Where and when were you born? –San Angelo, TX; October 11, 1977
What is your profession?- Certified personal trainer/NASM
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?- Track/Hurdler/Sprinter
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? –I was FAT! (lol) I started lifting weights (seriously) when I moved to Dallas, TX.
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?-It was something that grew in my mind as time went on.
What was your first competition and how did you place? 2003 Lone Star Classic 1st place Novice Middle Weight and Overall
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? Placing 10th at the National’s.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far? 2003 NPC Lone Star Classic; 2004 NPC Texas State Championships (won the overall, current Ms. Texas) ; NPC National Championships
Please describe a typical day in the life of Star Blaylock. My typical day entails cooking, eating, sleeping, TRAINING, and personal training my one client. I write a lot as a moderator on the Iron Man forum and also as a hobby. Not too exciting, huh? (lol) Robert Mannix, my fiancé, has afforded me the opportunity to excel in bodybuilding by his knowledge, love, and support. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for him!
Please tell me something about your daily training routine. My training regimen changes frequently, so the only thing I could say that is consistent, or I try to be as consistent as possible, is 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week. Sometimes even that will fluctuate depending on what my main objective is.
How often do you train in a week? My training is broken down into cycles which include strength, hypotrophy, power, pre- contest, and contest, so it varies.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? MORE CARDIO and LESS FOOD! UGH!
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? I guess my best lifts are my dead lifts and squats. My max dead lift (with straps) is 365lbs. My max squat with a barbell to date is 335lbs. I can also leg press 11 plates on each side for 3 reps at a 90 degree level. I’ve never measured any of my part of my body. I’m 5’4” and currently 155lbs with 10% body fat.
Which body part is your best in your opinion? I would say it’s a tie between my back and my legs…my delts would come in a close second.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? Dead lifts and squats are equally my favorite exercises. I really don’t like to train my arms because I’ve injured my wrists and it causes me the most discomfort.
Judging in Women’s Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about today’s judging in Women’s Bodybuilding. I wrote a long article regarding this. It’s posted in the Iron Man forum.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) Hang out with my man, read, write, and chat with my buddies on the computer. I’m an addict for the computer! I also take classes over the internet for journalism, business management, and other various subjects.
What are your future plans for 2005? I plan to compete in July at the USA’s and at the National’s in November.
Hello, my name is Star Blaylock, and I am a newly nationally ranked NPC woman bodybuilder. I'm very new to this sport, 2 years to be exact, and I've competed in a total of three shows. It was at this year's NPC National competition that made a significant impact on how I view women's bodybuilding. It was an eye opener for me because I realized, up close and personal, what lengths some of the women competitors were willing to take by sacrificing their femininity and even overall health, in hopes of winning a pro card. I found myself at odds, questioning which direction I should take in competitive bodybuilding. Do all roads lead to nowhere? Every since my first competition, I've battled with my passion for bodybuilding. My first love is in the gym where it all happens by intensely training with heavy weights. Nothing makes me feel better than gutting it out in, what I consider to be, my sanctuary. A place where I think of nothing but what body part I've scheduled to train and my full attention is granted to no one but my trainer and the weight I'm focused on lifting using my all out, full explosive, forceful strength. I am an athlete first and, because of that, I've come to excel as a bodybuilder in the sport of women's bodybuilding. In my mind, athlete and bodybuilder are terms that are one and the same by similarity. I'm proud to proclaim I continuously try to live by their definitions, but by no means do they define all that I am. I make no apologies for the physique I present, because it is what it is... an athletic, muscular physique that I obtained through vigorous training and self discipline. My muscle mass aesthetically fits my frame comfortably, and has been declared, by a panel of judges, to be elite by awarding me the honor to compete at the National level amongst women that possess the best physiques throughout all of the United States of America.
My knowledge of competitive bodybuilding by definition is: to demonstrate true evidence of a fiercely accomplished goal by the utilization of an artistic skill consisting of creatively mastering the exhibition of an excellently developed, muscular human anatomy; concentrating on highlighting all muscle groups, through methodically lifting a challenging amount of weight so that each muscle in every group is dominant in overall beauty which is based on size, shape, symmetry, balance, and ideal conditioning (otherwise described as detail and separation). This skill we bodybuilders' competitively execute on stage is known as posing. Competition is a glorious view of each competitor's physique, set on a platform known as a stage, and is recognized as the direct result of each bodybuilder's training and corresponding nutrition by way of self-discipline. That's my valid effort towards educating all those who are ignorant to what and/or why we compete in an unconventional fashion. Most of whom, consider it vain and not worthy to be categorized a sport. I don't expect everyone to comprehend bodybuilding by the definition I gave. Only a person with a true competitive spirit has the ability to respect it for what its worth. From my experience, most want to start to gear their training towards bodybuilding, and eventually want to compete, but don't. Each person's reason brings to the surface a different emotion; all are valid and very tricky to overcome. For example, the most frequent reasons I've noticed are, stage fright, the inability to deny ones pleasures during contest preparation mostly due to a lack of self-discipline, a low pain threshold that makes training correctly to obtain a bodybuilder's main goal, known as hypertrophy, almost unbearable; due to constant aches and pains the body has to endure. Anyone can body build, but competitive bodybuilding sets high standards by its complexity of training, skill, and nutrition. You also have to take into consideration, all the supplements that coincide with training and nutrition. How to know which supplements will work best to suit your needs is a very difficult process if you don't have any resources to aid you in your research. Sounds like a sport to me, a very challenging one I might add! In most cases, those who shun competitive bodybuilding are either closed minded, adamently ignorant, out of shape or insecure. Some are just one of the many who tried and are bitter because they couldn't hack it. In all fairness, there are a lot of things that disturb me about competitive body building, but that’s a whole other subject.
