My summer fitness goal is…to win the swimsuit competition at my next pageant! Winning swimsuit isn’t about being the skinniest girl on stage, but showing that you’re dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and fitness routine. I’m focusing on toning my legs and abs, lifting my booty, and eating well to accomplish this goal.
My dream vacation destination is…Australia. My sister went there a few years back and absolutely loved it. I’d also love to return to Rio de Janeiro. It is such a vibrant city!
My favorite fitness move is…bicycle crunches. I fell in love with doing them when I signed up for O2 MAX’s Event Ready fitness program in January. They’re easy to do, but you really feel the burn in your core (and see the results!)
When I’m done working out, I love to refuel with…a protein shake (right now I’m loving Orgain) or almond butter on plain rice cakes. I tend to eat a healthy meal an hour or so before working out so that I’m not starving by the time I’m finished.
My guilty pleasure food is…cupcakes! I’m absolutely addicted. Thankfully, NYC has plenty of options available for my sweet tooth: Crumbs, Sprinkles, Magnolia, and more!
My workout playlist of the moment includes…lots and lots of Zumba music! I’m a new Zumba instructor, so I’ve been working on putting together a fun class playlist. Now I listen to the music on the treadmill, in my car, wherever! It’s very energizing. A few of my favorites currently are Limbo by Daddy Yankee and Balada (Ao Vivo) by Gusttavo Lima e Voce.
My favorite places to shop for fitness wear are…lululemon and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Luluemon has so many pieces that are functional and fashionable without being over the top. Dick’s offers great deals on Nike and Under Armour, two of my favorite brands.
The most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me while working out is…getting stuck on my bike in Soul Cycle! I was new to the class, and didn’t have the hang of the biking shoes and the way they clip to the bike. I feel like everyone is in sync during a Soul Cycle class, so I was definitely throwing off the vibe in the room during the cool down streches! Thankfully, I’ve learned to use the bikes and their classes have become a favorite of mine.
My advice for someone who’s afraid to start working out is…to have a concrete plan set in place. Don’t just say you’re going to work out. I suggest paying for a program like O2 Max’s Summer Fit Challenge because you’ll be more motivated to work out since you’ve already paid to do so! Plus, you have a fitness coach that will keep you motivated that way. I also encourage working out with friends. Having a commitment to meet your girlfriends at the park for a walk is harder to skip than a walk you planned to take alone.
When I’m not getting fit, I like to spend my time…reading. I just graduated from college and love having some free time to finally read books for pleasure instead of for class. Right now, I’m reading “The Sisterhood” by Helen Bryan