NPC August 2012 Athlete of the Month Profiles: Figure, Bikini & Fitness

November 20th, 2012

Crystal Wong, Tiffany Upshaw and Angela Stueber were standouts in their respective divisions in August in earning NPC Athlete of the Month honors for the month.

 

FIGURE: CRYSTAL WONG
Accomplishment:  Pacific USA Championships 1st Class C and Overall

Height 5’6
Age 33
Weight 123
Residence San Diego, CA
Contest History/Highlights:  2003: Las Vegas Classic 4th Medium Class; 2004: Contra Costa  3rd Tall Class; 2004: California State  4th Class D; Excalibur 1st Tall Class

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BABY ON BOARD “I competed for a couple years from 2003-2004, but then had a baby. I took about two years off of training just to be a stay-at-home mom – I wanted to do it right. I was still training but wasn’t competing. But then I hooked up with a Military Figure team, and a lot of the girls there just pushed me and motivated me to try a show again. My daughter is 4 now – there are a lot of kids who are obese at her age, so I like setting the right example for her.”

BAD BREAK “I have a background in competitive figure skating, which I did for several years, a along with track in high school. When I was 17 I fractured my back, so had to put the ice skating competitions on hold – that’s when I started training with weights.”

WEIGHT WORK “I started weight training because I wanted to change my shape. I was really skinny wanted to add more curves. My inspiration was Lena Johannsen. I figured if I could have shoulders like her I could kind of break up my straight lines! It turned into a lifestyle because of that.”

LIVING THE LIFESTYLE “I like the camaraderie and being with like-minded people who understand this lifestyle. I like to push myself to see how far I can take my body and seeing the rewards of what I can do with my physique. When you go out and compete, you’re able to share this with people who really understand you and the lifestyle you’re living, so I love that aspect of it. But the actual competition is just a second of your time compared to how much time you spend in gym.”

USA BOUND “My next contest will be the [2013] USAs. I’m going to take it to a whole new level. I’ve always wanted to do another big show like that. I kept putting it off, but now I have more focus and determination to do it. And I have muscle maturity now, so I feel like I have a good shot at this point.”

Go to Page 2 for Tiffany Upshaw’s profile!