Interview with Very Beautifull NPC Figure Competitor Patty Zariello

Q&A with:  Name: Patty Zariello
Height/Weight: 5’6” 130 off season 123-125 contest

Q. How long have you been training?
I’ve been training for well over 10 years but only competing since May of 2009.

Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?

A. By focusing on what I want to achieve and knowing that other competitors are out there doing it so I can too. I want to know in my heart that I did everything I could and gave it 110% when I’m standing on stage.

Q. What is the one key piece of advice you could pass on to our readers?
Nothing comes easy. Hard work pays off so if you really want it stay focused, be consistent and work hard.

Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? I just like to make sure I get a good meal in before I train, but before I do cardio I like DREN by MHP for some extra energy. Protein supplement?
My favorite protein is ProtoWhey by BNRG. It tastes great, mixes easily without even a blender and it’s hydrolyzed for easy and fast absorption.

Q. How many days a week do you work out?
I’m in the gym 6 days/week in the off-season and everyday when I’m pre-contest.

Q: How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
I stay pretty lean year round but typically I’ll gain around 5-7 lbs the most in the off-season.

Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
Cardio varies depending on where I am in my prep but usually 6 or 7 days/week
and then I train 4 days/week with my trainer (bodybuilder Sean Allan). We hit every bodypart at least once a week. Right now we’re focusing mostly on bringing up my legs and bringing out my V-taper for my next show so we’ll hit those really hard a couple times/week. He definitely pushes me hard and it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll throw at me next.

Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
I’ve never tried either of those but I’ve heard great things about PX90.
To me if you find something that works for you then do it. Everyone’s different and requires
different techniques to achieve their goals. Find what works and stay committed, that’s what’s important.

Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
My first competition was 2009 Cal State where I placed 2nd in open and 3rd in masters,
then Sacramento I placed 2nd in open and 1st in masters,
2009 Nationals I placed 12th,
Emerald Cup 2010 I placed 3rd,
and Team Universe 6th.

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?
Hands down the most important thing you can have in this sport is a good support team.
It’s a taxing prep no matter what division you compete in and it does affect the people around you.
If I didn’t have the support of my husband I couldn’t do 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?
If you’re a new competitor I would suggest finding a good coach that you can trust and work well with. He or she can suggest shows for you and together you can map out a solid plan that suits your needs will lead you to your ultimate goal.

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?
I do get tired especially when the carbs are low but I’m eating round the clock every 2.5 – 3 hours so I don’t really get too hungry. Believe it or not I eat a lot so the calories are there. It’s more about where those calories are coming from. Also I always make sure I eat before I workout so I have the energy I need to get through my workouts.

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.)?
Everyone is different (different metabolisms, different activity levels, etc) so it’s hard to answer that so broadly. When I do nutrition programs for clients that don’t compete and just want to be healthy and fit, I try and educate them on the importance of blood-sugar stabilization. Your body needs balance (homeostasis) in order to perform at optimum level where you’re efficiently burning fat and maintaining energy throughout the day. It’s important to have protein, carbs, and fat in the right ratios throughout the day. I recommend cardio at least 3 or 4 times/week and strength training to speed your metabolism and shape your body as well.

Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
Of course! Although I’ve met many wonderful friends through competing over the past year,
I have a lifetime of good friends that will be in my life no matter what. Some are into fitness,
some are not, but I consider them one of my many blessings and an important part of my life.
My husband doesn’t compete either but I have his full support and it means the world to me.

Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
Monica Brant has been more than an inspiration to me. She is the reason I ever started competing.
I attended her FEM Camp in March of 2009 and I’d say it literally changed my life. We have since become
good friends and I still admire her and look up to her like none other.

Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
Oatmeal! I love it plain or with almond butter and ProtoWhey chocolate protein powder mixed in. Great way to start the day!

Q. What is your favorite cheat meal?
Sushi or dark chocolate and red wine :)

Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
I’d say my waist is the most stubborn.

Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
I was inspired and motivated by Monica Brant. I never thought I’d have the confidence to do
it but she made me believe in myself and I’m so thankful to her for that.

Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
I get the most compliments on my back and shoulders so I’d have to say those.

Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
Sometimes you just have to change things up and shock your body a little.
Whether it’s a change in diet or supplements or workout routine change is good.
For me it’s usually the diet that gets a little tweaking and I break right through the plateau.

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