Monica Brant Interview
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Hi Monica, to start off with, I want to know what ONE
interview you did in the past that you were most proud
of and when was the last one, besides this of course?
MONICA: I don't think any of them out rule the others.
I always enjoy talking to people and giving others hope
and encouragement for themselves. I have done
many interviews in the past 5 years.. but the most recent
one was done for a new magazine called Energy.
I think it is only on the East Coast for now.
What can you tell me about your body and the shape you
are in that you think most people do not know.
MONICA: AAAhhhh, not much!!! Hee! Hee! I am too modest
to talk about my body! BUT.. I can tell you that
most people think I am bigger and taller than I really
am. I think the pictures in mags tend to make people
appear bigger... more buff. But anyways, I am only 5'4"
and weigh about 130 TOPS, unless I am home eating Grandma's
Per the fitness industry, tell me the best, and the
worst experience you have ever had. Maybe the experience
was actually with another person or happened to a friend.
MONICA: I honestly haven't had any bad experiences!
My trips are usually really smooth. I plan very
well, have contracts and know what is expected of me
prior to my jobs. The worst things happen in my
dreams, for example, I dream that I show up to my contest
without having prepared or tanned or missing
outfits... I wake up all stressed out!
At that point in the gme it is natural if you feel your
life is out of control. Next, tell me about the different
fad diets you have tried. Could you figure out why they
failed? What REALLY works?
MONICA: I never have tried FAD diets! I
started training and learning about nutrition in 1991
and have somewhat learned what works for me since!
What really works is training consistently, eating clean
with my foods carefully split up. I try to stay
away from starchy carbs at night and sugar as much as
I can!! I think this form of eating really works good
for most people!!! I get headaches without carbs
all together, so I am not into low carb plans!
I don't have a real big sweet tooth, but occasionally
I have to have what I am craving!!! Protein is good.
What routine exercise is your favorite? Do you like
split routines, full body workouts, and what really
showed the best results?
MONICA: I have to fit my training around my traveling,
so whenever I can get it in is the best time for me!
Nowadays I do chest, triceps, abs and legs one day and
back, rear delts, biceps, shoulders another. BUT
I have been known to scramble up that up too! I go with
how I feel and where I am. I try to do cardio
(running is my fave) a few times weekly, mostly
for fat burning, but also mental relaxation, and stress
What was your last session like?
MONICA: My last workout session was a series of different
push-ups for chest and some light incline dumbbell presses
and flies, all high reps! Oh, also I did triceps
with rope push downs, tricep close grip push-ups, and
What was the last movie you saw, video rented, CD bought,
concert saw, fancy meal ate?
MONICA: Me, Myself, and Irene... (funny), the video,
can't remember!! Faith Hill (Breathe)... No concerts
in years. The last was Melissa Etheridge in `92 where
I ended up falling asleep for a moment. I was SO exhausted!!!
What supplement lines do you use besides what you endorse?
What one thing should never be neglected (or more than
MONICA: I think multivitamins and some minerals should
never be neglected! Universal Nutrition makes a great
package for women named Women's Fitness Pak that comes
with special paks for that special monthly visit!!!
What got you started in weight training?
MONICA: I started in `91 with training and nutrition...
An exboyfriend got me interested and then I saw photos
of Marla Duncan and began competing in Fitness
with my first show a few months after.
When did you first pay attention to diet? Many people
still think drugs or exercise is all you need and they
tend to ignore trying to eat right.
MONICA: You are correct about that last statement, and
I know from experience that it takes a clean, good diet
to grow and get lean! The drug thing is usually just
someone's excuse as to why everyone else is in shape
and not them!! LAME!!!
What is your crowning achievement? That ONE show. I
know you have accomplished quite a bit but there had
to of been one thing that really sealed the dream.
MONICA: Well, definitely the Fitness Olympia will have
to be my biggest accomplishment, not to mention the
one that I felt I would never win!! But really
all the shows were an accomplishment for me... I had
fun with each and learned a lot getting ready for them!
I always say, just getting on stage is an accomplishment
in and of itself. Who cheered you along all the while
and was there someone who said you couldn't succeed
that you worked to prove wrong?
MONICA: I have a wonderful family who is very supportive
and my best friend Suzie Sanii has been my biggest fan!!
She has gone to sooooo many of my shows and even my
jobs to visit! I have known her since 1991 as well...
Not anyone to my knowledge has told me I couldn't do
something! At least not to my face!
What is your actual job title and how long have you
been doing it?
MONICA: I am a Professional fitness competitor since
1995... Model, and rep for Universal Nutrition for 2
What do you want to plug and what makes it unique?
