Bikini Competitor Karen Goodman
Email: kabes33 at gmail.com
Birth Date: 12.26.79
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Current Residence: New York City
Height & Weight: 5'2 ½"; Competition Weight - 118 lbs
1. Why did you start competing or plan to do so?
I have been researching this sport for years and have been itching to compete ever since! I started competing because I wanted to see the top level of fitness that I could obtain for myself. It's such a great feeling to be in the best shape of your life!
2. What or who inspired you?
Initially I feel that I inspired and motivated myself. Growing up, I have always been healthy and athletic and wanted to challenge myself as much as possible. I find that competing is something that keeps me motivated and driven and gives me bigger goals to conquer, both physically and mentally! It's awesome to be able to reach for such a high goal and successfully accomplish it! I have to say that once word got out to friends and family that I was competing, a lot of inspiration came from them, as well! They were extremely supportive and encouraging and helped keep me going even at the hardest of times!
3. The shows you have done or plan to do?
I recently competed in Fitness Atlantic, April 28th, 2007. That was my first show and I placed 7th, which I was ecstatic about! Now I can keep reaching for the top! I plan on competing October 6th, 2007 in Brooklyn, NY! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU'D LIKE TO SPONSOR ME FOR ANY SHOW!!!
4. Who helped you get started?
After researching the sport for a few years, I found a camp that Cathy Savage was holding and I excitedly made my way to the Boston area to really get a feel for this sport! Little did I know, meeting Cathy, and all the wonderful girls that train with her, was the best thing I could have done for myself! Once that weekend was over, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to become a Fitness, Figure, and/or Bikini Competitor! I feel grateful to have such wonderful coaches and teammates in my life. I work with Cathy Savage who has a wonderful team of people and is an extremely dedicated coach! (Jodi Jones, Paula Harvey and the Savage Sisters!) I also have had the wonderful honor of working with Alicia Marie and the Hotbody Team in the New York area. Alicia is absolutely wonderful! I firmly believe that in this sport, having support is key! It's sooo great to be around a bunch of women who understand the lifestyle you lead!
5. Who helps you now?
I am continuing to work with Cathy Savage and Alicia Marie. Both are wonderful people with an extreme amount of knowledge in Fitness, Figure, and Bikini!
6. Where do you work out?
I currently work out at New York Sports Club in New York City. I also box a few days a week, which is a FANTASTIC workout, and try to do almost anything to keep me active, moving, and healthy!
7. What results have you achieved?
I've always been a healthy person, but have never been soooo strict with my diet before competing! For my first competition, I dropped about 10% body fat in approximately 12 weeks! It was amazing to see the transformations and watch the inches melt away! I lost about 4 inches in my waist! (And had absolutely no clothes to wear, as everything in my closet was too big! -- such a problem, right!?!) I felt so good knowing that everything I did to get ready for my first show was done in a natural and healthy manner! I feel very strongly about being natural. We're all given different physiques and it's up to us, as competitors, to work with what we've been given and make it the best we can make it!
8. How has fitness changed your life?
Wow… Fitness has always been incorporated into my life. I started dancing and playing softball when I was 4 and 5 years old. I feel that I've known no other way than to be athletic and healthy! I love the outdoors. I love sports, fitness, and anything that keeps me moving! With this lifestyle, it feels great to be able to motivate and inspire others to be as healthy as possible. I plan to do as much as I can to make a difference and have an impact on people's lives!
9. What are your fitness goals?
My number one priority is to stay healthy and fit!
One of my dreams, however, which I'm currently making a reality, is to combine the Entertainment Industry with Health and Fitness. I have my Personal Training Certification, but I currently work in Television Production at MTV. While I have enjoyed this career for quite some time, I have decided to move to the other side of the camera. Being on-camera, my ideal job would be an Entertainment Host/Reporter who, as I mentioned above, combines the Entertainment Industry with the Fitness Industry. Once I have accomplished this dream, I would like to go back to school to obtain a Masters Degree, and possibly a Doctorate, in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. At that point, I think a career as a Personal Trainer and a Nutritionist would be a great fit!
