Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ripped Reflection
How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?
My interest in weights started in high school. I always loved the look of gymnasts. For several years, I trained five days per week with a combination of weights and aerobics. As I entered my 30s, life started to take over. A new house, job, and a monster commute to go with the new job took me away from the gym. Adding a pregnancy and bed rest to the list ended my workouts completely.
Ten years later, into my 40s with two small children, I was in the worst shape of my life and needed to make dramatic changes. My boys needed me healthy. It was time to get back to basics. I altered my diet and began working out at home. Soon, I was back to the gym with my passion for weights renewed.
I trained hard and wanted to look like girls who grace the covers of fitness magazines. A friend told me I was too old; that my hormones, tendons, and age would work against me. She told me that my goals were unreasonable at my age. Luckily for me, I have a bit of a stubborn streak. I ignored her advice and began obtaining the look I wanted.
One year later, I entered my first figure competition with the INBF and won a pro card with the WNBF. I fell in love with the stage and the entire process. After winning my pro card, I began competing in the NPC. My new goal is to earn an IFBB pro card. I’ve competed in two NPC shows now. I placed fifth in my class and first in novice at the first and second in my class at the second. I earned the right to compete at a national level and a chance at an IFBB card. At 43, I’m in the best shape of my life.
This is one of my favorite routines because it delivers phenomenal results.
Close-Grip Rope Pull-Downs (shown with straight bar)
3 warm-up sets of 10 reps
- Barbell Rows3 sets of 10, 10 and 8 reps
- T-Bar Rows3 sets of 10, 8 and 7 reps
- Close-Grip V-Bar Pull-Downs3 sets of 10, 10 and 8 reps
- Behind The Neck Pull-Downs3 sets of 10, 10 and 7 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Curls3 sets of 10 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Hammer Curls3 sets of 7 reps
- Concentration Curls3 sets of 10 reps
- EZ-Bar 21s3 sets of 21 reps
- Stiff-Legged Deadlifts3 sets of 10 reps
- Standing Single-Leg Hamstring Curls3 sets of 10 reps
- Leg Extensions3 sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds rest
- Dumbbell Lateral Raises4 sets of 15 reps
- Skull Crushers4 sets of 10 reps
- EZ-Bar Close-Grip Bench Press4 sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds rest
- Triceps Rope Extensions3 sets of 10 reps
- Hanging Leg Raises4 sets of 10 reps
- Mountain Climbers4 sets of 20 reps
- Calf Raises On Leg Press4 sets to failure
- Smith Machine Calf Raises (shown with barbell)4 sets to failure
- Treadmill30 minutes with 20 minutes of intervals
Q. What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
A typical day for me is about 1800 calories in the following meals:
- Oatmeal1 cup
- Non-Fat Greek Yogurt1 serving
What Supplement Schedule Gave You The Greatest Gains?
Reading Oxygen magazine and seeing the spotlights on figure competitors drove me. I love their physiques and find them so inspiring. Erin Stern’s cover in Oxygen pulled me right in. I love her physique and subscribed to her Facebook page.
Whenever I have an off day mentally or life gets busy and chaotic, I take a look in the mirror. Seeing my reflection in the mirror reminds me of the promises I made to never go back to being unhealthy. My mind immediately snaps to my boys. If I slack on my goals, they’ll see it and think it’s okay to let yourself down.
I will continue competing because I love every aspect of it. I’m preparing to be certified in personal training and would love to model and provide inspiration to others. If I can do it at 40, then anyone can.
Remember to rejoice and celebrate your successes. It’s easy to get caught up in the work and distraction of life. Don’t let that overshadow your successes. It’s important to keep a pure image of yourself. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy competing. When the day comes where there’s nothing left for me to pick at or train for, I’m done. I embrace my results and enjoy every moment of every day.
Erin Stern; I love her physique and her competitive and joyful spirit. She’s truly inspiring. Pauline Nordin; her drive and determination in every aspect of life is intoxicating. Her commitment and willingness to share knowledge is exceptional.
I entered the Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel Search last year and it lit my competition spark. If I was going to put my name on my body, I was going to be serious about fitness. While I didn’t win, the flames to compete were fanned, and before long I was planning my first figure competition.