Posted 19 June 2011 by Interview:

Michele D’Angona

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny and avoided the free-weight section?

I’ve never been afraid of weights & I’ve always loved to challenge myself physically. In high school, long before I ever really knew what I was doing in the gym, I would jump at any opportunity to show off my skills as a tough girl & use the dumbbells-LOL... besides, that’s where all the hot guys would hang out! ;)

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

Depending on how much cardio I’m doing & how distracted I get, my workout sessions in total will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. But in an ideal world I like to get in, get it done, & get out- efficiency is more important than longevity.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my tenacity & discipline which I'm able to apply to everything I do. Over the last 3 years I’ve watched & experienced a complete transformation within myself, which had a positive impact on all areas of my life. I’m so proud of the changes I made because now I can be the positive & influential leader I always wanted to be. My life is balanced & structured because of the discipline I’ve achieved & my tenacity won’t allow anything to get in the way!

What’s the longest break you’ve had from training?

Since I started competing in 2009 I never really took a break from training or eating because for me it’s just a way of life. Now this doesn’t mean I diet 24/7 or train the same all year round. During my off season (usually 3-6 months between competitions) I try to stay really consistent with weight training because that’s the time that really counts when you’re working on changing your physique. Earlier this year I traveled to Europe & was gone for almost a month which was my break away from the gym & it definitely did my body, mind, & soul good!

What are the biggest obstacles or setbacks have
you had to overcome in your life?

Before I was ever an IFBB Pro, before my Team Sass competition coaching, training, & nutrition company became successful, & before I knew what it really meant to make sacrifices, I lived a VERY different life. One of the major obstacles for me that I often talk about is the partying lifestyle I used to live. At the time I felt like I was totally in control & the ruler of my own destiny but that wasn’t the case. In reality I was unhappy that I wasn’t being taken seriously by anyone including my boyfriend at the time, I was stuck in a 9 to 5 job not doing what I really wanted to do, & I was using my partying, clubbing, & drinking as an escape from what was really going on. I knew I was worth so much more than the life I was living & I had so much more to give but how could anyone see that potential in me when I was so out of control. So I stopped- cold turkey! That’s me...all or nothing, black & white, straight to the point. Once I made my decision to change both mentally & physically there was no stopping me. I turned IFBB Pro less than 8 months after that, built my business from scratch, & because of my story & experience I was able to reach out to others & give them the necessary support to make changes in their lives!

How do you manage to stay motivated?

Everyday, no matter how many times I see it happen, my clients discipline, progress, & determination to succeed & be the best they can be never ceases to amaze me! THAT is MY motivation to work harder, live life happier, & be a better me! It should be everyones job to uplift & empower each other to live up to our full potential & sometimes just sharing your personal experiences & life stories can be powerful enough to change someones life forever.

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

I NEVER get cravings! Haha...Yeah right! I’m totally kidding...I like yummy food & tasty treats just like everyone else. I take classic dishes & turn them into my own special version of diet-safe recipes that are not only good for you but are even more flavorful than the original! I think that life shouldn’t be about dieting in the traditional way but rather developing a new way of looking at food, cooking healthier, & eating with a meaning! There is no reason to deprive yourself of treats & sweets but moderation is key! When I’m dieting for a competition it’s a bit more complicated because you can’t just bake up a treat (even if it’s diet safe) & munch all day. Food is much more strict & restricted during competition prep so I have alternative solutions: drink tons of water, chew sugar-free gum, drink, coffee & tea sweetened with Stevia, & I eat my whey like pudding only adding a teaspoon or two of water to keep it thick like dessert! LOL!

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

  1. No excuses! Work, kids, husbands/boyfriends, busy, age, whatever it is it can be overcome. Don’t be your own worst enemy- self doubt will lead to self-sabotage & you’ll quit before you’ve even begun!
  2. Don’t be afraid to LIFT! Weights can be your best friend if you work them right. Lean muscle is sexy & you will not grow massively huge- women are just not naturally built that way so don’t let that fear stop you from creating a streamlined, tight, & sexy physique!
  3. Begin eating with a meaning! Don’t blindly shove food into your body. Treat yourself like a temple, have respect, & put care & consideration into all your meals & cooking! Your body depends on it & food really is the key to unlocking your physiques full potential!

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I feel that cardio is a very personal thing- I say, make what you enjoy doing, your cardio! I love being outdoors, hiking, swimming, surfing, etc. so these are the things I can stick to doing because I love & enjoy them & I can implement within my daily cardio routine!
When I’m in the gym I like to mix it up. My cardio is never bland, it’s always a mix of glute & hamstring training while being mindful of my target heart rate & fat burning zones. I go from the stairmill, to the elliptical, to the recumbent bike, to the treadmill & I always use the equipment in non-traditional ways such as kickbacks on the stairmill & walking lunges on the treadmill!

What is your training routine like?

Day 1: Cardio first then Quads, Glutes, & Calves
Day 2: Triceps & Biceps
Day 3: Cardio & Abs
Day 4: Delts & Chest
Day 5: Cardio first then Glutes & Calves!
Day 6: Back
Day 7: Cardio first then Hams, Glutes, & Calves
Day 8: Day off
Day 9: Delts
Day 10: Cardio & Abs

Usually the following 10 days I mix it up. Different exercises & different combinations of supersets, giant-sets, & circuits, etc....always keeping my body guessing!

What does your diet consist of?

Eating every few hours, 6-7 meals a day, & controlling portions is essential to any good meal plan! I eat lots of fish, turkey, & favorite carbs at the moment are quinoa & yams! Its important to have a balanced diet of good fats, lean proteins, & starchy & fibrous carbohydrates!

If you could teach one thing to every person on the planet about what it takes to reach his or her
physical goals what would it be?

First & foremost know your “WHY”. Your “why” is your personal reason for going on this journey. If you’re not doing this for you & for the right reasons then you may have a long & bumpy road ahead of you. Surround yourself with supportive & uplifting people, have a clear, focused, & determined outlook so that nothing will get in your way of achieving greatness!


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