Min Kim Interview
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is my buddy Min Kim. She and I are talk-a-holics on
the telephone. She is a family oriented woman who lives
for her daughter and fitness. I wish her all the luck
in the world and am taking her up on the invite when
we go to Florida this year! Yeah! East Coast sun! Whoo!
Hoo! When I say there are role models in the fitness
industry, you are about to read on one right here. Having
seen the ups and downs in both the industry and the
real world, Min Kim is not just a survivor but a winner
in all she does. I would suggest when you are done,
going over to her site and getting a load of what all
she is about. It certainly doesn't hurt that she looks
so good but it is all the better to see pics of her
little girl! So anyhow, to clarify what IFBB is one
more time, it stands for International Federation Of
Body Building and it is the cream of the crop in that
You're on my web site and a good hint of what a fitness
babe is supposed to be like. Are you excited? Is this
more exciting than being on the cover of a major magazine?
MIN: To be very honest, I am always happy when I see
my self getting more exposure. I have to say that it
is very nice to be on the cover of a major magazine.
Though, being on your web-site is most exciting because
you get thousands of hits each day, and the exposure
I will receive is more broad based then in strictly
a fitness based magazine. I would like to appeal not
only to the more hard-core fitness enthusiasts but to
the mainstream public also. Working together with friends
is always exciting.
What can you tell me about your body that you think
most people do not realize.
MIN: Most people do not realize that I am barely 5'00''
tall. When I am photographed, I am either on stage or
at a photo shoot, for both of which I have dieted and
am usually very lean. Also, I am almost always in heels,
therefore giving me a much taller appearance. When I
meet anybody for the first time, they invariably say,
"I thought you were taller".
Tell me the most exotic location you ever shot at. The
most fun you had on a shoot. And also without naming
names here, the worst experience you have ever had in
MIN: The most exotic location I ever did a photo shoot
at was Puerto Rico. The most fun I ever had photo shooting
was when I shot with my girlfriend Stacy. The worst
photo shooting experience I ever had, was a shooting
I did in the Everglades. I had a body perfume lotion
on, and I got mosquito bitten all over! The welts lasted
I saw you on another website or something about you
doing a movie. Can you tell me about that?
MIN: The name of the movie is called "Mass Squad II".
It is my very first movie. It is about forty minutes
long and I play a secret agent with martial art skills
and psychic powers. Laughs. I had a lot of action scenes
and it was a lot of fun kicking all the villain's butts.
I must say, that it was a very exciting experience shooting
this. You can check it out on: www.awefilms.com
Diet. Tell me about the different fad diets you have
MIN: I have never tried any fad diets. What I do to
lose extra pounds before my contests or photo shoots,
is to cut down on my carbohydrates and increase my water
intake. I also step up the cardio vascular portion of
my training routine a little but not much.
Do you power lift?
MIN: Laughs! No, I have never power lifted, but I have
always wanted to give it a try, because I know that
I am a very strong girl.
What can you bench?
MIN: I have never lifted to the max, but I would guess
I could bench between 130 to 150lbs.
That's awesome for such a little woman! Wow! What can
you dead lift?
MIN: Again I don't lift that way so it is very hard
to say. In past I have dead lifted, between 75 to 100
lbs. for reps.
Again, very cool. What different routines have you tried?
Split routines, full body workouts, and what really
showed the best results?
MIN: In the past, I have tried lifting very heavy but
soon realized how fast my body reacts to the heavy weights.
So I decided to stop, otherwise, I would look very bulky.
After all I am only five feet tall and weigh under 115lbs.
So what do you do now?
MIN: Now, I lift moderate weights with very high reps
so that I can achieve a more slender look. For me, split
routines seem to works the best for me so that I can
target specific body parts.
What kind of split though? Everyone does theirs different.
MIN: Here are my training splits:
Day 1 - Hamstrings, Inner Thighs, and Gluteus
Day 2 - Back, Biceps, and Abdominals
Day 3 - REST!! Sometimes I rest every other day or more
though, depends on my feelings.
