Team Gaspari Nutrition
Asuinpaikka: Port Reading, NJ
Paino: 125-128lbs in competition shape
FSporting Achievements: NCAA Division 1 Academic All-American Gymnast & Pa
2009 Season Wrap-upGoals set and reached for 2009
At the very beginning of 2009, I was still trying to get invited to theFitness International happening in March. I did get it, and even thoughI was very focused on that show, my main goal for the year was tore-qualify for the Fitness Olympia in September. I had taken tenthplace my first time there in 2008, and I wanted to improve on that. InColumbus, I didn't come close to top three, but in Orlando I was onlythree points away in the final score from third place and an Olympiaqualification. The New York Pro was next, and there I wound up insixth. My immediate plan was to start training for the Europa show inAugust, but first I had to address a very serious shoulder injury.Since the 2008 Fitness Olympia, there had been a nagging pain. I did mybest to train around it, but it only continued to get worse. It evenhurt when I slept, so I knew something had to be done. It was not goingto get better on its own. I had an MRI done, and that showed I had tornboth the labrum and the rotator cuff, meaning there were injuries toboth cartilage and tendons. I scheduled the surgery for July, and myorthopedic specialist estimated the procedure would take around 45minutes. Once he got the arthroscope in there and had a better lookaround, he saw things were worse than he thought. There were actuallytwo separate tears in the labrum, a torn rotator cuff, a bone fragmentlodged in my joint, and a crack in the humerus bone of the upper arm.The surgery took close to three hours. I was under strict orders not todo any type of resistance training at all, not even with a two-pounddumbbell or a resistance band, for twelve weeks. For someone used totraining hard a few times every week, that was tough to hear. Thatpretty much knocked me out of the remainder of the 2009 competitiveseason. But on the bright side, I also completed my nine-monthinternship as a Registered Dietician and passed the exam. So while mycareer as an IFBB Fitness Professional was on hold for half the year, Idid accomplish another major goal, which was to complete my training,pass the exam, and begin working as an RD.
Most memorable appearance of the year
Back in late January, the first-ever Dragon's Den seminar was held atthe gym I trained at, Apollon Gym in Edison, New Jersey. It was thefirst time I met other Gaspari Nutrition athletes Flex Lewis and Mark Alvisi.We had a great turnout, and I handled the portion of the seminar thattalked about and demonstrated proper leg training. Everybody was veryattentive and appreciated the tips on correct form and varioustechniques that I shared. But just being a part of the whole event wasa blast.
Favorite new Gaspari Products of 2009
I love the new Cytolean V2.It gives me the extra energy kick I need for the type of cardio I do,which is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It also helps duringroutine practice, which by the way I can't wait to start doing again.And nothing beats the taste of Myofusion. I could drink those shakes all day!
It's a little early to say exactly which shows I will be competing infor 2010. I am still rehabbing my shoulder and should get the clearancevery soon from my doctor to start training light again, so the FitnessInternational is too soon. If I really pushed it I could possibly dothat show, but it wouldn't be smart. I am thinking more like theOrlando Pro fitness show in April, the New York Pro in May, or at thelatest the Europa show in August. My shoulder is more stable now thanit's been in a very long time, but there's still pain there that won'tbe gone until the surgery is completely healed up. I finished up myphysical therapy and now I am working with a guy who specializes inpost-rehab rehab for competitive athletes who need to get back in thegame. I just need to be patient. But all in all, I am very optimisticabout next year. The injuries I had were holding me back from being myabsolute best, and now they have been addressed and repaired. So eventhough I can't pinpoint the exact show I'll make my comeback at, I dolook forward to representing Gaspari Nutrition on an IFBB Pro fitness stage sometime soon!
Fitness Background: NCAA Division 1 Academic All-American Gymnast & Parallel Bar Specialist from the University of Missouri
How long have you been into fitness and how did you get started?
I am heading into my 3rd yearcompeting in fitness. My boyfriend was getting ready for abodybuilding show when I first met him, and I was intrigued by thewhole process. I was still doing college gymnastics at the time, and Ithought he was crazy with the type of diet he was following. Fastforward a year or so, and there I was getting ready for my own firstshow. I started my career with one figure show and then decided itwasn't for me. So I made the switch to fitness and haven't looked back.
Why do you train and what motivates you?
I have been an athlete basicallymy whole life, so I love the challenge of training. I prefer to trainlike an athlete, incorporating a lot of agility and strengthmovements. I'm always up for trying new things and I love anythingchallenging (like flipping a 500# tire!)
What are your goals regarding IFBB Fitness and becoming a registered dietician?
My goals for fitness are tocontinue to improve my physique and routines, and hopefully my placingsalong with that. I have a goal to win a show at some point in mycareer, and I would like to place top 5 at the Arnold and Olympia. Asfar as my RD, I am nearing the end of my clinical portion of myinternship (8 more weeks!), but I haven't made any decisions as to whatexactly I want to do once I'm done. It will really depend on whatopportunities open up.
What are the underlying principles behind your approach to fitness?
I try to compete against myselfand always work to make myself better. It may mean getting stronger,changing my physique, or adding something new to my routine. As longas I feel I am improving myself and I am enjoying the process, I amhappy with how things turn out!
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started as a serious fitness athlete?
I would tell them that its a lotof hard work,. but its definitely well worth it in the end! Look toother fitness competitors (myself included, I'm always happy to answerquestions...) for help and advice, because there will be bumps alongthe road. But we've all been through it and often can help put thingsinto perspective. And most importantly, Have FUN on stage!
|2009||IFBB New York Pro Fitness||Fitness||
|IFBB Europa Show of Champions Orlando||Fitness||
|IFBB Ms. Fitness International||Fitness||
|2008||IFBB Fitness Olympia||Fitness||10th|
|IFBB Europa Super Show||Fitness||2nd|
|IFBB Houston Pro||Fitness||3rd|
|2007||IFBB Atlantic City Pro||Fitness||6th|
|NPC Team Universe||Fitness||2nd|
|NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States||Fitness||1st|