Where and when were you born?
I was born in New Castle Pennsylvania in 1983.
What is your profession?
I am an Industrial Engineer with a great aspiration of becoming a professional bodybuilder. I obtained my engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and hope to return for an MBA within the next year.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
It my family, it was always the men who were into sports and weight lifting. I was the one who played the piano, sang in the choir, acted in theatre and just shopped with the rest of the girls! When I moved to Texas for work, it was so hot and I hated that I was chubby and did not feel comfortable in small clothing. So, I began weight training with a trainer. It is not two years later and I got hooked! With only two years of training under my belt, my muscle maturity is lacking…but I’m working on it! I absolutely love the feeling of pushing heavy weight and having a hard toned body. Needless to say, I’m HOOKED!
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 no intent to compete in bodybuilding when I first began lifting weights. It was solely to loose a few pounds and look cute in some different clothes. I never wore a bikini in public so this was the goal I had in mind. As I began to tone up I loved the powerful look that muscle gave to me. It added confidence to my personality. The next step I took was to gain a personal training certification through NASM. I wanted to learn all I could about how the body reacts to resistance training and different eating patterns. After I received my certification, I began personal training at my job where I could coach others to reach their goals as I have done. But by then, I was ready for a new challenge. I would watch Melissa Dettwiller in the gym as she was in off-season and then as she began contest prep, it was amazing. Each time I looked at her, curiosity was in my eye. My trainer, and now dear friend, noticed this every time I watched her. He looked at me one day and said “woman, you’re doing a competition…you’re ready for the next level.” At the beginning I thought “NO WAY!” And here I am!
Can you give me your competition history?
My first show was the Ronnie Coleman Classic in 2007. I placed first in the light heavyweight class. The second and most recent competition in which I competed was the 2007 Europa where I placed third in the light-heavyweight class.
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
This past competition, 2007 Europa was the show in which I can honestly say means the most to me. Not because I did so well. But because I know I gave it all I had. I had only 5 weeks to get up to speed for this show. I was coached by a new individual who dedicated everything to me in these five weeks, as I did to him. Together, we transformed my body quicker than I thought possible. It showed me that I COULD do it and will use this show as an example of the dedication and drive that I have in me to continue. With this coach, and my determination, I see great things in my future.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
At this current time I am in the off-season. Besides the fact that I’m a little fuller than normal, I’m loving it! I train heavy and hard every day. Cardio is done five days a week and I began running Sprints. These suckers kill, but I can tell they’re going be my secret weapon (not a secret now huh?)! Weights are done in a 2 days on and one day off split…heavy weight that is steadily increasing. Concentration at this moment lies heavily on my weaker areas of back and shoulders.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I absolutely love working shoulders because I know that they need some work. Each time I leave on a shoulder day, I feel satisfied. Not to mention, I feel the pain for atleast two days after. Pain is good! And as much as I hate to admit, I love leg days. This used to not be the case. But now that I see how much power is in these wheels…I’m having a great time pushing heavy weight!
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My legs are my best body part in my opinion. They’re my strongest and most dominate muscles. I have been blessed with big “hams” since birth. I had the “thickest legs in a tootoo” my mother claimed when I was dancing in my youth.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
So you want stats huh? In my offseason, I am weighing 165-170lbs with a bicep measurement of 14” and a quad measurement of 25.5 inches. These massive legs have done leg extensions of 305lbs for reps. And hack squats of 495lbs. I curl 35lbs dumbbells and can bench 145lbs for reps..
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love the dedication and perseverance it takes to train for a competition. There is such structure in your life during this time, as hectic as it may be. I hate the amount of cardio I have to do but its all part of the game. On the other hand, the off-season allows me to push so much more weight. I love the massive pumps I get in the gym and how strong I can feel. I miss that when training for a show.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
When I’m not busting my glutes in the gym I’m either singing on the top of my lungs somewhere, chillin’ with my girlfriends, or shopping at the mall. If its night time, you can find me dancing in the club…talk about great leg workout!! I am cool chic that just loves to have fun. Meeting new people is another one of my favourite things to do. There’s so many interesting folks out there and I’m always learning something new through them.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
It always has and always will amaze me on how the body can be manipulated. There is no better example of dedication and drive than that shown from a lifestyle of bodybuilding and fitness. I don’t know words that can truly explain this. Its a great feeling of accomplishment that you get when you step on that stage…the emotions that run through you when the competition is over. Its almost like you never had a chance to look back until the show is over. I always get emotional when I’m completed and get that chance to take a deep breath and realize what all I have done. I love it.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I’m a lefty and an engineer. If that’s not weird enough for a bodybuilder…
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
Honestly, my goals with bodybuilding in general are to always be the best I can be, work my hardest, and always continue to strive for more. I have already met the goal of getting on that stage once, now I will continue to get bigger and better with each day.
Stephanie does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!