !

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: I feel that my legs are my best part. I train them the hardest and I have always had good tonality because of my ballet training.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I have a love/hate relationship with training my legs and butt. I love the way they look and feel after the workout but when I do work them, its tough ! I do like doing walking lunges. I feel like I am going somewhere, literally, when I do them.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: Normally, I don't eat as much as when I train. When I train, I eat about 5-6 times a day, mostly protein and low glycemic carbohydrates. I eat very healthy usually anyways, but it is more controlled when I train. As for training, I go to the gym more often as well and train heavier when I am prepping for a contest. I hired a trainer this time around because I want to push myself a little more this 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: Its been very positive. When I tell people that I am doing it, first off, I have to tell them what exactly I am doing. Most people I talk to don't know competing even exists. But after I tell them what I am doing, they start to feel motivated to work out more and ask me for advice about routines and nutrition.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: I think a lot of people assume that when a woman lifts weights, they become these huge bodybuilders or sometimes people don't even think women train at all, except for cardio. I wish people, both men and women, would understand that it takes a lot of time and dedication to train. A woman actually has to lift weights to look the way she does on stage. Its funny though, because I do realize that when I go to the gym, I am in the minority in the weight room but I am starting to see more and more women lifting weights. I think some women are afraid of lifting weights for fear of becoming too big, but its simply not true.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: The best part is the way it makes me look and feel.
The worst part is, well, I wish I had more time in the day to work out as much as I would like...sometimes pesky things like work get in the way...lol

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: There are so many competitors out there that I admire, too many to list!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: I love guacamole and chips

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: Don't be afraid to lift weights ! A lot of women are afraid they will get too big or look masculine. It's just not so.. all your clothes will fit better and nothing will jiggle :)

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women working in the gym with the weights and not just doing cardio and things?
A: Yes, I am starting to see more women lifting weights. Mostly with trainers I see them but its good to see that it is increasing.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I love to travel. I try to go somewhere every year, whether it be the Caribbean or somewhere in Europe, or both !
I also love watch old movies with my bf. That is what I call our downtime where we can unwind.
I love to read as well, mostly fiction but sometimes I read some non fiction as well.
I also just started writing fitness and nutrition articles. Which I really like. People ask me advice about diets, recipes and working out. So I have decided to start writing about all these topics.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Ilona Kovacs.
A: Well let's see. From Monday to Friday, I do work 9-5 pm at my job. I work as IT administrator for a email marketing firm down near Wall Street in Manhattan. Each day there is different and I work with a lot great people, so I am always very busy. Usually sometime during the day, I get my workouts in, I go to the gym for about an hour everyday depending on whether or not I work out with my trainer or by myself, unless its my rest day. I eat about 5-6 times a day, so I am always making sure the night before I cook my food and then warm up at work.

Q: Describe Ilona Kovacs in five words.
A: Dedicated, friendly, attractive, intelligent, and considerate

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I speak, read and write Hungarian

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Yes, absolutely ! I am competing at the Arnold's and then I going to start competing at regional NPC shows, as well WBFF and Fitness Universe shows. I plan to be everywhere in 2011 :)

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: I would like to shamelessly promote myself to magazines both as a fitness model and writer :) I promise you won't be disappointed :)

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Ilona Kovacs the athlete and competitor?
A: Yes, I am looking for sponsors. Thanks for asking !
I am very easily reachable via email at cinike@aol.com. I am always checking email and always get back to people within 24 hrs. What a sponsor would get from me ? Professionalism, marketability, loyalty, intelligence and trustworthiness.

Q: Ilona, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words
before you go?
A: Just wanted to thank you again for interviewing me !

