Athlete Profile : DESLEY ‘THE DESTROYER’ ROBINSON

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Desley Robinson 'Lady D'

Name: Desley Robinson
Date of Birth 23/03/88
Residence/State: QLD
Trains out of: Logan Boxing Team
Years competing: 16 years
Years training: 16 years
Sponsor/s She Fitness Apparel, Keto Queen

How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
I box every day and spar 1-2 times a week, I also do weight training every day. Between fights I work on strength so heavy sets and always to failure, As the fight gets closer I lighten my weights up and speed everything up working on fast twitch fibers.
While working on strength I ensure I eat an ample variety of carbs, fats and proteins which helps me re fuel and stay strong.
If I ever have to cut weight I strip everything back to plane jane; Lots of protein and green vegetables, sweet potato, minimal carbs (rice cakes are a must to keep me sane) and heaps of water.
I eat a lot of plane food as it is so I don’t do fancy sugary sauces or toppings when I’m not fight prepping so food is made easier when I’m getting prepped for a fight. I use an air dryer for most foods as its easy and quick and makes tasty sweet potato chips

Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
Least favorite exercise would be ab bjke rides
Favorite exercise would be shoulder press


Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?

Favorite cheat meal is a burger you can’t beat a good burger
Least fovorite food is sardines … give me tuna any day!!

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
I’ve been a PT for 14 years, so I’ve coached myself for most of it. My partner is a body builder so I gain a lot of knowledge from him I would be lost without his knowledge and support,


What are your likes and dislikes about boxing?

I love every aspect of boxing it’s the drive,dedication and pressure to achieve your goal by that date and prove the doubters wrong and prove to yourself you can do it. Plus when you win that’s the best feeling of accomplishment. My only dislike is opponents pulling out on me last minute.


Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?

To be honest its everyday people , people you cross paths with, family, friends, it’s the average joe really, It doesn’t need to be someone famous the way I see it is everyone has a battle they are fighting or fought and everyone has overcome so many obstacles which gives others hope and confidence that they can do the same. I love seeing people achieve their goals and inspire others to so.


What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?

Boxing is a very disciplined sport, you need to be on you’re a game the entire time. I Love the discipline, fitness and the fact 99% of boxers all have a story to tell of why they also do what they do . I enjoy the challenge of facing someone who thinks they can beat you and proving them wrong.

What is the biggest misconception people have about your competitive pursuits?

If you are pretty or have a straight nose you can’t be a boxer.

Describe yourself in one word
Real


What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?

Winning my pro debut and having my son cheering me on alongside my partner


Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?

Make sure you wear the right underwear at all times; I had to get my coach to pull a major wedge out between rounds in front of thousands of people. I tried with my gloves numerous times while in the ring and people were wondering what was going on.


What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?

To win the Australian and Australasian title and climb the world ranks to number 1

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Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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4.5 WEEKS OUT

Well, it's getting closer and the the thought of eating something other than chicken is getting quite exciting. The scrolling through social media and looking at food has started!! It's weird as when I do have freedom to eat what I want, I don't eat junk food anyway. Mind you a cookie would be nice right now.

So, training been consistent. 45 minutes of cardio and weights 6 sessions a week. Making the most of feeling good and remarkably still strong. I'm still on high calories and my coach likes me to eat lots of carbs. Been a whole different method to what I have done previously. I don't get bored with food, I just eat it as I'm usually so hungry anyway.

I have my bikini for Bendigo ready which was made by a beautiful lady that I haven't met. It fits perfectly and I feel so good in it. My Vegas one is on its way and I don't know what that looks like yet. I like surprises.

Work has been full on, being self employed has its positives and negatives. Trying to get through winter and keeping people motivated is quite tough sometimes. People will appear again when the sun warms up. The same every year.

All things booked for The Amateur Olympia and we are on a group chat, as a team that are going from Australia. I don't know anyone else but I'm sure we will get to socialise once the events are over. Tan booked and I have decided to have a makeup lesson before I go and then do it myself. Saves some cash for shopping!

All things going well. Just have to push through the last part.

Wish me luck

Hugs

Joy

International Protein Athlete Profile / JACKI JEWELL

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International Protein Athlete Profile / JACKI JEWELL

Name: Jacki Fitzgerald
Date of Birth 15-01-1988
Residence/State: VIC
Trains out of: JPS Health and Fitness
Years competing: 2
Years training: 4
Sponsor/s International Protein, JPS Health and Fitness, All You Activewear, Ikkin Wear

Which division and federation do you compete with?
Fitness Division in ICN, WFF, ANB

How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
5 strength training sessions per week with an IIFYM approach to dieting. As competitions get closer I incorporate cardio into my training as well.

Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
My favourite exercise would have to be anything that incorporates shoulders or Romanian Deadlifts. My least favourite exercise would have to be squats.

Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?
My favourite food whether I’m in a calorie deficit or not is broccoli, however I cannot stand mushrooms, even though I know their high volume would be a great addition to my diet when I’m dieting. On the flip side I think donuts are overrated as a cheat food and I’d much prefer a burger.

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
Jacob Schepis from JPS Health and Fitness in my coach. He has taught me everything I know about training and nutrition. He has taken me from a physically and emotionally unhealthy person to the complete opposite.

What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
If I had any dislikes I wouldn’t compete.
I love everything about the sport I choose to compete in. It gives me the opportunity to continually learn about myself and improve on weaknesses while celebrate my strengths. I have met some of my closest and dearest friends since I began competing, and it’s the love for the sport that has brought us together.

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
Kayla Polidoro was the first person I saw compete. I didn’t know her at the time, however I saw her and said to my coach who was standing next to me at the time “I want to be like her.” I have rice competed against her, and we are now best friends.

What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?
I love the challenge of bodybuilding comp prep. It is next level and really requires your focus which I really enjoy however the appeal is the actual comp day. It is where I have the chance to showcase my hard work and dedication up against other inspiring athletes.

What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?
That it is a beauty pageant.

Describe yourself in one word
Challenging

What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?
Sharing a podium with my idol.

Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?
It was my first year of competing and I was in Sydney for the ANB Nationals and my heel got stuck in a join in the stage while I was completing my individual T walk. I stumbled a little, the crowd gasped and I had to bend down and yank my heel out of where it was lodged. I laughed it off, continued my walk and took out third place in Australia.

What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?
I would like to make a strong come back to the ICN and ANB stages since having a baby in April 2019. I would then like to move into PCA. Depending on how my body adapts and changes in accordance with my training, the next federations I compete in will really be based on where I fit best in terms of shape and size etc…

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Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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7 WEEKS OUT

Hello wonderful people, thought it about time I gave you an update.

So I'm now just over 5 weeks till Bendigo and 7 weeks till Amateur Olympia. The last few weeks, I have felt myself again. That cat bite really effected my immune system. I have never slept so much! My energy has returned and I'm now back in the swing of training 6 times per week. My food has not changed at all and I'm still consuming approx. 2000cals with a good chunk coming from carbs. My body loves them! I still complain about being hungry all the time though! Still only 30 minutes of cardio, which I generally do at home on my spin bike, catching up on YouTube.

Last week I went down to visit my friend Elise (watch out for video interview) and we trained together, solved the worlds problems and went out for a great meal. No, I didn't eat off plan as the cafe catered for specific diets. I ordered exactly what I needed, even the quantities. It was so nice to be able to go out and have someone else cook.

I still haven't eaten chocolate, can't quite believe it. Have I missed it, mmmmmm, sometimes! Do I need it, NO! My refeeds are now only what I would normally eat but a bigger portion. I made steak and chips on Saturday and it was delicious.

So, I will just keep digging. On the homeward stretch now. I can smell the tan, I can see myself up on that stage. I write down my goals, I put it out to the universe, what will be will be.

Much love

Joy

Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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8 WEEKS OUT

Well hello iron muscle followers, here is my update for my prep to Amateur Olympia.

I'm finally feeling better after about 5 weeks of feeling crap due to toxins from cat bite and my body not liking antibiotics. Feeling lethargic and off my food has been pretty hard. That being said, I have still ploughed on through and got the work done. Finally starting to see my hard work paying off, which motivates me to keep going. Although I have only dropped a little weight and still sitting about 5kg above my last stage weight, I am retaining muscle well, still on a good amount of calories and only 30 minutes of cardio has been introduced.

I have got such an amazing support network, even people I have never met, are messaging me. A beautiful girl called PJ Allen, who is also prepping for a show, has been amazing. We have never spoken to each other but we keep each other going with daily messages. She has so generously offered to make me a new bikini. I'm so overwhelmed. We make sure we message each other on a Friday morning, as that's the day we have to give our photos to our own coaches. She is digging deep and inspires me, just like so many of my friends around me. Elise Fargie, a truly amazing IFBB Pro League athlete is my back bone. We share those moments when we are feeling a bit low and just having someone to let off steam to, really does help. Having people around you that build you up, that listen and don't judge, is so important.

