My "FIGURE" by Waleska Granger
Diet and nutrition, weightlifting and cardio, and a
strong mindset is
all it takes. Obtaining my Pro card June 2004 in Chicago at Jr. Nationals
was one of my many goals. I started as an NPC competitor at the tender
age of 21.
I tried bodybuilding my first two years and although
rewarding, not exactly the route I wanted to take. Next, I tried fitness...mind
you there was no FIGURE back then. However, having no gymnastics background
whatsoever that did not last very long. Alas...FIGURE. I started competing
in Figure the first year it came out and climbed up the ranks,which
got me to Chicago.
After Chicago I thought I was ready for "Pro"
level shows. I entered
my first pro show in March 2005 and realized that I still had a lot
improving to do. I went to San Francisco expecting to place very high
and was quickly awakened. I had no idea at what level I was actually
competing at. I decided to take the rest of the year off preparing for
the final show of the year, the Sacramento Pro Figure show. I worked
on gaining some muscle mass on my upper body to match my lower body
and wanted to come in as lean as possible. My trainer (Randy Shelton)
and I lifted heavy until the very end. My cardio was pretty consistent
throughout, anywhere from 45min-1
hour per day. My diet consisted of 2000 calories per day, since I
wanted to put on mass I kept my caloric intake pretty high. I ate only
lean proteins such as: fish, chicken, and turkey. My carbohydrates were
comprised of oatmeal, brown rice, and all vegetables. I had very little
fat intake. A typical day of training and dieting went like this:
Morning: 1 cup oatmeal with a protein shake
Am snack: Protein shake and a protein bar
Lunch: Chicken breast with 1 cup brown rice
Post workout snack: Mass building protein shake
Dinner: More chicken with lots of veggies and a yam
Tuesday: Back and arms
Friday: Shoulders and chest
I felt strong and felt I had improved since my 1st Pro
show. I proved myself correct and jumped ten spaces from my last show.
I can only try to move forward both physically and mentally and hope
to continue to improve. I am looking forward to a successful 2006!
About the Author...
Waleska Valle-Granger just competed at the Sacramento
Figure Pro show placing 12th out of 22 competitors. She has made
great changes since the San Francisco Pro Show and hopefully next
year we'll see her competing more and more.