A:Seal Beach, CA.
Q:How did you get into the fitness lifestyle?
A:I was approaching 30% body fat and was no longer happy living skinny fat anymore. I hired a personal trainer to help me jump start my goals and once I started to shed body fat, I became addicted to the lifestyle and never went back!
Q:Why did you choose to compete in bikini?
A:I am naturally a curvy girl. I loved how lifting weights excuentated what God already gave me. My personality and body type fit the swagger you need to possess to compete in bikini.
Q:Describe being on stage...
A:There's nothing like celebrating your accomplishments and goals on stage. The months of preparation to show the judges, family, and friends how far you have come is an incredible feeling. I feel like Beyonce on stage!
Q:What does your pre contest workout routine look like?
A:I train 5 days a week for an hour, separating muscle groups. I alternate each day with tris/chest/shoulders, bi's/back, and all legs. I implement core with every workout.
Q:How does your diet change before your competition?
A:It gets even cleaner! No salt, no sugar, and barely any dairy. I typically drink a gallon of water per day, instead of half a gallon in the off season.
Q:Where have you been published as a model?
*Published Fit and Firm Magazine Feature August 2012 "When it All Comes Together" article in XXI issue of www.fitandfirmmag.com, pages 54-55.
*Published article with RippedNfit on "How to Maintain your Physique Year-Round" http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rippednfit.com%2Feverything-else%2Fhow-to-maintain-your-physique-year-round%2F&h=XAQFAet7m&s=1
*Published Interview with WowShaneRadio.com Beauty of the Week http://www.wowshaneradio.com/2012/10/botw-beauty-of-the-week-natalie-lerma-natalielerma/
*Published Featured July 2012 FMI Model of the Month Interview:
*Published June 2012 Musclebombshell.com Magazine Cover Model
*Official face of MuscleBombshell.com Twitter @MBmagonline June 2012
*Published in Oxygen Magazine January 2012 Issue, "Future of Fitness" feature
*Published article in Powertec Magazine January 2012 Issue "Inspirational Stories" editorial http://mag.powertecfitness.com/inspirational-story-natalie-lerma-how-i-battled-with-osteoporosis/
*Dennis Dennis Bodywear February 2012 Model Winner
*Published interview with RippedNFit.com: http://www.rippednfit.com/lifestyle/natalie-lermawbff-bikini-competitor-fitness-model/
*Published interview with Muscle Prodigy "Girl of the Month" February 2012 Feature http://www.muscleprodigy.com/natalie-lerma-interview-arcl-2617.html
*Published interview "Natalie Lerma" with Stayfitbuzz.com:
*Published interview with rebodybuilding.com "2012 Amazing Bikini Competitor/Fitness Model Natalie Lerma" http://www.rebodybuilding.com/2012/02/14/interview-with-amazing-bikini-competitor-fitness-model-natalie-lerma/
*Published interview with Musclebombshell "2012 Rising Star" http://www.musclebombshell.com/fitness-model/natalie-lerma-fitness-model-bikini-competitor
*Published Feature "What it takes to be a Female Fitness Competitor" in September 2011 issue of Fit and Firm Magazine www.fitandfirmmag.com, pages 36-39
*Published interview in World Physique Magazine 2011 Swimsuit Edition, page 17 www.worldphysique.com
*Published in July 2011 Summer issue World Physique magazine "FMI Model of the Month" featured ad.
*Power-Systems Ad Summer Catalogue Model
Q:Awesome. What advice can you give someone starting out in the gym who has thoughts of one day competing?
A:Trust the journey. Do your research on healthy and smart tips on exercise and dieting for your body type. It's not a one size fits all sport. Embrace the support of your friends and family.
Q:Can you give us your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and website handles?
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC