Building a Better Body with Cory Everson (cont.)

michelle_rx_Excite Any more specifics about depleting the energy reserves? Are you using all your ATP too fast and can't make more?

Everson: I'm not sure exactly, but if you've been doing an exercise for more than 45 minutes, you deplete your glycogen stores that are in your liver and muscle. That's why energy drinks that have carbos in them that are easily broken down into simple sugars are used for a lot of endurance events, the Power Aid type products.

Moderator: How did you first get involved with the sport of body building?

Everson: I was a track athlete in college. I won the Big 10 four times in the Pentathlon. I was on the college gymnastics team. I was on the college badminton team. We used weight training to improve our sport and from the intro into weight training, I realized I had a large potential in body building as many, many athletes do. They have already developed their musculature from the sport they're in. I enjoyed it because it felt less like competition and more like an entertainment performance.

Moderator: When did you first realize you could do that professionally?

Everson: I realized that in 1984 when I won my first pro show. I won the Nationals, which is the top amateur title. One month later I was invited to the pros, expecting to finish last due to lack of experience in competition, but I lucked out and I won. From that point on, I was a pro before I was really ready for it. My life went from being an interior designer, which is what my degree is in ... designing hospitals, libraries, office complexes ... to being a professional athlete, traveling to motivate and inspire others which I love.

Moderator: For those of us who don't watch body building regularly, what does it take to be a champion in the field?

Everson: First of all, to be a champion in your own personal field is important. Exercise three days a week MINIMUM for 20 minutes, preferably a little bit of weight training and a little bit of aerobics - weight training to strengthen the body and shape the body and increase your metabolism, aerobics to improve cardiovascular and to burn fat. A clean diet, not necessarily low calorie, to eat 5 to 6 small meals per day, rich in nutrition, and to be a professional is exactly the same, but putting in more time in the weight training and aerobics, but sill following a healthy, clean diet. More intensity in workouts is good.

Moderator: When you were training for the Ms. Olympia competition, what was your routine like?

Everson: I over trained more than anybody I've ever met. You get into such good condition that your body can continually take more. That half hour stationary bike ride all of a sudden becomes a two hour bike ride. That half hour weight workout becomes a two hour workout. In this sport, more is NOT better, in fact, more is worse.

Moderator: There's an impression among outsiders that the body building sport is filled with steroid junkies... Is that true?

Everson: I think it's true in the men and not necessarily body building alone.I think there's no less amount of drug use in football, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, not just body building. When I was competing we had mandatory IOC which is International Olympic Committee random drug testing three times a year. They need to bring that back in all sports.

Moderator: Now... there are a lot of body builders who are HUGE, obviously... does that mean that they are strong, as well... or is muscle mass somewhat independent of actual strength.

Everson: Actually body builders are less strong as power lifters. Power lifters are smaller. It's muscle hypertrophy which means muscle swelling. Muscles appear to be bigger, but it doesn't mean the fibers are stronger than a power lifter, or a shot putter or a tennis players muscles. Body building pumps blood into the muscles, which increases the muscle fibers along with many other reasons. The muscles appear to be bigger. Any form of exercise will increase strength, but there are small men that are much stronger than some of the larger body builders. Body builders are more high endurance strength.

Moderator: What advice do you have for girls just getting involved in the sport?

Everson: I think every girl should be involved in sports, any sport. I learned more from being involved in sports than anything in my life. You learn about your body, you learn about participation as a team. You learn about sharing, you learn about discipline, giving your all, you learn about not succeeding and coming back to try harder next time. You learn the most important thing is just trying your hardest. It sounds cliche, but you learn it's the journey to get to the competition that's most important, and not even the competition.You really learn to care for each other in ways that are unexplainable.. I think every girl should be involved in a sport. It doesn't have to be competitive, it could be recreation, gymnastics club, swim club, dance, it doesn't have to be one on one, but activity and sport will help change your life. What's interesting is that 95% of all Fortune 500 executives were involved in sports in high school. Because a healthy body and a healthy mind definitely go hand in hand; you can't have one without the other.

Moderator: Now that you're out of competition, do you still work out?

Everson: I work out not enough, but probably more like what 99% of the world does, a little bit, a few days of the week because I'm not a pro anymore and I have other responsibilities with kids, work, husband, school. I've found the most wonderful thing and that is, you don't need to be obsessed with exercise like I once was to still look okay. Just a little tiny bit where you don't even necessarily have to sweat, a few days a week, will get you into shape physically, and mentally. If I can mention, I do a fitness camp called the Corey Evenson Fitness Adventure. It's mostly women but men come to. It's women who need answers and direction and motivation and a plan to get started in fitness and healthy eating, who want to be healthy and happy but don't have a clue how to get started. We have changed people's lives at this camp. People start to focus on their inner health and happiness versus their physical dimensions. All of a sudden the pounds start to fall off because they are changing their direction to feel better, not just to look better. We've had a lot of success stories, for example, women with eating disorders, to help people regain their shape after having babies, or going through divorces and people who are afraid of turning 40, we get them on track and teach them the tools it takes to stay there.

Moderator: Well... Ms. Everson, I just wanted to thank you for dropping by. It has certainly been a pleasure. Of course, Ms. Everson has a website of her own at

Everson: It's been my pleasure, anytime!

Moderator: Today's guest has been 6-time Ms. Olympia champion Corey Everson... Thanks for coming by, everyone!

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