Figure Competitor Reese Q&A and Prep Overview for NPC All South Muscle Championship

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Profile

Name: Reese
Age: 24
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 126-133lbs
Instagram: @quirk_nutrition

What was the last show you competed in and how did you place?

My last show was September 24, so 1 week ago, at the NPC All South Muscle Championship and I got first place in both my class and the overall.

When will you next be competing?

I will be competing at NPC Nationals in November! It will be my first national show and my third time competing. I compete in Figure.

How did you get started with working out?

I got introduced to lifting by my coach and boyfriend Andrew Quirk. When him and I met I was quite frankly a mess. I was going through a rough time in life and drinking heavily every day. Andrew had competed before and was just beginning his dieting business and although I was thin, I wasn’t in good shape and realized very quickly that if I wanted this guy I was going to have to get my act together! I did lots of research on my own and paid for a couple of personal training sessions to learn the ropes as I had never touched a weight before. Eventually Andrew saw my motivation and took over my diet and training and that’s when the big changes started coming.

Were you athletic growing up?

I played soccer growing up and was always outdoors. I was a total tomboy but was always skin and bones thanks to my crazy metabolism. I had my son 6 years ago and that did change my physique a bit, for the first time I felt myself getting larger in my midsection and glutes but I didn’t have a ton of knowledge of diet and training until Andrew came along.

Has your life changed since you started working out?

Just about every area of my life has changed since I started lifting and competing. Before I was serving and bar-tending and now I have a very good 9-5 job where I can actually spend time with my family. I am a much better parent and role model, a better spouse, a better daughter and sister, and I would like to think all around a better person. I have a personality that is either 100% into something, or not at all interested. I give competing my 100%, and yes sometimes it gets in the way. Sometimes I have to leave family functions to go train, or miss sleep because late at night is the only time I have to meal prep, or use all of my vacation time to travel to competitions our clients are in. But it is so much better than missing out on life because of the fruitless “party lifestyle”.

What motivates you?

My boyfriend, my son, and our clients are what keep me motivated. Andrew is so incredibly passionate and gifted at what he does that it keeps me inspired and always moving forward. I want to teach my son how important work ethic is and to find something you love and give it your all, to never give up. The Quirk Nutrition team is pretty tight knit and we all look up to each other and keep each other moving in the right direction.

What does your training routine look like?

My training routine changes every few months or with a prep, but for the most part I follow a 3 or 4 day split. Shoulders, Back, Chest and Arms, then Legs is what I’ve been favoring for the last year or so. I prefer to work a small body part, followed by a larger one like back or legs, then a smaller part again. I don’t really do cardio in my off season and during prep it ranges from 10 mins a day on stair stepper or bike or incline treadmill walking, all the way up to (2) 30 minute sessions if I’m very close to show day and feeling like I still have some fat to lose! The most Andrew has ever asked me to do is 40 minutes a day.

What is your approach to dieting?

When it comes to diet, we have worked my metabolism up to a point where I have to eat at least 3,000 calories a day just to maintain. Most of my off season is spent bulking so calories go even higher, up to 3500. My weight topped off at 146 lbs this off season, which is crazy to me considering I used to weigh 100 lbs. Getting all of the calories in needed to grow is a struggle for me but cheat meals help and I don’t keep my daily diet 100% clean for that reason. Basically, I just try to eat as much as I can. During prep, I have so many calories for Andrew to pull from that I never have to struggle much.

What is your long term goal?

My long term goal is to keep growing and keep having fun. I of course want to get my pro card and ya know, win the Olympia or something but I understand how realistic that is, no matter how good you are! That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try though!

Prep overview

My last prep started at 3500 calories and 15 weeks out from show day. I started off with no cardio, and implemented it around 12 weeks. Andrew made weekly changes to my diet, everything just a slow progression. These two photos are me at the beginning of my prep.

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9 weeks out, things were starting to come together.

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And finally some pictures from the show. We were treating this show as a warm up for nationals so we really pushed the envelope to see how full I could get and I spilled by the night show. So, now we are getting me leaner and know exactly how far we can push carbs, sodium, and water for Nationals.

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