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Another great Oregon made Physique Pro makes an impact.. this time it is mother of two daughters Kim Kosmas! Kim has always done well in regional shows and was very excited for the new Women's Physique Division as it has opened up the doors for more women like her to be competitive. Kim has proven she has what it takes by earning her very own IFBB Pro card this Summer and now she is setting her sights on her Pro Debut in 2014. Watch out for this lady because she will make an impact!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I actually began competing back in 1992 as a bodybuilder. I competed for approximately 5 years, and changed my focus when I began a new career when I became a firefighter, then got married and eventually started a family. I returned to the sport of bodybuilding in 2009 and competed in Figure until Physique was introduced as the newest division.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I have always enjoyed competing. I grew up as a track & field athlete and continued through college, finishing my career at Louisiana State University. I love the lifestyle and competitive spirit that the Physique Division brings. It fits right into a lot of factors that I have always followed in my own life. I do want to continue competing and I look forward to seeing how comparable I may be at the new level I have attained as an IFBB Pro!!

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training always has the same base with some variations here and there. I do have periods that I push for heavier types of workouts especially for my legs and back routines. Changing one piece can give you a whole different hit and intensity which I always love to do. When I am prepping for a contest, energy levels are lower, so lower weights and higher reps is what I will do, yet combination & drop sets keep the intensity high. As for cardio, I usually like to save it for my contest prep and control my weight in the off-season with a fairly balanced diet.  I have always believed that moderation is the key to a lot of things….

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
There is nothing fancy or special about my meals when I’m dieting. I tend to like to keep things simple, and I usually like to eat the same things day after day, with a few variations depending on where I’m at in my prep. So my favorite?? It would have to be chicken and/or fish with baked yams. Yum!! As for my favorite type of cheat meal, I tend to desire a good Ahi steak with some tempura battered string beans to boot. Not very exciting, but it is what I really love!

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 I would say my husband, Chris Kosmas, has been my biggest partner in our journey together for the last 17 years. If it wasn’t for our “team work” it wouldn’t have even been possible. My family, including my parents, my in-laws, and my two beautiful daughters, were also an incredible support system throughout these last few years. The people that surround us are incredible and through our hard work it has been quite an experience!!

My coach, Anthony Chacon, has been an essential piece of my success who has always been there. With every show there were additional twists made to get more of an edge. Every athlete has their own secret dieting formula for success!! My other coach, Andre Scott, otherwise known as “Bam Bam” is an awesome posing coach, who is my personal drill sergeant!!!  The conditioning that he puts his athletes through, places them at a great advantage on stage. I must also mention my “competitor sister,” Lisa Stark.  We have competed in many shows together, and it has been quite the experience that I feel honored to share with her.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
I have always pushed myself to do better in most everything I do. I have always had a competitive spirit and enjoy the goals and aspirations that come with driving to be my best. Some of first women that inspired me in my early bodybuilding days was Corey Everson and Rachel McLish. They always looked fantastic, muscular yet still very beautiful and feminine. I must say that currently, Monica Bryant is an absolutely incredible athlete and has become quite the icon for the sport. I strive to be a good role model for my daughters, they are still young, ages 8 & 9, yet they absorb everything!! I have always believed it is very important to have an active and healthy lifestyle and overall maintaining a positive outlook on life. Seeing the glass as half full brings a better attitude and approach in life as a whole.    

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I plan on competing in 2014 for my pro debut. I haven’t chosen a show yet, but I do have time to figure out the plans for this next year. I am doing my “homework” to make the desired improvements on my physique before I step on stage.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
I have to say that the two competitions I entered in 2013, the USA’s & North Americans, were by far the most challenging yet. There were many obstacles and challenges that I faced that made me think twice about what I was doing. I had a goal I was focused on, and keeping my focus was very difficult at times.  Life is busy and keeping a balance is always a challenge,  yet throwing injuries and illness into the mix made it quite a task at times to keep pushing forward.  To me, the approach was simple…….  Keep driving forward and keep your focus on the big picture.  I felt the goal was attainable and I wasn’t willing to give in.   

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
I would like to give kudos to the Sports Nutrition Center in Tigard, OR.  Lou & Levi are incredible, have outstanding knowledge of their products and have been great support throughout the years, Anthony Chacon can be found at Rhino Fit Studio and my Facebook page.

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

One thing that I have always told myself and others is to enjoy yourself. With all of the hours of lifting, cardio, dieting, etc., etc. you have to grant yourself the ability to have fun and enjoy the day of your competition. Yes you may be nervous, or concerned with particular issues, but the bottom line is... You’ve worked hard and deserve to enjoy the experience on the day of your competition!!!!  




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