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My name is Katie Moody. I’m 27 years, and originally from the small town of South Hill, VA. I am a William and Mary alumni, Class of 2011, and I moved to Richmond, VA three years ago to finish my Master’s degree at VCU. I started my career and have been living in Richmond since.
I have always enjoyed being active and playing sports. I was a tom boy growing up, I was very athletic and into sports and the outdoors. I played softball, soccer, and volleyball all throughout school. When I started college in 2007, however, fitness was definitely not part of my agenda! Looking back, I had the typical college student lifestyle – poor diet, drinking, and no exercise! I went to the gym and did tons of cardio (elliptical bunny, anyone?), but was still clueless on how to get healthy. By my senior year, I had definitely gained the “freshman 15” and then some. I felt unhealthy and unhappy, and knew I needed to make some changes to improve my health and lifestyle.
My fitness journey started five years ago in 2012 when I moved home after college and decided I wanted to learn to lift weights. I had never stepped foot inside a weight room and was totally clueless and intimidated on what to do! I started lifting with friends and wanted to learn everything I could about fitness and nutrition. I did tons of research on my own about diets, supplements, and workout programs. After several months, I had dropped almost 30 lbs, and gotten much healthier and happier – I was hooked! It wasn’t until 2014 that I discovered bodybuilding. I competed in my first show in May 2014 in bikini. Immediately I knew that I wanted to continue learning about bodybuilding and improving my physique.
While I have been on one extreme of unhealthy lifestyle, I have also been on the other – I was in a very unhealthy relationship at this time and lost too much weight. Anxiety, depression, and poor eating brought my weight, happiness, health, and self-esteem to an all-time low. I struggled to gain weight for many months and truly hit rock bottom, mentally. Even though my fitness journey wasn’t completely linear, it was still a positive outlet in my life and something I felt empowered by. I moved to Richmond to go back to school and get my life together, and I used my next show to motivate myself to get healthy again.
Although much happier and healthier than before, I struggled with post-competition weight gain. I had successfully competed in two shows with restrictive dieting, but I wasn’t very knowledgeable about how to “maintain” during off-season. In early 2015, I found my coach, IFPA and ANBF pro Mike Pucci, who taught me balanced and healthy eating habits. Mike has coached and prepped me for all of my shows since then, including my first OCB show in May 2015 and my first NPC show.
In 2015, I also began training at Walker’s Gym in Hopewell, VA, and met my friend and trainer Jeany Walker. Jeany has been competing in bodybuilding for almost 35 years! She has taught me so much about the sport as well as how to be a better athlete. She also introduced me to powerlifting, and I began training for my first full powerlifting meet at the same time I was prepping for the OCB Atlantic Super Show in May 2016. The entire prep, I was squatting, deadlifting, and benching heavy all the way up until the show! A month later, in June 2016, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and set PR’s in all of my lifts. Who knew you could be strong and fit? I also became hooked on getting stronger, improving my technique, and learning more about lifting mechanics.
Since then, my training mostly consists of “powerbuilding.” I usually squat, bench, and deadlift twice a week in 12-week training blocks, along with other accessory work. Powerlifting has been a fun and difficult challenge that has also completely transformed my physique – in a good way (booty gains)! It has pushed me in different ways than bodybuilding, and has encouraged me not be afraid to lift heavy.
While my original fitness journey was to lose weight, I had no idea that it would become my passion and I would overcome so many challenges and meet so many amazing people along the way. Fitness is truly a sport where anyone can succeed – you can accomplish anything if you put in the work. It has brought much joy and patience to my life, and shown me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. I’m always excited to see where the “journey” takes me, and looking forward to a great competition season this year.
AAU Triple Crown Classic – 1st Place Open 132 weight class with 225lb squat, 145lb bench, and 290b deadlift – June 2016, Henrico, VA
OCB Atlantic Super Show – 1st Place Novice, 3rd Place Open Bikini, Novice Bikini Overall – May 2016, Richmond, VA
NPC Virginia Grand Prix – 3rd Place Open Bikini – June 2016, Norfolk, VA
OCB Atlantic Super Show – 2nd Place Novice, 3rd Place Open Bikini – May 2015, Richmond, VA
NPA Tri Cities Regionals – 1st Place Bikini – December 2014, Colonial Heights, VA
NPA Ms. Virginia – 1st Place Open Bikini, Overall Bikini Winner – May 2014, Richmond, VA