Linda Stephens Interview In Real Feats of Strength

"Real Feats of Strength" Interview with Linda Stephens, Figure Competitor, Fitness Coach

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Linda Stephens Interview In Real Feats of Strength



"Real Feats of Strength" Interview with Linda Stephens, Figure Competitor, Fitness Coach


How long have you been training?
I've always been physically active. It's one thing that my dad instilled in my brother and me. I figured skated as a young girl and played basketball in elementary school as well as at college. I was a group exercise instructor in the late 80s for Richard Simmons's Anatomy Asylum. It wasn't until the early 90s that I ventured into the weight room. Even since, weight training has been the focal point of my workout routine coupled with cardiovascular training.
What would you like to see done to help improve or promote the sport?
I would love to see women who compete in Bodybuilding and Figure get more media coverage. Especially those at the amateur level. Even though there are many amateur contests, some of the larger ones truly deserve to receive more exposure. There some amazing amateur athletes in our sport. I've competed against many of them. And I now consider myself one of them.
jen-hendershotts-npc-all-womens-weekend-2011-linda-stephens-figure-competition-training-posing-bodybuilding-womens-diet-darien-ctWhat would you like to share about a recent contest?
After finishing eighth in my open Figure class and ninth in my Masters Figure class at the 2011 IFBB North American — my first Pro qualifier — I was initially disappointed. After returning home and settling back into my life, I realized that I had made the Top 10. Looking back, I'm now pleased with my placings. I also had the opportunity to speak with the contest promoter, Gary Udit, who gave me some good advice. I plan on using those insights during the 2012 season for coming Pro qualifiers. The North American was the biggest contest I've done thus far. Over 600 competitors! So, I can only be proud of my performance on stage and look toward moving into the Top 5!!! Stay tuned ....

Do you get negative comments from people with regard to your muscles?
I am unaware of any negative comments in regards to my muscles — to my face, any way! Most of my friends are from the gym. They totally support what I'm doing. My personal training clients love it and believe they are lucky to have me as their trainer. When I meet strangers, mostly because they approach me, they are always curious about my workouts and my diet. It has been a great way to meet new and prospective clients!

npc-empire-states-white-plains-ny-2010-linda-stephens-figure-competition-training-posing-bodybuilding-womens-diet-darien-ctHave you ever surprised yourself with you own strength? Like you forgot you were THAT strong???  
YES! Every time I deadlift with my trainer. He keeps adding weight, and I think, "damn, can I do that much?" And then I'll deadlift it for 10-15 reps!! I think he's also amazed at times!!!

How have you used your physical strength outside the gym, when it has come in handy?
My physical strength came in handy this past winter when I had to shovel snow just about every day — or at least it felt like every day!  I also play outside a lot with my kids. and that takes much stamina at times. I love taking long walks with them (usually for ice cream) and playing basketball and baseball, too. I know they love that their mom can keep up.  

Any message for fans?
I strongly believe in the adage that you are never too old to reinvent yourself. I tell my children that they can do whatever they want in this world with discipline and determination. This applies to adults as well. If there's a goal you wish to accomplish, make a plan of attack and work towards achieving it. You'll never know what you can accomplish if you don't try. Whether you want to get into amazing shape or start your own business, you can make it happen. Don't waste time thinking "I'm too old" ... "It's too late" ... or any other regrets. Turn that negative energy into positive energy, and get it done.


Linda Stephens Interview In Real Feats of Strength (cont.)


linda-stephens-figure-competition-training-posing-bodybuilding-womens-diet-darien-ctWhat is the best way to contact you?












npc-bev-francis-atlantic-states-tribeca-ny-2010-linda-stephens-figure-competition-training-posing-bodybuilding-womens-diet-darien-ctWhere can you be found on the web?

You can also learn more about me here:

Other profiles: emyarms-com

What else you would like to share?
I am an NASM certified personal trainer and weight management consultant.  I am also currently attending the University of Bridgeport working on my masters in clinical nutrition. My career goal is educate those who want to transform their bodies through exercise and proper nutrition.  

I reside in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I am a personal trainer and group exercise instructor with the Fitwell Group in Stamford. I also train private clients at their homes and offer a full range of contest preparation services for Figure, Bikini, and Bodybuilding. If you are serious about getting or staying in shape, please contact me here:

First, I have to thank my family and friends for all the love and support especially when I'm carbohydrate deprived and a bit cranky.

I'm currently working with IFBB Pro Jennifer Hendershott. Team Phat Girlz has been unbelievably supportive and professional. If you wish to learn more about Phat Camps and Jen's great programs, check out her site:

I also want to thank INBF competitor Ryan L'Ecuyer for all his continued support and training assistance in the gym. Fans can join with me in cheering Ryan on to winning his WNBF Pro card.

Thanks as well to all the great people that helped me initially get started on my competition journey: Anthony Hatrick, Jennifer Nash, and Gretchen Werda.