Q: Alli, tell us a little bit about yourself. Give the Rx Muscle readers a little background on who you are.
AM: Not sure which area of my life to give background on so I'll stick to my competition background. I was raised as a very athletic child and I participated in just about every sport except basketball at some point in my life before settling into track and cross country in high school. I was an avid runner until the end of my freshmen year at college when I realized my love of running was waning. I turned to the gym to continue working out and what initially began as a quest to tone up turned into a full-fledged addiction. I did my first show at age 20 (NABBA). My second show was the NPC Mountain Valley in 2007 where I won the overall in figure and qualified for Nationals. I then competed in 2008 at the IFBB North American despite some personal issues.
Q: You have called yourself a "tweener"-- between bodybuilding and figure. Have you considered venturing into the bodybuilding arena?
AM: Yes, of course I have. Randy tells me constantly that I have the soul of a bodybuilder. I truly love to lift- I don't see myself ever ceasing to hit the gym daily, even if I do stop competing at some point. Although I consider bodybuilding it's not something I'm sure of at this point. I'm 5'6" ½ and I have longer muscle bellies. My physique tends to lend itself better to figure if I have to chose either or. The problem is that I'm too much for the current figure look but not enough for bodybuilding.
I'm not ruling out that I may at one point switch to bodybuilding. I truly love bodybuilding and draw much of my inspiration from female bodybuilders. However I've only done one national level show for figure and I feel I need to give it more of a chance before I pack it in and say it's not for me. So for now, you can expect to see me stick with figure.
Q: What is your training style? What is your strongest body part?
AM: Hardcore is the best way to describe my training. I lift heavy and hard, even deep into my contest prep. As heavy as I can go, I'll go. Off season I dip down into 4 and 6 reps for some really grueling training. I'm notorious for being stronger then I look. My max leg press is 720. My max bench is 200 lbs. I have very strong biceps and I'm proud to say they were measured in December and have just hit 14.5 inches.
God I sound like a bodybuilder lol!
My strongest body part is probably my chest, which is unusual because it used to be my weakest, but last offseason I spent a lot of time working on my chest and bringing up my bench. I think it's really paid off.
Q: What is the most challenging part of contest preparation for you?
AM: Dealing with lack of energy and sleepless nights. Mentally I can wrap my head around the diet and I do fairly well on a diet. I love the training so getting in the gym is never an issue. What I struggle with is the energy fluctuations, feeling drained, and not being able to sleep well due to hunger.
Q: Does your family support you in this aspect of your life?
AM: My family thinks I'm nutsJ lol. But they've always thought that I'm sure. I have incredibly phenomenal parents and they are always behind me when I need to be, but I think any competitor has to understand that our way of life is not common, and what's not common is not easily understood. Although my family supports me as best they can they don't understand what I go through, nor why I chose to put myself through such rigorous diet and training.
Q: What is your opinion on the new look for figure and the bikini division? Has the new criteria changed the way you train and prepare?
AM: I cringed when I saw this question because I could ramble on about this for days and I'm sure much of what I'd have to say would rub people in uncomfortable ways. Mostly what I don't want to do is offend any other competitor with my comments. I know all female athletes work hard and I am not trying to detract from their hard work or dedication.
That being said, here I go.
First and foremost I think "bikini" is crap. Initially I was hopeful that perhaps the creation of bikini would weed the waifs out of figure and leave more room for athletes who actually know where the dumbbells over 10 lbs are... but since I've now heard more than one judge say that will NOT happen, I can abandon that thought. I think that the NPC (National PHYSIQUE Committee) is just that- a PHYSIQUE committee. Implying physique not cardio bunny. There are places for those physiques- FAME, Fitness world, Hawaiian Tropic etc, and frankly I feel that's where they belong. To me, Bikini is not something you compete in. Having good genetics, being beautiful, and doing some cardio and spray tan should not constitute enough of an effort to warrant the creation of a division by the most prestigious amateur organization in the fitness industry. I guess we'll see where it goes- I know that when figure first emerged it was greeted with criticism and apprehension so perhaps I'm just being negative. Time will tell.
As for the criteria in figure I think it's a shame. Literally. I think it's sad. I think it's sad that the physiques who paved the way in figure- Davanna Medina, Jenny Lynn, and Monica Brant are now physiques that would not even be able to do well at a national level show for fear of being deemed "too muscular". Those are the physiques that inspired me to compete, those were, to me, the body I wanted. Now that I have a shapely, muscular physique I'm being told I'm "too big" for figure?
What initially began as an amazing combination of musculature, symmetry, femininity, and beauty has now become a sort of glorified beauty pageant and it's a shame, because at the creation of figure I saw a wonderful sport emerging in which women could train hard and lift hard yet not have to achieve the extremeness of being a female bodybuilder. I think the absolute worst thing that could've happened to figure- happened. They began to dumb it down, try to push the athletes back, and try to take something which was producing PHENOMENAL physiques and twist it into a watered down version of what was. I truly hope, and my fingers are crossed, that the judges will remember to not overlook the muscular girls, or the girls who bring conditioned bodies to the stage. We come in the wake of some amazing athletes before us- they were muscular and conditioned as well, and although figure's image has strayed, I'm hoping the judges will allow it to return to the criteria used years ago- criteria that allowed amazing physiques to grace the stage.