I have finally taken the plunge and booked my flights and hotel for Las Vegas. A great friend has offered to be my sidekick and mentor. Although she doesn't compete, she loves travelling and her being with me is a huge support. Am I nervous, hell yes! Competing for me, never gets any easier. Bendigo is the week before and I'm using that to get back on stage to practice. My anxiety is something I battle with everyday and approaching the stage intensifies it. Do I let this stop me, NO. That feeling of accomplishment is worth every moment of the 20 weeks of pushing boundaries. Me against me, every single day.

Now to just switch into robotic mode.

Much love

Joy x

CARMELLA – WWE

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CARMELLA

“LUMINOUS CONFIDENCE”

Profile & Interview with WWE star, CARMELLA.

Evidently, glamour and beauty is ubiquitous with the ladies of WWE yet not all have the ability to light up the ring in each and every appearance. One who clearly does, is the wrestling starlet known as, Carmella whose pedigree in the ring is matched only by a clear business acumen and warm persona.

She shines and glitters quite literally as soon as she makes her entrance into the ring. A natural beauty that all eyes are drawn to her, that fixation justifiably based on how she presents just as much as how she carries herself. There is a true luminescent quality to her, that is effortlessly confident; that in itself denotes an unmistakable quality and a rarity to experience, for anyone that is involved in the media or any substantive capacity. It is impossible to characterize her in ring persona that she has developed over the years, as it is one that is immediately distinct and unique when compared to every other female top tier personality in the sport. There is the no-nonsense brawling style of Becky Lynch, an enigmatic self-assured manner in Charlotte Flair and even the ferocious powerhouse like Asuka. Yet Carmella stands on her own as a uniquely defined sport entertainer that is one part popstar, one part glamour and also one part idiosyncratic athlete.

She is also supremely skilled on the mic, never faltering in her debates with rivals delivering memorable monologues as well as responding with scathing quips. One could opine that this savvy sports entertainer had mapped out this path to success from an early age; influenced by her father, who was himself a wrestler and one of the earliest proponents of American mixed martial arts, her expertise in dance endowed her with that fleetness of foot and masterful choreography that enabled her foray as a Cheerleader for the New England Patriots, and later into the coveted role as an LA Laker girl for the famed basketball team.

Camella moves with such dynamic fluidity and quickness in the ring, that her opponents always appear to misinterpret her attractiveness and upbeat persona as a hindrance, when it merely masks a skill set that includes vicious submission and powerful striking.

Incredibly athletic, she is both powerful and also possesses a higher level of cardio when compared to her contemporaries. At this top level, it is apparent that only the best in the WWE can perform extended matches and maintain a tempo and pacing that can hold deliver a match as well as retain a captive audience. Carmella takes it one step further, because she has that unique in ring persona with an unmistakable presence. It is not often that viewers will see a female sports entertainer, effectively Moonwalking into the ring as she makes her Entrance; neither do we see one competently dodge a flurry of haymakers and counter with a submission finisher, the Code of Silence or KO her opponent with her potent Princess Kick.

The two time Money in the Bank winner and 2018’s SmackDown Women's Champion, Carmella’s career trajectory has been nothing of astounding, achieving success with a confidence that is always appreciated by the fans, even as a heel. She has stood toe-to-toe with some of the finest athletes in the WWE, even defeating Charlotte Flair resulting in her aforementioned Smackdown Women’s championship victory.

Indeed, it could be opined emphatically that the reason for her success is attributed to her fearless mindset, engaging in various disciplines to not only further her career but develop as a multifaceted professional. That progressive and open mindedness is something that affords more opportunities to the individual, and definitely this is something about her that simply cannot be ignored.

Her more recent pairing with R-Truth is as entertaining as it is perplexing, with Carmella easily being the brains and beauty that is juxtaposed against R-Truth’s manic yet likeable brawn. This ever enterprising and ambitious sports entertainer has also recently pursued her own brand wine, with her Capo Cagna label on the cusp of a forthcoming release.

Thanks to the organizers of Oz Comic-Con, Nixco as well as Rohan Herbstreit from Ring Side Consulting, this journalist was afforded a few minutes with the busy WWE glamour. Greeted by her beauty and a very firm grip as she shook my hand, it was impossible not to become immediately enamoured by her highly engaging and enthusiastic manner. Truth be told, having interviewed both Batista and The Miz, one can say it is self-evident that this sports entertainer, is far easier on the eyes.

