Issue #74


by Juan Carlos Lope

2011 Arnold Expo Candids

20 Questions with Cover Model Erin Garrett

Video Interview with Cover Model Erin Garrett

Video Interview with Amateur Bodybuilder Robin Hillis

Interview with Pro Bodybuilder Claire O'Connell
by Ian Ascher

Erin Garrett, Erin Frame, Jayme Galloway, Jennifer Dietrick & Shiela Beavers

Video Interview with Amateur Bikini Amber Milenkoff


20 Questions with Cover Model Erin Marie Garrett

Erin Garrett

1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Erin Marie Garrett?

Bio: Erin Marie Garrett is one of the southwest’s most recognized and successful models and has appeared in many ads and commercials locally and nationally including New Balance, Planet Muscle, Ironman Fitness, American Racing, Men’s Fitness.com, Muscle Milk, Miller Lite, FOX & Friends, Geraldo at Large and MTV2.
Erin recently signed with MHP (Maximum Human Performance) as a sponsored athlete / spokes model.  She will be traveling nationally as a spokes model and in publication for company.
She currently appears as an on camera live sports broadcaster for Time Warner Cable Sports Texas,  for The Allen American's CHL Hockey, Texas Cheerleader Magazine; and the sideline reporter for the new Arena Football League's Dallas Vigilantes. She also had numerous radio appearances during her two year reign as Miss Arena cross, promoting Clear Channel’s motocross tour.
She recently wrapped “Cameraman”, a suspense thriller currently in post production.  She also recently finished filming the NBC television series “Chase” as a stunt girl and standing.  She is currently involved in production of two films.
As a professional football player for the Lingerie Football League’s Dallas Desire, she took the field as a defensive end, running back and tight end. She was a league icon gracing the cover of the LFL’s 2010 calendar and won the league’s first ever Mortaza Award for passion, determination and excellence on and off the field; and was also a member of the All-Fantasy team for the all-star game at the historic Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico.
Erin holds several pageant titles for swim wear and fitness including Hawaiian Tropic, Darque Tan and Planet Beach.
Her fitness background consists of two Europa NPC titles; Miss Florida Fitness (tall class) 1999, and Miss Fitness Southern USA of the same year.
In addition, she is a trained vocalist, choreographer, and actor with over 10 years of experience in the performing arts. She has performed at notable venues such as The House of Blues, Texas Stadium; and has performed nationally at several other prestigious events for crowds up to 32,000 people.

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

Erin comes from a military background. She has lived all over and had to learn to make new friends quickly because of this. However, it has taught her how to adapt to her surroundings and gained a wealth of knowledge. 

3) How did you start modeling?

Erin's first pop into the modeling world began for her in high school, when she visited a swimsuit shop and the owner asked if she would like to model for their catalog.  

4) What does it take be a great model like yourself?
Being a model is work. It means early mornings, travel, being able to take direction, constantly staying camera ready, and so much more. But if you take your job seriously great things can happen. There is always a lot of pressure to stay on top and you are competing for this every day. 

Erin Garrett

5)  How do you prepare yourself for a photo-shoot
Working out, eating clean, taking her MHP supplements, drinking water, and visiting her hairstylist, Ali Hasan and airbrush artist, Sarah Sepulveda get her ready to shoot. 

6) What has been the most different shoot you have ever done?

Since Erin works in tv and film, she is constantly shooting for something. Every shoot is unique and becoming a chameleon is a talent she is proud to use. 

7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do?

As a stunt girl and traveling for work, getting to the gym isn't always an option. So she utilizes her surroundings to train. She also has a gymnastics background and enjoys tumbling for a few hours. During football, her workouts consisted of 3 hour practices, 4-5 times per week. When she can get to a gym, she spends 45-1 hour doing cardio and uses 8-10lb weights at 20-25 reps per exercise for strength training. She alternates upper and lower body workouts and does isometric exercises, stretching, and ab routines.  Her favorite ab workout is knee-ups and hanging crunches. She has also used several of Jeff Hammond's Make Em Sweat routines.    

8) Do you change your diet before a shoot? If yes, what changes do you make?

Erin constantly has to be ready to shoot, so she maintains a clean diet year round. Fish, chicken, soy, fruits, veggies, coffee, green tea, MHP supplements and lots of water are her staples. 

9) I notice that in the bodybuilding and fitness shows there are many great looking women that compete and are in amazing shape but they are terrible models and have zero modeling experience. It seems that women that start competing want to have a dream of winning big shows and being on certain magazines, working with supplement companies only in the fitness industry.  They really forget that the real world not only is more lucrative but also gives you much more exposure. You have done a lot of modeling and acting and have an income from this, what would you tell these women in order to make them understand that what they are doing is not going to get them anywhere?

It's different for everyone. If a career in entertainment is your goal, then like anything else, you have to do some research in order to become a professional. You wouldn't go to a hospital and hand some sitting next to you a pain reliever, then go out and consider yourself a doctor. Training is key to success in any business. 

Erin Garrett

10) What motivates you to model? Are there any other model you looked up to?

There are many goals Erin has in place. She is constantly striving to be better. 
Victoria Pratt, Vanessa Williams, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Rebecca Romijn, Haley Berry, and more are inspirations.  

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

It's always fun when the designer and or photographer have fun. It makes shooting seem carefree and it shows in the photos! 

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

She would like to see better care taken of competitors bodies in the "off-season". Many train so hard for those few moments on stage, and yet their bodies can sometimes be damaged because of it later. There needs to be a healthier balance.   

13) What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or modeling career?

There is a lot of criticism in the industry. One day you are too sexy and the next, not sexy enough. People will always judge based on appearance. It's important to believe in yourself and have solid support from home. 

14) I see a lot of women don't have a good support system around their modeling life, husbands/boyfriends that are very jealous and protective and they never get anywhere with that. What is your support system like? And have you ever been in a situation where a loved one has tried with no logical reason to stop you from modeling?

Erin pursued her career on her own at first, because her family didn't think it was good for her. They were very old fashioned minded and though, she had been performing from a young age, they pushed her away from it. However, over time and successes, they have come around and are behind her all the way now.   

Erin Garrett

15) What do you think of bikini division some federations have begun?

It's a great new outlet for competitors who prefer the look. 

16) What are your favorite foods to eat right when you are not shooting?

Sushi, and chips & guacamole are two of her favorites. 

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

Being a military brat gave her a different outlook on life. She is very driven and has a never stop attitude. 

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

Erin competed in many sports growing up including basketball, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance, and of course playing in the Lingerie Football League. 

19) What is a typical day in the life of Erin Marie Garrett? From waking up to until going to bed?
Each day is very different from the next. Because she works full-time as a model/actor/athlete she has to prepare for each one and always be ready for what the day holds. 

Erin Garrett

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

Erin Marie Garrett is a professional model/actor/athlete/stunt girl/television host. Her job changes from day to day depending on the gig. She can be versatile in her talents and feels very blessed to be working in the industry doing what she loves.

You can find more on Erin on her site at www.erinmariegarrett.com



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