GAIL AUERBACH…THE EDUCATION OF A BODYBUILDER
Okay…I hope you are sitting down to read this because I am about to say something very
important and I want you to remember it…ready?
“Gail Auerbach will turn pro in 2011.” Got it?
Well there is my prediction and, having placed 1st in the middleweight and taken the
overall title at last year’s Junior USA as well as grabbing 2nd in the middleweights in this
year’s Junior Nationals and 4th in the USA’s, who can really doubt that Gail has what it
takes to be a pro?
So, given all this I think it is about time we gave Gail our attention on RX and found out a
little more about what makes this future pro tick……
Before we begin, I notice from your Face book page that you hate talking about yourself,
why is that? And I hope we can overcome that here!
“The fact is that I have always had a very low self esteem. It comes from being a perfectionist
and my own worst enemy. I am actually taking Dahn Yoga right now and it is helping quite a
bit. They are teaching me strategies which are allowing me to be the ‘master of my mind’…”
I believe you took out your first gym membership at age 13…what was the inspiration
“I grew up with a brother who raised me to be a tom boy and had a huge impact on me when I
was growing up. We had a gym in our basement but I was not allowed to workout with my
brother at the time because I was considered too young. However, when I finally was ‘old
enough’ I started lifting in my basement and loved it. This led to me wanting a gym
membership, doing cardio and learning the name of every muscle in the body from a chart on my
What got you interested in bodybuilding?
“During college there was a bodybuilding show called Greek Physique and I decided I wanted to
compete in it. I trained at the gym with many guys who offered to help me pose diet and
prepare. I loved the diet, loved putting on muscle, loved cardio, learning about supplements and
loved competing! I competed in that show and won it 4 years in a row! When I left college I
joined a gym back home where I was student teaching. I started working out there daily and
meeting people who competed in the NPC and who told me I should do a show. I hired a trainer
who trained me 3 times a week and I started to see myself put on more and more muscle. I ate
clean and started learning more about supplements.
“I decided to start attending the local NPC contests to see what it was like and during the first
show I went to I had made up my mind...I WANTED TO COMPETE AGAIN! So in 2007 I
started my journey toward my first competition. During the year I went to every show and met
more and more people who competed. I started lifting, training and spending time with
competitors and by the end of 2007 I had attended every local Illinois show and had met a whole
group of friends who understood me and accepted me for who I was. They understood my
‘oddness’ and in their eyes it was okay to be different. In fact it was my differences that made
me so unique.
“So in 2008 I stood on the stage and did my first NPC bodybuilding competition. Ever since that
moment I have lived the lifestyle daily. I truly believe in the ‘religion’ of bodybuilding and I
found the place I now call ‘home’
“I have found that all of the struggling I did my whole life as a child only made me a stronger
person. It taught me resilience and how to persevere when things got hard. This has helped me
get through off season training and contest preparation and it also helped me in my professional
life as a first grade special education teacher. The only difference is I have taught my students
that it's okay to be this way! This is how I started bodybuilding and can't imagine my life
Was your body fast to respond to the weights?
“Absolutely and this was actually a huge problem for me as a runner. They made me stop lifting
because I was putting on size to fast!”
Looking back what do you think your biggest learning experience was when it comes to
training and diet?
“I think competing nationally the last two years I have learned about contest dieting by
constantly asking my diet coach Dave Palumbo for answers as to why we do what we do.
Although I drive him bonkers with all my questions, I love to learn and gain the knowledge on
my journey to the competition stage. I have learned a lot about the keto diet, which I love. I also
read books to understand how the brain fuels itself on ketones and what takes place as this is
happening. During my last contest prep I learned about sugar alcohols, which take on many
names and are often hidden in a lot of things. I have also learned how to listen to my body and
how to tell if I am flat, full, retaining water...etc..., proper posing and different ways to prepare
“When it comes to training I have learned a TON from my trainer Michael Liberatore about
lifting form, more challenging exercises, how to hit the different heads of muscles and focusing
on feeling the muscle. I stopped worrying about the weight I am lifting and can now focus on
Outside of the sport your job as a teacher is pretty demanding. Is it sometimes difficult to
make time for workouts?