Short Q&A with the Staten Island Princess

Carmella, you have been to Australia before what are your thoughts on our beautiful country?

I LOVE IT HERE! I was just saying before the people here are so friendly and so welcoming, that is the one thing I will always take away from being in Melbourne.

You have had a meteoric rise (in your career) from Laker Girl to WWE Superstar, did you ever think you’d enjoy such success?

It’s crazy to be in the WWE, I never in a million years thought I would be a wrestler; my Dad was a wrestler back in the 90s so growing up watching it with him it wasn’t anything I thought I would do – it seemed like such a far-fetched idea. But when I had the opportunity for a try out, I thought to myself ‘You know what I am GOING TO DO THIS, I am going to learn, I am going to work really hard and make it to the top’ and I DID IT!

I describe your style as ‘luminous confidence’, what inspires your style as an wrestler?

Gosh, I really try to bring in some of my dance background into it – obviously with the Moonwalk, I wrestle in sneakers, I don’t wear traditional wrestling boots. I really try to bring in a pop culture feel into my character because of how I dress, try to stay trendy. As far as my in-ring style, I am one of the smallest girls so I try to use that to my advantage; I try to learn every single day and improve my craft.

You’ve also got a background in fitness, your Dad has a background in wrestling and MMA how would you describe your approach to training?

Gosh it has changed so much; when I first started (in NXT) I did a lot of heavy lifting but now being on the road 5 days a week, it is really hard to do a lot of heavy lifting in addition to travelling, being in hotels and on airplanes and rental cars; so now I do more light weight and higher reps. And I do a lot of empty stomach cardio in the morning (laughs)

As an exponent of Savate (French Kickboxing), I am very impressed with your Princess Kick finisher – what influenced that move?

Well, I do have a submission (called The Code of Silence) but sometimes that doesn’t come in handy so you got to have something that you can hit out of anywhere and that’s where the super kick came in?

Do you have a favourite sports supplement, protein, thermogenic or pre workout?

Nope, I just love coffee! I don’t really take supplements, I take a multi vitamin and take biotin (to grow my hair from frying it so much) but other than that I don’t really do a lot of supplements.

What advice would you give to aspiring young ladies seeking to emulate your path to success?

It’s all about working hard and believing in yourself at the end of the day; you’re going to get a lot of No’s and people that are going to doubt you all you can do is believe in yourself and work really hard.

Carmella, thank you for taking the time out to chat with Iron Muscle Worldwide
Thank you!

NOTE: WWE LIVE will return down under for three massive events in Sydney (Monday October 21 at Qudos Bank Arena), Brisbane (October 22 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre) and Melbourne (Wednesday October 23 at Rod Laver Arena) in partnership with TEG Dainty. Tickets can be purchased via ticketek.com.au
*Special thanks to the Rohan Herbstreit, Director of Ring Side Consulting, for enabling me to interview Carmella, I cannot thank you enough for without you this would not have occurred. Also it’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the key event staff for accommodating me and also going out of their way to help me acquire this interview. These include Courtney Bell and Celeste Jones at NIXCO; Charlotte Rowland and Chris Daniel from Oz Comic-Con. Thank you all.

Athlete Profile : Robert Randall

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Robert Randall

Name: Robert Randall
Date of Birth 16/11/1988
Residence/State: Newcastle Australia
Trains out of: Warners bay ATF
Years competing: 5 years
Years training: 6 years
Sponsor/s Get Gripped
Force element
Nutrition Warehouse

Which division and federation do you compete with?
IFBB Pro League
U/70s

How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
Always varies on what the goal is at the time

Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
Favourite would be shrugs
Least favourite star jumps haha

Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?
Favourite diet food? Broccoli
Favourtie cheat food? Pizza or burgers

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
Yes I sure do Adam Cottrell at Cutting Edge Conditioning
He is the voice that sticks in the back of my head in prep to push harder

What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
The best thing about competing is the people I’ve met over the years.
I honestly don’t have any dislikes about competing

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
Charlie Duca
Aaron Polites
Sam Pearce

These are three people I’ve looked up to through the years, they have always gave me motivation through each prep and awesome advice

What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?

The discipline
The challenge
The reward at the end


What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?

