Lets face it, sometimes we need to tone up quick! We can get a little slack from time to time with our training routines, and all of a sudden that huge event or beach trip is NEXT week. SO do you back out and cry in a corner? NO – get it together and put in some work. In this article for Cosmopolitan, I worked with the editor to come up with some exercises that will help you tone up quick for your special events. Remember you cannot out train a bad diet- so be sure to get your nutrition plan in check for the optimal results. You aren’t going to see drastic results over night, but these exercises target your whole body to get you looking right! Check it out- 4 Exercises That Actually Work Immediately
As a bikini model/ IFBB Bikini pro competitor, I am always asked what or IF I eat. And the answer is YES, I eat and I can eat…A LOT!
While each bikini model will eat different amounts, many of us eat similar types of unprocessed foods. Unprocessed food is something you find naturally, it will not be served in a box and is 1, one, UNO ingredient not a laundry list. The more processed food is the more chemicals, additives, sodium and preservative it contains. These items are hard for the body to break down, tend to cause bloating and will not yield the type of body a bikini model is looking for.
I am not saying I do not indulge every once in a while- but the key word is ONCE in a while. I usually have a cheat meal/refeed meal once a week. This helps me to boost my metabolism by shocking it into an excess of calories at ONE meal, not the whole day. This also helps me to stay sane during preparation for an IFBB Bikini competition or fitness event.
For others who have self control but do not want to be as strict with their diet can use flexible dieting and allow themselves to eat well the majority of the time and then have small PLANNED indulgences. These people know what their macronutrient needs are and are eating to meet their goals.
For the most part the best bikini models are eating to support their body shape goal. In my fitness competitions, I want to have more muscle and definition than a bikini model in a magazine. So my meals need to have carbohydrates for energy, protein to build and maintain muscle and healthy fats keep me feeling full. These 3 macronutrients work together, humans NEED carb and fats please do not fear them. The problem is that people tend to go overboard. Portion control will be your best freind when trying to get that bikini model body. I work with Bombshell Fitness for all of my contest prep and their Certified Nutritionist Genn Strobo helps with my meals.
I can eat 5-7 meals a day but the most important thing is to EAT and nourish your body. Never starve yourself to reach a goal!
Bikini Model Diet
Meal 1: 2 eggs, 4 egg whites, half cup veggies, 1/2 apple
Meal 2: protein Shake, 1 oz nuts
Meal 3: 4 oz chicken, 4 cups lettuce, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Meal 4: 4 oz tuna, 4 oz asparagus, 3 stalks celery, 1/2 cup of carrots, 3 tablespoon hummus
Meal 5: protein Shake, 5 strawberries, almond butter smoothie
Ever wonder if you are getting the most out of your training? There are always ways to improve your training to ensure that each gym session is as effective as possible. Below you will find a few common mistakes that are made in the gym. For the full article- Click here!
- Staying In Your Comfort Zone
- Hanging on
- Heavy Weight/Bad Form
- Resting More Than Working
- Training To Eat
Reporter Linda Candelo, from Telemundo’s hit show, Al Rojo Vivo, stopped by my house and did a little interview and “day in the life” story about bikini and fitness competitors. Linda and her team followed me during my morning routine and into the gym. This was while I was 2 weeks out and in preparation for my 2014 season pro debut at the IFBB Battle on the Beach.
Linda and her team came to the finals portion of the Battle on the beach event which was hosted by Bombshell Fitness on March29th in sunny Daytona Beach, FL. The Al Rojo Vivo team captures more footage from the live event and put together a segment to provide inspiration to others who may want to live the fit life. I am featured in this segment with Michelle Lewin, Alzira Rodriguez and several other athletes.
Thank you to Bombshell Fitness for providing me yet another opportunity to inspire other and empower women to be strong and healthy from the inside out. Many thanks to my sponsors, Celsius, for providing me with great tasting clean energy as I prepare to compete on the IFBB Pro stage! Check out the full video HERE!!!
Allow for IFBB Men’s Physique Pro Chad Demchik and I to give you a Celsius tutorial. This was last weekend at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to show your love and support. it was so much fun and I cannot wait to do it all again!
Its almost beach season again- can you believe it?! I hope you all have been training hard and sticking to you health and fitness related resolutions. I just posted my new shoulder workout that will help put a little bit of shape on those noodle arms!
Remember to pick a weight that is challenging. It is no use spending time in the gym just to say, “Oh, yea I went to the gym today”. Get in there and DO WORK!
Check out my boulder shoulder workout here!
With the help of Celsius, I am working on an exciting new venture! The FAST TRACK TO FITTEST!
Each week there will be fitness routines, workout tips, nutrition tips, recipes and MORE! I cannot wait to share this with you all. Please be sure to go to the posts and leave your comments and suggestions so that I can help make this program enjoyable for YOU! Cannot wait to get started :)
Sick of doing the same cardio routine? Step it up a notch…literally, and use the stepmill machine in your gym! This is the machine that looks like an escalator.
You are guaranteed to have an effective workout each time. Just be sure to challenge yourself, but listen to your body at the same time.
Play with the intervals and speed times to ensure you do not get bored of simply climbing stairs- WORK FOR IT!
The workout listed is intense so go at your own pace.
I personally enjoy the stairs because it is a bit easier on my knees than running and it is a great way to tone up my glutes too! Try this glute toning workout and see for yourself!
Try these tasty Sweet Potato Pancakes for a simple yet high protein breakfast option!
Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe
Found this pretty nifty Infographic about SUGAR! Beware- some things that are deemed as “healthy” may not be the best option.
When it comes to dried fruit, a lot of them have added sugar. Instead, reach for the real whole fruit and enjoy the natural sugars rather than the natural AND added sugars that are found in dried fruit. You will also be more satisfied because the whole fruit will fill up your stomach a bit more.
Oatmeal is another healthy item that gets ruined so that it tastes good. Unless the oatmeal packets say “plain” or “original” flavor, you are probably dealing with added sugars. Choose the plain oatmeal and add in your own sweetener, I like fresh fruit or a teaspoon of honey.
Read the infographic below for some other hidden sugar treats.
Find out how much sugar there is per 100 grams of certain dried fruits, spices, condiments, and other common food products through our infographic “A Sweet Trap: Shocking Amounts of Sugar in Common Foods.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.
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