My name is Rebecca (Becci) Warren. I was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1969. My parents grew up in Iowa, but moved my brother, two sisters, and I out to Colorado when I was about 3 years old. We lived in Colorado until I was 17 and moved to Seattle. I went to Western Washington University at age 25. I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Teaching Certificate. I went back in 2002 to get my Master’s Degree, which I finished in August 2003. I am a special education teacher for children grades kindergarten through third grade with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. My students teach me everyday to hang in there and to keep on trying no matter what.
As a child and throughout my adolescence I loved to run. I often ran 3 miles a day with my father when he came home from work. I participated in Cross Country and Spring Track from 8th grade to 11th grade. It really wasn’t until I ran track at Western Washington University that I began to lift weights. I was fortunate to have a meet a teammate who was much more proficient in lifting and taught me some techniques. But, I really didn’t develop lifting skills until I met my husband, Heath. We met at the gym and became lifting partners. I learned how to focus on each body part and specific muscle groups. He was the one who suggested I try bodybuilding. I wasn’t terribly sure if I wanted to and was not thrilled when I heard the word “diet.” However, he saw there was potential in my physique and I am glad I listened to him. I fell in love with the sport after my first show. Competing in the show pushed me want to become a better bodybuilder and see how far I could go in the sport.
My training has changed dramatically over the past 5 years. I didn’t push myself to lift as heavy as I do now. After meeting my trainer Gerri Deach, my diet and workout intensified. She taught the importance of a eating the correct foods to gain mass and how to hit the workouts that will provide the best results. She is also the most inspirational person I have met. She developed my posing routines for the shows and helped me so much to improve my posing. She is a very graceful and beautiful poser. Gerri also introduced me to David Patterson who measured my fat to muscle ratios. David also helped in guiding my contest diet as well as pushing me to do my very best. The both also taught the importance of keeping your support system close to you and to remember those who help you to reach your goals deserve to be treated with the utmost respect no matter how tired or hungry we may be at that time. Gerri also taught me that no matter what the outcome is of the contest, I know when I walk on that stage I did my best to get ready for the show. My husband is a great help as well. Heath pushes me in the gym and makes sure I am following what Gerri wants me to do in all aspects of my training. He is my biggest fan and it is so nice to have his support each and every day. Heath has been a great influence in my life.
My training consists of lifting one body part per day except for biceps and triceps, which I do together. During the off-season I lift 5 to 6 days per week and do cardio at least 4 days per week for 40 minutes. When I am getting ready for a show my workouts are about the same as far as intensity, but my cardio increases to 1 ˝ to 2 hours a day, 7 days a week. The intensity of the workout is to lift as heavy as I can for 8 to 10 reps. I try to maintain the same weight amounts during dieting, but by the end of the diet it can be difficult. I really enjoy working my biceps, triceps, and shoulders. I feel my shoulders are one of my better assets of my body. They are fairly wide and have a good shape to them. My least favorite workout was chest. But, what I am finding is the more muscle mass I gain the more I am starting to enjoy lifting on my chest. It was one of my weakest muscle groups and I never felt strong until Gerri showed me a different workout. It is now becoming one of the favorites. I pretty much enjoy all the workouts at this point.
The best part of the off-season to me is that I get to spend more time with my friends and family. That always rejuvenates me for the next show because of how supportive they are in my life. In fact, I am hoping to do the Emerald Cup 2005 and then do a national show the following year. I am hoping to gain a bit more mass and come into the Emerald Cup as a heavyweight next year.
Rebecca does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!