Photos by Charles Lowthian

“I NEVER LOSE!”

FL01168_2016-1That quote from Latorya Watts may sound a little overconfident, but if you were to dig a little deeper, you’d see that there is a little more going on beneath the surface. “What I mean by that,” Watts clarifies, “is that I learn from the experience and make improvements to reach my goals.” One can look to the 2011 NPC MuscleContest Championships for proof. After Watts failed to place in the bikini division, she asked the judges for feedback. Her athletic physique would be better showcased in the figure division, they told her. True to form, she went to work, honing her natural gifts—sculpted shoulders, full, shapely legs, and a detailed back, all attached to an almost impossibly tiny waist—to earn her IFBB pro card at the 2013 USA Championships. Two years later and with two pro wins under that extra-petite belt, Watts added the division’s crown jewel, the Figure Olympia, to her burgeoning résumé. “I compete with myself every day,” Watts states. “I’m always working toward becoming a better version of me.” Judging by these pictures, that competitive streak of hers is paying off, big time!

 

“DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH SOMEONE WHO PLACED BETTER, BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER LOOK LIKE HER AND SHE WILL NEVER LOOK LIKE YOU. CONTINUE IMPROVING, BRING YOUR BEST PACKAGE, AND HAVE FUN ONSTAGE.”

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“I FOCUS MAINLY ON BRINGING A BALANCED PHYSIQUE TO THE STAGE. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD WORK IT TAKES TO BRING MY LEGS DOWN. MY LOWER BODY WASN’T ALWAYS PROPORTIONAL TO MY UPPER.”

 WATTS’ SHOULDER WORKOUT 

Dumbbell Press*: 4 sets, 12–15 reps

Barbell Press: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

Barbell Front Raise: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

One-Arm Lateral Raise: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

Rear-Lateral Raise: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

Upright Row: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

*Warmup

FL01164_2016-1 WATTS’ LEG WORKOUT 

Lying Leg Curl*: 4 sets, 15 reps

Glute Pushup: 4 sets, 15 reps

Weighted Hip Thrust: 4 sets, 12-15 reps

Leg Abductor Machine: 4 sets, 15 reps

Leg Adductor Machine: 4 sets, 15 reps

Lunge: 4 sets, 15 reps

Sumo Squat: 4 sets, 15 reps

*Warmup