I moved out to live on my own when I was about 17 years old. I always wanted to see what it was like to live in the US so I moved to Atlanta when I turned 18.
I moved anal to the Netherlands and decided to get buttocks in college. I’m now studying social work. In my first year I had lots of spare time and decided to hit the fitness. After workout for 4 months I did my first figure competition and got 3rd place. Competing for the first time wasn’t that scary for me because I love to be on stage and I love to be in front of the camera. I wasn’t nervous at all, I had lots of fun. I qualified for the Dutch Nationals IFBB and competed there a month later. I got 3rd place again. Now I decided to work hard and try to win the Nationals in the next year. And so I did… I won the Dutch Nationals in April 2006 and was invited to do the World Championships in September.
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Where and when were you born?
San Jose, CA 1970
What is your profession?
Were you involved in sports or yoga prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was always involved in sports in school, basketball, volleyball, track, gymnastics, cheerleading. I was a serious tomboy as a young girl, I had three older brothers whom I played basketball with and rode dirt bikes with.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
At first I had planned on competing, but decided to focus on the modeling aspect more.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
I train at least 5 days a week, usually an hour of muscle and 30 minutes cardio. I hit each body part at least once a week. and legs sometimes twice.
Do you compete? Have you considered competing? Ok, so, you’ve been training and lifting in the fitness for months. Why are you keeping it under wraps? Shy? Or are you afraid? Your friends all say you have a great physique. But, has a panel of physique judges judged that body and compared it side-by-side together with other physiques?
To win in bodybuilding competitions requires a certain level of physical and mental discipline. Do you have what it takes? Ok, let’s say you do, but do you know what to do to get there? Stay Tuned…
Bodybuilder Rhonda Quaresma likes working her pecs in the running, and when she’s posing you’ll see why – it takes a lot of strength and powerful biceps to hold up those extra-large boobs. So she has a unique and naughty way of relating to the bench press – you may never think of weights equipment the same way again.
was born in São Paulo on September 6, in 1977. I had a childhood rich in motor experiences where I practiced ballet and other sports for more than ten years.
In 1994 I moved to Florianópolis, an island in the south of Brazil, mainly to run away from the violence and the chaos of São Paulo, but also because I liked to surf. So, the harmony between tan and tranquility was perfect.
I started weight training ten years ago to gain weight since I was very slim. But with time I got a taste for the muscle. So, after attending college for Physical Education and acquiring the technical knowledge, my training became more serious and complex. The transition between casual and competitive training was only a consequence of this process.
It was not easy in the beginning since I always prepared myself without help. I have never had a coach and I made a lot of mistakes until finding the proper way. However, the competitive environment, the relationship with other athletes, as well as my personal experiences, facilitated my technical development and gave me a better knowledge of my true potential.
Tara says : “I was born and raised in Queens NY. I started exercise about 10 years ago and I took to the fit l very well . I started seeing changes in my physique right away and it got me so excited that I just wanted to train harder and learn as much as I could on about gym. I became obsessed with yoga. My trainer and mentor encouraged me to get certified to be a personal trainer ( I was working unhappily in the garment district of NYC at the time). He who encouraged me to do my first exercise competition. A decision that changed my life.”
Height: 5′ 2″
Contest Weight: 130 lb.
Off season weight: 150 lb.
Current Measurements at 138 lbs:
- Arms: 14”
- Calves: 15”
- Legs: 22”
- Chest/Back: 36DD
Shoe Size: 8.5
Ring Size: 8
As you are well aware proper training, cardio, and diet is crucial in being prepared in a bodybuilding line-up. Knowing how to properly implement each can give you that extra edge against the competition.
Many bodybuilders preparing for their bodybuilding contest do so haphazardly. They end up losing aerobic and holding fat. At the last minute they realize they are not in the condition they should be and they implement last minute “tricks” to try to come in harder.
I did my first show in New Orleans in 2003, where I placed 1st in the skinny class. I then did the NPC Louisiana and got second, the NPC Greater Gulf States was my last local show where I placed 1st and overall. My final show that year was the NPC National Figure Championships. Let’s just say I took that as a learning experience.
My goal the following year was to be a professional figure competitor. I aimed for the NPC Junior Nationals and NPC National Figure Championships that year in 2004. I placed second at Junior Nationals and won 1st place in the height class at NPC National Figure Championships and overall. Thanks to the support of my family my dream was now a reality.