Birth Place: Manchester CT
Current Residence: Lebanon CT
Height & Weight: 5’2″ 125lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
I first got interested in competing from reading Oxygen magazine in 2010. They always had a section in the back of shows that the fitness competitors had recently done. When I first read that magazine I was in awe of that article. I thought it was so amazing!. Seeing all these beautiful physically fit women really inspired me! I became obsessed! I had begun weight training in the gym since 2008, but I made it a personal goal of mine from that point to train even harder so that I could one day step on stage as a fitness competitor.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I am constantly reading tons of articles fitness related to continue to be inspired. I keep a vision board of things I would love to achieve and look at that everyday to keep me focused. I add to that all the time to keep myself inspired! I also think its really important to surround yourself with positive, like minded people that have the same types of goals as you! It really keeps you motivated!
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
The very first show I did was in 2012 at the WBFF New England Fitness Weekend in Providence. I had such an amazing experience and from that point on I was hooked! I took a year off to really focus on building some areas on my body that needed some more fine tuning. The next show I did after that was the WBFF Fitness Atlantic this past April of 2014. I had so much fun on that stage and loved every second of it! Now I am preparing to do the WBFF Boston show this June of 2014. I am going to bring my best package yet!!
4. Who got you started?
I got started with Sean and Tiffany Larson. My aunt had told me about them when I expressed to her how I would love to do a fitness competition. I looked them up and as soon as a saw pictures of them and pictures of the athletes they had trained I was dead set on them being my coaches! I’ve been working with them for 2 years now and I couldn’t be happier! They have really helped to transform my body in ways I never thought was possible!
5. Who do you look to for help now?
Always Sean and Tiffany! That’s why they are such amazing coaches! They have my back!
6. Where do you usually workout?
Most days I work out at Work Out World in Norwich and in Waterford. That’s where I’ll do my weight training. But when its nice outside that’s where I’ll take my cardio workouts!
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
Mostly the only suppliments I take are multivitamins, fish oils, and BCAAS.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
I’ve noticed a huge amount of growth on my delts which is really exciting for me! They’ve really started to round out and have that capped look to them that I love!! I’ve also really been trying to work on building up my hamstrings and tightening up my glutes! Its a work in progress but they’re getting there!
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness has had such a positive influence in my life. I used to live a very unhealthy life style, quite the opposite of how I am now. I was in a very dark place before and heading down the wrong path. It wasn’t until a friend had me go to the gym with him and put me through the hardest leg workout of my life! I couldn’t even walk out of the gym! From that moment on I was addicted! But this was a positive addiction though! I wanted to change my life for the better from that moment on! Its really crazy to think the way I used to live my life. I am a totally different person and I’m so glad for that!
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
11. Describe your diet.
In the off season I still like to eat clean 80% of the time with a cheat meal or two during the week. Lots of lean meat, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and some fruit! Breakfast is always my favorite meal of the day! Who doesn’t love protein pancakes?!
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
During contest prep I weight train 5 days and then 2 days are low intensity cardio days. In the off season I will weight train 4-5 days and try and have a couple of rest days.
13. What do you do for a living?
I work as a full time hair stylist. I am very passionate about what I do! I love the fashion and beauty industry. That’s why I only compete with the WBFF! Its the perfect combination of fashion and fitness! Being a hair stylist is incredible. Having the ability to affect someones life in such a positive way is so rewarding. There is no greater feeling than transforming someones look and seeing the person really shine from within!
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I really want to fill up my passport! I have such a love for traveling! I love to experience different cultures, taste the food of a native country, meet local people. There are so many parts of the world that I want to see that are on my bucket list!
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
Growing up I was a dancer for 8 years. I would have to say that’s where my love of performing on stage came from!
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I am so thankful and grateful to have very supporting friends and family. Even though they don’t always understand why it is I do what I do they still support me. I lost my father 3 years ago from a heart attack. I believe that’s another reason why I try and live my life in the healthiest possible way. I live my life always in his honor. I want to continue to always make him proud. I am also so blessed to have the most amazingly supportive boyfriend. He is my rock and I am so thankful to have him everyday in my life!
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I take a pottery class. I am an artistic type of person but I had a hard time setting aside time to get in tune with that part of myself. I make it a point last year to do that at least once a week! I also do some photography and paint as well.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
The only challenge that I face from reaching my fitness goals are finances! I think every competitor knows how expensive it can get! I would do a lot more shows in a year if I didn’t have to worry about that!
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
After my first show in 2012 I binged…hard! I gained 20 pounds within the first month post competition, and the pounds just kept piling on! Last year I weighed in at my heaviest yet! 158! I was so mad! I knew that if I wanted to do another show I was going to have work really hard to get there! So I took the low and slow approach and dieted for 7 months! It wasn’t easy but I did it! I certainly learned my lesson and will never allow myself to get out of control post contest ever again! Now its all about moderation and maintenance! Finding that balance is key!
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?