The amount of hard work that goes into a prep and the mentality it takes to do one as well


Describe yourself in one word

Nugget


What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why
?
Meeting Arnold on stage with the overalls after winning my category at the Arnolds Classic 2019

Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?
I once heated my food in the microwave and then put it back in the fridge, took me half an hour to realise what I had done with my food.

What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?

My goal is to compete at the Amateur Olympia in 2020 and get my 212 pro card

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YouTube Channel: NA
Facebook: Robert.randall.520357
Instagram: Bobhahaha88

Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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10 WEEKS OUT

10 weeks and 6 days to go, not that I'm counting!!

So what has this week been like? Training getting back to normal and I can now use my left hand. Had to adapt a few exercises but still got my strength, which I was quite surprised. I had my meal plan changed and no mashed potato at dinner time anymore. Interestingly, my sleep pattern was disturbed due to this, as I definitely need carbs to help me rest. It is what it is though and I just have to fight the battle at 3am when I'm standing staring in the fridge!!

My anxiety is a little higher than normal. I hate it. I grind my teeth at nighttime, I have butterflies in my tummy and I just feel agitated. I'm very much a planner and this goal to go to Las Vegas has really thrown me. To be honest, I just don't have the funds to follow my dream. I lie awake, playing around with maths and where I can get the money from! I never ever rely on our family money as this is MY hobby. The plan originally was for my husband and I to go together. He now can't get leave. Then my buddy, fellow competitor, was going to join me and compete too. Due to circumstances, she isn't coming. So, do I go by myself? Do I just book my flight and hope the rest of the money I can get by then? I just don't know. This is effecting my training as I consistently ask myself "why am I doing this?"

That all being said, I signed up for IFBB Bendigo Classic and have got cheap flights and accommodation. I will not let myself down by half heartedly doing this. I need to stick with what I set out to do. People at my gym are rooting for me and I can't let them down either. They show me so much support.

So here to battle through another week. I have to dig deeper than ever before. I got this.

Much love

Joy x

Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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12 WEEKS OUT

Well I am officially just under 12 weeks until I get my sparkly bikini back on and try to fit my feet into those high heels. Bendigo Classic is just a warm up for me and my coach to see what improvements I need to make for Las Vegas. I also need the practice on stage as I still don't enjoy it and the more I do it, I'm hoping the easier it becomes.

So how am I feeling? To be honest, this prep has not been the best. Yes, I go through the motions, train and eat exactly as on plan. Why am I struggling? I think my heart is just not in it this time. Why? I don't actually know! Am I going to quit, hell no. I made a commitment to myself and I will not give up. I love the continuous challenge and this being more difficult, makes it even more exciting. I have to dig deeper, I have to find my inner strength, I have to fight the negative demons. Failing is not an option.

There has been hurdles but each time, I jump higher. I'm a 45 year old with an amazing life and nothing really to complain about. I have my dream business, my health, an amazing family and small group of friends. I appreciate what I have and never take anything for granted. Too many people that I know don't have half of what I have and they still manage to smile.

Competing is such a small part of my life, it's a hobby, my lifestyle. I have learnt so much about myself through the last 5 years and it has made me a better human and trainer. I truly believe that if you want something in life, you need to change what you are doing. For me, I needed to change. Competing saved me.

Mindset is everything. If you don't have that sorted, nothing will work. I practice positivity every day, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but I'm still over here ploughing on through. I have 13 weeks until I compete at Amateur Olympia, the biggest contest of my life and I for one, will stand up there knowing I did the best I possibly could. Win or lose, I did it.

Onwards and upwards and let's see how the next few weeks span out. Come on body, let's get lean!

Joy x

TARRYN GARLINGTON IFBB FIGURE PRO

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Tarryn Garlington IFBB FIGURE PRO

Name: Tarryn Garlington
Date of Birth 01/APR/83
Residence/State: Alabama/USA
Trains out of: Planet Fitness & Club 4 Fitness
Years competing: 5 Years (1st show was in Sept 2014)
Years training: 5 years (But an athlete for entire life)
Sponsor/s I Sew It You Show It, All That Glitters Gems, 1st Phorm

Which division and federation do you compete with?
International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) PRO FIGURE

How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
My training is intense! I typically operate on training splits, which basically means that I train a single major body part and a single minor body part per training session (for example, I’ll train legs and abs on one day and the next day I’ll train shoulders and bi’s/tri’s). My coach provides a fixed diet for me to follow for each meal that I’m expected to consume. Food options and quantities are provided for each food group (protein, carbohydrates, & fats) on my meal plan and I follow it to the letter. This method of “dieting” works best as it allows my coach to manipulate each source as needed throughout my prep. I prefer this method over the macro-based method because it takes the guesswork out of the process and leaves very little room for human error.

Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
My favorite exercise would most definitely be anything related to my back. I could do rows (all types) and pulldowns (all types) all day, every day if I could. I love training my back! But obviously to maintain a balanced physique, I have to space my back training days according to my training regimen, which typically equates to twice per week.

My least favorite exercise would be ANYTHING related to training chest. Chest is the one body part that I have no motivation to train. It’s not something that’s a main component of judging in the Figure Division, so it’s hard for me to find the motivation to train it.

Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?
Let’s start with favorites… My favorite diet food would most definitely be my morning oats! Once you find the perfect mix of zero calorie, zero carb, and low fat ingredients to spruce them up, they are TO DIE FOR and worth waking up in the early hours of the morning to consume! My favorite (or “go-to”) cheat meal will always be pizza and ice cream, although I rarely get to consume pizza when in prep. I’ll take a New York style cheese slice over ANYTHING.

My least favorite diet food is fish (tilapia). I always dread the moment when fish creeps back into my prep diet, but I endure it because it has proved to be beneficial during the cutting phase of prep. My least favorite cheat meal is sushi! I know, I know…everyone loves sushi right? Yeah, not this girl. I’ve tried it on several different occasions, even in Japan where I’m sure most sushi lovers would say is the crème de la crème of sushi, but I have yet to find a roll that could make me a believer.

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
Yes, I am coached by Dave Hintz of Team Underrated Muscle. I recently joined Dave’s team this past September (2018) and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve made regarding my professional bodybuilding career. He is an excellent motivator and a true advocate for all of his athletes. Although he has hundreds of athletes that he coaches, he always finds the time to provide each and every one of us with the care and attention that we need/require. I’m pretty self-sufficient, but when I need him, he’s always there.

What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
I love, love, love, the stage!! It is my absolute favorite part about competing. I grew up competing in beauty pageants, so that coupled with my background in athletics groomed me perfectly for the bodybuilding stage. When I’m up there my alter ego takes over and I OWN IT!

My dislikes about competing are associated with the stigmas, or people’s perception of the sport. I hate hearing “oh she went too far”, “she looks too manly”, “don’t get too big”, “women shouldn’t be lifting weights like that”…and the list goes on!

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
This is such an easy question. Candice Lewis-Carter has been an inspiration of mine since I started competing and got enthralled in the world of competitive bodybuilding. I saw her beautiful physique for the very first time during her showing at the 2014 Olympia, which was the weekend following my very first competition. When I saw her present her stage package on the Olympia stage that year, my first instinctive thought was “Oh, THAT”S figure?!!”. I was so impressed by her physique and I knew at that very moment that I’d be in this for the long haul.

What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?
As a working adult, the sport of bodybuilding provides me with an enjoyable challenge outside of my day job. Many of us use the gym as a way to relieve the stress of the day, and competitive bodybuilding just tales it a step further. For me, it keeps me sharp, disciplined, and on top of my game in all aspects of my life. It forces me to be responsible because I’m juggling so many things at one time.

What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?
That lifting weights will make a woman look manly. People look at females that compete in the Women’s Bodybuilding Division and they immediately think that all women that lift weights will eventually grow to that level of muscularity, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When I initially told family and friends 5 years ago of my intention to pursue competitive bodybuilding, that negative reaction was exactly what I received from many of them. It took them seeing what my division looked like on stage for them to realize what I was truly committing to.

Describe yourself in one word
Authentic

What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?
Wow! My most recent competition, the 2019 Toronto Pro Supershow, where I snagged my very first win as an IFBB Pro athlete and secured my qualification for the 2019 Olympia! There really aren’t enough descriptive words in the dictionary that can describe my exact feelings in the moments leading up to hearing my name called as the winner of that competition. I was totally overwhelmed with happiness and disbelief. It was at that moment that stage grace and poise was thrown completely out the window and I cried like a baby on stage! It will go down in history as one of the most profound moments of my pro-competitive career.

Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?
Nah, I’m pretty boring for the most part…LOL

What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?
I plan to keep charging forward. My ultimate goal would be to be crowned Ms. Figure Olympia in the next 2-5 years!

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