“since I have made the transition [becoming vegetarian], I have gotten stronger and it actually helped me build muscle mass.”
Name: Emilee Peterson
Occupation: GNC, Metro Cop in training
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Weight: 145 lb.
Type of Training: Female Bodybuilding (high-intensity low-rep heavy weights)
Q: Tell us the story of how/why you decided to go pro as a female bodybuilder.
Being a professional female bodybuilder … Wow, that was a dream of mine since I decided I wanted to compete. I knew that I had to compete in an armature show and place top two to be able to compete in a national show where top two go pro.
I competed in my first show in November of 2012. I placed third. I was happy with that placing. First show and getting third was amazing for me. I then decided I would hop right into another prep and try to go for a show in March of 2013.
I ended up hurting my shoulder and needing surgery, and that took me out for the majority of the year. Around November of 2013, I started back in the gym, trying to get myself back into the routine of things.
I talked with my coach at the time and decided I would do a back-to-back show. I would compete in August and November. So he got me ready. I placed third for the August show in Colorado; I wasn’t happy about that placing since I was only one who was the most conditioned.
“I didn’t let it get to my head, I still kept the intensity up and came in fuller and bigger for the November show, where I won the whole show. I won my class and the overall!”
Now I had the fire in me to compete in a national show!
I picked Pittsburgh in September 2015. I gave that show my everything.
I have never wanted something so bad in my life. I seriously ate, drank, and breathed that show.
Everything I did was for that show. Nothing else mattered.
Then the show rolled around. It was the longest day of my life.
It was a one-day show where I did pre-judging in the morning and the routine in the evening.
I ended up going on stage for pre-judging at 5:30 p.m. when the night show should have been starting. That day had bikini and physique going.
I was moved right away to the middle where I smiled so big.
“Nothing could take my smile away.”
Then night show – this is the fun part, the routines.
Physique started at 10:30 p.m.
I was backstage, since the night show was moving fast and my nerves set in.
I didn’t think I could finish the show.
I was eating and eating, trying to get energy, but it didn’t seem to work.
Once it was time for me to head to the stage, I crossed my fingers and just hoped I wouldn’t pass out.
But then I watched the girls in front of me, and I just let myself go and had fun.
There was nothing I could do now, I just needed to have fun. I worked hard, and now it was time to show the judges who I was through my routine. I killed my routine! They called all of us to the side of the stage, and they started to call the numbers as the girls left to go receive their trophy.
I couldn’t believe they said my name and said I was a new pro! I placed second and I couldn’t be happier!!! The girls I competed against looked so amazing. Now Olympia is my next goal.
Q: What were the steps you took to transition to plant-based nutrition?
I first wanted to know all the sources of protein I needed to be eating so I wouldn’t lose the muscle I had gained. I found a few I really liked, like tofu, silk tofu, and sun warrior protein powder; I do have egg white once a day so I don’t [eat] a lot of tofu in a day.
I really just read everything I could about how vegetarian athletes broke down their diets. Some were fighters, so that helped me get an idea for when I prep for a show and I can gauge my off-season diet.
Q: Staple post-workout meal recipe (or breakfast).
I will have to put my breakfast, since that is my favorite one! One scoop of raw fit mocha protein powder, 1/2 cup oatmeal with cinnamon and stevia, and a nice tablespoon of almond butter.
Q: What does your training look like these days?
Right now, since it is my off-season until March, I train heavy low reps, trying to build some muscle so I can come a little bigger and more well-rounded. I train sometimes seven days a week if I am feeling good.
“I listen to my body. If I feel tired, I rest. If I am feeling good, I’ll train.”
Q: Favorite three exercises, and why?
This one is hard. I love all kinds, but I would say dead lifts are a favorite. I can show that girls are strong too and can pull some serious weight and still look like a girl.
Second would be anything for shoulders. I get a pump so fast, and I loovveee when my shoulders look like baby pumpkins! Thirdly, I would say incline dumb bell press. This is a strong point for me, so I like to toss around heavy weights.
Q: Tell me a story of the mentor who played a key role in building confidence in yourself.
This is something I still struggle with, to be very honest. When I was younger, I had a really bad eating disorder. I never thought I looked good enough for the “hot” guys. I have a great support system that helps me keep a positive mental state.
I have days where I think I look good and feel great, and then I have days where I don’t think I look good or have enough muscle. Sad to say, I have more low days then high days, since it’s hard for me to accept a compliment from someone.
I think they are just trying to be nice. So I still need to work on this area in my life.
Q: What would your friends/colleagues say you’re really good at?
I would say being dedicated. Once I have something in my head I want, I will go for it. I’m an all-in or all-out kind of person, no grey area for me.
Q: What is your most meaningful tattoo, and tell us the story behind it?
I would say my right sleeve. It’s Japanese style art. My grandma was into Japanese stuff and really got me into it, so it’s a little dedication to her memory.
Q: Fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I’m a big kid. I love cartoons; Dragon Ball Z is my favorite.
And I’m absolutely terrified of roller coasters.
Q: What unpopular opinions do you hold?
Being vegetarian would be something a lot of people I know don’t agree with.
They think I will lose size and be weak.
But since I have made the transition, I have gotten stronger and it actually helped me build muscle mass.
Q: What three pearls of wisdom would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Stay in school.
And don’t try to fit in with the crowd.
Q: What have you changed your mind about in past 10 years?
“To live in the moment, for we are not guaranteed the next one.”
I used to stress over everything. But I have learned that you need to live for now and focus on what you can do right now to better yourself and your situation.
Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.
V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice,providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.
A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.
The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”
To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Tips from a Professional Female Bodybuilder