Katrinka Chapek Will Begin Season at NPC San Jose Champs

Getting Serious: Katrinka is focused on earning her pro card this season.

Getting Serious: Katrinka is focused on earning a pro card this year.

Former figure competitor Katrinka Chapek changed her mind about switching over to the physique division last year; however, one thing that hasn’t changed about the 36-year-old from Oregon is her determination to win a pro card. She’ll continue that quest with a tune-up at the San Jose Championships on June 29 before heading to Masters Nationals for another shot at capturing the prize later this summer in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Less than a year and a half ago, Katrinka was still competing in figure and remained a little skeptical about trying out the new division. She thought, for example, that she would have to add a lot more muscle. But the feedback she received—and the muscle the steely 5-foot-3, 122-pound blonde beauty already had—suggested a switch. “The last show I competed in, every judge said I was too muscular,” Kat said during our interview near the end of 2011. “They said I needed to take my physique to national level and compete at the new physique division.”

Judges, often criticized for one reason or another, were right-on this time. Katrinka eventually competed in both figure and physique categories at the Emerald Cup in 2012 and ended up placing higher in physique (second) than in figure (eighth). Later at NPC USAs, she competed in physique again but finished out of the top 15, a rank she should easily improve on this year.

Kat’s goal is in reach. Check out a couple more looks from her most recent shoot showing off great biceps and charming sweetness. She has a splendid overall package and likely just needs to add polish to her posing and stage presence to get over the top. The muscle is all there and so is the fierce desire.

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~ by Dean Sucich on April 2, 2013.

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