Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Janelle Tsao Interview

Janelle Tsao Interview By Female Muscle Guide

Where were you born?

Janelle Tsao: Twenty five years ago, I was born in Santa Barbara and when I turned 3, my parents decided to move to Hawaii. I practically lived most of my life as an island girl.

What do you do for fun that does not relate to the sport, do you have any hobbies?

Janelle Tsao: I currently work as an executive assistant at Farmers Insurance, freelancing makeup artist with Mac Cosmetics & as an on-call personal chef.

I like to try out new recipes baking & cooking, arts & crafts, travel, lay out in the sun, read books & fitness magazines in my free time.

How and when did you get involved in weight training?

Janelle Tsao: It all started when I was 21, I worked 3 different jobs & got up to168 lbs. I was tired of being overweight. I signed up at a local gym. I started with a few half hour sessions throughout the week and then gradually became addicted. I moved over to California 6 months later, ended up in gym classes like boxing & spinning. The harder I worked, the more results I saw. I was eager to raise the standard. I eventually got into circuit weight training initiated by my first trainer. Then I started bodybuilding & learning new techniques from fellow gym buddies & additional PTs. Stacey Naito worked out at the same gym, noticed my efforts & asked me if I ever considered competing. And that's how it started!

How often do you train and could you give a brief overview of your weekly workout?

Janelle Tsao: On season, I split two gym sessions - an AM cardio session & a PM training session, each session usually ranges from 45 minutes to 75 minutes depending on what I'm working on that day or what classes I've engaged myself in. Every other day is a double cardio day and the days in between are alternative training days with upper & lower body muscle groups. I like to change it up: i do cardio everyday on my lunch break at my work's gym facility. Mon & Wed nights I like to go to Spin class, swim laps on Tues or Thurs nights & train upper body or do lower body plyometrics.

How critical is a good diet in this sport and why?

Janelle Tsao: I always say diet is 80% critical to this sport because you are what you eat! Too much of anything or too less of something can tweak your physique! For example, sugar free products cause the body to bloat and hold on to water. We need various fats, minerals & nutrients daily to function, look & feel at our ultimate best!

What is your favorite workout and why?

Janelle Tsao: My favorite workout would be my delt weight training day. Delts can portray a lot of things on an individual - such as strength & posture. There's nothing I like more than broadening a frame with a pair of sexy shoulders!

Do you train harder for competition preparation versus training in the off-season?

Janelle Tsao: I train harder for competition for obvious reasons- I have a goal & I project to exceed it. I think it's more of a mental thing for me because it's hard to weight train on a more limited diet.

Did you want to compete from the day you started or did you gradually come in to it?

Janelle Tsao: No, I had no idea I would ever do a thing, such as competing. It grew on me & now I'm determined!

When and what was your first competition and how did you do?

Janelle Tsao: My first competition was in the spring of 2010. It was very intimidating, I still struggled through it with my eating disorders. I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, but I'm naturally a fighter & the true competition against myself!

How often do you compete now?

Janelle Tsao: I have only competed a couple times a year since I started. This coming summer, I have 3 big competitions in mind.

Could you list the competitions you have competed in and your placement?

Janelle Tsao:

- NPC Los Angeles Bodybuilding Muscle Contest of Mar 28, 2010 (13th place)
- GNC Muscle Contest of Jul 24, 2010 (13th place)
- California State Bikini Championships of May 28th, 2011 (2nd place)

In your opinion what is your best body part?

Janelle Tsao: I would say my calves. Though It wouldn't be fair to take all the credit from my genes :P

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Janelle Tsao: In ten years, I see myself working as a registered dietician with those in this industry, constantly networking, motivating & encouraging others to making new improvements in their physical and mental awareness in promoting health & fitness.

Janelle's Websites:

- Facebook fan page
- Twitter page

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