I always enjoyed physical activity, as a child I was incredibly hyper and always moving. I learned a little about lifting in gym class in high school (it was my favorite thing), but it wasn't until I turned 20 and met my future Husband that I really got serious about lifting. He had already been lifting for a few years, and started showing me how to lift correctly and split up my body groups when lifting. He showed me what a healthy diet looked like, and with his support I overcame my eating disorders.
It depends on what time of year it is! Haha! Leading up to and during contest season I spend ALOT of time in the gym! I lift weights, perform cardio, and practice my posing. I have a few clients I train there also, all competitors. I also just love hanging out at Gold's Gym New Haven, where my coach Jerry Montanari is one of the owners. Along with Jerry, there are so many competitors and friends to support me and keep me in the right state of mind!
In the off-season, when I'm not competing, I just lift and train clients.
I would have to say the best aspect of being an IFBB Pro is being able to stand on stage with the most amazing physiques in the Universe! I appreciate each and every division of the IFBB, and I am proud to stand among them.
I am also so happy that as a Pro, I am able to reach and inspire a larger audience with the hardships I have gotten through to get to where I am now. I would say my best pieces of advice would be, never give up, reach for the stars, and to never regret ANYTHING!
I stay motivated in a few different ways, I love looking at fitness mags! I love new exercises, new workout tips, and seeing the fitness models in amazing shape makes me push harder!
New playlists and new music ALWAYS gets me going!!!!!! I listen to basically everything except for jazz and classical. My music is directly related to my mood that day!
New gym clothes! Nothing is better!!! I'm not sure why, but new clothes are motivation magic! For guys who ask me how to get their girlfriend/wife in the gym, that’s my #1 tip!
I do abs every other day.
Cardio I do 3x for 20-30 mins on the treadmill at a high incline in the off-season.
I found out the end of last year that I was Wheat/Gluten intolerant, and I had been diagnosed with lactose Intolerance since I was a baby, this makes my diet a bit more complicated. I had to remove foods in my diet such as fiber one cereal, whole wheat bread, wheat pasta, and I have to be very careful of cross contaminates such as foods processed in the same facility as wheat, oats, barley etc... I read labels EVEN more carefully than I ever have before!! (I didn't know it was possible! Haha)
Right now this is my diet:(pretty boring, I could eat the same thing everyday, if I vary too much I get of track)
I also really like Pepper steak & onions, Lemon chicken, spicy chicken salad, egg salad, & Taco chicken bean chili. I am always trying to come up with new recipes. I put some of my recipes on my website!
Some of my tips for dealing with cravings are sugar free ice-pops, & Diet coke (I know, not good, but better than cheating!) If I have a really bad craving and I can't have anything else I drink a TON of water! It will make me full and curb my cravings!
I would have to say some of my fave competitors are:
...and so many more! I am a bodybuilding, figure, fitness, bikini, and wrestling fan!
My top 3 FAVE exercises I like to perform are:
I would have to say my best body part is my butt! lol! I work it to death to make sure it is 100% ready when the time comes to walk on stage! I never really had a butt till I started working out, I knew it had changed a lot when even my mom commented on it, "Look at your BUTT!!!" Hahahaha!
Never give up, reach for the stars, and to never regret ANYTHING!!!
Tabi xoxo ;)