I’ve been pretty active all my life as I started dancing at the age of 3 and took it on pretty seriously from my teenage years, so I was constantly bouncing around. I started going to the gym on and off from about the age of 18 and was always a reasonably clean eater for the most part. But I really started getting serious about training and nutrition when I trained and prepped for my first IFBB Bikini competition in March 2011. This really helped me take on a lot of knowledge about training, nutrition and supplementation and the clean fit lifestyle has just stuck ever since.
Firstly I find it’s really important to surround yourself with positive people that really encourage you to reach your goals. The main thing that helps me is to envision your ultimate goal! And along the way focus on the positives and really be aware of changes no matter how big or small. I find every change or result I get really pushes me to keep going. I also like to stick up photos of how I want to look. If you have a goal and your determined to get there then no one can stand in your way.
All types of cardio are great and do their job. I really find that changing things up quite often is what works best for me. Whether it’s intervals, changing resistance, using different machines or just getting outside, I do it all. But I need to sweat it out though and feel a burn otherwise I don't feel like I have done anything. I don't look very glamorous after cardio a session that’s for sure haha.
Haha YES! I get chocolate cravings a lot. On the weekend I will usually make a Chocolate brownie protein cake it’s amazing!
I stick to a high protein diet all year round with a balance of healthy carbohydrates and fats where I use clean unprocessed foods as much as possible and lots of veggies! My diet does change from time to time but it generally includes items such as, Oats, eggs whites, chicken, salmon, sweet potato, brown rice, flaxseed oil peanut butter and anything green.
I don’t really crave junk food or high salt foods but I do crave chocolate! So raw cocoa powder is my best friend as well as my chocolate protowhey. Best way to fix my craving is adding some Proto-whey to my long black coffee or spreading some protein powder paste on a rice cake as a snack. Otherwise I just brush my teeth between meals, which helps and make sure I drink plenty of water. However I do allow myself a cheat every week where I do have anything from gourmet burger to wood fire pizza. You need a cheat to keep you sane haha
I love training legs and glutes! So it would have to be Hamstring curls, kick backs and lunges.
Yes music is a MUST! Wow I really need to update my playlist there’s so much random stuff on there, that’s what happens when you download "best of" albums haha never again! I love good rnb or commercial pop. Earthquake by Labyrinth is a good one while I'm training, it makes me feel hardcore lol
It changes depending on whether I have a competition coming up or not but currently it’s this:
PM Shoulders, Triceps, Abs
PM Hamstrings, Calves
PM Back, Biceps
Rest (which generally includes Run around like crazy doing errands and going to appointments)
My intensity, exercises, reps, and sets change from week to week,
I really like to mix things up to keep the body guessing
My long-term goal right now is to get my IFBB pro card. Ideally want this to be a short-term thing lol but there is a lot of work to do to get there! So right now I'm just focusing on each contest I do, each one is an aim to better myself and improve my physique in a short amount of time. I really believe that you can't have long term goals unless you set short term ones, no matter how small they are, as they are the little stepping stones that will one day get me to my end result!
I’m most proud of where I work. I work for Muscle Worx Sports Nutrition owned by my partner and I'm so proud to be able to help run his business. He is amazing with what he has achieved and established in such a short amount of time it really pushes me to achieve big things as well.
I’m lucky I have had nothing too major. Just recently I had a really bad flu for about a month, which has really set me back in terms of where I wanted to be for my next contest preparation. But it just means I'm even more determined to work even harder to get where I need to be :)
I take photos every week or two. It really helps put things into perspective when you compare them over a period of time. Sometimes you don't feel any different or the weight on the scales has not shifted but you most certainly look different. I feel sorry for the person who steals my phone one day haha
Favourite athletes/models would have to be Jamie Eason, Ava Cowan and Monica Brant. They are the ones that made me want to get into the fitness industry from day one.
I use ProtoWhey as my protein powder all year round whether I'm trying to build lean muscle on or lean down for a comp/photo shoot. And you can't beat the taste its unreal! Tastes like I'm cheating every time!
1. Eat Clean
2. Supplement right
3. Be consistent and patient, change takes time.
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