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Philita Wheeler Interview

Blog Article ImagePhilita Wheeler isn’t your typical WNBF Pro Athlete; she actually spends most of her time at her full time job as a certified public accountant and as a part-time Professor of Accounting.  We welcome Philita to Team HMB and are excited to get to know more about how this business woman made it into the fitness industry.

Q:  Where did the athletic roots of Philita Wheeler begin?
PW:  My fitness love actually began when I saw Kiana Tom on ESPN when I was 15, I was obsessed with her! I started running when I was 16 and had a natural talent for it. I was a State Caliber Cross Country and Track athlete right out of the box and had many chances to attend a Division I school for running, but decided to focus on a double major in Public Accounting and Business while minoring in speech communications and work full time through college.


Q:  What made you want to start competing in WNBF, specifically in the figure and fitbody divisions?
PW:  After I passed my CPA exams in October 2009 I had so much free time on my hands and running 50-60 miles a week was no longer a challenge for me, so I went back to my Kiana Tom roots and quickly jumped on the wagon to compete. I wanted to compete in the INBF and WNBF because it's a 7-year drug free tested organization with high standards and amazing athletes, for me there really was no other choice. I wanted to do Figure because I didn't have the body builder frame and I wanted to push myself, so Figure was a perfect fit. I really just enjoy Fitbody because the poses are a lot of fun on stage.


Q:  What is your favorite part about competing? Is it the training, diet, feeling on stage?
PW:  My favorite part about competing is not only being on stage but the challenge that goes behind it day after day. Being on a competition diet is a lot of work and especially challenging at times with work commitments, client outings, and family obligations; it's the bigger picture you have to envision or you will quickly get off track.


Q:  Being a public accountant and part-time professor what is a typical day in the life of Philita like and how are you able to fit in your training regime?
PW: I have to get up at 3 or 3:30am to cram everything into my hectic schedule. I hit the gym by 4 or 5am if I drive an hour to meet my trainer, WNBF Pro James McGuire at Beyond Limits Training, and I am out of the gym by 6am. I am back on the road for work some days before 7am, get home by 7pm, eat, relax and go to bed to do it all over again. When I'm teaching I won't get home until about 9pm. People always ask how I can manage to get up that early to work out, it's simple, I don't make excuses, I just do it! I cook 3 days worth of meals on Sunday nights and then again on Wednesday nights to pack my cooler to take with me all week. My coworkers are now use to me eating beef at 9am, nothing surprises them anymore!


Q:  During contest, what type of diet do you follow?
PW:  During Competition prep my diet is put together by WNBF Pro Rich Lauro and consists of 6 small meals with chicken, lean ground beef and steak, brown rice, green beans, asparagus, and my favorite, oatmeal. Rich makes adjustments throughout the 12 week prep period as my body reacts and adjusts to the diet.


Q:  Along with your diet do you incorporate a cheat day for the week or not?  And what is your favorite cheat food?
PW:  I typically get one cheat meal a week during contest prep and every single time I go for a medium Danotos pizza all veggie with pepperoni. And some days I throw a reeses cup blizzard in with it if I'm extra hungry!


Q:  To be a professional athlete you really have to be disciplined and sacrifice.  In your opinion are the rewards worth the sacrifice? And why?
PW:  The rewards are whole-heartedly worth the sacrifice. It's helped me be more focused in my career as well. I've learned to truly believe in myself and my dreams, it wasn't until I did that when everyone else started to take me seriously. I'm living proof that you can have both a successful career and live your dreams day after day.


Q:  What would you say is your most memorable experience you’ve had while competing in this sport?
PW:  My most memorable moment is hands down is being on stage at the Overall Figure pose down at the Natural Midwest. I left nothing to chance that night and it paid off.


Q:  Do you have any advice for women out there just getting starting in competing in the fitness industry?
PW:  My best advice is to follow your dreams and do not let anyone tell you that you can't do something or be something. The truth is anything you want is out there for you, but you have to be willing to put in the time and sacrifice to get it. It may mean giving up a lot of things in your life, and it's up to you to decide if it's worth it.


Q:  What are your future goals and how do you think HMB can help you achieve those?
PW:  My future goals are: To bring the absolute best package I can to the stage each year, I want to take my weak areas and really focus on them to bring them up. I don't care if someone tells me something is impossible, I'm ready and willing to put in my time. I'm not competing against anyone on stage, because I compete against myself every day. When I get on stage I'm only there for me, and whatever competition I embark upon, I will be ready.
HMB can help by bringing me to the level in which I want to compete at, with a definitive purpose. Any athlete wanting to improve their performance should try HMB, and I think they would be surprised at their new found strength. If you live a fast paced busy lifestyle then supplementing with HMB is a must because with your body constantly on the go HMB can propel you at the gym to finish those last few reps that make all the difference.

Thanks for your time today Philita, and we are happy to have you as a part of Team HMB!

Posted on February 24, 2011


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