Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Brea Sharron Interview
Photos 1 and 3: Erik Danielson
Photo 2: Malaki Media
Photo 4: Fitness RX
Photo 5: RX Muscle
I want to introduce those of you who may be unfamiliar with Brea Sharron by telling you how I was introduced to her. A little over a year ago I was able to have a contest to give away a photo shoot. One person who entered was Brea Sharron. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't know who she was. The name sounded familiar, but that's about it. I saw the photo she submitted for the contest. I was blown away. How did I not know her? She was beyond beautiful and had a great physique. I immediately had to do an interview with her, back when they were done by email. Brea didn't win the contest, but I got to call myself a winner, because since then Brea has become a good friend. Whether its on the phone, at the Arnold's in person, or when she so kindly paid for us to have dinner, talking to Brea is a highlight of any day. She is such a sweet woman, but also a very inspiring woman, someone who likes to help motivate and inspire others. There is also the competing side of Brea. Someone I feel for some reason is often overlooked when she competes. She always looks amazing on stage. After this interview me and Brea were talking and she said she doesn't know why anyone would want to hear about her, but the real question is why wouldn't someone want to hear about her. Visit her website www.breasharron.com
Q: Can you talk about how you got started in the gym?
A: I danced as a kid and got in a couple car wrecks. I turned to weightlifting because it wasn't as much impact. I lifted with some friends throughout college. I got pretty serious after my freshman year. I got a job as a personal trainer because the economy went bad and dance teaching wasn't making ends meet. I met the right people and did a show and got hooked.
Q: So did you decide to compete because of the friends or other reasons?
A: I decided to compete as a challenge to myself, to see if I could do it. Just a self challenge.
Q: A lot of people hear bikini and think T&A, did you have to explain to people that it was fitness, not just some bikini contest?
A: I actually call it figure fitness shows or Mrs. America with muscles is how I say what I do.
Q: Did family or friends have problems with it?
A: Nobody really understood what the heck I was doing honestly.
Q: A lot of people say after the first show it becomes an addiction, was that the case for you?
A: Definitely! I didn't even leave the venue before I asked what show was next.
Q: In 2011 you started with the NPC North Carolina State, you finished second, in a situation like that are you happy you placed that high or more trying to figure out how to finish first?
A: Honestly I was pretty frustrated with that. But it made my drive bigger.
Q: After that was Jr. USA's, where you took sixth. I thought you looked great, how happy were you with how you looked?
A: Honestly, I thought I looked fantastic. Was not happy with the placing again. Somehow I got put in class B and was shorter than some of the girls in class A.
Q: After that you did two Fitness America shows, why did you do Fitness America?
A: I needed a change and wanted to be on stage more. I like the more glam, the more prissy-ness, and different faces. I got tired of competing against the same people.
Q: To me, Fitness America seems to fit you and your personality better, would you agree?
A: Definitely agree with that. I get that a lot.
Q: So is the plan to do more shows for them?
A: I am planning on doing a show in Miami in three weeks for Fitness America and one in Atlanta, its not for a federation, but proceeds go to helping fight childhood obesity. I am excited cause it's for a good cause. It breaks out of the mold of where we compete and it's all about "me, me, me, my show, my show my show". This is a way to give back.
Q: You just worked at the Arnold's for Six Pack Bags, obviously you enjoyed it cause you got to go to dinner with me.....
A: Of course!
Q: Haha, but do you enjoy stuff like that?
A: I love doing booth work. Its fun to meet people from all over the world, hear their stories, what they wanna do and what they have done, where cool stuff, get advice, it's good stuff all around.
Q: When you do that, and you see how many people know you, does it surprise you?
A: Completely! It's shocking when people say my name. With a name like Brea, there isn't to many Brea's, but I turn around and am like "wow, thanks", really it's crazy.
Q: In the gym, you are a beautiful girl, do you get a lot of unwanted attention?
A: Occasionally a guy here or there will come over and try and work in with me or get in my way and try and talk. Occasionally there is someone like that, but nothing over the top or too bad. There are exceptions to every rule, but nothing too bad.
Q: As long as I have known you, you are always super busy...
Q: Is it hard to find time to get your workouts in?
A: It's extremely difficult. Especially with me taking over this studio, running boot camp and clients. Today it was at the studio before 6am and didn't leave until 8:30pm. Of course there are breaks in there, but you gotta do it.
Q: You mentioned your studio, can you talk about that?
A: I actually have my own personal training studio, Foundation Fitness in Greensboro and I do classes during the day, personal training, Cathy Savage Certified Ambassador, so sessions around North Carolina working on posing and answering questions about competing. Working with clients on functional training, sport specific training, injury rehab. Lots of people from lots of walks of life.
Q: Do yo have any long term competing goals?
A: Definitely! I enjoy competing and also enjoy the fitness modeling aspect of things. It's a different side of things. I also like to be a positive role model, get my name out there and tell people if I can do it, anyone can. Especially with my medial problems, all the stuff I have working against me, if I can do it then anyone can. Always be true to yourself and stand for your morals and values.
Q: If you could spend one day training with anyone, who you it be?
A: Lori Harder. She is a Mrs. Fitness America and has done a lot on the circuit. She is a Cathy Savage girl. Such a sweetheart. She does Isagenix as well and is a reason I joined them. She has an amazing amazing body. Would love to know more of her secrets.
Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: My friends and family who have supported me through everything. Cathy Savage, I couldn't do it without her and her fitness team. The girls are all as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Six Pack Bags, Passion Fruit Designs, and of course you for interviewing me.