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Laurie Poole

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“For years I dreamed of being in the best shape of my life and competing in a competition and with Karen’s help I achieved my goal! She not only exposes the myths out there regarding diet and exercise, but she personally tailors a program suited to your wants and needs.

Even though we haven’t met in person, the personalized approach Karen took with me made me feel as if she was right there when I needed advice or a pep talk. I would recommend Karen to anyone wanting to change their body and their life! Thanks Karen for everything you have helped me achieve!”

Laurie Poole

What got you involved in general female bodybuilding?

Well, I have been working out on a regular basis since I started college. I have tried running, walking, step aerobics, and other types of aerobic activity to get in shape. The problem was I never saw any real results. I would lift weights here and there, but nothing heavy. I bought into the “lighter weight, high rep” toning myth. It didn’t work! I have always admired natural female bodybuilders and remembered watching competitions as a kid when they were actually televised.

How long have you been in bodybuilding?

I started really “lifting” several years ago, and 1 year ago I decided that I was going to go for it and aim for a contest…and that’s when I found Karen!

What is your competition weight and off-season weight?

My competition weight was around 105, and prior to that I maintained about 120. Right now, 6 weeks out from my first show I am around 115.

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What motivates you to keep in shape?

I like feeling good about myself. I also know that the better shape I am in now, hopefully I will live longer and be able to stay active. Setting a good example for my two sons is also a reason I decided to do the contest.

What is your goal setting process?

My husband and I write things down first. After that I have a fixed date, or something I am working towards to stay on track. That’s why committing to my first contest had such a big impact…I KNEW I had to do the work to step onstage!

How do you stick to your goals?

I talk to myself a lot! I also keep a close watch on the mirror as well as taking pictures to gauge my progress. Keeping a food journal is key. Reading about other bodybuilders and doing research helps me stay motivated.

What is your nutrition like off-season?

I have always attempted to eat a healthy balance of foods. I will admit that prior to prepping for the contest I made a lot of bad choices. Right now I am trying to maintain the diet, with an occasional treat.

What’s a basic cheat meal for you?

Either sushi (as much as I want!) or Mexican food and something sweet like a brownie or ice cream.

Are there any sacrifices? If so, how do you overcome them?

Sure…family time, desserts, and my sanity! It’s also hard to be in a social setting where there is a lot of temptation to eat bad….so I find myself avoiding things like that. I just try to stay focused and positive.

What do you find to be the hardest part about getting into contest shape and how do you overcome it?

Diet and cardio. I love lifting weights…cardio is a chore and a bore for me. Mixing in the occasional spin class, step aerobics, or getting outside in place of the machines helps. As far as the diet goes I like to experiment with my food…I attempt to make great tasting healthy food so I don’t get bored. Having a love of cooking helps.

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What is your training split like?

Chest/Back, Legs, Shoulders, Arms….these are my four basic days of lifting. Sometimes I mix it up and do Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps. Cardio tends to be at least 4 days a week…more the closer I am to a competition.

Do you track your personal best lifts and if so what are they?

Yes…I’m trying! Although I am not a powerlifter…I just squatted 205 the other day, and one time I benched 135. I would like to increase those numbers.

What is your competition history?

I recently competed in my first natural bodybuilding show and placed 2nd in the women’s novice division.

Do you have any future competition plans?

I am thinking about competing in another show this year but enter the figure division, even though I love the natural female bodybuilding more. I am aiming to do another natural bodybuilding show next year.

Do you use supplements? What are your favorites?

Yes, when I wasn’t close to a show I used protein powders. My favorite proteins are the Gaspari Chocolate and Vanilla. I also like the Syntax “Fuzzy Navel” protein powder, I would usually have that in the morning in place of juice. I do use creatine, glutamine, and BCAA powders for my workouts.

Does your family support your fitness endeavors?

My husband has been amazing through this whole journey, I definitely couldn’t have done it without him. My other family members….they are coming around to the idea and are supportive.

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What hobbies do you have outside of bodybuilding?

I love to cook so finding a new recipe is always exciting. Reading is also something I like to do if I have spare time.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to get in as outstanding shape as you are in?

I would tell anyone that anything is possible…..I really believe that now that I have taken this journey. It’s also important to find something you love to do, whether it’s weight lifting, aerobics, or training for a triathlon. I am biased though and would love to see more women hitting the weight room!

How has natural female bodybuilding changed your life?

I did something that many people never do, and that is step on stage and bare it all! I didn’t do it for a title or recognition, but as a challenge to myself and a self-esteem booster. I have come a long way….but I believe I still haven’t reached my full potential! I am looking forward to the future.

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