A: When I started focusing more on fitness modeling, I literally became addicted to lifting. I became a personal trainer and through the fitness industry made many friends who were body builders. I was inspired through their hard work and wanted to give myself a new challenge.
Q: What changes to your diet did you make?
A: When I realized I wanted to compete and earn a national bid, I sought out a coach who had stepped on stage herself and nationally qualified 4 times as a figure competitor. I knew how to create diets for my personal training clients, but a bikini competitor diet is completely different. So, I went to Ahna Maglinti. There were quite a few changes made to my diet. My carbs were reduced while my protein and fats were amped up. I started eating every 3 hours and began food prepping regularly. Everything I eat is measured out. As I get closer to competition day, I get my carbs slowly reduced to zero and white fish with asparagus become all I eat for every meal. Of course there is one meal that I get to always look forward to and that is my "cheat meal!" As an athlete, you get cravings as you go through the daily diet. You just remember what that craving was so when it's time to have that cheat meal, you make the most out it!
Q: Describe your pre contest workout routine...
A: My last workout is usually 3 days prior to the show and is usually an upper body workout and 35 minutes of cardio. The day before my show I head to SNAC Headquarters. My sponsors own a hyperbaric chamber that professional athletes like Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, and Amir Khan use. SNAC sets up a 45 minute hyperbaric chamber session for me to help increase my intake of oxygen. By doing this, I feel less run down from the effects of peak week, also known as "hell week."
Q:I know that week lol. Describe being on stage...
A: Being on stage is incredible! You work hard everyday for months preparing for a 10 second routine where you hope to make a stunning, athletic, and graceful impression on the judges. There is an adrenaline rush with people in the crowd cheering you on and calling out your assigned number. It is a fantastic feeling! After each show, I know I have gained more experience and learned more about what areas I need to improve on. But once off stage, the thoughts of water and food rush straight into my head! I also enjoy the environment of the shows because I always meet other dedicated, friendly people in the fitness industry.
Q: What's the plan of attack to get that pro card?
A: Build, build, and build! Focusing tremendously on my lower body. Since I have 2 national qualifier bids, I plan on making the most of each one, and I hope to do well enough to become an IFBB Pro.
Q: Where does Breena's career go from here?
A: I would like to become an IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor and be involved in more fitness projects. By turning into an IFBB Pro, it would help open more doors to working with the community to help bring a better focus to health and exercise. By preventing health issues instead of dealing with health issues, people can live a longer, active lifestyle. t has also been a goal of mine to get the opportunity to be in fitness magazines. I also just started being a Bikini Posing Coach and would like to expand on that by offering clinics in conjunction with one on one posing sessions.
Q: Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A: Facebook: Sabrina Martinez
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com