Deep Squats and Deep Thoughts by Brea Sharron

Hey Ya'll,
First of all thank you so much Jason for asking me to do this blog! I'm so excited to talk and talk and talk and talk... about fitness!
Let's see here, I suppose I should tell ya'll a little about me. I'm Brea Sharron, a born and raised Carolina girl (in case the "ya'll" didn't give that away) from Greensboro NC. I'm a personal trainer, dance teacher, and I do a little fitness modeling here and there. I have a Sheltie Bella Grace who loves me dearly and will always eat the food I can't stomach (which is currently protein shakes and broccoli). Besides fitness I love being on the water, cooking and creating new recipes as well as changing around some of my favorites creating healthier versions which I can't wait to share with ya'll. Hmm I guess I should mention the important stuff, this will be my second year in NPC bikini and I'm gearing up for the North Carolina States and the Jr. USAs. From there I wanna hit the IFBB North Americans and Nationals again, but we'll talk more about that later. Thank you guys so much for checking in and more soon!!! In the mean time here's my signature protein brownie recipe I honestly spent months trying to perfect! Enjoy!! :o)


Ingredients:
-2 tbsp unsweetened cocca powder
-1 box sugar-free pudding mix
-3 tsp baking powder
-4 egg whites
-2 cups choc protein powder
-i cup unsweetened applesauce
-1- 1/2 cups water



Directions:
Preheat oven to 350

mix all ingredients in bowl

pour in pan with nonstick baking spray

bake at 350 for 40min



Nutritional Facts (1/12 of recipe):
Calories: 75
Protein: 12g
Carbs: 5g
Fat: 0.25g
Sugar: 0g



Quote/Thought of the day:
"We don't know who are until we see what we can do." —Martha Grimes

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Brea Sharron Interview


First time I saw a photo of Brea Sharron I was beyond impressed. I was blown away. In that picture I saw a beautiful woman with a great physique. She has a great package, highlighted by great legs/glutes. And if there is such a thing as "born to be a fitness model" than Brea is the person who fits that. Turns out she has the attitude and personality to match. This is one of those times where I feel I am introducing a future star in the industry to people. So I am very excited to post my Brea Sharron Interview.





Q: First, Brea, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, Thank you!

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: Well, lets see here, I'm a born and raised Carolina girl, who has yet to meet a stranger. Oh and I should probably warn ya'll I really think I am quite the comedian, I love to make everyone around me smile but most of the time I'm the only one laughing. Anyways, I'm a personal trainer and dance teacher, I love my spoiled rotten Sheltie Bella Grace dearly an I am extremely close to my family. I admire both of my parents for everything they have not only accomplished personally but for the values, love and support they have instilled in my younger brother Christian and I.

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person? Play any sports or anything?
A: Actually I am rather accident prone... I dislocated a finger playing volleyball in middle school gym class, I sprained my knee playing soccer in high school gym, sprained an ankle playing tennis with my mom, but my most proud injury was in the 5th grade when I sneezed and ran my bike into a fire hydrant and managed to fracture my foot pretty nicely ... Ironically I've been a classical dancer (along with jazz, hip hop, modern, tap and pointe) for over 20 years though and was on the high school swim team because it was the only sport I had time for with the amounts of dance classes I took and taught.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: After having to take time off from my dancing after an accident, I couldn't go without some type of physical activity, so I started lifting to keep certain parts of my body isolated to avoid neck pain. I loved the way it made me feel accomplishing small lifting goals and they way my body was changing. I continued to lift even when I returned to dancing/teaching dance.


Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes and no, before I became a trainer I had no clue what I was really doing or why I was doing it, but I enjoyed it. Then with the proper knowledge (which is always being added to) I really began to first "feel" results, I was happier and felt better almost immediately but it was a couple months of heavier lifting to begin "seeing" results.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: Basically I just met the right people at the right time who kept telling me I should try to do a show, and I got to thinking I really just want to see if I CAN do this. So I gave it a shot, competed in my first show (which also was the first show I ever attended) won and have been hooked ever since!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported
A: I am lucky for the most part yes, however, they do not like it when I am dieting and do not have my carbs though... plus my "potty breaks" get annoying, but yes most of them understand I do this because I love it, and my mom even started to hide all the chocolate in her house so I'll come back over to visit.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I had no idea what to expect I had never even attended a show, but I was surprised how much fun it was and how encouraging and supportive everyone would be!

Q: Can you share your contest history.
*NPC Victory in the Valley June 2010: 1st Overall
*NPC Upstate Classic July 2010: 1st Overall
*NPC Excalibur August 2010
*IFBB North Americans September 2010
*NPC Nationals October 2010
*NPC Muscle Elite Classic Nov 2010


Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Legs, I have a love/hate relationship with training them though.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training glutes, there is nothing like waking up the next day knowing you kicked your own butt... literally!

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I always try to switch things up so I don't hit plateaus in my training as far as specifics go I always lift a different body part and do cardio a minimum of 5 sessions a week each until just a few weeks out when I add in more cardio sessions which always vary in length, pace and machine. My diet stays pretty much clean year round except between Thanksgiving and New Years where I am quite the disaster... I do small meals every 3ish hours with lean protein and low hypoglycemic carb sources, such as the usual bodybuilding staples, chicken, egg whites, tuna, oatmeal, brown rice and sweet potatoes. Contest prep I take out my "cheat meals" drop my carbs and fats down (which mainly are nut sources) and raise protein levels slowly but surely.

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: Most of the time it's positive, normally I get something more along the lines of "wow, that's awesome, that must take a lot of dedication", or simply "you look great."

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: "What do you eat?" I mean really, I eat 7 meals a day, do you really want me to rattle it all off?


Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: Only one? We don't do this because we want to get guys, or because we are "vain or insecure" we do this because we LOVE it. We love the hard work, we love the dedication it takes, we like to push ourselves to the limits, and we like to get stronger. Mainly we just love to improve ourselves!

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: The best part is by far just the feeling you get walking out of the gym after a great workout, when you're drenched in sweat, the endorphins are going crazy, you are proud of yourself for doing that extra few reps, going up in weight, or just simply for being able to finish your workout. The worst part is just finding the time and energy to go to the gym day in and day out once, twice or even 3 times... but specifically early morning cardio.... ugh!


Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: Nicole Nagrani- She is so beautiful, cute and sweet. She has accomplished so much at such a young age, and always brings the total package!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Yes, all of them. Haha, well probably pizza or ice cream, but cinnamon rolls are right up there too, oh wait and pretty much anything chocolate.... but dark chocolate... anti oxidants right?

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: GIVE IT A SHOT! Who knows you might love it, but you'll never know if you don't try! Training has literally changed my life and made me 10 times happier, healthier and a better person all around. If I can not only train but compete with scoliosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia and a minor, rare type of spinabifidia, then anyone can!

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common to see women working in the gym with the weights and not just doing cardio and things?
A: I sure hope so, I know in my gym the women who do venture off the cardio equipment mainly stick to machines as opposed to free weights but I do believe there is a change starting to take place showing women they can lift without "bulking up."

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: Of course dancing, and like any girl shopping (if I "power shop" I consider it cardio) but I always love to be on the water, it's just so relaxing, I have recently become a big fan of cooking and creating new healthy recipes or creating healthier versions of my favorites.

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Brea Sharron?
A: Wake up, try to convince myself to actually get out of the bed and do my morning cardio (this normally takes a good 10-15min) then finally get up and do it
Cook and eat breakfast, or do a grab a protein shake
Run my morning personal training clients
Back home to cook lunch, answer emails clean up my messes from dishes/ laundry, etc.
Back to the gym for afternoon cardio and/or lifting
Eat again
Run my afternoon/evening clients
If I didn't have time to lift in the afternoon I grab a shake and then lift
Back home to cook and eat again
Relax for a bit, then try to head to bed by midnight so I can be up nice and early to do it all over again!

Q: Describe Brea Sharron in five words.
A: Spunky, sarcastic (in case anyone hasn't already picked up on this) compassionate, spontaneous, and blonde

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
AL I am very very feisty! I may look like David but I'll take on Goliath! I'm a go getter, I love to train my clients "drill sargent style," I'm rather loud for standing only 5 feet tall, I don't take "crap" from anyone, and don't you dare mess with my friends! I'm fiercely loyal to them!

