Category you compete in: NPC Bikini
Date of birth: 3/29/1983
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Career: fashion Consultant
• 2013 Circle City Classics, Indianapolis
• 2014 Indiana All Natural, Indianapolis
• 2014 Mike Francois, Ohio
The months of April and May brought an astonishingly fine set of champs and almost champs in the women's physique sports. With shows in multiple cities almost every weekend, it's sometimes tough to remember last week's golden girl or promising newcomer. Here are a few who caught my eye this spring from the hundreds of promising contenders who hit the stage. See if you don't agree that they're worth keeping on your radar as the 2014 Olympia season rolls on.
4 Steps to Faster Muscle Recovery after Workouts
You know that feeling. The feeling you get after pushing yourself at the gym, when your muscles ache and you have trouble getting up the stairs, and you’re cursing your instructor. It’s actually a sign of your body screaming that it needs time to recover.
The recovery period after a workout is the time when your body rebuilds its muscles. Even seasoned workout enthusiasts experience muscle soreness and need time to reenergize their muscles. But sometimes your muscles don’t recover as fast as you would like them to. Here are four proven steps to faster muscle recovery that will help you get back in the gym stronger and feeling more refreshed than ever.
By Dr. Stacey Naito, Physician & IFBB Bikini Pro
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain which regulates the wake-sleep cycle. Production is turned on later in the evening when lights are turned off for bedtime. However, there are a number of poor habits which people commonly engage in which interfere with the body’s production of melatonin, with harmful results such as impaired immune response, increased rate of cellular aging, and increasing the risk of cancer formation.
After having my second child, I wanted to train with a purpose. Not just go through the motions. I needed a challenge. I needed a goal. I wanted results. That is when my life-style really went from being a hobby to a life change.
I love to lift heavy and push myself to the limit. When there is no pain I feel like I’m not doing anything to improve so I get back at it and work harder and my favorite workout is legs and butt.
I was that girl who thought running 10 miles a day and consuming 500 calories was going to get me into shape. My husband begged me for over 2 years to start lifting with him. My exact response was “I don’t want to get big.”
The anxious thoughts and feelings leading into a show. I get impatient and just want the competition to get here as soon as possible. Closer to the show, I begin getting nervous and having all kinds of anxious feelings and wanting to know who my competition is.
The thing about this sport is that not only does it challenge you physically but it also challenges you mentally. When I started competing, I realized that I needed a thick skin to be able to make it through this sport.