I enjoyed dance class in High School but was not particularly athletic otherwise. At age 20 I became interested in Aerobics and started going to regular aerobics classes. Two years later I became an aerobics instructor and continued to teach aerobics classes for the next 12 years. Eventually I became the Aerobics Director at Sports Connection in Torrance, CA, where I also began to play around with weights. During this time I was also an exotic dancer for several years at a club near Gold’s Gym Venice. Some of the Male IFBB Pro Bodybuilders began coming to the club and I began training at Gold’s Gym Venice with a trainer. I put on muscle rapidly, starting at 125 lbs. and nine months later winning the novice division of the NPC Orange County at 139 lbs. I was pretty much hooked on Bodybuilding after this experience and continued to dance for a couple more years until the management felt I was too big to be on stage. I then became a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Redondo Beach, CA, where I also teach conditioning classes. I have been there ever since and I really love it there.
Bodybuilding Titles and Contest Placings:
NPC Orange County 1996 Overall Novice Winner – Contest Weight – 139 lbs.
NPC Orange County 1997 2nd Place (Open Heavyweight) – Contest Weight – 145 lbs.
NPC Palm Springs 1998 1st Place (Open Heavyweight) – Contest Weight – 151 lbs.
NPC Los Angeles 1999 Overall Winner – Contest Weight – 157 lbs.
NPC USA 1999 11th Heavyweight - Contest Weight – 155 lbs.
NPC USA 2000 11th Heavyweight – Contest Weight - 163 lbs.
NPC Ironman / Ironmaiden 2001 2nd Place (Open Heavyweight) – Contest Weight – 165 lbs.
NPC Los Angeles 2002 Overall Winner – Contest Weight 167 lbs.
NPC USA 2002 14th Heavyweight – Contest Weight – 168 lbs.
NPC California State Championships 2003 1st Place Heavyweight
NPC USA 2003 10th Place Heavyweight - Contest Weight - 166 lbs.
Weight: Contest 168 lbs / Off Season 190 lbs
Chest: 42 D
Arms: 17 inches
Quads: 27 inches
Calves: 17 inches
Foot: Size 8
I train 5 days per week for about an hour and a half each day I train. I train quads on Sunday (the most brutal workout), back on Monday, chest and triceps on Tuesday, Wednesday rest, hamstrings and calves on Thursday, and biceps and shoulders on Friday, rest Saturday. The only difference in my off-season training and preparing for a show is cardio and abs. I don't really do much ab work or any cardio off-season. The only thing that really changes is my diet. My best lifts are: Incline dumbbell presses ( I can press 105 lb dumbbells for 5 reps in good form.) My legs are very strong also. I can hack squat 405 for 8 reps below parallel. I can also leg-press 1000 lbs. for 10 reps.
Favorite/least favorite excercise:
My favorite exercise is the incline dumbbell press, because I can lift very heavy and it freaks out the guys. My least favorite exercise is the leg extension because they burn really bad.