Adela started competing in 1995, with the goal of becoming a fitness professional. She earned her pro card in 1999 by winning the NPC USA Fitness Championships. In 2000, she made her pro debut at the Ms. Fitness International, finishing eighth. Later that year, she qualified for the 2000 Ms. Fitness Olympia by placing ninth place at the Jan Tana Classic. Adela has won several professional titles, most notably the 2004 and 2006 Fitness Olympia, and the 2004 and 2006 Fitness International. For several years, she was married to Brian Friedmansky, and competed as Adela Garcia-Friedmansky. She was engaged to bodybuilder Lee Priest. According to his column in Muscular Development Magazine, Adela and Lee Priest are no longer together and have parted on amicable terms.