Tell us about Fit with curves
I started Fit With Curves after competing in my first fitness competition. I realized that even after losing 50 lbs. and reaching a weight of 125 lbs. and less than 20% body fat that my body would always have curves. I want women to embrace the body that God blessed them with as long as it is healthy. Fitness doesn’t mean you have to lose your curve.
What was your transformation story into fitness?
I’ve always loved fitness. I used to roller blade everywhere as a teenage girl until I was able to drive. The feelings I get when those endorphin’s kick in are like no other. Type 2 Diabetes runs on both sides of my family so I’ve always known that I was going to have to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent from ever getting it. I love it so much that I went to school for it. I have an A.S. In Kinesiology/Exercise Science and took almost 2 years of nutrition classes trying to become a registered dietitian prior to changing my major and receiving a B.A. In Organizational Development which has helped me greatly.
What is your approach to nutrition and fitness?
I want individuals to focus on the health aspect of it. I like the no gimmicks or girdles approach. We have evolved into a society that wants everything fast, but nutrition and fitness are really simple. It’s about eating whole foods, healthy fats, drinking lots of water, staying physically active and building lean muscle. Stay away from individuals that are always trying to sell you the latest product to reach your health goals. My clients learn how to eat healthy 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. My approach is built of a lifestyle change which will allow my clients to keep the weight off.
Do you train people or teach classes? When and where?
I train and teach classes. I love all aspects of fitness. I train clients one on one, in Houston, TX at One 2 One training center. I currently hold my classes at Inner Me Fitness Studios on Hilcroft. You can find location changes and other information onwww.mspersonaltrainer.com
What, if any, supplements do you advise people to take?
Because I know the importance of a registered dietitian and proper medical advice I don’t advise my clients on specific supplements that they should take. I tell them what I take and how they have helped me. I studied nutrition for 2 years, but I am not a registered dietitian, so I tell my clients that it is important to get blood work done to find out what they are deficient in vitamin wise, if at all deficient. I tell my clients how certain supplements work for me such as a whole food based multivitamin, L-Carnitine, etc. and then allow them to do their own research.
What is your advice on pre and post workout nutrition?
Pre and post workout nutrition is extremely important. Pre workout nutrition fuels your body and allows you to maximize your workout and Post Workout nutrition puts nutrients back into your body that you might have lost during the workout. It will vary based on each individual’s goals, weight, height, and what type of workout they are doing. Carbohydrates are a huge source of energy during a workout, so an intense workout needs carbohydrates.
What is a weekly workout routine for you?
I work out 5-6 days a week. 30-45 minutes of cardio 5- 6 days a week. I make sure that I train every muscle once a week minimum. For example. Monday-Chest and Triceps
Wednesdays- Back and Biceps
Ab’s-Every other day
What is your approach to being fit and still curvy?
To keep your curves as you lose weight you must weight train. I help my clients who want to lose weight, but keep their curves build lean muscle; When they lose the fat they reveal a nice sculpted still curvy body. It is 80% diet and 20% cardio and training every muscle once a week.
What are your 3 workout routine essentials or staples?
My 3 workout routine essentials or staples are lunges; I do all variations of lunges to help keep my legs toned and shapely. Leg lifts help work my lower portion of my abdomen. I also love squats because they work tons of muscles all at the same time
How do you handle meal prep, do you weigh your meals?
I meal prep mostly on Sundays and Wednesdays. I meal prep Sunday for Monday –Wednesday and Wednesday for Thursday –Sunday. When I can’t meal prep I choose healthy options from prepared meal stores such as snap kitchen which contain lower sodium items.
How do you push through the days you don’t want to work out?
I turn on my music and focus on my goals. 15 minutes into the workout when my endorphin’s get to going it becomes so much easier.
What is your biggest fitness accomplishment?
One of my biggest fitness accomplishments is using my skills and knowledge to help my clients feel better about them. I truly love helping others and to be able to say that I help save lives is huge for me. When I see the face of my clients every month as I update them on their progress it makes my job easier.
How will you advise those trying to start their fitness journey?
My advice is it never give up. No one started off a bodybuilder or fitness model. Everyone had to work at it and it was challenging for everyone in the beginning. I like to call it PPE or Plan, Prepare and Execute. Create a plan, prepare for it, and finally execute. Never give up on your body, it is the only thing that is guaranteed to be with you for the rest of your life. Please follow me on instagram @fitwithcurves and subscribe to my newsletterwww.fitwithcurves.com