Thursday, August 30, 2012
At the age of fourteen I became a professional dancer with Ballet Folklorico. By sixteen I enrolled in a fitness and conditioning class and began weightlifting. My interest in bodybuilding was fueled by reading Flex Appeal and Perfect Parts by Rachel McLish and Hard Bodies by Gladys Portugese. I found women with muscle to be very intriguing. My background in dancing and muscular physique turned out to be a very good combination.
In 2004, I decided to enter my first competition as a bodybuilder. I won 1st place in the lightweight category at my very first show. I was hooked and decided this was the lifestyle for me. In 2006 I crossed over to figure competition and qualified for nationals after winning the overall at the Shawn Ray Pro/Am at my first show. After two attempts at the national level in figure, I decided to return to bodybuilding. The judging criterion was changing and the physique that I had built was now considered too muscular and hard for the new figure standards.
I returned to bodybuilding in 2009 and qualified for nationals by winning the overall at the Colorado State. At my national debut in bodybuilding I took home 1st place in the lightweight class and the overall title at the 2009 Jr. National Championships. I then went on to compete in Vegas at the USA's. I went back to work to prep for the 2010 Nationals. I won my class at Nationals and earned my IFBB profesional status.
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