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NPC National Level Fitness & Figure Competitor
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NPC Oregon is proud to introduce Heather Skaar. Heather has already racked up a couple of wins and a 2nd place finish at the Emerald Cup. She now has taken her physique to the next level and started competing at the National level. Heather has aspirations to get her Pro Card and also be very active with the NPC.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
My first competition was in 2005. My fiancé competed that year, so as I watched him compete I was amazed by how great all the women looked. Right then I knew that in order to achieve that “look” I had to commit to doing a competition. I’ve been hooked since

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I enjoy setting and achieving goals for myself. I also enjoy the transformation my body goes through… its nice to see your hard work, dedication, and clean living materialize into something.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I have incorporated a lot more heavy lifting, explosive, and multi-joint exercises. I have also started training in Crossfit which helps me build endurance needed for the fitness routine. Cardio includes standard gym cardio but routine practice and sprints are thrown in during contest prep.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
I follow a “modified” keto diet, getting complex carbs after weight training. My favorite cheat meal changes depending on my moods but you can almost never go wrong with sushi or burgers. Right now I am craving PB&J sandwiches.

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
First and foremost is my fiancé & nutritionist, Alex. He has & continues to put up with my crazy schedule and mood swings through all of this. And despite my disappointment at times he continues to support my goals in this industry.
My family and my close circle of friends (my “girls”, all the people at Sledge & SNC, women of SAVE Fitness) who support me and are proud of my accomplishments no matter what happens the day of a competition. Surrounding myself with people like this has made this journey much more possible and enjoyable.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Striving to be the best I can be and also my fellow Save Fitness team members. Their friendships, encouragement, and their accomplishments, both on stage and off, pushes me to be better.
I also strive to do better each time to make my fiancé proud and to show him that his investment in my dreams is not futile

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I’m going to take the remainder of the year off and continue to work on my gymnastics skills. Then I will re-evaluate next year. I’m also interested in competing in local crossfit competitions during the remainder of this year. 

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
Favorite memory would probably be when I competed at the USAs and my family came out to support me. That was the first time they saw me compete and helped them comprehend and understand the sacrifices I made leading up to that competition.
Bad memory...learning that there are a lot of people who are going to try to tear you down. For the most part the people in this industry are very supportive of one another but when you experience success there are always going to be people, both in this sport and in everyday life, who try to discount/discredit you. I’ve definitely become more aware of whom I want to surround myself with; if they don’t empower or support you in obtaining your goals, then cut them loose.

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10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

For those who have ever entertained the idea of competing, I would say just try it at least once. The journey makes you a stronger person; you’ll get into the best shape of your life, and accomplish something very few people can. For those who love fitness but don’t think they can do it I would argue and encourage them to try. The training and performing a routine is so rewarding. Now that there are no mandatories there are no excuses. Get up there, have fun, and help save the sport!
For those that are intrigued with the sport or support others who compete, I would encourage them to spread the word and continue to support the athletes. Without the fans, the sport will not survive.




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