Stephanie Billings — July 2012
Meet IFBB Pro Stephanie Billings and get her favorite off-season snack, eclectic playlist and the routine that helped build her favorite feature.
By Kirstyn Brown, Assistant Editor; Photography Eva Simon
Stephanie Billings knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles. It’s hard to believe, but at just 22 years old, this buff bombshell from Kentucky had high cholesterol, wore a size 14 and carried 40 extra pounds on her 5'7" frame. Within a year, she not only dropped the weight, but transformed her formerly 180-pound body into a stage-worthy physique. Today, she’s an IFBB Pro, a spokesmodel for BeautyFit and is making her Oxygen debut as a cover girl. And while reaching her destination hasn’t been easy, the journey has made it all worthwhile.
Taller and more muscular than most girls her age, she battled with her weight and the pressure to be a certain size. “I was captain of our high school cheerleading team, but there was no way I could cheer in college because of my size. You can imagine what that does to a girl. I stopped paying attention to my health and gained 40 pounds in college without even noticing.”
In January 2006, she became determined to get her body back on track. Armed with a new treadmill and the help of a few gym buddies from the exercise science program, Stephanie put up a vision board, started a diet log, and shed those 40 extra pounds in eight months. “I really started educating myself about the quality of food,” she says. “I realized I couldn’t have fat-free Pringles anymore!” Four months later, under the expert eye of her trainer, IFBB Pro Julie Lohre, the once chunky cheerleader stepped on stage for the first time. “My life forever changed. I became a Figure competitor.”
Cover Girl Quick Facts:
Hometown: Born in Louisville, KY, currently resides in Seattle, WA
On her nightstand: The 5th Agreement by Miguel Ruiz
In her fridge: kale, spinach, okra, Brussels sprouts, salmon, perch, soy milk, grapefruit, berries, pumpkin, plums
Her preworkout snack: Soy protein mixed with cinnamon and vanilla Stevia on rice cakes
Favorite meal on the go: Edamame
Fitness myth she'd like to set straight: “That you shouldn’t eat at night. It’s not about what time you eat but what you eat. Close to bedtime, it’s okay to have good lean protein and veggies.”
Steph’s Super Delts Workout
One of our cover girl’s favorite physical features (and with good reason!) are her shoulders. Her secret to super sculpted delts? You guessed it: supersets.
On day two of her routine, Stephanie combines shoulder exercises with triceps moves for sexy, toned arms. Try it for yourself! Complete all sets of one superset or move, then rest before moving on to the next.
“During contest prep, this recipe is not in the regimen, however, during the off season, I always make it with my girlfriends after intense boot-camp training! It’s a great way to refuel!”
|Greek Yogurt Parfait Ready in 45 minutes to 1 hour • Makes 6 servings|
Nutrients per serving: Not available.
This self-proclaimed music junky gets into the zone with a mix of tracks that span multiple genres, from electropop to indie rock.