10. What is your diet like?
When competing, I am a lot more strict then when off-season. I eat 5-6 mini-meals every 3-4 hours when getting ready for a show. For my first show I did not deviate from my nutrition plan at all. I didn't even have one cheat meal, but if I could have had one, I would have had pizza!!!! When not competing, I still try to eat 5 small meals throughout the day, but I allow myself cheat meals to stay sane! Pizza is still a favorite of mine, but I must say, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies aren't too shabby either! I have to say, though, that I feel best when eating clean!
11. Your workout schedule?
When I'm not extremely close to a show date, I work out about 5 days a week. Usually 4 of those days consist of weights and all 5 days include cardio. When doing cardio, I make sure to constantly switch up the cardio I choose so my body doesn't adapt to one type of exercise. Boxing is one of my favorite forms of cardio! -- don't worry, it's non-contact for the most part! :-)
12. What is your occupation?
I currently work at MTV Networks in Production Management. Our department organizes many of the shows on MTV from start to finish - from getting the talent, to creating the budget, to overseeing all aspects of a show and ensuring they run as smooth as possible. While I have been working behind the scenes in Television, I have decided to make the switch to on-camera work. One of my dreams, however, which I'm currently making a reality, is to combine the Entertainment Industry with Health and Fitness. Being on-camera, my ideal job would be an Entertainment Host/Reporter who, as I mentioned above, combines the Entertainment Industry with the Fitness Industry. Once I have accomplished this dream, I would like to go back to school to obtain a Masters Degree, and possibly a Doctorate, in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. At that point, I think a career as a Personal Trainer and a Nutritionist would be a great fit!
13. Other sports you have participated in?
I grew up playing softball and was a dancer since I was a wee-lad (about 4 and 5 years old). In the past 3 years I started boxing (non-contact), which I absolutely love! I also enjoy rock climbing, water skiing, hiking, and pretty much anything active!
14. Family (any children), friends, thank-yous?
Wow, where to begin!?! I'll keep this brief since I emailed all of my "supporters" very long emails!! Many thank-yous are deserved to my coaches, my family and friends, and co-workers! They were there through all of my training for my first competition and I couldn't have asked for a better group of individuals to be by my side cheering me on!
I LOVE Television Hosting/Reporting - although, it's going to become my full time career and less of a hobby! I also enjoy scrap-booking! While it can get quite pricey, it's a great hobby that keeps me busy!
16. Life challenges?
I feel that without challenges in life we wouldn't learn as much. It's the obstacles in life (or bumps in the road) that allow us to develop as individuals. I feel everyone has something that, at one point or another, they have had to overcome and, like the saying goes, whatever doesn't break you makes you stronger! Two great quotes to live by that are absolutely wonderful are:"Take pride in how far you've come and have faith in how far you can go." - Christian LarsonIt's important, as individuals, to give ourselves credit for all of our accomplishments and any hardships we may have had to overcome. Often times, our minds are so focused on the next goal or challenge, that we don't take time to appreciate ourselves enough! Taking time to "smell the roses" really allows our mind to take in all we've done in this world!AND…the other quote I like is: "It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities." - Eric HofferI firmly believe in the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!" I feel that at times when we fail at something, or don't do as well as we'd like, that's when we learn the most. Sometimes obstacles let us be more creative in solving a problem! It may cause us to think of another solution that we otherwise might not have thought of, had the obstacle not occurred. In any case, it's crucial that we don't let those moments don't break us down, but that we allow them to make us stronger and pursue our goals even harder! That, to me, is a true warrior and shows true success!
17. Obstacles you have overcome?
Fortunately, while I have not had any major health concerns, I feel that the more athletic I become, the more injury prone I become. However, through it all, I have always figured out ways to overcome any ailment or injury and press on! J Having a positive attitude and good Physical Therapists work wonders!
18. Anything else?
I love the Cleveland Indians! While I live in New York City, I was born in Cleveland and will always be loyal to my Indians!I also love Ohio State Football, being that I was a former BUCKEYE!
My favorite all time movie: A Few Good Men!
Favorite books: The Celestine Prophecy and The Alchemist
Favorite TV Shows: 24 and The Office
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