Where and when were you born?
Born September 3rd, 1981 in Indianapolis, Indiana
What is your profession?
I am currently a student studying physical education and health education-graduating in May 2008.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was a gymnast for 10 years and I also played volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, and I have always been an avid swimmer. I weight trained during my basketball and volleyball seasons, but didn’t get serious about training until I was a junior in college at Ball State University.
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?
Well actually, after being away from the gym and any physical activity, I knew I needed to push myself to work out. I just didn’t have any motivation. So, after attending Ball State’s annual bodybuilding show, I decided I wanted to do it the next year. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!! But, it got me into the gym and kept me motivated to get in shape. So, my decision to do a bodybuilding competition was what got me into weight training!
Can you give me your competition history?
2007 NPC Indianapolis-1st and Overall middleweight
2007 NPC Indiana State-1st middleweight
2007 NPC Collegiate Nationals-1st and Overall middleweight
2006 NPC Northern Kentucky-Figure Class B 7th place
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
The contest that has been my biggest success was probably winning the Indianapolis. It was my first show of the year and really my first real year in bodybuilding so winning the overall was extremely rewarding to me. The show that has had the most meaning to me was the Collegiate Nationals because as a college student, training has always been very difficult. Finding the time to do school, work, and train was taxing, but I had to make it work. And I did!
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
During precontest I train 3 days on, one day off, then 2 days on and one day off. I do cardio 4 days a week in the a.m and 4 days a week in the p.m. I also do 2 days a week of sprint/interval training. In the offseason I train 5 days a week and I don’t do any cardio!!
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
My favorite exercise is shoulder press and my least favorite exercises are squats and bench press.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
I would say that my shoulders and back are my best body parts.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Bench: 225 in the gym and 235 in a powerlifting meet.
Squat: 315 in the gym and 410 in a powerlifting meet
Deadlift: 335 in the gym and 345 in a powerlifting meet
Leg press: 675
Biceps: 15 in
Quads: 24 in
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
When I train for a competition I love the feeling I get when I see changes in my physique. I feel like I have accomplished something and the hard work is paying off. The best part of the off season for me is being able to eat eat eat!!! And of course I love being able to lift heavier and utilize my powerfliting training routines.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Kira Neuman.
Ahhh, a typical day for me starts at 5 a.m. I wake up do my morning cardio and then get ready for school. Teach a few classes, run sprints, and teach a few more classes. After school, I head to the gym train for an hour then train a client and finish off with my evening cardio! Then I head home and prepare all my food for the next day. In between all of this I am most likely eating!!!
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
Oh gosh, when I do have some free time (which is very rare) I enjoy spending time with the two loves of my life: my nephews! I also love to read and shop!
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
The most enjoyable thing about bodybuilding is the people involved in the sport. I have met a lot of wonderful people who motivate me constantly and have great advice to give me when I need it. I have made some amazing dear friends since becoming involved in the sport. I also just enjoy the discipline that bodybuilding requires. This sport has definitely given me a lot of confidence and a great sense of value and worth.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
Hmmmm…..I think people would be surprised to know that I am the worst armwrestler ever!! People seem to think that I appear to be strong so they like to challenge me to an armwrestling match. Unfortunately, I am horrible at it so I always lose! I need more practice I guess!
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
As far as competing goes, I just want to improve from year to year. I have always said that no matter where I place I just want to look better than I did the year before. So far, I have met that goal, and I just want to continue to do that! Personally, my goal is to graduate college, get a job teaching, and continue to motivate students to have the desire to be physically fit. I want to be able to positively influence my students and others around me to live healthy lifestyles and enjoy life to the fullest!
Kira does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!