A:I was born on an Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware ... Air Force Brat lol. I was raised in East Harlem, New York.
Q:Harlem World! Best place to eat in NY?
A:Wow, lol- that's a tough one but since I love a good steak, I'll go with Old Homestead.
Q:That’s my favorite steakhouse ever! When did you begin training seriously?
A:I've always been active and intrigued by strong, fit women. My level of dedication to training and dieting for sports performance and aesthetics took a turn in my mid twenties. I started lifting with the guys at my gym and I became obsessed with lifting heavy and getting stronger. When the NPC introduced the Bikini division, I knew I wanted to get involved. The rest, as they say, is history!
Q:When did you know you could compete at the pro level?
A:Haha ... I'm a Pro and I still ask myself, "can I do this?".
Q:Can you detail your diet and workout routine pre contest?
A:My diet and training definitely becomes more streamlined and regimented while preparing for a show. I weight train 5 days a week with 6 days of cardio ranging from 1 to 2 hrs of cardio, (sprints, distance running, stepmill). My diet is based around unprocessed whole foods divided into 6 - 7 meals. My proteins are: egg whites, fish, steak, chicken and turkey. Carbs: oats, sweet potatoes, brown rice, low sugar fruit. Fats: olive/flax oil, almonds, avocado, fish oil. Cheat meals are once a week, or as needed to boost my metabolism
Tues: Back and Bi
Wed: Hamstrings and Calves
Q:What's the key to dropping bodyfat?
A:DIET, DIET, DIET!!! Cardio and resistance training are key, but a bad diet will keep a layer over those elusive "abs". Eating the proper macronutrients in the proper portions will be your ticket to success. The more I toss out the junk and keep my food unprocessed, the quicker I see what I want in the mirror and on the scale.
Q:Why did you become a personal trainer?
A:I became a trainer for a lot of reasons. I spent most of my time at the gym at the time. I wanted to make money doing what I was passionate about and wanted to contribute to people becoming stronger, healthier, more confident versions of themselves. Eating healthy and training hard helped me both physically and mentally ... why not share my journey?
Q:What are several mistakes you see clients make?
A:I'll start by saying I'm fortunate to have very hard working and dedicated clients. Most of the pitfalls I see them encounter concern misconceptions regarding diet. Often times people think they can "out train" a bad diet. They think, "I worked really hard, I deserve these cookies or this burger", completely sabotaging or slowing down progress. There is also a tendency to get caught up in fad diet, quick fixes, and starvation diets. Another mistake I see is too much emphasis on steady state cardio and not enough on High Intensity Interval Training and Strength Training.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:I never know what tomorrow will bring I hope what's next is learning, growing, and meeting cool people along the way ...
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com