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: Right now I plan on doing the North Carolina State show in April, then headed to Charleston in May for the Jr. USAs. From there I would love to hit a few more shows but right now that's all my finances allow for, but keeping my fingers crossed to add a few more shows, or sponsors to help out a bit!

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: SILVERBACK KREW! A very fashionable (lots of bling for the ladies) clothing and accessory line, created by a great friend of mine, "In Pursuit of Perfection." Check them out at www.silverbackkrew.com and make sure to take a peek at the calendar, you might just recognize Miss September :)
And thank you to EVERYONE part of the North Carolina NPC, nothing but encouragement, support, professionalism and kind words. You guys are the best hands down!

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Brea Sharron the athlete and competitor?
A: YES! pretty pretty please! Lol, I didn't quite realize what an expensive sport I got into!
Find me on facebook (Brea Sharron) or shoot me an email at twinkletoez987@gmail.com, or find me on my website at www.flexiblefitness.mfbiz.comAs for what you get with me, THE TOTAL PACKAGE, lol! I am a very hard worker, I am not asking for a free ride for anything, I would rather work for it, get me to work a booth, get me to do print or promo work, and count on me keeping my word! I'm always smiling and never met a stranger, feel confident I will respect you and your company to the fullest extent. I know my stuff, and if I don't I do my research and I've got experience as a personal trainer as well as a competitor, and I stay "in shape" year round so I'm always ready!


Q: Brea, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Proverbs 3:5-8: "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on thy own understanding. In all ways acknowledge he and he shall light thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy body and strength to thy bones"
I am so very blessed and thankful to the Lord to have let me make it as far as I have, and I get to do what I love every day! I love how rewarding it is to test your limits, find your strengths, improve your weaknesses, discover what you can accomplish, and meet people who keep you inspired along the way. As well as the wonderful support of my coaches (J. and Amy) friends (especially the best friend anyone could ever ask for and who is with me every step of the way, Miss Tonya) and family who not only keep up when I'm feeling down but keep me focused and grounded. I can't wait to see what is next for me and be able to prove, NEVER let anything stop you from reaching your dreams!!

Heather Mancini Interview


After not placing in her first show, Heather Mancini refers to it as a "wake up call". Well she obviously answered that call, because she has done very well since then and as you can tell by her photos, she looks incredible. Now a member of Team Bombshell, she can only get better, which makes Heather Mancini someone to keep an eye on as 2011 could be a huge year for her.






Q: First Heather, thanks for taking the time to do this.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I am 38 years old and I have always lived in Michigan, I attended Ferris State University and have my degree in Optometry, and minored in Speech Communications. I currently work for an Ophthalmology practice. I studied Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America and have my Colored stone and Diamond Certification. I am married and have 2 boys, ages 3 and 6. As far as hobbies, I scuba dive, ski, collect gems and minerals, and pretty much enjoy anytime outdoors.

Q: Before the gym were you especially athletic? Play any sports?
A: Well lets see, I started gymnastics when I was 5, and competed until I was about 13 years old, but I got injured so that ended that for me. I ran track through Jr. High and high school, and was even on the dive team for a year in high school.
When I got out of college, I kept skiing, and scuba diving. I was a competitive archer and I took many aerobic classes.

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: After college, I wasn't in any organized sports anymore and felt kinda lost, so I joined a gym. Then I decided to enter some Venus Swimwear competitions, so I really needed to be in shape. Which I did very well in I might add :)

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy?
A: Training was something I picked up fairly easily. The hard part for me though was the strict diet. I didn't like the fact that if I had a craving for something I couldn't have it. ( well I could of ate it but then it would work against my goals) As far as how long it took to see results it wasn't very long for me, but I attribute that to my many years of sports.

