Name: Megan Graham
Birth Date: 07/04/1976
Birth Place: Peterborough
Current Residence: Boston
Height & Weight: 5 feet 6 inches 115 pounds
1. What made you want to compete?
I wanted to compete to challenge myself, and stay motivated and on track with my fitness goals. I work for an agency which means I need to be photo shoot ready at all times. Competing helps me do that, and introduces me to so many amazing people in the fitness and beauty industries.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I am a very visual person, so I use pictures to inspire changes in myself. I have a vision board of fashion, fitness, and my dream home, and I constantly strive to reach my goals.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I’ve competed in the Fitness Universe shows, and done very well, but after my first taste of the WBFF I’m hooked.
4. Who got you started?
I started weight training as preparation for downhill ski racing, and over the years, realized that it was an amazing way to stay in shape, and change my body. I saw the pictures in oxygen magazine and began to wonder if I had what it takes to compete.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
I depend on my family, my coach Bret Contreras, and my friends, who have all been extremely helpful.
6. Where do you usually workout?
At Mike Boyles gym and Equinox.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
Love Visalus protein shakes and biotest workout fuel.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
A complete lower body improvement!
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Yes, it’s given me confidence that extends far beyond fitness. My business and personal relationships thrive because of my increased energy and determination from my training.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
To take my fitness modeling to the next level. It’s easy to forget about your dreams and focus on the day to day activities. I’m putting time and attention into making mine a reality.
11. Describe your diet.
I concentrate on eating whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and protein. I avouid white flour and sugar, and all processed foods. I don’t follow a strict diet, I just eat healthfully at small intervals, drink plenty of water, and have protein at every single meal. I actually go out to eat quite a bit, I just special order when I’m there.
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I do three total body workouts per week. They usually include exercises such as: Bulgarian squats, deadlifts, hip thrusts, rows, goblet squats and planks.
13. What do you do for a living?
I am the owner of an award winning Hair Salon on Newbury street, and I recently started modeling for an agency in New York.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I’m working on a book of beauty tips and secrets, and would like to put the same thing together for getting in shape. In our country the subject of personal fitness has become a source of much anxiety for some people. I’d like to give them a simple, effective approach.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where the focus was most definitely athletics. I was on the soccer, tennis and downhill ski racing team, and I also competed in mountain bike racing, ballroom dancing and horseback riding. Sports have always been a major part of my life.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I am so appreciative to my family and friends for respecting and supporting my choice to compete and live a healthy life. I’d like to thank Bernadette Bedard for making me beautiful swimsuits and theme wear, and for being a wonderful and kind friend the minute I met her. I’m so grateful! Cathy Savage and Nicole Costa have been gracious enough to take the time to work with me on stage presence, and Bret Contreras has been there every step of the way to talk about my progress, and give me his honest opinion on how to improve.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love travel, beauty, weight lifting, fashion, dancing, and most of all: spending time with my two Yorkshire terriers Teddy and Lola.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
My main challenge is time, but we must make the time for our priorities in life. I am very busy at work, and it can take up a great deal of my time, but I have learned that nothing can happen before I complete my workout in the morning. It is important, sacred time, and I don’t let anything keep me from completing it.
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
One of my biggest obstacles was the shyness that I suffered from as a child. I was awkward and quiet as a teen, and had to deal with some painful bullying. To be successful as a stylist and a model, I have learned to be confident and strong, and to a point, fearless. It was difficult to get past the bullying, and I think they exist even in the adult world, but instead of becoming bitter I answer with class, confidence and strength. Never let anyone try to keep you down. In the end, you are the one who chooses to keep yourself down.
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
To me it’s not just about looking good, it’s about being good. As I mention many times on my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MeganGrahamFitness think the benefits of working out are obvious on the outside, but to me the confidence, discipline and strength that have developed on the inside are the most valuable part of what I get from competing and training. I look forward to competing, and hopefully you’ll see what I mean.