The UCW Radio Host Louis Velazquez had the opportunity to have
Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Champion Kate Baird on the show.
born on November 17 in Wilmington, Delaware. She grew up in typical
“suburbia”, an ordinary girl. She
was actually quite shy, even into her adult life, though most of those who
know her, except for those who know her quite well, will refute that fact.
Because of her shyness and timidness, She never put forth much effort
when she was younger to explore
and nurture any of the talents that she had, athletically, artistically or
otherwise. She was always a bit offbeat, and because of her inability to
accept conformity, she was seen as being quite outgoing and confident. Self
esteem was something she didn’t have until I was in my 40’s. In her words,
"I’ve grown a lot since I turned 40."
fascination with strength and bodybuilding came one day when she was 10 or
11. Her father was watching the Wide World of Sports and the show was
televising the Mr. Universe that Sunday afternoon. She admits that she
watched with fascination, as Arnold, Franco, and Lou posed down.
It was at that moment that she
knew that someday she would be a bodybuilder, too. Of course, in the
beginning of the 1970’s, girls just didn’t do that kind of thing. Kate
watched in fascination as Lisa Lyon came to the forefront in the late 70’s,
always hoping that she could find someone to show her how to lift weights
and grow muscles.
In the early
1980’s, Kate started dating someone who worked out, and it was then that she
began her early training with a small set of plastic weights in the basement
of his friends’ house in South Philadelphia.
After a year
or so, she joined the YMHA on Broad Street. Finally, a real gym! She worked
out hard from the beginning, most of the time by herself, learning the ropes
through reading the various publications, and trying things out in the gym.
people usually assumed that I knew exactly what I was doing,, basing that on the fact that I always
went in and gave it my all each time I trained," Kate explained
got married in 1990, she had a child, started a new career, life happened
and the dreams got put on the back burner. Kate continued to work out in her backyard
with her own dumbbells and bench, albeit these workouts were to stay in
shape, nothing like the workouts she used to know.
joining a gym once or twice while her son was young, but her ex-husband was
a chef and was never home, and her career in real estate was not exactly
profitable in the beginning. She couldn’t afford a babysitter. so she kept
to her backyard training.
She slipped a disc in my back in 2001. That sure changed
her life for a long time. One day in the fall of 2003 Kate just simply
decided that her back was healed enough, and it was time to go back to the
gym. It was automatic iron fever once again. It didn’t take very long for
people to start asking her if she competed in bodybuilding.
Kate said "I gather that was based upon the
fact that I have been blessed with that right shape, and the fact that I
still continued to train fervently and with purpose. That planted the seed
to revive the dream I always had – to be a competitive bodybuilder. After only being back in the gym less
than 10 months, I actually won the NPC 2004 DE State Overall title. During my diet preparation, I actually
got very sick and decided to give this competition
up. Luckily I had friends who talked me back into it (though that really
didn’t take any arm twisting!). After three weeks off the diet, two weeks of
no training, I went back on the diet with less than three weeks to go, and
still won, much to my surprise. I had hundreds of dollars worth of blood
tests taken during this time, and this is when they discovered that I have
blood sugar issues – borderline diabetes.
My problems were due to severe drops in blood sugar and a virus on top of
that. I’ve since learned to keep the carbs up! (sorry all you low carb fanatics)."
While she was
training for that first contest, she met and became fast friends with a
world-class powerlifter and former champion bodybuilder . It
was through his encouragement and direction that Kate really began to see
that she could take this sport to the levels that she desired.
She was already stronger than the average girl. He spotted
this right off the bat and nurtured her. He had Kate enter my first powerlifting meet as a way of keeping her size and strength as a prelude to a
"I know now that he
was secretly prepping me for a future in a sport I have become quite
passionate about. Before this, I didn’t know anything about powerlifting. I didn’t squat, I didn’t
bench, and I didn’t even know how a deadlift was performed!," she added
entered her first powerlifting competition in May, 2005. Her lifts were
actually very competitive in this meet, considering that she had only been
“power” training for a few months. But she was hooked.
still continues to compete now and then in bodybuilding contests, however,
in the words of Kate " I don’t think anything matches the satisfaction of
getting under that heavy bar loaded with iron - pushing or pulling and rising above the
challenge. Currently, I choose to lift without the squat suit and the bench
shirt. I have nothing against geared lifting, but personally I just find it
cumbersome and annoying to wear it. I may change my mind in the future, but
right now “raw” is where I am focused."
Kate Baird holds the position of Delaware State Chairperson for the American
Powerlifting Association (APA). She produces and directs two annual
Powerlifting meets in Delaware - the Delaware Power Classic, and the First
State Power Frenzy.
competitive future goals include both powerlifting and bodybuilding. According to Kate she
plans to be around the lifting platform and the posing dais for quite a
"Kate is one of those people that always knew
there was greatness in front of her but life got in the way, shes a dynamite
person and a true example of reaching for the gold no matter how long your
dream may have laid dormant." said Louis Velazquez, host of the UCW Radio
Kate Bairds Competitive Highlights:
2004 NPC Delaware State - 1st Lwt and Overall
2005 NPC East Coast Classic – 2nd Hvwt
2005 NPC USA – 16th Lhwt
2006 NPC Nationals – 16th Hvwt
2007 NPC Masters Nationals – 7th Hvwt
2009 NPC Masters Nationals – 3rd Hvwt
2005 APF VA State – 1st place 148 lb Full Power
2006 APF DE Power Classic – 165 lb 1st Place 165 lb Full Power
APF First State Power Frenzy –1st place 148 lb Full Power
2007 APA DE Open – 1st Place 165 lb Bench Only
1st Place 165 lb Deadlift Only
APF DE Power Classic 1st Place 165 Bench Only
APA DE IronFest
- 1st Place 165 lb Bench Only
1st Place 165 lb Deadlift Only
2008 IPA DE State Championship
1st Place 181 lb
APA First State Power Frenzy 1st Place 181 lb Bench Only