MONICA: I am promoting my new web page.. monicabrant.com,
which will have a pro shop and online training available
soon. Also, I am promoting the NPC Monica
Brant Fitness Classics which are held in Fairfax, VA.
(Info at www.bodyrock.com) Hopefully it will be a regular
annual event for me! I am really excited about it! I
am doing a fitness cruise next year, and it's mentioned
on my site.
I know, my wife and I are supposed to be guests as well.
What is your favorite 'good for you' meal and favorite
MONICA: Favorite good meal... chicken, avocado, tomato,
with cheddar cheese (low-fat). Bad meal... pizza with
pepperoni and mushroom, and key-lime pie for dessert!
Is there anything you think we haven't touched upon
here yet you'd like to?
MONICA: Other than I am in love with a wonderful man
named Curtis... I don't think so...
Really? And how did you meet this.... Curtis?
MONICA: Curtis and I met through my last roommate Heidi.
She and I moved in together in 1996 and she started
to tell me about Curtis and that she thought we would
get along great. At the same time she was also
telling him about me, although we both had hesitations
about being setup... His were about me being into the
fitness scene. I had a boyfriend at the time still and
besides, Curtis was dating someone.
Who is Heidi and what was her motivation behind this
MONICA: Laughs, Heidi has been friends with his family
for almost 10 years, and is from his hometown... Redding,
CA. Anyways, I answered her phone once in Oct.
`98 and it was Curtis calling to chat with Heidi.
We started talking and he called me back on my phone
and then we met in Dec.`98. The last year and
1/2 has been awesome. We both think Heidi was
our cupid because the timing was perfect when we finally
met. I had just finished winning the Olympia and
we were both actually single! We feel God has
blessed us and are anxious to live in the same city
as well as doing the family thing too!!! Everything
happens in time...
That's true. What is your educational background? College.
MONICA: I finished only my first year of college and
just some in my second. I started doing fitness
and working in the industry during that time period
and decided school could wait, especially since I didn't
know what it was that I was going to do with school.
Was there any particular experience you've had that
somehow you feel was important in getting you where
you are today?
MONICA: I trained and rode show horses ever since I
was little, so all the experiences of preparing mentally
and physically getting the horses ready for show taught
me a lot of discipline which I use today.
What is your most frequently asked question?
MONICA: Most asked question is about diet and training....
Which already you asked!!
Do you prefer a certain line of exercise equipment?
I personally love Hammer, Nautilus and Med-x because
I feel they are truly superior. Do you feel people have
forgotten barbells and is this bad thing?
MONICA: I like many, I train at Gold's Gym, Venice Beach,
so I get to use all different types... You know they
get all the top stuff in there to showcase! I am spoiled!!!
But I do like dumbells and barbells too! The machines
are good for people who may not do the exercises correctly,
so I think they are fine for most who lack knowledge
of proper form...
Machines are best for beginners but I feel the more
experienced client forgets that machines were designed
for them more so than the first timer. Interesting.
Your top five favorite websites are:
MONICA: I don't do much surfing... so I don't have faves...
Doesn't any of your friends have websites you want to
MONICA: Ok.. Lena's site, www.healthfitnessnetwork.com,
ummmm that's it! Mine! And yours!
What makes you cringe and what makes you smile so wide
your jaw aches?
MONICA: Cringing takes place when I haven't been able
to train or run, my head hurts (I get migraines) and
smiling happens a lot... because I like to smile!
What do you want to see in the future and what do you
want left behind as a legacy?
MONICA: Final goals, wow. God willing... for He is the
only way I am still breathing, is to be married and
have 2-3 kids who love our family and love the Good
What honestly needs changed in your industry? Let it
MONICA: The industry is good, it just needs more attention
paid to the drug use and doing tests to make sure everyone
is honest. I think there is too much credibility
given to the girls who are gymnasts from childhood too.
It makes it hard to compete against them... 50% of our
scores come from the routines! I still think it is a
lot about who you know too... I am not real good with
sucking up to people to see what I can get!
So you are saying you want judged on beauty, physique
and actual athleticism instead of dance?
MONICA: I grew up riding horses and running track in
high school... I say lets add a race and see then who
is fittest according to our times at a quarter mile!!!!
It would be nice to have the general public think of
us as athletes (like Gabrielle Reece) and be able to
get big endorsements like with NIKE!!! But most of the
companies think I am a bodybuilder and don't like the
negative connotations about the sport, thus are not
interested in me as a 'Fitness' person. Very confusing!!
I think I know what you mean. Thanks for the time Monica.
MONICA: Thanks for being so patient with me, I really
appreciate your client's interest! Talk to you later!
Miss Fitness Olympia, Monica Brant at www.monicabrant.com
Don Lemmon's Nutritional and Exercise Know How
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