Tomoko Kanda calls herself the "Steel Butterfly" but I think "Steel Rose" is a better term. Tomoko, photoged here by GeneX, has this bio from her website:
" Born: Osaka, Japan
" Height: 5' 4"
" Weight: 135lb (contest) 150-170 lb offseason.
" Years Bodybuilding: 14
" Favorite Bodypart: Back
" Favorite Exercise: Dumbbell Press, Barbell Press
" Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein, Glutamine, BCAA's
How Did You Get Started?
When I was at a gym, I met a friend who was a power lifter and asked me to become his training partner. That dragged me into serious training in bench pressing.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Two days on one day off routine is best for me.
What are some of your best lifts?
Dumbbell press 75 lb for reps, lat pull down 200 lb (entire stack), bench press 225 lb (max),
barbell rows 225 lb (for reps). Squats over 500 lb (on hack squat machine).
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Eat lots of chicken and meat even if you are in off-season. Try not to eat so much junk food either, that is killing you, if you are on diet before the contest. Take supplement such as BCAA & Glutamine, and protein before and after workout, and before bed.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Glutamine and BCAA's have given me the greatest gains.
Why Do You Love Bodybuilding?
I love bodybuilding because it gives me motivation and goal.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
To keep training hard and live a healthy lifestyle. In time, I hope to take my physique above 2004 level.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Workout hardcore (but no injury please) and continue what you are aiming for, and eat well!
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
My favorites are: Franco Columbu, Arnold S., Juliette Bergman,Yaxeni Oriquen and Vicki Gates.