INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH

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IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler

Female Bodybuilding Interview of the Month

March 2011
FBBFan.com Q&A; interview with IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilding Competitor Tina Chandler.
Editor's Note:
Special thanks to Tina for taking the time to speak with FBBFan.com. All photos courtesy of Tina Chandler.

FBBFan.com: Hello Tina, Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to share a bit about yourself with FBBFan.com readers!

Tina: Thank you for having me. It is my pleasure!

FBBFan.com: Would you please tell us a little bit about yourself?How old are you? Where are you from? Current Residence? Relationship Status? Family Life?

Tina: I was born in Louisiana, but live in Houston,Texas. I have lived in Texas most of my life. I grew up with two brothers (me in the middle) and my mom, who is and has been my greatest inspiration and strength through life's hardest lessons!

I am 36 years young and am now engaged to a wonderful man! We are to be married next year in April 2012.

FBBFan.com: What is your current profession?

Tina: I am a personal trainer and massage therapist. Self-employed.

FBBFan.com: How did you get involved in the sport of Women's Bodybuilding?

Tina: I got into the sport of women's bodybuilding by meeting the right person, Johnnie West, my one and only nutritionist and coach. I had ALWAYS had the muscular foundation meant for bodybuilding because I had developed lots of strength and muscularity from being a gymnast. It wasn't until I was 30 that I had decided to make room in my life to commit to trying to compete. I knew that the only way I would want to go for it was to do it at my best. Johnnie is the owner of the gym where I relocated my clients in 2003. I had the drive and he had the 'know-how'!
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler

FBBFan.com: How does your friends, family and the general public react to your physique?

Tina: Generally, I get a very positive reaction from everyone around me. Friends and family are proud and the public tend to look on with envy and awe.

FBBFan.com: What do you enjoy about being a bodybuilder?

Tina: I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a certain positive self-image. So many people (almost all if you ask me) live in a constant battle with themselves about the way they look and feel. I believe the majority are ALWAYS battling their weight and going up and down and always feeling like they 'aren't totally happy' with where they are or will ever be. I feel that through being a bodybuilder, I have freed myself from this angst.

Bodybuilding is much deeper to me than I think a lot of people realize. The thing I MOSTLY enjoy about bodybuilding is the innermost challenge I must face each and every time I am to compete and improve. I love having to face my fears and overcome them to get to the next level. This is the ART of bodybuilding and the ART of knowing yourself better than most people admit they want to know!

FBBFan.com: What does it mean to you to be an "IFBB Professional Female Bodybuilder"?

Tina: It means that I have reached my earlier goals and am that much closer to truly achieving what my potential could possibly be. But most of all, to me, being an IFBB Professional Female Bodybuilder means that I have a louder voice for those to hear me in the world when I speak to them about health and fitness! I have always been in this conversation, however, being professional, more people are apt to listen and therefore, allow for more change in this world!

FBBFan.com: What has been your greatest personal moment in this sport so far?

Tina: I would have to say that the greatest moment so far for me has been at last years 2010 Tampa Pro when I placed 2nd, against the whole audience's opinion. It was the greatest feeling in the world to hear and "feel" so much love and support! I placed 2nd, but in my book, I had won!

FBBFan.com: Would you please share your competition history with us?

Tina:
  • 2004: SW Texas State - 1st middleweight
  • 2005: Lone Star Classic - 1st and overall middleweight
  • 2005: NPC USA - 2nd middleweight
  • 2006: NPC USA - 1st middleweight
  • 2006: NPC Nationals - 5th middleweight
  • 2007: NPC Nationals - 1st middleweight (Earned Pro Card)
  • 2008: IFBB New York Pro - 7th
  • 2009: IFBB Tampa Pro - 3rd
  • 2009: IFBB Ms Olympia - 10th
  • 2010: IFBB Tampa Pro - 2nd
  • 2010: IFBB Ms. Olympia - 8th

FBBFan.com: You've consistently placed well at the IFBB Tampa Pro, competed with the best-of-the-best on the Olympia stage, and because of your accomplishments, what does it mean to you to be considered one of the best female bodybuilders in the world?

Tina: It means that I am doing exactly what I should be doing in this life at this time. It means that I am 'getting it' in life and as a competitor in order to excel like this and that makes me feel great.

To be considered one of the best female bodybuilders in the world, means also that I should use it to my advantage and try and help those in need of what I have learned in my journey!
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler

FBBFan.com: We will be seeing you on-stage at the 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic Ms. International, congratulations! what does it mean to you, being invited and competing at this show?

Tina: Yes, this is very exciting to me! This feels the most personal of all so far. It feels that I have been completely accepted and have gained the respect of those in and around the sport. That is a great definition of success in what you do!

FBBFan.com: What is your height, weight during off-season and contest?

