Name: Donna King
Birth Date: 11/11/1968
Birth Place: Cold Spring, New York
Current Residence: Mahopac, New York
Height & Weight: 5 1″ 118lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
Fitness has been an integral part of my life. So much so, that I decided to pursue a career in fitness As a Trainer, I have had the privilege to work with a vast array of people; young and old, from physically fit, to morbidly obese. Each and every one of my clients has inspired me to push the envelope, and do something that I never thought was attainable. At 44, I felt that I was too old, and broken to compete. My clients played a major part in my decision to compete. I saw what they were capable of doing; the commitment, the drive and the determination was infectious; and inspired me to take on this personal challenge. In addition, while I was working at the gym, I met a woman that inspired me to pursue my personal best and ultimately compete. Eillen Vent has been an inspiration, a role model and someone who has been there every step of the way through my journey along with my coach Tabitha Sierra.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I feel that inspiration comes from within. I am fortunate to have a supportive husband, family, great clients, and my “Brick House Bodies” extended family, all of which have inspired me to pursue my personal best. When things become really tough, and the training and dieting have taken its toll on me; I am blessed to have a phenomenal support network; where I can draw the necessary strength to keep me going. I look at some of clients, who after very long days at work, coupled with the everyday pressures, are committed to working out; and I am truly inspired.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I will be competing in my very first WBFF Competition on November 9 in Rhode Island.
4. Who got you started?
Although I have worked out my entire life, I was inspired to compete the day I met Eillen Vent; a club member who has played a major part in my desire to compete.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
Having been in the fitness industry for the last 6 years, I have built a solid network of individuals that are heavily involved in personal training, nutrition, and all around fitness who are ready, willing and able to help. Most recently, I joined the Brick House Bodies team, and have met the greatest group of women, who have welcomed me with open arms. They have truly inspired me, and are always there when I need encouragement, advice and an occasional pep talk.
6. Where do you usually workout?
Club Fit, Jefferson Valley New York
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I use the Advocare line; including amino acids, protein shakes, multi vitamins.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
Since I have been training, I have reduced my body fat by 9+ %, lost 10 pounds, and many inches. My body strength has increased substantially as evidenced by the amount of weight that I can lift.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
At the age of 44, I did not think that competing was something in my reach. However, through hard work, many hours of training, dieting and discipline, I will be able to compete. Being this fit has unleashed a level of confidence that I once lacked. I am no longer that girl, I am a strong, and confident woman, who is a winner already – no matter what the outcome. Fitness has taught me that nothing is out of my reach.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My first fitness goal was to get into competition shape, and compete in my first competition; which is becoming a reality. My second goal is to compete again in 2014 with WBFF.
11. Describe your diet.
Clean eating all the way consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, low carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
Weight train 5 days per week, cardio 6 days per week
13. What do you do for a living?
I am a Personal Trainer, Real Estate Associate Broker, and Hair Stylist
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
To obtain my Nutritional Health Coach Certification
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
Yes, I played softball, volleyball and participated on a bowling team.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my husband for supporting me through this journey, my children for their understanding and encouragement, my friends and family for understanding why I could not eat all of those sweets, my Brick House Body team, especially Eillen and Tabitha (my coach) – who have made this upcoming competition a reality; and my clients who have been my source of inspiration – I thank you all!
17. Do you have any hobbies?
Love to shop, workout, and spend time with my family.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
My biggest challenge is time. Being a wife, mother of two, and working three jobs; I have found extremely creative ways to squeeze in a minimum of 10 hours a week to work out. It is a constant juggling act, and at times can be overwhelming.
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
I have learned how to make time for myself since I always put others first.” If you don’t take care of yourself nobody else can do it for you.” I have learned that any goal is achievable if you want it bad enough.
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
I want to thank the WBFF for all your encouraging posts on Facebook with pictures of the WBFF competitors and the countdowns to all the upcoming shows.It’s kept me on track to achieve my own personal goals. I am really excited for this upcoming opportunity to compete in my very first show.