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Amber Defrancesco
Amber Defrancesco - female bodybuilder - genex magazine profile

September 9 , 2008 - by gene x hwang

Amber Defrancesco

What is yor first and last name?  
Amber DeFrancesco

What is your height and weight? 
I'm 5'6" and 175 lbs. off season, 150 lbs. contest

Where do you currently reside?
West Mifflin, PA

What is your profession?
Manager for General Nutrition Center

How did you get started into lifting weights and bodybuilding?
I got my first gym membership when I was 15, but I would only do aerobics because I was embarrassed to lift. In college we were required to weight train for cheerleading but that was inconsistent. 

After college I started training on my own and that is were I met my husband who asked me to compete in figure.  I had no clue what figure competitions were but I thought I have nothing to lose.  From that point I have been addicted!

Were you athletic growing up?  What other sports have you done or are currently doing?
By the time I was three years old, I was on stage practicing ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics.  I dropped ballet and tap by age six and just practiced jazz and gymnastics.  

I ran the 100 meter and 400 meter in track for two years and one year in shot put, discus and javelin, but my heart was with cheerleading.  I started cheering when I was 11 years old.  I was not only cheering for my school I also participating in a traveling team that competed all year. I cheered for a total of nine years.

What are your bodybuilding goals?
To get my IFBB pro card

In your opinion, what is your best body part?
My legs

Do you enjoy performing onstage (bodybuilding routine)?
MOST DEFINETLY

 Amber Defrancesco on www.ftvideo.com
Why do you love bodybuilding? 
I am a very dedicated person and that is what this sport requires.  I need to wake up every morning having a goal and this sport gives me that drive.  And of course I love to lift heavy and challenge myself!

What kind of stuff would we find in the backseat of your car? 
Gym bag, a gallon of water,  tennis shoes and sandals.

What sports do you watch? 
College football and the Steelers.  Strongmen contests and the Olympics when they are on - in particular the summer games.

Favorite movie  actor/actress? 
Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Al Pacino 

Are there any questions you want to ask us? 
How did  you and James get started and who was the first photo shoot for GeneX Magazine?

our answer: "Hm, I can't say who was the official first shoot for Gene X Magazine, but one of the earliest profiles that I took photos for was of Michelle Ivers (now Michelle Brent).  James and I knew each other from the industry so in January of 2003 we merged the sites since I was focusing more time on my photography studio in San Francisco (Orange Photography) - ever since then we've worked together!

If you'd like to chat about Amber or leave her a message, check out our message boards!

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2008 @ 9:25 a.m. PT

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