It has been a whirlwind and everything happened quite quickly. My hobby had become a career and I had to make a decision to sell my old business and move forward with my love. I'm modeling / competing / training and touring as a career now and loving every minute of it!
I have competed several times in 2007 in the Fitness Model and Figure divisions at the Natural Bodybuilding Competitions. My physique is getting better by the day as I set meet and exceed each one. I love the people in the comp BBing world and adore being on stage! I am my best and worst critic, and have come to crave the challenges which lie ahead of me.
I will continue competing this year as well as several modelling shoots, including magazines, calendars, ad campaigns etc. I have met my goal .... I am beginning to thrive in the mainstream world as a vegan, more and more in the public eye. Now it's time to set the next goal and push even harder.
This vegan has come a long way, this year and can't wait to see what I can do in 2008!
Weights: Mon, Wed, Fri - workouts vary and are progressing quite nicely. I love doing the heavy sets of 8 after warm up and finish them off with rest pause sets and/or widow maker sets depending on the exercise. I have found the 2.5lb plate to be my friend and try to add it on to my heavy set when that exercise comes round again. I have also found that burning through the WM sets many times is a matter of over coming boundaries which I had pre-set in my head. Once I got those down .... there is no stopping me now! :)
Cardio: (30-40 min steady tread): Tues, Thurs - cardio increases pre-comp, a few weeks out it become daily (except leg days).
Off season I am at around 1600 cals per day. I am currently beginning to come up on several shoots and will back off to about 1400cals, pre-contest, I end up around 1100-1200 cals. Last comp season, I stepped on stage at about 104lbs, this year, I'll step on stage heavier, but at the same BF% (yay for more muscle).
Denise has been involved with Vegan bodybuilding from before she started to compete & started out on the Work In Progress pages of the site. Here's a glimpse at the earlier work Denise put in to get where she is now! Click here to see Denise's old WIP pages
For more info or to contact Denise for work opportunities go to www.DeniseNicole.com