Rhonda Riley Interview After the SF Pro Show
1) What were your expectations
for the San Francisco Pro show being this the first time they had Pro
Figure? What did you think about your placing?
2) It looks like you could qualify for the Olympia? What are your next shows?
A: Wow... You Know hearing that is something I didn't expect to hear for a few more years. To qualify and compete at the Olympia is definitely my ultimate goal. It would definitely be a dream come true. I did have my competition schedule planned out for the year, but because I finished so well at the San Fran, it changed everything. I was going to do the Cal next, but my husband and I decided to do the Pittsburgh a few weeks earlier. If I happen to qualify there for the O, than I might not do the Cal. We will just have to wait and see…
3) What is your personal policy about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show?
A: Good question. My personal policy is to maintain my femininity. With figure you can come in a bit too lean, which I think make your face too hard and your body flat. Personally I would like to stay on the curvier side versus being ripped. It just looks healthier..
4) For the next shows what do
you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise?
5) Tell us a bit about what you did training/diet/supplementation for this show? What did you change from the NY Pro Show in August of 2004?
A: Well I am super religious when it comes to my contest prep. Kim Oddo with Body by O, is my training and nutritional advisor. Every year as my body changes so does my diet and training. Last year for my contest prep, I had more food and my metabolism raced the whole time. Starting at 12 weeks out this year, my metabolism got off to a slow start, so we took a lot of the carbohydrates out. At 5 weeks out, my body started flying down in weight. As far as training goes, nothing has really changed from last year. I think because I am 23 now, my muscle maturity is starting to show. Patience is a virtue when you start young in this sport. After 4 ½ years of competing, I am finally starting to like the way my muscle is looking. It has only gotten better and better as I get older.
6) What is your personal opinion
about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything
you would like to see changed?
7) What is your opinion about the 20% rule the IFBB issued to some female athletes? Why do you think they did it? Do you think competitors will follow it? Or it will get lost around somewhere?
A: I think the 20% rule is great. Obviously they want us women to maintain our femininity. I feel if they didn't enforce this rule, women would keep getting bigger and leaner. They need to have a limit. Right? Also, I would like to think that they made this rule because they care about our health. This rule is definitely something that is going to come and go, for us women, just like it has in the past.
8) Many people don't realize it
but you are very young and already a Pro, how old are you? What is your
key to success?
9) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?
A: Believe it or not, I had to beg to play sports as a child. My parents weren't use to females playing sports. When I was a child, I was a natural on a pair of roller skates. After a year of begging, I was put into figure roller skating. I kept it up for a couple of years until high school when I found soccer. I loved being an athlete in high school and playing soccer year around. I loved it so much that I took weights in P.E. as an elective and I was also a teacher’s aide for P.E. just so I could lift in the weight room. That's really where my leg development came from. Believe it or not I was voted best legs in my senior class..
10) What is a typical day in the life of Rhonda Riley? From waking up to until going to bed?
A: Wow…Where should I start? I am a student right now so, it really depends if I have college that day. My stomach usually wakes me up around 7:00 a.m.. I prepare my meals before I leave the house. In no particular order, I go to college, do homework, sprinting, tan, nap, or go to the gym to lift or do cardio... Some where in between all of these I find the time to eat chat with my friends, answer emails, and spend quality time with my husband… I like to stay busy.
11) What is your current occupation? Do you have a fitness related business? If so please tell us more about it.
A: Currently I am a student… Thanks to my wonderful husband for letting me go back to school and still compete, while he works. As far as a fitness related business, I do pre contest preparation consultations for amateur athletes. I cover everything from tanning, makeup, hair, suits and stage presence with posing.