What introduced you to lifting? IIFYM?
My dad was the one who introduced me to lifting. He’s been lifting since he was like 14 years old, and we’ve had a home gym in the basement since before I was born. I didn’t really get into enjoying lifting until around 2012, but my Dad has been pumping iron in the Maher Lair since he built it in 1993. I started seriously lifting while away at college, and every summer since then, it was me and Dad in the basement, lifting to old school rock in the best lit gym on earth! I miss all that, no lie.
As far as IIFYM, the first time I ever heard of it was from my girl Krissy Mae Cagney. I found her shortly after she started DNDL in 2014, and the rest is history.
Where do you get your motivation?
Where ever I can find it. Sometimes it comes from my past self, wanting to do better. Sometimes from my future goals, wanting more for myself. Sometimes it comes from others close to me, pushing me and supporting me; I want to make them proud. And sometimes there’s no motivation at all, and you just gotta fake it till it comes back.
Do you diligently track your macros?
In off season, no. In prep, yes. I’m a little more lax than I should be at times, but majority I’m on it.
What was your passion before lifting?
Volleyball! I played for 14 years all the way through college, and coached for 2. I was a middle, and I LOVED playing! I miss it all the time! I ended my college career with 2 school records, 2 MVPs, 3 All Americans, and the best 4 years a college could give me. I still do private lessons on the side as well (click the TRAIN WITH ME tab and see more info on that if interested).
What interested you in competing?
I actually knew I wanted to compete by my sophomore year of college. I had a year of serious lifting under my belt, & loved what I had accomplished so far (performance wise). I knew that after college, my career as an athlete would be over. I’m very competitive & have been an athlete all my life, so I didn’t want it to end. I made a plan to give everything i had to my final years of college athletics, & then get into competing to keep my competitive drive alive. I ended up waiting 4 years to compete until I was ready, now I’m hooked, and have found a new passion.
What is 1 advantage/disadvantage of being a tall bikini competitor?
One advantage: you’re taller than everyone else, so you can see above the crowds to the snacks easier.
One disadvantage: you go on last, & have to wait all damn day & night to step on stage.
What is your favorite exercise? Least favorite exercise?
Least Favorite: Squats
What is your favorite muscle to train?
Delts and hamstrings!
How long have you been working out? How long have you been a CPT?
Somewhere over 5 years. Been a CPT for about 2.5 years.
How long does it take to see results?
That’s completely individual to each person. And it gets harder to see results the longer you’ve been training. There’s such thing as “newbie gains,” which means lots of times, beginners who are just starting out start seeing results fairly quickly because its so new to their body. But to see REAL results, it takes years. Because your goals will change, your body will go through plateaus, and muscle development takes a lot of time and patience. Each year, it gets harder & harder for me to gain muscle & lose weight. But its a lifestyle & it keeps you honest.
How did you and your boo thang meet?
We met in college! He transferred in the last semester of my senior year. We were friends for about 3 years before we dated. The full story is pinned to the top of my twitter [@tweetcaraline] its a doozy haha
Will you marry me?
If you could be any animal what would you be?
A fox or a hummingbird. Both are fantastic.
Are your boobs real?
Yes they are. But at one point they weren’t.
What do you eat the most of?
I’m all over the place right now with the variety in my diet, so the only consistent thing I always eat is candy hahaha. But during prep I eat mainly fish & shrimp meals.
Thank y’all for all your questions, & thanks for reading! This was really fun! Hopefully this gave a little insight on some random shit you were wondering. I always love hearing what y’all are interested in!