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The dish won signature dish at the fair (and wins at life)

Deep-fried bubblegum and cotton candy step aside; the latest state fair craziness to hit the newstand has some serious Grant Achatz-like mind-boggling going on.

The Indiana State Fair has reportedly announced their signature food of the year, and it's spaghetti-and-meatballs ice cream. Luckily, the ice cream only looks like spaghetti and meatballs; it's really just gelato noodles, strawberry "tomato" sauce, shredded white chocolate "cheese," and chocolate "meatballs."

"You can't beat the presentation," one of the judges told Indy Star News. "It's just fantastic."

Other food treats that have popped up on the radar: raspberry donut chicken burgers (deep-fried chicken breast between two raspberry-jelly donuts à la Paula Deen), and a bacon peanut butter banana Elvis burger. As for the ubiquitous deep-fat fryer? It'll produce some deep-fried Samoa cookies, M&M's, Hershey kisses, and bubblegum-flavored marshmallows.

Other state fairs are also ramping up their food offerings, like lamb fries in Minnesota, and a barbecue pork-stuffed donut in Wisconsin. But the spaghetti-and-meatballs ice cream? Something Homaro Cantu over at moto would put out.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Promoting Real Women


I have seen Andria Caplan fight in person on two occasions. The word to best describe her is, forward. Andria always moves forward and gives it her all. She has a lot of talent and keeps improving. She also just did her first show as a matchmaker and it was a big success. I have gotten to know Andria and she is as nice as she is talented. A real asset to women's MMA.

Q: First Andi, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: Thank you!

Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I've been married about 7 years now and have an 11 year old son. I've been training for a few years. It's hard to say exactly how long because I've been out with injuries a few times. I train at Daddis Fight Camp with some of my favorite people in the world. I have also started working for my husband's company Combat Sports Media within the past couple months.

Q: Can you tell people whats happened in your life since your first interview.
A: I've had a few fights fall through. One because I got so sick that I wasn't out of bed for over 2 weeks and others for whatever reason. Not sure. I have started working for my husband like I said. I've definitely learned quite a bit about the
MMA business outside of fighting and training through that.

Q: You just did your first show as a matchmaker. What was that like?
A: I was more nervous for the fights than I am when I fight myself! I met so many cool people putting matches together. The fighters all came to fight and put on a great show and things went really smooth. I've gotten tons of compliments on the show so I'm really proud of it.

Q: Is it something you want to do more of?
A: I am actually already putting a card together for another promotion. I'll definitely be doing it again after that too.

Q: What was the thing about matchmaking that most surprised you?
A: I was actually surprised how hard it was to get everyone to do their paperwork. I spent two weeks beforehand hunting everything down.

Q: Did having a husband who is an outstanding matchmaker help at all?
A: Absolutely! If I wasn't sure about something I could always ask him. I never had to just guess and hope it turned out ok.

Q: What do you feel has been the biggest improvement in your game?
A: I'm not sure. I work on everything constantly so I'd like to think that I'm improving a bit in every part.

Q: Is there one specific thing you are trying to improve upon?
A: Everything. I want every part of my game to be the best it can be and to improve with every fight.

Q: What do you enjoy most about fighting and training?
A: I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy training. My team mates are some of the greatest people I could have ever asked to know and being around them I always feel positive.

Q: Is there one part you could do without?
A: Here or there I just have a day when things don't seem like they're coming together and I get very angry at myself.

Q: How long before a fight do you like to start your camp? Start preparing for that specific fight?
A: I like to start at least 6 weeks out, but the more time the better. I don't mind a bit shorter notice either though.

Q: Have you seen any fighters lately who have impressed you?
A: I've seen quite a few actually. There are a few local guys that I know are going to go far. I love that i get to watch it unfold.

Q: With Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, do you see that as good or bad for women's MMA?
A: Well, it depends on how good the first few female fights are. If there is enough publicity and the fights are exciting maybe women will even get to fight in the UFC if they merge the way UFC and WEC did. If the first few fights don't go well it's a huge promotion that women won't have any more.

