Born: 16.11.1960 in a little place called Greymouth which is in the South island of New Zealand.
Marital status: Married for 8 years , to the President of the NZFBB, Mark Stewart. Mark has been a very good bodybuilder in the past also representing New Zealand in many many World Events. 3 Children, Jaimee (daughter 21years), Brad (son, 19 years) and Jordan (son)7 years..
Coach: Myself and Mark. I do my nutrition and cardio planning, and Mark trains me in the gym for Legs, shoulders and back. The rest of the workouts I generally do on my own.
Club: I train in a club called Club Physical in Auckland. I have worked for them as a trainer for many years but I am now home based. I still teach Pump classes for them 2-3 times weekly and I love the fact the gym is so close to home as I can run to the gym if I want which is only a 15 min run.
Height: 157 or 5”2inches short
Off-season weight: between 60-62kgs
Competition weight: between 54.5-55.5kgs
Competitive Record: I have been competing on and off for 13 years and I have won all but two of my events when I placed second in a effort to qualify for national events so it was planned that way. Both events I beat the person who beat me in the Regional.
My most recent years are2003, 2004 and 2005 New Zealand National & Overall Physique Champion. 6th Place at 2004 Womans Worlds, Spain, and 8th Place at 2005 Womans Worlds Spain. I have just been voted New Zealand’s Physique of the Year in a National Website competition which was abit of a buzz also.
Why did you started with bodybuilding ?I very first began when I was 19 years old. I dabbled with it then but then got engaged to a non-gym goer so I gave it up.I have ran all my life and was participating in marathons and triathons when I began gym work again (at 30 years Old) to strengthen my body for the long long arduous training runs I was doing. Bodybuilding soon took over.
Other sports before bodybuilding ? Running is my life. I began serious running when I was a child and I remember I started properly, just road running, for fitness at 13 years old. Before that I was a track runner. I ran as much as I could through my three pregnancies and began again as soon as I could after having my children.
Runnning time is my time to myself and if I don’t go out for one day, then there must be something wrong with me. I run daily for only short runs, 30-50 mins a day and increase that when I am into my contest preparation training. Mostly I ran at 5.30am-6.00am throughout winter and summer, year in and year out.
Favorite food for weight reduction:I cant go without my porridge and protein powder
Favourite food after competition:That is a toss up between wine, olives, and feta cheese or porridge, protein powder and dollops of yogurt
Favourite aerobic activity: running of course
Favorite nutrition supplements: Protein powder is a staple whether in contest mode or not, but I am currently into the Animal Products.
If you could only do one exercise, which one would you choose?Power cleans
Strongest muscles: Shoulders
Muscles that you like exercising: shoulders and legs
How many calories do you take daily? About 2300 and that decreased to 1600 for contest dietings.
Favorite celebrity? People think this is corny but I love Madonna. She constantly changes her image and shocks and delights people with the changes. She is not scared to make the changes. However I cant bare to see her in movies. Bad actress. Angelina Jolie takes that one.
If you won 1 million $$$, what would you buy? A huge house with about 20 bedrooms so we can run our training weekends with ease, complete with huge gym/swimming pool and outdoor assault courses for training. That would be ideal for work and also for family to come to stay... If only...
What would you change in sport if you could? In New Zealand we have very very strict drug testing policies which include “in and out” of contest testing, so that means the drug testing agency can turn up and knock on your door at any time. We have just had one competitor test positive for party pills and he is now banned for 2 years and also a guy was tested positive for caffeine after we supplied a coffee machine at one of our events – he was suspended for 3months. Our federation is promoted as a drug free federation which is all good, but the agency does cause us lot of grief by making the athletes think they cant live outside of bodybuilding. They are catching people who wouldn’t dream of taking steroids but they feel like criminals just cos they have had a good night out. Although I am all for testing athletes for steroids in the amateur levels and for qualifying for International events, I think being tested positive for party pills, and caffeine etc absolutely ridiculous. The drug testing agency should be testing for the drugs that our athletes would most likely be taking not recreational drugs. It is a very controversial subject at any time and it is hitting the big news her in New Zealand lately and hitting our federation pretty damn hard.
Please describe a typical day in your life ? This year was crazy crazy. With competing in Spain, and doing our Nationals on my return, training clients for the comps and working with my dancers, it was a damn busy year. There was so very little spare time for anything. Even Sunday nights were work nights with the girls dance rehearsels. With my husband running the Federation from home here, that creates a lot of extra work for me. Just when I think I have finished, it is “here hun, type this for me? My 2 older kids are an amazing help for me. Other than that, my work as a trainer means I can fit everything in around me, or I can work around my clients. It is the perfect job for me really.
So really my day is run, train, housework, clients, housework, teach classes,train and be a mum and wife on top of that. It is all pretty routine for a competitive bodybuilder.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine ?
I am lucky in such that I can split train. I may do hamstrings by myself through the day then go back into the gym with Mark to train Quads at night. Same with all other muscle groups worked. I only train one at a time. Off Season we train Monday thru to Friday with weekends off. Contest season I train on the Saturday or Sunday as well.
How often do you train in a week and how long is a workout ? Most of my workouts are 45-60 mins per bodypart but like I say I always split them. My cardio is always done separately to my weight training. They are never put together. Since I run daily also, I sometimes run down to the gym, do my abs and calves then continue on my run for another 30mins or so. I really love breaking everything up like that.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off season ? My training is pretty much the same year round but we do add supersets and drop sets leading up to a contest. But mainly just my diet tightens up and my cardio increases and my supplements increase close to comp.
What do you like doing in your spare time? I love to read novels. There is nothing nicer than sitting in the sun reading. I am pretty crafty and enjoy making things but often it is lack of time which prevents me starting big projects. I always dream of making more use of my spare time and doing something completely different but more often than not, I am drawn to my books or to the computer.
Who is your favorite woman bodybuilder? There can be no other favourite than Cory Everson. She always was and still is the ultimate.
What are your future plans for 2005/2006 ? To compete in the Masters Worlds in 2006. I will not be competing in New Zealand again. I am going to back away from NZ competition as the undefeated winner of 4 National Titles with 3 of them being consecutive years. Now that is a New Zealand record. I am not going to tempt fate.... Last year I formed and trained a dance group of 12 girls (all competitive bodyshapers) called the “Angels with Attitude” and we performed and entertained at fitness events and bodybuilding shows all around New Zealand. The girls were a huge success. I shall do that again this year but with a smaller but more spectacular team.
What is your sport goal? Although I am successful in New Zealand bodybuilding competitions, I do not kid myself that this can last forever. So I have used my last five years to strive to set an example to all woman that weight training is a sport which we can all benefit from, whether for competition or to improve our bodies. I aim to show all woman that we can can keep on improving at any age with a little bit of hard work done consistently and drug free. I work with the New Zealand magazines and promote bodybuilding when ever I can. I will always be involved in that way whether I compete or not.
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