"Okay, thatís enough, itís my turn now!" Those were my exact thoughts when I was told that my story was slated to appear in the first Platinum Edition of Beverlyís No Nonsense Newsletter
But let me back up for just a minute. Iíve been around some kind of gym, whether it be a boxing gym, Hammer Strength where the Cincinnati Bengals used to workout, or a health club for my whole life. If I had to put just one thing on my resume, it would be, "working out". Hereís a couple of snippets of my conversations with friends and family over the last five years: ďWhere you going to be Caity? "Working out"! Why are you getting up so early Caity? "Gotta workout"! Where are you going this late at night? "Hey man, gotta go workout!"
Yes, working out has been my life. My father, Mike McGraw was probably my biggest influence. He was an All- American football player at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, KY and the University of Kentucky, as well as playing pro football for the Baltimore (now Indianapolis) Colts.
Growing up I played a lot of sports including, basketball, softball, track, swimming, and even football. Just because Iím a girl didnít mean I wasnít going to play. My dad and brothers taught me how to throw a mean football, as well as how to run with the ball. So, while other kids were swimming and making crafts at summer camp, I was at Dave Guidugliís Strength and Stamina camp doing agility drills, speed drills and strength training. My point is, sports is a way of life for me and has lead me to where I am today, " in shape and loviní life."
Are you starting to get my drift? Well, just in case I havenít convinced you how important working out is to me yet, what would you say if I told you that when I turned 16 I cashed in the savings bond that my grandmother bought for me when I was born. Why? So I could join a gym. No kidding. Weight training at school with the team after practice wasnít enough. I needed a place I could workout whenever I wanted.
At the gym Iíd watch the "hardcore" guys and wished I could be right there with them. But because of my organized sports background I was taught to only train with weights when I had proper supervision. Plus, I was a little intimidated. I pretty much just stuck with aerobics. In college I got my certification to teach. I taught classes at Fitworks and at Northern Kentucky University between classes. It seemed cardio was all I had time for since I was teaching two or three classes a day. Well, four years later, I graduated college with a Bachelorís in Health and Fitness, got sick of cardio, and needed a new passion in my life.
I remembered reading lots of old articles about Beverly International athletes when I was 18 or 19 and was starting to get a lot more interested in weight training. Then I met Jimmy Canyon who was personal training at Fitworks. He used to always tell me that one day, my legs were going somewhere. That was an inspiration and now Iím also a personal trainer and NPC Figure Competitor.
A few more years went by, and I got engaged to a man that is part-owner of a health club. What a perfect match! Duane was competing for a show at the time and using Beverly products. Since Beverly keeps in touch with their clients on a regular basis we had newsletters and info sent to the house all the time.
Now, remember how I said I needed a new passion, well here it was, right in front of my face. I knew that this was what I needed to do in life, look like that woman in the article. The only problem was, articles.
I superset One-Arm Dumbbell Rear Delt Rows
(illustrated) with Bent over Barbell Rows.
I swear I could be on Beverly
supplements for the rest of my life.
Muscle Provider and Ultra Size
have to be the best proteins ever
created for TASTE and RESULTS (see the graph)!
I was 25 and now it WAS MY TURN. I was ready to rock or be a rock, literally!
On Wednesday, April 7 I set my first appointment with Steven Wade at Beverly for Saturday, the 10th. I was ready to do whatever it takes!
At my first consultation, I was 16% bodyfat and 129 pounds of lean body mass. Thatís pretty good for a woman Steven had said, track athletes come to us with those kind of measurements. So my question to him was, "When is the next show?" Steven told me about an upcoming show that was just nine weeks away, Tricky Jacksonís Bluegrass Muscle Classic in Lexington Kentucky. I said, "Letís do it!" To make the story even better, I found out Jimmy Canyon was going to be the guest poser at my first show! Now thatís classic!
I got my supplements, diet, workout and all the helpful hints I needed because thatís how Beverly works! They cover all your bases! And, they make sure youíre ready when you step on stage.
I was so excited leaving Beverly that day, I couldnít stop grinning! The day was set for me to kick some serious competition booty (or get my own kicked!)
I think it was about three or four years ago when Figure Competitions were sanctioned by the NPC. I found out about Figure and was hooked. Thatís when I started to read articles about Natalie Lahnan, Rachel Johnson, Brenda Smith, Julie Lohre, Kristina Henn, Kirstin Nicewarner, and Missie McKain. I think it was Missie McKainís story that finally made me say, "Thatís enough, itís my turn!" Funny thing is, I think thatís what Brenda said about Rachel in one of her was a low carb fat burner on the third day. I just kept rotating that way.
My favorite fat loss supplements were Lean Out, 7 Keto MuscLEAN, GH Factor and Energy Reserve. I swear I could be on Beverly supplements all year round. Beverlyís Muscle Provider and Ultra Size have to be the best proteins ever created for TASTE and RESULTS. (I canít wait to try their new Ultimate Muscle Protein!) You can even make waffles, latteís, pancakes, brownies and the Ultra Size goo!
As far as weight training goes, I would mix up everything. You name a leg exercise, I did it. Being a certified personal trainer myself and having the knowledge from working out with professional bodybuilders like Jimmy Canyon, Franco Santorellio, and my favorite Ian Harrison, Iíve learned a ton. My favorite leg exercises are lunges, front squats, sissy squats, leg extensions, leg curls, deadlifts, step-ups on a 2 foot box with weight, sumo-squats and any kind of glute machine.
My best advice, "Focus on the muscle not the weight." Anybody can throw weight around but the secret is to make sure you are actually working the muscle. You want to go as heavy as possible for a woman in perfect form.
Hereís a sample back and shoulder workout. I super-setted these exercises to increase the intensity diet. Cardio included, running, aerobics, elliptical machine, treadmill, bike and my favorite spinning classes. Talk about a puddle of sweat and burning calories, take a class at the Beechmont (Cincinnati) Fitworks. If you really work hard spinning you can burn 800 to 1000 calories in one class!
There are a million things to think about when you are competing in a fi gure or fi tness contest. Trust me, if you start to get intimidated early just talk to a Team Beverly staff member, theyíve been there and know what they are talking about. Everything they tell you to do is for a reason. I promise you will not regret what the end result will be, INCREDIBLE!
I can actually say this because the end result for me was a big, fat fi rstplace trophy in my fi rst competition. When I saw Jimmy Canyon at the show he said, "Boy, Caity, arenít you just one big MUSCLE!" "Iím all grown up", I said, heís like, "Yeah I can tell!"
I canít wait to see what the future holds for me in the competition world. But for now, all I can do is focus on today not tomorrow.
My husband Duane for always telling me, as all husbands should, "Youíre not fat honey!" HAHA! Just kidding! No really, he puts up with me all the time. I have to have everything perfect. Now that I added competing to my life he has one more thing to put up with. He helps me with my confi dence, my spirit and most importantly he does a great job on my Pro-tan and Pam cooking spray. Anyways honey, I love you! Youíre the Best!
I also want to give thanks to my parents and fi ve older brothers and sisters. Without the McGraw clan I donít know what I would do. My family and my husband have all instilled the power in me to accomplish whatever I want to do in life. Thatís what family is for, right?