The 40-year-old lifelong athlete decided fate was trying to tell her that 26 mile road races weren't for her, and that indeed her future lay not in leaning down but muscling-up!
She educated herself, hit the weights with a passion, and built her physique into 135lbs of beautifully balanced female muscle.
Amy Sutter had reinvented herself as a female bodybuilder.
The determination which had previously seen her excel at basketball, tennis and soccer saw Amy hit the bodybuilding stage for the first time just months later.
She picked up a creditable 3rd place at the NPC Stewart Fitness Bodybuilding Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding (115LBs & Under) and a love affair with competitive female bodybuilding was born.
Amy has now flexed her muscles on stage 11 times, and this year became South Carolina state champion.
She told realfemalebodybuilding.com: “I love bodybuilding, I love the training, I love the science, I love the goals and I live the way you can transform your physique.
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“As an artist, I’ve always viewed the human figure as sculpture and have been amazed at how the anatomy can be chiselled and sculpted at varying degrees.
“I adore the science of it all, watching how the body responds to the science side of the sport, both the lifts in the gym and the fork lifts to the face! You need the two together – they are the key elements of attaining positive results in bodybuilding.”
Amy, 43, runs her own bodybuilding jewellery firm called MoJoTiVatioN® – Positive Power which she describes as 'hardcore bling for hardcore athletes!'
She hopes to make this her full time job so she can give even more focus to muscle-building and preparing for the 2014 NPC Pittsburg Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships and 2014 NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships.
Amy said: “I am training hard and putting on more size. My legs are the big focus at the moment as I'm trying to pack on the mass there.
“I'm always totally motivated – both by the thought of those four tiny triangles of fabric and the sheer enjoyment of the process of transforming my body.”
Full Profile of Female Bodybuilder Amy Sutter
Name: Amy Sutter
Job(s)! Corporate America Gig: National Accounts Sales / Service Representative Cryovac Division of Sealed Air Corporation
Entrepreneurial Gig: Owner MoJoTiVatioN® – Positive Power …Hard Core Bling for Hard Core Athletes!
From : Born & Raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently live in Greenville, South Carolina
Height: 5ft 2ins (157cms)
Weight: 134lbs (61kg)
Body type: Bodybuilder
Chest: 39.5ins (100cms)
Waist: 29ins (73.6cms)
Quads: Left - 22ins (56cms) Right – 21.5ins (54.6cms)
Biceps: Left 13.5ins (34.2cms) Right – 13ins (33.2cms)
Calves: 14.5ins (36.8cms)
Squat: 165lbs (75kg)
Bench: 125lbs (56.5kg)
DB shoulder press: 45lbs (20.4kg)
Bicep curl: 35lbs (16kg)
Contests and results:
NPC Stewart Fitness Bodybuilding Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding 115LBs & Under - 3rd
NPC Stewart Fitness Bodybuilding Championships Women’s Masters - 2nd
Jen Hendershott’s NPC All Women’s Weekend & Big Shott Classic - 1st
Women’s Open Bodybuilding Lightweight
OVERALL Win – Jen Hendershott’s NPC All Women’s Weekend & Big Shott Classic
Women’s Open Bodybuilding
1st Place - NPC Pittsburg Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding 125lbs. & Under
3rd Place - NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding Lightweight (National Level Tier 1)
2nd Place - NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding Lightweight (National Level Tier 2)
5th Place - NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships Women's Open Bodybuilding Lightweight (National Level Tier 1)
1st Place - NPC South Carolina State Bodybuilding Championships Women’s Open Lightweight
1st Place - NPC RX MUSCLE CLASSIC - Women’s Open Bodybuilding Lightweight
1st Place - South Carolina NPC State Championships - Women’s Open BB Lightweight
OVERALL - South Carolina NPC State Championships - South Carolina STATE CHAMPION
What contest are you prepping for now?
2014 NPC Pittsburg Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships and 2014 NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships
How's it going? It’s going fabulous!! Training HARD & trying my best to put on more size!
How many years have you trained? I’ve been an athlete from the time I could participate in organized sports. So, in first grade I began playing basketball and soccer. Soccer stuck and I played that high school and on a college club team at Clemson University. My senior year at Clemson, I realized I had packed on some pounds that needed to be shed prior to graduating. I discovered Jazzercise®, and the franchise owner became my first fitness mentor whom helped me to reach my goals. After college, I discovered a LOVE for playing Tennis and began playing USTA League Tennis. I also got into step aerobics at the local YMCA. The YMCA Aerobics Director, whom became my second Fitness Mentor and
Lifting Partner, encouraged me to get my Group Fitness Instructor Certification, which I completed in 1993 through the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) organization. I went on to acquire several additional certifications, which included Kick Boxing, Personal Training and In-Door Cycling(most recent acquired in 2009).
