1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Courtney Bynog?
2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings?
I am a single mother of two children (15yr son and 11yr daughter) and own/manage a breeding Quarter Horse Farm (Q.H. racing in Louisiana).
3) How did you start competing in figure?
I got introduced in the figure competing by Kim Oddo (my nutritionist). I met him in ’08 at a Monica Brant FEM camp. I went to the camp only to learn about health and nutrition, but was asked if I competed. That question got me thinking. So I wanted to try it to say I did it. But considering I did well at my first show (3rd place at the SAC in California); I wanted to try another show. Well, that went even better; I got 1st in my class and won overall at my second show, the Emerald Cup in Seattle in ’09. After that I just kept on following my trainers lead. I then competed in the ’09 Cal state show and placed 1st in Masters and 2nd in open class; Not having a big break, Kim wanted me to attempt USA in Vegas, which I did, but didn’t place very well. I was worn out on the dieting! But now that I have taken a big break, I am training to compete at the Greater Gulf show in New Orleans, La and hopefully I will do well so I can then compete at Team Universe in NY/NJ in July!
4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?
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.
It’s hard to tell what the judges want to see. Every show I’ve been to, the judges are different; some want to see more muscle when others want a softer look….very confusing!
6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything!
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?
8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)
A week before my show, my diet is pretty strict, as most are! But I start out with 1/3 cup oatmeal and 4 egg whites, second meal 4oz chicken breast, lunch 4oz chicken, asparagus, afternoon snack 4oz chicken, dinner 4oz white fish, sm salad, 10 almonds……no salt and little water.
10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to?
Several things motivate me to work out and make me want to compete. But I would have to say that Monica Brant has been number one motivation and I have respected her for her accomplished goals.
11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?
12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?
13) What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competing career?
14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...
15) What do you think of bikini division?
16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?
17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up?
I was raised a southern style; respect, hard working and down to earth!
18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?
Growing up, I have always been an outside person, loving animals and riding horses. In school, I was a cheerleader and gymnast, played softball, was on the power lifting team.
19) What is a typical day in the life of Courtney Bynog? From waking up to until going to bed?
20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do you specifically do in your job?