(Editor's note: Visit YouTube to see Kassie Kemmis on stage at Emerald Cup 14)
Kassie Kemmis meant business at the 2014 Emerald Cup. For most competitors, one division is enough. A rare few enter two. Not Kassie. She went big, jumping into the fray by entering three divisions.
Oh, and by the way, it was her first show. Not a bad way to make your debut and get your feet wet.
The 5-6 Kemmis hit the Emerald Cup stage weighing between 117-120 pounds, down from her off-season weight of 135-140 pounds. She earned a 4 place finish in Physique B; 2 in Figure E; and just for fun, jumped in to Mixed Pairs Bodybuilding with trainer/boyfriend Lance Fulker as the other half.
Will you be back for the 2015 Emerald Cup?
I am not sure yet if I will be back, to compete that is. However, I will be going to watch, that is for sure. My placing at Emerald Cup 2014 allowed me the opportunity to compete at a national-level show. I will be competing in November 2014 in the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami, FL. I am very excited to compete on the National stage.
Not just related to the Emerald Cup, but in general, what are you focused most on improving?
I am most focused on improving my presentation on stage. There are specific parts of my physique that I am currently working on, but I believe that comes with time. As Emerald Cup 2014 was my first competition, I was a little nervous on stage, and it showed. I am working on everything from walking gracefully, to posing properly, to hair and makeup details. I really believe showing confidence on stage will help your overall physique stand out.
Favorite Emerald Cup moment or moments?
I competed in Mixed Pairs with my boyfriend and competition coach, Lance Fulker. Being up on stage with him was a great experience. We really just had fun with it! The favorite moment I am talking about, though, is when one of the couples that competed had a proposal on stage. It was great to see that.
What was your after show Emerald Cup meal?
Oh gosh - I had a pasta dish (not sure exactly what it was, but I know it was delicious). I had a couple glasses of wine and a great big mud pie as well.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to compete in the 2015 Emerald Cup?
Have fun and be confident. Being on the Emerald Cup stage is so amazing because when you look out to the crowd, you can see people back to the vendor booths. As the premier contest in the Northwest, everything is well organized by the promoters and all who work with them. It helps those that are competing remain relaxed before going on stage.
Best tip for sticking with your diet plan?
I believe that having a positive mind and positive energy throughout the whole competition preparation is important. If you are competing, you should be doing it for you and learning different things about yourself throughout the process. Individuals that compete show tremendous amounts of progress. It should be enjoyable because it is something you are choosing to do for yourself. Having negative thoughts will just make you miserable.
Do you have anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my boyfriend, Lance. In addition to my personal trainer and nutrition and prep coach, he is my best friend and biggest supporter. He is the one who got me started in bodybuilding and has helped me shape my body and become a better version of myself. Lance believes in me and pushes me harder than anyone ever has.
Do you have a link for fans?
(Editor's note: Since the publication of this article, Kassie went on to earn her pro card.)
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