Where and when were you born?
Shanksville, Pa 1970
What is your profession?
Where you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I grew up on a dairy farm and had to do a lot of chores that required physical exercise (milking cows, unloading hay, cleaning pens, picking rocks out of fields, etc.) I was also involved in high-school sports: Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball. I was not involved in college sports when I attended Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Because I did not have the chores anymore and I wasn’t involved in sports, I started to exercise to stay fit. I went to the gym where the football players worked out in and just did the Nautilus machines because that was all I knew what to do at that time. Once I started to know people there, I asked a guy that was in my classes advice on lifting free weights. He told me he didn’t have time to train me, but if I worked out with him I would pick it up from there. After him seeing that I was naturally strong and how motivated I was, he said I should try doing a bodybuilding competition. 5 months after I started lifting, I entered my first ANBC Bodybuilding Competition.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew ion your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
After winning the overall in my first competition and then giving it another try 2 months later and winning the overall in that show, I decided to try ANBC Nationals later that same year. I took 5th at that show, which really motivated me to take a look at my self and my physique and learn all about what it takes to bring myself into the best condition I can.
Can you give me your competition history?
1991 ANBC Empire Keystone Classic Overall Winner
1991 ANBC Central Pennsylvania Classic Overall Winner
1991 ANBC Nationals 5th Place Tall Class Winner
1993 NPC Alaska State Championships Overall Winner
1998 NPC Central PA Championships Overall Winner
1998 NPC PA State Championships Middleweight Winner
1999 NPC Jr. USA ‘s Middleweight Winner
2000 NPC Nationals 4th Place Middleweight Champion
2001 NPC USA’s 3rd Place Heavyweight Champion
2001 Nationals Heavyweight & Overall Champion
2002 Jan Tana Heavyweight Champion
2002 Ms. Olympia 8th Place Heavyweight
2003 Night of Champions 4th Place Heavyweight
2003 Jan Tana 2nd Heavyweight
2007 Europa Super Show 3rd Heavyweight
2007 Atlantic City Pro Show 6th Heavyweight
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
2001 NPC Nationals was my biggest success, for that was when I received my IFBB Pro Card. The 2002 Jan Tana was the most meaningful for me, because that was my Pro Debut and winning my weight class sent me to the Ms. Olympia 8 weeks later.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week/training split/cardio, etc.)
Right now I lift one body part per day (ie: Monday = Shoulders, Tuesday=Legs, Wednesday=Back, Thursday=Chest, Friday=Arms) I alternate doing abs and calves each of those five days. I try to walk 60 minutes for my fat burning cardio right now 5-6 times a week and then high-intensity cardio for 20-30 minutes 3 x per week.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one is the one you don’t like so much?
My favorite exercise would be some kind of back exercise, like bent over rows or lat pulldown. For some reason, my back is naturally strong and I can really use that “Mind-Muscle” contraction people talk about when training. My least favorite exercise would have to be calf exercises…. Probably because I train them at the end of my workout and I am usually spent by the time I train them. Also they burn like hell when I train them.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
I used to be, and still am somewhat, but I think my best asset is…… my ass! At least that is what I am complimented on all the time, and asked how I got it so firm. I have to attribute it to the chores I used to have to do growing up on a dairy farm. I had to milk cows… 60 cows 2 x day, which requires squating… and lots of it….probably from age 10-18. Sounds kind of funny, I am sure, but it is the honest to God truth.
What do you enjoy about training for competition… what do you enjoy about the ‘off season’?
I enjoy the way my body looks the closer I get to a competition. I also enjoy putting routines together for the evening show. I like having different themes & looks for each competition. For example, I’ve had a “Country-Girl” routine, “Terminator 3” routine, and a “Disco” routine…. All of which I loved performing! I enjoy the ‘off season’ for all the other things in my life, besides bodybuilding, that I love (ie: doing landscaping and gardening, riding bike, playing tennis, water-skiing, & spending time with my family in the country).
Please describe a typical day in the life of Beth Roberts.
I wake up and have a great cup of coffee and usually read some out on my terrace. I fix my meals for the day and then I head to they gym and usually tan before I lift.I try to limit my lifting to 1 hour.xxxxxxxxxxx. Then I usually walk after I lift or do my high intensity cardio. Then I head home, shower, & eat supper. After that, I prepare for my next day for eating and clothes to wear to the gym. I've always been a sucker for wearing something cool to workout in.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?)
I like to do so many things other than bodybuilding…. Such as: Bike riding, water-skiing, tennis, volleyball, gardening/landscaping, hanging out with friends & going dancing. To relax, I like to read inspirational/spiritual books, yoga, watch movies, & lay out in the sun.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I would have to say that I like how regimented I become at getting things done. I plan my days out, pretty much to the minute and get myself on a regular routine schedule. Scheduling everything from eating times, workout times, tanning, posing, & sleep.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
As my bodybuilding career was heightening back in 2002/2003, my personal life was in shambles. Tired of traveling to all my shows alone, I moved out on my husband 2 weeks before competing in the Ms. Olympia. Pouring myself into my workouts and competing, I alienated my family and friends to try to achieve success in what I thought was more important than anything…. Bodybuilding fame. Trying to find love in all the wrong places and using destructive relationships & drugs to deal with my problems….. The lifestyle caught up with me, until mentally I was at the end of my rope. I didn’t want to live life like this anymore. Jan 1st 2005 I put myself through rehab. After 4 months learning how to forgive myself and starting to liking who I am, I got a second chance to start life over. I made myself stay away from the gym so I wouldn’t fall back into the trap of me using exercise & bodybuilding to cover up my emotions. It’s been 9 months and I just joined a gym because I now feel that I am mentally strong enough to start working out for the health benefits of it….. Playing tennis, riding my bike, and the yoga/Pilates just wasn’t cutting it…So, that’s where I’ve been at and why I’ve been out of the bodybuilding scene. I did miss competing, but needed this time away to realize how important my family and friends are that cared for me even through the times I didn’t care about myself. I am back and better than ever, feeling great about life and about myself. I am a little disappointed with my 2007 placings but glad and proud to have gotten back on stage. The best is yet to come!
What are your competition goals for personal future goals?
I don’t really have any competition goals as of yet….. It is too early for me to say. I am living one day at a time, and God willing I will be up on that stage better than I’ve ever been!!!! Time will tell!!!
Beth does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!