A:Yup! I am proud to say I was born and raised on Long Island, New York.
Q:Favorite place to eat in N.Y.?
A:I LOVE to eat! The answer to this question definitely depends on my mood and cravings at that time. If I had to pick one place, it would have to be Tony Napoli’s, an Italian restaurant in NYC.
Q:When did you discover fitness? And tell us about your journey to the WBFF...
A:As children, we dream of great things. We believe we can do anything and go anywhere. Some of us dream of being astronauts, some princesses, and others dream of being on stage in the spotlight. However, as a young girl I believed I wasn’t good enough for anything. When I pictured my future, all I saw was a blank screen, as if staring into nothing.
It was hard as a child to dream of any future for myself because of a horrible thing that happened to me. These feelings carried on throughout my adolescence, into my teenage years and even still into my adult life. I could not escape the memories and they left me feeling ugly. I never believed in myself or thought I was beautiful. It was hard for me to accept the idea that I was worthy of living a great life.
Growing up, I played basketball year round, as well as track, field hockey and even ice hockey with all boys! However, I was always the timid, unaggressive and insecure girl who wanted to be better but just didn’t have the faith in herself. I always felt as if my coaches didn’t believe in me or support me. It wasn’t until I graduated from college in 2008, that I realized how good I felt about myself after each workout session at the gym. Working out not only left my body feeling great, but it helped me to work through any emotions I was feeling.
I had always admired the fitness competitors that I would read about in various fitness magazines. I was amazed at their beauty and strength, as well as the courage & confidence they portrayed on stage. I always had dreams of competing but had no idea how and where to begin, or if I would ever be able to achieve it. In the fall of 2010, I coincidentally met two girls through friends of mine that gave me the push and guidance I needed to take on this new and exciting journey. When I decided to attend my first Diva session, I was scared and had no idea what I was getting myself into. All of my insecurities were working against me; however, my nerves were shattered as I continually attended NY Diva sessions run by fitness celebrity, Lindsay Messina. I began to leave class every Saturday, feeling more inspired, excited, and positive…as if I was on a serious life high!
I decided to let go of all the fears that I was holding on to and finally go after my dream to compete in a fitness competition. I began that journey at the 2011 WBFF Fitness Atlantic Championships, and immediately became hooked. I competed in many shows in 2011, for several different fitness federations; learning and growing with each one. I NEVER would have imagined that I would become a WBFF Pro within a year of competing!
Q:How does it feel being on stage?
A:I absolutely LOVE being on stage. It is truly an honor to share the stage while making memories with fitness icons from all over the world. To be a part of it and to be recognized as an elite athlete is a remarkable feeling. I went to the 2012 WBFF World Championships this year with no expectations. I told myself that my Pro debut was for the experience and for fun, and that whatever happens, happens. I was completely shocked when my name was called for top 10 at my Pro debut. It was a wonderful moment and experience to share with all 42 Pro Bikini girls as well as my NY Diva coach and teammates.
I love being a part of the WBFF because they showcase all of your hard work as an athlete. I love that the WBFF is like a Victoria’s Secret fashion show but with muscles. It is glamorous and sexy, yet very tasteful and classy. Competing for the WBFF brings excitement and a great adrenaline rush.
Q:Give us your diet and workout routine when preparing for the stage...
A:My training and nutrition program is customized by HitchFit.
In 2012, I trained and prepped for 3 shows. For each preparation, we did something different to shock my body. We changed my nutrition and exercise routines to get my body exactly where it needed to be in order for me to achieve the goals I had set.
Here is a peek of how my plan looked while preparing for my Pro debut at the WBFF Worlds in August 2012. A week after earning my Pro status in May of 2012, we began a surplus and deficit nutrition plan. This type of cycling with my diet was the best way to give my body a chance of gaining lean muscle without adding body fat during that period of time. Deficit days were a lower calorie/lower carb day. This phase was to help prevent fat gain and actually aid my body in fat loss. Surplus days consisted of higher calories and higher carbs. On my lower calorie days, we focused on surrounding my strength training workouts with good protein/carb meal combinations, so that during training I would avoid my body going into a catabolic state. I was eating 7 meals a day on both surplus and deficit days, up until the last 10 days before stepping on stage!
As far as training goes, I was lifting heavy for weeks leading up to the show, with several weeks of giant set workouts. The last few weeks, I was training at a faster pace with Tabata style workouts. These workouts consisted of 8 sets of each exercise, were I would go all out (but still with proper form), for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, and then repeat. My cardio sessions in the beginning were minimal; however, as the show approached they increased to help aid in burning fat.
The last ten days leading up to the show is when the biggest changes to my diet, training, cardio, and my body occurred.
I am nervous, anxious, and excited for my competition prep for my Pro show at the WBFF Worlds this August in Vegas.
Q:What's your number one secret to your fitness success?
A:I grew up as a shy, fearful, depressed and extremely insecure girl that was very uncomfortable in her own skin. All of my self-hatred came from an event in my childhood that left me scarred and feeling like a victim for my entire life. These negative feelings towards myself effected everything I did. For example, it caused me to struggle in school, created issues with dating, and caused insecurities with playing sports throughout my childhood, in high school, and in college. I allowed myself to believe that I would never be good enough for anyone or anything. My insecurities were exhausting; mentally, physically, and emotionally, not only for myself but my family and friends as well. I was tired and fed up with feeling this way and letting something that I had no control of as a child to consume and dictate my life. I knew I needed some sort of positive change.
Fitness has helped to change my views on my life and myself. I have found a new side of myself that I love; one that is filled with positivity and confidence. I have let go of my fears and learned to love myself. There are, of course, moments in which my doubts and fears still arise. However, when this happens, I have learned to take a deep breath, recite some positive affirmations and remind myself that positive thoughts become positive things. I remind myself to be proud of how far I have come and all I can still accomplish with continued belief in my dreams.
Q:Tell us about HitchFit...
A:Hitch Fit is a lifestyle. It’s about changing your mind, your body and ultimately your life and fulfilling your true potential throughout your journey here on earth.
Hitch Fit is about so much more than just personal training. It is about transformation. True mind, body and spirit transformation, it’s not about trying to get clients in for training and then trying to retain them for long periods of time. The goal is to provide our clients, whether online or in person, with the tools that they need to transform their bodies and their lifestyles in order to ultimately be healthier, happier and to lead a higher quality and in many cases quantity of life.
Hitch Fit was founded in 2009 by top personal trainers and WBFF Pro fitness model athletes Micah LaCerte and Diana Chaloux. With over 20 years combined experience in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo created Hitch Fit as a means of giving their clients, whether online or in person, the tools they needed and the motivation to achieve their fitness goals and then maintain them for the rest of their lives.
Currently, Hitch Fit offers online training programs worldwide, with options for Lose Weight/Feel Great, Fitness Model, Bikini Model, Muscle Building, Figure Competition Prep, Couples Programs and Post Pregnancy Programs.
If you have questions on anything, email Diana or Micah or write directly to Diana.Chaloux@gmail.com or Micah@hitchfit.com and let them know Coryn, gave you information on HitchFit.
Q:New York Giants or New York Knicks?
A:This is an evil question considering I am a huge sports fan! Ahhh...I really don’t even know how to answer this. Even though I had a cat named Sprewell, after Latrell Sprewell from the NY Knicks, I guess I would have to say the NY Giants. However, I will still proudly drive around with my Yankees, Giants, and Knicks logos on the back of my car.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles and websites?
A:People can find out more about me at:
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com