Building a Better Body with Cory Everson

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Join 6-Time Ms. Olympia Winner Cory Everson For a Talk About Body Building and General Fitness-Related Issues

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Moderator: Hello everyone and welcome! Today's guest is six-time Ms. Olympia champion Corey Everson... and the topic, of course, is body building and fitness. Thank you so much for joining us today, Ms. Everson.

Everson: Thank you, I'm excited to answer questions, including nutrition questions.

Moderator: I know this is a bit off the topic, of course, but I think it'll be of interest to our users. I understand that you just returned from Russia, where you were adopting a child. Can you talk a bit about this?

Everson: We just got back from Russia to visit our new son who's 2 years and 3 months old, his name is Boris. He's absolutely 100% fine, he's a normal kid. We spent two days with him bonding with him and trying to communicate from Russian to English. He knows Russian, we know English. We go back a month from now to go and get him. But all the fears that people have of orphanages and how do they get cared for, we learned a huge lesson that these kids are 100% loved and taken care of and held, fed, and cleaned. If other people are interested in adopting internationally, they should have no fear at all. We were amazed how happy these children are.

Moderator: If you don't mind me asking, why did you decide to go Russia?

Everson: We tried adopting in the US and the girl kept her baby the day of my baby shower. Also, you lose a lot of money, you get none refunded. In Russia there is no chance of a mother coming back and taking the baby away. Also, these kids are already born and need someone to love them now. They are 6 months to 13 years old. We wanted a child nobody wanted too much because of his age. Everybody should think twice about having their own baby when there are so many needy children in the world who want a mother and a father. You don't know the parents or medical conditions there, but they are honest with you because there are so many babies, you are guaranteed a healthy one. You have a better chance adopting a healthy baby than having your own where there is more of a risk. You can see these healthy children who want a loving home and are grateful to have a home.

Moderator: So... let's talk about body building. Now, I wouldn't say that female body building is controversial, per se... but there are definitely those who decry it's 'unfeminine nature.' How do you respond to those critics?

Everson: I think the critics are correct when it's taken to too far of an extreme, just like any sport that's taken to an extreme. It loses it's potential for health and starts to border on the obsessive. Body building is no different than gymnastics, tennis, etc. In the recent past, I myself have been disappointed with the appearance of girls becoming too muscular, too big, too defined. In general, body building or what I call body sculpting - it's the same thing - is the best way to get your body into shape to look beautiful, to look vivacious, to look healthy, to look sexy, and to feel good about yourself. There's no other sport that can do all of that, but that's the difference between general body building now that I do. You can exercise almost too much in body building. There is a happy medium. No other sport today offers you the ability to permanently increase your metabolic weight by adding lean muscle tissue to improve the condition of your cardiovascular system and the strength of your body, including bone density, and that makes you feel more energized and better about yourself.

michelle_rx_Excite In regards to endurance training, what does it mean when an athlete "hits the wall"?

Everson: When you "hit the wall" you hit bottom. We used to call it carrying a piano on your back. You have depleted your body's glycogen, which is the sugar your body uses as energy. So you have no more reserves. In winter activity sports, they call it bonking. You basically feel like your carrying an elephant on your back and you can't function anymore. Endurance athletes rehydrate and eat during marathons to continually refuel their glycogen sources.

Moderator: How did you decide to set your own limits? Did you ever push yourself too far?

Everson: I push myself too far. I think all world champion athletes do because it takes time to learn the balance between under training and over training. If you are a competitor, you will probably over train, thinking it will do you more good, and you can tell when you've pushed yourself too much is when you become an insomniac, you get no more physical gains out of your working out. You're lethargic, and your body does not respond, no matter how much working out you do. Often times blood pressure goes up, your resting heart rate, so there's certain tell tale signs; you lose your drive, you just don't care anymore. You don't know why because you know you're supposed to. The solution, take some time off, get away from the gym, track, or whatever fitness you are doing. Take a break and do something else for a few weeks before you burn out completely. Research shows most injuries occur in that time period of over training when your muscles don't have recovery time and you're not thinking as clearly about your sport because you are fatigued. People forget you need to feed your body with rest, as well as proper nutrition and exercise. That goes for the general fitness person, as well as a professional athlete.