Posted 22 May 2011 by Interview:

Samantha Baker

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

No I have never been a cardio bunny and avoided the free-weight section, not even when I first started working out. I always weight trained :-)

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

It depends on what I'm training for, what I have coming up but I tend to do my cardio in the morning pre-breakfast and then my weight training at night. I am usually in the gym between 45 min to an hour weight training if I am not adding cardio on to the end of my weight training session.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the accomplishments I have made with my career over the few years I have been doing this. I am also most proud of the positive impact that I have on people to motivate them to be more fit and want a better, healthier lifestyle!

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

The longest break I had from training honestly I don't exactly remember lol!! It has been a while since I've had a good "break". I would probably say when I had severe bronchitis, I couldn't work out for a couple of weeks and then after that getting back into it all took a few more weeks to rebuild my stamina, strength, etc and do it at the correct pace.

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

I think with me one of the hardest obstacles and one that is still ongoing is to not give into the negativity and stay positive through everything. I have recently faced some issues in my life that I knew myself would have a positive outcome but the time that I had to wait for it to clear and happen is when the "haters" or the negative people are so quick to attack. During that waiting period is when I had to keep reminding myself of what I did know for certain and that was I AM a good person, I have done things correctly, I haven't done anything wrong. It was during this time that I learned that a lot of people were not capable of doing that same thing, they couldn't view things fairly or didn't want to be "involved". I have definitely learned not to read into everything, not read everything that is printed and stay positive in yourself and know what kind of person you are. I know that I am a genuine person, I am not a dishonest person and I am doing things and taking steps in my career the right way. I have learned sadly that majority of people are quicker to be negative and try to cast a negative light on things rather than vice versa. As a result of people not wanting to be associated with what they felt was "a bad situation" I had several opportunities closed off to me or discontinued BUT as it goes when one door closes another opens and that is exactly what has happened for me and done so in a HUGE way!! So although you go through the hardships, if I hadn't faced what I did I wouldn't have been able to take the new opportunities presented to me and ended up being much bigger and better for me than what I had started with :-)

How do you manage to stay motivated?

My work helps keep me motivated, knowing that I could have a shoot, appearance or something similar at any time helps keep me on my toes :-) Also my fans keep me extremely motivated!! People emailing or writing me and telling me that my posts or a picture helps motivate them and make them work harder or diet or somebody in the gym sees me and tells me that seeing me in there day in and day out motivates them to want to be there and push harder. That's the best motivation I can get!!

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

I think much like everybody, I throw temper tantrums and start pulling my hair out :) lol...just kidding!! Although sometimes I would love to do that I think if you do everything in moderation and you really think about what you are putting in your body helps. Before you decide to binge or cheat, really think about it and also progress helps me to deal with cravings. Seeing such positive results and outcomes from what I'm doing makes me not want to sabotage it all. Don't get me wrong, I definitely have cheat meals, I believe you have to in order to keep the body balanced and your metabolism in check but I don't have a cheat DAY or DAYS plural lol.

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

  2. Do what works best for YOUR body not what somebody else is doing and copy cat, people have very very different makeup and genetics ESP women, learn what works best for YOU!!!
  3. If you aren't sure of something whether it be an exercise, diet question, anything...don't be afraid to ask don't assume or feel dumb for not knowing, all of us are constantly learning and you learn by asking :-)

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I vary my cardio just to keep my body guessing as well as catering to what I have coming up in my schedule. I like to do straight forward cardio on the treadmill at an incline, elliptical, bike then I also like to throw in some HIIT training as well to change it up if I have a shoot, show, etc. coming up.

What is your training routine like?

It depends again on what I have coming up. My training routine getting prepped for a show is different from my routine getting ready for a shoot or just an everyday routine.
I try to always do my cardio in the morning before breakfast. Time varies on my schedule and what I'm prepping for. If I am getting ready for a show I follow up my weight training routine with more cardio (time varies depending on how many weeks out I am)
I weight train a different body part a day so one day is back, one day is shoulders, one day is bis/tris, one day is legs, etc.
I also like to do abs 3 times a week.

What does your diet consist of?

My diet, on a general basis, consists of clean eating and then a cheat meal one day during the week. I incorporate my carbs (oats, sweet potatoes, and/or brown rice) usually with my first three meals. The last three meals consist of a protein and my greens (usually asparagus, broccoli, green beans, spinach, etc). I also incorporate my greens from usually meals 2-6. I may have Meal 2 and my pre-workout meal consist of a protein shake but once I start prepping for a show or a shoot I make sure all 6 meals are food meals.
My proteins for my meals are all lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, fish, lean meat (usually I try to have meat mixed in a few times a month).
Of course drink PLENTY of water, I usually try to get in a gallon and a half of water a day :-)

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?

STAY DRIVEN. There will be so many obstacles whether it be circumstance, situation and/or people, you need to stay DRIVEN, keep that drive within you at all times and you will never want to give up! Make no excuses, keep yourself in the positive and surrounded with positive (because trust me you will be shocked at how much negative there is out there, people who you thought would be thrilled for your accomplishments and achievements will end up being the worst of haters sometimes). It will not be easy or a cake walk, it’s meant to be hard and tough and borderline giving up but that makes it all THAT much more worthwhile and you will feel that much better and more accomplished when you have reached one of your goals. And do not stop once you have reached the first one and you won't want to you will just want to keep going!!!!

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