Tina: I am 5'4", off-season is around 160-165. Contest this year will be around 145. I generally stay within striking range of a contest, no more than 15-20 lbs above show weight.

FBBFan.com: Would you please tell us a little about your workout schedule? Contest and during the Off-Season? Does it vary much?

Tina: To tell you the truth, my workout schedule does not change that much going into a show. This time I did add an extra workout day to make 6 days for lifting. I usually just make it 5 days a week.

Legs, Chest/calves/abs, Back, Shoulders/core, Hamstrings, Arms/core.

FBBFan.com: Do you have a favorite exercise?

Tina: I don't think I really have a "favorite" exercise, but I am really strong on a few and, therefore, enjoy them, like weighted dips, DB Incline, and Leg Press.

FBBFan.com: Are you preparing any differently for the 2011 IFBB Ms. International as opposed to previous competitions you've entered?

Tina: No, not really. I have just paid a little more attention to my measurements as I lost body fat to ensure I wasn't losing too much size along the way.

FBBFan.com: Do you have a coach or anyone you work with? Anyone who is helping you prepare for the Ms. International?

Tina: Yes, I mentioned Johnnie West in an answer earlier. He has been with me from the beginning, and we have made this great journey together.

FBBFan.com: What do you consider your best feature?

Tina: This is a hard one for me as I am always seeing places for improvements. I think my back has always been a great feature. Today, however, it seems all my past bests are becoming weaknesses and now to be worked on. LOL
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler
IFBB Pro Female Bodybuilder Tina Chandler

FBBFan.com: We assume we will be seeing the best "Tina Chandler" we've ever seen on-stage this March at the Ms. International, would you take us through your last week of prep?

Tina: I have mentioned before that I do not change too many things going into a show, but I would say that I keep quite a few variations of lunges in my leg workouts and focus on squeezing everything as I go. (like you should always be doing anyway.LOL)

Going into the last week, it's really just workout days of upper body and a little more practice of posing to fine tune the look for stage.

FBBFan.com: How do you deal with carbs? Do you carb manipulate? Carb deplete? Or something different?

Tina: Yes, definitely carb manipulate. Carb deplete.

FBBFan.com: What is a day-in-the-life of Tina Chandler like?

Tina: I wake up around 7:00am for cardio... first appt by 8:30 or 9:00, usually 3 or 4 training appts, then workout around 3:00-4:30pm with cardio, then 5:30-10:00pm more training appts.

I enjoy my work. It is always more than just showing people how to workout properly, it usually involves mentally motivating and helping people guide themselves through life!

FBBFan.com: What are your hobbies and interests outside of the bodybuilding world?

Tina: I enjoy crossword games, scrabble, mind puzzles,etc... I am really very busy with future business plans around fitness and don't have much physical time to do much else, which is why I think I like the mental past times. Aside from that, (you're gonna laugh), I really LOVE TO EAT! LOL... Perhaps, that is the reason I got into bodybuilding... lol... so that I could ensure I can have great food and not have to really 'pay' for it with being overweight. And furthermore, my fiance`, is a chef! LOL

FBBFan.com: What's currently on your iPod?

Tina: I always think this is a great question. I have a lot of Anthony Hamilton, Keisha Cole, Johnnie Taylor, Leela James, Ludacris, Etta James... I love the blues and when I work out, I like things that calm me and bring me to center so I am able to remain focused on what I am doing. I don't need a lot of fast beat loud banging music to 'get me going'... I am already gonna get going... I just want to do it with great form and focus! :)

FBBFan.com: Who are your role models? And/or who do you look up to in your life?

Tina: My mother most of all! She is the strongest woman I know and has taught me to be the same strong, caring, and spiritual person as herself.

FBBFan.com: What advice do you have for women who would like to get involved in the sport of bodybuilding?

Tina: My main advice is to seek and find someone of expertise in diet and supplements. Learn along the way as much as you can and always be safe and smart and calculating.

FBBFan.com: Who are your favorite bodybuilding athletes?

Tina: Lenda Murray!!! and Shawn Ray were my most favorite bodybuilders when I was growing up! They were always featured in the magazines I read!

FBBFan.com: How can people contact you? Do you have a website?

Tina: www.TinaChandler.com. Please visit my NEW and IMPROVED website and members section!

FBBFan.com: Thank you Tina, for taking the time to speak with us and share a little bit about yourself with FBBFan.com readers, is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?

Tina: I want to thank all of you for all your support in my career this far and to come! I want you to know that I am excited to proudly represent the women of our sport and to help bring us higher on the totem pole! I am motivated to TRY and accomplish equal prize winnings for women as it is for men... (If Serena and Venus Williams can do it, so can WE) My biggest goal, however, is to make fitness a normal way of life for everyone! I have big goals, I know, but with YOUR help, we can all get these things accomplished!

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