JACKED! IPL WOMEN’S ATHLETIC PROS, HEATHER RANDALL & ILANA LEA
INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF / MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Much of the reason Women’s Athletic was so awesome at the 2017 2nd Annual IPL California Championship on May 20th in Rancho Cordova, CA was a stand out superstar named Heather Randall.
Heather was just spot on in Cali. Apparently she really did her homework. Everything about Randall’s presentation just popped. Randall basically nailed it in this class and earned 160 points (out of a max of 180), the second highest score of the entire contest. Needless to say the IPL Pro Card was all hers. With the level of quality in IPL Pro Women’s Athletic, Heather Randall makes a wonderful addition.
Ilana nailed it at the 2017 2nd Annual IPL Arizona Championship on May 28th in Mesa, AZ. Already an IPL Figure Pro (Open & Masters) Ilana had her sights set on Pro status in yet another division. Women’s Athletic.
At fifty-one years young, Lea brings a package to the stage that can compete with athletes decades younger. In fact, she battled it out with twenty-seven year old, Katie Conway, who came in 2nd place in the Open. Needing a minimum point total of 168 for the Pro Card, Ilana Lea earned 191 in Masters, and 203 in the Open. More than enough points to earn her way into the IPL’s elite group of Women’s Athletic Pros.
BEN YOSEF: CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS! HOW DOES IPL PRO STATUS FEEL?
ILANA LEA: Thank you so much! It feels great to be a Pro in the IPL. It’s a wonderful reward for the years of hard work and dedication. The IPL treats its competitors so well. It really feels like they care.
HEATHER RANDALL: Earning my Pro Card feels amazing. I truly did not expect it! When I initially agreed to compete in the May 2017 show, it was just for fun.
YOSEF: HOW HIGH DO YOUR OFF-SEASON CALORIES GET, AND HOW LOW DO YOUR PREP CALORIES GET?
“MY PREP CALORIES WERE ROUGHLY THE SAME AMOUNT I’M EATING CURRENTLY, BUT MY PROTEIN WAS REALLY HIGH AND MY CARBS AND FATS WERE LOW.” – Randall
LEA: As to calories, because I don’t fluctuate between seasons, my calories are always between 1,650 and 1,900.
RANDALL: Off-season, I can eat as much as 2,100 calories a day. I’m currently consuming around 1,800 calories most days of the week, with one day that is just above 2,000 calories. My prep calories were roughly the same amount I’m eating currently, but my protein was really high and my carbs and fats were low.
YOSEF: WHAT IS YOUR STAGE WEIGHT AND OFF-SEASON WEIGHT?
LEA: My weight is same all year-round. Recently it’s been between 129 and 132 pounds.
RANDALL: On stage day, my weight was about 115, pounds. Maybe a pound or two less. I currently weigh between 120 and 125, depending on the day.
YOSEF: WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT THE IPL WOMEN’S ATHLETIC DIVISION?
“IT ALLOWS THE COMPETITORS TO DISPLAY THEIR MUSCULARITY, WHILE KEEPING THEIR FEMININITY. I LOVE THE LOOK OF A STRONG FEMININE BODY!” – Lea
LEA: The IPL Women’s Athletic division excites me because it allows the competitors to display their muscularity, while keeping their femininity. I love the look of a strong feminine body!
RANDALL: The Athletic division excites me because it’s different from the Bikini and Figure divisions. Everything from the poses, outfits, hair, and even makeup feels simpler. I was stoked that I wouldn’t have to wear high heels and a glitzy bikini. Anyone who knows me knows I live in my gym clothes. So, wearing a sports bra and booty shorts is much more my style.
YOSEF: YOU TWO ARE PACKING AN IMPRESSIVE AMOUNT OF MUSCLE. HOW MUCH HAS GENETICS IMPACTED THIS?
LEA: In my opinion, genetics help. However, without hard work and dedication, even genetics won’t be enough. Let’s put it this way… my siblings don’t have the physique I do.
RANDALL: I’m naturally petite. I’m small boned and in the past have not had much muscle definition. Now, however, my training has been a huge part of the GAINZ I’ve seen, especially in the last three years.
YOSEF: WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING LIKE?
LEA: Since my goal is to compete at least till I’m 100, I make sure not to over train or get injured. I train about 8 hours a week. My training is a combination of weight training, cardio and yoga.
RANDALL: I do CrossFit 5 to 6 days a week. When I was training for stage, I asked my coach, Patrick Laverty, if I should change any part of my training. He said, “Nope. You will be just fine.” Midway through my 16 weeks, the gym I attended closed. I joined a new one and switched out 2 days of CrossFit for an Olympic Weightlifting class.
YOSEF: WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE?
LEA: My diet is a NON rigid healthy diet. I’ve kept my metabolism very healthy throughout the years, so that allows me to have lots of flexibility in my diet. I eat a great balance of fats, proteins and carbs (including starches). And, I don’t deprive myself of anything.
RANDALL: For stage, I ate lean meats, egg whites, green veggies, sweet potatoes, brown rice and oats. I used Herbalife products to supplement. After stage, I took a few months off to replenish my stores. Now, I’m tracking macros, sticking to a macro plan and utilizing nutrient timing, which I love!
YOSEF: YOU TWO ARE ALSO COMING IN REALLY LEAN. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET YOUR CONDITIONING TO THIS LEVEL?
“HONESTLY, MY TRAINING HASN’T CHANGED AT ALL. IT’S MY DIET THAT ALLOWED ME TO SHRED SO WELL.” – Randall
LEA: I think I come in lean due to the fact that I don’t fluctuate in weight during the off and on season. Years back I used to fluctuate 8 pounds and I didn’t like it, so I don’t do that anymore.
RANDALL: Honestly, my training hasn’t changed at all. It’s my diet that allowed me to shred so well.
YOSEF: WHAT TIPS CAN YOUR OFFER TO COMPETITORS WHO ARE LOOKING TO MAKE GAINZ, AS WELL AS TO THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE IPL WOMEN’S ATHLETIC DIVISION?
“BUILDING MUSCLE WILL MAKE YOU MORE CONFIDENT WITH YOUR OWN BODY.” – Randall
LEA: Step out of the mentally of on and off-seasons and figure out how to keep yourself conditioned and lean all year-round. And, do it by constantly replenishing your body, instead of depleting it. How exactly? Well, everyone is different in this way, so it’s hard for me to give specifics.
Work out and train with a long future in mind. Don’t drive your body into the ground. You only have one body, and you want it to function for a long long time. Build muscle through hard work and with lots and lots of recovery time. don’t over train. Workout smart and listen to your body!
RANDALL: In the off-season, eat to fuel your body, whatever that looks like for you. If needed, find a reputable nutrition coach to help you figure out your macros. Make it a priority to move daily, whether it’s hitting the gym or just going for a hike.
Lift weights and, for the women, don’t be afraid of becoming bulky. The majority of women won’t bulk up like guys do. Building muscle will make you more confident with your own body. Take mandatory rest days to allow recovery and to repair tired muscles.
YOSEF: WHEN CAN WE EXPECT YOU BACK ON THE IPL STAGE?
LEA: I plan to be back to stage as soon as possible. Hopefully by the spring, if not sooner.
RANDALL: I may possibly be back for the Fall 2018 show in Sacramento. I’ve got time to decide.
YOSEF: ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
LEA: Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be featured and compete in this great organization! Go IPL!
RANDALL: It’s such an honor to be able to share a bit about my experience prepping and competing. Thank you for this opportunity! GAINZ
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