Where and when were you born?
Caracas , Venezuela 09 October 1971.
What is your profession?
MD Business Administration and Analyst in Computer.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
Olympics Gymnastic, Professional Contemporary Dancer.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
About 20 years ago, with my high school best friend, trying to get the best shape like a model, but never be bodybuilders, I hate this abnormal body like a man......???? You know.....So I loved do Jazz Dancing, artistic activities, and fitness. That Was in 1988.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
OK, when I was starting the BB life I never imagined that in the future I will be a PRO, Never in my mind, listen never...So In a while the time run, my body began to transform bigger, and more muscular, and I Knew to my husband now, he was trainer in the gym and he helped to me to compete in regional contests in Venezuela as an amateur. We started to work to get the Pro Card in 1997, and surprises.....We got it....In Central American Championship, after winning a couples competition in Iberoamerican and Venezuela in BB. The goal in BB really is to show my potential as an athlete. I would like to be Miss Olympia someday .....isn't that what every BB girl wants, you now...so, I know that is very hard to get but not impossible...I have the potential just I need more time and maturity and experience......I have to wait a little bit more.......I can.
What was your first competition and how did you place?
My first competition was in 1991, a Regional Amateur Competition in Venezuela. I weighed 150 Pounds, and I won....I just had a trainer in the gym for 10 month!!!
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
When I placed 2nd in the 2008 Ms Olympia. That was unbelievable, like a dream.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
Monday: chest-shoulders, Tuesday: back-trapezius Wednesday: Thighs, Thursday: biceps and triceps.
How often do you train in a week?
I train 5 days a week in off season but when I prepare for a competition I train 3 days in row and 1 off and 3 days again and 1 off.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
The first difference is the intensity and the stress, in off season you can skip the day if we are busy we can rest and do it in free time, but during contest prep is holy training, no matter if it rains, a hurricane or whatever. Whatever happens you know it is the most important...all the time the weights are heavy and low repetition about 12 or 15, in pre-contest the same weight and more repetitions 15-20-25 or more.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
The best body parts in my opinion are my thighs, abdominals, and shoulders but front thighs are the best for me.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don't like so much?
I like to do legs, legs extension, squats in machine or free weights, shoulders military press, and flies with dumbbells. I hate Hamstrings,is my weak point.
Judging in Women's Bodybuilding has always been criticized in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about today's judging in Women's Bodybuilding.
Of course I think that we are coming back to huge and muscular women...Women's Bodybuilding actually has a lack of Beauty, everybody is more interested in big muscle and huge shape and forget about the femininity. I insist in keeping the femininity, beauty and sex appeal with muscle. It is my way, my shape and I refuse to change it. Maybe I will never be a Ms. Olympia because I will never be as muscular as a man. So I would like to show to everybody that Women's Bodybuilding can be Beauty. The judges make the rules and we have to walk in this way. You now the meaning of my words. The Judges have to make right decisions. Women's Bodybuilding today has to keep the principal, Symmetry, Muscular, and Beauty, and other things relate with the sport.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Betty Viana.
I wake up 4:00 am to get list all food for my husband and clients, then I prepare to go to the gym to do Cardio for 45 min, abdominals, waist, and calves, maybe if I have an appointment with my clients, work for couple hours, and come to my house to rest. Eat about 6 or 7 times in day, and trainning twice a day, work in the gym with my husband 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and come back to my house to prepare all meals to the next day.
I love to cook. I think that is the only thing that makes me relaxed. I love cooking for my friends and family. My favorite dishes are Venezuelan food. Baking is a passion for me...... The sweets are my weakness all the time..... But anyway, always I try to do it healthy and tasty....
Love being with my family all the time, and I adore my dog "Dorian". He is an American Bulldog, he is my life.....I am a dog lover... When I'm not competing I dedicate all my time to my husband and dog... Just family time, travel, and have fun..... I am very Christian and I believe in God. He is always by my side, providing me peace and beautiful things. He is my base and my spiritual house... Without Him nothing that i have, has sense...... Amen
Birthday: October 9, 1971
Height: 5' 5"
Offseason Weight: 175 lbs
Contest Weight: 160 lbs
Biceps: 17 inches
Chest: 40 inches
Quads: 26 inches
Calves: 16 inches
Shoe size: 8
Bench Press: 320 lbs
Barbell Curl: 100 lbs
Dumbbell Curl: 45 lbs
Squats: 400 lbs
Leg Press: 900 lbs
Row: 220 lbs
- 1991 Miss Venezuela 1st Place
- 1992 Miss Venezuela 2nd Place
- 1994 Miss Venezuela 1st Place
- 1994 Iberoamerican Championship 3rd Place
- 1994 South American Championship 1st Place
- 1995 Miss Venezuela 1st Place
- 1996 Miss Venezuela 1st Place
- 1997 Miss Venezuela 1st Place
- 1997 Cental American Championship 1st place and Overall (PRO CARD)
- 2002 South West Pro Cup ,Texas 1st Place HW and Overall
- 2002 Miss Olympia, Las Vegas 7th Place HW
- 2003 NOC NYC 1st place HW
- 2003 Miss Olympia ,Las Vegas 4th place HW
- 2004 Miss International, Columbus 6th place HW
- 2004 South Pro Cup, Texas 2nd Place HW
- 2004 Miss Olympia, Las Vegas 5th Place HW
- 2005 Miss International, Columbus 2nd Place HW
- 2007 Atlantic City Pro, Atlantic City 2nd Place HW
- 2008 Miss International, Columbus, 7th Place
- 2008 Miss Olympia, Las Vegas, 2nd Place
- 2009 Miss International, Columbus, 6th Place
- 2009 Miss Olympia, Las Vegas, 9th Place