Where and when were you born?
I was born in Miami, Florida on March 1, 1961. Yes, I am 46 years proud.
What is your profession?
I am a professional photographer with a degree in Commercial Product photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training? Yes! Part of my background and personality is very competitive and I have an inner drive to achieve. I began winning the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards in sixth grade. I played field hockey, softball, track and field in High School. I wanted to play all the sports, but women were not allowed on the football team, wrestling, and the like. I started lifting weights in a 10th grade co-ed gym class; I was on a mission to be stronger than the boys.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding/fitness 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?
Not really. After High School, I continued working out at a local gym. When I was 18, one day in a movie theatre I saw a guy who appeared to be a bodybuilder. We talked and he saw potential in me and encouraged me to train. I was intrigued and he became my trainer. I competed in a couple of shows, did well, got bored and fell away from it. Although I continued to workout, it wasn’t until 25 years later that I got serious again. It was not my intent to compete just get in shape. My personal trainer wanted to encourage me to have a goal. He suggested Fitness, of which I knew nothing about but my husband and I went to a show to see it. I thought, “I can do that.” So, 18 months ago, I started to get involved in training specifically for fitness. My second show I qualified for the 2004 Nationals. I got very motivated, but didn’t feel I had the right stuff yet. NPC changed their judging standards over the winter, so when I showed up at the Junior USAs this year, they told me I was too hard and they thought I was a bodybuilder. People on the streets continually asked me if I was a bodybuilder. At the 2005 Nationals, I did very well in the routine; but even after sizing down, I still was too hard. I have finally succumbed and decided to follow everyone’s advice to pursue bodybuilding.
Can you give me your competition history?
Choo Choo Classic - 1981
Overall First Place
Capitol Classic – 2004
Georgia State Championship – 2004
Junior USA Nationals – 2005
3rd Place – Tall
NPC Fitness Nationals – 2005
5th Place - Tall
2006 NPC Jr. Nationals
1st Place - Light Heavyweight
Team Universe – 2007
New York, NY
2nd Place - Heavyweight
The Masters - 2007
4th place - Light Heavyweight
The USA'S – 2007
Las Vegas, NV
12th Place - Light Heavyweight
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
I consider success that which helps me move to the next level. So far, I consider my 2nd place in the Georgia State Championships as my biggest success. It was only my second show and it qualified me for the Nationals, the next level, were I placed 5th which has the most meaning to me.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.) The key word for me is “variety” and it is changing again as I go from fitness to bodybuilding. It also varies depending upon whether it is off season, in season, or pre-contest. During the off-season, I workout 5 days a week, one major body area at a time and 30 minutes of cardio daily. During the season, I have bumped up the cardio to as much as 2 hours a day. During pre-contest, I was lifting 3 days a week, cardio two times a day (as I was trying to size down), and practicing my routine an hour a day. My coach, Mike Davies, is changing this up again as I am entering the bodybuilding ranks. I presently workout 5 days a week, cardio thirty minutes a day.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
Lateral raises for the shoulders are my favorite and I hate doing anything with a chin-up bar.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
I have always gotten compliments on my back; but my favorite is my shoulders and upper arms. My husband likes my abs.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
I have never really kept track of my “best lifts” as the amount of weight is not important, it is what you do with what you have that counts; however, if I have to brag my best bench is 150 lbs, 3x’s. Here are my important body measurements:
Height 5’ 6 Ľ”
Weight 138 lbs (Competition), 150 lbs (Off)
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
My biggest enjoyment comes in the inspiration I provide to others, especially other women when they find out my age. I know I help to motivate others in the gym, including men who get driven by seeing a woman workout as hard as I do. In addition, I have a performer’s heart and enjoy the attention of others when I am on stage or just out in public. I enjoy seeing tangible results; such as changes in my body and winning trophies. In the off season, like most everyone else I enjoy being able to eat those things that are bad for you.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Theresa Hendricks.
Get up early; cook, feed my kid, my hubby and myself; train; come home, cook and eat; wash dishes; cook and eat; run errands; cook and eat; clean the kitchen; work on my art; rest for one hour (if I am lucky); cook (again) dinner; eat; clean the kitchen and wash dishes; watch the news; eat; go to bed and sleep; repeat…. Any questions?
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax? etc.) My hobby is working on stain glass, whenever I can find the time (see my typical day <smile>). To relax, my biggest passion is listening to music. If I need to really relax, I throw in getting a massage. Having just moved to Virginia, I like to go to the beach and walk, or just listen to the waves.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle? I like that I can count myself as part of a family. For those who don’t compete, I don’t think they understand the camaraderie backstage. It is like a family of accomplished athletes who have shared experiences helping and driving one another to be the best they can be. For me personally, I enjoy the feeling of rejuvenation after a good workout when those endorphins kick in; knowing I am staying healthy and being able to enjoy life; being able to look real good in a pair of jeans and a bathing suit out at the beach; a healthy body equals a healthy mind.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
You will have to wait for the book <LOL>; but let’s just say, as a born-again Christian I have been forgiven. People seem to be most surprised today to find out I am a grandmother.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
My next competition goal is to be true to myself and to do my very best in training and competing. If that will take me to earning a pro card, I would be thrilled. If that is even possible, I would love to be Ms. Olympia; but I will never compromise my values and my honor to get there. My personal future goals include having a book of my life story on the market to inspire others to see how God’s touch can lead one to rise out of abuse to achievement. I also would like to be able to express my creativity by having a studio to practice my photography and stain glass art work.
How do you feel when you are on stage performing?
There are a number of emotions running through me. These include nervous, excited, scared, happy, worried, proud, and tense. Before I get started I am nervous, scared, and tense about being judged by both the judges and the audience. I want to do my best and give to others. I am excited and happy when the audience reacts positively. I am proud when my family sees what I have worked so hard for to achieve. When I’m on stage performing, it’s just me, the music and the fans. I love that I can bring pleasure to others through my bodybuilding and performances. As I stated earlier, I have a performer’s heart and really like the attention I get. My goals in a performance are to capture the attention of others through my artistry and sensuality. I hope I can leave the stage with the audience wanting more of me.
Is there anything you dislike about the way your body looks?
There is a contradiction I experience as a result of being a fitness/bodybuilding competitor. I love the attention I get in the arena of bodybuilding, but I hate the attention I get in the general public. Those who appreciate bodybuilding understand what it takes to get a body worthy of attention. The general public sees my arms and back when I wear a halter top and sometimes they get down right rude. I hear snickers and comments and sometimes I am treated like I am a freak. This makes me self-conscious of my body, especially those parts of which I mentioned I am most proud. If there was a way I could be healthy, fit, cut and muscular but fat, dumb, and happy at the same time, I would choose it. Since I can’t, I choose to be proud of who I am and ignore the general public’s ignorance.
Who inspires you in the bodybuilding/fitness world?
I know I may date myself <grin>, but in the bodybuilding world, I really appreciate Rachel McLish and Cory Everson. These women are the epitome of beauty and strength. In the fitness world, I am a fan of Tracey Greenwood, Jen Hendershot, and Adela Friedmansky.
Theresa does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!