Issue #10


by Juan Carlos Lopez

2005 Olympia Results and Photos

2005 Olympia Review

2005 Olympia Press Conference and Expo

2005 Sacramento IFBB and NPC Show Results and Photos

2005 Sacramento IFBB and NPC Show Review

Mr. Mexico Photos and Results

Mr. Mexico Review

20 Questions with our Cover Model Jenny Lynn

Brown Rice or White Rice
by Chris Tsugranes

Video Interview: Cover Model Jenny Lynn IFBB Figure Pro

The Search for the Perfect Suit by Jane Awad

Pictorials: Jenny Lynn, Angie Semsch, Sabrina Gibson, Dana Della Valle and Monica Martin

Video Interview: Carrie Schindley NPC Figure and Fitness

3 Weeks Until Nationals
by Kristi Wills

Women Training Routine Part 2: Leg Training
by Rossella Pruneti

Video Interview: Barbara Engelsmann IFBB Figure Pro

Before and After
by Stacey Tomasini

Ms. Fitness Glutes!
by Linda Cusmano

Video Interview: Kate Shelby IFBB Figure Pro

Before and After by Stacey Tomasini

I started working out seriously with weights about 2 years ago. Before that, I thought that 45 minutes of cardio four times a week was cutting it, and then I realized that my body wasn't changing. I started working out with my husband, and he taught me everything that I know – before then I didn't know the difference between a bicep curl and a triceps pushdown. I began training about five days a week, and after about a year of seriously hitting the weights, I thought about competing. My first show would be the Fox Cities Invitational in April of 2005, and I also planned on competing the Wisconsin Championships in May.

I started dieting in January of 2005, and I weighed close to 190…it seemed in the last 2 years, I concentrated way more on the weights and forgot about the cardio. The first couple of weeks were really hard – I started off around 1700 calories, 100 carbs and 15 grams of fat. I was living on egg whites, oatmeal, rice cereal, tuna, and tilapia. I also starting cardio again, 6 times a week for 45 minutes each day, and I would do it every morning before work on a empty stomach. I would switch off between running, walking and the elliptical.

I started getting a lot leaner, and kept on hitting the weights – I would work out each body part once each week, I was doing weights 5-6 days a week, and would always take one day off of both cardio and weights. As my show got closer, my calorie and fat intake was steadily depleting…

The first show that I competed in, Fox Cities, I won the tall class, but lost the overall. I talked to the judges after the show and my posing needed some serious help. I worked with several people and practiced over and over between then and the Wisconsin Championships. At the next show, there were 11 competitors – I won the tall class and the overall – the best part was I got a huge Conan sword for the overall. So, I thought that I was finally done dieting for the year and competing was over, until I decided to do Junior Nationals…it was only 4 weeks away and I was in the best condition of my life, so why not?

I did not do as well as I hope at Junior Nationals, but I am training like hell for next year. My upper body was ready, but my legs were too small…I am now train legs twice a week and incorporating many new exercises into my program. I hope to compete next year in several national shows, and I am training harder than ever to prepare – to someday make my dream come true and compete in the IFBB.

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About the Author...

Stacey Tomasini

Stacey Tomasini is an amateur figure competitor from Wisconsin. She just competed at Jr. Nationals and will be back next year 2006 to give that pro card another try.

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