Day 4 - Chest and Triceps
Day 5 - Quadriceps and Abdominals
Day 6 - REST ALWAYS!!
Day 7 - Hamstrings, Inner Thighs, and Gluteus
I "Cardio Train", everyday if I feel like it for about
20 minutes or half hour. (Gymnastics, biking, stepper,
walking or cross training) I am a big believer in stretching
between sets and warming up for 10 minutes before working
out too. I spend about 15 minutes stretching every
session. I find it very relaxing, and it also prevents
me from getting injured I think.
What is your dream?
MIN: My dreams are ever changing, because every time
I accomplish one, I move on to another. I believe in
taking one thing at a time. One of my dreams is to be
a fitness role model for inner city children, single
mothers, and all the Asian people. Especially motivating
them to live healthy and fit lifestyles, spiritually,
physically, and mentally. I really feel like God put
me on this planet to help others, and I always look
forward to doing so. If you give as much as you can
to help others today, you will receive much more in
return, in the future. "Trust me"
Career wise, family.....
MIN: As for my career, I am a full-time mother, personal
trainer, fitness model, and IFBB professional fitness
competitor. I am also currently trying to break into
entertainment. As for my family, I have a beautiful,
intelligent eleven-year-old daughter named Sasha. She
keeps me very busy. I would like to get married one
day and have more children.
MIN: I now live in Miami Beach Florida. It is very beautiful
here and the weather is always sunny and warm. The car
I have now is a white 1998 C Class Mercedes Benz Sedan.
Fortunately for me, my boyfriend drives my dream car,
a Jaguar XK8 Convertible!
Last CD bought, video rented, book read, movie saw and
junk food eaten?
MIN: I am a member of the Columbia House Music Club
so I am always purchasing CD's. I love spiritual and
meditation music. They help me relax. I also buy CD's
for my daughter like The Backstreet Boys and Brittney
Spears. The last videotape I watched was "Bowfnger",
starring Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin. It was hilarious!
My favorite book is the Holy Bible, believe it or not.
I also like other books, most of which have to do with
spiritual things. The last movie I went to see was "DEUCE
BIGALOW". It was so funny that I was crying. As far
as the junk food goes, I am sometimes am eating something
I should not be eating. Early in the morning, when I
am packing my daughters lunch for school and might have
the goodies in my hand, I on occasion I end up putting
few things in my mouth. My favorite junk food is McDonald's
French-Fries, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies!
Tell me something about you that I do not already know
and why you feel it's important everyone knows this
MIN: What a lot of people do not know about me is how
spiritual and down to earth I am. I do not like to be
judgmental about people. I let God be the judge. I respect
people for who and what they are and what they represent.
That's cool. I know I get flack for fitness models on
my site from religious groups and they should follow
suit. I do not display nudity here! Laughs. What was
childhood like for you?
MIN: I know. I know. I had a really rough life growing
up as a child, because my family was very poor. I am
a single mother who has been through physical abuse
at the hand of my daughter's father, leaving me to raise
my daughter all by myself. I worked as a cashier and
manager in a deli, as a check cashing store counter
girl, and I even cleaned houses for a while. I think
it is very important that people know this about me,
because it can give them hope, that no matter how bad
things may be or may look now, there is always a way
out, to make things better. After all, life is what
you make out of it. If your not careful, it will pass
you by, in a blink of an eye.
True. What supplements do you use?
MIN: I am a big believer of taking a multi-vitamin and
minerals every morning. I take fat burners four weeks
prior to getting ready for my contests and photo shoots.
I also drink protein shakes but not before a show when
I am watching sugar. As for more "hard-core" supplements,
I never found a real need to take them. I won't completely
denounce them, but in my book, "less is more".
Well, time to go! Let's continue this later!
MIN: Mr.Don Lemmon, it was great talking to you as usual!
Min Kim at www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Pressbox/6584/
Don Lemmon's Nutritional and Exercise Know How
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