Where and when were you born?
Dec. 9, 1962, Hollywood, California
What is your profession?
Former sports writer turned fitness professional and nutrition consultant running my own business called Total Body Network
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
I ran track, played basketball, tennis, swimming, powerlifting and motocross
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
I started lifting weights at age 15…
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 didn’t start competing in bodybuilding until I was 33
What was your first competition and how did you place?
ANPPC show in Mississippi. I won.
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
2002 Team Universe, I won the heavyweight class and missed turning pro after losing in the overall by 1 point.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
1997 Soutbern Classic, 3rd MW
1998 ANPPC Body Shop, 1st MW, Overall
1998 Southern Classic, 5th MW
1998 Mississippi State, 1st HW, Overall
1998 Musclemania, Top 15 HW
1999 Southern Classic, 2nd HW
1999 Mississippi State, 1st HW, Overall
2000 Southern Classic 2nd HW
2000 Jr Nationals, 2nd MW
2001 Los Angeles Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, 5th Figure tall
2001 USA, 9th MW
2002 Texas State, 1st HW
2002 USA, 8th MW
2002 Team Universe, 1st HW
2002 World Championships, 14th HW
2003 USA, 13th MW
2003 Team Universe, 2nd HW
2004 Texas State, 1st Figure Masters
2004 USA, 7th LHW
2004 Team Universe 3rd HW
2004 North American, 3rd LHW
Please describe a typical day in the life of Carolyn Bryant.
Sleep, eat, work, train six days a week. Off on Sunday.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
The most interesting thing is I don’t lift on leg day. I only lift for hamstrings, calves.
How often do you train in a week?
Three days weights, three days cardio
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
I am so much more focused for competition and I do something everyday. I also eat better.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Nothing too exciting to report. 36-28-39
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion?
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I like training all bodyparts. Favorite exercise is deadlifting.
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.
Well, I do not promote androgyny, or drug abuse. The judging criteria is too vague.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.)
I enjoy taking care of my man and my dogs.
What are your future plans for 2005?
Turn pro, add mother to my titles, make a lot of money and change the direction of women’s bodybuilding.
Carolyn does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!