But on July 27 2013 all that is very much set to change because we guarantee this lady is going to bring the noise to the NPC USA 's in Vegas.
She is just THAT good.
Her muscular development and physique transformation is nothing short of breathtaking – our lead picture shows a decidedly skinny Susanna Hand in 2007 and a fabulously-muscled female bodybuilding star-in-waiting six years later.
Now, just a week before the snappily titled NPC USA Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini and Men’s & Women’s Physique Championships, on July 27-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada – the 'USA's' to you and me - we are absolutely delighted that Susanna has broken off from her intense pre-comp training to talk to realfemalebodybuilding.com.
The 33-year-old is in clearly love with the sport and indeed the last four years of pumping iron and disciplined dieting have been leading up to the Vegas stage, but Susanna remains realistic
She says: “I’m anxious and excited to get on stage and showcase my finished product.
“Of course we all want to win, but I have no control over the judges or who shows up, so my goal is to bring the best me possible to Vegas and show the judges how well my 5’3 frame can carry 150+lbs without compromising femininity or aesthetics.”
And while the rest of the female bodybuilding world seems destined to be forced into physique contests Susanna is adamant that she is a bodybuilding purist. She can certainly shift the weights too – easily squatting 400lbs + and benching 225lbs for reps.
She says: “My structure is best suited for bodybuilding and I enjoy getting shredded. I understand it’s not mainstream, but if I’m going to bust my ass I want to stand out even when covered up.
“I embrace the journey and revel in the mental discipline required to achieve such extreme results.”
In the 2012 NPC USA Championships Susanna came in a very creditable 9th place.
We confidently predict this years seriously conditioned Susanna is set to make a serious bid for the top slots and of course wish her every success on Friday.
Female Bodybuilder Susanna Hand Full Profile
Name: Susanna Hand
Job: I utilize my Master's Degree in a regular 9-5 job
Height: 5’3 (160cms)
Weight: 150-155lbs (68-70kg) contest, 186lbs (84.5kg)off-season (hopefully closer to 170 (77kg) next off-season)
Body type: Bodybuilder
Chest: I don’t measure bloated boobs in the off-season. Water retention isn’t impressive. Considering chest is over 40 in contest shape I can safely guess 40 something
Waist: I have a very small waist for a heavyweight bodybuilder.
Quads: A genuine (meaning not “pumped” or exaggerated to impress) 26 inches (66 cms)
Biceps: 16 (40.5 cms)inches off season, 15 inches (38.5 cms) contest (just measured)
Calves: Same as biceps
Squat: I have done over 400lbs for reps, but this is not a part of my regular training as I train to maintain good symmetry.
Bench: I don’t do a one rep max, but I can do 250lbs for reps and have benched 225lbs for 10 without a spotter pulling half the weight for me.
DB shoulder press: I generally never bother going over 60.
Contests and results:
NPC USA Championships Women's Bodybuilding: Light Heavyweight (9th)
2011 NPC Team Universe Women's Bodybuilding: Heavyweight (7th)
2011 NPC Garden State Women's Bodybuilding: Heavyweight (1st)
What contest are you prepping for now? The USAs!!!!!
How's it going? With almost one week to go, I’m anxious and excited to get on stage and showcase my finished product.
How many years have you trained? I first began to compete in 2010.
Why bodybuilding? My structure is best suited for bodybuilding and I enjoy getting shredded. I understand it’s not mainstream, but if I’m going to bust my ass I want to stand out even when covered up. I embrace the journey and revel in the mental discipline required to achieve such extreme results.
How and why did you start ? Many facets of this sport match up well with my personality and background. However, I specifically got into competing when I asked a friend for a diet. I had put on a considerable amount of muscle but needed guidance on nutrition. He convinced me to do my first show 9 weeks later.
What is your dream? I’m living it now. I’m doing all the things I love with those I love.
What is your short term goal right now? Of course we all want to win, but I have no control over the judges or who shows up. So my goal is to bring the best ME possible to Vegas next week and show the judges how well my 5’3 frame can carry 150+lbs without compromising femininity or aesthetics.
What keeps you motivated? I’ve always been a self-motivated, goal-oriented person, but it helps to have a good support system. I want to make those people that believe in me proud. And as the show approaches and my energy levels begin to wane, it helps a lot to train with others.
What do you love most about bodybuilding? Seeing my body transform into something I am proud of.
And what do you hate the most? Being “hangry” (hungry + angry)
What is the biggest thrill you have got from bodybuilding? As lame as it sounds, the first meal after my first show was blissful. I have pics of me still in my posing suit plowing down a cheeseburger and chocolate chip pancakes. I put the burger in the pancake to make a McGriddle. Breathtaking.
How often do you train? 5-7 days a week
What is your program/split? I change it up often to keep from getting bored.
What really works for you? Being consistent
Favorite bodypart to train and why? Whatever is looking damn good is what I like to train. Shoulder striations come in early, but when my legs catch up I enjoy training them. If I have to pick just one I’d say chest because it makes me feel like a badass.
Biggest improvement in last 12 months? My conditioning is my biggest improvement. I’ve managed to put on enough muscle to move up in weight class and enough thickness to my upper back and chest to really balance out my physique.
Improvements you are targeting? Continued conditioning of glutes/hams
Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you? Nope! There’s nothing magical about being CONSISTENT. Still to the course, learn your body and what it needs, and when you slip get back up and keep moving forward.