By Karen Sessions – Figure Coach
Let’s cut the formalities. My name is Karen Sessions and my website (TheElitePhysique) has been online since 2002, serving men and women interested in building muscle. You may know me as MsFit. I was one of the first moderators at Bodybuilding.com. I am a nationally qualified life-time natural female bodybuilder, multi-certified fitness instructor, specialist in performance nutrition, and success coach. I’ve been in the fitness industry since 1988!
I teach people, Just Like You, how to build muscle and get in shape. When you have the correct information you can have total confidence and turn your dreams into reality… and I can help transform YOUR body. I have helped hundreds THOUSANDS of clients reach their goals and I can help you.
You can get more information on your fitness goals with my eBooks listed on the right side panel. Each and every eBook was written by ME, via YEARS of experimenting, testing, researching, and trial-and-error. These aren’t your average 60-page eBooks. These eBooks are JAM-PACKED with hundreds of pages of real information that you can start using today to meet your fitness goal.
I also offer online personal training to help you one-on-one with your fitness goal. With your weight and stats I will create a diet, sample menu, cardio program, and training program. I supply the working program, you do the actual work, and the changes will begin within the first week or two.
Here’s My Story…
Dreams can turn into a reality with a will, dedication, and effort. I embarked on bodybuilding at an unhealthy weight of 90 pounds at 5’4″. I was in early stages of Anorexia Nervosa, a serious illness of self-starvation.
How Weight Controlled Me
It all began as a simple quest to lose a few pounds to go to the beach for spring break. My weight loss strategy was simply cutting my meals in half and exercising a bit more and, viola, weight loss. With my unhealthy weight loss I felt the sense of power. After my beach trip I remained on my unhealthy diet and continued to lose weight. I became leaner and thinner. Others began to notice my new body.
As the illness progressed I slowly began to fear food, thinking that anything that I put in my mouth would make me fat. My eating virtually ceased, my skin was dry, my hair was falling out, I was weak, and I began passing out. The closest people to me, my parents, were blind to my illness. my hair was falling out, I was weak, and I began passing out. The closest people to me, my parents, were blind to my illness.
Finally, a friend confronted me. I was in dismay and denied all accusations. I was scared to death that she knew, but I was also grateful that someone was aware of my situation. I knew I had an eating problem, but I did not know how to overcome it. Sure, in my mind I know how to conquer it, but defeating such a condition is not as easy as it may seem. It wasn’t until my friend called my parents that I made the inner decision to make a change, simply because I didn’t want to be sent away to a clinic or hospital.
My Recovery Journey
I wanted to recover the right way so I went to the gym to gain the right king of weight, muscle weight. Since I was underweight, the muscle gains came quickly and easily. Others in the gym began noticing my drive and physical changes and took me under their wing, introducing me to more advanced training techniques. Then, one day someone suggested that I compete in a bodybuilding contest. Now, I must admit that I admired the muscle goddesses that ruled the competitive stage on ESPN’s female bodybuilding, but I never thought I had it in me to get in such condition. I always said that I would never do such a thing, simply because I didn’t think I could.
The trainer at the gym suggested that I get an idea of what female bodybuilding was all about so I went to a local competition. From that moment on, I was addicted and wanted to be a part of the competitive sport of female bodybuilding.
When I returned home from the bodybuilding contest I had a quest to compete and I began my training. I had no idea where to begin or what to do. I failed my first attempt because I had no guidance or direction, but when I was told that I would never make it, oh, well that just fueled the fire. I was on a quest to Do It no matter WHAT!
My First Bodybuilding Competition and My Quest for Success
In 1995 I competed in my first bodybuilding competition, placing 4th in the Women’s Novice Light Weight. I did well for my very first show with no help, but I wanted a higher placing. I competed two more times that season, placing 3rd in each competition.
I realized that I needed to add more muscle in order to place higher. I trained hard for the next competitive season. During my first off-season I was sure to eat a small complete meal every three hours and not to overtrain.
I competed again in 1996 and received a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places in various shows. However, I still was not satisfied. I wanted first place.
I began my second off-season training course for the next competitive year. To add more muscle mass I dropped my training back to three days a week and cut out a lot of the processed food items.
As my show approached I started my pre-contest training. I started a 2-day on, 1-day off training split and began moderate cardio, which progressed weekly. I introduced carb-cycling and added more essential fat to my diet. I was seeing changes weekly, which kept the motivation in high gear.
In 1997 I won 1st Place in the Women’s Open Light Weight Division and Overall! Finally, I got what I was working so hard for, and it was well worth the small sacrifices.
I went on to compete for two more consecutive years, focusing on making certain body parts better. In 1998 I wanted to have killer legs, a body part I thought was always under par for me. I hit Periodization in that off-season and built an awesome pair of wheels that turned heads on the street, as well as the competitive stage. I won 1st Place again in the Women’s Open Light Weight Division and received 1st Place in 2 National Qualifiers that year.
In 1999 moved up an entire weight class, making my appearance in the Middle Weight Division. I received two 2nd Places that year, both in National Qualifiers.
I was headed to the Junior USA the next season, but I was burned out after four years of consecutive competing, with 2-3 contests a year. I took a break in 2000 and went back to school to advance in other areas of my life.
I decided to compete again in 2001 just to test the waters and reclaimed my 1997 Overall victory. I placed 1st in the Women’s Open Light Weight Division and won Overall again.
After that contest I had some major life changes. I was laid off my job and I moved to another state. After I got settled I started my online business, The Elite Physique, (MsFit) where I write figure and bodybuilding eBooks and articles and offer online personal training to help others with the same goals.
Karen Sessions Placements and Awards
Female Bodybuilding Division
- 1995 – NPC Pelican Iron Classic – 4th Novice Women’s Light Weight
- 1995 – NPC Bayou State Classic- 3rd Novice Women’s Light Weight
- 1995 – NPC Acadian Extravaganza – 3rd Novice Women’s Light Weight
- 1996 – NANBA Natural Louisiana – 2nd Novice Women’s Short
- 1996 – NANBA Natural Louisiana – 3rd Open Women’s Short
- 1996 – NPC Bayou State Classic – 4th Novice Women’s Light Weight
- 1997 – NPC Bayou State Classic – 1st Open Women’s Light Weight and Overall
- 1997 – NPC Southern Louisiana – 1st Open Women’s Light Weight
- 1998 – NPC Louisiana – 1st Open Women’s Light Weight
- 1998 – NPC Greater Gulf States – 1st Open Women’s Light Weight
- 1999 – NPC Louisiana – 2nd Open Women’s Middle Weight
- 1999 – Power Lifting Contest – 1st Place Women’s Division
- 1999 – NPC Greater Gulf Sates – 2nd Women’s Middle Weight
- 2001 – NPC Bayou State Classic – 1st Women’s Light Weight and Overall
- 2001 – NPC Louisiana – 2nd Women’s Light Weight
- 2004 – Infomercial for the NuWave Oven
- 2005 – Writer for Physique and Fitness Magazine
- 2005 – Platinum writer status on fitness at EzineArticles.com