Where and when were you born? February 18 – Bristol, CT
What is your profession? Nutrition Counselor & Physical Fitness Specialist
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? Swimming (backstroke & freestyle), track (sprints), dancing (tap, jazz, ballet), and cross country
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? One day in 1998, I woke up and realized that with my stature (short and muscular) I would never have the body and the look of a model on the cover of all the glam magazines (Cosmo, Elle, Glamour, etc.) no matter how hard I tried with exercise and diet. That same day, I happened to mention my "revelation" to a co-worker of mine and he asked me, "Why don't you get into bodybuilding? You have a great physique for it." I laughed so hard at him and said, "Yeah right!" I had so many misperceptions about women who bodybuild, and it was bad enough that I already felt as though I looked too "masculine" with the size I did have. Years of sport, coupled with genetics, caused me to always carry a lot of muscle mass. That very afternoon, my co-worker introduced me to "Mike," another co-worker who just earned his Pro Card. He lent me a tape of a show he did in the past so I could see what bodybuilding is really about, then offered to train me for a couple months for a novice show. I was amazed at the results and I learned that my body was acceptable the way it was - I didn't have to try to be "skinny" to look feminine. I was still quite nervous, as this was the first time I ever wore a bikini (other than as a child) in front of ANYONE! Needless to say, I quickly began to understand and have an appreciation of the sport and felt like I finally found my nitch; it was a world that rewarded people for looking strong and healthy.
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? Competing as a bodybuilder was something I simply did right from the beginning. I was always in good shape, but didn’t know how to take it to the next level, so jumping right into contest prep based on someone’s suggestion is what I did.
What was your first competition and how did you place? 1998 AAU Colonial Open, Hampton, VA – 1st Place Novice Short
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? Nov. 6, 2004 INBF Monster Mash Pro Qualifier – I earned Pro Status!
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
1998 AAU Military Open, Portsmouth, VA – 2nd Open Short
1999 AAU Chesapeake Open, Chesapeake, VA – 4th Open Short
1999 NASF Military Open, Portsmouth, VA - 1st Open Short & Best Poser
2004 Musclemania Nation's Capitol, Bowie, MD – 2nd Open Lightweight, Best Poser & Best Symmetry
2004 USBF Baltimore Natural – 2nd Place Heavyweight
Please describe a typical day in the life of Rachelle Cannon. A typical day is full of eating food, food, and more food!!!! Seriously, though, my day is very active, routine in nature yet somewhat diverse, and always laden with eating 5 or 6 meals a day. I will perform cardio first thing in the morning (contest prep only), go to work, eat breakfast, meet with a client or two, eat again, work, exercise (lift or lift & do a short, intense cardio session), eat another meal, continue working, eat another meal, go home, eat another meal, run errands, prepare food and gym clothes for the next day, possibly eat a 6th meal, cardio again (contest prep only), then go to bed.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine. When it comes to my training I lift heavy for 3-4 sets, performing 3-5 different exercises (depending on the body part), for an average 8-12 rep range (higher reps for abs, calves, and back extensions). Sometimes I will bump up the reps to the 20’s just to challenge my body in a different way. The key to remember here is that any (intense) stimulation of the muscle which works the muscle to fatigue will generate a neuromuscular response. I don’t spend more than about 45 minutes lifting.
How often do you train in a week? 5 days (sometimes 6 during contest prep)
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? My diet and cardiovascular activity. I eat less and healthier during contest prep, and perform more cardio.
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion? My legs
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? I love performing all exercises, except for abdominal work!
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. Based on my personal experience and observations, I believe that today’s judging in women’s bodybuilding lacks consideration of the complete package a woman brings to the stage. It appears that as long as a woman is shredded, even if she lacks any type of size, symmetry, and posing ability, she will be rewarded over someone less shredded with a complete package and ability to pose really well. Being shredded is a certainly a big factor, but every organization’s judging criteria states that other factors are considered. I rarely see consistency between that criteria and results of a contest.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I love to read books, travel, and dance!
What are your future plans for 2005? Compete in a couple shows, earn sponsorship from a major company, and possibly learn the ins and outs of fitness competitions – I would really love to get back on stage and use my dance and strength skills. Outside of bodybuilding/fitness, I plan to (1) continue helping others achieve their health goals in a higher capacity, (2) nurture more meaningful relationships with those who are close to me already, and create new ones in a networking capacity, (3) learn new things in life in general to broaden my knowledge, (4) obtain more investments, and continue being happy!
Rachelle does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!