Interview With WBFF Figure Competitor Angelique Kronebusch
Name: Angelique Kronebusch
Height/Weight: 5’2 105lbs
Nickname(s): Ang, Angie, Princess of Pain
Q. How long have you been training?
A. I have been training for 10 years!
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. I was in the worst shape of my life by the time I was 23 years old. I was in a bad relationship and had bad influences around me. In turn, I had bad eating habits and drank too much.
I was very unhealthy and unhappy and was putting on more and more weight. So I decided to do something about my life and took control of it again. I started reading Oxygen magazine and joined a gym.
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. The last few weeks before a show is hard on the mind because you know it is almost over. I just keep in mind that I have gone this far and need to keep going. One slip with bad food can be crutial at that stage of the game. I keep my eye on the prize, which I just placed 1st at my last show at the WBFF Alberta Championships in Figure Short!
Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. I sure do! Especially women. I am a personal trainer so I get a lot of questions from women asking me how I got in this shape, how I eat and how I stay motivated.
Q. What is the weirdest piece of advice you have heard in the gym?
A. I don’t know if it is the weirdest, but a guy I know that has not competed as much as me always tells me to gain 20lbs after my shows to put on more muscle. I disagree with this statement because for a few reasons:
1. 20lbs on my small frame would make me the heaviest I have ever been in my life.
2. For me to gain 20lbs, I would have to eat junk food everyday which I refuse to do and would lead me back into my old lifestyle
3. I do not want to diet hard for 20 weeks before a show to have to lose the 20lbs of fat I put on. I would be miserable.
4. Putting on this much weight may lead to 3 lbs of muscle gain, which in turn I would probably lose 5 lbs of muscle just to get rid of the 20lbs of fat I put on, lol!
Q. What is the one key piece of advice you could pass on to our readers?
A. Always seek advice from an experienced trainer who had trained a lot of athletes for your first show.
Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement?
A. I really love Gaspari Nutrition supplements, and I am a big fan of the Intrapro chocolate protein powder. Tasty and mixes well and also helps me get through a toughh workout!
Q. How many days a week do you work out?
A. I train 6x per week, usually 4-5 of them 2x per day. I have noticed since I am in the best shape of my life now, it is harder to have to lose weight for a show and I have to push myself more.
Q: How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout?
A: Depends, I always target the big muscle groups the hardest. Back I train the hardest and usually to 6-8 different exercises of 3-4 sets each. Arms are not my focus anymore and if I train them I will do 1-2 exercises.
Q: How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A: I try not to gain more then 5 lbs. Summer is the hardest since I get invited to barbeques all the time and there is so much yummy food to eat! I had to lose 12lbs in 8 weeks last year before a show and it was not fun at all.
Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. Off season I have a 3 day split of back/biceps, chest/shoulders, legs. I train abs everyday and I also do pullups and lateral raises almost everyday to work on my v-taper.
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. For sure! I train crazy like that when I prep for a show. In fact, I teach my group fitness classes kind of like P90X. Hence the nickname “Princess of Pain” lol!
Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
A. I have competed with the WNSO which my best results the last 2 years were 2nd place fitness model in 2009, 2nd place figure in 2010, I have also competed with the BCABBA which stands for British Columbia Bodybuilding Association and placed 4th in figure. I have competed with the WBFF 2x now and my best placing was just this month, July 3rd and won figure short!
Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. What to actually do! My first show I just threw myself into it and it was a bad experience. I didn’t get discouraged, I just wanted to get better. I learned a lot on my own and also got help from my trainer in town Sean Hawthorne, who is a very seasoned bodybuilder. He has helped me tremendously.
Q. Looking back on what you have accomplished so far, what is one thing you would change if you could, knowing what you do now?
A. Not really sure. Sometimes I wish my smile was a lot better.
Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?
A. I have sacrificed a lot to prep for shows. I dieted through my 1 year wedding annniversary, thanksgiving, my birthday, my best friend’s stagette. It was worth it when I placed well!
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing a bodybuilder/fitness/figure/bikini can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Strength. Not just in the gym but inside your head as well. People can be very discouraging and this can mess with your goals if you let it.
Q. As a new bodybuilder/fitness/figure/bikini competitor, how should one select which organization or event to compete in? And what are the major differences between the numerous organizations out there?
A. One should do their research. People can get stuck competing with the same organization over and over and never getting anywhere. Also do your research on what the organization actually has to offer their athletes. Some really do nothing while others offer amazing things.
Q. Is it not very hard to exercise and lift on such a low calorie diet? I am talking about the pre-contest diet. I know you follow a very low calorie pre-contest diet. Don’t you get hungry?
A. I do not find it hard to exercise on a low calorie diet because I make sure I eat every 2 hours. Of course I get hungry, but I never feel starved.
If a person feels starved then they are doing something wrong like going hours and hours without eating. Personally I do not like to feel starved so I make sure I am not and I always have food with me.
Q. For someone who is currently a non-competitor, but wants to be as healthy and fit as possible, what would you recommend as far as diet ratios and workout plan (i.e. combination of weights and cardio, how many days, etc.)?
A. I recommend starting at 3x per week of full body exercises plus 20 minutes of cardio just to get the habit going, then adding extra workouts when the person gets stronger and fitter. I also tell people to eat 5 small meals per day, protein and carbs the size of your palm and choosing healthy options.
It doesn’t have to be hard, people just make it harder than it should be.
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Of course it does! They just do not have the same interests as me and that is fine. I don’t expect everyone to.
Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. I always idolized Monica Brant, and she awarded me at the WBFF with my first place trophy so that was pretty special!!
I also admire Jaime Eason, Angela Mraz and Jennifer Hendershott.
Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. I love my oatmeal, I just finished some now!
Q. What is your favorite cheat meal?
A. I love sushi rolls, and lots of them! I also like pizza and cookies.
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. I love pullups, makes me feel strong.
Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
A. Right now I finally have everything cooperating. Last year was my shoulders and abs, this year they are finally great!
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. When I decided to start working out, the girls in Oxygen magazine really motivated me and I wanted to be like them one day. Now I am!
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. My legs and glutes. I always get comments on them.
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. I sit down and review what I have been doing and what could be causing me to plateau. Usually I may be picking at something too often like almond butter(lol) or not doing enough cardio.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. My future plans are to go pro in figure through the WBFF, also to open my own fitness studio.