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Rebecca Grande: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions

Abstract: Rebecca, who just got her pro card in Masters Figure, was nice enough to talk to us about her training. Being a personal training manager and mother, she still finds the time to hit the gym and show everyone what hard work looks like.

While many say that they bodybuild, only a few get to say that they have their pro card. Rebecca, who just got her pro card in Masters Figure, works full time as a personal training manager and stays on top of her workouts. Dieting down to a stage figure is not an easy task, let alone when you are also a mother to three. It is hard work like this that made Rebecca the perfect lady to ask some questions. While some like to talk big, Rebecca shows what it is all about when she steps on the stage.

How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
I am 43 years old and am from Jackson, NJ. Home of Six Flags Great Adventure. I squat low but not ass to grass as I have a bit of a butt wink so I want to be careful not to hurt myself. I am rebuilding my confidence after a failed spot caused me to go down with 315 on my back last year. I am getting there!

What areas of weight training do you train? And what is your best squat?
I am a professional bodybuilder, holding my pro cards in Masters Figure, Figure and Physique. My PR is the 315.

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
I am the personal training manager at Equinox in NYC so I make my staff train me!

How did you into bodybuilding?
It is an interesting story. I injured my right arm, partially severed ulnar nerve, and after I was cleared to use it again my husband encouraged me to take my rehab further and start training to compete. Started Jan 8, 2013, went pro in May!

How did you get injured? What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
I did it on a mechanical bull! I held on way too long!!!
My legs are two days. 1) deadlifts, one leg deadlift w/kettlebell, squat, leg press, kneeling hip hinge, one leg step ups, & calf raises.
2) lateral lunges w/good mornings, walking lunges, goblet or front squats, lying hamstring curls, leg extensions, banded lateral lunges, explosive resistance running, & box jumps

So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit?
I’m going to compete again in 2016. I want to get pro cards in two other organizations and qualify for Miami nationals. All this while taking care of three kids and 53 trainers!!!

When you lift heavy, when was the first time you out lifted a guy? And what do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
I out lifted some guys right away, now I love the times that I am loading the squat bar and I have guys ask if I need help UNnloading! I did have one guy laugh when I said I was using that weight and stood behind me while I preceded to lift that, add another plate, lift that as well. He then shook my hand and apologized! I have support from everyone. Most of my friends who do not lift get some inspiration from me which is nice. We all have haters, I just choose to ignore them!

What do you tell women who think lifting heavy makes you look “manly”?
I usually ask them if they are referring to the women who use steroids and change their features. I explain that I only compete in tested organizations and feel that I look beautiful when I am on and off stage.
We all have our own opinions, as long as theirs are not coming from a place of jealousy I will sit and chat about it all day!

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
I would like to tell younger lifters to STAY NATURAL!! The long term effects far outweigh any short-term gains you may get. It might take a little longer and your diet may be a little more difficult, but there is nothing better than knowing you accomplished your goals without any synthetic help!
I want women to know that no matter what has happened in the past they can overcome their obstacles and have the physique they dream of. It all starts with one change, the rest comes easy!

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Founder of Fight Against Chicken Legs, part-time workout stuff, sometimes making websites look pretty, and saving the world #OneRepAtATime