Where and when were you born?
My name is Lisa Ann Moordigian. I was born in Fresno, California on April 24, 1974. I am 100% Armenian and very proud of it! I moved to Las Vegas in Sept. of 2004. I now call Las Vegas my home. I love it here. So far it has been good to me.
What is your profession?
I have been in the sevice industry since i was 18 years old. 13 years! I guess you can say customer service is my forte'. I love interacting with people and developing regular customers. I think my unique look as a bodybuilder helps with that. It is a definite conversation piece. I am working towards my certification to be a personal trainer. I love when people see me and ask advice. Knowing they have an appreciaiton for the body is great!
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I have played sports pretty much my whole life. I was always sort of a tom boy...still am, I think. I play pretty rough. Love contact sports and pretending I can kick some butt! I usually end up getting hurt, but I also love battle wounds! It's a sign of courage! I played city league softball up until junior high, then started volleyball. I played thru jr. high and high school. My freshman year I tried out for the swim team and made Varsity team. I swam varsity for two years and went to NYL both years. After high school sports seemed to fade out of my life. I joined a gym, but wwas young and did not know how to work out right or diet right. I was what you would call a "cardio girl". I always drew a safety line for myself between the cardio and weights. Eventually I met a friend who introduced my to the weights and I slowly started incorporating them into my workouts.
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 NEVER in a million years would have thought I would step on stage for a bodybuilding show. It was July of 2001 when that all changed. I met someone who later became my boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend!!). He was 6 weeks out himself from doing a bodybuilding show. He showed me the right way to train and eat. he used to have to actually wake me up and feed me in bed to get all my meals stqrted by 6 a.m. I was "afraid of getting fat". I saw my body start to change instantly. I grew mor hungry, not only for food, but hungry to see more results. I did my first show 8 weeks later and took 2nd place. Not bad for a beginner. 5 weeks after that I took the Sacramento Bodybuilding Champ. 1st place middleweight AND overall. That was the beginning of my love and passion for bodybuilding. I started out at 115lbs and 12 percent bodyfat. After my first two shows, during the off season, I got up to 173 lbs at 12% bodyfat. I put on a great amount of muscle in a short time! Alot of clean food and heavy lifting for my small frame. I developed such a fascination for the human body and what we can do to transform it into what we want. I love to rub that off on people.
Can you give me your competition history?
2001 San Diego Border States
2nd Open Middleweight
2001 Sacramento Bodybuilding Championships
1st open heavyweight and Overall winner
2002 Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championships
2nd open heavyweight
2002 California State Championships
2003 Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championships
2nd Open Heavyweight
2003 California State Championships
2nd Open Middlewight
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
I believe, overall, that the 2001 Sacramento Bodybuilding show was my biggest success. You can not do any better than overall at an amateur level show. Not only that, but it was only my second show to compete in after starting to train for bodybuilding only 13 wks. prior. I look at my Excalibur sword I won EVERY day!! I love to show it off to everyone. That show meant a lot to me, as well, because it was the first show my parents had been to and they saw me win! My 93 yr. old grandma came also. It was only four months before she passed away. She was so proud, and even wanted to watch the men!!! I guess you can say bodybuilding ran thru our veins, eh?
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
My training changes thruout the year. I listen to my body. When I used to compete I was at the gym, pre-contest, twice a day,everyday, doing cardio both sesssions. I only work 1 body part a week. I work back with biceps, chest with triceps, shoulders with hamstrings, and work my quads on their own day. It is extrememly hard for me to put on muscle but very easy to get lean. My last competition the judges even told me I was TOO lean. Kinda weird, I thought, for bodybuilding. Now that I do not compete I work out 5 days a week. Still 1 bodypart a week making sure I don't overtrain. I continue to do cardio, sometimes even twice a day. I'm noticing as I get older it takes more to stay lean. And my daily trips to Carl's Jr. have come to a halt! AWWW MAN!!! I'm trying to downsize but it''s so hard to not train like a competitive bodybuilder. Doing 6 shows in a year and a half really burnt me out!
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love to work my shoulders and back. They are my two strongest bodyparts. I never seem to lose strength no matter where I am in my training status. I focused one year on really bringing my shoulders out. I developed a love for military press. Bent over rows really brought out my back. I love doing pull-ups and watching peoples reactions. I can do about 25. I remember when I first started training I need help to do just ONE! Now I can just bust them out. I attribute my V-taper to dong pull ups, for sure! I do not particularly like training quads. And, of course, they are my "weakest" bodypart. I was always told to "bring up your legs, Lisa", by the judges. However, they were usually in porportion tho the rest of my body unless I started to overdiet or overtrain. My legs are where I lose the size first. To build them up I used to squat until I threw-up. I know...gross!! But if you're a real bodybuilder...you've done it, too!
