Post-Nationals Interview with Holland Canter

Superstar Smile: Holland poses during her photo shoot at the 2012 NPC Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia.

A few months ago, we were fortunate to get an in-depth interview with physique girl Holland Canter, who has become one of the brightest new stars of the division in just her first year competing. The 24-year-old had just completed USAs, her first national show, and finished 13th in her class. I wrote at the time that she was poised for dramatic rebound at her next show, NPC Nationals in November.

She did not disappoint. At Nationals, she moved all the way up to sixth place—going from third call outs to first call outs—establishing herself as a definite contender for a pro card next season. Holland did an encore photo shoot in Atlanta, and I was able to catch up with her this week for some reflections on the show, as well as preparations for next season and everything else in between. Of course, as an Air Force lieutenant and avid rock climber, Holland has plenty of adventures ahead.

“Now that competition season is over, I have had a good chance to look back over the past year,” Holland said. “This time last year I saw my first competition in Las Vegas and had my first official training session with my first, awesome coach Rick Dobbins. Now, after four physique competitions, a year in the military, and a year of marriage down, I can honestly say that I have grown as a person both mentally, spiritually, and physically. There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it, but as the year progressed, so did my ability to handle everything. Life is all about balance, and I think I finally found it these past couple of months.”

Many competitors might decide to regroup and take a show off after a sub-par finish, but Holland knew she could improve and wanted to go into next year on a high note—and she certainly accomplished that at Nationals.

Flexing Beauty: Holland was among the first call outs in her physique class at Nationals.

“For my last competition of the year, my main goal was to just do better,” Holland said. “I was pretty disappointed at my placing at USAs, but I tried to not let it get me down because it was my first time on the national stage. However, I knew that I could not end the season like that. I gave USAs my all, but I knew I could do better. So for the three and a half months after USAs, I trained smarter and ate healthier.”

Since last time we talked, Holland shook things up a bit by getting a new trainer, Andrea Holliday, who knows a thing or two about success in the women’s physique division after earning a pro card this past summer at Team Universe. Holland talked about training with the new pro, getting leaner and increasing muscle mass for her latest show.

“During this last prep, Andrea really helped me concentrate on my nutrition and posing. I also did less cardio and lifted more. With a healthier diet, more lifting, lots of posing practice, and smarter cardio, I can honestly say that I accomplished all of my goals and brought the best package I could to the stage.”

Holland will definitely be hitting the national stage again next year and is focused on getting stronger for the physique division. Meanwhile, the award-winning collegiate gymnast says a turn in the fitness division is still a future possibility. “While I made great gains this year, I still need to make improvements to my physique,” Holland said. “I can still improve on posing and quarter turns. I might give fitness a try down the road, but for now, I’m going to stick with physique.”

While she looks ahead to climbing up the physique ranks next year, Holland talked about doing another type of climbing over the holiday weekend. As I write this, along with her husband and some friends from college, Holland is enjoying the ideal weather and one of her favorite pastimes, climbing in Las Vegas at Red Rocks Canyon.

Looking Up: This avid rock-climber will be reaching for a pro card next season.

“We will be bouldering and sport climbing on the beautiful red sandstone,” Holland said. “I’m not expecting too much from myself this year because I had to take a little break from rock climbing to prep for Nationals. However, I’m pretty lean and strong from training, so I should be able to boulder. I’m expecting a lack in endurance in my forearms for sport climbing though. While I might not be at my best for climbing, I’m going to enjoy every moment with my husband, friends, and the outdoors. The trip will be a good break from the gym and work, and it will be a good chance for me to recharge mentally.”

Bouldering, by the way, is a shorter type of rock climbing using a crash pad instead of a rope. Expanding her athletic challenges and interests even more, Holland also reveals a new passion for yoga and an interest in rock climbing competitions. If that wasn’t enough, she still has Mt. Rainer and Denali on her mountaineering list.

“I may also try my hand in other sports and hobbies,” she said. “My husband and I will be moving to a new Air Force base next summer, and if we get stationed in a city with a rock climbing gym, I would like to start competing in rock climbing. I did a few local competitions in college and finished well even though I wasn’t officially training or on a team. I would also love to concentrate on my Yoga practice. At my base, I have only been able to attend Yoga twice a week, but I have fallen in love with it. I started practicing during prep for Nationals, and I think it was another key to my success.”


~ by Dean Sucich on November 28, 2012.

One Response to “Post-Nationals Interview with Holland Canter”

  1. […] Canter 24, 5’3”, 128 (Dadeville, Alabama) – Holland finished sixth at NPC Nationals and keeps on improving as a physique competitor. Meanwhile, deep gymnastic roots continue to stir […]

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