A:A little bitty town in Tennessee! Lived in the same house for the first 18 years of my life then moved close to Nashville to go to college to earn my degree in marketing.
Q:And I love marketing lol! When did you discover the gym?
A:I discovered the gym very early in life. Mainly through playing basketball, I would play pick up games for hours a day at the local rec center when I was in middle school. I also played basketball year round on the school team and AAU summer leagues. Then when I got to high school, our basketball coach hired a personal trainer for us and I started lifting weights. I loved training legs and built some muscular legs pretty quickly!
Q:Nice. Are you ready to compete in the IFBB?
A:Well I don't even know if I'm ready yet, but we will see! Haha! I competed at the national level for 3 years and just turned pro this year at Jr USAs. I will definitely make my pro debut this year, but I'm deciding on shows now. :)
Q:Describe being on stage...
A:Ahhhhh being on stage... LOVE IT! I was so shy when I was a little girl but obviously I grew out of that lol. I've been on stage so many times that I rarely get nervous anymore. It's like an adrenaline rush still though. I'm very competitive and Its my time to show how much hard work I have put into my body. I compare it to a basketball game, you practice and practice and practice, then game time comes and it's GO TIME! Another interesting thing about me... I don't start practicing "posing" until maybe 2-3 days before the show. Most girls practice for WEEKS before the show... I like to focus all my time and energy into my training, I don't like practicing to pose. Just get out there and do it!
Q:Do you track macros and micros?
A:Every competitor has to track it to some point, (unless you have a coach that does it for you). I keep up with my protein most importantly because it is sooooo difficult for me to gain and maintain muscle in my upper body. I write out my diet then make adjustments as needed. A goal of mine was to be able to do my own prep so after almost 4 years of competing, I am now able to do my own prep and feel confident with it. I learned a lot from past trainers: the wrong way to do things and right ways to do things and then my way to do things. :)
Q:So what does your pre contest diet look like?
A:High protein, low fat, some carb cycling but not extreme (some high carb, some low carb days). I have a cheat meal when I need it, which is usually once every 1-2 weeks. I try to keep enough food in my diet through the week to the point that I really don't need a cheat meal every single week.
Q:Describe your pre contest workout routine...
A:Weights - right now I do 3 days on, 1 day off. I ALWAYS make sure to train glutes at least 2-3 times a week since that I my lagging body part on stage.This is an example of what I'm doing right now (although I do change up my body part splits every so often). Day 1 - Legs/Glutes (heavy), Day 2 - Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps... Day 3 - Glute focused/high rep day... Day 4 - off (or cardio only)... Day 5 - Legs/Glutes (heavy)... Day 6 - Back, ABs, Calves... Day 7 - Glute focused HIIT... Off, then continue rotation...
Most of the cardio I do is fasted steady state, fat burning cardio. I do HIIT once a week. There is a lot of controversy on steady state cardio, it does NOT work for everyone the same way but it is what works for me. It is very hard for me to maintain muscle so this helps. I also do a lot of cardio the last 4-6 weeks before a show, mainly so that I can keep my calorie intake high and NOT a low 1000 cals a day because that's miserable. I average about 40-45 min per day when I get close to a competition.
Q:Tell us about GEAR Nutra...
A:GEAR is a brand new supplement company that just launched last year! I love that I get to be part if a company that is just getting started! They really work hard to formulate good, quality products to put out on the market. That is why not everything we have to offer is even out yet. The pre- intra- and post-workout powders were the first line launched. Personally, I can't wait for our protein powder to be released because I have seen what is coming!
Q:Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A:In life - my parents and God. My parents are 2 of the strongest and most hard working people I know! I could not ask for a more stable "rock" to have in my life guiding me than them. God gives me the strength and faith that I need to succeed.
In competing - when I saw Jessica Paxson (Mone) on the cover of a fitness mag for the first time when I first decided to start training to compete, I knew I wanted to look like that and have that lean muscle tone!
Q:She is the truth. Can you give us all of your social media handles?
IG: @whitneywiser1Twitter: @whitneywiserFB: Facebook.com/Whitney.wiser
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com