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
I am known for my incredible biceps (I know, sounds like I'm bragging, but hey, they are!) I have a genetic split in both of my bicpes. They were 12 inches when I started training and have grown to be 14 3/4 inches flexed. Not bad, I think! People are always grabbing my arms and asking me to flex. It's funny to get their reaction because the peak I have on them makes them grow over an inch when I flex. And it's sort of an odd peak. One person asked if I had had an injury or tear because of how high they peak. Anyways, I'm very proud of my biceps. Funny thing is, they are very weak! I only curl 25 lbs at the most. It's the one bodypart I don't even have to work out, really.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
A few of my best lifts include squating for 8-10 reps with 275 and benching for 8 reps with 175. It's funny, because the first question everyone asks is "how much can you bench?" My comment back is that I am not a power lifter, and that I can probably bench more than they can! Just kidding! I never have measured anything other than my biceps which top out at 14 3/4. They have grown 2 1/2 inches since first started weight lifting.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love training for competition. I describe it as my sick passion. I love it so much. The discipline, the dedication. You are the only one in control of how much effort you ar ewilling to put into your training and diet. I never missed a 5:00a.m. cardio session. Was working two jobs and going to school when I won my overall in Sacramento. I wanted it so bad. Thats when the passion began. I love eating "clean". I feel so much better. I think it's amazing how the body transforms from day to day. Especially the leaner you get. I can honestly say i have never cheatedon my diets, unless my nutritionist told me I was flat and needed to eat a hamburger. Oh, I yearned for those days!!!! Off-season, I ate. And ate and ate and ate. It's very hard for me to put on size. (easy to get lean). So my off season consists of about 3000 calories and I stay about 12% bodyfat. And during the offseason I do more power movements to realy thicken the muscles. But I don't know exactly what my plans are for competition right now. So i'm training 5 days a week and listening to my body.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Lisa Moordigian.
Oh, there is no typical day in the life of Lisa Moordigian. Living in Las Vegas is craaazy. There is no rush hour, ther is no typical 9-5 job. I am a cocktail waitress in a gentlemen's club and I work midnight until 7 in the morn. Sleeping is out of whack. But I will get used to it. I usually try to train after my first meal, than go back for cardio. Somewhere in between I sleep and take my Shar-pei, Donkey, to the dog park and we run around. I have a very structured life. I take power naps to relax and read up on new nutrition info. My favoritie tv shows are King of the Hill and Family Guy. We all need a good laugh!! I just recently want to start hiking in the Red Rock mountains that surround where i live. Very serene!
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
When Im not morking out I have a total passion for dogs. I love to take my dog,Donkey, to the dog park and see him have fun! His joy is my joy. He brings a sort of serenity to my life. Really makes me SMILE! To relax I go up to Red Rock Canyon that is about 15 minutes from my house and I just sit and meditate. The rocks truely are RED. BEAUTIFUL to just stare at. 10 min. from there is a little western make-like town with a petting zoo!! So much fun! Has a neat saloon to kick back in. Rollerblading is another hobby, but some goofbll stole mine and I have to invest some more. Most of my relaxing is done alone, especially since I live in this fast paced city of Las Vegas. Its hard to really relax much at all. To be hones, the gym is my sanctuary. No phone, no t.v., and nobody bothers me there. They know it serious time for me.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
The bodybuilding lifestyle is just that...a totally different lifestyle. Not everyone understands that and realizes all the hard work, determination and dedication it takes. But thats my passion. I kind of explain it to be my "sick passion". Then people seem to understand! I love the high I get after a good workout. There is notheing like it in my life. Results come next, and there is no explaining how facinating the human body really is until you, yourself, can sculpt it. I enjoy people asking questions about my lifestyle. Some get it, some don't. But I DO! And I can never imagine a day with out it!
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
People may or may not be suprised I am an extreme U.F.C. Fighter fanatic. I love to play around with people and see if i can pull off any of the moves. I usually end up getting hurt. But people freak out when I know how to throw some of the moves. Elbows are my favorite. I have this silly envision of getting in a fight and actually being able to defend myself because I know this type of fighting! (I know, sound sick, huh, to want to fight). All in all, i'm a very low key person and get along with everybody. I can be put in a room full of strangers and talk their ears off (must be the Armenian background!!)
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I don't know or have near future plans to compete, I love the modeling and developing a fan base. I want to stay fit for myself and my fans right now. I have thoughts of doing a figure show. But I also can't imagine going on stage and not striking a pose. Is that silly? I strive to take one day at a time and we will see what the future holds. I do have a goal of stepping on a National level stage at least once! Wish me lots of luck!!!
Lisa does not not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!