‘I workout in the evenings, but it is difficult to balance it all. I had to learn to leave work at work
and come into the gym ready to train hard. It is a stressful job and you bring home work so you
never get away from it completely!! During contest prep it is hard to fit meals in at the right
intervals of time and fit two cardio sessions in per day. With teaching you also have night
commitments which can make it challenging. You bring work home with you and you always
have work to do, even on the weekends!”
Talking of making time for things, would you care to outline an average day in your life…
6:30-7:30-Get ready for work,
7:30-8:00-Drive to work
8:00-8:45-Eat breakfast (Meal #1) and prepare classroom for the day, attend meetings
8:45-10:15-Teach Language Arts/Reading/Phonemic Awareness
10:15-Snack Time-Eat meal #2
10:30-11:45-Teach Writing, Guided Reading, Centers and pull small differentiated groups.
11:45-12:30-Lunch-Eat Meal #3
12:30-3:30-Teach Math/Science/Social Studies
3:30-4:00-Dismiss students and prepare for the next day, attend meetings
4:30-5:30-Prep meals for the next day, Eat Meal #4, get ready for the gym
5:30-7:30-Gym Time!!!!!!!!!!!!! Post Workout Meal #5
7:30-Bedtime-Get work done for classroom, Eat Meal #6, do homework, etc...
*** The nights I am off from the gym I go to Yoga and hip-hop dance. On the weekends I go to
Yoga and train clients at the gym. I train clients who are hard of hearing and/or deaf. I love
Turning the spotlight on your training, what was the most difficult body part for you to
develop and can you tell us what strategy you adopted to overcome this weakness….and
outline an average workout?
Legs!! I hired my trainer and started to incorporate different angles in my training by turning my
feet in different directions and integrating different stances.
Leg ext cybex
Walking lunges db
Hammer strength seated curl
45x10 up 70x10 up 95x10 drop 70x10 drop 45x10
Leg press this is 1 set
2 plates x 10
Hack squat calves
6 plates x 15
8 plates x 15
9 plates x 15
Calf Machine‐ 1 leg at a time
How easy is the diet part of the sport for you?
“It is pretty easy! I love structure and knowing what to expect. When I get into contest prep
mode I get really strict with myself! I don't chew gum, use Crystal Light or Splenda and I don't
add any extra calories to my plan, I look at the ingredients in everything I use and am strict on
measuring everything I eat! In the offseason I am not as strict on measuring my food. I still eat
clean during the week and allow myself one or two cheat meals on the weekends.”
Care to give us an average off season day in terms of diet?
2 whole (OMEGA‐3) Eggs with 6 egg whites with 1/3 cup oatmeal
35g Whey Protein (ISOLYZE) with 1.5 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
6oz chicken, turkey, or lean fish like tilapia, flounder, file of sole, orange roughy, or cod
with 1/4‐cup (1oz) cashew nuts, or almonds, or walnuts and ½ cup brown rice
6oz salmon, swordfish, or RED MEAT with 1 cup green veggies (no tomatoes, red
peppers, or carrots) with 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil or Macadamia Nut Oil with a small yam or
MEAL #5 (post-workout)
SHAKE: 40g Whey Protein (ISOLYZE) with 20g Waxy Maize (CARBOLYZE)
ONE OF ABOVE
How close do you stay to contest weight year round and what food is it hardest to stay away
“I aim for 20 pounds but I do have have trouble staying away from candy, Coldstone ice cream
What do you do to relax when you are not working or in the gym?
“I go to yoga, take a hip hop dance class, read, go to eat with friends and love going to see
movies. This is the first offseason I have had any free time for myself. I just finished my PhD
and always had grad school homework and classes to do previously.”
You have said that if you were to be granted a super human power you would like to see
into the future….given that gift, what would you like to see in the future for yourself?
“I would love to meet the right person and fall in love again. I want to get a job teaching Special
Education Resource or RTI. Oh yeah....and a pro card in bodybuilding would be a nice
So when can we expect to see you on stage again?
“Next year… Team Universe and USA's!”
Finally how can people contact you?
Through email or Facebook!
***stay tuned...my website will be up and running soon as well!!