A:I came to the U.S. from Japan in October of 1994.
Q:How does Japan view bodybuilding?
A:Japan bodybuilding and fitness or the fitness industry period is not popular as it is here. I think it’s because our country doesn't have as many health problems like obesity and heart disease as compared to the U.S. But when I went back in August of this year for my Chie Terui Muscle Nadeshiko Tour, (Japanese people call me “Muscle Nadeshiko”, which is my nickname in Japan and it means Muscle Beauty), there were more people getting into fitness. The Japanese bodybuilding and fitness federation is helping the public to become more interested about health and fitness. I know there are more bodybuilding and fitness fans now, which is such a great thing for Japan!
Q:How do you diet pre contest?
A:Ok, my diet... I'm eating clean pretty much all year around! For example I eat clean all week but when I'm tired of clean foods, I eat something that I really like, (bedsides chicken breast or fish, lol). I control my fat and carb intake. I change protein sources sometimes. But what I'm doing I never forget because I write it in my diet and workout journal!
Q:Describe being on stage…
A:I love being on stage. My mother use to tell me, when I was young, that I always liked to be in plays or signing.. In high school I was in the girl’s rock band, and I played the electric guitar. After that, I was a hip hop dancer, opening up fashion shows and parties. So I always liked to be in the spot light! When I discovered Figure in 2002, it was perfect for me. I've been competing since 2003 and now my goal is to become an IFBB Japanese Figure pro and represent my country of Japan.
Q:Why did you become a personal trainer?
A:I was teaching swimming and aerobics as a fitness instructor in Japan before I came to the U.S. After I got married in Japan and came to the U.S., I gained weight and became unhealthy from having three children and eating American foods. I became depressed and hated myself at that time. But one day, I got so tired of being tired. I decide to take action. I lost 50 pounds with exercise and eating good nutritional foods. I decided to go back to what I loved to do, which was to use my experience and what I went through to help as many people as possible. That's how I got back into fitness and personal training.
Q:Tell us about 1:1 Ratio…
A:Ratio 1:1 Fitness is a 3,500 sq. ft. personal training gym. I'm a part owner and also a personal trainer at Ratio 1:1 Fitness. We have personal training programs, massage services and we sell supplements and fitness gear in our retail store. We provide customized fitness and nutrition programs to meet each clients needs.
We also just opened another 3,500 sq. ft distribution company right next to our personal training gym. I have my own company named Figure Prodigy International. I have clothing lines call Property of MuscleHeads and MuscleGirls.
We are the only MIDWEST distributor for Chike Nutrition. With help from Chike nutrition I developed my own meal replacement for women call "VITAI", ( which means “beautiful figure by Japanese). That will be on the market in 2014. My fiancé Earl Bell is part owner of Ratio 1:1 Fitness and he also runs the Sir Camelot distribution. We hold motivational speaking seminars, talking to women, men, couples and also children about our unique background, life experiences and the business of fitness.
Q:What competitions are you doing next?
A:My next competition is The Arnold Amateur 2014. I will be competing in the amateur open Figure A class. I have 8 weeks left for my prep as we speak.
Q:Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A:I get inspired from different sources, like famous motivational speakers, successful business owners, pro athletes (I like to watch the ESPN Athletes stories ), etc... But who helps me the most, guides me, and keeps me focused is my best friend, business partner, my trainer and fiancé Earl.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Twitter - @ChieTerui
Instagram - @Chuchumom
Facebook - Chie Terui
Like page - Chie figureprodigy Terui
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com