Issue #100


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Edith Waggoner

Video Interview with Amateur Bikini Karlie Grooms

Edith Waggoner, Jessica Broderick, Rachel Berry, Tonia Moore & Jana Petersen

Video Interview with Pro Figure Christine Kluger

Product of the Month
by Heather Hirmer

Video Interview with
Amateur Bikini Jennifer Sozihno


20 Questions with Cover Model Edith Waggoner

Edith Waggoner

1. Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Edith Waggoner?

Hello, my name is Edith Waggoner. I am a 34 yr old mother of 1, a full time student, part time (waitress), and what I hope to be, a life long fitness enthusiast. I am special because I am a woman of many talents who juggles life with a balance of discipline, fun, and self awareness, never letting any obstacle get in my way, well, not for too long anyway.

2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings?

I am the youngest of 6 but I only grew up with 2 older sisters. My mother was single for most of the time so we 4 girls had to learn to be strong and independent.

3) How did you start competing in physique?

I started going to the gym about 10 years ago and loved lifting from the very start.  When I saw another figure competitor for the first time, I wanted to look like that! After 4 years of putting muscle onto my, what was at first, a very skinny build, I was ready to do my first figure competition.  After doing 4 shows, I decided to move up to the physique class.

4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?

My personal policy about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show is to      look how I want to look for that particular class. It is difficult to predict what the judges          will want from show to show, so, with the thought of photos in mind for my memories, I     want to look back and be happy with what I see, win or lose, although winning is always     a plus J

5) What is your idea of what judges want in a Figure competitor? Do you think judges are clear enough with competitors about how they want you on stage? It seems in Europe they are very clear unlike in the USA and now in Canada things are confusing.

My idea of what judges want in a figure competitor is nice capped shoulders with toned, but not too big, arms. Also, a small waist and muscular legs, but again, not too big and definitely not too lean. I don’t think that the judges are clear enough about how they want us on stage but it’s not anyone’s fault.  There are hundreds of judges in the business and they all have different ideas about what to look for. There isn’t yet a standard set in stone as for what to expect from competitors across the board.

6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything!

For the next show, I definitely need to work on my hamstrings and glutes.  I have a lot less back there at the end of a diet than I thought I would.  I also need to work on my routine to make it look more professional. I had fun on the stage but when I saw the video, I thought my performance could be likened to one that I did at a talent show in junior high school.

Edith Waggoner

7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do before a show?

I typically go to the gym 5 days a week, hitting one body part per day excluding chest (I don’t want to ruin my breast implants). For each body part, I try to do 4 or 5 exercises, 3 sets a piece, 12-15 reps/set.

8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)

My pre contest diet 1 week before the show consists of egg whites, asparagus, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and tilapia. 5 small meals everyday…although I’m at this point really sick of this limited menu, I almost to the finish line!

9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.

Eating asparagus 2 times a day and cutting sodium is key to dropping water before a show. The evening before the show I stop drinking water, and on the day of the show, I only sip a little as needed.

10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to?

I am motivated to compete because it gives me a chance to see how much I have improved over training for so long, and it also gives me the chance to celebrate and be in a place with like minded people.  There is a strange comfort in knowing that you aren’t the only one eating chicken and sweet potatoes out of a Tupperware container.

11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?

At the last show, I was taken by surprise when I went to get spray tanned, in the nude mind you, and the only available artist was a young man.  Every time it has been a woman. I was a little shy at first but then took comfort in the fact that at least I wasn’t having a “fat” day.

12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed? 

Now that we have the new physique class, I think that there is a place for everyone and that shows me that the sport is constantly developing.

What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competing career?

My hardest challenge to overcome in all of this is finding a balance between the love of the sport and my desire to have a successful career in health care.  It is difficult to know when to not do a competition because you know deep down it will affect the much needed focus on building the foundation of my career.

Edith Waggoner

14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...

Before my last show, this having been the first time I’d ever done physique, I had to cut back on the amount of food I was eating. I am one of the lucky ones that never had to cut back on portion size, at least not while doing figure. This time, I was way too soft and had way too little time to make it right.  I busted my butt burning double time to make sure I looked the way I wanted to on the stage.

15) What do you think of bikini division?

I actually like the bikini division because it gives girls a starting point and as they keep training, they may decide to do figure.  
16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?

On a Saturday night right after competing, I want pancakes again! I just can’t get enough of those yummy treats, plus, IHOP is always open in any town.

17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up?

Being the youngest, I always got the leftovers or hand me downs if any. I almost looked like the runt of the litter because my sisters were much bigger than I. Now, I don’t like to be hungry but I don’t mind eating for fuel every once in a while if there’s a trophy at the end of the road.

18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?

There are absolutely no athletics in my background.  I was a studious book worm with no muscle to speak of.

Edith Waggoner

19) What is a typical day in the life of Edith Waggoner? From waking up to until going to bed?

Typically I wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, drink a shake, go home, hit the gym, eat, eat, go to work, drink a shake, and go to bed…every day

20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do you specifically do in your job?

Currently I am a waitress. I serve drinks with muscle and a smile.


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