Annette Kaminski - 2003 Women's Champion

Annette KaminskiMy name is Annette Kaminski.

On October 11th, 2003 I placed first in the Overall Woman's and Woman's Masters Divisions in the "Musclemania New England" bodybuilding contest.

I have been a bodybuilder for about 18 years, but it has been 17 years since I have last competed.

I have always been athletic. Starting from when I was in high school, I was in track and played basketball. After high school I was an avid runner. I was employed at a computer company and they had a fitness center and I began to workout with weights. I really enjoyed it and I saw results very quickly.

At the age of 24 I joined my first gym. A friend of mine worked there and he encouraged me to compete in bodybuilding. I trained for about 6 months and did my first show. It was the 1986 A.A.U. Ms Massachusetts held in Worcester, MA. I placed third. It was a great experience and I knew that I would do it again. The next year in 1987 I did the show again and took 2nd place and the following year I won the overall 1988 A.A.U. Ms Massachusetts title. At that point I decided to take a break from competing but I still worked out and have kept training ever since.

In 1992, with my now husband we opened a Bagel Shop in Natick Ma. It was very successful, but it took up a lot of my time. We had it for 6 years. Then in 1994 we got married and I now have three great children Shayne 8, Lukas 6, and Nikalette who is 4.

I have been working out at the Gold's Gym in Natick for many years. I try to get there at least 4 days a week for weight training and I do three days a week of cardio. I feel that weight training and cardio are both very important in keeping my body lean and fit.

When training for the Musclemania Contest I was very strict in keeping a high protein, moderate carbohydrate, and low fat diet. As the show got closer I lowered my carbohydrate intake and stayed with the high protein. I also did a lot more cardio.

My decision to do the Musclemania Bodybuilding Contest was personal. I wanted to see if after 18 years I could still do it. I will say that getting ready for a competition was a lot more difficult when you have a family to take care of but I just took one day at a time.

The show was great. It was held at the John Hancock Hall in Boston. There were a lot of great people competing. Everyone helped each other out backstage to get ready. It was a great atmosphere.

Going out on stage was really exciting. The stage was set up so perfectly between the great lighting that was provided for us to the commentating of our individual routines at night. I had the pleasure of personally meeting the commentator Mike D'Angelo during intermission. He did my body-fat composition. It was 8%. He said it was the lowest he had ever done for a woman before and he did hundreds of them.

It was a great experience doing Musclemania and I hope to do it again next year.

My life will always include fitness. I hope to someday open up a personal training business. I enjoy when people comment me on my body and ask me for advice on how to train.

The judge at the "Musclemania Contest" put it the best way, "Bodybuilding is the only sport where you carry your trophy with you all the time."

I have since done the ANBC Nationals in November. I took 4th place. I was really happy and proud of myself for how I did and for being able to do the Show. But that would not have been possible if it wasn't for the Musclemania show I did.

Thank you, it was a Great Experience!

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