Issue #116


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Sheila Teague

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Amber Bechtel

Sheila Teague, Tiffany Whitmore, Tonia Moore, Britt Lynn & Stephanie Sadaka

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Carly Gregson

Product of the Month
by Heather Hirmer

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Estefania Sackett


20 Questions with Cover Model Sheila Teague

Sheila Teague

1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Sheila Teague?

My Name is Sheila Teague. I am a NPC bikini competitor and have competed in in 4 shows, and have been nationally qualified for the last 3. I am a courageous woman with many talents. I live in Pollock Pines Ca. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters that are 7 and 4yrs old. I am a lucky married women of going on 8 amazing years. Nothing can ever be greater to me in this world than my family. My girls make me laugh and smile everyday, they truly are my world. My husband spoils me and treats me like a princess. He is my number one and the best supporter i could ever ask for in everything i do. I work three jobs, take one child to and from school and am blessed to have the younger one with me all day while i hope job to job. I work 10 to 14 hour days and at times it can get exhausting. I work at a gym in the mornings and nights, i have my own cleaning business i do one he side as well as help cater weddings. I also am starting another business to do professional makeup for special occasions, such as weddings, pictures, NPC competition. I love to play softball. Just can't seem to get enough of it. I am very athletic and competitive at all sports. Life is amazing... and it is what you make it to be.

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

My husband is the one that makes and keeps me strong. At any point if i feel weak he is always there to encourage me and pump me back up. He has made me a much stronger women. He taught me how to stand up for myself, and to not sweat the small things because at the end of the day i am loved by my family and friends and the small things don't matter. My two girls have the biggest hearts. They are extremely smart and have tons of energy. They spend their spare time in gymnastics and love swimming. Little frogs they are! Family is very important to me. I have my mother and father that support me in every choice i make. I am blessed with an amazing step mom that reassures me that i can do anything i set my mind to. A mother and father in law that stand by my side. My two closest amazing sisters give me strength and remind me that life is great. I love all my girlfriends from the gym to the softball fields. They are crazy, fun very talented women. never a dull moment! My NPC team known as the IRON_DOLLZ compete together encourage one another and all are guided by the best trainer ever! My coach my best friend Stacy Alway. They are all the best supporters i could ever ask for. 

3) How did you start competing in bikini?

Being competitive is something that i have always been. Going threw life i never really had the courage to try new things. I remember the day i came up to coach and told her i wanted to compete in body building, if she would guide me and teach me to become an NPC bikini girl. All i knew about the bikini girls was that they looked amazing and were all gorgeous! What girl wouldn't want that? hahahaaaa! I was looking at a Max Muscle magazine, this is where i first saw NPC. On the cover was a bikini girl and her husband that was in physic class. i remember thinking wow a couple that look so fit, amazing! It sparked my interest. After reading the article on them and their family, i was blown away! Couldn't believe that a mother of four, and one child with autism, with a full time working job and running kids to and from sports had the time to go to the gym, train, prep food and compete while guiding their family had the time and energy to fit all this in. I knew at that point that there were no excuses for me not to be able to reach my goals. After that it was game on! I had no clue how hard, strict and long training was. its not easy. i push myself to the extreme everyday. If you want it, it can be yours. I don't give up.

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

For me, i always have new goals in mind. I'm always working on something, and i know that it will not change without the effort behind it. I'm a lot harder on myself than my coach is. I also know that you have what you have, you can modify you body but cannot change it in for another. I have learned to embrace what i have and just keep working hard for what i want. I honestly prefer coming into a show harder. Not meaning huge, but on the more muscular side of bikini. I worked my butt off and I'm going to show everyone that i did. While in training mode for a show that I'm going to compete in i train 7 days a week no chest, but add in another leg day in its place. I'm extremely gifted by genetics that i don't have to do hardly ant cardio at all. i have to focus more on building rather than loosing body fat. My first show i walked on stage at 115 lbs and i was very small. last show i competed in i walked on stage at 130 lbs. same body fat as before so i had put on 15 lbs of muscle. 

5)  What is your idea of what judges want in a bikini 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.

To be honest, i feel its clear what you should look like. I also feel that its getting confusing to some because there have been competitors that have placed high in their class that in very many opinions should not have even placed. I don't care what people say, it seems to be very political at times. It makes competing harder because there are so many competitors that train so hard to just be let down at times. 