Q: Is their one fight you would say is your "dream fight"?
A: There is no specific opponent. I'd just like to fight for a title at one point.

Q: Where are you training at? What do you like about it?
A: I train at Daddis Fight Camp in Philadelphia. There are a lot of fighters there and so a good amount of great training partners. "Steel sharpens steel". The attitude in the gym is very positive, but we train hard.

Q: Are there any other fighters there that people need to keep an eye on?
A: I know of a few that are going to be going pro soon that are going to be killing it. I also see a few amateurs that are really young and already have so much skill too.

Q:I always ask what the biggest misconception is about fighters. This time I will ask, what is the biggest misconception about you?
A: I have no idea. I pretty much act like myself for better or worse so what you see is what you get.

Q: When you are done fighting, how do you want to be remembered in the sport?
A: I'd like to be remembered as someone with heart who would never even think of giving up.

Q: What is a typical day in the life of Andria Caplan like?
A: There no longer seems to be such a thing as a typical day. The matchmaking seems to take place at whatever hour it needs to which can be anywhere between morning and midnight. I find myself checking email on my phone the second I'm done training before I even get in the shower. I still do get my training in and I do somehow manage to get time in with the family most of the time.

Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Andria Caplan will be__?
A: A fighter, but knowledgeable enough about the business side of mma that I'll never have to be without it when I retire.

Q: Looking for sponsors? How can they reach you?
A: I am always looking for sponsors. I can be reached at [email protected] or 267-984-7050

Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: Daddis fight Camps- If you're ever in the Philly area definitely check them out. Great training with a great group of people whether you just want to get in shape or you want to fight.
Lapelchoke.com- Great site for anything at all BJJ related.
Miles To Go Clothing- I own so many of their shirts.

Q:Andria, again, thanks so much for doing this, and good luck to you. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for the interview and for all you do to help to promote women. We all appreciate it. Also, thank you to my family and to my fight camp for always being supportive of me.

Diane's Diary


Success is often defined by winning. That’s a pretty common notion. If you’ve made the most money, own the biggest house, or if you’ve surpassed your highest ambition, you have achieved success. In most people’s minds, success is easy to measure. It’s generally the person who appears to live a better life than you do. Let me ask you this, though. How often do you consider yourself the successful one? How often do you inventory your own life and say, “Hey, I have a lot of positive things going on right now. My life is a success.” I’m going to venture a guess and say, not very often. It is human nature to look at other peoples lives and believe that their life is better than yours. You view these people as the fortunate few, while unbeknownst to you, their lives could be in even more disarray than yours. Why is that? What makes certain people appear as if life is so much easier for them, than it is for you?

Perhaps this illusion of ease is really a matter of leadership and self-confidence, more than being the recipient of good fortune. And maybe these people create their own opportunities, rather than being the select few who receive all the prosperity in life. Everyone has obstacles that block their path in life. The question is: How do you respond to the roadblocks that arise along the way? Do you look at life from a pessimistic vantage point and say, “I knew things were going too well, it was only a matter of time before I failed.” Or do you take an optimistic viewpoint and say, “This is going to be a challenge, but I am confident I will get through this and I will become stronger in the end for having had this experience.”

Most people lean towards the pessimistic perspective, tending to believe that they are predestined for failure or to lead subpar lives. These are, also, the people who give up and quit when things don’t go quite as planned. They are willing to take on a new challenge, but only to a certain extent. They can handle a little stress on their journey, as long as that stress doesn’t turn into adversity. Once a roadblock arises, a pessimist will surrender to defeat, giving up on their goal completely. They fail to consider how close they were to achieving that goal, and the great deal of satisfaction reaching that goal would have brought them. Conversely, the optimist would view an obstacle as a stepping-stone to reach greater heights. They view challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. The optimist has the vision and determination to complete a goal, despite the complications that may arise. Challenges bring out the leadership qualities inside them. They refuse to fall down, but rise up instead. And this is where the earlier analogy of “living life with ease” comes in.