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: That's kind of funny how I decided to compete... My husband bought an issue of Flex magazine and I picked it up to read it and that's when I saw an article about a new NPC fitness division called the bikini division, and it sounded like something that really fit my personality. Then, I found out Nicole Wilkins also lived in Michigan right by me, and she helped me get started.

Q: Was competing something your family and friends supported?
A: As far as my family being supportive, my husband is so supportive, he helps me train, keeps me motivated, and helps me behind the scenes at my competitions. My parents on the other hand have a hard time grasping the idea. As far as my friends, they think what I am doing is great and I get asked all the time if I can be their personal trainer.


Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you?
A: Well when I did my first show I didn't really know what to expect, It was a learning experience. There is actually a lot that goes into getting ready for a show, so that surprised me. Like your suit selection, accessories, hair, make up, your spray tan, how you present yourself on stage, and how fit you really need to be.


Q: Can you share your contest history.
A: Love to share my contest history:
My first show I didn't even place, wake up call...
Second show I placed third
Fourth show I placed 1st, and won overall
Fifth show I did a National show in Pittsburgh and placed 6th
Sixth show I placed 1st

Q: What would you consider your best body part?
A: My abs :)

Q: Do you have a favorite part to train?
A: That's a hard question to pick one, because I like to work my abs and legs.

Q: What is your normal training routine like?
A: I go to the gym at least 5 to 6 days a week, do cardio daily, I pick a body part to work on for that day, and can't forget to eat healthy small portioned meals every three hours.

Q: When someone sees or hears you compete for the first time, whats the most common reaction?
A: When someone finds out for the first time I compete, if they aren't into following the competitions or competitors, they look at me like a deer in headlights and pretend they have a clue what I'm talking about. It's kinda funny seeing the look on there face trying to figure it out. Then I have to explain what the bikini division is and they say oh that's cool.
Now if I talk to someone who has contact with the sport, I get that's awesome..Keep it up, you look great.


Q: When they see it that first time, whats the one question you are sick of hearing?
A: I Don't really get sick of answering any ones questions

Q: Whats the biggest misconception about women who train and compete, or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: One thing I wish more people understood, is that all of us girls have goals and a dream in mind, weather you are in the fitness, figure, bodybuilding or bikini division, we ALL work hard in the gym to obtain our goals.

Q: Whats the best and worst part of training?
A: The best part of training for me is seeing the results. The worst part of training is the amount of time you have to dedicate to the gym.

Q: Any competitors you admire or are a fan of?
A: Well I admire anyone who steps out on to the stage, my Bombshell sistas, and especially Jessica Jessie who has been very supportive in helping me obtain my goals.

Q: DO you have a favorite cheat food?
A: I sure do have a favorite cheat food!! PIZZA!!!!!!!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, whats the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: I would tell her to find a personal trainer to help her get started, and don't quit when you are so sore you can barely move. :) It only gets better.

Q: Do you think it is becoming more common for women to use the weights as opposed to just cardio?
A: I think it is more common for women to pick up weights now. Helps with toning.

Q: Any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: Well I used to have other hobbies, but the gym has taken over....LOL

Q: Describe a typical day in the life of Heather Mancini.
A: A typical day for me is to go to work, pick the kids up from school, take care of them, then off to the gym....

Q: Describe Heather Mancini in five words.
A: Outgoing, determined, energetic, reliable, and ambitious

Q: Whats one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I really don't know....

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything?
A: Well in January I joined up with Team Bombshell, I plan on doing a local/ regional show to start out the year, and then hit the National stage this spring.

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Any girls planning to compete, should really check out Team Bombshell! Rob and Shannon are wonderful and all the girls are so supportive of each other. It has been one of the best decisions I have made to help me obtain my goals.


Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are the getting in Heather Mancini?
A: Yes!!! I can be reached by email, thatsjustwrongh21@yahoo.com or through my facebook page. I am a very dedicated and hard working athlete. I have a passion for this industry and love to promote anything that helps contribute to this sport.

Q: Heather, again thanks for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Good luck and have fun to anyone who ventures into the NPC world. And thank you for this opportunity.