STACY SPECTOR WINNING FORMULA
Fort Ann, NY.
IFPA Pro Figure and Pro Physique
To me a natural physique is steroid free as well as free from other potentially unhealthy supplements.
I haven’t taken creatine yet, mainly because I am having nice gains without it. I also don’t do pre-workouts and I can’t take fat burners for competition as they make me sick. I seem to have a very sensitive system to those things. I think being natural is very important, especially when considering long term health and wellness.
I love everything I eat. I am ultra creative with my food and fully enjoy a variety of combinations and condiments.
“I’ve always enjoyed the athletic challenge of …functional exercise like plyometrics, climbing ropes, and MMA training.”
My favorite exercises have to be the kettle bell flip swing or kettle bell snatches. I know they aren’t typical Bodybuilding movements but I’ve always enjoyed the athletic challenge of kettle bell movements and other functional exercise like plyometrics, climbing ropes, and MMA training. I prefer the feeling of exhaustion and accomplishment you get from major central nervous system taxing workouts. As far as favorite muscle group to train, I love leg days!
What exercises get you the most “pumped”?
I love dips and pull ups for getting pumped. I did pull ups back stage at the Yorton to pump up my lats.
What do you feel is your most impressive body part? And, what is your training like for it?
My most impressive body part I think is my arms and oddly enough I don’t like training them. I do the regular run of the mill arm stuff and they just seem to respond well. My husband, Jason Spector and coach, IFPA Pro Chris Jenkins, call me STACYGUNZ. [smiles]
I think every area has room for improvement, whether it is size, leanness, or balance.
I just continue to train everything hard and strive for balance. I have only been lifting heavy now for 2.5 months as I was in a deficit for most of the previous 6 when I competed in June, October, and November. I am taking the spring and summer off. I can already see major changes in my body via size and strength. I do pay particular attention to my legs as I like to always improve strength in that area. As an ex-college athlete I have had both knees reconstructed for ACL and meniscus tears. I like to challenge my strength in all areas, both upper and lower body. I got bored a few weeks ago one snowy Sunday, so I challenged myself to see what my max bench was. I am at 175 right now. [smiles]
On having so much muscle…
“The great thing about competition is that it has helped me feel confident in my own skin and own my muscularity.”
Honestly, it can be a catch 22. Being this muscular makes me a better mom, wife, and professional. I am confident it is the best version of me. However, with that being said, there are plenty of average minded people that I come in contact with that don’t “get me”. Many of their comments can be taken negatively. I have learned to understand that they have average mentalities. Maybe they get up each day getting older and unhealthier. I get up and work out! I leave my job as a real estate attorney everyday at noon and go to the gym to crush one or two muscle groups and then go back to finish my day.
I skip the office cake and ice cream, but eat double or even triple what they eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I believe this lifestyle is a top 1% of human’s approach. If others don’t get me, I am okay with that. The great thing about competition is that it has helped me feel confident in my own skin and own my muscularity. In the past I was easily embarrassed when someone would draw attention to how big my arms were, now I might even give them a double bi if they call me out. [smiles] I love the way I look!
My husband and I are co-founders of an Anti-Bullying organization called Sweethearts and Heroes. Our approach is very different than many other organizations because it is based on action and empowerment, not just empathy, awareness, and tolerance. I have begun presenting to young women about self confidence, self esteem, and body image, three topics I have really developed over the course of this last year. Keeping with our Sweethearts and Heroes philosophy I encourage young women to find something they are passionate about and put forth their best efforts to reach their fullest potential. I encourage everyone to find their “Sweethearts” or those individuals who support them, encourage them, and help them reach that potential. For me, that was my husband, and coach. In return, I encourage everyone to seek opportunities to be someone else’s “Sweetheart”. It is a contagious concept
What is your WINNING FORMULA?
“I embrace discomfort and at times force myself to behave differently than how I feel.”
I would say my winning formula is a combination of hard work and a fierce competitive streak. I embrace discomfort and at times force myself to behave differently than how I feel.
Anything else you would like to add?
“Advice for anyone starting out is to get “fascinated and not frustrated” with whatever your goal is.”
I am late to the game. I have only been competing for less than a year.
I have only competed four times and would like to explore other reputable organizations. I have an IFPA Pro card in Figure and am Pro Qualified in Physique. I understand that there are no Pro shows for the 2014 year for Physique, but I am looking forward to when there is an opportunity to compete. Figure is my main focus right now though. I competed in Physique to try it and take a break from the heels. [smiles]
I am excited for the 2014 competition season and I am looking forward to getting back on stage as early as August. I set no limits for myself and fully intend to make my mark in the Natural Pro Figure world.
Advice for anyone starting out is to get “fascinated and not frustrated” with whatever your goal is. I can be reached via email at Stacygunz@hotmail.com and please check out SweetheartsandHeroes.org and like Sweethearts and Heroes on Facebook. Contact us at Sweetheartsandheroes@yahoo.com to schedule a presentation at your school or business today.
2013 OCB NYS Natural XIII
Open Physique 1st (Pro-qualifier)
2013 IFPA Yorton Cup
Open Tall Figure 5th
2013 OCB Gaspari
Open Figure Tall 1st (Pro-card)
2013 NMA Syracuse
Open Figure Tall 1st
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