1. Please introduce yourself. What makes you special? Who is Mandy Harbin?
I am a mom of 3 and happily married to my dream guy. I was born and raised in GA and moved to AL 3 years ago after meeting my husband.
Before moving to AL I was just a “skinny” girl. I would go to the gym maybe 2-3 time a week and had no concept of what foods were good or bad. My husband knew about bodybuilding and had a friend over one day who said to me “you ever thought about competing” …. Insert blank stare. I didn’t even know what that meant. So, we all discussed, and I started doing some research, this was March 2018. I decided I would do a local show for fun. I was in the middle of planning my wedding and during prep even went on my honeymoon. It was a very short prep (6 weeks) I went to the show and won my height class in figure and placed 2nd in Bikini. I was no where near ready to compete, body wise. I fell in love with it and did my 2nd show in November 2018. Again, placed well, won my height in figure and placed 3rd in bikini and this was the point I decide to change and focus completely on figure.
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 want to come in super conditioned and lean.
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.
I think the criteria is clearly laid out, but I don’t feel as if the judges always follow that criteria. I say this because I have seen top 2 get pro cards and one can be super soft and the other super lean and conditioned and to me that contradicts the judging. Which were you looking for if they look completely different?
Been working on the feedback from the judges, which was bigger shoulder, wider back and fix back pose. I have developed much more muscle to display thus far.
Back Day - Monday & Thursday
My workouts take 1 hour to 1 hour 25 mins.
Cardio is Hiit 3 x per week and steady state 5 x per week.
During peak week I will do 45-1 cardio a day.
Usually, it doesn’t change much from the weeks prior. Not trying to shock the body the last week. Just maintain. The goal is to always be stage ready a couple weeks before show day.
I will drink 1-1.5 gallons through out prep. Day before show I will still drink when I am thirsty and day of just sips when needed.
So, In NJ last year at the Universe competition. Top 2 get their Pro Card, the 2 that won figure also won Physique before figure went on. So, I thought the rue were if top 2 got their pro cards in a cross over division then the pro card would go to “3rd and 4th” but apparently the rules changed the year prior and I was in 4th place at this show. I felt defeated a little but then bounced back.
12. What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?
I just wish the judges followed the criteria so when us competitors are prepping our bodies, we knew what to bring to the stage. But my motto is just bring a better version than the last time.
Also, it would be nice if there was a little prize money. Shows are so expensive.
Finding someone to keep my kids when I go to these shows.
14. Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...
Really depends on where we are. Love a cheeseburger & fries though.