My Preparation

Lee Ann Biesenthal

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Thrilled placing 2nd with 250 competitors

First of all I would like to share a little about myself. I’m 37 years old, married and have two boys. I am a Certified Personal Trainer at our local Athletic Club. I’m very fortunate that my family shares in my passion for health and fitness. They are my biggest supporters.

I was a soccer player and a competitive gymnast growing up. I started working out with weights when I was 15 and even worked part-time at the gym my senior year!

My inspirations were Cory Everson and Rachel McLish. Even at that young age, one of my goals was to build a body like Cory or Rachel, and maybe someday compete.

I really didn’t know anything about competing and there was nobody I knew that could even point me in the right direction. So I started college and the next thing I knew I was married. A few years later, I was having my first child. I hadn’t forgotten my dream to compete, but let’s say it had gone into hibernation. I still trained when I could, but I’d have to say it was more of a recreational hobby, than anything else.

After having my second child, I decided to get back in the gym regularly and refocus. Who knew, maybe my competition dreams would actually have a chance at reality. Several months of consistent work brought me back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I was starting to feel and look fit again. At the gym, I noticed others who were training for contests. I was amazed at some of the transformations I witnessed. If they could do it, why couldn’t I? I decided to give my dream a shot.

Lee Ann figure contest front pose

Fourth in my First open Figure

A year and a half later I competed in my first show! I placed 4th in the open figure division. My family was there in the stands cheering "MOM" on! I felt they were right there with me on stage. What a memorable experience! I was hooked! My first competition was a dream come true. But, it was just the beginning. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be the best that I could be. With feedback from the judges in hand, I was on a quest to make those improvements. All figure athletes need to focus on building lean, shapely muscle, while reducing bodyfat levels. The question was, "What is the missing part in my preparation equation?" It seemed that I had the training down. Then one day, my husband, Jay was talking to his brother about supplements and Beverly International came up in the conversation. We didn’t have any experience with Beverly but sent for their No Nonsense Magazine and No Nonsense Supplement Guide (the guide is now online at their website,Subscribe). I was really impressed with the detail of both publications. In fact, I think I was so impressed that I ordered nearly one of everything. Seriously!

My first competition was a dream come true. But, it was just the beginning. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be the best that I could be. With feedback from the judges in hand, I was on a quest to make those improvements. All figure athletes need to focus on building lean, shapely muscle, while reducing bodyfat levels. The question was, "What is the missing part in my preparation equation?"

It seemed that I had the training down. Then one day, my husband, Jay was talking to his brother about supplements and Beverly came up in the conversation. I was really impressed with the detail of both publications. In fact, I think I was so impressed that I ordered nearly one of everything. Seriously!

Figure 2nd Place Lee Ann Biesenthal
2nd Place NPC Northern Figure

The first thing I did was was to stock up on my supplements and take advantage of the Pre Contest Figure Workshop Manual that came with my purchase.

I started my figure preparation 16 weeks out. Can you believe I actually started my diet two weeks before Christmas! I was thinking who’s going to eat those Santa cookies? You definately have to be dedicated, motivated, and self-disciplined. I like to remember this Bible verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

I just followed the their Manual diets as they were laid out. First was Figure "Lose Fat" Diet Plan A (pg 11) of the Figure Diet Section, then switched to Phase 2 Figure Competition Nutrition Program A (pg. 14) after six weeks.

Luanna 1st Figure Competiton

Finally, I followed Phase 3 Figure Advanced Rotation Plan (pg. 18) for the final weeks until the show. See Phase 1 and Phase 2 programs that I followed. Phase 3 was featured in Lu Oswalt’s article in the last No Nonsense Magazine (V 13, #4; ).


My supplement program was also just as it is laid out in the Pre Contest Workshop Manual. Throughout the various phases I used Ultra 4, EFA Gold, GH Factor, Muscularity, Lean Out, Glutamine Select, Energy Reserve, Ultra 40, Mass Aminos, UMP, Ultra Size, and Muscle Provider.

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