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Alessandra Tumolo was bullied because of her body – now she's a physique champion

Sep 22
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This weekend Alessandra Tumolo will take to the stage at the London and South East Bodybuilding Championships showcasing one of the most muscular and graceful female physiques in the world.

The 42-year-old boasts a beautifully wide V-shaped back (which positively ripples with muscle!) on top of a super-tight waist edged by razor-sharp intercostals.

Her long, shapely muscle-packed legs are set to be this weekend's show-stoppers and she has a butt which, frankly, most women would kill for.

All the more astonishing then that she turned to bodybuilding after being bullied over her physique.

Alessandra, who works as a Weight Management Consultant and Lifestyle Coach, said: “I mm naturally muscular and as a young woman I never seem to develop any curves compared to my peers.

“I was bullied because I looked like a little boy but I think that gave me the edge to be different and to develop something not everyone had.”

She has certainly done that and her competitive record in female bodybuilding (listed below) speaks for itself.

However the stage-ready 2013 physique of Alessandra Tumolo is the best yet.

The Italian-born but London-based muscle star has brought up her quads superbly this year to match her already jaw-dropping calves. And her double biceps and side chest pose are up there with the very best in the sport.

She said: “I've added about 3 kg (6.6lbs) this year, all on my legs! I am all natural but my diet is highly anabolic I exploit the insulin growth factor IGF1 by eating in a timed manner and a very strict regime of low carbs high fats

“ I have done it for 15 years and it is proven to slow the ageing process stimulate natural GH and keep you lean. The only draw back it takes years to work unlike using GH or steroids but I prefer long terms benefits to quick results.”

Along with her own bodybuilding Alessandra is passionate nutrition and fighting the modern curse of obesity.

She said: “My twin goals right now are to get my pro card and to become more involved with fighting obesity, being more active in the education arena, helping young people to get into sport and healthy living.”

Alessandra Tumolo Full Profile

Name: Alessandra Tumolo

Age: How dare you ask a lady her age? ;-)

Job: Weight Management Consultant and Lifestyle Coach

Where are you from? I am originally from Italy, but I have lived in London since 1992

Height: 5ft 5ins (164cm)

Weight: Off-season 139lbs (63kg) – contest weight 128lbs (58Kg)

Body type: Physique

Measurements: Quite frankly I never take my measurements except when I order my bikini so I wouldn’t really know. Is not a girl thing to measure ourselves. Pictures talks louder than numbers.

Lifts

Squat: My max would be 100kg, but to be honest I don’t lift heavy anymore as I believe that unless you train to develop strength, heavy lifting carries too much risk of injury and doesn’t build much more size. I stick to medium weight and perform a minimum of 15 repetitions

Bicep curl: Believe it or not I never train arms on their own! They get a good workout in compound when I train chest and back. Same goes for calves which I never ever train. I just am one of those gifted people, sorry guys ;-)

Contests and results:

1997 Miss Titan physique 1st place and award for best abdominals

1997 EFBB qualifier ladies under 57kg 2nd place

1997 EFBB British final ladies under 57kg 3rd place

1999 Open body championship All Counties Gravesend Best female presentation award

2000 Stars of Tomorrow EFBB ladies physique 1st place

2002 Tropicana Miss Fitness World – Finalist

Then I retired from competitive body building and went back to my roots (athletics) and run mixed races (Spartan Race, Tough Mudder etc.) and Duathlons.

2012 UKBFF Kent Classic – EWomen Body Building 1st Place

2012 UKBFF British Finals – Women Body Building 4th place

What contest are you prepping for now?
UKBFF London & The SE qualifier for the British in the new class Ladies Physique

How's it going/where are you at!?
I am quite pleased with myself and the improvements I made. Last year I didn’t time my carbing up properly and ended up too deflated on stage. Also I needed more volume on my legs. I have made adjustments to my nutrition pre-contest and I feel much more confident. My legs have improved although I need more vastus medialis (teardrop).


How many years have you trained?
I started training for athletics when I was 14 and from there I went into bodybuilding entering my first competition at 26 -years-old

Why bodybuilding?
I used to train in a powerlifters' gym and the owner signed me up for a local bodybuilding contest. I won and from there I was hooked!

How and why did you start ?
I have always been a tomboy, loved been outdoors and a bit of a daredevil (I still am!). I am a rock climber and a like any physical challenge. Am naturally muscular and as a young woman I never seem to develop any curves compared to my peers. I was bullied because I looked like a little boy. I think that gave me the edge to be different and to develop something not everyone had.

What is your dream?
To get my pro card and to become more involved with fighting obesity and be more active in the education arena, helping young people to get into sport and healthy living. I am currently studying Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to add to my Counselling Skills, which will help me understand better how eating disorders set in and how to intervene to guide my clients to overcome them.

What is your short term goal right now?
To win the British and to expand my consultancy running workshops and seminars on nutrition and lifestyle changes, particularly to empower women and young people.

What keeps you motivated?
I believe that the mind is the driver and the soul is the fuel that keeps the machine (the body) moving. You need to look within for motivation, look deeper into your soul with acceptance for who you are, your limitations, your abilities and the unique traits that make you who you are meant to be. Trying to copy someone else or to morph yourself into some model is what will eventually break you, I have seen it happen. Believe that you have been born to fulfil a special purpose and go for it!

What do you love most about bodybuilding?

That it is not just a body’s endeavour; it requires strength of the mind and intelligence to get to know your body.

And what do you hate the most?

I don’t hate anything. I have learnt long time ago that hate is a poison that hurts you more than you think. SO I try to let go of anything hurtful in my life and focus on positivity, love and acceptance

What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from bodybuilding?

Every time I hold a trophy I feel on top of the world. I know is just a small thing but it makes me want to better myself more and more. And it makes me feel grateful because through bodybuilding I have met so many outstanding people I can call friends that have supported me along my journey.

Training

How often do you train?

I believe that if your nutrition is sound you can train seven days a week. I mix my training, not just gym work, I do outdoors pursuits such as sprinting uphill, cycling, climbing and go for long mountain hikes.

What is your program/split?

I usually do giant sets or supersets, occasionally I do heavy one max reps type of work. I split chest, back, shoulders, hams and glutes and quads. I do two 20 minute Tabata style HIIT a week too. I never do low intensity cardio except for 30 minutes a day after my weights around 3 weeks before a show.

What really works for you?

Super high intensity, anything that makes me sweat buckets and gets me out of breath.

Favorite bodypart to train and why?

I love training legs as I can see the results of stubborn parts like my hams. Currently I am focusing on smaller muscles such as gluteus minimum, vastus medialis and Tband.

Biggest improvement in last 12 months?

Definitely my legs, I am constantly working on improving my bum and legs!

Improvements you are targeting ?

For the British I want to to grow my medialis and lateralis more and tighten my waist more. I want to bring more balance between my left and right side as I can see a slight difference in development. I am at that stage where I can afford to focus on details.

What tips would you give to newbies?

Be patient! Too often I hear young people complaining that nothing has happened after six months! I have been training for over 20 years and I am still making improvements. It is a long process and everything has to be in place. Also taking steroids doesn’t speed it up. If you don’t know how to eat and train properly it will poison your system and damage you internally. It’s long term damage for short terms results. Not worth it.

Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you?

My training secret is simple: CONSISTENCY and keep it simple. Build the foundation, do the ground work. Big compound exercises, engage your brain when you lift, pay attention to your form and increase the weight gradually. No point lifting heavy to impress the girls, you only get an injury. Trust the professionals and don’t follow what some ‘meathead’ tells you to do, if it feels wrong is because IT IS!

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