I have to say, it was a real honour to have been given the opportunity to interview this amazing woman.
The funny thing is, she keeps telling me the same thing, vice versa! Mindy Karuk is too modest, especially for someone who has a following of over 30,000+ across Facebook and Twitter – although deservedly so! She is without a doubt one of the hardest working individuals I have come across within the health and fitness industry; her resume alone reads like a book! And then there’s her body – I could definitely write a book on that…
What’s more, she has been recently cast as a lead role in an upcoming film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme! Now that’s big!
So, what hasn’t Mindy done? An interview with Blogybuilding.com! Oh, wait… Interview after the cut!
1. Hey Mindy! Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Sorry if I come off a little strong, but you’re hot! Tell us, what was it that inspired you to achieve the figure you have today?
Hi! [Laughs] Well thank you very much, I guess I have my parents to thank for some decent genes! When I first stepped into a gym, it was figure athletes like Monica Brant that inspired my vision of what I wanted to achieve with my body. The tight skin, flow of muscles and strong fit bodies stared back at me from the pages of my favourite magazines. I wanted those muscles. To me, that was strong and sexy. Not waif like and bony. Going to the gym was a ritual, I loved being in there, sculpting out a new body. I had much work to do, but I loved every minute of it. Even to this day, the passion is still as strong as when I first felt those good ole DOMS. I’ve always said that to me it’s a labour of love, and I love the labour! The end result is years of hard work, all from starting at a size 33 jeans, not an ounce of muscle and no idea about the importance of protein! What keeps me coming back is how amazing it is to be in control of the hard work and seeing the final results! I have areas that I know I’d like to improve on – you know a tweak here, tighter there. It’s fun for me. That’s how it should be. Working out shouldn’t feel like a chore. I have my PRO debut in August, how can I get the results I need if I’d rather be somewhere else? Truth is there’s no other place I’d rather be, it’s home.
2. 16.9k+ followers on Twitter. 7.6k+ likes on Facebook. Wow – you’re a pretty big deal! How has social media helped you reach where you are today and moreover, do you have any advice for any aspiring fitness models looking to expand their following too?
My “followers” and “likes” are a testament to how I connect with people on a personal level. I am very grateful for the support I have behind me. It’s a humbling thing to see growing every day. I guess you can call them my fans, but to be honest I’ve made some really amazing relationships with the people that I have yet to meet via social media. It’s such a powerful tool to connect you with every corner of the earth. So I guess it’s played a rather large role in my life as far as opportunities go. I met Todd Alan from Arizona who I am now partnered with in the ChargingLIFE project www.charginglife.com. Sponsorships have happened through social media, and I made some amazing friends like Carrie, a fellow competitor, and Sam, a Strongman from South Africa. It was my large fan base that was able to rally behind me to help me take #2 with the highest votes in the Status Fitness Cover Model Search. My advice to those wishing to expand their numbers is to be real. Engage with them talk to them find out THEIR story. Be polite and gracious. Treat them how you would like to be treated. Motivate and share your story with them. Don’t be swayed by those advertisements that get you to buy “followers” or “likes” for your profile. Those are only “dummy” “computer controlled” accounts that are mass made and are just there as filler. There will never be any true engagement among them. Just “bots” that sit looking pretty mass run by a program. True strength, is building a solid foundation, and real engagement with analytics that show your “reach” or how many people are reading what you have to say. Don’t be fooled, there’s no easy way when it comes to it, honestly it’s just a LOT of hard work. But you have to keep at it! It becomes a part time job!
3. You have an impressive resume; WBFF PRO, radio show host, sponsored athlete, makeup artist, writer, actress and lifestyle consultant – people find it hard enough balancing one job with a their fitness regimen – so, how on earth do you do it all?
You know, I ask myself that question many times. I’m lucky to know how to keep everything in balance. All while getting in my workouts. I’m not sure if I could settle on just one job, I mean what would I do with the spare time? [Laughs] Fortunately all of these titles tie into each other in one-way or another. There are no polar opposites. So it all works in harmony.
4. Looking at your videos on YouTube, it’s fair to say that lifting weights is something that you’re comfortable with. That said, there appears to be this misconception that women should avoid lifting weights because they’ll get “bulky”. What’s your take on this?
I wish it were like one of those urban myths that would just die already! It’s a misconception that makes it hard to break through for some people. Then they use that as a crutch as to why they don’t want to lift heavy or even train at all for that matter! Women will not get “bulky” or “look like a guy” from lifting heavy. Say it with me now! [Laughs]
5. When you’re not preparing for a competition or photo-shoot, what’s your diet like? Do you ever cheat on your diet and if so, how do you get back on track?
I keep my diet clean and healthy when I’m not prepping for a show. I allow a little more carbs and I’m not hard on myself if I want to indulge in a treat. When I’m prepping for a show I follow my trainer’s meal plan to a T, and I never cheat. I’ve been competing long enough to know better than to ruin my diet with anything that is not on my meal plan. I have strong will power when it comes to that. It’s just not worth it. I like to keep my eye on the prize.
6. At Blogybuilding.com, we love motivational quotes. What’s yours?
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~ Arnold
“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda
“Do what you love, the money will follow.” – My Dad told me this when I was young.
“If not now, when?”
“There are no problems, only situations.”
“It’s not how many breathes you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.”
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
7. Finally, what does the future have in store for Mindy Karuk?
There are some pending contracts that I can’t release many details about just yet, but all I will say is that 2012 is looking to be one heckuva year!
Thank you Mindy, we wish you all the best!
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