Name: Amber Steel
Nick Name: Amber
Your Official Website: www.buffmuff.com
Your MySpage Page (if you have one): http://www.myspace.com/gladiatorgirl
Date of Birth: 07/26/1967
Place Of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Current Residence: Albuquerque, NM
Current Occupation: Muscle Goddess Extraordinaire
Measurements: 45 chest, 30 waist, 40 hip, 16" bicep, quads 22.5 lower, 24.5 upper with ham, 18" calf
Height: 5 10
Contest Weight: 180
Average Off season Weight: 195
Favorite Color: Olive drab
Favorite Food: Bison
Favorite Movie: Foreign flicks
Favorite type of music/bands: World music, techno/club, ambient
Favorite Quote: "That which doees not kill you makes you stronger"
Best Body part: My heart and mind, but I have been told my eyes captivate, and the rest is just a matter of opinion
Hobbies: Watching mixed martial arts fighting, promoting health and fitness in underserved populations
Favorite Cheat Foods: Black licorice and NY style cheesecake
What sport to you compete in? Played volleyball at the intercollegiate and military levels, armwrestling, Muay Thai, sportclimbing, track and field (discus), American Gladiator
Why did you become interested in your sport? I grew up as a tomboy, and loved to play sports. I started weight training when I was 13 years old for volleyball and track
Are there any other physical activities you enjoy to stay fit? Mountain biking
Something someone wouldn't know about you: I was adopted when I was six months old. I am American Indian, from the Omaha and Shoshone Bannock tribes on my biological mother's side (she is full blooded). My
biological father is Ojibway, Sioux and French & German. I had very loving parents that supported me, and a I enjoyed a very nice childhood.
How long have you been training?: Since I was 13 for sport. I began competing in Figure for NABBA in 2001. I won the Ms. Figure America show, and went on to compete in Europe at the Ms. Universe. After that show,
I decided I wanted to be bigger and fuller, and try bodybuilding in the NPC. My first show was the Mid-USA, 2003. I won the heavyweight class in my first show.
What was your first show like? Very exciting, as I competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in front of many of my closest friends. It was perhaps one of the best feelings to be on stage and win.
What do you like and dislike about competing? I enjoy getting in super lean shape and seeing change in my body. I like the journey, the process, the path in getting to the stage. Nothing else really matters, so I don't think there is really anything to dislike. I compete for myself, and judge only myself against myself. I think bodybuilding is more like a dog show or cat show, where all of the competitors are beautiful yet, at the end of the day, the judges have to decide on the winner. Bodybuilding is not a sport; it is an artform in which people manipulate their appearance through diet,training, drugs, and plastic surgery. Genetics are important in winning. However, you are what you are, despite doing everything "right" or according to commonly accepted practices in the art and science of bodybuilding. There is no sense in trying to defy your genetics, or force fit muscle on your frame. A fig tree is a fig tree, it bears figs, it will never bear mangos! Be proud of your own physicality, and just present your best body you possibly can at all times, not only on stage, but in life.
What are your goals in the sport? Like I said, bodybuilding is not a sport. The only goal I have is to try to live a long, healthy, happy life, and help others as much as I can. Really, nothing else matters in life. Long after the trophies and medals are tarnished, one must realize the goal in life is to lead a quality life, and make a contribution to the world.
Competition History and placings:
NABBA Ms Figure USA, 2001, Ms Universe competitor, 2002, NPC Mid USA Heavyweight Champion, 2003, NPC Nationals, 2003, NPC Nationals 2005 (13th place), NPC Excalibur Heavyweight
champion, 2005, NPC Masters, 2006.