A:Yes, Natal Brazil.
Q:How did you begin your career in the fitness industry?
A:I love fitness and bodybuilding ever since I can remember. I was athletic in school and always wanted to continue in sport somehow. I was blessed to meet my friend, coach and mentor Herman Steele when I was 26 years old. It was a time in my life when I needed to make changes, working on believing in me. Bodybuilding did just that.
Q:What's the most common questions you get asked as a fitness athlete?
A:Wow... how can I get to look like you??
Q:Describe your journey from amateur to IFBB pro?
A:My journey started back in Texas where I competed in bodybuilding. I won the NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic (1999) 1st and overall, the NPC Iron Games (2000), the NPC Ironmaiden (2000) and the Women’s Extavaganza (2001). Brazil rewarded me with my Pro Card and I was invited to compete in the IFBB Ms.International at the Arnold Classic, where I placed 3rd. I retired from bodybuilding after that because I didn't want to get any bigger and I had a love for fashion, as you know. I was away for 8 years from bodybuilding, so it gave me time to get married to a wonderful, supportive man and have three super awesome children, Kristina, Teddy and Gabby. They are the LOVES of my life. In 2012, I returned to compete in the first ever IFBB Pro Women's Physique in Arizona. I was the winner of that show, which made it a very special day. I then won the IFBB Valenti Gold Cup September 7th of 2012. I am looking forward to 2013 because I will be competing in my first New York Pro for a qualification for the Olympia!
Q:What changes do you make from your off season diet to pre-contest diet?
A:I really keep my eating under control for the most part because I like to hold my conditioning for photo shoots and such. I love eating clean but I know in order for me to make an impact I can't just eat clean all the time, so I do both. My calories stay at 2,000 or a little over, and I eat mostly what I want.
Q:Describe your week long, pre-contest workout routine..
A:My workout routine changes a lot but here is something I do often because I believe in staying feminine. It is the most important thing for me, and this type of workout gives me that three dimensional look. For example, leg training week would be as follows:
I will do 3 primary workouts. Mon/Weds/Fri are my primary training days.
Tues, Thurs and Sat (secondary training).
Monday, bar work, 3 exercises 15 total sets for 8-10 reps.
Tuesday, dumbbell work, 2 exercises 10 total sets for 15-20 reps.
Wednesday, machines but time sets, (the exercise are done only by time, not reps … for example 3 min up to 15 min sets)
Thurdays, field work sprints, bleachers, etc...
Friday, bar work again, sets are now higher... 15 or more reps
Saturday is a passive training day, a combination of everything.
Q:What are you doing when you're not competing?
A:When I am not competing I enjoy going out with my family and friends, without the pressure of dieting. I love to shop, hit the beach, Disney with my children...
Q:Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years?
A:In five years I hope to have won a Ms. Olympia title, still work in the fitness industry and continue to grow as a strong woman, wife, mother and friend.
Q:Can you give us your Twitter ,Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and website handles?
Thank you so much for having me on your site... it was a great pleasure for me.
My Website: http://www.karinabrazilpro.com/
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC