A:I was born and raised in the Philippines.
Q:Tell us about the first time you were in the gym...
A:The first time I went to gym was when I was 17 years old. Back then I didn’t understand what’s the gym was all about. I had so much questions like, “why do I have to lift weights?”. Why do I have to do cardio? But I tried something new based on my health issues, (I grew up with asthma). 1 year later, I was happy with the results. After I turned 18 years old I never had an asthma attack again. I learned that going to the gym is not just to look good outside. I feel great, and it helped me a lot on my health issues!
Q:When did you know you could compete in the IFBB?
A:Before I become as IFBB Pro Bikini, I start competing as an amateur competitor. It’s a lot of hard work, sacrifice, discipline and dedication. It’s all worth it. At my amateur shows, I’d always place 1st or 2nd. I couldn’t compete nationally, because I wasn’t an American citizen. My coach helped me to petition for my Pro card under the Philippines Organization. I was so thankful that my Pro card petition got approved. I am honored and so happy that I am the first Filipina Pro Card holder from my country! I am very thankful to everybody who helped me and supports me.
Q:How does it feel being on stage?
A:At my first show as a bikini athlete I was so nervous, coming from a tradition family that never allowed wearing open cloths in my daily life growing up. I grew up as tomboy, all my friends are boys back in the Philippines. I never had experience doing girly things back then. So being on stages wearing a bikini was a challenge for me. I truly believe in my heart that eating healthy and working out every day makes me a lot of difference in my lifestyle. The reason why I love and having fun being a bikini athlete is because I want to stay in shape forever. I want to live a healthy lifestyle and encourage others to do the same.
Q:Give us your diet and workout routine when preparing for the stage?
A:I eat 6 times a day, small portions and train twice a day at Hardcore Fitness Center
Daily meals: Fish, Chicken, lean meat, Salads, Protein shakes by: Labrada Nutrition
Monday: Back, Arms, Cardio
Tuesday: Legs, Abs
Wednesdays: Shoulder, Chest, triceps, 1 hour Sparring MMA
Thursday: Glutes and 1 hour running out door
Friday: full body workout, Kickboxing/Maui Thai/Mix Martial Arts/Filipino Martial Arts
Saturday: Abs, MMA Training
Sunday: Rest day
Q:How did you get involved in MMA?
A:I grew up as a hardcore kid. I had been training (boxing/kickboxing) since I was 5 years old. I use to fight Maui Thai when I was 13 years old, but my family didn’t like to see me beating up somebody or getting beat up on my pretty face... lol..so I stopped fighting to make my family happy. But I believed in my heart that martial arts is in my blood and I was born to fight! I have friends that practice MMA and talking and hanging out with them motivates me to continue what I’ve started. But right now I am focusing on training for Filipino Martial Arts. I am part of the biggest Filipino Martial Arts organization, Filipino Combat System (FCSKali.com)
Q:What action movies have you been featured in?
A:I was featured on Bright House Sports Network, a TV show called “Average Angler.” I am one of the stars on the movies called “The Tide Runs Red”, my role in this movie is as an agent protecting the main star.
Q:How did you get involved with Labrada?
A:Back in the Philippines, I was thinking how to be part of Labrada Nutrition. I am a big fan and love the Labrada product. One of the reason why I work so hard to be the best I can is to be part of the team. When I turned Pro, I sent them my the story of Gemmlayn Crosby’s life. Couple days later I heard back from them, they called me to welcome me to the Team Gemma! One of the biggest accomplishments of my hard work was to be part of Team Labrada family! I am very thankful and so happy to be one of their athletes. They also help a lot of people and changes a lot of people's lives. Labrada Nutrition is not just a product, it gives result to people that they want!
Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A:I see myself 5 years from now being a successful business woman. Also helping children receive a good education through ChildScholarship.org support programs for children facing illiteracy, hunger and so much more. Continue helping everyone who needs help to live healthy a lifestyle through my book that I wrote, (coming soon).
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles and websites?
Interview from Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com