20 questions with Cover Model: Shaushi Zike
1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Shaushi Zike?
My name is Shaushi Zike and I am from Seattle, WA. I always get asked questions about my name and where it came from and its ethnicity, but I really have no idea. The only thing I know about my name is that my parents went to school with someone named Shaushi and they loved it! I'm still working on crazy story to tell.
3) How did you start competing in figure (NPC)?
4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?
I believe that if girls are going to be competing in figure they should have awesome conditioning, as well as muscularity that is balanced with their symmetry. I think that conditioning is very important. As far as muscularity, I don't think that girls should be too muscular or vascular. It seems like each year the judges are looking for bigger girls, and I just don't understand where they are going to draw the line. I think a figure girl should be more muscular than the average girl and I think they should have soft cuts, especially in the lower half. As far as girl being hard or soft all over, I think girls should look hard and tight, but not so shredded to the point where they look like a female bodybuilder. It's really hard to say and where to draw the line, but I believe extreme muscle is for bodybuilding.
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?
I think judges look for shape, posing, and muscularity in a figure competitor. I think they should look for the overall package though, which would also include suits, beauty, presentation, confidence, your smile, and condition. Sometimes I don't feel that judges have enough time to look at each competitor to judge and compare them on an overall package basis. I also do not believe that the judges are clear on exactly what they are looking for or how they want you to appear on stage. One year they say one thing and the next year they say something else. I don't even know if there is a guideline. Maybe there is, but I'm just to new to have heard yet!
For my next shows, I definitely need to get leaner and add size to my upper body. I have a pretty small frame, but good shape. I just need to get my upper body bigger so that it is balanced with my lower body. So I plan on working on my arms, shoulders, and lats which are my weaknesses. I also need to come in harder and tighter too!
A typical training routine for me is cardio first thing in the morning, training mid day, and then cardio again at night. I typically work out one body part per day and usually do 4-5 different exercises with 3-4 sets and 10-15 reps. And of course I do abs every other day. In the off season I will do cardio only once a day, but when I'm getting ready for a show I will do cardio anywhere from 1.5 - 2 hours a day, depending on how I look.
8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)
My pre-contest diet can vary show to show. It depends on how I look and what Mike Davies tells me to eat. I can tell you that it is very clean! I don't get any sugar for my carb up. Generally a week before the show my diet will consist of fish, yams, oatmeal, chicken, tuna and veggies.
As far as water goes, again, it depends on how I look and what Mike decides. I don't think he believes in complete water depletion, so I am still drinking water up till pre-judging.
10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you look up to?
11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?
I think the one of the interesting things that has happened to me at a show recently, was the fact that I got to meet many competitors in person, that I have been communicating with through a website called myspace. Myspace is a website where you make a personal profile about yourself and then you can meet people who have something in common with you. I have made so many friends who are competitors, that its amazing! It was really cool to meet some of these girls at the Emerald Cup who have traveled from all over.
12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?
My personal opinion about the figure, fitness, and bodybuilding industry we are in is that its definitely growing! Figure is becoming much, much bigger and more competitive. However, I think bodybuilding will always be the most popular. People love to see the freaks, as well as myself! I think the whole industry is really growing though as far as people who are getting involved. I do believe that the industry is very political though. From what I've heard, if you don't know the right people, no matter what youlook like, you may not be going anywhere! I think that's really unfortunate too, and this is something I would change if I could. I would also like to see figure competitors looking like figure girls, not a smaller version of the female bodybuilder. But other than that, I think I'm still too new, to say exactly what needs to be changed.
13) From the shows you have competed so far during your career which one was the best (or most fun) for you and why?
I have done four shows now and I think my favorite show was of course the one I took overall at. I placed fourth out of eight in my first show called the WA state Ironman. Then I placed 6th of of 22 last year at the Emerald Cup. Then I took overall at the WA State Health Expo. And then I placed 6th again out of 20 at the Emerald Cup this year. So, my overall win was definitely my best show. I came in tight, lean and in top condition. I felt I looked my best at this show too. I have had fun at all of my shows so far. I've been lucky so far and haven't had any bad situations come up yet, so I have to keep my fingers crossed.
14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for this show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...
15) You had the prettiest suits on stage, please tell us about them and how you are involved with suit design. (explain here on how you made your suit yourself and the time it took you, etc...)
16) What was your overall experience at the 2006 Emerald Cup? What did you think of its organization? Tells us the good, the bad and the ugly about this show? How was it different from the 2005 edition?
My overall experience with the Emerald Cup this year was really good. Like I had mentioned before, I got to meet a lot of girls in person that I have met through the web and I also got to talk with girls whom I've competed with in the past. Its exciting to see how everyone changes in a year. There was also some good changes with how well the Emerald Cup was organized this year. I feel it was more organized this year than last. The agenda for pre-judging and that entire day followed just as they had anticipated. Last year, classes were getting moved around and it seemed really confusing, but then again, it was my first big show. However, out of the three different shows I have done, the Emerald Cup is so far the best organized. I also feel that any girl can come to this show and feel like they are at home. The promoters make sure that everyone is comfortable and taken care of.
17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up?
I was raised in eastern WA in a town called Yakima, that really didn't have much. I was very well raised and was fortunate to have parents who did such a good job at raising me. I was raised to be very polite, thankful, non-judgmental, and to have respect. I did well in school and very rarely got in to any trouble. Yakima is a small agricultural town, and I knew as soon as I got old enough, I was going to move to the big city. By the time I was 21, all of my friends were married and had begun to start families. I knew that was not for me. So once I moved to Seattle, I started to take better care of my health and worked out regularly, and here I am!
18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?
I have a little bit of an athletic background. In middle school I played soccer, basketball, and softball. Once I got to high school I only played fast pitch. I wasn't tall enough for basketball and not aggressive enough for soccer. I loved playing fast pitch, but I stop playing my junior year because I started working. However, my favorite class in high school was weights. We actually had an elective that you could take, just for weight lifting. Lets just say I was one of the 5-6 girls that were in this class!
19) What is a typical day in the life of Shaushi Zike? From waking up to until going to bed?
A typical day in my life is pretty busy. First thing in the morning I do cardio. Then I come home and prepare all of my meals for that day, which includes weighing and measuring food. Then I commute to work for an hour and work 9-10 hours a day. But some how, I manage to squeeze in an hour of lifting on my lunch. Working a gym makes it easy though! Then, when I get off work, I do cardio again for another 45-60 minutes. Then I commute back home, play with my dogs, and go to bed. On my days off I help Merry when I can, otherwise I work on my house I just bought. Sounds really boring, but I make the best of it. Its a lifestyle right?
20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do specifically do in your job?
My current occupation is a fitness counselor at a gym called Allstar Fitness. I basically sale gym memberships and training. I love my job and I feel very passionate about what I do, so it makes it very easy to sale people memberships. Its my job to get people excited about health and fitness and to motivate them to work out. Everybody needs a gym and needs to work out regardless of their weight.