Mindi O'Brien IFBB Fitness Pro

How did you get interested in bodybuilding/working out?

I broke my elbow when I was 10 years old doing gymnastics and was hospitalized for two weeks, had my arm re-broken/re-set 5 times, and was ordered not to do gymnastics ever again. All I wanted to do was gymnastics, so my mom and my coach hired me a personal trainer to help me stay in shape and to help speed up with the recovery rate. I was going to physio 4-5 times a week and weight training 3-4 times a week for a year. I fell in love with how lifting weights made me feel and I became fascinated with the muscle definition that I was developing. I was hooked!!!

What was your first show like, any interesting experiences?

My first competition experience took place in the middle of a mall in Pickering Ontario. The competition had 3 rounds: swimsuit round, routine round and a question round. I ended up placing 2nd. After that competition, I did some research on different federations, and from that moment on I decided I wanted to earn my pro card and be able to compete amongst the best fitness athletes in the world...I finally made it.

What do you like and dislike about competing?

I like everything about competing. I love to set new goals for myself and I try to be an influence in both leadership and in raising the bar in competitive fitness.

What are your future goals in this industry?

I intend on competing on the fitness pro circuit for a few more years, and to win the Olympia/Arnold's. That would be a dream come true!

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

I see myself in the same spot...still competing on the pro circuit, either in fitness or bodybuilding. I want to see my competitive fitness/figure team (TEAMOBRIEN) to keep growing and producing more champions. Or, who knows....maybe wrestling on WWE!!

Please tell us something special about you that most people wouldn't know?

I have a beautiful son, Alex.

Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my sponsor: SPORTLAB NUTRITION, KHP DESIGNS, Raw Power Fitness, TEAMOBRIEN, Fabutan Tanning Studios, WATSONS FITNESS, You Only Better...Nutrition and Cathy Savage. I would like to thank my fiance`/coach, Dennis Beitler for coaching me and supporting me along this journey....you're the best. Thanks to my son Alex for being so supportive. I would like to thank my friends and family for supporting me along the way and taking care of Alex when we're travelling.

Competition History:
-2005 - I.F.B.B. Charlotte Pro Fitness - 3rd Place
-2005 - I.F.B.B. Europa Super Show Pro Fitness - 3rd Place (Qualified to the Olympia)
-2005 - I.F.B.B. New York City Pro Fitness Championships 6th Place.
-2005 - I.F.B.B. Arnold Classic, Ms. Fitness International 10th Place.
-2004 - I.F.B.B. 2004 P&C Fitness Rookie of The Year, IRONMAN April, 2005.
-2004 - C.B.B.F. Canadian B.B. Federation M.V.P., Gary Bartlett MUSCLEMAG May, 2005.
-2004 - I.F.B.B. Muscle Tech & Weider Fitness Olympia 9th Place.
-2004 - I.F.B.B. SW USA Pro Fitness Cup Champion. (At her Pro Debut,she became The First Canadian to Win an IFBB Pro Fitness Competition)
-2004 - I.F.B.B. SW USA Pro Fitness Cup - Horizon Award. (Given to the best newcomer. By FLEX, Steve Wennerstrom)
-2004 - C.B.B.F. Canadian National Overall Fitness Champion. (Earned IFBB. Fitness Pro Card)
-2003 & 02 - 2 Time F.V.F. North American Fitness & Strength Challenge Champion. Figure, Fitness and Overall Champion
-2003 - C.B.B.F. Weider Invitational Slovakia Grand Prix 3rd Place.
-2003 - W.N.S.O. MuscleMania H W Womens Body Building Canadian Champion.
-2003 - W.N.S.O. Ms. Fitness Canada Pageant 4th Place. (The only Canadian Athlete ever to qualify for World Naturals in both Fitness and Bodybuilding in the same year)
-2002 - W.N.S.O. TSN Fitness Series 1st Place
-2002 - W.N.S.O. Ms. Fitness Canada Pageant 4th Place
-2001 - W.N.S.O. TSN Fitness Series 1st Place
-2001 - W.N.S.O. Ms. Fitness Canada Pageant 1st Runner-up
-2000 - C.B.B.F. Ms. Fitness Ontario Championships 1st Place
-1999 - C.B.B.F. Mississauga Fitness Championships 1st Place
-1999 - C.B.B.F. Ms. Fitness Natural Ontario Championships 1st Place

Mindi O'Brien

Date of Birth: May 23, 1974
Born/Grew up in: St. Catharines, Ontario. Canada
Current Residence: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Marital Status: Engaged-common law
Weight: Off season: 130-134lbs Competition Weight: 127-130lbs
Current Occupation: Co-owner of Competitive Fitness/Figure Team-TEAMOBRIEN, coach/trainer, mom
Favorite Hobby: Watching TV
Favorite Food: pizza, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and ice cream. Favorite diet food: oatmeal and peanut butter
Favorite Music: like to listen to everything
Best Bodypart: Arms-I love to train biceps. They seem to respond the fastest
Years Training: 20 years of weight training. Serious weight training for 12yrs hard core.

Email: teamobrien@cogeco.ca or mindiobrienfit@yahoo.ca

Website: www.mindiobrien.com

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