Mindi O'Brien IFBB Fitness Pro
How did you get interested in
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
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
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.
-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,
-2004 - C.B.B.F. Canadian B.B. Federation M.V.P., Gary Bartlett MUSCLEMAG
-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
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.