Q.1 Why did you start training and did you have any goals of competing to begin with?
I started training seriously with weights and nutrition about 5-6yrs ago. I didn’t really have any competitive ambitions at the time, I just wanted to look good.
Q.2 Were you into sport growing up? If so which ones?
I wasn’t really that keen on competitive sport until I reached 13-14. It was then I decided that I wanted to play a bigger part in team sports. I pushed hard to be the best and I was selected for captain of teams and played a wide range of sports throughout my schools years at local level. Once I left school I still took part in the local netball, football and rounder’s teams, but the gym started to be more me.
Q.3 What is your current training schedule like? How does it differ between pre-contest and off season? Do you do much cardio work?
I currently train 6 days per week, 2-4 hrs of Gymnastics training with stretching and the rest of the time 4-5hrs per week in the gym, kicking my body into shape.
My current regime on or off season: I train my weaker parts at the start of the week and my stronger body parts at the end of the week, e.g.
Monday – Cardio, Shoulders & Tri
Tuesday Cardio – Hams & Back,
Wednesday – Gymnastics,
Thursday – Gymnastics
Friday – Quads & Calf
Saturday – Chest & Biceps
On / Off Season Cardio – what’s that? If I do cardio the weight just drops off me, I do some but enough to keep me fit. So I might do something like 3 x ZUMBA sessions & 3 x 30 minute cardio sessions.
Off season: what’s that? I eat healthy all year round, my weight doesn’t really go anywhere except my booty. So if needs be I might do the odd cardio session. My fulltime job is very active all day every day, so get enough cardio form that. (P.E. & Dance Teacher).
Q.4 How long have you been competing?
I’ve been competing for 4 yrs, This year will be my 5th season. I have tried several federations, NPA, UKBFF, NABBA, BNBF.
Q.5 What are your main competitive achievements?
IFBB – European Championships May 2012
UKBFF – British Fitness Champion Guest Spot – Sept 2012
IFBB – World Championships Oct 2012
IFBB – Arnold Classics Europe Oct 2012
IFBB – World Championships – Fitness World Cup Nov 2012
UKBFF British Fitness Champion 2011 Oct
UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow – Fitness Champion 2010
3rd Fitness – UKBFF British Finalist – Fitness Category 2010
UKBFF East UK Fitness Champion 2010
NABBA Midlands Toned Figure Champion 2010
2009 – Trained Figure Athlete
NPA British Trained Figure Champion 2009′
NPA Yorkshire Trained Figure Champion – 2009
UIBBN European championships 2009 – 4thNovice
2008 – Trained Figure Athlete-
3rd Place at ‘ NPA Yorkshire Championships’ – 2008′
Best Presentation at ‘NPA Yorkshire Championships’ 2008
3rd Place at ‘NPA North West Championships’ – 2008′
2nd Place at ‘NPA British Final’ – 2008
Best Presentation at ‘NPA British Final’- 2008′
Q.6 Who are your main sources of inspiration in your training and whose physiques do you most admire?
Adela Garcia ( USA) – Big inspiration for me within Fitness.Physique wise, I would like to look like Louise Rodgers (UK).
Q.7 What are your current competitive goals?
My goals for 2012 are to better than I was the year before. To put everything into what I want to achieve. Only then can I say I’m happy. To get my 1st chance to compete internationally is amazing achievement and one that I will treasure. To place highly in International competitions and get the UK on the map for fitness again. Some say place top 3, top 6…………. but, what’s the point? Aim for the top!
Q.8 Why do you feel you have been able to make continuous gains over the years?
I don’t quit, as quitters never win and winners never quit!
I have changed categories in the last 2 years from figure to fitness, that has been a challenge in itself, from being the best in figure (NPA British Champion 2009) to starting again in fitness in 2010 was hard work, but I didn’t let it get to me. I have worked hard, done my homework and secured the best coaches in the business for 2012 (Kimberley-Ann Jones & Juan Carlos ) to kick my ass and push me further forward. Only time will tell if my workouts and my training has worked, but the journey I’m having is fantastic.
Q.9 What supplements do you use?
I’m currently using Extreme Pro 6 (3 times per day), BCAA (Pre & Post Workout), Build & Recover (Post workout), Glutamine Complex ( x10 per day), 1000mg Vitamin C ( x 3 per day)
Q.10 How much do you feel supplements and sports nutrition help your training?
You can’t train, make good gains or recovery without good supplementation, yes you can eat the right food but that will only take you so far.
Q.11 What is it that motivates you through a hard session?
Winning!!! Winning that last rep, showing that you can anything if you put your mind to it! I compete against myself when training, I think winner…. it’s the best way to get through any tough workout. After all everyone is a winner that steps on stage, it’s all about performing and doing it well. My biggest competition is myself J
I’d like to say thanks to a few people:
My Husband and Son, my family & friends for putting up with me and my addiction!
Extreme Nutrition, for their support and having faith in me to represent one of the best brands around.
My coaches over the years, who have given me the tools to travel this journey.
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