Lishia Dean NPC Fitness
How did you get interested in
I began working out in my high school PE class. We lifted weights and
did plyometrics. I continued to lift through college. I then met Red Swain,
a Powerlifter. We began training together and I compete in the Bench,
Deadlift and Squat. Having a dance and gymnastic background pushed me
to pursue Fitness Competitions and now I am hooked.
How was your first show like, any interesting experiences?
My first show was The Elite Muscle Classic in Greensboro, NC in November
of 2004. I loved it!! I love to perform and felt I did well. It was such
an unbelievable experience be up on stage in your best condition. Everyone
was so nice back stage. I won the overall in Fitness and that made it
What do you like and dislike about competing?
I love to perform for an audience. I love the heavy training (because
I came from that type of training with Powerlifting). I am trying to
find a place for ice cream on my competition diet, but I have had no
such luck LOL!
What are your future goals in this industry?
My long-term goal is to turn Pro! My short-term goal is to enjoy the journey
of transforming my physique to be able to handle the competition of the
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
I still see myself working in a YMCA in a position related to fitness.
I will be married in a few months, so I am sure kids will begin to come
into that picture. I will hope to be a role model for future Fitness Competitors
coming into the sport at that time.
Please tell us something special about you that most people wouldn't
I am very on top of things. I don't consider my self a 'softy'.
However, when it comes to my cat 'Sweets' she gets away with
everything! She's my babygirl!
Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?
I have had lots of help in my journey to Fitness. Matt Hendrick, my
fiancé, has been my backbone. He creates all of my diets for me and
lays out my training program. Jen Hendershott created my routine for
both of my shows. Kim Michael, a personal trainer in Greensboro, NC
made my tan look great!
11/9/02 AAU Powerlifting -285lb squat -320 lb deadlift -145 lb bench
11/6/04 The Elite Muscle Classic -1st place short class Fitness -Overall Fitness -3rd place medium class Figure
11/18/04 NPC Nationals -10th place medium class Fitness
11/19/05 NPC Nationals -16th place medium class Fitness
Date of Birth: 11/08/78
Born/Grew up in: Greensboro, NC
Current Residence: Fernandina Beach, FL
Marital Status: Engaged
Weight: 120lbs.-competition & 135lbs.-off season
Current Occupation: Wellness Director of a YMCA
Favorite Hobby: Watching football with Matt,
Favorite Food: Ice Cream, preferably Mint Chocolate
Chip from Cold Stone!
Favorite Music: Hip Hop, something you can dance
Best Bodypart: Back
Years Training: 9 years of weight training -
4 years of Competitive Powerlifting - 1 year of Fitness Competitions