This article is giving you a little piece of ME
and how I grew up and what got me started in fitness.
I was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up on what I
call a yuppie farm. We had a great house with several
acres. Our neighbors were not real far apart but
enough to where you would have to ride your bike
to visit. You look at where I grew up now and it
is so different.
put in a highway near it and BOOM tons of houses
and businesses. I love the outdoors probably cause
I was an only child until I was eleven and had to
keep myself busy. My mother is a strong and independent
individual and had me involved in fitness and sports
starting at the age of two. I was in a too too at
two. I loved a sport called tetherball. Have you
ever heard of it?
it is similar to volleyball but you play against
only one other person and you are in a circle with
a pole in the middle and attached is a ball on a
long rope. The object of the game is to keep serving
back and forth until you get it over their head
then you have to keep hitting it until the rope
wraps all the way around the pole and the ball tightens
on your side. Different HUH? Well I was the champion
in my grade school, even beat the boys.
my high school I was pretty popular. I ran track
and field, softball, soccer, and was the captain
of my drill team. I have two twin brothers Scott
and Jeffrey. We are about 11 years apart. They have
a real talent for art. Their drawings are amazing.
I remember when I introduced them to working out
when they were in high school. They still like to
work out and they also use supplements since they
lead a busy lifestyle.
I was living on my own trying to work and go to
college, I started getting into some unhealthy habits.
This kind of hurt me in the long run cause I never
really thought about nutrition then. I had been
working for a corporate bank as an analyst and dealing
with stress, while still attending school part-time.
I was gaining weight but it made me look more stocky
then fat. I had been getting back pains and one
day it was to the point where I couldn't even standup.
I went to the hospital and found out my bowels had
back up into my system.
said I had a digestive disorder and needed to start
paying attention to my eating habits. While I was
dating my husband, (who is in the army) he got me
interested into more advanced ways of weight training.
I really enjoyed it cause I was strong. Plus I like
how other soldiers respected a female who was serious
and understood weight training. That got me motivated
in learning sport nutrition and learning how to
get better at my workouts. One day after several
years I started getting bored with working out and
seeing how there isn't much challenges in military
cities, I started searching for adventure. See when
you're married to a soldier they are gone a lot
and you are left alone.
to keep yourself motivated. So I wanted to try competing
but thought maybe it was for younger athletes. See
I want to establish a lifelong dream in this but
didn't know if I had a chance at the age I was.
Sometimes it take years to establish a spot in fitness.
Then I came across information on obstacle course
competitions in a fitness magazine. That is when
I entered my first national women's tri-fitness
competition for all ages and finished in top 10
overall. That got me fired up so I started doing
regional fitness competitions, then now here I am
after two years getting ready to do the Fitness
Universe Pageant. So, you don't have to be young
in fitness. Don't let that discourage you. Always
Believe to Achieve!
Shoop's Vital Information
Weight: 128 lbs. in-season and135 lbs. off-season
Height: 5ft 7 ins.
in Fitness Universe 2002
Won Georgia Model Search 2002
Won Venus NC Model Search 2002
Won Hawaiian Tropic NC Model Search 2002
Won in category and 5th overall in Model Quest Universe
2002 which was at the Olympia at Club Seven pics
are at www.modelquestamerica.com soon.
2001 Fitness America Nationals
2001 ESPN Series runner-up
2001 Model Quest Nationals 7th
Ms Sport Aerobics Great Lakes 2001
2001 Ms Fitness Legacy Great Lakes 6th
2001 Ms Fitness Legacy National 16th
2000 Women's Tri-Fitness 10th overall
2000 Ms Fitness America NC runner-up
Miss Wright State of OHIO
Miss Drill Team of OHIO runner-up
Former All- American Girl
Captain of High School Drill Team
experience in tap/ballet/jazz/hip hop/break dancing/funk/Urban.
I have been a performer since the age of two.
Associate of American Dietetic Association
National Association of Sport Nutrition
done volunteer work for Army Veterans/Cancer/Meals