Born: Calexico, CA (Raised in Phoenix, Arizona)
Nationality: Mexican American
Residence: Phoenix, Az
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Role Models: Brooke Mora & Jennifer Tinney
I was skinny all my teenage life (late bloomer) , I wanted to be noticed like the curvier girls were in High School. I ate the nastiest things EVER to gain weight like soaking french fries in oil then eating them... eeww thinking about it makes me gag......Gross!! At 19 years old I definitely gained weight. I was overweight according to BMI. I went from one extreme to another. I was clueless on everything relating to exercise or nutrition. I had a vision of what I wanted to look like and I knew the Gym would be the answer. I read all the magazines, books, made friends with trainers anything I could do to learn about what to do to look better... It took time, persistence and determination but I did it. At first all I did was cardio.. hence being called the "Skinny Fat Girl".. trainers meant I was skinny but had no definition. I then started lifting weights and I saw my body change! I love my feminine body I dont think Ill ever be a body builder but Im definitely proud of my fitness accomplishments... being educated and stubborn goes a LONG way ;)
My favorite exercises are seated row backs and leg extensions along with a 30 -40 min. of High Intensity Interval Cardio (HIIT) on either a treadmill or elliptical machine .
My favorite body parts were my biggest challenges at one point, I like to train my arms and abs. My arms were extremely weak and thin. I finally have the Maddona arms I always wanted. Abs was another challenge of mine, I finally overcame that challenge with proper nutrition, ab workouts and cardio!
Advice on training abs?
Abs are made in the Kitchen! Cut out Carbs...eat more veggies and protein. Contraction is everything when working abs. Remember that your abs work like an accordion, not like a hinge. So when doing crunches, you should concentrate on crunching together rather than moving your body upwards. This will maximize muscle tension.
You must concentrate on contracting your muscles as tight as you can. This will cause them to fatigue faster. It does not matter how many reps you can do; the only thing that matters is how hard you can contract your abdominal muscles.
If it takes you 100 crunches before your abs begin to burn, then you are wasting your time. Your abs should be fatigued at no more than 20-25 reps. If they are aren't, you need to add weights to your exercise and work on contracting the muscles tightly for each rep. Don't concentrate so much on "how many" you can do, but instead focus on "how hard" you can contract the abdominal muscles
Contrary to popular belief (another myth), doing full sit-ups, lying leg raises or hanging leg raises DOES NOT give your abdominals the best workout. In fact, these exercises work your hip flexor muscles (psoas major) much more than your abs!
Remember, the most effective exercises for working the abs must involve a "scrunching" type contraction, like an accordion.
What is your number 1 dieting tip for staying in good shape?
Simply remember that nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I find that abstinence is sometimes far easier than moderation, so if you’re unable to control the portion size of your favorite cheat foods, avoid them altogether. If you do this long enough, you’ll soon learn self control.
My favorite cheat food any Mexican dessert (like raspados, choco-flan, tres leches....yummy!), cookies or pastries...except chocolate.