Q. How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
A. If my day allows it i try to train when first thing, usually my only routine is taking my supplements then going through a quick circuit routine, usually the day starts with cold coffee. nitric boost, an l carnitine.
Q. How long have you been training?
A. 3 years.
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I was in a crazy car accident in high school the injuries would change my life it seems for the better, docs said i would never fully recover, and possibly be handicap, God had other plans, i entered my first show while i was trying to put on body weight a friend suggested me train an diet with her, i figured i was looking decent so i ended up entering the show with her, and placed 3rd.
Q. How many people have you encouraged into the sport since you started?
A. A lot worked with two great companies doing trade shows and met countless people who i encouraged in the sport.
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. haha long and skinny…
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the grueling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. I just think about all the hard work i put it, and how I’m not gonna let it go to waste in the crucial weeks.
Q. How do you handle the stress of it all?
A. I don’t find it stressful, i find it a blessing since god gave me the blessing to get into fitness.. i find it all a blessing and take everything in stride, the diet the training and my lifestyle.
Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. hmm i dunno if i do overall but i only recall once at a restaurant it was right after a shoot, and i was eating a cheat meal a lady noticed my arms at the time an was awed at the cheat meal haha.
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing athlete can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Persistence and a never dying spirit no matter the out come of anything.
Q. What is your favorite energy/pre-workout supplement? Protein supplement?
A. Right I’m loving blue raspberry amino energy stacked w nitric boost, as my pre w/e my post work out is banana cream pro-complex with a slice of bread an honey.
Q. How many days a week do you work out?
A. Usually 5-6 days.
Q. How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout?
A. That changes every time i go by how my body feels and if its recovered enough,
from a previous work out.
Q. How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A. haha no body fat usually, i stay consistent year round i adjust my diet slightly to make gains in off season but its never fat, i like to be able to see what i needs improvements, if its covered with body fat i cant tell.
Q. How about tanning/makeup/hair preparation for a contest. Can you tell that I’m still overwhelmed?
A. haha well luckily I’m Brazilian so we tan pretty easy , hair an make up isn’t so bad once you know what your gonna do for that day.
Q. What is your philosophy on diet?
A. You need to be satisfied.. and like what your eating, if your not then your gonna fail.
Q. Any holiday eating tips?
A. ahhh holidays.. plan ahead, and adjust things leading up to those days haha.
Q. What kind of workout program do you follow?
A. I like high intensity, short rest really pushing my body over the limit.
Q. What about working out while you are on the road?
A. I usually end up working out in my hotel i end up getting creative, heck I’ve even worked out at a airport, lol.
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X?
A. I think with a new comer to fitness they are great, but not my cup of tea..
Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. How bad the dehydration headache is … lol.
Q. Looking back on what you have accomplished so far, what is one thing you would change if you could, knowing what you do now?
A. God had a purpose for everything that happened and i learned and grew from it, so honestly nothing.
Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?
A. I put aside my own self during this sport. My then current career i was in, but God had a plan for it all and he opened doors i never would have imagined.
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing a bodybuilder/fitness/figure/bikini can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Faith in them selves, never doubt yourself or anything you do..if your going to do something then do it 100% and get the full reward.
Q. Is it not very hard to exercise and lift on such a low calorie diet? I am talking about the pre-contest diet. I know you follow a very low calorie pre-contest diet. Don’t you get hungry?
A. Actually my diet stays the same pretty much, just the last two weeks for a shoot
since i don’t compete anymore, i tighten up my diet and let my calories go a lil lower then I’m use to.. usually i stay around 2500-3000, for a shoot it goes to 2000-2200. Not all at one sudden time it drops over a period of days, so my work outs stay pretty consistent.
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition?
A. Yes of course! i love getting to know people from all walks of life.
Q. Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. hmm myself ? lol in seriousness, Frank Mcgrath is pretty awesome,
love his story i can relate.
Q. What is your favorite healthy meal?
A. hmm a good steak w red potatoes an a spinach salad on the side, i look forward to that meal in my diet usually.
Q. Favorite guilty indulgence?
A. My moms pecan pie!! i can eat one just by myself, lol.
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. Pull ups!! love them
Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
A. haha my legs they are long so it takes a long while for me to get them how i want.
Q. What made you get into Fitness and Competition?
A. I had a severe car accident in high school, during that time docs said i would never use my left arm again and id always have a limp, its was brutal, but my mom stayed by my side, along with her trainer who suggested to my physical therapist to use some training moves, god blessed me with the ability to fully recover and keep going in modeling/fitness, later on i entered my first bodybuilding show as a bikini and placed well.
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. My waist/back
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. Rest.. usually that hits me when i don’t have enough rest, and just retracing my steps, if i see something isn’t working i rethink what I’m doing, and revise my work outs.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. Establish my now mainstream modeling career, and to actually take a vacation this year!!
Q. What do you want our readers to know about you that they couldn’t find out from seeing you on stage or in print?
A. I’m very shy in a normal setting,usually when i worked shows for my sponsors i had to be out going, but if you had met me at a coffee shop I’m very shy, and a huge nerd,! lol, i don’t like clubs, and would rather be out skateboarding or hanging with my nieces an nephews playing tag.