ANGELA YEO BEAUTY/MUSCLE/ART
Images by Kelli Miller Photography and Design
“To me, it’s about using my raw materials to their fullest potential.”
What is your age? I am twenty-nine years old.
Where were you born and where do you reside currently? I was born in Ohio and live in Toledo, Ohio.
What organization(s) do you compete with? I have competed with Executive Productions and the INBA/PNBA.
What divisions do you compete in, and what is your status within each? I have only competed in Figure, and currently I am a Professional Figure Athlete!
What does possessing a steroid-free, natural physique mean to you? To me, it’s about using my raw materials to their fullest potential. It’s a discipline of patience and integrity to your body. This is how I want to succeed. It is all I’ve ever known.
“…refined coconut oil when I cook, and raw unsalted almonds. Avocados are usually in the house too.”
What are your primary sources of proteins? My favourite is definitely my husband’s grilled chicken! Chicken breast, white fish, lean ground turkey, and protein powder are my tops.
What are your primary sources of carbs? My favorite carbs have to be steel cut oats, and scarlet sweet potatoes! Quinoa, and brown rice after that.
What are your primary sources of fats? My go-to’s are my refined coconut oil when I cook, and raw unsalted almonds. Avocados are usually in the house too.
“I use a lot of tried-and-true exercises, but after that I try to be as creative as possible, change up equipment/angles…”
What are your favorite exercises? Right now I love cross-cable single arm pull downs, with my elbow arcing out down to my hip. But really, I’m just having a blast trying to do some leg sculpting in the Total Nutrition gym. Since I always worked out at home, they have equipment I never had in my training before. You know, GYM equipment! [laughs]
What exercises get you the most “pumped”? Anything to do with shoulders or glutes! When I have executed a move perfectly and the physical reaction is there, I feel great about the work I’ve done.
What do you feel is your most impressive part? And, what is your training like for it? Oh wow, I don’t know what I’d say is my best part, but I love training back, delts, and glutes. I use a lot of tried-and-true exercises, but after that I try to be as creative as possible, change up equipment/angles while still going heavy and never do the same thing twice. Its a lot of work but I almost never copy a workout.
What do you feel is your least impressive body part? And, what are you doing to improve it? My weakest area could definitely be my chest! I may have accidentally neglected it for a while. But I have currently designed my workout to hit my pecs twice a week. One using heavy weights to failure and then a few days later hitting it with body weight, lighter weights, and higher reps to fatigue. Each session I try to come at the muscle from plenty of angles with a wide variety of exercises. And I also work on my bench press.
What kind of cardio do you do? It’s winter here, but my cardio is always varied. Whether it’s HIIT, intervals, circuits, forward, reverse, with calf press steps or glute focus with ankle weights, flights of stairs. It’s ANYTHING but steady state.
Do you measure your body fat? Lately It hasn’t gone above 14.5%. Not sure what that means to anyone else, but that’s just where I’m hovering. But this is anything but an “OFF” season! I’m doing my best to make each week count
A DAY IN THE LIFE
“That is the life I want and I’m just getting started.”
My day begins between 6am and 7am with supplementing, caffeinating, and hydrating! Then stretching, and usually thirty minutes of cardio before breakfast with a few sets of abs. My schedule has changed a lot in the last five months. I quit my job to pursue a career in personal training, so there is work to be done all day.I train others and I train myself sometimes three times a day.
That is the life I want and I’m just getting started. At the end of it all, I’m lucky to have an amazing, supportive husband to come home to, and we do our best to meet up for dinner every evening. Its when we recharge to start the fight again the next day. It’s intense right now, so finding a balance with family, friends, finances, fun, responsibilities, deciding on the future and our immediate path there, and above all personal growth will be an amazing place to rise to!
THE FUN OF A VERY MUSCULAR BODY
“It’s about wearing my passion inside and out.”
It is fun! I get such a good feeling believing in myself and my power to commit to this thing I love the most, my training. It’s about wearing my passion inside and out. I hope that people can look at me, and without asking know what’s important to me, what tribe I’m from, how I spend my time. And after 2013 I like what I see in the mirror more now than I ever have, and for me that confidence is an untouchable reward.
“I KNOW this is what I’m meant to be doing…”
I am so happy to be part of this sport, this community. I KNOW this is what I’m meant to be doing, and these moments of sheer clarity reaffirm that. I’m feeling things I may have been searching for my whole life. Thank you for taking interest in my story. Thank you to all my supporters and family! HUGE thanks to the INBA/PNBA for welcoming me in, and being the perfect place to dig deep into this body-and-soul craft. Natural Bodybuilding humbles you and reminds you how human you are! I have a lot to learn, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
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