Posted 21 April 2012 by Interview:

Lyzabeth Lopez

How and when did you first start training...
Have you always been interested in fitness?

Yes!! I think I’ve been interested in fitness since I could walk, lol. I started out in ballet, gymnastics, tap and swimming. In school I was on every sports team while mainlining my gymnastics. When I was 12 years old I was very badly injured in gymnastics not allowing me to compete ever again. At this time, I picked up weight training at the gym and reading MuscleMag and Muscle & Fitness (there were no female magazines out at the time). I’ve been lifting ever since. I became a certified aerobics instruction at 16 and certified personal trainer at 18. Since then I’ve picked up an additional 20 or so certifications as well as a fews diplomas and degrees in fitness and nutrition. It is my life and I love it. I was the first ever Fitness Model Champion crowned in existence back in 1998. I also was one of the first five women to receive PRO status as a fitness model in history. I now train girls for the stage, judge shows and continue to learn about this sport that I love.

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

The way that I train depends on my goal at that time. If I'm show training, I could spend up to 3hrs at the gym doing HITT, heavy weight, shaping training etc.
When I'm not competing I really enjoy cross-training and not really pre-planning my training at all. I've been working out in the gym since I was 12 years old, so my body is really used to typical weights and I'm at a point where I enjoy maintaining my shape, which allows me to 'play' with my training and have fun with it. Some of the activities that I indulge in include: jump rope tricks, boxing, pilates, yoga, HITT training, mountain biking, rock climbing, kettle bells, TRX, roller blading, high rep and heavy weight gym days, etc. My favorite thing is having no plan. I love to be challenged by a new workout 'toy', taking a great class or making up my own workout moves. So... there is no typical workout day for me... I prefer to make my workout an adventure... I feel this keeps it fresh and exciting!

Do you listen to music while you train?

Yes, almost always! I love hip hop... depends on the mood... could be some old skool with some Biggie, Mobb Deep, Nas, Jay Z and jadakiss or I might throw in some more pop music with some Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce, Chris Brown etc... regardless is will most likely be urban music...

As an award winning certified trainer what would you is the key to you clients achieving their goals?

For me as a trainer, it is really important that my clients all understand proper form and technique (first and foremost). We go over form, the right exercises for their body, the correct cardio for their body and understanding the importance of following their eating plan. It is also very important to me that all of my athletes remain natural! I do not allow any of my girls to take anything outside of my holistic plan, that means no fat burners, steroids, etc… My clients understand that this is a lifestyle and they have to want to do it, enjoy it and understand what and why they are doing what they are doing. I am presently setting up an on-line training program to train people internationally. You can find out more about this at

What are you most proud of?

Of course I’m very proud of all of my awards and accomplishments, but I am most proud when one of my clients achieves their goals and adopt a new and healthy lifestyle and loves it. Sharing what I love and seeing other people flourish makes me feel like a million bucks! I actually just wrote a book on everything you need to know to compete naturally in fitness or bikini. It offers training, supplementation, diet advice, competition prep advice including budgets, links, how to’s for tanning, suit selection, etc. If you’d like to find out more about this, you can find more info at

What is your favourite bodypart to train and why?

I love to train LEGS!!!! As an ex-gymnast, I trained them all my life. They respond quickly and taking them from my genetic tree trucks to something a bit more feminine has been a long journey and a labour of love, lol... The more I train my own legs, the more ideas that I create for training my clients.

Have you had any obstacles or setbacks
towards achieving your goal physique?

