How did you get started in the fitness industry?
I danced competitively throughout school and had a natural tendency towards movement and performance. I dove deeper into the fitness world by competing in a fitness bikini competition which helped motivate myself to put on some muscle and learn more about sports nutrition. The changes in my own body led me to want to help others achieve their fitness goals and began coaching/training others to do the same.
What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Building “lean” muscle. It’s very counter-intuitive!
What products and supplements do you swear by?
I like to add a packet of BioSteel to my water with a scoop each of GNC’s unflavoured powdered glutamine and BCAA’s in a shaker cup. I sip this through my entire workout.
Cellucor Protein powder in Peanut Butter Marshmellow is my FAV – the texture is awesome when blended with almond milk. I will have this within 30 minutes post-workout or for a quick on-the-go snack.
Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
I have had a few people comment that I get my figure from good genes and a quick metabolism. I, however, would say it’s mostly made from good ole sweat and dedication! Health and fitness are my passion and keeps me focused. Building a strong, healthy body is something we are all capable of with a little support and education!
What is your current training style, routine or split?
I like to switch it up every 4-6 weeks, but right now my routine is:
Day 2- Shoulders/Chest
Day 3-Active Recovery (usually some form of cardio; bike ride, hike, etc.)
What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
Clean foods: Chipotle – grilled chicken bowl with brown rice, black beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, and guacamole OR a copy-cat version made at home
Splurge foods: DEFINITELY pizza and donuts!
What are your go-to exercises for glutes?
Cable Machine Kickbacks and Extensions – at all angles. You have the freedom to isolate each of the gluteal muscles just by changing your angle. It’s a one-stop-shop for the days when you don’t have a ton of time but want to get glutes in!
If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
1. My dog, Cuda. He’s a Pomchi and is the funniest, sweetest little thing I know.
2. Yams – they are easy to plant and could sustain Cuda ^ and I for quite some time! (What can I say, I have a green thumb)
3. Journal and Pen – So that I could document my crazy adventures on the island (with my dog and all my yam plants…) and hopefully make for a great story when someone(thing?) found it one day!
What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
As a beginner, just get your butt there! We are creatures of habit, so once you have built “gym time” into your daily routine, the rest is easy. Get there 5 days a week for a month straight. Drop into a few classes to mix things up and find what you like. Once you are “addicted” to the routine of things, and experience how amazing you can feel, it’s easy to break up each day into certain muscle groups and build a plan from there.
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