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NNSA Hidden Talents: Keshan Velasquez

April 19, 2019

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NNSA's Keshan Velasquez
Keshan Velasquez
Keshan Velasquez trains with her coach.
Keshan Velasquez trains with her coach.

Being part of the Nuclear Security Enterprise takes skill, smarts, and determination. From research scientists developing innovative new technologies to administrative professionals organizing day-to-day operations, it’s no surprise that our workforce is filled with impressive people. What some members of the NNSA family accomplish in their spare time, however, is truly unexpected.

Keshan Velasquez is an IT project manager for the Office of Secure Transportation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What is your hidden talent?

I am a competitive bodybuilder. My husband and I took it up together as hobby. This summer we’ll travel to New Jersey for my first national contest now that I’ve qualified as a National Physique Committee figure competitor.

How did you get into that hobby?

I began lifting weights consistently in 2016 because I wanted to improve my physique. In 2018, my husband decided he wanted to try to do a competition. I just went along for the ride. We hired a coach and I progressed quickly. I did my first competition in June, and even though I didn’t place as well as I would have liked, I loved the stage and I was hooked. It was fun.

Bodybuilding is all about setting a plan and following through even when things get hard. The same can be said when managing IT projects at work.

Keshan Velasquez
NNSA Project Manager

How does your talent impact your life?

I follow a meal plan year-round, although it is not as strict when not prepping for a competition. I weight train six days a week and do cardio. I check in with my coach biweekly, and he adjusts my diet and exercise plans when he deems necessary. I also practice my stage presentation weekly. Training hard in the gym is a great stress reliever. Bodybuilding has helped me grow physically and mentally. Prepping for a competition really shows you how strong and disciplined you can be.

How does your talent relate to your day job?

Bodybuilding is all about setting a plan and following through even when things get hard. The same can be said when managing IT projects at work. I have a plan for what I want to accomplish and I work consistently every day towards meeting the goals and objectives I have set for myself.