How did you get started?
Health and fitness have always been a fundamental part of my life. I grew up with dance, gymnastics, and cheer leading. Through college I was a personal trainer and gymnastics coach. I started competing in fitness in 2000; I won my very first show and fell in love with the sport. I did Fitness shows for several years but had to take a break from competing while finishing my MBA and focusing on my career.
Being away from the sport made me realize how much I truly loved it. A few years ago I started a blog (www.kandacehudspethfittips.com) and a coaching business to keep me connected, I write and respond to questions during my “down time”. It is therapeutic; I love helping people achieve their personal best! I am passionate about giving readers with the knowledge and motivation they need to reach their goals! In 2011, I got the itch to compete again. This time I decided to compete in the bikini division. The bikini physique is sustainable and aligns with my lifestyle. It enables me to continue to make improvements aesthetically and focus on my other fitness goals away from the stage. I believe in eating clean and training hard EVERYDAY! I believe in constant progress! I believe in pushing hard! I believe in giving my mind body and soul what it needs to achieve my goals. I love training, I love goal setting, and most of all I love achieving new personal bests.
What your diet consists of and why?
Achieving and maintaining the body you want happens through consistently eating right and training hard! If you want to look lean everyday then you need to the work that’s required! Your body will fight you ever step of the way just waiting for the moment you slack off! You need to take a lifestyle approach and commit to a structured nutritional plan. This plan has to be something you can sustain! My diet stays fairly consistent year round. I will cycle my calories and carbs to shock my system now and then but when it comes to food, I am a creature of habit. I have found the foods that support my goals and that I enjoy eating. I think this is the key to success.
What supplements do you use?
Recovery is critical to my success each day in the gym. My supplementation regimen is focused on pre and post workout fuelling and overall health. Daily I take the following supplements:
- Multi vitamin – overall health and immunity
- Green Superfood- alkalize and balance pH levels, support immune strength, help with digestion, etc
- Whey- enhances muscle building capacity and muscular endurance
- EFAs- good fats enhance athletic performance, decrease recovery time, improve protein and amino acid utilization, increase metabolic rate, etc
- Glutamine- the athletes amino acid… fuels your workouts, helps you recover, improves protein utilization
- BCAA- boost immune function, improves protein utilization, decrease recovery time, and has anti-catabolic effects
- FastFuel (Pre workout) Whey Isolate, creatine, amino’s, glutamine (more info here – http://kandacehudspethfittips.com/rsp-nutrition-fast-fuel-wwkhd)
Example of Diet?
My diet looks like this…
- Meal 1: Whey, BCAA, Glutamine (pre workout)
- Meal 2: Protein pancake.
- Meal 3: 5 egg whites and tons of brocslaw (my favorite veggie)
- Meal 4: Chicken Meatloaf.
- Meal 5: Whey, BCAA, Glutamine (pre workout if I am hitting a 2nd session)
- Meal 6: Grilled chicken breast and large spinach and cabbage salad with Walden Farms sugar free balsamic dressing.
- Meal 7: Protein popsicle.
What does your current work-out routine look like?
My training doesn’t always revolve around the goal of a bodybuilding/fitness/bikini competition. Sure I enjoy getting dolled up and strutting my stuff but I am an athlete. Athletes train to perform. The majority of my fitness goals are performance driven. Most recently I completed the Men’s Health Uranathalon, a 10-mile adventure race.
My typical training week looks like this…
- Monday: Cardio/Legs.
- Tuesday: Cardio/Back.
- Wednesday: Full Body Conditioning.
- Thursday: Cardio/Shoulders.
- Friday: Cardio/Chest/Arms.
- Saturday: Full Body Conditioning.
- Sunday: Rest
What are your max lifts?
I don’t train for max lifts. Most of my training is functional in nature. I will often work in time intervals and perform max reps.
What music do you listen to while you workout?
If I am training with someone, I will ditch the ipod. Most of the time I train alone and have the beats loud! If I am lifting, I am listening to hip-hop. If I am hitting cardio, I am listening to hip-hop, pop, or dance.
What’s your favourite cheat meal?
Peanut butter cup ice cream.
Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?
I respect anyone who dreams big and works hard to make those dreams a reality. I have several favorite bodybuilding and fitness athletes but my absolute favorite is Pauline Nordin.
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
“The BIGGER the goal the more it COSTS!”
“TIME = (T)hings (I) (M)ust (E)arn!! Dream Big! Train hard!” -Kandace Hudspeth
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