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Posted 19 April 2011 by CutAndJacked.com

CutAndJacked.com Interview:


Brittany Tacy

How and when did you start training?

I started working out in high school at the age of 16. Playing sports and being an athlete has always been my lifestyle. I used to do sit ups and push-ups in my bedroom every night when I was younger haha. However, I started to train for my first competition in March 2010, just over a year ago. I've always wanted to look like a "fitness model", but never really believed I could. I never thought I could follow a diet, and live without macaroni and cheese!! But that all changed once I realized that I needed to dedicate myself to something, because I was unhappy with my lifestyle. It was the BEST decision of my life!

How long do you spend in the gym
during a typical workout?

I am only in the gym for a maximum of 60mins at a time. It's ridiculous when people ask me, "OMG, do you workout like 5 hours a day?!", umm NO that would be counterproductive!

How do you manage to stay motivated?

Seeing results is what motivates me. There was a point in my training when I wanted to just give up, because I wasn't seeing the results I wanted fast enough. I had to keep reassuring myself that it doesn't happen over night. Knowing that I have transformed my body into one that I am proud of, and still working to improve, is what gives me new motivation day in and day out.

What is your training routine like?

Monday: LEGS

Free squats: 85lbsx12, 95lbsx8, 115lbsx6, 125lbsx4, 85lbs 'till Failure
Stiff Legged Deadlifts: 4-5 sets of increasing weight
Calf presses
Narrow stance smith machine squats
4 sets of 40 lunges

Tuesday: SHOULDERS/ABS

Dumbbell press, triangle set
Arnold Press, drop set
Leaning lateral raises
Upright rows, increasing weight
Hanging Leg raises

Wednesday: BACK & BI'S

Cable curls
Seated rows
Lat pulldowns (alternating wide and narrow grip)
Barbell curls, wide grip
Preacher curls

Thursday: LEGS

Same as Monday

Friday: CHEST, TRICEPS & ABS

Reverse tricep pulldown
Tricep rope pulldown
Tricep dips
Incline dumbbell press (the only chest workout I do besides pushups)
3 sets of pushups
Hanging Leg raises
V ups

Saturday: HIIT TRAINING

30 mins of sprints on treadmill. YES, this is the only cardio I do.

Sunday: REST

What does your diet consist of?

I eat basically different variations of the same foods. Breakfast is always some sort of egg whites & oatmeal combo, I make protein pancakes ALOT! For snacks I eat rice cakes, egg white omelets, homemade protein bars, raw almonds, carrots, fruits (on occasion). I cycle my carbs throughout the week, so my lunch and dinner usually consist of chicken & grilled Zucchini (My fave!) or ground turkey & broccoli on a low carb day...and on a high carb day I add in a sweet potato, brown rice, or a couple slices of Ezekiel bread. My last meal is ALWAYS casein protein pudding, I look forward to it every night...it tastes like a cheat to me! All it is casein protein powder mixed with very minimal water, about 3-4oz, so it becomes thick like a pudding...SO GOOD!

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

Believe it or not, I really enjoy the way I eat. Obviously I like to eat junk food every once in awhile, but it's usually only after a show or for a special occasion. Once a month at MAX. Whenever I'm really craving something, I'll have a tablespoon of almond butter or spoonful of sugar free cool whip, something to satisfy the craving but not ruin my diet!

Who are your favourite figure competitors,
athletes or fitness models?

I looooove Ava Cowan! Me and a zillion other people too. When I first started competition training I watched all her Youtube videos on how to train and prepare meals. I had the pleasure of meeting her at one of my shows last season, and I was so nervous asking her for a picture haha! She was so sweet and so much smaller than she looks in magazines. I also like new WBFF pro Ingrid Romero, because her body is insane and IFBB pro Amanda Latona.

What are your top three exercises and why?

Shoulder presses (any variation),hanging leg raises, and free squats

What is your best body part?

I'd never thought I'd be able to say this, but I think my ABS are. I've wanted a six pack since I came out the womb practically haha! I used to get so frustrated because my abs weren't where I wanted them to be. But as cliché as it sounds, I stuck to my diet and training and soon enough they were there :)

…and your best body part in a man?

I LOVE strong forearms, weird I know, and of course tight abs!

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutAndJacked physique like yours?

  1. Cut out the alcohol! I go out for drinks every now and then, but when I first started training and I was trying to see results...I didn't have a single drink for 14 weeks! It drives me crazy seeing people act like they're so into working out and being healthy, yet they're out drinking every weekend! I don't get it...
     
  2. Educate yourself. That way you actually 'understand' why you should be training and eating a certain way, instead of just going through the motions and expecting results.
     
  3. The most important thing is consistency. The longer you stick with it, the more your body will transform...for the better!

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

 "One Life One Chance"

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