I started training for athletics in high school. In college I trained with the UCONN basketball and football athletic teams! They had me squatting over two hundred-fifty pounds. No lie.
I started competing in bikini in 2003, figure in 2004 and fitness for one year in 2005. Figure stuck! I turned pro in FIGURE in 2008 when I won the NPC Team Universe Championships in NYC!
As a figure competitor – training became more “aesthetic focused,” as in “bring up your shoulders” and “balance out your sweeps,” rather than working out for function, speed, execution and agility that comes with athletics or the fitness contests! Different and very “specific!”
Meeting all of the amazing “fitness peeps” at the events and contests!
I have a very active social network on Twitter (@AliciaMarieBODY), BodySpace (bodybuilding.com: AliciaOfficial) and on Facebook (fan page!). I get to meet many of the people that I speak to on those things at events! It’s very cool because I feel like I know them already!!
I am a long-time member of TEAM BSN --- so I travel a lot EVERYWHERE – AND meeting fitness fans and people from the industry – from all over the WORLD.
I LOVE being able to write for my favorite fitness magazine, Oxygen (RK Publishing) and to help people who are just getting started – or those that just need a “fresh look” at new moves and diet tips! We all need each other. The fitness industry is like a family. Everyone is always so supportive. We WANT to see each other succeed. We suffer together and we SUCCEED together – not to mention we always want to welcome more people into the fitness FOLD! LOL
Getting my profile to where it is today just helps me to help even more out in CONNECTING – which is my favorite part of it all.
I am in the process of writing an ebook series – something I am very VERY excited about. Get it all out of this head and on paper! FOLLOW ME on Twitter or facebook to get the 411 on all of that, this and morrreee….
I try not to waste time. LOL – the gym is like “home” to me – as I am sure it is to many people in the industry. I usually go no more than two hours though.
Keep everything in perspective and never lose sight of your original goals.
I also say don’t forget to have FUN with all of this. What’s the point otherwise??
A few things: my clothes (I have said that many times before) and also – I am OBSESSED with comic book superheroes (nerd alert!!) and have been since I was a wee babe. I like looking and FEELING like I can leap a tall building in a single bound!!! ☺
AHHHHH! I hate filling these out because my routine varies so much. My body (and sanity!) needs to constantly be challenged…working out is fun for me so I change it up when and how I want...but this is an idea of a “split” that I use when I was an active competitor:
Cardio (Ballet), Back/Biceps, Abs
Triceps, Light Chest, Cardio (basic like the stepmill 30 mins)
OFF/Cardio only or martial arts (Eskrima)
Shoulders (I don’t “do” calves believe it or not! Ballet takes care of that!), Abs
Legs/Glutes, Light cardio for stretching
Martial Arts (weapons, Kali)
I EAT pretty clean year round. I have more treats when there isn’t a contest, shoot or appearance coming up, but for the most part – I keep it REAL. REAL CLEAN. I don’t eat dairy because of the lactose issue and I don’t eat pork because I studied meat science for a semester in college (undergrad degree is in Neuroscience with a minor in Animal Science)…and I loved the pigs they had on the UCONN (university of Connecticut) farm!
If I have something important coming up – I SUCK IT UP. I have incredible will-power, LOL! It helps to visualize yourself at the whatever you are dieting for and wishing that you had stuck “tighter” to what you ate previously.
If I am off season or holiday mode – I still won’t overdo it (not my thing) – but if there is some caramel popcorn lying around – WATCH OUT! LOL
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Oh geez. I like to say “abs” because those suckers take patience and time and tough dieting from hell. But I am known for my badonkadonk. It’s a toss-up. I’d rather NOT look at my own butt, don’t know a woman who does, really!
SHOULDERS! Guys…don’t neglect them PLEASE!
A nice butt really doesn’t hurt… ;-)
NO fear, baby. NO FEAR. ;-)
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