The optimist is able to rise up to the challenges that present themselves, and continue to progress forward until they eventually succeed. In their mind, quitting is never an option. Their only choice is working as hard as they possibly can until they overcome their obstacle. This creates the illusion of simplicity, when in reality it is a quality of leadership. A leader understands that hard work translates into success, and has the self-confidence to trust their own instincts and create their own path to success. They realize that there are no shortcuts to completing a task, that perseverance breeds victory. The casual observer generally won’t even know this person was struggling, because the leader used their time to solve their problem instead of sitting around searching for pity. This person conducts themselves in a positive, self-confident manner that is to be respected and not condemned. If you struggle with being overwhelmed by pessimistic attitudes, try to surround yourself with positive, confident people. The more you are around optimistic people, the more you will be able to adopt their traits and become a leader in your own life. And all of a sudden, the person who appears to be easing through life, while everyone else seems to be falling on hard times, will be YOU. You will have become the positive role model that everyone else tries to emulate. You will become the leader that other people call upon to help guide them through the struggles in their lives. You will become victorious, not only in achieving the goal you originally set, but you will be victorious in LIFE.



Angela Schiano Di Cola Interview


When anyone competes for the first time, they surely would be happy to finish top four in their division. Angela Schiano Di Cola competed recently for her first time, and finished top four in FOUR different divisions. Impressive, to say the least. Angela plans to compete again, although which show she will do is yet to be decided. Whenever it is, I am anxious to see how much she improves.

Q: First, Angela, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this.
A: No, thank you, the pleasure is all mine.

Q: Can you start out by telling a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I moved to Maryland in 1998. I am married and have 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 2). I am a stay at home mom. I started working out with my trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr about a year and a half ago. I have friends who have competed in competitions so I decided to go for it! I competed in my first ever Figure competition (at age 37!) on April 9, 2011, the OCB Eastern Regionals in Baltimore, MD and placed in all 4 divisions I competed in, not to shabby for my first competition!

Q: Before the gym were you an especially athletic person. Play any sports or anything?
A: In high school, I was a Varsity football cheerleader and I was on the track team. I ran the 100 m, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump ( I even had a high school record for the triple jump).

Q: What initially led you into the gym?
A: It was after I had my 4th child when I thought that I needed to do something other than being mom. I needed a release! Once I started, I was hooked! Going to the gym is my stress reliever, it is MY TIME!!

Q: Was training something you picked up fairly easy? How long before you started to see results?
A: Yes, it was fairly easy. I had a trainer show me the correct way to perform the exercises! I'm lucky, I never had a weight problem, I just wanted to tone up. It wasn't too long before I started seeing results, the soreness I experienced after a great workout was a positive result that what I was doing was working!!

Q: What made you decide to compete for the first time?
A: I have friends who have competed and after hearing their stories and seeing how amazing they looked, I talked to my trainer and said I wanted to give it a try!

Q: Is competing something your family and friends supported?
A: Yes, my friends have been amazingly supportive. Since some of them have competed, it was nice to hear encouraging words. A week before my show, a few of us got together at a friends house, all of us were dieting and in the process of getting
ready for upcoming shows. It was JUST what I needed.

Q: Was competing what you expected or did anything surprise you about it?
A: I didn't know what to expect! It was such a great experience! I can't wait to do it again!! The dieting was hard in the beginning, I usually eat pretty healthy, but when you are given a strict diet, it's hard at first. The first 2 weeks of
dieting was the hardest part! I was at the gym 6 days a week between cardio and weight training. It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I was so excited and nervous all in one. I also met great people (fellow competitors) who were both new to competing like me and some who have competed before.

