How did you get started in bodybuilding/fitness?
I have always lived an active lifestyle and my joy for movement was definitely discovered at a young age. I was engaged in gymnastics and dance when I was a toddler and my love for dance took hold of me as I continued to participate in the dance teams in both middle and high school. In my sophomore year of high school I was offered the opportunity to leave my current high school and begin attending college in an accelerated studies program. As always, with success comes sacrifice and this meant leaving dance behind. I willingly pursed my intellectual path and began college at the age of 16 but this didn’t mean I was ready to leave that rush of endorphins that comes with exercise behind! Due to time restraints I began to shift my focus from dance toward the gym and before I knew it…I was hooked! From balancing textbooks on the Stairmaster to super setting workouts, I always managed to find a way to get to the gym.
What is your favorite body part to train?
LEGS! My legs are my weak point in my opinion and I am constantly struggling to build them and put mass on them so they are definitely my favorite to train. (Plus, I always make sure to eat more on my leg days and I usually have a cheat meal here!)
Can you give us a sample of your routine?
•Monday: Shoulders and Abs
•Tuesday: Quads and Calves
•Wednesday: Off (Rest Day)
•Thursday: Biceps and Triceps
•Friday: Shoulders (focus on rear delts) and Abs
•Saturday: Hams and Glutes
•Sunday: Chest, Back and Calves
What kind of music do you listen to when you are working out?
Pretty much EVERYTHING! And when I say everything…yes, I mean everything. From country to rap, to house music it really depends on my mood that day. I tend to stick to more upbeat music like house when I’m hitting cardio and more rock when I’m lifting heavy
We all have at least one, what is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I think I would have to say all of my Christmas music! Haha. This time of the year is my favorite and for some reason Christmas music always seems to put me in a good mood…no matter what time of the year.
What does your diet look like when you are trying to get lean?
I typically eat about 7 meals a day (eating every 2.5-3hrs) consisting of approximately 5oz protein (chicken, fish, egg whites etc) and 4oz complex carbs (boiled red/sweet potato, quinoa, gluten-free oats) at each meal. I don’t carb cycle or do anything crazy before shoots/contests. I usually just cut out anything with sweeteners and swap my shakes for whole foods.
List the top 10 foods we would find in your kitchen
- Egg whites
- Whole eggs
- Red potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
What kind of cardio do you like best and why?
HIIT by far. I live a pretty busy and hectic life so getting the job done in as little time as possible is ideal for my lifestyle.
If you could give somebody only one bodybuilding tip what would it be?
Maintain a positive mind set. So many people spend their time and energy reflecting on what they “haven’t” done or “didn’t accomplish”. If you gear this energy toward thinking about what you WILL do it keeps you upbeat and less likely to fall off track!
Tell us about your biggest bodybuilding/fitness influence?
Jaimie Eason is my biggest fitness influence. She is not only beautiful with an amazing physique but she is also a down to earth and real person. I agree with her mindset one-hundred percent. Eating clean and maintaining a healthy body is a lifestyle, not an “on-season”/”off-season” diet.
Favorite cheat food?
Carrot cake and soft chewy cookies! Anything that will hit my sweet tooth
Do you take any supplements?
Sure do! ProSupps takes the upper hand on this one! I use their glutamine powder 4x a day (first thing in the morning, pre-workout, post-workout and before bed). I take fish oil 3x a day and Anavite Multi-vitamin every day. Pre-workout I use Prosupps Hyde to blast me through my workouts and my post-workout shake consists of Dymatize ISO-100 protein, Prosupps leucine and glutamine matrix and a scoop of Prosupps Karbolic to refuel my muscles and spike my insulin. Before bed I’ll utilize a casein protein with a scoop of glutamine.
What does the future hold for you?
I hope to continue inspiring and motivating others as well as being a help to those in need of guidance with the personal online coaching I provide. Fitness put me on a road to personal discovery and moved me toward the realm of bettering myself and life along with the people surrounding me. I wish to encourage people and show them that fitness should enhance the quality of their life, not take over your it.