Yes, training in general was a huge learning curve. I started training with weights in the gym when I was 12. I trained with the boys and therefore trained legs and chest heavy, lol! I couldn’t understand why I was getting bigger instead of smaller?!?! I suffered from anorexia and exercise addiction for most of my teen years. I became interested in Fitness Competitions (back when it was a routine & physique round) back in 1997, I started competing and there was nowhere to go for information. I laugh at all the mistakes that I made along the way as I’ve learned about my body, training and the sport of fitness (my first show ever, I wore an old blue bathing suit (that I wore to the swimming pool, well used nikes and a ponytail, no tan and ate nothing the day of the show as I didn’t know what to eat, lol). Every year that I completed I learned a bit more, mostly from my mistakes, but looking back at all of this now, I don’t regret anything. Everything that I’ve gone through has made me stronger and has made me truly understand my craft as I didn’t learn by copying what anyone else was doing, I learned by watching the response of my body and changing my approach to fitness. I am now very happy with my training style and love sharing it with others. My clients are all very successful and I have created many now PRO fitness and bikini models taking them from never having used weights before to now Fitness PRO’s and role models for others. I am slowly building an Hourglass Workout™ army of professional, inspirational and super fit women. It’s really exciting! You can find out more about my Hourglass Workout at

What tips would you give to anyone struggling
to stay consistent?

Find a workout style that you love. You should workout because you love it, not to create a hot body. Creating a hot body should be a side effect of a workout you love, not the goal.

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

I believe in the 80/20 rule. Because I eat real, whole organic food for the most part (lots of raw, sprouted real food, I don’t crave a lot of crap)… when I do crave it, I’ll give in most of the time… an indulgence to me may be yummy treat once a day… I’m okay with this. I never feel guilty when I have this treat either, I enjoy it for the treat that it is. Moderation is just one of the keys to enjoying your healthy lifestyle.

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

Growing up, some of the people I looked up to included: Mina Lessig, Rachel McLish, Carla Dunlop, Cory Everson, Kiana Tom, Trish Stratus, Jane Fonda, the 20 Minute Workout girls, Nadia Coaneci, Kim Kmeskal, Doninique Dawes, Madonna Grimes, and Karen Voight. I have a lot of respect for many people in the industry now, but I have to give props to the people that were role models to me back in the day☺

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Steady state/boring running is the best thing for my physique... it is by no means my favorite exercise (at all)... but it is effective so I do it at least once a week.

What is your training routine like?

The style of training varies, but I like to train six days a week. I enjoy morning cardio (empty stomach). This wakes me up, gets the circulation going, makes me take in a good amount of water first thing in the morning and puts me in a great mood to start the day. If I’m rushed, I’ll do some weights right after and that’s it. On other days, I can do a real workout later on in the day like a good quality weight workout or a class. My workout is forever changing and that’s how I like it!

Here is an average leg day for me (if I do cardio and legs together):

  • 10 min step mill warm-up
  • 5 min of walking lunges (light weight – focused contractions throughout).
  • 3 super sets of: single leg – leg press/ single leg squat/jump squat
  • 3 super sets of: glute kick back/deadlift/switch lunges
  • 2 super sets: abductor/adcutor machine
  • 3 sets ham string curl on ball (abs as active rest)
  • 2 sets good mornings (heavy)
  • 2 sets low back – hyperextension machine with a 70lb+ dumbbell
  • 20 min run
  • 10 min jump rope
  • Stretch

What foods are regularly on your shopping list?

I’m a big believer in food rotation, so this is always changing. You may see me buying: quinoa, almond milk, vegan protein powder, organic fruit and vegetables, organic meats, fish oil, nuts, seeds, sprouts, beans, etc… but I always try to change things up to provide my body with an array of nutrients and to avoid creating food sensitivities.

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

I like fish oil, glutamine, bcaa’s, glutathione, gogi berries, milk thistle, etc… (I mix this up as well.. I don’t like to have food or supplement on a regular basis).

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

1: Getting in shape should be a ride that you get on to learn, take part in and enjoy the journey. It should never be a chore or something that you have to do. If it doesn’t feel this way, stop and try a new route!
2: Make sure that you are doing a training style that is right for your body!
3: Learn as you go, don’t just do as you’re told.

Lyzabeth Lopez
Stats - Height: 5'5, Weight: 127-130 (most of the time) 120 (stage)

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