Where and when were you born?
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 27, 1964
What is your profession?
I am an Attorney with a Masters Degree in International Law.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was involved in cheerleading and dance in high school but I was always told I was “too big” because of my natural muscularity. I loved dance and I always wanted to perform but I was too big for a lot of the guys in the shows I danced in. As for cheerleading, I really didn’t have the skills so I was always used as the pryamid base. One day in 1982 I wandered into a “hardcore” bodybuilder’s gym in and never looked back. For the first time I got appreciation for my muscularity instead of being told I was “too big.”
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 actually did not consider competing until I had been training for about four years. I was in the Military then and physical fitness was very important. Initially my training was more about being fit for duty because the Air Force had really strict weight requirements back then. I had some really great training partners at the time and they encouraged me to compete. There was a big regional competition In Germany where I was stationed and I ended up winning the qualifier as well as my weight class in 1986.
Can you give me your competition history?
1986 Sembach (Germany) Bodybuilding Competition 1st Overall
1986 U.S. Armed Forces in Europe Bodybuilding 1st Heavyweight
1987 Novice Wisconsin Bodybuilding 1st Heavyweight and overall winner
1989 Wisconsin State Bodybuilding 2nd Heavyweight
2002 Jr. Nationals Figure 16th Place Tall
2002 Master Nationals Figure 4th Place Tall
2006 Wisconsin State Figure 5th Place Tall, Bodybuilding, 3rd Place Heavy
2006 Jr. Nationals Figure 14th Place C class
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Because I have always had a very demanding career every competition presented different challenges, so for me I consider every competition a success. Also, over the years standards have changed and in the 1990s, while I still trained, I chose not to compete because I didn’t like the direction women’s bodybuilding was going. When figure competitions came along I decided to jump back into competing. In 2002, I really don’t think anyone knew what the standard would be so I trained the same way I did for a bodybuilding competition. While I only placed 4th at the Masters Nationals that year, it was by far the best physique I ever brought to the stage.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.) Right now I train one body part per day in a five day split with cardio every day, twice a day. I have to commute an hour and a half from Milwaukee to Chicago every day so the amount of cardio really depends on my energy level.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love doing high intensity leg training. I always have done lots of supersets and tri-sets for legs. I hate training triceps.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
I have always been told my shoulders are my best body part, but I love the way my legs look when I am in contest shape.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? I have never really lifted heavy, for me training has always been about creating and aesthetically pleasing physique.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'? I admit enjoy the attention you get by walking around in contest shape. Living in the Midwest you really don’t see a lot of really “in shape” people so I often get a lot of stares. I really enjoy gourmet food and eating in nice restaurants and you can’t do that when training for a contest.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Robin Roschč.
4:00 wake up/ pack food for the day/ 45 min cardio
6:30 Train to Chicago
8:15 Work- In Court most days
4:45 Leave work- train back to Milwaukee
7:00 Work out/ one body part and another 30 min cardio
9:30 Quality time with husband and cats
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.) I love to travel, and my husband and I take trips every chance we get.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
For me it has always been about good health and longevity, but looking good in your 40’s is great too. I have always told people that weight training is the fountain of youth!
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear. Before going to law school I was a Police Officer for 10 years.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals? I will be competing at the Masters Figure in Pittsburgh this year. Depending on what happens with the standards in figure judging, I may go back to bodybuilding and compete at Team Universe next year.
Robin does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!