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In spirit of Black History Month, I had the opportunity to interview IFBB pro champion bodybuilder Victoria Dominquez. She overcame the odds and decided to take a step of faith from watching bodybuilding competitions to competing in them and now she is stronger, healthier and wants to be an example for women and girls and let them know it is ok to have a health strong bodies and minds which lead to having more self esteem. Please enjoy my interview with this modern day Wonder Woman.
Roger- Good Afternoon Victoria, How did you get started in Bodybuilding?
Victoria– Often I’m asked this particular question and in short I just decided to one day try my luck. I got tired of being a spectator and wanted to be a participant. I have a dear girl friend who competes and I would see her transformation from star to finish product and I would think to myself I can’t do this it’s too hard, but one day I got tired of saying I can’t and started to say YES I CAN the rest has led me to where I am now which is a national level competitor makes this 2014 my 5th year doing so.
Roger- Why is it import for women to start bodybuilding?
Victoria – It’s not important for women to start bodybuilding its not for everyone nor the look is not for everyone but it is important for a women who wants to take control of her body and to become healthy for her to become aware that muscle is not the enemy. I choose to pack on the muscle and for some this may be extreme but some muscle is NEEDED. Muscle alone helps you burn body fat FASTER and it helps to reshape the body. Muscle builds confidence so is it important for women to body build that depends on your perception on what body building is…
Roger – What does your workout schedule consists of?
Victoria – Since I am self employed it gives me the opportunity to make this a lifestyle, however excuses not needed why cause when I was working a nine to five I still got to the gym EVERYDAY.. like anything u make it a choice and if so planning becomes essential to success.. if you can plan for your future why not plan for a healthy body.
Roger- What advice do you have for women who are just starting out as new bodybuilders?
Victoria– Like I said PLANNING is essential but make sure you are doing it for the right reasons cause no matter what you will meet roadblocks so when that happens if you know why then how you get there will become much easier for you. Also attend a show see what it evolves nothing beats becoming motivated than attending a local show afterwards select a show and plan your attack to compete.. also if possible hire a prep coach and make sure ladies to do your research just cause they have done shows don’t mean they know what they are doing, and just cause they have never done a show does not mean they don’t know what they doing. It’s a trial and error in finding the best fit for YOU last but not least have a good support system honesty is the best policy but not everyone can handle the truth. By that I mean family and friends are great but make the worst judgment at times when doing a show unless they are knowledgeable. They mean well but its best as I said ot have a prep coach or a set of eyes that will tell u like it is.. I rather someone say to me before I get on stage I look like shit than my friends saying GIRL u lost so much weight u look great and going on stage and I’m not ready..
Roger- Do you use social media to promote your personal brand and what platforms do you use?
Victoria– I use FB and you tube l and like most I now use instagram as well as my fitness consulting page http://www.victoriasplace.net to promote myself to world and it is an easy way to get my message out into the market place because in today’s world no one is going to promote your brand better than you but you have to be strategic when use these platforms and if you do it right then sky is the limit.
Roger- If you had the opportunity to encourage young girls that want to follow in your footsteps what advice would you give them?
Victoria- For young women write your own destiny and be a leader not a follower, why look and be like the pack when u can be unique and if its not for you then look at it this way.. youth is a beautiful things but sadly it won’t last however by being healthy you don’t stop the ageing process but you do slow it down, also it’s a great way to develop self esteem and being fit teaches you to march to your own beat even if that beat is different, it teaches you discipline which is a tool u will likely use thought adult hood.
Roger : Thank you so much
Victoria: Thank you and you can reach out to me on www.victoriaplace.net Thank you.