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

There is always something to work on, for me its my stomach, hard to get it tight. 

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 don't do hardly any cardio, ill get to small. I do back, shoulders, bis and tris all 4 sets of 15. then there's legs:/ I do legs every three days all are 7 sets of 20! yep that's right.

Sheila Teague

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

My diet doesn't change much, at the end just a little less protein, because I'm no longer building that week and don't need it. I have Carbs, and veggies with some chicken.

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.

I load up on water about 2 gallons a day the week before show to flush out any sodium left in my body for 2 days then gradually minimize it till the day before only getting about 18 ounces all day, then nothing on show day.

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

I love it! A lot of my friends compete with me and my coach is amazing. I think I'm addicted. You get to be in shape and have fun and compete. can't get any better. I look up to so many amazing women that compete in the NPC, they are all encouraging!!!

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

Well there's always interesting things that happen at each and every show, however the last show i competed in was the Golden State in sacramento on Aug 2. I was so lucky to meet in person my favorite head judge Shawn O'Connell. Not only did i get to say hi, but i was blessed to chat with him for about 30 min back stage as he was not the judge for this show. it was great to see how he thinks and feels about the NPC. Got a great picture with him too! And happily added him to my instagram. Also i was able to get a picture with Jay Cutler in my competition suit. So exiting. I have met Jay a few times at my local Max Muscle store when he comes to visit and take pics, but getting a picture in my suit with him was great.

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

I know that its growing, and its only going to get bigger. I'm still learning so much about the bodybuilding world that i wouldn't really know where to start...

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

For me at times its guilt. So much time while in training mode for show is missed from family. I wish there was a way to not have to give that time away from them up.

Sheila Teague

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

I have my body pretty much dialed for dieting for show. I just stick to the same diet plans and it works very well for me.

15) What do you think of bikini division?

I love it, its very competitive and popular.

16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?

Usually its Pizza, crispy cream donuts, doritos nacho cheese and magnum ice-cream bars.

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

I was raised around the out doors going to rivers and lakes and grew up at the softball fields. It was simple and i remember it being fun growing up with my sisters. All the times we picked on one another, blackmailed each other, all the bribes... looking back its pretty funny. The black eyes and little tricks we played on one another.

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

Grew up around softball and still play the sport twice a week. I play softball tournaments to raise money for children around our area that are diagnosed with cancer, any disease and in need of a transplant. We get to meet these kids and their family and help out as much as we can. Its a huge turnout every year and we are able to raise thousands of dollars to help out these kids in need of treatments or a new heart, whatever it may be. Its sad to see but these kids are always so positive. I'm grateful to be part of the every year. Its called Swing for children.

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

My everyday after i get up are packed. I get up at 5 am and do my morning cardio, then cook my meals for the day, pack lunches for the kids. Then ill get ready, get the kids up get them ready. Leave the house at 7:30 to take my older girl to school then head to work and bring the younger one with me from 8-1. From 1-3 ill go to another job and clean a clines house, then leave work to get my oldest from school at 3:15. Go to the gym and start training from 4-6. Then start the next job and work 6-9pm. Finally get to go home unload kids and car feed them put in bed. my turn to shower, unwind and clean meal containers from the day and get ready for the next. Its about 11pm before i get to bed at most nights. I do not have any time to fit anything in my schedule, and if i fall behind my whole day is pushed back. Its always go go go, maybe this is why i don't need much cardio. 

Sheila Teague

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

I am all over the board. I work at Power house gym. I work in childcare and have been there for 7 years now. I have seen the same kids from 6 months old grow to being 7 now. Its fun and for a full time mommy that works so much, at times its a little wearing. But they are all great amazing kids i get my regulars everyday, and i get to be with my littlest all day so I'm not away from her. Biggest plus about my job there. Next job is cleaning houses, i am so blessed with great clients that i get to bring my little one with me and they leave her her own special treats. I'm so lucky. I have cleaned houses for about 10 years and at one point worked for marry maids, then decided to start my own cleaning business and make more and set my own hours. For my schedule it works out great. I am starting to build up my clientele for my business doing professional makeup and its going strong. I hope i can keep up with it. I enjoy doing others makeup for their special day and treating them like a princess. I love seeing their face when I'm done and its amazing how good it makes you feel to make someone else's day! 


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