Mandy Polk NPC Fitness
How did you get interested in
I started working out when I was a junior in high school just to get
into better shape for cheerleading and I discovered competitive fitness
when reading magazines to pass the time spent on the elliptical... I
decided I wanted to go for it!
What was your first show like, any interesting experiences?
My first show was the 2003 NPC Jan Tana, and I woke up that morning
looking soooo much smoother than I did going to bed the night before.
Also, I got lost on the way to the venue the morning of the show. It
taught me to get there early ALWAYS no matter what and to make sure
you are 100% prepared going in.
What do you like and dislike about competing?
I love everything about it --- it's so demanding that if there was anything
that dissatisfied me, I wouldn't do it.
What are your future goals in this industry?
I would love to obtain sponsorship and to turn professional.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
I would like to think that there are opportunities I haven't even thought
of that would be available to me by that time, so I would like to leave
that up to fate and determination (in other words, I have no clue!).
Please tell us something special about you that most people wouldn't
Most people wouldn't know that I experienced a severe hip flexor strain
while warming up my routine backstage at Nationals and still performed
my entire routine. I thought, I came this far, I might as well go for
it! While my performance was definitely not one of my best, I was proud
that I was able to complete the whole thing.
Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my good friend and agent, Kenny Kassel. He is
one of the most genuine people I have met within the industry and I
would not have been able to compete at Nationals without his advice
and support. I also want to thank my boyfriend, Ryan Chastain, for all
of his help. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without him. Thanks
to his advice I was able to come into nationals looking my best ever.
And who else would put up with precontest low carb moodiness? He is
the most patient, supportive, and sincere person I know. Of course I
want to thank my parents. My mom always makes sure to keep eggs in the
refrigerator and was able to fashion some cool fitness outfit accessories
last-minute. She was by far the best "fitness mom" at the show this
year. Jen Hendershott for choreographing my routine, giving me great
advice, and for being the cool person she is! Also, I want to thank
Angie Semsch and Terry Goodlad for great feedback and advice for future
-NPC Jan Tana 2003- 1st, tall class
-NPC Nationals 2004- 8th, tall class
Date of Birth: 1/28/85
Born/Grew up in: Memphis, TN
Current Residence: Memphis, TN
Marital Status: single, but taken!
Weight: 125 contest 140 offseason
Current Occupation: student
Favorite Hobby: working out, of course
Favorite Food: anything with cheese, and ice
Favorite Music: I love music with energy, such
as DMX and Eminem, but I am also a ham and have been known to
enjoy some Britney Spears
Best Bodypart: back
Years Training: 3