A:I was born on the UK south coast in a little market town. I live fairly close to there now - having lived in various places across the UK, I now call a sunny town in Bournemouth, UK my home.
Q:Describe the thought process when you first knew you wanted to become an IFBB Pro competitor..
A:I guess when I first decided I wanted to attain the 'Monica Brant' look was back when I was about 20 years old. I remember first seeing her in Muscle and Fitness magazine and thinking "wow" I want to look like this woman! I suppose I didn't realise what an IFBB pro actually was until much later.
It was after about 3-4 years of bodybuilding type training whereby I started to attend competitions and research more into the sport and what I would have to do to compete in the IFBB pro league. It was no mean feat but I guess even back when I did my very first competition my sole intention was to compete at the highest level I possibly could.
I don't do things by halves..... :-)
Q:Becoming an IFBB Pro competitor, easier or harder than you imagined? And why?
A:Becoming an IFBB Pro is very difficult in the UK. The amateur federation here doesn't award a pro card to the women’s bodyfitness (same as NPC figure) nationals winner, so when I won the British title in my 2nd competition I knew that to turn pro I would have to place the Top 3 in Europe, or Top 6 in the World Championships. When I won my pro card at the IFBB World Championships this was the first time a British woman had achieved this in the figure class.
I knew that to achieve my pro card I would have to take my body to a whole new level. The amateur competitors at World Championship level are VERY lean, and the sport is dominated by the Eastern European and Russian competitors. In my mind I didn't really want a lot more muscle but I went with the notion that I would come in as tight as I could and hopefully it would be enough to get me noticed against the muscular Russian girls.
It worked for me and I won my pro card in my 3rd competition at the IFBB world championships in Italy. It was an amazing experience although very tough on my body.
Q:I saw you at the NY Pro May 19th. What did you learn from that show?
A:I learned that I should stick to figure! I guess being from the UK we don't have many pro's, nor do we have pro shows so I can't really see how people look in person, and photos don't always give a clear picture. I thought the class was awarding leaner figure competitors so I thought I might stand a good chance of doing well. However when I was backstage I knew fairly quickly that i'd made a mistake. Although I was lean, I am very tall.. and I was weighing in about 128lbs - so rather tall and thin. The shorter girls looked stocky and muscular and I would need to gain more muscle to fill out my tall frame.
I also realised that Dana Lyn Bailey had lost a lot of muscle, and this didn't seem to stand her in good stead either. I feel much more focused now, realising that figure is the best way forward for me. I don't wish to add muscle, but I would be happier softening up for figure.
Q:What changes,if any, will you be making to your diet or physique in the future?
A:I'm intending on softening up a little in my legs for future competitions. I also intend on building up my glutes a bit more. I noticed in Toronto it was large glutes and wide backs. I could pose my back a little wider but it wouldn't hurt to add a bit more width.
I'll also be dieting for more like 8 weeks rather than 12-13 weeks as per my norm.
Q:What is your favorite body part to train and why?
A:I like training quads! Just enjoy the pump in my legs :-)
Q:What does a typical week long workout routine look like for you?
A:I tend to train weaker body parts at the start of the week - like hamstrings/glutes...
During the week I'll train back and chest separately. I train arms/shoulders rarely. My shoulders are massive, and require very little stimulation.
I then train quads on a Friday or Saturday normally.. and have another weekend day off.
It changes frequently though... for the Toronto/NYC shows I trained my legs very little. They maintained more size with less stimulation.
In terms of cardio I do two short sessions twice daily when competing, normally about 30 minutes each. Off season I do my cardio about 4 times a week - again for about half an hour. I vary my cardio - anything from power walking, climbing, cross training, running.. all sorts! I like to do my cardio outside too :)
Q:What does your diet look like in a typical 24 hour span?
A:During competition I follow a low fat, high protein, moderate carb intake.
I usually stick to oats OR egg whites/bagels or breakfast muffins for breakfast.
Mid morning I have a shake and rice cakes. Lunch time I have two meals split over 2-3 hours (so 2 small lunch meals).. normally white fish or white meat and rice or sweet potato. Protein shake post workout. Then a steak/white meat or white fish and a large salad or veggies for dinner.
If I'm hungry in the evening I'll have some Muscle Mousse or a protein shake and sugar free jelly (my vice ! lol).
Q:What's your favorite cheat meal?
A:A curry........ oh don't get me started because I LOVE Indian food so much!!
Q:Where do you see yourself and your career in 10 years?
A:I would love to be competing at the Olympia level. It sometimes seems so far away but I would love to have the opportunity to compete there. It would be my dream come true.
I guess in the future I would like to continue giving back my knowledge to others coming up in the sport. I also enjoy the work I do on television in the UK, so I might pursue that more.
To be honest I have lots of business ideas, it's just finding time to follow through with all of them.
Q:Do you have any website, Facebook, Twitter or blog links for the people to get in contact with you or just learn more about you?
A:Sure, my website is http://www.louise-rogers.co.uk
On twitter I'm @ Louise_IFBBPro
I don't use FB so much these days because my profile is totally full so it's hard to add anymore!
Thanks Elliot! Appreciate the opportunity.