Q: Can you share your contest history.
A OCB Eastern Regionals- April 9, 2011
*3rd place Figure Debut
*3rd place Figure Masters 35+
*4th place Figure Novice (short class)
*4th place Figure Open (short class)

Q: As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?
A: Hmmm, my best body part. I would have to say my back. I think you can see the most definition in my back.

Q: Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?
A: I love training all body parts equally! If I had to pick one, it would be back. My favorite exercise for back is wide pull ups.

Q: What is your normal training routine and diet like and how do you alter it for contest prep?
A: I usually go to the gym 3-5 times a week. It varies what I do off season..yoga, weight training and cardio. Right now, I am trying to bulk up a bit. When I was preparing for my competition, I was in the gym 6 days a week, 2 times with my trainer, 4 days resistance and 3 days cardio, I also was on a diet where I ate 6 times a day, it changed a few times during my prep for the show.

Q: When someone sees your physique or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction? More positive or negative?
A: Positive! I got a lot of compliments from friends who I have seen in a while. I've been told by a few that I have inspired them to get in shape and start going to the gym and eating better! When I hear that, it really touches my heart!!

Q: When they see it that first time, what is the one question or comment you are most sick of hearing?
A: Nothing I can think of.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about women who train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?
A: It bothers me when some people say that bodybuilding for women is disgusting! So not true! I am proud to be a Figure competitor. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.

Q: What is the best and worst part of training for you?
A: Best part of training is when you hear people complement you and ask what you are doing to look so good. Worst part, when you go to the gym and the equipment you need is being used and going to the gym when it is full. Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for me to train.

Q: Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?
A: I am a huge fan of Nicole Wilkins Lee, Ava Cowan, Erin Stern!

Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?A
A: My husband and I own a pizzeria/Italian Restaurant, so I would have to say pizza with pepperoni and lots of veggies!

Q: If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?
A: If you have the money, get a trainer. Form is key!! If you don't know what you're doing or doing it incorrectly, it could hurt you and you won't see results.
Also, you can do all the training and cardio you want, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet for example).

Q: Do you think its becoming more common to see women using the weights in the gym as opposed to just doing cardio and things?
A: YES!! I see more and more women in the weight area of the gym.

Q: Outside of training, any other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A: I am a very family oriented person, Family is #1. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and I love lighthouses!

Q: Can you describe a typical day in the life of Angela Schiano Di Cola.
A Well, with 4 children, my days are very busy! I wake up and get everyone fed and ready to get the bus by 8:20 AM. I eat my breakfast and take a shower and get ready to start my day. I still have my youngest home with me while the others are at school. (I have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a preschooler who gets home around 11:30 AM). I like to go to the gym between 1-3, 5 times a week. There's always errands, food shopping, laundry, cleaning,etc. After school is the craziest time for me. I have to feed everyone and get them to their activities that include Cub scouts, Girl scouts, football, swimming, just to name a few. Bath time and bedtime is usually as close to 8 pm as possible. After they are finally asleep, that is when I catch up on things I didn't get to do during the day.

Q: Describe Angela Schiano Di Cola in five words.
A: Determined, Passionate, Caring, Hard working and Trustworthy.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: The thing I find that people think is the most surprising is that I have 4 young children.

Q: Any set plans for the near future as far as competing or anything else?
A: I do want to compete in Figure again. I don't have an exact show that I want to do now though.

Q: Anything you want to take this opportunity to plug or promote?
A: If you are in the Frederick, MD area and are looking for a trainer, my
trainer, Charles Dorsey, Jr is the best. He runs a fitness studio called Dynamic
Fitness. You can go to there website www.dynamicfitnessfrederick.com.

Q: Are you looking for sponsors? If so how can they reach you and what are they getting in Angela Schiano Di Cola the athlete and competitor?
A: I would LOVE to have a sponsor! I can be reached at my email address [email protected] I am very passionate about everything I do. I give 110%! When I put my mind to do something, I do it with everything I have.

Q: Angela, again, I thank you for taking the time to do this. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


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