Could You Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And How You Got Involved In Fitness?
Growing up I was always a very skinny girl and was teased and bullied a lot because of it. I began working out to become stronger physically and mentally. When I started seeing the changes in my body & health I decided to change it from an interest into a lifestyle. After years of being successful as a bikini and glamour model I wanted to challenge myself again, so I decided to transition into fitness.
What Helps You Stay Motivated?
Looking and feeling my best and seeing progression really motivates me. I have always had problems with my health, and that is what has fuelled my lifestyle. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care about how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. The confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness, is like no other. I have an incredible support system around me who motivate me everyday. My boyfriend and trainer, Amer “The Hammer” Kamra; is the most incredible person I have ever met. He motivates me everyday to be a better person- in and out of the gym. With him by my side I feel like I can accomplish anything.
What Does Your Workout Look Like?
What Sort Of Rep Range Do You Use?
I generally use high reps when I want to add muscle and will switch to medium when toning up.
Free Weights Vs Machines What Do You Feel Are The Pros & Cons and Which Do You Prefer?
I prefer free weights and body weight exercises over machines when strength training. I think free weights are better for those who are more advanced in the gym and beginners should stick to machines until they are comfortable with movements. There are many pros and cons to both. It really depends on the person and your skill level.
What Mistakes Did You Make When You First Started As A Newbie?
I wasn’t too sure what I was doing in the beginning so I was doing everything. Workout videos, yoga, strength training... but I wasn’t necessarily performing proper reps/sets and form. I learned this over time. If you are a newbie, don’t just go through the motions and workout. Know what your doing or get a good trainer.
How Often Do You Perform Cardio?
I perform cardio 4-5 times per week.
What Does Your Diet Look Like?
I am a vegetarian so I always have to make sure I am getting enough protein in my diet. I eat every 2-3 hours and my diet consists of mostly whole grains, oats, nuts, lots of veggies, tofu & tempeh, beans, quinoa, sprouts, berries, fruits and whole eggs. I don’t drink milk so instead I have almond milk and I am not crazy about egg whites... I have to force myself to eat them.
Do You Bulk and Cut Or Do You Stay Lean For The Whole Year Round?
I am pretty lean all year round. Im naturally petite so I stay slim. I put on more muscle at different times of the year.
How Do You Deal With Cravings?
I don’t deprive myself of foods and allow myself a cheat meal once a week. I also will have a square or two of dark chocolate here and there. I love chocolate.
What Supplements Do You Use?
I start each morning by drinking a warm glass of lemon water followed by my probiotic (Ultimate Flora Critical Care). I put 1 tbsp of Nature's Way - Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll in Natural Mint Flavor into my bottle of water and drink throughout day. I take Ascenta NutraSea liquid fish oil, VitaminDrip brand Immunerol and D-Liver as well as a Multi Vitamin, Vitamin D & C. I also take L-Glutamine twice a day.
What Activities and Hobbies Do You Enjoy When You Are Away From The Gym?
In the summer I like going on hikes and rollerblades and being outdoors. In the wintertime I hibernate and like staying in and cooking or catching a movie.
What Are Your Favourite Supplements?
Liquid chlorophyll. It increases the number of red blood cells in my body which increases oxygen utilization. It also cleanses my body, fights infection, improves energy, and promotes circulatory, digestive and immune health. Plus... it makes my water taste minty fresh 🙂
What 3 Exercises Have Contributed The Most To Building Your Physique?
Bulgarian Split Squat
They have completely transformed my legs and butt.
Hanging Leg Raises
My core and especially abdominals have never felt harder.
After I do push ups, I feel empowered as a woman! This exercise makes me feel strong and you can perform them anywhere.
What Is The Most Common Training Question People Ask You The Gym?
How do I get rid of my tummy?
What Is Your Favorite Workout Music?
I like listening to dubstep music when I workout.
What Is Your Greatest Achievement?
My body has transformed a lot in the past 2 years. I used to be slim with very little muscle. I am proud of how strong I have become and how hard I work in the gym. That is my greatest achievement.
What Is Your Favorite Quote?
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
What Are Your Plans For The Future?
I would like to continue getting stronger and fitter and eventually do a magazine cover. I plan on continuing to build an online community of healthy and strong women, helping and inspiring others to reach their goals.
Who Are Your Favorite Athletes, Bodybuilders and Fitness Models?
If Someone Wants To Connect With You How Can You Be Contacted?
You can visit my blog based Health, Wellness & Beauty website for lots of fitness tips, inspiration & recipes. Download my "Strong is the New Skinny eBook! Lets be friends!