IFBB PRO BIKINI ATHLETE
After watching a good friend prepare for a competition, it was no wonder as to why Francesca wanted to try it out herself. Loving the challenge and dedication it takes to make it to the stage, Francesca chose to take her training to the next level. After stepping onstage in her first show, it was clear that she has the build and determination to go very far in the sport of Bikini and possibly be one of the next IFBB Pros in Oregon. Francesca just won her class and the Overall at the 2012 Oregon Ironman and is now ready to test the waters at the National level.
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I had first heard about competing through a co-worker who had decided to compete herself. As I watched her prep for a competition I was compelled to start training just to get in shape and generally live a healthier lifestyle. Competing was something I always had a strong interest for and was further inspired by many of the Pro's featured in Health magazines. About a week before the 2011 Seven Feathers Classic is when I officially decided to dive right in and give it a shot.
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
My first competition was definitely a learning experience. Looking back I realized that I had accomplished so much and yet I still have so much more to learn. I quickly developed a passion for the sport and found myself looking to grow and make improvements after each show. I truly enjoy my time training, prepping and practicing, it's fun for me and I am determined to never ceases being the best that I can be.
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
For me, contest prep training is geared toward's hitting the weight's, off-season I still lift and at times I will work in some type of HIIT or a Cross Fit style of training.
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
For the most part I eat clean and I am fortunate enough to have beef included in my diet, so I would have to say steak broccoli and sweet potatoes are my favorite diet meals. As far as cheat meals go it's either Mexican or Italian dishes.
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?
My Personal Trainer and brother Nick Clancy was one of the first people who really encouraged me to pursue competing. I still remember holding up a magazine picture of Jaime Baird and saying "I want to do this...do you think I'm crazy?" He simply replied with "no, why not you can do anything you want and since you want to look like and athlete then let's start training like one".
I have come to realize that support from friends and family is essential for me. My parents have been a huge contributing factor and have done anything they can to help me along the way, my mom has even made several suites for me as she wanted to be involved and help as much as she could.
Team Dream quest has also been a solid foundation of support. The coach's Kiana, Derek, Twan, and Noel have guided me throughout the process always being honest and genuine not only in helping me to succeed but every member of the team. They have become and extended family and spending time with them is always fun.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
I look to the competitors such as Jaime Baird, Nicole Nigarni, Natalia Melo, Amanda Latona & India Paulino. I aspire to earn my Pro Card and one day compete at there level so I am pretty focused on working my way up to that.
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I plan on competing at the Oregon State and then on to Nationals at the USA Bodybuilding Championship, hoping to learn a lot more there and keep moving forward.
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
I would have to say my favorite memory competing is bringing home my first trophy from the Vancouver show, my kid's were so proud and excited for me. It was such a great feeling of accomplishment and I loved that my kids were just as proud of me as I am of them.
9. Any website you would like to plug, Facebook, Twitter, personal site, etc...
You can find me on Facebook
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
This sport has brought such a positive influence in my life and I enjoy being able to share with others in any way I can. I am so grateful for all the help, support and new friendships I have developed along the way.