Rocio RuizRocio Ruiz hates rest days. It is not that she likes to train so much as she likes to eat. "I have to pull carbs on my off days and that is really hard," she says. "I need those carbs and when I train I get them. I would rather train and eat all of my meals." A relative newcomer to the world of physique sports, the upcoming NPC USA Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini and Men's & Women's Physique Championships in Las Vegas will be the fourth show of her young career. Just a few weeks prior at Junior Nationals, she took second in Figure Class D. It was a shot of confidence for Ruiz. "The judges told me not to change a thing, to keep doing what I did," she says. "I haven't changed much for the USAs. My metabolism is moving really fast so I've added a few more cheat meals than I did for Junior Nationals." In a sport filled with healthy egos, the fast-rising Ruiz is staying remarkably grounded. She knows she still has a lot to learn and credits a network of experienced and friendly female competitors for helping her with training tips and diet advice. One day, she hopes to pay it forward. "I would like to do something with this sport," she says. "What that is, I am not sure yet. I am still learning and experimenting with a lot of things. I love the industry. I love to train. I am very passionate and driven. I can motivate people." The 31-year old Ruiz, who balances a full-time career in law enforcement with her fitness aspirations, is also a Scivation Brand Ambassador, who uses XTEND and Dialene on a daily basis.
I am still learning and experimenting with a lot of things. I love the industry. I love to train. I am very passionate and driven. I can motivate people
Since an overabundance of pre-workout caffeine can trigger migraines for her, she relies on XTEND to help her push through training rather than a supplement loaded with stimulants. She'll take Dialene during the day since the timing and ingredients don't trigger the head-ringers but they do help suppress her hunger and boost her energy without making her feel jittery. Even though Ruiz feels like the new girl on the block when it comes to posing onstage, she still has pro card ambitions. After all, while she may be new to competition she has been paying her dues in sweat for most of her life.