A:I was born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale.
Q:Why did you become interested in fitness?
A:I have always been into fitness. I played sports all through middle, high school and college. Lacrosse, Gymnastics, and Field Hockey were my sports growing up. Then in high school I started weight training and doing all that jazz! I was always active, so when I started competing it wasn’t hard to familiarize myself with weight training. I enjoy every aspect of training... it’s a lifestyle that has been with me since I was young .
Q:When did you know you wanted to compete?
A:I always thought that it was something that I wanted to do, but I guess growing up I never really put that much thought into it because I was busy doing other things. Then last year I just decided I wanted to do something different. I wanted to make some goal that I could achieve. I work out day in and day out.. but I really never pushed to where I can see drastic changes in my body. So one day a friend of mine was prepping for the WBFF and I thought, “Hey if she can train and diet, I can at least do the research to find out how to get started”, so I did. I hired a trainer and from there hired a competition prep coach and I stepped on stage June 8, 2012 at Bev Francis Atlantic States... and two months later I earned my pro card and have kept going ever since
Q:Tell us about your diet and workout routine pre contest. ..
A:Well it all depends on how close I am to the show.. but basically my diet is pretty simple. Chicken, fish, potatoes, rice and tons of veggies. I eat about 6 meals a day.. pretty much I feel what works for me is a low carb high fat diet. As far as training, I lift 6 times a week. My regimen goes something like this:
DAY1 Legs (glutes, hams, calves)
DAY3 Back / Biceps
DAY5 Legs (glutes, hams, calves)
As far as cardio, I do 60 minutes in the morning on the treadmill or Cybex arc, I also mix in some plyos. As I get closer to a show I’ll bump the cardio 30-45 minutes extra at night after lifting.
Q:How did you transition into Team Bombshell regional coach?
A:Well I joined Bombshell right after I turned pro. I was amazed at how the girls looked on stage and I felt that with Shannon's coaching style and regimen I could transform my body to be even better. I loved that there was so many like-minded women and the support from all the other girls is something that I love and if it weren't for that, I wouldn’t be where I am. It's because of their motivation that I strive to be better. I became a coach because naturally my personality is to want to help. I asked about being one for NY /NJ area because I knew since we had so many girls all over, that it would be a good way to help them rather than they fly to headquarters in Florida. I know many girls prefer coaches that they can go and speak and pose with physically rather than sending emails or pic or videos. So working with your regional coach along with their assigned coaches at headquarters is a huge benefit for the girl.
Q:Tell us about being a TV host...
A:Wow… well I went to school originally to be a reporter. From 2005 -2007, I was auditioning for hosting gigs in NY and LA. I did a few segments with different networks… then in 2007 I left for Europe to do my own travel show. After my contract ended, I went back to school to get my MBA in marketing and then landed a regular job in media, (so that’s what I do now in addition to fitness). However, I think hosting is more me- so now I'm again trying to get back into it. I recently signed on with RXmuscle to do a bi- monthly show which is set to air Jan 18, it's kind of like The View but of course, fitness related. I also do some show coverage with www.npcnewsonline.com, which is always fun to do. So yeah, I'm slowly trying to get back in it.
Q:How did you hook up with your sponsors?
A:I'm sponsored by Metabolic Nutrition, Protan USA and X2X clothing. Pretty much I knew what sponsors I wanted and I started talking to them. I built a relationship with them and after a few months I had asked about being sponsored, and I told them how I could help grow their brand. In addition, I was also doing well with competing so that helped as well.
Q:Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A:WOW… honestly there has been so many people that I look up to and who inspire me every day. But really, I think the my fans and my teammates really take this one. Their words of encouragement along with them telling me that I inspire them makes me want to push harder because I want to help and be a good role model for them. I pull inspiration from many people. Each story I hear or event that I attend gives me a whole different view of things and it somehow ignites my fire every time.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:LOL social media .. yeah I'm on all of them! I think it's fun and honestly, it can be a great way to find people!
FB Page: Gigi Amurao IFBB Pro
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com