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Going from hosting a morning radio show, running a bootcamp business, coaching a team of athletes in their competitons... where does Victoria find the time and drive to train herself for her own competitions? She finds it deep from within herself as she is on a personal journey to get her IFBB Pro Card whether is be Fitness or Figure. Check out Victoria's feature to learn more about this busy athlete as she prepares for the 2012 Team Universe and a spot on a pro stage!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I jumped into the world of figure competitions in 2010. I was an NBC affiliate news reporter and anchor at the time, and co-owned a fitness boot camp business. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and I’m always looking for new ways to push my fitness to the next level. However, it wasn’t until I did a TV news series on an IFBB Fitness Pro (Tami Ough) that I decided I wanted to give the sport a try. While I documented her journey to the New York Pro, I got seriously inspired, and decided to train like I was preparing for the stage. I told myself I would compete only if I felt ready, and if my boyfriend, Josh, would get on stage with me. Not long after my story on Tami aired, my boyfriend and I decided to hit the Bill Pearl High Desert Classic together. I took second! About a week later we went on to compete at the Oregon Ironman, and I took first in my height class. I’ve been hooked ever since! The next year I put my gymnastics background to good use, hit the fitness division, and ended the season with a top five finish at Team Universe. In fact, I developed such a passion for the sport, that after years in the TV news business, I left the industry to solely focus on fitness. I still own the same boot camp, but now co-host a fitness-related radio show, and have a big goal of competing professionally one day.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
This sport allows me to push myself both physically and mentally. Every meal, every workout, and every step toward competition enables me to learn more about myself, and my body. I love challenging myself, and pushing my brain and body to the brink. The discipline this sport instills trickles into every aspect of my life, and I feed off of the structure it provides. I also love using my involvement in this sport as a way to get my clients, friends, and family excited about fitness. It’s been incredibly motivating to be able to share my passion for this sport with others, and I can’t explain the joy I get from seeing the people in my life change for the better because they’ve embraced their own body and mind through leading a healthy lifestyle.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training varies every season because my goals change. Last season during competition prep, I weight trained and did HIIT cardio five to six times a week, and two to three one hour sessions of gymnastics/routine practice. After injuring myself during my routine at nationals, I had to take a break from fitness this season, and focus on figure. This season, my figure training includes weight training six times a week (combination of high volume and heavy lifting), and steady state cardio (due to a hamstring injury) five times per week at 45 minutes. My off-season training isn’t much different than my competition prep training, as my caloric intake stays very high year round. However, in the off-season I focus more on making physique improvements than cardio.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite diet meal is steak and sweet potato fries. My favorite cheat meal is sushi. It’s clean/dirty, but doesn’t make me feel like I’ve done a ton of damage.

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?
While I get on stage as an individual, I feel it’s a team sport as I wouldn’t be able to bring my best without those who have helped me along my journey. My parents and sister have always supported me regardless of my crazy ideas. They inspire me on a daily basis, and I am so thankful to have such an amazing family! My boyfriend, Josh Field, has been my number one cheerleader through it all. Over the last six years, he has always pushed me to be the best I can be, and supports me through the triumphs and tough times. If you can get through dieting together, you can get through anything together lol! Tami Ough initially motivated and inspired me to compete. When others doubted me, she told me to believe in myself. Kristi Tauti, Pati Tauti, and Team i-Physique have been instrumental in my success over the last year. Kristi has helped me take my physique to a new level, and through setting a great example, she motivates me to want more from myself. My sponsors, especially All American EFX, have supported me in so many ways. I’ve been able to transform my physique with the incredible products EFX offers, and the family behind the company motivates and supports me throughout the season! My dear friends and partners in business: Dominic, Larry, and Tony at the local Max Muscle Sports Nutrition store in Bend have also been a strong support system to me over the years, and I am so grateful!

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
The people who support me (listed above) inspire me, and tasting success on stage makes me strive for more in the sport. Even though I’ve placed well during my competitive career, the success I am speaking of doesn’t have to do with a high placing. Success to me is bringing a better package than the year before, and growing mentally and physically as a person. There is no better feeling than making it to the stage despite the obstacles thrown your way. I’m also hungry for that pro card, and visualizing myself achieving that goal lights a fire under my a** during every training session.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I will be competing in the figure division at Team Universe in Jersey, and USAs in Vegas baby!

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
While embarrassing at the time, I don’t view any of the experiences I’ve had as bad because I always seem to learn something new. However, probably the most embarrassing was when I performed as a fitness competitor for the first time at the Tanji Johnson Vancouver Classic. I was a little dizzy going into my routine, and as I went into my aerial I lost my balance. My worst nightmare came true, and I landed on my butt. In that moment, I had two choices. I could run off stage and cry (which I felt like doing at the time) or I could get up with a smile and act like nothing had happened. I chose the second option, and got through my routine and ended up taking 2nd to the overall. In that moment, I learned a lot, and it’s made me a stronger competitor. My favorite good memory was at that same show. Competing as a fitness competitor for the first time is one of my proudest moments. A few years prior, I herniated a disc in my spine, and lost feeling in my left leg. A doctor told me my workouts would never be the same, and I wouldn’t be able to be extremely active again. With a whole lot of patience and physical therapy, I not only workout with more intensity than ever before, but I was able to step on stage as a fitness athlete. I went from barely being able to walk to doing back flips on stage! It sounds cheesy, but in that experience, it truly clicked that anything is possible.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | | | | |

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

Never underestimate yourself. Many people don’t reach their full potential because they can’t visualize themselves being successful. Stay confident, consistent, and no matter how outrageous your goals or dreams may seem, they will become a reality if you believe in yourself.




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