Where and when were you born?
Miami, Florida – April2, 1970
Where do you live now?
Kansas City, MO
What is your profession?
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
Aerobics instructor, Softball, Golf
How and when did you get involved in lifting weights?
I met my trainer, Mike Patton about 8 years ago when he approached me about my physique and interest in bodybuilding. It wasn't a good time for me. 3 years later I called him back and said I was ready to start training. And here we are.
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?
Yes, it was a goal at first. I needed a something to shoot for, I am highly motivated when there is a goal to obtain.
Which competition has been your first one and how did you place?
Power Shack Classic – Novice Overall Winner and Open Heavyweight Winner
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
2003 Jr. Nationals placing in the top 5.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Michelle Baker.
Our personal training facility opens up at 4:30am, take a break from 12:30pm – 5:00pm, come back and train clients til 8:00pm, my training session begins between 8:00 and 8:30pm til finished, go home, eat, sleep, get up and do the same thing the next day. Pre-contest add in a couple hours of cardio in the day somewhere.
How often do you train in a week?
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
The major difference is the amount of cardio being done: Off-Season 30-45 minutes 3-4 times per week and Pre-Contest 2 hours daily 6-7 days per week
Stats – Best lifts and Measurements
biceps and calves - 16
Thighs – 27.5
Leg Press – 1640lbs set of 12
Squats – 405lbs set of 6
Incline dumbbell press – 100's set of 6
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?
Anything with legs – I love training legs!!!! Chest is my least favorite.
Judging in Women's Bodybuilding has always been criticized in one way or the other. But please tell me your honest thoughts about today's judging in Women's Bodybuilding.
I believe that the judging is heading in a positive direction, and is going to keep women's bodybuilding a growing sport. I believe that keeping the look more feminine and less manly is definitely the right approach for the future of women's bodybuilding. By making these changes the sport will continue to attract more women because it is a look that is more pleasing to the eye.
What are your future plans for 2005?
I plan on doing the Nationals
Ř 12th Place Heavyweight 2003 NPC National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, Miami, Florida.
Ř 5th Place Heavyweight 2003 NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Championships, Chicago, Illinois.
Ř 8th Place Heavyweight 2002 NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Championships, Chicago, Illinois.
Ř Overall Winner and 1st Place Heavyweight 2002 NPC Lone Star Classic Bodybuilding Championships, Plano, Texas.
Ř 2nd Place Heavyweight 2001 NPC Lone Star Classic Bodybuilding Championships, Grapevine, Texas.
Ř 7th Place Heavyweight 2001 NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Championships, St. Louis, Missouri.
Ř Overall Winner – Novice and 1st Place Open Heavyweight 2000 NPC Power Shack Classic Bodybuilding Championships, Kansas City, Missouri.
Ř 1st Place Heavyweight 2000 NPC State of Missouri Bodybuilding Championships, Springfield, Missouri.
Michelle is not available for sessions of any kind!