Posted 02 May 2011 by Interview:

Kara Esades

You have a physique that many women out there would aspire to. Looking back did you ever believe you could achieve what you have right now?

I absolutely did! I have always been an active person! From gymnastics to dance, cheerleading, drill team, running a half marathon, swimming, yoga, running and now competitive training, I thoroughly enjoy staying busy with fitness. I have always dreamed of being on a cover and I absolutely intend to fulfil that dream :) Don't stop until you make your dreams come true, right?! I have always been goal-oriented and extremely competitive, so partaking is sport activities has come natural to me. I welcome a challenge. I have done so much self-education to learn as much as I know. I am proud to say I am very confident with my knowledge of health, diet and nutrition.

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

Coming out of high school, I did a lot more cardio than weights, but again, that self education and intimidation of not being fully educated with the benefits of weight lifting prompted me to get my butt in the 'big boy section' of the gym and dabble around until I figured out what to do and how to do it correctly!

Being a Mother, what advice would you give to others in regards to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
during parenthood?

It seems as if people's ideas of a new mother have been jaded. Who ever said that becoming a parent meant giving up your health and beautiful body? NO ONE! In so many ways, I have a better body now than I ever did before I had my daughter. I just made it a priority. How can I try to teach and implement health and fitness in my child's lifestyle if I don't practice it myself? I started training for my half marathon 3 months after I had her. I would walk and push her in a jogger for 2 hours sometimes, while she slept. The weight came off in 2 months and after the half marathon, I was only motivated to do more!

What does your diet consist of?

I eat lean and clean! Egg whites, oatmeal, chicken, fish, green veggies, sweet potato, raw nuts, almond milk, beans, brown rice, select fruits, teas with stevia and WATER!

How do you manage to stay motivated?

I always need another challenge. I keep people that share the same fitness goals around me to continuously motivate me. We all have our days... We need a great support group to maintain focus!

What are your 3 favorite exercises?

I like hamstring curls, cable pushbacks for glutes and leg lifts for lower abs :) Hamstrings are a challenge for me to shape exactly how I want them, so again, I welcome an extreme hamstring workout! Cable push back for glutes just feel great and you can see progress right away. Leg lifts for lower abs not only work lower abs, but upper, obliques and the core.\

Planning on getting anymore tattoos?

I will be getting more tattoos :) They symbolize different periods of time in my life and they are daily reminders of great times. I love to express myself - and I always say that I wear my heart and mind on my sleeve - what you see is what you get... Well, the tattoos only add to the expression :)

As a trainer how do you get the best out of your clients?

I always ask them what their goals are. I never assume or try to alter their own vision for themselves. I only enhance their abilities by sharing my knowledge, motivation, positive attitude and determination to make it happen for them.

Do you have lucky genetics?

I would say I have lucky genetics in the way of body shape and symmetry. I have to work just as hard as any other person out there to burn calories and fat. I work at it every single day. It is hard work.... Really hard work, but I want only the best for myself, so, forward I go!

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of where I have come with my love of fitness, overall. To be in a place where I can teach others, change the lives of others for the better, enable people to learn how to take care of themselves and their families properly and to learn how to filter through everything you hear or read is a gift. I have embraced what God has given to me and I only want to share it with the world... We have to change our way of living and if I can touch just one more person... A domino effect will occur and I could possibly touch hundreds though them :)

What is your training routine like?

Keep in mind that my training schedule is different during the off-season and on season for competitions. Right now this is a competition schedule...

Monday: am cardio, legs, pm cardio

Tuesday: am cardio, pm cardio

Wednesday: am cardio, tris, chest, shoulders, pm cardio

Thursday: am Friday: am cardio, back, core, pm cardio

Saturday: am cardio, legs, glutes, pm cardio

Sunday: am cardio, pm cardio

I always lift in a circuit. I try to keep my heart rate elevated at all times. I typically do 4 sets of 3 different circuits of 3 machines or dumbbell exercises. I always do 20 reps of each. So in other words, I am doing 12 different exercises, 4 rounds of each exercise, 20 times :)

What are your future goals?

I want to be able to continue with my radio spots, interviews and photoshoots. I would love to become a motivational speaker and travel around the world to educate and motivate men, women and children. I have a goal of being highlighted and featured in a leading fitness magazine and to grace the cover of a magazine.

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

Eat clean and drink a gallon of water a day, workout with a person that is FULLY educated, that practices what they teach on an everyday basis and get at least 7.5 hours of sleep every single night :)

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