What is your
first and last name?
- What is your height and weight?
Stage weight : 108 lbs. Off-season
125-130lbs - Height: 5'0"
- How old are you?
30 years old
- Where do you currently reside?
- What is your profession?
I am an organic farmer. I raise certified organic,
SPCA certified humane lamb.
- How did you get started into lifting weights and
I was a kid I have loved muscular physiques. I was in and out of the
gym, taking step classes and not really knowing what I was doing in the
weight room, since I was 18. I stumbled across a blog on the internet
that inspired me to try competing because I thought "I'm just like her,
she's a normal person, she just does something not a lot of other
people do but I can do that". I just didn't know exactly where to
start. I worked at BodyFit Fitness Centre for a few months that summer
( 2008) and met my friend, former Nationals competitor, Gerry
McCracken. He gave me, free or charge, some workout plans and a sample
menu to start my contest prep 14 weeks before my first show.
continues to be there for me to answer my questions and spot me on my
heavy days at the gym now.
- Were you athletic growing up? What other
sports have you done or
are currently doing?
always excelled at short-distance running events, sprints, relays,
etc., I was active, my brother and I would go mountain bike riding
through trails, or build snow forts in the winter, play tag with
friends, I played school volleyball in grade 10, but I would not have
considered myself athletic. I think clumsy is a better
- What are
your goals in bodybuilding?
I am a natural athlete so I will go as far as I can naturally. My goal
is always to do better than I did previously, increased muscle mass,
sharper conditioning, more strength in the gym, better self-control
when it comes to eating, etc. I wish to be a positive role
for other women and inspiration to others wishing to improve their
health, habits, even their self-esteem. I wish to share the power of
positivity, self-discipline, and hard work, and to encourage others.
- In your opinion, what is your best bodypart?
boy, I think I have to say my legs, maybe my calves. I am
genetically fortunate to have inherited my dad's " wheels" (which he
doesn't even work), and my mom's small ankles, a great combination.
Thanks, Mom and Dad!
- Do you enjoy
being strong? Why?
enjoy it very much! I can't tell you the last time I said "I
fat" or thought "I don't like how I look". I never
with depression anymore and I don't obsess over the scale. Before, I
felt like I could never live up to society's expectation of what a
woman should look like. Now I say "screw society's expectations". Be
your own person, look how you want to look, be strong, be proud of your
accomplishments! I would way rather have some girth to this
than a stick frame or be "skinny fat". Being a muscular woman,
especially when I'm only 5 feet tall, is fun because I see a lot of
people do double takes at me and nudge whoever they're walking or
sitting with and pump their arms or something like that. It has this
fun sort of shock value. I get a kick out of it!
- Do you enjoy performing onstage?
do. Actually, I started on stage when I was a teenager,
and playing guitar with a friend of mine. For about the last ten years
I have been the front person for "The Myra Marshall
Now, that's not to say I don't get nervous up there, I still suffer
from the "green apple dance" from time to time, haha, or break out in a
nervous cold sweat before I go out there. In bodybuilding, my
adrenaline gets going so hard I really have to focus to steady myself
and just keep smiling. Always smile.
- Why do you love lifting weights?
- Tell us what a typical day is
like your you.
I love to challenge myself, outdo myself. It's nice to start your day
with a great accomplishment. I also love my gym family.
up at 5:50am every day. I have to eat and have my coffee and
vitamins first thing and then I am out and doing farm chores. From the
farm I go to the gym and most days I have time to do my cardio and my
first muscle group. I also am a hairstylist, so I usually have to go
home right away, have a snack, do some client's hair, then I have
another meal and head back to the gym for my second muscle group,
either in the afternoon or evening. I also have night chores to do at
the farm and I try to get meals prepared for the next day, as much as
possible anyways. Then there's the usual household tasks...everyone
knows about those.
- Do you like to show off your muscles when out in
public or do you cover
we all work hard for our muscles, so I say let people see
If nothing else, it's a great conversation starter.... I love tank tops!
misconception about bodybuilding would you like to dispell?
of people say "it's unhealthy". I say "what part of eating whole,
unprocessed foods, and getting regular exercise is
think there's also a stereotype out there that we are stuck up or angry
or think we are better than everyone else. Honestly, bodybuilders are
some of the nicest, most down to earth, friendly, encouraging people I
know. That's why I love volunteering at bodybuilding shows, I love
being around them!
- What kind of stuff would we find in the backseat of
gym bag, rubber boots, dust masks for farm chores, my dog, extra farm
clothes, extra gym clothes, a cooler with my meals if I'm out and
about, empty water bottles, a notebook for grocery lists or writing
down a song on the radio, reusable grocery bags, various
and garbage and a container of bungee cords (I don't even know why
those are in there). That's just what's in there now since I cleaned it
a week ago.......
- Favorite movie actor/actress?
I have always loved John Candy. I love comedy and I always loved his
humour! I think he would have been such a nice guy to know too.
- Person you would like to meet? (living or
Tedeschi is my favorite blues artist. I met her briefly at a concert,
just said hi and go a picture. I'd love to jam with her sometime though.
- Anything else we should know about you?
I used to hate
my legs. I thought that women were supposed to have skinny legs with
knobby knees. I remember as a kid asking my mom why my legs were bigger
than everyone else's. She always said "mine were stronger and I was
shorter so the muscles weren't as long". I still didn't wear shorts
from grade 6 until I graduated unless I was just doing yardwork or
something. Since I've been bodybuilding, I get women emailing me asking
what I do to get my legs. I value them now. I love my legs! I love
myself and value WHO I am too and want others to know that there is
more to all of everyone that just our outward appearance or
physical-self. Being involved in this sport, I have met such amazing
people and learned a lot about myself and learned to be kind to myself,
love myself, and therefore become a better person towards other people
too. When we are not so self-conscious and self-centered or feeling
sorry for ourselves we can focus more on helping others. I really hope
that I can be a positive light for everyone I meet.
Thank you so much for letting me share with you!
Last updated: Aug. 25, 2010 @ 12:44 a.m. PT