Blast from the past -2005 TrueBodies interview(r.i.p True Bodies)

Michelle Berger
TrueBodies: Uncensored

May 2005

TB: What’s new and exciting in your world?
MB: I have just recently launched my website, BuffMother! And I have had an overwhelming response. I am working hard on writing my book BuffMother! And a Step by step guide on how to get buff after your baby. I am also launching my online personal training within the next month. I do all this in my spare time, mostly at night.

TB: Any role models?
MB: Yes. There are bits and pieces of so many people that I look up to. I just want to be successful in whatever I do. I really like Martha Stewart’s business savvy (despite her spending time in prison). She is such a great communicator and has such poise.

TB: What do you consider your best feature?
MB: I guess I would have to say my legs. I won “best legs” my senior year and they are better now than then!

TB: What do you think your fans would say is your best feature?
MB: My abs. FANS are always amazed that my abs looks so great for having 4 kids including twins by c-section. God performed a miracle to keep me from having stretch marks after all of that!!!

TB: Favorite diet food?
MB: Veggies

TB: Favorite Junk food?
MB: Popcorn with tons of butter!

TB: Favorite TV shows?
MB: I love King of Queens, the Dukes of Hazard, That 70’s show, Seinfield and of course Dora the Explorer and Barney.

TB: How long have you been into fitness? Not just as a competitor but
As a whole.
MB: I have been into athletics my whole life. I learned to lift weights when I was 16 and I fell in love with it then. I was really good at working out when a coach was forcing me, but it took me a long time to learn how to be consistent on my own. Finally over the past 2 years I have been very consistent and it is so rewarding!

TB: What are your thoughts on the current judging criteria in Figure?
MB: It is crazy. The judges want the girls to be almost as big as bodybuilders and have lost sight of what is a truly desirable figure. I am 5-7 and in my height class I would have to add at least 10 more pounds of muscle to go PRO. I am a big supporter of natural figure competitions and feel that I could do very well on an even playing field.

TB: What are your thoughts on the state of women’s bodybuilding today?
MB: I am not a big fan of women’s bodybuilding because of the rampant use of steroids and other drugs. It is not healthy and I don’t think it is beautiful.

TB: Name a pet peeve of yours?
MB: When people pre-judge others.

TB: What makes a person attractive?
MB: An outgoing personality that is confident and a nice smile.

TB: What is the most important characteristic in a person?
MB: It has to be their integrity. It is so important to be true and honest!

TB: What was your favorite subject in school?
MB: Up until I cared about sweating it was P.E. I loved experiencing all types of physical activities.

TB: What is the oddest question you’ve ever been asked?
MB: If I did body worship sessions? I thought it was a joke, but he was serious.

TB: What did you want to be when you were a child?
MS: I wanted to be a Denver Bronco wide receiver.

TB: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MB: I see myself as a fitness celebrity that has changed the way mothers look at fitness. I see myself as the head of the BuffMother! Fitness revolution!

TB: If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
MB: I would be an eagle. So that I could fly!

TB: What do you hope people remember about you?
MB: That I am a normal person like anybody else and I have overcome a lot of obstacles in order to regain myself after having children. Anyone can do it if they are willing to work hard.

TB: What makes you cry?
MB: Seeing people hurt.

TB: What’s one thing you wish you could do?
MB: I wish I could take a nap.

TB: Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
MB: My husband, he is so much like me that it is scary! When we first started dating. I was so interested in him because I had never met someone so much like me! Now that we’ve been married for almost 12 years sometimes I wish he wasn’t so much like me especially with our distaste for housework!

TB: What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
MB: It must be “no pain, no gain” it is so true in all aspects of life.

TB: What is a typical day like?
MB: I get up when my alarm clock goes off (my 3 year old coming in an waking me up saying she wants oatmeal) I struggle to get out of bed and then make coffee and get her oatmeal. Then I get my twins up, change them, dress them, and feed them and my older son. Then we start getting ready to go to the gym which takes 30 min to get everyone’s shoes on, coats on, prepare the diaper bag, buckle everyone up, get all 4 kids a snack and a drink finally when we get there and It takes another 20 min to get everyone settled into the childcare and ritualistically bring my 3 year old potty and wash her hands, weigh her and then leave her screaming in the childcare. I spend about 1-2 hours working out depending on how much talking I do. Then I load up the kids and prepare myself for an unpleasant drive home because someone always screams the whole way home. Once we get home it is lunchtime. It is always a very messy meal and then it is naptime for the twins and my 3 year old. My 5 year old usually watches a movie and then I finally get to shower and work a little on housework, bills, answering e-mails Etc. When nap time is over I control chaos for another 4 hours until Daddy comes home and then we have supper put all the kids in bed by 8:00 so that we can go in our room and I can get work done on BuffMother! And I can get a chance to relax a little before bed. It is a very challenging life, but it is much better than it was 2 years ago when my twins were newborns! At least now I can get a full nights sleep.

TB: What is your favorite exercise and why?
MB: It has to be Bench. I love this lift. I am addicted to always trying to increase my max.

TB: What do you think of state of women’s fitness competitions?
MB: I wish there was some more athletic type of competitions so they were not left solely up to judges.

TB: How do you feel about the bodybuilding and fitness magazines swimsuit issues featuring “fitness models?”
MB: It is fine. Women who are proud of their bodies should be able to show them off without being criticized.

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TB: What’s been your proudest achievement?
MB: Having 4 children in 5 years and winning 5 figure tiles!

TB: If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what would you
take in these four categories?
MB:
(a) Four movies -50 first dates, Fear, Legends of the Fall and Princess Bride
(b) Three musical discs -Alison Krauss, Kelly Clarkson, 3 doors down
(c) Two books -The Bible and a survival book
(d) One food -Beef Filet

TB: How important is a supportive environment to success in leading a Fitness lifestyle?
MB: It is very important. But, if you don’t have a supportive environment you can make one, by surrounding yourself with magazines, books, websites and a personal trainer or workout partner that supports your goals. Look for support and you will find it.

TB: What/Who is your support structure?
MB: My support is my husband mostly and of course myself. I have a mission to revolutionize the fitness world and if I don’t look the part no one will listen to me. So I have great internal motivation. Also, I never want to disappoint all the mothers who look up to me as their inspiration.

TB: What do you believe in that might surprise most people? (politics, science, conspiracy theory, etc)
MB: It may come as a surprise that I am a born again Christian. A lot of people think that Christians can’t wear a bikini or be sexy. I believe that God has made my body beautiful for a purpose and I need to use it to reach people for him through love. I see myself as light in the darkness and in order to reach the lost I must go where they are and be real.

TB: Do you believe life exists elsewhere in the universe?
MB: Just in heaven

TB: Anyone you would like to give a “Hey” to or say thanks or just make a public statement in general?
MB: I want to thank everyone who has ever believed in me and challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and go for it!

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