Posted 21 July 2011 by Interview:

Michelle Hanson

How and when did you start training?

I started training in high school when I was 16yrs old. I went to this little gym in my hometown and looking back I had no idea what I was doing and we certainly didn’t have the information that we have today available back then! All I knew was that I wanted to have legs like Corey Everson… ☺

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

You have to have a balance! You have to make up your mind on the health and lifestyle of your family. It’s all about the choices you choose to make. Pick fun activities that the whole family can do together and try and stay away from all the processed foods. There are to many wonderful recipes out there that are simple!!

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

It usually takes me about an hour to an hour and a half depending on what I am training.

What are you most proud of?

Well I am always so proud of my daughter of course!! I am so proud when I get compliments from strangers inside and outside the gym on my physique. It gives me the drive to continue on with my training. You feel a huge sense of gratitude and accomplishment when your hardwork paysoff.

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

The longest break i have ever taken was 4 weeks. My life was in a whirlwind from work, stress etc so I took sometime to gain my composure and get back on track!

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

For me my biggest set back was myself and my mindset! I had to make up my mind years ago on how I wanted to move forward in life. Being a single mom, working two jobs, staying healthy, finding quality time for family and keeping my sanity was quite a challenge at first!! Balance, Balance , Balance ☺

How do you manage to stay motivated?

I get moving every morning even when I feel like being lazy ☺ After you have that first cup of coffee and get the blood moving through your body you feel better and the positive energy starts flowing. I start everyday with a morning session of cardio.

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

Well we all have weaknesses when it comes to cravings! I will have one cheat meal once a week and if I am really craving something I will just have a bite and that’s it! It becomes mental so don’t deprive yourself because you will give in so I always say just taste it and move on!

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I adore Monica Brant!! She has been competing for years and even now that she is in her early 40’s she still looks like a 20yr old ☺ & Jamie Eason is spectacular! She took a tragedy and turned it into an amazing career. Jamie with all of her research and knowledge has really made a huge impact on the fitness industry. I respect both of these ladies and have learned so much from both of them. I also have the pleasure of working with Jamie at

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

You are what you eat so start eating healthy, find a workout program that you are happy with and begin, take it one day at a time and utilize all of the information that is available to you for help and advice!! Surround yourself with people that have the same goals as you do!

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Running and sprinting, walking on incline and the elliptical in reverse motion!

What is your training routine like?

I do cardio everyday and I break it into two 30 minute sessions, I work abs 3 days a week (I pick 2 to 3 different exercises and I do 3 sets each with 20 reps) I work legs twice a week (leg press, dumbbell squats, leg extensions, lunges, step ups, hamstring curls, seated hamstring curls, ball squats: I will do 4 sets of each with 20 reps and light weights) 2nd leg workout is all plyometrics. I work upper body once a week (lat pull downs, chest press, shoulder press, bicep curls, tricep pull downs, lateral raises, bicep hammer curls, hyper extensions: again I do 4 sets of each with 20 reps and light weights)

What does your diet consist of?

6 small meals a day:

Meal 1: (1/3 cup oatmeal with 5 eggwhites 1 tblsp of natural peanut butter)

Meal 2: (4oz of chicken with 1/3 cup brown rice)

Meal 3: ( 4oz extra lean turkey with ½ cup green veggies and 1/3 cup brown rice)

Meal 4: (4oz low fat greek yogurt with ¼ cup berries)

Meal 5: ( 4oz tilapia with small salad and 2oz of almonds or cashews)

Meal 6: (1 scoop of no carb whey protein with 1tbpsn of natural peanut butter)

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?

You are what you eat so keep this motto in mind: Do you live to eat or eat to live?

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