Colette grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan, a small suburb outside of Detroit. She attended Michigan State University (MSU), earning a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and a minor in Dance, after which she moved to New York City to pursue a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University on her way to becoming a registered dietition.
Before beginning weight training, Colette looked like a typical 5'5", 120 lb. aerobic instructor/modern dancer. She had a decent shape, but was skinny. She taught aerobics to the point of overdoing it, as it was the "in" thing at the time to see how many classes an instructor could teach back-to-back, and 20+ classes a week wasn't unusual.
It was at MSU that Colette
started to develop a passion for weight training. She was 19, was training
at the Powerhouse gym in East Lansing, met some hard core bodybuilders, was
impressed with the way they "lived and breathed" bodybuilding, and the
way they loved to lift heavy... so she decided to lift heavy instead of
Colette decided to step onto the competitive stage after finishing graduate studies, at the encouragement of others. At 165 pounds, and although at a "far-from-ripped" condition, she knew she had the potential to put on enough muscle do well as a competitive bodybuilder. She was 24 years old and had 6 years of weight lifting behind her when she started entering small local shows, winning them all, and then deciding to compete in an NPC qualifier in her home town of Detroit. With family watching, Colette won the middle-weight division, and has been hooded on competing ever since.
Colette has her own personal training and nutrition consulting business, and continues toward her goal of becoming a professional bodybuilder. She spends time with clients, lecturing, modeling, competing, and spending plenty of time in the gym with the heavy weights she loves.
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