I feel it's necessary for me to stand up for my fellow women bodybuilders that train and do it right, with grit and tenacity...for all of those who compete because they can. Women bodybuilder's have much respect due. I applaud the women whose focus is not solely directed towards a pro card, or at any level, a trophy and/or title. I'm a champion simply because I make it to the stage and I am accomplished because I endure the journey. The journey that leads you to the stage is always tough and never gets any easier. I know I may sound like I'm full of crap....everyone wants to win, right? Irregardless of the outcome, I choose to take a stand by competing on stage with my best physique, and pay no attention to gossip describing what” they" may be looking for at my chosen contest. After all, I have to live with myself!
The million dollar question is, "What's it all for?" Beyond the photos and trophies, what is it all for? Money? At most, a little under $10,000, to my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) goes to the winner at the largest pro level competition. You'd have to be blind, or in serious denial, if you don't already know that pro women bodybuilders compete practically for free based on the winner’s net profit after subtracting all the expenses it takes to compete. As far as endorsements, from what I've been made to believe, muscular physiques on women just aren't marketable. I think that depends on what degree of muscularity of course. Fame? Maybe some notoriety amongst our small bodybuilding community, but I wouldn't call it fame, surely not for women anyway. The exception being the pioneers of women's bodybuilding, to name a few, Cory Everson, Anja Langer, and last but certainly not least...all hail the queen bee, 8 time Ms. Olympia, Lenda Murray. Who has done it better? Even the greatest in bodybuilding aren't quite "famous" to the degree of being a household name or followed by paparazzi, but all are surely living legends in their own right. Everyone who knows even a little about women's bodybuilding, knows at least one of those names. Sad to say the golden years of bodybuilding has far been over. Yet women still continue to compete for little to nothing, thus, making women the most passionate and dedicated of all for the sport of bodybuilding. Hell, for any professional sport for that matter....hands down!
Do we compete for glory? There's a good one. The answer to that question will be determined according to what we do that's positive and by not referencing back to what's been done negatively in comparison. The point I'm trying to make is that when women's bodybuilding was at its best, being feminine was already a part of the judging criteria. Why did it change in the first place? In addition, the judges can only judge what is presented to them. Give them the physique that makes you happy and you're comfortable with. I vividly remember watching televised competitions and listening to the commentators explain to the audience why a woman competitor was scored down because of her lack of femininity, due to excessive muscle mass. Who started rewarding the obscene, freakily massive, looking women that now forever tarnish our sport? We now are forced to pay a penance for what initially was encouraged in a passive aggressive way. Even with all that being said, I welcome this "new change" in judging criteria. I just hope the powers that be make up their minds and hold steadfast to it. I can see how men get away with it. It’s natural for a man to want to be the biggest and baddest of them all. Men can stay freaky big...cool, whatever! How can a woman benefit from that sort of look? No one benefits in the woman's case. Maybe a small percentage considers infamy to be beneficial, because that's about all you stand to gain with a masculine look. When you get right down to it, women's bodybuilding has to change in order to preserve what's left of it.
One of the things I remember most and is positive came from IFBB pro, Lisa Auckland, while the light-heavy weight class was lined up for stage. First, I noticed that even in her off season she was in good shape and looked to me how an IFBB Pro should present her self to upcoming competitors that are competing to join ranks with her. Lead by example... bravo, Lisa. It's what she said that made the most impact on me and still does everyday. She said, "Slow down ladies, enjoy it while you can....this is the most fun level of competition in women's bodybuilding. They don't bring out the parade when you get your pro card and the photographers aren't lined up either." I thought about that, and it made me appreciate competing for the sole purpose of competing, even more. Just for the pleasure of being on stage at my optimal best. Funny how powerful words are. Thanks for the inspiring words, Lisa. That doesn't mean I don't have the desire to win. The pressure to win isn't as heavy from that perspective. I hope you finally get the recognition you deserve this year. You certainly have the package of a pro woman bodybuilder worthy of a title along with everything that follows in its place. They should use your physique as a model reference for the new judging standard.
Best wishes to my sister competitors in fitness and figure, too! Chicks rule! The best is yet to come in 2005!
Star does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!