Where and when have you been born?
I was born in San Jose, Ca. April 1979
Where do you live now?
What is your profession?
I am a personal trainer, and also a server at a local steakhouse.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
I wasn’t too into sports in school, the only thing I really got into was softball, which I played from T-ball through College.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
I actually used to be really fat. I started working out in high school, then once I graduated I joined a gym and did what little I knew from reading magazines or whatever I was taught in lifting class in school. I didn’t get real into bodybuilding until I moved to Portland in 1999 and hired a personal trainer (who is now my boyfriend of 3 years) and originally wanted to do fitness. That didn’t last long since I had no gymnastic experience. Plus once I started building muscle, I got addicted and wanted more and more. So here I am, still wanting more and more!
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?
Which competition has been your first one and how did you place?
My first competition was the Northwest Bodybuilding Championships in 2001, and I placed 5th as a middleweight.
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
I have only competed 3 times. I did the NW Bodybuilding Championships again in 2002 and won 1st place as a heavyweight.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
2001 NW Championships 5th place middleweight
2002 NW Championships 1st place heavyweight
2002 Washington State Championships 2nd place middleweight.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Karen Shingle.
Usually up and doing 1 hour of cardio by 8 a.m. Eat my first meal and train any clients I may have. Eat again. Train from noon to 1:30ish. Eat two more times. Then I go to my serving job, eat again there. Come home, eat one last time. Bed. I really plan my day around training and eating.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
I work out with two guys, my 250lb boyfriend, and an ex semi-pro football player. They push me hard, and will not let me pick up a weight much lighter than they are pushing!
How often do you train in a week?
I train 5 days a week. Sometimes its Monday through Friday, Sometimes we will rest on Wednesday and add Saturday.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
I will be the first to admit that when I am getting ready for a competition, I stay really focused and train my hardest. Very high intensity workouts. When I have nothing coming up, I tend to slack.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)
My best lifts: Incline DB chest press, 85lbs each hand for 12. 900lb leg presses for 12-20. Bicep curls, 45lb DB for 8-12.
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion?
A lot of people comment me on the sweep in my Quads. I think my back is my strongest bodypart. I worked hard last year and put 4 inches on it.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much (if there is any)?
Kegels J All the others I hate!!
Judging in Women’s Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. But please tell me your honest thoughts about today’s judging in Women’s Bodybuilding.
I think that the judges cannot make up their minds on what they are looking for. If they say they want softer, more feminine, they pick the hardest looking one. If they say they want big, but softer, they pick the smallest, leanest one. I think it all depends on what mood they are in at that moment. Women work just as hard, if not harder, than the men, for less than half the reward. My goal is to be a pro some day (soon), but I am really disappointed in where the Women’s BB is going. We need more recognition, higher $ rewards, etc. I could go on all day…
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.)
Like I said above, I pretty much plan everything around my training. I just started doing sessions and travelling, so we will see where that leads…
What are your future plans for 2003/2004?
For the rest of 2003, I plan on putting on as much muscle as I can. I am going to compete at the 2004 USA’s. I plan on having my pro card real soon. J