Colette Nelson Interview

Colette Nelson is a top IFBB professional bodybuilder, registered dieititian and web designer. Colette was born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. She studied Dietetics at Michigan State University, and after her graduation she moved to New York. Colette has been weight training for 15 years and took the 2004 bodybuilding World Championships by storm. Her success is built on foundations of hard work, amazing talent and personality as well as total commitment and concentration. She described me how she turned her body into a shrine of muscles, power and health.

Author: Jonathan.L - owner Models Observer
March 2008

* Collete, how are you?

Colette Nelson: Life is great, I can't complain I am in a happy relationship and we just started

* How early did you start bodybuilding and why?

Colette Nelson: I started training with weights when I was just 19 y.o. and haven't looked back. But I didn't start competing until I was 26 y.o.

* You're one of the greatest success stories in bodybuilding, a world champion athlete. You won the overall at the 2004 NPC North American Championships and you're the 2004 IFBB World Universe overall winner. What makes you so successful?

Colette Nelson: Thank you for that, I can't believe it myself. It was a crazy year, 2004, probably the best year of my life. I felt on top of the world and I was just focused and determined to win that year. I think having a Dance background and body awareness has always helped with my training.

* When displaying your steel muscles in a bodybuilding contest, which pose is your favorite? Why?

Colette Nelson: I would have to say my Back Lat Spread, when I am in shape, I have great definition in my glutes / hamstring and also a pretty decent back.

* What aspects do you find the most difficult for you in bodybuilding? How do you cope with them?

Colette Nelson: Not many people know this about me, but I am a type 1 diabetic diagnosed at 12 y.o. So, I have been living with a chronic disease pretty much my whole life and my entire bodybuilding career. I always have something to prove to myself and others that just because I have a chronic illness I can still do anything I set my mind too. It is very inspirational. It does however make getting into that DRY contest shape very difficult. I have to micromanage my blood sugars and that isn't always easy.

* What does your family think about your bodybuilding journey? And what other comments do you receive as one of the elite female bodybuilder?

Colette Nelson: My family really embraces my bodybuilding. My parents attend most of the major shows and have been at the ARNOLD CLASSIC every year I have competed. As long as I stay true to myself and still look like their daughter at the end of the day.. they are happy b/c bodybuilding makes me happy.

* Many bodybuilding fans describe you as an extremely sexual female bodybuilder. What does it make you feel?

Colette Nelson: I am a woman, and I love being a woman. I just happen to love weight training. I donít play sports and I consider myself an artist more than an athlete. Bodybuilding is an interesting sport, it is subjective and that leaves one questioning what is the ideal. I think all the ladies have something special about their LOOK. I just happen to embrace a very feminine, softer look.

* How often do you train and what is your training routine?

Colette Nelson: I love to train.. maybe too much. I am on a 6 day , 1 day off rotation.
Monday- Chest, light Triceps, abs
Tuesday - Legs, quad focus, light hamstrings, calves
Wednesday - Back, light Biceps, abs
Thursday - Shoulders, calves, every other workout traps
Friday - Arms, bis, tri's heavy
Saturday - Hamstrings, claves
Sunday - Off

* What ab workouts are best for you?

Colette Nelson: I like to do pilates and actually teach a 30 min class once a week.

* From your experience, what are the best supplements for muscle building? How many carbs and how much protein does your body consume?

Colette Nelson: I am a believer in the Fat/ Protein type dieting approach. I don't feel good when I eat too many carbs.. especially processed ones. I am very carb sensitive and since I have to take Insulin with every meal, I prefer to eat less carbs to keep my insulin requirements down.

* How does your body react to pains caused by bodybuilding?

Colette Nelson: Pain.. I live with pain. Both of my shoulders have torn labrums and issues with biceps tendon and AC joint. So, every upper body exericse hurts. But.. I love to train and I keep going. It is just part of the game.

* What is your most embarrassing moment?

Colette Nelson: Competing at this past Arnold 08. I just wasn't in shape and I couldn't get my body there in time. I was determined to be on stage and didn't want to pay the $5000 fine so I was there and did my thing. But, I was in the worst shape of my life.. and I was very unhappy about that.

* You're so much more than a bodybuilder. You work in the field of diabetes education and as a nutritionist. Can devotion to a healthier lifestyle like bodybuilding afford protection from diabetes? What's the best way to fight diabetes disease?

Colette Nelson: First, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very different. Type 1, which I have , is an autoimmune disease. If you have the antibodies.. you are at risk. Right now.. there is little to do to prevent their attack on the beta cell. However, Type 2, is an issue of insulin resistance. This is a very different problem. A low glycemic diet weight training, and diet all help to control blood glucose. I love the bodybuilding life style. I truly believe it saved my life.

* So, how is it going with your new hobbies - website development and contest posing routine choreography?

Colette Nelson: I love being a part of this industry. It gives me an opportunity to work with other athletes. I have designed over 30+ wesites for fellow athletes and also other major companies. I love to choreograph so that is always a fun challenge. I am actually mixing the music for the competitors too.

* The average person would find it nearly impossible to build solid muscles as yours, while you're active in so many additional areas! There are only 24 hours in a day! How can one woman do so many things? What is a typical day for you?

Colette Nelson: I have to say, things are hectic. I wake up everyday around 7 and do cardio. Then I spend the next 3 hours answering emails, dealing with my nutrition clients and website updates. I like to train in mid - afternoon around 2-3 p.m. When I get back from the gym I handle Species Nutrition business and then continue with my emails , website design, customer service and the list goes on and on. But.. I wouldn't want it any other way.

* Where do you think bodybuilding is going and where would you like it to go?

Colette Nelson: The fate of Female Bodybulding looks like something that JUST IS WHAT IT IS. I don't think it is going to get any better or worse. It is just at statue quo. I think with the help of muscular devleopment it helps give us a face. But, it is something that has to evolve. I have hope but we just have to see.

* How would you describe your home's design style?

Colette Nelson: I like Modern, Big pieces of Art, and Bold rectangular designs

* How do you spend your leisure time?

Colette Nelson: I like to read, watch movies, and get lost on the internet

* What can we expect from you in the future?

Colette Nelson: As part owner of me and my finace plan on taking that company to the next level. The futute is bright.

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