Mary discusses her transition from Karen, her first bodybuilding coach, to Frank, her first male coach.
Two months ago, we initially talked with Mary Reiter about how she got started bodybuilding ten years ago. We covered how she had begun working with a woman named Karen, who is now incidentally a horse trainer in Florida. At the time, we promised a soon to follow sequel about how she transitioned to male coaches. Well, over Memorial Day Weekend, I managed to catch up with Mary and get the scoop on two coaches, Frank Nuñez and Kevin Kelsey, as well as her plans to do a 900 lbs. leg press.
This podcast (Quicktime, 14 MB; Google Video, no download) chronicles Mary's transition from Karen to Frank. Frank was a self-taught bodybuilder who started when he was a student at University of Michigan in Kinesiology. Mary started by helping him prep for his first shows. Training with Frank tended more toward conditioning, and his current personal training business in Chicago is more oriented toward fitness.
A frequent observation is that women bodybuilders tend to gravitate toward male partners. One major reason this occurs is that women bodybuilders quickly reach beyond the training capacities of most other women, and there are typically just not a lot of female bodybuilders they could pair up with.
- Frank Nuñez currently resides in Chicago and runs a successful fitness business.