Q: What are your goals in and out of the sport?
AM: My goals in the sport are, of course, to get a pro card in figure and lead a successful pro career. Additionally I'd love to establish myself as a fitness/physique model. Outside of the sport I'd love to expand my knowledge of weight training and its benefits to other women, particularly those who are afraid or intimidated by lifting.
Q: What are your stats?
AM: I'm 5'6" ½. Off season I've weighed as much as 155 and as little as 147. Pre contest I'm closer to 130-135. I have 14.5 inch biceps, a 39 ½ inch back, and 23 inch legs.
Q: Who do you admire?
AM: Wow this is hard. In general I admire my parents, both my mother and my father. They two of the most dedicated, honest, hardworking individuals I know. Although they don't always agree with my actions they raised both my brother and I to think and act independently and without apology or explanation to others. My dedicated attitude and my work ethic are direct results of their parenting and I'm eternally grateful.
Within the industry I admire Cory Everson, Rachel McLish, Jenny Lynn ( I love her physique), and Debbie Bramwell. Debbie was one of the first fbb's I saw where I sat back in awe and just kept staring at her incredible physique. And the fact that she plugged away at the national level for the amount of time she did to get her pro card speaks volumes for her work ethic and dedication.
Q: What advice would you give to a new competitor?
AM: To sit back and consider why you want to compete, because it's far harder and more challenging then you'd think. My competing has wrecked havoc in so many areas of my life including my personal life. It's a selfish sport and I think it tends to make you a selfish person if you aren't careful. I think you need to really know and understand your reasons behind wanting to compete and make sure they're good reasons, because when judges start to mark you down points or tell you you aren't good enough you need to be able to sit back and look at those reasons and remember why it is you're here. If it's merely to win you'll always end up disappointed. You need to want to compete for something deeper than that.
Q: What do you look for in a guy? What turns you off?
AM: Shit we could be here forever while I answer this lol. What turns me on the most is confidence and security with oneself. I like a man who is confident enough to be with a woman who makes a living off of her body- because essentially that's what I do. Webcamming, photo shoots, competing, I make a living off of my image and some men struggle with that. So what's most important to me is being with a man who understands that and supports it. I tend to like bigger guys, shaved heads, tattoos, a "rugged" or manly image. You won't find me crooning over Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. Give me a rough and tumble badass looking dude ANY day. And the bigger the better.
Turn off's- narrow mindedness, controlling behavior, neediness, and skinny guys. Oh and smoking. I HATE cigarettes.
Q: What are you planning for your cheat meal after your show?
AM: I have a photo shoot Sunday so it needs to be kept in reason- but probably a burger and some boneless buffalo chicken tenders.
Q: Tell us something that people would surprised to know about you.
AM: I do volunteer work with the local YWCA. I help out with their sexual assault hotline. It's something I'm VERY passionate about. I was raped at the age of 19 and ever since then I have been very passionate about helping other women who are going through similar experiences.
Q: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
AM: Define "crazy". Lol. In all honesty I'd say the craziest thing I've done was to think that staying with an unfaithful man would somehow make the relationship work. That was by far my nuttiest period in life.
Q: What is your ultimate fantasy?
AM: Oh now we're getting personal. J Despite my craziness I'm definitely a one man kind of girl. I've never slept around nor have I been into threesomes of all kinds of other craziness. BUT I am definitely a sex-a-holic when I find a man I want to be with and I'm willing to try just about anything once. In terms of a fantasy, let's just say my fantasy is a man who knows what he wants in bed- someone who is confident with his body. I'm fairly dominant and I like to have the manhandling returned a bit..... sex is supposed to be dirty and messy and fun and exotic and thrilling. I want a man to thrill me. And he better be willing to do it again...and again...and again... and um AGAIN!
Q: What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done to get your attention?
AM: Showed up at my apartment professing his love. I wish I was lying. I've had more than one stalker.
Q: What is the strangest request you have ever had on web cam?
AM: hahahaa. I've gotten just about every single fetish request you can think of. The thing is though, and I've said this before, I hate to single anyone out because in all honesty I have the utmost respect for my fans and the men I "cam" for. They enable me to pay my bills and they truly love and adore what I do. Granted, much of what I hear is foreign, strange, and weird to me, but I applaud them for knowing what turns them on and knowing what they want and need. Most people don't know what they want and even if they do, they're afraid to ask for it. These men know what they want and they aren't ashamed to ask for it, even if it exposes them to ridicule. Hats off to them J
Alli, thanks for the interview. RXMuscle wishes you luck at the Arnold!