Hi I am Rachel Burnett, a 24 year old multi-sport athlete with several close ties to NOW products.
My athletic background includes a variety of sports. Growing up, I participated in just about every physical activity including golf, volleyball, swim team, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball and many others. In college, I walked onto the Division I women’s rowing team at the University of Tennessee and during my senior year, I competed in the Miss America preliminary, Miss Tennessee. My college experiences surprisingly helped boost my love of nutrition and fitness and when I completed my degree, I moved to Texas for my first job as a business analyst.
Even after college while working a full time job, I continued to broaden my spectrum of competitions. Never having been formally trained in contest preparation, I competed in my first NPC bikini competition in the Spring of 2011 and placed 2nd , winning a spot to compete at nationals. A week later, I placed 4th at the highly regarded Ronnie Coleman Classic, winning another spot at a national competition. That summer, with only a few weeks away from my first national NPC competition and much skepticism surrounding the timing, I competed in my first RAW powerlifting competition, without a powerlifting suit, straps or a lifting belt and won. A few weeks later at NPC USAs I placed in the top 10. I recently won my second consecutive powerlifting competition and am excited to continue to compete in the sport. All of my experiences competing led me to a keen awareness of how nutrition impacts performance profoundly. I’ve continued to intensively study nutrition and plan to eventually attain a masters degree in clinical nutrition.
Crossfit- style workouts dominate my training along with, technical Olympic lift sessions and swimming workouts. Supplementation with NOW products have been crucial in recovering from these workouts. With the broad product line that NOW provides I’m able to rely on a company with a reputation for producing high quality products. NOW products that I regularly use are Carbo Gain, Whey Protein, Creatine Monohydrate, Glutamine and CLA Extreme. I have to be very careful about what nutritional supplements I use because I am regularly tested by the Navy as well as the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Not only are NOW supplements high quality, but they are also free of contaminants or prohibited adulterants so I can confidently use NOW products for nutritional support.
What really changed the way I looked at NOW products involves my family. My grandmother was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer this past year. Her unique dietary restrictions of having celiac disease and being lactose intolerant make most ready to drink supplements and other weight gaining products unfeasible to her. She sought my advice needing a low fiber gainer and I recommended making her own variety of shakes similar to the ones I make using NOW Carbo Gain and Egg Protein. After months of chemotherapy, she has been able to maintain and gain weight and her cancer is in remission. She attests that these shakes helped keep her nutritionally fit and thus increased the level of respect I have for NOW supplements.