Dawn Haffner - Physique Competitor

Dawn: I began working out with a friend who invited me to the gym one day, about 15 years ago. I was hooked immediately!!! I loved training and learning my body!! Loved being around other athletes and feeling that positive energy!!! I was approached on several occasions to compete but never took it seriously because I didn't think I was good enough. After a couple years of training consistently and learning about diet, I was seriously transforming my physique. Then tragedy struck!! I was in a major car accident that confined me to a wheelchair for a year then an additional year basically learning to walk again with my injuries. I had broken both arms and crushed my left ankle. Doctors said my life would never be the same and painted a very grim picture of my future.

I did not accept it. I was determined to prove them wrong!!! As soon as I could move more efficiently, I was back in the gym training, rehabilitating. Some days the pain was so bad I would just sit and sob and cry. Then dried my tears and did another set!! Close to 5 years of full recovery. I continued to train, again being approached by people to compete. Finally, 4 years ago decided to try. Battle of the Bodies, The Oklahoman, Grand Prix. Finishing all competitions in top 3. My last competition, Showdown of Champions. 1st Masters Figure, 2nd Open Figure and 2nd Physique. Qualifying me for Nationals in all divisions.

Nutrition: Pre contest diet is strict structure. Feeding every 2.5 to 3 hours. Normally 4 to 5 oz protein intake rotating protein sources. 30g to 40g carb intake rotating carbs sources on first 4 meals. Offseason diet is just as strict as pre contest in terms of meal intake. I'm allowed more condiment choice and 1 cheat meal a week.

I don't feel carb rolling or pulling carbs from your diet completely is beneficial. In fact, I have experienced personally metabolic damage by doing this.

Supplements: Puris Lab Condense Preworkout, 1 scoop Dymatize ISO 100 isolate protein post workout, 1 scoop Glycofuse and BCAAs intra workout. CLA with every meal. Nubreednutrition.com Insanity (only pre contest).

Training: I split major muscles groups in separate training regimens. Back, Chest, Legs, Arms, Shoulders. Day off rotate again. I feel it's best to schedule training before your last carb meal if possible. I plan to have a 4 month offseason to bring shoulders and back up. Then begin pre contest prep for Nationals. Waiting on NPC 2015 schedule.

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