A:I am originally from Seoul, South Korea.
Q:Tell us about your NPC journey…
A:My NPC journey began in the year 2012. On January 1, 2012, I decided to get in the best shape of my life by entering a transformation challenge on bodybuilding.com. Although I did not win the challenge, I fell in love with the discipline and dedication of the whole process. On April of 2012, I began training for my first NPC show. It took me 8 months to prepare for that show! On December 8, 2012- after months of hard work, training and sacrifice- I entered my first show, Jon Lindsay’s NPC Excalibur. It was a huge show! I did not do too well, (took 12th place out of 18 girls). Instead of it discouraging me however, it sparked a fire in me to train harder than ever for my next show.
Since then, I have joined Team EDGE (with coaches Ingrid Romero and Joe Discuillo), and completed 2 successful shows. On June 8, 2013 I competed in Jon Lindsay’s NPC Southern California Championships and took 5th place open, and 2nd place. At my last show, Iron Games (11-9-2013), I placed 2nd place in Open Class D and qualified to compete in a national show next year!
Currently, I am getting back into prep to do one more local show before I hit the National Stage. Overall, my NPC journey has been a rewarding experience. There is a lot of hard work, discipline, sacrifice and even frustration that goes into training for a NPC show, but in the end I believe it is all worth it. I am a completely different person from when I first started training back in 2012. It is not just my physique that changed, but my confidence and mind have both strengthened immensely from this journey. I absolutely love the process of this NPC journey!
Q:Why do you choose bikini competition?
A:Personally, I do not have enough muscles to compete in anything other than bikini. I admire the work that goes into training for a figure and physique competition, but my heart belongs in the bikini division. I prefer to have a softer, more feminine look. I like how in the bikini division, we get to show our personalities more in our posing routines. I never really thought about competing in anything other than bikini. Would I ever cross over to figure? Maybe. I prefer to stay lean and not put on too much size, however, so I will probably stay a bikini athlete.
Q:What does your diet and workout look like pre contest?
A:When I am prepping for a contest, I follow the plan my coach, Joe, writes out for me from Team EDGE. I send in my progress pictures every two weeks, and he changes my plans according to my progress. Although I cannot share the secrets of the team, I will say that we eat a lot, and train hard. Towards the beginning of the prep, I eat 7 times a day. Breakfast normally consists of oatmeal and egg whites. I drink a protein shake after my workouts and before bed. The rest of the meals are usually chicken breast, tilapia, ground turkey, sweet potatoes, brown rice, asparagus and greens. I also eat healthy fats such as avocadoes, coconut oil and almonds. As the prep gets closer to competition time, portions will be cut down, and protein shakes taken out. By peak week (the week before competition), I will eat a lot of tilapias and asparagus.
I train 6 days a week pre contest. I follow my training according to my coach’s plan. I usually train my legs 3 times a week, and upper body three times a week. Lots of plyos and active rests are added in between sets, and most of the sets are supersets. The workouts are intense! I also train my abs every day when I am preparing for a competition, and glutes. I will touch them lightly every day. When I am doing my cardio, I always do them on an incline or do the stairmill with kickbacks to focus on my glute muscles.
My pre contest workout day would look similar to this:
Mon: Legs/ Glutes/ Shoulders + Abs (30 minutes cardio on incline)
Tues: Plyos/ Back + Abs (30 minutes cardio on incline)
Wed: Legs/ Glutes + Abs (30 minutes HIIT cardio)
Thurs: Back + Abs/ glutes (30 minutes HIIT cardio on incline)
Friday: Glutes/ Plyos + Abs (30 minutes cardio on incline)
Saturday: Arms + Abs (30 minutes HIIT cardio on incline)
Q:Are you trying to get that pro card?
A:I will be doing my first national show next summer! If things go as planned, my goal is to hit two national shows this upcoming year. My ultimate goal is to get my pro card! I plan on training harder than ever and am determined to keep fighting for my card. Realistically, I know how much work goes into getting that pro status, and I am ok with competing a few times in order to achieve that status. One thing I do know is that I will keep persisting until my goal becomes a reality, so yes, I will get that pro card.
Q:Tell us about Team Edge…
A:Team EDGE is the hottest NPC/IFBB team out there right now! It was founded by Arnold Classics Champion and 3 x NPC Overall Champion Ingrid Romero and fitness expert and nutritionist Joe Discuillo. They work with NPC/ IFBB competitors around the world to help bring our best package to the stage by writing out bi weekly contest prep plans. They also teach posing, hold boot camps and private training sessions, hold team photo shoots and help us succeed off the stage. The team is amazing in terms of support and guidance. Our coaches, Ingrid and Joe, are the best out there. Hands down.
Q:How did you become a fitness model?
A:Fitness modeling was not something that I pursued in the beginning. My first photo shoot ever was with Team EDGE before my Southern California Championships Competition. With the guidance of my coach, Ingrid, I had a lot of fun behind the camera! I did a couple more shoots with the team after that, and luckily, one of the shots was chosen to be featured in a magazine. After that, I was fortunate to get a couple more exposures and features. I feel very blessed to be where I am right now, and thank coach Ingrid for helping me achieve.
Q:Where have you been featured?
A: GLAM Today Magazine Feature
FLEX Sea Magazine Feature (Coming soon)
BFW Magazine Feature Story (Coming soon)
Bodybuilding. com Amateur of the Week
Extreme-Motivation Feature Interview
The Hot Spot Show Hottie of the Month
Models Observer Feature Interview
Q:What's next for you career wise?
A:Career wise, I feel like I am just getting started! In the year 2014, I plan on training hard for my pro card, and promoting my fitness career. I would love to expand my modeling career, and get more exposure out in the fitness world. Eventually, I would like to set up my own website and promote my own brand. I have worked hard until now to achieve what I have, but it is only the beginning of me, I can tell you that! Look for me in the year 2014!
Q:Can you give us your social media handles?
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com