Born: October 26th, 1970
Off Season Weight: 135 lbs
Competition Weight: 127
Monica is originally from
Texas. She was born in Ft.Hood and raised on a 20 acre ranch in a small
town outside of San Antonio called Castroville. She began riding and showing
horses at the age of 5. Her mother had a professional horse training business
where Monica started learning how to help her around the stables.
By the time she was 14,
Monica was giving riding lessons and training horses on her own with occasional
advice from her mother. Along with volleyball and track in high school,
she competed in many events: western pleasure, barrels and pole bending,
english pleasure, dressage, and her personal favorite-hunter/jumper.
After graduation, Monica’s
love of horses took her to a fine arts college in Fulton, MO, where she
studied basics and equestrian science for her first year. Unable to return
for further studies in Missouri, she took classes at San Antonio College
(TX) and gave riding lessons at nearby stables. She also did promotional
work for Budweiser, waitressed, and competed in bikini contests!
In 1991, Monica started
lifting weights with a friend and saw a photo of Marla Duncan winning a
national competition. Marla’s beauty and physique impressed Monica enough
that she wanted to try what Marla was doing - Fitness Competitions.
Up until 1995, Monica competed
for fun, not as a money making career. In 1994, Monica was honored with
a Muscle & Fitness cover. This experience helped Monica realize
that she had the potential to earn some actual money in the fitness industry.
In April of 1995, Monica relocated to the Los Angeles area. Once in California,
Monica dove into her career and competed in the IFBB organization two to
three times per year.
After four tries, in 1998,
Monica won her first Fitness Olympia and made 45 on covers of magazines,
books, and calendars worldwide.
Commenting on her career
as a fitness competitor Monica says, “I have had a wonderful time traveling
across the country and internationally, and have met some really incredible
people everywhere. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be able to do what
I enjoy: staying fit, encouraging others, and teaching what I have learned.”
|1999 IFBB Ms.
Fitness Olympia - 4th
1998 IFBB Ms. Fitness Olympia - 1st
1996 Fitness International - 2nd
1996 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 7th
1996 IFBB Jan Tana Pro Fitness - 2nd
1996 IFBB Night Of Champions - 4th
1995 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 7th
1995 IFBB Jan Tana Pro Fitness - 1st
1995 Fitness USA Nationals - 9th
1994 Ms. National Fitness - 6th
1994 Fitness USA Preliminary - 1st
1993 Fitness USA Preliminary - 6th
1991 Ms. National Fitness - 14th
1991 Fitness USA Preliminary - 1st
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Bio from queenoffitness.com