NPC FIGURE & WOMENS PHYSIQUE
Being a mother of 6 children does not stop this ball of energy from training and competing at all! Yes, 6 children, this is not a typo. Energy, yes.. Carrie has so much energy and when she is onstage, she gets so excited to be there doing what she loves and it shows! She brings a level of conditioning that can be hard for many to reach and her stage presence stands out in every show this competing might mouse mom does!
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
After a lifelong love affair with fitness, I stepped on to a stage for the first time in May of 2014. It was something I’d always wanted to try, but I didn’t necessarily know how to make it happen. After the birth of my fifth child, I met a friend, who would become my gym partner, coach and trainer -- Kristian Hernandez -- who began pushing me to achieve my goal. His help, along with the support of my friends and family, has been invaluable. This is not something I could have done alone.
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
In striving to reach my own goals, I’ve discovered great joy in inspiring and igniting passion in mothers, and other women, who want to increase their own level of fitness, health and wellness. I believe that the further I go in this sport, the more opportunity I’ll have to inspire others. Seeing their successes brings me genuine inspiration.
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I’ve found that in contest prep, variety has worked for me. My training splits contain high volume, low volume, high reps and low reps, super sets and other means for keeping things interesting. In the offseason, I focus more on heavy lifting with power movements, and I sprinkle in some crossfit to intensify things now and again.
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
Nutritional discipline was not my strong suit, even as recently as a couple of years ago. One of the things I’m proudest of is getting that under control and sticking to a dieting regimen -- lean proteins, clean carbs, whatever is prescribed. That said, when it’s time to cheat... you’ll find me doubling down with two Cinnamon rolls.
5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
I’m most thankful to God, my creator, who gave me life as well as many little lives to look after. I also couldn’t do what I do without my husband, and my friend/gym partner, trainer, Kristian. I’m blessed to have many who have believed in me along the way.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
I’m inspired by the women whose lives have changed and are changing as a result -- in part -- of the work I’m doing in my own life. I’m also striving to create a legacy lesson for my children: with hard work and pursuit, dreams and goals can become reality.
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I’d like to step onto the stage at a national show in the next year or so. Honestly, my original goal was to simply compete in a show. That went well, so I adjusted the goal. As I progress, the goal evolves, and I’m excited to see what’s next!
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
A month ago, I was competing for the first time in 9 months and had set a goal to win first place in my class. I’d trained hard, dialed in my diet, but still didn’t know if I was ready. There were a ton of fit women backstage! I just remember the announcer saying my name as the winner and before I know it I’m literally jumping up and down on the stage with glee -- in front of everyone. And it’s all on video! That was pure joy.
9. Any website you would like to plug, Facebook, Twitter, personal site, etc...
You can find me on Facebook, both at my own page, and at a page called Fitspirational -- which is a community of women, including tons of moms, looking to improve their fitness, health and overall well-being. You can find me on Instagram, too, at fit_mom_of_5_babes.
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
If your dream is to step on stage at a show, then evaluate what needs to happen and begin working toward that. Competing is not easy -- the hard work and sacrifices are real. But so is the satisfaction once you achieve a goal. I started off with a bucket list item that said, “Compete in a fitness show”. I’ve checked that box and added new items as I’ve gone. If that’s what you want, establish a network of support and then get after it. And to those supporting me, I say thank you, again. There’s no chance I’d be doing any of this without you.