Thanks to MuscularDevelopment.com for the Great Pics of Kimberly.
Karen Sessions – Figure Coach: Congrats, Kimberly. Tell us what got you involved in figure competitions.
I bought an Oxygen Magazine before boarding a plane. When I was leafing through it I saw the competition results in the back. I loved the muscular yet still feminine physiques of the women who graced the pages and said “I can do that”.
How inspiring! How long have you been into fitness and working out?
I have been an “athlete” since grade school. I have always been a very active person as well, skiing, hiking, etc…I joined my first gym in 1983 when I was a senior in high school.
You’ve been dabbling with the weights for some years! What is your competition weight and off-season weight?
My competition weight is 142 and off-season weight is about 150.
You really keep it tight in the off-season! What motivates you to keep in shape?
My motto “Nothing tastes as good as fit feels”.
LOL I hear you on that! How do you stick to your goals?
It’s merely part of my daily routine. It’s a lifestyle.
That’s a great lifestyle to stick to. What is your nutrition like off-season?
I eat slightly more calories and complex carbs off-season, but still totally clean.
Awesome. That’s what seems to work best for most competitors. What is a basic cheat meal for you?
Pizza and a glass of red wine!
There you go! Are there any sacrifices? If so, how do you overcome them?
Some of the sacrifices are not being able to go out to dinner. I am single so it is always a challenge when dating and my date wants to take me to dinner. Thankfully I meet most of the men I date at the gym so they have a bit of a clue about healthy eating. I simply explain that my diet is very strict and then recommend restaurants that I have gone to that I know can accommodate my food choices.
The way I look at it is….how I eat is part of who I am so if they can’t put up with that we don’t belong together anyway.
Great work on that. You put yourself first and that’s what you have to do when it comes to health, fitness, and competitions. What do you find to be the hardest part about getting into contest shape and how do you overcome it?
I compete at all different times throughout the year so it always seems like there is a holiday dinner party, or summer picnic that I get invited to that is smack in the middle of my competition diet. I still go. I have just learned that I need to carry food in my purse. My friends all know I compete so it has kind of become a joke now.
Good work. I know about loading the purse with food! What is your training split like?
Oh, great workout schedule. You sound busy. Do you track your personal best lifts and if so, what are they?
Awesome strength! What do you do for cardio?
I do tons of HIIT training, track work, sprints, and bleachers.
Totally great work, focus, and dedication. Thanks for investing in my Figure Competition Secrets eBook when you decided to compete and congrats on all your success. I’m very happy for you.
Kimberly’s FaceBook Post:
“What an incredible dream to come true….Five years ago when I entered my first Figure Competition Jon Lindsay’s “2009 Orange County Classic in Anaheim, CA” I never even ventured to guess that I would someday take the IFBB Pro stage. I decided to do my first show after seeing pictures in the back of an Oxygen Magazine from a recent competition featuring Jenny Lynn. She reminded me of one of my idols, Rachel McLish, the first Ms. Olympia. In my mind, what female muscularity should look like. I had dabbled with weights on and off but was mostly a marathoner/triathlete and had forgotten how much I enjoyed being in the gym. I knew nothing about Figure, or competing for that matter….so I decided to buy an online training book and diet planner and embraced this new venture.
I was both shocked and elated when I placed 3rd in the open and 2nd in 35+ my first show….!!! Just one month later my marriage ended violently…It was fitness and a healthy lifestyle that helped me transform the physical and emotional abuse into what I am today. Grabbing the bull by the horns I decided to make competing in the NPC more than just a hobbie. Not only has this journey been rewarding in good health and personal achievement, but also in the true gift of human spirit. The greatest trophy of all……is all the AMAZING PEOPLE I HAVE MET ALONG THE WAY!! Many have been here since the beginning while others I would not have met if I had not entered this sport, my Oddo’s Angel teammates…..and new life long friends… to ALL OF YOU…… I thank you for being part of my dream!”
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