Catherine Zidell NPC Figure

How did you get interested in bodybuilding/working out?

I have always been active when growing up and worked out to stay fit and slim, they had “weight check” every week at the airlines. We would wear hot pants as a uniform!!! I was working out one day and a group of men asked if I wanted to lift weights with them. I started meeting with them everyday at noon and was hooked the moment I started.

How was your first show like, any interesting experiences?

I continued to work out for about a year and a half. Packing all my food and finding a gym in every city
that we had a layover in and in 1996 I decided to do my first show. I was so nervous about remembering my routine and my posing. I just practiced and practiced! Unfortunately, my father became very ill and was in ICU in Honolulu Hawaii. With only 4 weeks until the show, I flew out there and got an apartment and stayed for almost 3 weeks. I continued to train and practice in between the ICU visits. I think the contest preparation was the only thing that kept me from losing control. My father recovered somewhat and I went home and my husband and trainer were shocked. They couldn’t believe how in condition I was. I went on to the competition and won second in the novice heavyweight division. I loved how friendly all the competitors were and how everyone was willing to help each other.

What do you like and dislike about competing?

Like I said, I love how everyone is so friendly at each and every show. I have made a lot of new friends. I
think the thing about competing I don’t like is the constant worry about how well I am going to “peak” and the water restriction.

What are your future goals in this industry?

My goal for 2005 is to come back to the Masters, Teen and Collegiate Nationals and win the 50 and over
tall class in figure since I won the over 35 Tall Figure class last year at 49! I also want to show other
women that it is never too late to get in shape and set goals and compete. I didn’t enter my first show
until I was 41.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

I hope that I will be still competing and winning the over 60 class.

Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?

I want to thank all the wonderful trainers, family and friends for their positive support all these years. I especially want to thank my loving husband for his continued reinforcement that I am never too old to continue to pursue this endeavor.

Competition History:
-2004 Masters Teen and Collegiate National/ Pittsburg PA - First place, Tall Figure 35+
-2003 Masters Teen and Collegiate Nationals/ Pittsburg PA - Fifth place, Tall Figure 35+
-2003 Southwest USA/ Arlington,TX - Second place, Tall Figure - Third place, Masters Figure
-2002 Texas State Championships/ Houston TX - Second place, Masters Figure
-2002 Ronnie Coleman Classic/ Arlington TX - Third place, Tall Figure
-2002 Lone Star Classic/ Plano TX - Second place, Masters Figure
-2001 Tournament of Champions/ Culver City CA - Second place, Tall Figure
-2001 Red River Classic/ Oklahoma City OK - Third place, Tall Figure
-1999 Lackland Classic Bodybuilding/ San Antonio TX - First place, Women Open Heavyweight
-1998 Ironman/ Culver City CA - Second place, Women Heavyweight
-1998 Southwest Natural Bodybuilding/ Ft. Worth TX - Second place, Women Opend Heavyweight
-1997 Lackland Classic Bodybuilding/ San Antonio TX - First place, Women Novice Heavyweight
-1996 Ironman Natural/ San Antonio TX - Second place, Women Novice Heavyweight

Catherine Zidell

Date of Birth: Well, I actually hit the big 51 this year!!!!!
Born/Grew up in: Born in Chicago but shortly after moved to Dallas, Texas
Current Residence: Dallas
Marital Status: Married to a wonderful man named Jeff for 11 years now.
Height: 5’ 7 ½”
Weight: 160 off season/ 144 at contest
Current Occupation: Retired flight attendant after almost 25 years! I am now personal trainer.
Favorite Hobby: My first passion was riding and showing horses and then I found fitness! Now it is a tie.
Favorite Food: Pancakes!!
Favorite Music: Rock!!
Best Bodypart: My legs. Do you remember the song, “She’s got legs”? I love that song. See above.
Years Training: 12 years now.



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