Where and when were you born?
I was born June 26th, 1971 in Summit, New Jersey
What is your profession?
I work for the US Government, (and thatís all have to say about that)
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
Iíve always been an active person, playing softball, soccer,swimming and basketball growing up. My dad was also very active with working out and cycling. He used to have books and magazines around with bodybuilders in them and on the covers. Iíve always sort of idolized Corey Everson. Iíve been attracted to the sport from a very young age. I started weight training in high school. I had to lift when conditioning for varsity softball. In my sophomore year they offered a weight training class which I took and have been training off and on ever since.
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 had always thought about competing since I first learned about the sport. I had no idea how to go about it as far as diet, and prep and such. My husband finally convinced me I could do it. I watched my friend Jennifer McNew win her first show at the age of 39. I watched her body morph into this awesome body of muscle and finally decided I could do it.
Can you give me your competition history?
My competition experience is brief but successful.
2005 Kentucky State 1st Heavyweight and Overall
2006 Northern Kentucky 1st Middleweight and Overall
2006 Junior Nationals 6th Light Heavyweight
2007 NPC USA 7th Light Heavyweight
2007 IFBB North American 6th Light Heavyweight
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Both of my shows have meant a great deal to me. The KY state because it was my first show. I was pretty much in the clouds all day, not really worried, just wanted to present myself the best I could and let the cards fall where they may. Fortunately they fell in my favour. The Northern Kentucky show is the biggest regional show in the Midwest. Itís a great honor to have been a part of it as well as to have won such a prestigious show.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
My training split is nothing unusual. I typically lift 5 days a week, usually Monday thru Friday. Legs, chest, back, shoulders, arms, all on separate days. For contest prep it gets mixed up a little plus cardio gets added in after weights and then in the mornings the closer I get to a show.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you donít like so much?
I love working shoulders and arms. I love the pump! I really donít care for chest workouts though. Hurts the shoulders.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
Iím proud of my shoulders right now. I think my legs have potential so weíll see if my answer changes down the road.
If you donít mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Seeing as how I have no desire to be a power lifter, I donít push for Ďlifting a ton of weightí. I try to push myself without getting hurt. The most Iíll squat is 315, deads no more than 225 and I try to stay away from leg press since it hurts my hips now that Iím older. My upper body is not terribly strong so no big lifts to speak of but my arms were about 14Ē or so-and still growing, donít know the rest of my measurements currently. Except everything is growing!
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
Off season? Havenít really had one yet. I love the structure of preparing for a show. I love knowing what to eat, not having to decide. I miss my sweets though, so once Iím officially in a real off season Iíll have lots of chocolate and cookies, and brownies, and ÖÖÖyou get the idea.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Kim Ferrell.
My life is pretty quiet. Get up, do cardio, eat, go to work, go to the gym, go home. My husband, Bill, trains with me. So from the time I hit the gym, we are together. On the weekends, he does a lot of fishing and I take care of all my flowers and plants outside.
Please tell me about what you do when you donít work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I love taking care of my plants/flowers outside. I love planting flowers and making new flower beds, etc. I love movies and baking. Havenít done a ton of baking lately-this diet thing kind of restricts that a bit.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I love getting on stage. I love seeing my body transform. I love the whole process. The diet, the training, picking and suits, the routine, all of it is fun for me. I love the fact that my husband loves it right along with me. My coach is also a big part of what keeps the spark going. Heís the one who masterminds most of my prep and keeps me on my toes.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
Iím actually a very boring person and a bit of a dork. Iím a home body who loves chocolate, flowers, my cats and my family. I could sit and watch Harry Potter movies all weekend. The one thing that more people will soon learn is that Iím a terrible clumsy fool. I havenít an ounce of grace in my body.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I plan to compete in Junior Nationals this June. Iíll decide whatís next for competitions after Juniorís. I think a lot will depend on my placing at Juniorís. Of course, I would love to get a pro card, but who wouldnít. I see where this takes me and take it as far as I can.
My personal goals are simple: to have a kid or two and live happily ever after of course!
Kim does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!