When it comes to fitness, there are many ways to keep fit. You can walk, ride a bike, jog, join a gym and the list goes on and on. Most of us started some sort of exercise routine in school. For some, it could have been in middle school and carried that routine with them throughout life. For others, it may have started in high school. Others maybe later in life.
Along with some sort of routine, maybe you had fun in school and participated in sports. Others participated in dance maybe even cheerleading. One of the hardest activities is to cheer. These people have to be able to include gymnastics and dancing into a routine and it is hard to do if you are out of shape. Terri McAdams is one lady who was a cheerleader in school and a competitive swimmer. The two activities helped each other. With the dancing and gymnastics of cheer, this helps increase the oxygen level in your body and it carries over to the pool. As you exert the strength to keep moving in the water, your oxygen is sometimes short and it makes it hard to keep up with the competition. Also the swimming helps out the dancing by keeping your body in motion as well as building core strength. Terri McAdams carried these two sports into her later years in life and became a strong competitor. Terri McAdams is a bodybuilder. Terri was also in the reality television show Ultimate Winner.
In keeping with our tour of 2015 and speaking with bodybuilder’s all over the world, the Examiner recently caught up with Terri McAdams as we made a short visit to California. California is home to many bodybuilders. You can see the gyms set up at piers. You can go a few blocks and see another bodybuilding gym. But with all the great weather and time to be outdoors, California is a great place for getting outside and exercising. Terri was very polite in agreeing to an interview in between her busy schedule and ours. The following is our conversation with Ultimate Winner Terri McAdams.
Examiner: Where do you currently reside?
Terri McAdams: Redondo Beach Ca
Examiner: How old are you?
Terri McAdams: 47
Examiner: How tall are you?
Terri McAdams: 5’6
Examiner: Where did you go to high school and did you play in sports in school.
Terri McAdams: I went to an all-girls school in Studio City Our Lady of Corvallis. I was a cheerleader at our brother school and was on the swim team. Both the cheerleading and swimming helped keep me in top shape.
Examiner: Did you attend college – if so where and did you participate in sports there?
Terri McAdams: I went to CSULB and studied psychology. I did not play sports but I did work at a gym and taught aerobics. Yes aerobics, this was the 80’s after all.
Examiner: At what age did you start lifting weights?
Terri McAdams: I started weight training at 19 in college. I started because I gained the freshman ten when I joined a Sorority. I wanted to start bodybuilding and get back to a good weight for me and firm up.
Examiner: When did you take your exercising to the next level and decide to get serious about bodybuilding?
Terri McAdams: I had wanted to compete with bodybuilding for the last 15 years. I just had no idea where to start. I was ask to go on a casting calls for Lauren Powers Ultimate Winner reality show. I almost did not go because I had never competed but I was told she wanted people that were starting out. Lauren is a big reason I am competing. I also was introduced to a great trainer, “Mr. California” Mustafa Khater and his now wife Julie. They both are dear friends of mine know.
Examiner: Do you have a favorite way to kick start your morning?
Terri McAdams: I have to have my egg whites and oatmeal with blueberries every morning. I used to have a Starbucks Chi Latte every day before I started competing then I was told how much sugar was in it and it would not work well with bodybuilding. That ended that.
Examiner: Dieting is a major part of a bodybuilder’s daily routine. If someone spent the day with you what would they see you eating?
Terri McAdams: One of the main reasons I am doing this is for health reasons. I eat a lot of organic veggies. Chicken is a big part of my diet. I also love sea food, so I consume a lot of Salmon and Mahi. I refuse to eat tilapia there is not a lot of nutritional value in it.
Examiner: How many calories do you try to consume on a daily basis?
Terri McAdams: That depends on how close I am to a show. My average is about 1600 a day
Examiner: How does carb depletion before a show affect you?
Terri McAdams: My Boyfriend is afraid of me a week before a show. I am not a happy person with no carbs. I only carb deplete 14 days before a show. I am not sure how I get thru it. I am also a medical software rep and it is really hard to work with brain fog. I broke down crying every day the first time I did the carb depletion.
Examiner: If you ever do a max lifting day, what is the most you have lifted and what type of lift was it?
Terri McAdams: 2014 was my first year competing. My focuses now are my gluteus. So I lift heavy as push myself to failure.
Examiner: When you are posing on stage is there a certain timeframe that you have to hold that position and how hard is it to hold the position?
Terri McAdams: I am bikini fitness model and love it. I love the playful flirty bikini posing. I had to learn to show down and look ad focus on those judges. I get to show off my personality and just have fun with it
Examiner: Do you have a posing coach or do you learn posing on your own?
Terri McAdams: I had a coach my first show. I also went to a couple of posing clinic. Lauren Powers has also coached me.
Examiner: How many shows have you competed in and do you remember where you placed?
Terri McAdams: This was my very first year at this I did 5 shows.
My first show was April 2014 Lauren Powers placed 6 in open. My second Show was NPC California State and I placed 2nd in Maters 45 plus. That same weekend I did Muscle Beach Memorial Day 2014 and place 1st in med height and 2nd overall. I could not believe this because I beat out girls in their 20s. I then went on to do two more of Laurens shows. I placed 3rd in open at both her Oceanside show and Christmas Classic. I also placed 2nd in mater at the Christmas show. I really want to do a natural show next.
Examiner: What do you do for your abs? We have some people say they work on it daily others who compete say they work on it once a week but maintain a diet that makes about 75% – 80% of their abs look killer.
Terri McAdams: I have a strict carb intake and every other day I work out my abs.
Examiner: If you do train others, what age would you start working with a person?
Terri McAdams: I am a certified Trainer. I did this for my own knowledge. Then 6 months later I started competing. The only person I am training right now is my boyfriend. He is a surfer and motorcycle racer. He wants to build strength for his sports.
Examiner: Are you endorsed/sponsored by any company and if so can you tell us who the companies are?
Terri McAdams: I am not sponsored at this time but currently looking for one.