Hello my name is Christy Resendes I was born in New Bedford MA, and still reside in MA. I am a professional natural bodybuilder for the IFPA organization. I work at Titleist making golf balls also I model and personal train individuals on the side. I have a very supportive and wonderful husband of eleven years and we have three great children together ages 2, 6, and 10. I am working towards getting my bachelors degree by 2007 in physical education at Bridgewater State College.
Prior to bodybuilding I had briefly participated in runway modeling, ballet, softball, and Tae Kwon Do as a child. My parents had started me into weight training when I was 15 years old. My mother had competed in a bodybuilding show the year prior and I was amazed with the transformation of her physic. When I started lifting it was with the intention of competing in my first show within 3 months of starting. On October 16th 1993 I competed in the Whaling City Bodybuilding Championships at age 15 and I won first place, best poser, and overall. After that show I had not competed again until October of 2004, where I had won overall and qualified to gain professional status. My husband and I decided to go to the nationals held in New Mexico and I won first place and earned my pro card. I always thought that I wasnít big enough to do it and I never had the confidence to go through with it. Then my teacher Dr. Ellen Robinson of Bridgewater State College gave me the extra push I needed to compete again. Since then Iíve competed numerous times and have even expanded into strongwomen competitions.
There are two shows in particular that have had great meaning to me and they were the NPC 2005 New England Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships and the Muscle Mania Atlantic 2005. The NPC New England show was a turning point for me in my career, it was my first time competing in a show that not drug tested. I knew as a natural for life athlete that I wouldnít be the biggest (most muscle mass), but I figured that I could be the leanest. I was trying to compete in the middleweight division, which the cut off weight was 132 lbs. I ended up weighing in at 134lbs and was the lightest one in the heavyweight division and the heaviest female weighted 150lbs. I ended up coming in second place out seven competitors and felt like I could hold my ground and that maybe my dream of being the best natural bodybuilder wasnít as far fetched, as it had seemed. I realized that it didnít matter if I won or lost, what mattered most was that I could eat! Just Kiddení, what mattered most was that I did my personal best and was the leanest that I had ever been. The Muscle Mania Atlantic competition was meaningful because it was the whole family getting into it; my husband competed with me for this show. Also we had the local newspaper following my family and I around for 3 months, taking pictures and going to the gym with us, it was awesome! The local newspaper was doing a write up about the whole bodybuilding prep, the show, and the results. I had also decided that if I had won this show that I was going to dedicate my trophy to my teacher and close friend Dr. Ellen Robinson as my way of thanking her for believing in me and giving me the inspiration and confidence to just do it. So, what became of this show? My hubby placed fourth in his class, which he hasnít competed prior to that show for 12 years. I placed first and while at school during class had the honor of giving Ellen Robinson the trophy. The newspaper had done two separate articles that were put out on Sat. and Sun. and I was extremely flattered.
10/16/93 - ANBC Whaling City Bodybuilding Championships
Placing: Women 1st Place Overall
10/30/04 - ANBC-New England Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Championships
Placing: Novice-Women Best Poser
Novice-Women Overall Champion
Open-Women Division Overall Champion
11/04/04 - ANBC-U.S. ANBC Naturals Bodybuilding, Figure & fitness Championships
Placing: Open Women Tall 1st place - Earned Pro Status
04/23/05 - Muscle Mania Atlantic
Placing: Open Women 1st place
05/08/05 - NPC-2005 New England Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships
Placing: Heavy Weight 2nd place
08/20/2005 - NAS-2005 Hudson River Strongman
Placing: 1st place - Qualified for Nationals
09/24/2005 - NPC-Northeastern Tournament of Champions Bodybuilding, Fitness, & Figure Championships In conjunction with Massachusetts State Bodybuilding Championships
Placing: 2nd in both shows
Qualified for Nationals & Team Universe
10/08/2005-IFPA InShape Online.com Pro Classic
11/05/2005- INBF Monster Mash
11/19&20/2005 ĖMuscleMania World
4/1/2006 ĖNAS- Stronger Than All 2
Placing: 5th in the womenís heavy weight
2006 NGA Pro Universe - 6th Place
2006 NGA Granite State Open* - Overall Bodybuilding Champion & 1st Place in Heavyweight *Awarded NGA Pro card
2006 IFPA US Capital Pro Classic - 5th Place
07/13 & 14/2007 Team Universe Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships National level Competition - 3rd Womenís Heavyweight
03/5 & 7/2008 Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships - 5th Women's Middleweight
07/25/2009 NPC USA Bodybuilding, Fitness and Bikini Championships Ė 9th Womanís Light Heavyweight
Now for the nitty gritty, the training routine!! I have periodization program, which is a plan for the year for how I will train. It has three different mesocycle cycles within it, which are off-season (strength & power training), pre-contest (leaning phase), and my strongwoman training (strength & endurance training). Each mesocycle varies in duration from 3 to 4 months and within each mesocycle itís broken down further into specific objectives for 1-3 weeks of time duration. I am currently in the leaning phase and weight train about 5 days per week and have 5 days of two sessions of cardio sessions.
