Mah-Ann Mendoza is an IFBB professional bodybuilder with nearly 20 years of competition experience. Recently, Mah-Ann placed 9th at the 2009 Atlantic City Pro, and 8th at the 2008 Ms. Olympia competition.
Currently she is preparing for the Bodybuilding Weekly Championship in Tampa, Florida; she is also part of the FemaleMuscle.com family and you can see her on FemaleMuscleLive.com
You can find out more about Mah-Ann Mendoza at her website: www.mahann.com.
Lori Braun: When did you start weight training, and did you enjoy it right away?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: I started in 1982 at an all women’s gym called Body Conscious, and Becky Rusak, the owner, got me started. I loved it right away and started to do as much as I could, and as heavy as I could.
I’ve been competing for 20 years now and the Atlantic City Pro was proven to be the most political ever! Out of 22 competitors, it was divided into three groups and no comparisons were made at all.
Lori Braun: How many years did you train before you decided to step on stage? And what was your first competition like?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: About 8 years of casual lifting then decided to compete in 1990 for my very first show. It was pretty nerve wrecking and of course, I had no clue what to expect. My coach (ex bf) did not really know how to prep me for prejudging either, so I went into this with absolutely no experience except for watching 2 other bodybuilding shows. It was quite a first experience, and where I also gained higher motivation to do well for the next show.
Lori Braun: Looking at your competition record after your first show, you placed no worse then third in 7 out of your next 8 competitions. Was there a point early in your career, at one of these shows, where everything really began clicking?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: No not really. Every show I do the best I can and have no expectations. I do this for self-achievement because the outcome is out of my control.
Lori Braun: Share with us your typical weekly training schedule and routine.
Day 1 – Back, Biceps
Day 2 – Legs
Day 3 – Chest, Tri
Day 4 – Shoulders
Start over or Take day off
Lori Braun: How long do you usually train?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: I train between 30-45 min. Or most of the time, no more than an hour
Lori Braun: What are your primary training philosophies?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: Strict form and proper techniques is a must. High intensity, heavy weights with reps between 8-12.
Lori Braun: How has the sport of bodybuilding changed your life?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: Better eating habits and overall health and fitness lifestyle.
Lori Braun: If there was one thing you could change about female bodybuilding, what would it be?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: Nothing. Female bodybuilders are individuals with their own set of goals and what they picture themselves to be. We are all individuals with different goals and needs and free from whatever they’re able to do.
Lori Braun: What’s the worst training mistake you’ve ever made?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: Going too heavy too soon without allowing the joints and tendons to adapt to the new load. Doing too much oblique work because it just builds the muscle therefore the waist gets bigger…
Lori Braun: Tell me about your website and the services you provide…I see quite a number of amazing transformations on your site.
Mah-Ann Mendoza: My website is about my bodybuilding achievements and my training clients. I have a wide range of clients that either want to get involved in competition (bb, figure, or other sports). And with their permission, I do post their result online. My services include food and exercise recommendation, and therapeutic massage.
Lori Braun: How much longer do you plan on competing, and how do you want to be remembered as a bodybuilder and as a person?
Mah-Ann Mendoza: I sincerely have a passion for competing no matter how subjective and political this sport is, most specifically at the last show, the 2009 Atlantic City Pro. I’ve been competing for 20 years now and the Atlantic City Pro was proven to be the most political ever!
Out of 22 competitors, it was divided into three groups and no comparisons were made at all.
So as far as how long? There’s no limit…I will be competing until I’m physically, mentally, spiritually able to. I want to be remembered as one that keeps on the challenge and continuously progresses from show to show.