Issue #94


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Idianette Ortiz

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Wendy London

Idianette Ortiz, Amanda Hatfield, Ana Sanchez, Ashley Kaltwasser & Ashley Sebera

Video Interview with Figure Pro Linda Andrew

Product of the Month
by Heather Hirmer

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Jaime Shires


20 Questions with Cover Model Idianette Ortiz

Idianette Ortiz
1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Idianette Ortiz?

Idianette Ortiz is very disciplined and very full of energy to meet her goals.

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

I have an enjoyable family. We are very close and I always have there support in every decision I make. I have lots of good friends that like to enjoy themselves in a very healthy environment.

3) How did you start competing in figure?

In 2010, I took it as a game when my personal trainer approached me and ask me to participate in Unique Classic 20010 in PR and I accepted, which I obtained a championship.

4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?

My personal political of a figure is to have a balance in your condition and also in the body symmetry. You can not look to smooth like in a bikini, but either to rough like a physical woman.

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 all depends what competition and where the competition will take place. Because lately the judges require different entries. In the United States they require a stronger tone in men and also on there back, but smoother legs. In Europe based on the videos I heaved watched through the internet the criteria to evaluate are stronger they require to be more toned and stronger based on the muscles.

6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything!

For my next competition I would work more on my shoulders and tone more.

Idianette Ortiz

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?

I go to the gym from Monday through Friday once every day and do four sets of fifteen repetitions of each exercise that I do daily. Also before a competition I do sixty minutes of cardio twice a day.

8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)

The week before like three days I would go low on carbohydrates (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), I would have one cup of broccoli with five ounces of chicken breast or fish. On the fourth day I will increase the carbohydrates (Thursday and Friday), I will have three ounces of potatoes or sweet potatoes with two ounces of chicken breast every three hours for six times a day.

9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.

The day before the competition I consume half a gallon of water until 6:00 pm. Then I do not drink water at all until I finish competing.

10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to?

What motivates me is the challenge I have towards myself. This is a sport that contains lots of sacrifice and power will. My favorite person and which I admire is Erin Stern.

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

My recent experience and the most important in my life was when I had the opportunity to participate in the Central American Caribbean, it was super exciting for me being the only athlete of thirty puerto ricans that were competing with different countries and with other small islands in the Caribbean that blew the anthem of my county. Just to see how the people of my county jumped and shouted with pride when they saw the Puerto ricans flag and heard our national anthem all night. Also to hear that I was the champion of P. R. And I am super satisfy and appreciate especially I thank God for letting me live this marvelous experience.

Idianette Ortiz

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

My opinion is that they should give more opportunities for new talents to come out in magazines and in promotions. They just give it to the same people every year.

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

The most difficult challenge I've had to overcome is the people around me that have no idea of the sacrifice of this sport.

14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...

If we change the form of how we eat carbohydrates, this last time we did it with potatoes and sweet potatoes only, every two hours, three ounces each.

15) What do you think of bikini division?

I think that the division of bikini it's just a show to entertain not a show of bodybuilders.

16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?

After my competition I will eat candy, cookies and chocolates.

Idianette Ortiz

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

I was raised in a very united family. We are so close to one another that my family enjoys to attend all of my competitions.

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

I use to play volleyball in high school.

19) What is a typical day in the life of Idianette Ortiz? From waking up to until going to bed?

A typical day for me is to work from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

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

I work as a pharmacy technician from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, then as a personal trainer until 8:00 pm and when I get home I enjoy every minute with my little princess that is five years old.

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