Why bodybuilding? As an artist, I’ve always viewed the Human Figure as Sculpture and have been amazed at how the two anatomies can be chiselled / sculpted at varying degrees. Those two aspects have been a source of intrigue and have given me an
appreciation for the sport of Bodybuilding. In the summer of 2007, I completed a 2 year graduate school program in Design Management at Pratt Institute in Manhattan, NY. One of my classmates is from India and invited me to join she, her husband and children on a trip to visit her mother. So, as a Graduation Gift to myself, I took her up on the offer to explore her homeland. The trip was absolutely fabulous! Two weeks after having returned home to the States, I began to run a high fever, among other abnormal symptoms and ended up taking a ambulance ride to the hospital. The next 15 days I endured every test imaginable with no diagnosis, yet stabilized, I was released from the hospital. I sought care from my Homeopathic Applied Kinesiologist along with a Parasite Specialist whose efforts literally saved my life! The recovery from that internal bodily trauma took the next two years. Once I felt that I had regained my stamina, I started training again. Since I’m not one to train just for the sake of training, I started running along with lifting in hopes of getting into the 2010 New York Marathon. I had gotten to the point where I could run 16 miles straight at an 8 minute mile, but I did not get into the New York Marathon through the lottery and just didn’t have the time to put a major fundraiser together to earn the $3,000 to run for a cause. SO….I decided to TOTALLY change gears and finally do what ever it took to train for a Bodybuilidng competition. The first step ironically enough was …STOP RUNNING. LOL…A friend of mine recommended a Husband and Wife team whom ran a Contest Prep business. I interviewed with them, signed on to their team and 13 weeks later hit the stage for my very first competition!!
What is your dream? My Dream is to build my new MoJoTiVatioN® Brand to a level of success that will become my Full Time Venture that sustains my livelihood, allows me to continue to Train & Compete and most importantly invoke a Positive Impact on the people
with whom I cross paths.
What is your short term goal right now? To Stay Lean, yet put on Size. My nemesis is my “Wheels” or “Lack thereof”...Although I have made some vast improvements in that area over the last year. So, if I can continue to build and improve that area I’ll be thrilled!
What keeps you motivated? Scheduling the Next Competition and those four tiny Triangles of Fabric, the sheer enjoyment of the process of transforming my body, and the Love of Training with my AMAZING Bodybuilding Family! Truly a great group of guys and girls!!
What do you love most about bodybuilding? The Science of it all….not really figuring out the science behind it, but watching how the body responds to the science side of the sport, both the Lifts in the Gym and the Fork Lifts to the Face…the key elements of attaining positive results.
And what do you hate the most? I don’t hate anything about it.
What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from bodybuilding? June 29th, 2013 When I won the NPC South Carolina State Championships and became the 2013 South Carolina STATE CHAMPION!!!! A goal that took two years to attain.
How often do you train? I Lift five Days a week and do cardio six days a week.
What is your program/split? Legs, Back & Biceps, Chest & Triceps, Shoulders, Glutes
What really works for you? Performing each exercise so that the tension on the muscle is maintained through the range of motion, altering the tempo of the reps (i.e. 3 counts up 1 count down, then reverse that to 1 up, 3 down) and extending the set by waiting 20 seconds after last series of reps and then extending the set with a lighter weight for half the count of the last set.
Favorite bodypart to train and why? I’ve adopted Legs & Glutes as my new Favorite Body Parts to work….because they need the MOST Improvement, but as I’ve stated…I LOVE TRAINING It ALL!!
Biggest improvement in last 12 months? Back, Legs and Glutes…
Improvements you are targeting ? Same as mentioned above…the Lower Half….Legs & Glutes….
What tips would you give to newbies? Start by finding a Trainer that REALLY knows what they are doing so that you execute the proper form, technique and regimen. And if this Newbie is looking to compete, again hire trainers whose forte is Contest Prep…Nutrition Plan, Posing, etc. And find a Training Partner or Team.
Finally…and this is my Life Philosophy…”Embrace the Process!”.
Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you? Same as above….change tempo…negative resistance work incorporated in the mix…Keep mixing things up so that your body has to continuously “Re-Adapt” and will continue to positively transform.
Favourite supplement and why? My main “Supplement” is simply a BCAA drink mix. One that has some 'oomph' in it for a Pre-Workout (caffeine) and one that offers good source of Recovery that aids in diminishing post workout fatigue.