So, right now I am doing my pre-contest training until mid November and it includes for the most part more cardiovascular exercise, high volume and intensity weight training, and with shorter periods of rest between sets than the other seasons. The main objective for me in this period is to maintain my muscle mass while decreasing my body fat for bodybuilding competitions.
The exercises that I enjoy the most would have to be dead lifts and squats. My least favorite exercises are anything to do with traps and forearms. The body part that I like the most would be my biceps and my least favorite would be my abs.
Thigh: 22 1/2in
Bench: 205lbs x 1 rep
Parallel Squat: 405lbs x 5 reps
18in Axel Dead Lift: 405lbs x 2 reps
Many people ask me why I compete, and itís kind of hard to explain, but I will do my best. I feel that everyone has their own unique gifts for example writing, drawing, making people laugh, or cooking. Some people find out what this gift is really early in life and become very successful at it and sometimes it takes others a bit longer to figure out what exactly it is. I feel that bodybuilding is my gift, my passion, what I was meant to do. And by no means am I trying to imply that Iím the best or better than anyone else, itís what I do and itís satisfying. I love the modeling, articles, interviews, and sponsorship opportunities that have come from it. I love to work hard and see the transformation of my body. I enjoy meeting others with the same interests and sharing ideas. In the off-season I love eating and getting ready for a strongwoman contest. I also like the fact that I can lift heavier and that the training is more sport specific. What I enjoy most about my lifestyle is that I feel alive, that life isnít just passing me by. I know what I want and if I work hard at it, maybe I will be successful too. And even if it doesnít end up the way I would like it to, at least I can say that I tried.
So you ask what is it that I wish to accomplish?
Well let me tell you how it startedÖ
It started as a dream to be known as the best natural bodybuilder (Ms. Olympia). I would tell my hubby Dino how I wished that I could be Ms. Olympia, but I didnít think it was very feasible since itís a normal show vs. a natural show. I have never and never will use steroids or diuretics, which I thought is what I would have to do to obtain that title. I told him that I would love to model and be in magazines. Then he said; so then do it!! My initial thought was that I shouldnít even waist my time, itís not going to happen. Then after thinking about how fast life goes by and what I want my children to learn from me, I came to a conclusion. I want them to be whatever it is that they want to be. I donít ever want them to feel that any thing is impossible or unattainable. I want them to know that it might not be easy and they might fall, but itís okay and you might even fail and thatís okay too! As long as you tried, J which brings me to say that saying this to my children when I didnít believe in myself would not help reconfirm what I would like them to learn. I would have to show them through my efforts, hard work, and my down falls. And now Iím not dreaming any more, Iím working on achieving my goals.
My days are really hectic and vary so much more now that the children are out of school. Lately I have been getting up around 6am to do my hour of cardio on my elliptical cross-trainer at home, while I play Final Fantasy VI Online for the X Box 360. When I finish doing my cardio I will shower up, and then start making breakfast for everyone. Afterwards everyone cleans up and gets dressed. From about 9am to 12pm we have some free time where the family will do thing together and also accomplish some chores. My hubby Dino will usually grill up something for lunchtime. At 1pm I go to the gym to weight train and afterwards go and tan. I get home around 3:30pm then for about an hour my oldest daughter will read and Dino and I take turns working on educational projects with our other two kiddos. By 4:30pm Dino or myself will start making dinner and the children usually help out. At 6pm the kids are taking a bath/shower to get settled for the night. Around 7:30 the kids get to watch T.V. about 1-1Ĺ hour(s). Thatís when I will sit with them working off of my laptop to marketing myself, update my website, checking my e-mails, or whatever else I may have to do that requires a computer. Around 9:30pm the children head off to bed and I will then complete yet another round of cardio, which varies in duration, anywhere between 30-60 minutes. Afterwards I shower up and then I will usually plan with Dino for the next dayís events. Then we head off to bed and Dino will read and I will draw for about an hour and then retire for the night. I will usually retire off to bed around 11pm. But, the schedule is always changing, as is life.
In my down time I enjoy writing, drawing, being with family and friends. I collect fairies and Garbage Pale Kids cards. I love to dance and sing. I also like to arm-wrestle Iíve been arm-wrestling since I was in elementary school. I enjoy trying new things and traveling as well.
Thank you for this opportunity!!
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Christy does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!