Where and when were you born? June 9, 1969 in Sanford, Michigan
What is your profession? Personal Trainer in Novi, Michigan
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training? I worked in a Health Club in 1987 and started working out. I decided in 2001 to compete in a bodybuilding show. I did my first show in 2002.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body? I watched a few competitions and felt I was on the same level as the girls competing and maybe even a little above some of the competitors at the state level. When I did my first show I was only looking to do one show. Here I go with my 4th competition.
Can you give me your competition history?
2002 NPC Michigan Novice Bodybuilding - Overall Winner
2003 NPC Michigan Bodybuilding - Overall Winner
2004 Jr USA Nationals - Overall Winner
2005 NPC Nationals - 12th place Light heavyweights
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you? I had great success at all 3 but I was feel the Michigan was my biggest success. When people ask if I compete and what I did I tell them I won Ms. Michigan. The average person doesn’t even know what Jr USA is...so when I tell them I won Ms. Michigan the get it right away.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.) I train 5 days a week for 1 hour. Monday-Chest, Tuesday-Back, Wednesday-Legs, Thursday-Shoulders, Friday-Tri/Bi. When it get competition time I will add a day on Saturday to work on my problem areas.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? I like Lunges or Bench Press. I don’t like pull ups or many back exercises. I think that is my least favorite muscle to train.
Which body part is your best in your opinion? My shoulders and traps
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? I never max out on any body parts. I teach a PE class for Adult Education and it is mostly 16 and 17 years boys. I tell them if they can out bench me for reps with 135 they get an A+ for the semester. It hasn’t been done in 4 years. I can do around 35 reps with 135. I am about 146 in the off season and I compete at about 128 for competition.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'? I love the lean and hardness of my body during competition. I love cold stone ice cream in the off season.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Heidi Gay. I work at the gym from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday thru Friday and take a break and go back for more clients in the after noon around 1 or 2 until 5 or 6. I usually train myself around 9:30 in the morning on my break.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.) I love to ride motorcycles. I think that is the best way to relax at the end of a summer day.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear. I cheat a ton on my diet for competition. I do buckle down a bit when it gets closer. I talk to other competitors and hear what they eat and I know if I ate as clean as most it would be better in the end....but I love food!!!!!
What are your competition goals or personal future goals? I’m not sure that I will compete much more in bodybuilding. I think there is a point where the women just look to big. I hear all the time by people that are not into bodybuilding “You look great and you still look like a women”.....I think bodybuilding has a bad name because the women just get to big. I might be interested in figure to stay competitive and to keep me in shape.
Heidi does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!