Name: Danielle Long
Birth Date: 07/19/1991
Birth Place: Duquesne, PA
Current Residence: Mahopac, NY
Height & Weight: 5’5″ & 120 lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
I was searching for something to work towards, a goal that I could focus on and improve myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I watched as some of the wonderful teammates of mine competed and how much of a transformation it was for them, not only their bodies but their minds. I saw their excitement and decided that it was time for me to find my journey with fitness and the WBFF.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
My passion and drive is to be the best me I can. I am seeking a career in law enforcement and it is so important to me that I am able to offer the best me I can when I begin working. This has been my inspiration, to transform and continue to grow and learn as a person despite graduating college. This show prep is a constant reminder that we can always improve ourselves and that is my goal. My teammates with Brick House Bodies constantly are pushing me to train harder and stick to my plan. I am very lucky to have them and we all support on another. Although this is my journey, I feel that we are all doing it together, as if they are all pushing the heavy weights up with me when I struggle to do it myself.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I have never done a show, this will be my first and I am so excited. From what I have learned from those who have competed with the WBFF , this organization is so dedicated to inspiring all those who participate to reach their individual goals. I without a doubt will compete again in the future.
4. Who got you started?
My coach, Tabitha Sierra WBFF Figure Pro introduced me to this life of fitness and she was the one who ultimately helped me decide to compete. I met Tabitha when we worked together at New York Sports Clubs, she trained me after I had failed my first police physical. I was disheartened after recovering from a corrective surgery. I had breast augmentation surgery done when I was 18, it was a choice me and my mother made in order to help me feel more comfortable in my body. Unfortunately, there was a serious issue with one side and after a year of pain and embarrassment, I found an amazing doctor who was able to correct it and although my body is scarred, I have learned to wear it with pride and love who I am. However, I was unable to complete the push ups at the police exam. I failed by one, and I was determined to make sure that never happened again. Through personal training, dieting and amazing support , Tabitha not only helped me reach the goal of passing any police physical I’ve taken since then, she also ignited a spark inside me and a passion for fitness that I had only scratched the surface of. I was so thrilled by the changes I saw in my body, the way I felt and how strong I was becoming. That is what pushed me to go the extra step and compete.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
I look to my coach, and teammates for help. They have been nothing but supportive, going above and beyond to lift me up and keep my focused on the task at hand. I also look to myself for courage and always remind myself why I am doing this.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I workout mostly at New York Sports Clubs and sometimes outside on the bike path or a local track.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I take some supplements including AdvoCare products, myofusion lean muscle building protein, multi-vitamins, BCAA’s, Glutamine, Omega Fish Oils, and Probiotics.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My most noticeable results physically are my legs, glutes and stomach. My confidence has grown astronomically with the improvements I’ve seen. I have also never felt so strong and capable up until this point in my life.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness has 100% changed my life. About 2 and a half years ago I lost my boyfriend in a car accident. It was hard and I found ‘therapy’ in exercise. I had been into the gym all my life, my mom was always fit and she even competed in her twenties in miss fitness usa competitions. After losing someone close to me, I wanted to focus on something positive and healthy which in my case was fitness. Fitness is a great way to relieve stress, build confidence and just maintain a healthy life. I love the passion I’ve found for it.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My personal fitness goals include stronger, tighter legs and butt, I want to build muscle mass on my upper body which has always been a struggle of mine , I have began to see improvements over the past few weeks and I plan on focusing on more muscle building in the future.
11. Describe your diet.
My diet is high in protein, greens and veggies, healthy fats and good slow burning carbs. I eat anywhere from 6-8 times a day about 2.5-3 hours apart. My diet fuels my workouts and changes based on the needs of my body and the results I want.
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I workout five times a week, my off days are the weekends where I am most busy with my part time jobs, and the workouts after a combination of weight training, cardio, conditioning and strength training.
13. What do you do for a living?
I currently work part time for New York Sports Clubs and at a Bar/Restaurant.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
My number one personal non-fitness goal is to begin my career in Law Enforcement, and to constantly improve so that I can offer the best me wherever I go.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I have no participated in any sports other than fitness.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
My family and friends have always backed me 100% on any goal I have set. This journey has been even more enjoyable by their words of encouragement and offerings of support. My friends Suzy, Nikki and Jess as well as my cousin Nichole have helped me so much and I love them for it. I have to thank my coach Tabitha for believing in me and always being there when I needed you. The same has to be said for the amazing women on team Brick House! You ladies have changed my life, I cannot put into words how honored I am to know all of you.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love to cook, work on little projects around the house and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy anything active and fun.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
The challengers I face are time management, I work late hours and have a lot going on other than my fitness show prep which can sometimes be hard to balance all at once. I don’t think any of my challenges will hinder me from reaching my goals. To me, these challenges only make this journey that much sweeter, because they are constant, and so is my drive.
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
I have overcome many obstacles physically, emotionally and in personal life during and before this prep. I knew I wanted to compete a year ago, but I had to graduate school first .That was my priority and I knew I could not focus on both. Dealing with my cosmetic surgery and the pain, and frustration I had before it was corrected and even afterwards was hard. I had to accept the way I look and embrace who I am. My flaws are parts of me that i have learned to love just as much as the others. This journey has been about growth, love and God. My faith has grown throughout this process.
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
I would like to thank this organization for taking the time to get to know me and read what I have to say. I also want to thank Kevin Topka for inspiring each and every athlete , knowing that you take such an interest in promoting and supporting all of us makes me feel even more proud to have the chance to compete it the WBFF and the best of the best!