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Montana Marks #FGFeature Friday Girl of the Week July 18th

How did you get started in fitness?
I’ve always been really athletic; I played basketball and lacrosse and also did tae kwon do all through school, but I never lifted weights. I randomly entered a contest for Flex Magazine last year on a whim, ended up winning, and had to start weight training for my first show with only six weeks to prep! The show was out in Vegas during Olympia weekend. Being in that environment and also seeing the pros compete, I became addicted instantly to the sport and everything about the lifestyle. I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in for a long time.

How do you stay motivated in your career?
I’m a full-time actor, so with both the acting industry and the fitness industry, you have to be very disciplined and motivated to succeed. I’m a very driven person, and I am always trying to improve and get better. I also love seeing the result of my hard work. I love taking classes and reading articles and just learning as much as I can about both fields. I just signed up to get my personal training certification, not because I want to be a trainer, but just to be more knowledgable. I absolutely love what I do, so I don’t really have trouble with the motivation aspect. I also keep a vision board with quotes and photos on it in a place I see everyday just to remind me what I want to accomplish. Seeing that is motivating in itself and gets me excited.

What was your biggest challenge in your fitness journey?
The biggest challenge for me was just finding and making the time to prep my meals and train. It’s very time consuming, and there are days I am filming late, or I’m traveling for auditions, and only get a few hours of sleep, but I still have to get my meals in and train! If you want something bad enough, you make it work.

What’s your favorite music to workout to?
Anything upbeat. Call me crazy but I rarely wear headphones in the gym. My thoughts zone me out enough and get me pumped!

What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Ice cream. Homemade cookies. Dessert in general. I’m a dessert monster. (I may or may not have eaten a full batch of cookies and 2.5 Ben and Jerry’s pints in 2 days after my last show…shhhhh) I’m also obsessed with a good burger.

How does your typical week in the gym look like?
I usually train 5-6 days a week. It depends how close to a competition I am though. If I am filming, and my gym isn’t open early or late enough to get in a workout when I need to, I have to improvise a bit.


Which female celebrity’s physique do you admire the most?
There’s too many!! As far as competitors, Yeshaira Robles, Nathalia Melo, Margret Gnarr, Michelle Lewin, there’s just too many haha. There are so many women who work so hard and look amazing! With the entertainment industry, I love Jessica Biel’s physique and Jessica Alba’s because they are both really toned and you can tell they have a balanced lifestyle despite their hectic schedules as actors.

What does your supplement schedule look like?
I just use protein powders and BCAAs and that’s pretty much it. I don’t even use pre-workout haha! I’ve tried it twice, and both times I was an even bigger goofball than normal.

What are you top 10 songs to workout to?
Beyonce- Partition, Hozier-Take Me to Church, Ed Sheeran-Sing, Mind the Gap-Never Gonna Stop, Bastille-Bad Blood, Kongos-Come with Me Now, Awolnation-Sail, Fergie-A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody, Nine Inch Nails-Closer, Arctic Monkeys-Do I wanna Know

What are you most proud of?
I think it’s important every once in a while, especially when you feel like you’re stuck, to take a look at what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve done to get where you are. It puts things in perspective. I’m most proud of the fact that I am working towards the life I really want for myself, doing what I love doing, while staying true to myself at the same time. I’m a firm believer in good things happening to good people, and I feel like I am on my way to becoming who I want to be. Every time someone writes to me saying that I inspired them or I helped them push harder, that makes me proud and happy. I hope that what I will be most proud of though, is yet to come.

What’s next for you?
I am filming a horror/thriller feature next month, and then as of right now I’ll be moving to Los Angeles this fall. I may compete in another national show trying to get that pro card before the year is over too! I haven’t quite decided which one. I have a few business ideas up my sleeve, but other than that, I’m going to continue training, auditioning, and working my butt off…..or, on.

Do you have any advice or inspirational words for someone who is aspiring to get into the fitness world?
Even if you don’t ever want to compete or be a fitness model as a job, do it for yourself. Get healthy! You will feel better about your body, but more importantly your health! Don’t get discouraged when you don’t see results right away. I love the saying “You can’t fail if you never quit.” Start little, and then keep going. The second you see a change in your body for the better, you’ll be hooked. Be consistent. (Oh, and treat yourself sometimes! You deserve it.

Height: 5’1″ 1/4
Weight: 105 lbs.
Born In: Doylestown, PA
Resides: Brooklyn, NY but moving to Los Angeles this fall!
Twitter: @montanamarks
Instagram: @montanamarks

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