1. How and when did you get interested in fitness and training?
I have always been involved in fitness in one form or another. I was a cheerleader since I was 5 years old, and took gymnastics as a little girl. When I was in the 8th grade, I started weight-lifting and was told that I should compete, but it wasn’t until this year (2012), after having my third child that I actually decided to compete.
2. How do you stay motivated to train and eat healthy?
Staying motivated is extremely hard, especially when working towards a long term goal. Instead, I set up shorter term goals for myself, whether it is a certain number of pull-ups that I can do unassisted, or how much I can squat; while always knowing full well that I can never achieve those goals without proper nutrition.
3. Did you make any mistakes as a beginner dealing with training, nutrition, or both?
In the beginning, before I took on a coach, I was doing way too much cardio. This prevented me from putting on any muscle because of my body type. I also was not eating enough food, or enough of the right kinds of food. When I joined my team, the coaches taught me more about the proper types of workouts that are most effective for me and they also showed me about proper nutrition.
4. What training routine has given you the best results?
High intensity workouts including sprint drills, supersets, and plyometric exercises. They offer me the best results in the least amount of time.
5. What three exercises would you consider to be your favorites?
I would have to say that my three favorite exercises include wide-grip pull-ups, Bulgarian split squats and one legged squats. As a woman of Asian descent, I am very proud of the work I have done to build my butt.
6. What form of cardio do you usually perform?
Running my sprint drills is my cardio session of choice, when I actually do my cardio.
7. What is an example of your daily diet?
I think my daily diet on season is pretty standard. I do the oats and eggs in the morning and then the complex carbs and high quality proteins throughout the day. My coaches put together a meal plan that is tailored to my goals throughout the season.
8. What three nutrition tips could you give our readers that you have found most useful?
Smaller portions per meal but eat more meals per day (5 to 6). That was the hardest thing for me to do, especially with 4 kids and a full time career.
9. Which physical feature are you most proud of?
I am a Cambodian woman, but like most Asian ethnicities, we generally have a flat butt, so I have worked VERY hard on building mine from nothing and I am extremely proud of the results.
10. What supplements do you use if any? If not, why not?
I don’t do any supplementation, with the exception of the basic multi-vitamin. I have been blessed with good genetics to build my physique without any supplementation.
11. Who are your favorite bodybuilders/models/athletes?
I have two women, in particular, that I admire; Erin Stern and Nicole Wilkins. Erin has a very athletic physique and absolutely glides across the stage, she is grace redefined. Nicole is absolutely stunning and has a very muscular physique, showing that you can have muscle and still be very feminine.
12. Do you listen to music while you workout? If so what kind?
Anything that keeps my head bobbing and keeps me wanting to move. A lot of the faster Pop (Janet), Hip Hop (Pit Bull) and R&B (Chris Brown) and many others. If it has a strong beat, I can work out to it.
13. What time of day do you prefer to train? Why?
I prefer the mornings to work out because it gets me ready to own the day, but with a hectic work schedule and kids, I typically have to work out in the later afternoon, or evenings.
14. What last three tips would you give to our readers to help them reach their fitness goals?
The number one tip I would give anyone is DON’T DIET! Make a lifestyle change and change it slowly over time so that it becomes permanent. The second tip I would give is make short term, achievable goals. Whether it is a local race, a competition, or even a photo shoot with an awesome photographer like my husband; you are more likely to keep pushing to that shorter term goal than a longer term goal. And finally, the third tip I would give is to take pictures, lots of pictures. These pictures are important for you to see progress over time. It can re-energize you as you go down the path of health and fitness. We all start somewhere, take that first step!