Interview with Amazing Figure Competitor Beth Peshia

Name: Beth Peshia
Height/Weight:6’0 145-160

Q. How long have you been training?
A. Seriously training for about 4 years

Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. Overall, flabby and not proportioned, at my highest weight I was 225lbs, yikes!

Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. The last few weeks are the easiest for me because the end result is so close and the hard work is showing off.

Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. Yes and no, I am a very outgoing and approachable person so I can say I just get different attention now.

Q. What is the one key piece of advice you could pass on to our readers?
A. Never give up, persistence is the key. Each day builds on the next so treat each day as I new start to a healthy you. If you have a bad day don’t dwell on it, regrets are a waste of time. Focus on the positive and start fresh.

Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement?
A. ABB Speed Stack
ON Cake Batter 100% Whey

Q. How many days a week do you work out?
A. I lift 4 days a week and cardio 6 days a week.

Q: How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout?
A: Usually two, but areas that need more improvement I do individually.

Q: How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A: About 5-10 pounds

Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. I keep it fast paced, a lot of super sets with medium weight and high reps. I recently switched to this method after 3 years of heavy weights to build now I am sculpting.

Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. Definitely, I love to switch it up.

Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results?
A. NPC IL state 2008-4th place tall class figure

NPC IL Iron Man 2009 2nd place figure tall

NPC Continental 1st place figure tall  and Overall winner at NPC Mid-states November 2009.

NPC Jr. Nationals 2010, did not place.

Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. Not to expect to look like you do on stage year round. Also, compete at your personal best and not what the judges want you to look like.

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. To enjoy the moments more and relish the success.

Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?
A. I really don’t think I have made that many huge sacrifices that don’t overpower my health and success.

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. Strong drive and the ability to say mentally strong and focused.

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. I encourage people to do their research and depending on their long term goals pick and organization that best fits your personality and goals.

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. At times but I think the proper diet will train your body and you will eat when you are hungry. I eat about every 2.5 hours and my stomach tells me when its past that.

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. Every person is so different but start with a realistic plan that you know you can follow. This way you met your goals and do not get discouraged.

Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Most definitely, I have made some of the closest friends through competitions and photo shoots in the last 2 years.

Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. My husband

Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. Broiled tilapia with lemon and hot spices on top of spinach with unsalted sunflower seeds.

Q. What is your favorite cheat meal?
A. Truthfully…….a vodka and diet tonic with a lime~  sorryJ

Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. I love to train arms and have a healthy obsession with jogging outside!

Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
A. Being 6ft tall I struggle with my legs and hips at time but I am overall happy with my body.

Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I love a new challenge and having a goal made my workouts and cardio that much more fun and meaningful. I wanted to be fit and stay fit, competing helps me stay focus and out of trouble.

Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. For a tall women I feel that I am very proportioned and carry myself with elegance so just overall package.

Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. I remind myself of where I came and how persistence is the key.

Q. Do you like the whole competition process? And how does it feel to be on the stage in the front of the hundreds and thousand people?
A. Being on stage makes all the hours in the gym worth it!

Q. What are your future plans?
A. To stay healthy, fit and positive. To educate others about this sport and help them feel confident. I plan to compete at my personal best soon and see where I go from there, building not only my physique but my mind. I am a proud sponsored athlete for ON/ABB and plan to continue to represent them and have fun doing product demo’s and BB shows.

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Comments (2)

  1. Zirunas September 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Thank you so much Paul

  2. Zirunas September 3, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Paul you are too kind, thanks a lot

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