Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started training?
100% Filipino, grew up in Houston, Texas and currently residing in New York City.
I got started when I entered a model search for a local magazine and been in love with fitness and the lifestyle ever since.
How do you stay motivated?
I’m a visual person so I get inspired by fit models like Marissa Miller (I love her combination of femininity and fitness). And you know how you get motivated to do kung-fu moves after watching a great Bruce Lee movie, I get motivated to work out after watching movies like 300 and shows like Spartacus. Also the great feeling of accomplishment and knowing you’re healthier and more fit than the day before helps too
What is your current workout routine?
I recently picked up biking around the park every time weather permits. The park near me is about 5 miles and has hills! This has been my morning routine. On weight days, I do my lap around the park and head straight to the gym.
Here is my current schedule:
4 to 6 times a week – Biking
4 exercises each
Monday: Back, Biceps, Triceps
Wednesday: Legs, Glutes, Abs
Friday: Chest, Abs, Shoulders
Sunday: Legs, Glutes, Abs
What is your diet like?
I’m a foodie so when I see dishes like “Avocado Quinoa Salad” or “Kale Pancakes” my eyes sparkle! I love trying new healthy food. Who said food that’s good for you has to taste bland? I found great food spots and have been keeping track of them on my urbanspoon. I’ve also created a section on my site called “Pretty Hungry” where I’ll be sharing more great spots and new fresh recipes that will help make staying healthy easier
What gives you the best results when cutting?
I remember a friend/trainer recommended taking Water Out by NOW a few days prior to a shoot. I said sure! It was not the best experience – I was so thirsty and was very mindful of it – I already drink tons of water so feeling this way wasn’t something I can get used to. Ever since then, I stick to the tried and true cardio. I’m a huge fan of biking around the park
What 3 exercises have you benefited the most from?
Leg Press, Jump Squats and Lunges – All legs
What supplements do you use?
Vitamins and Protein. I drink a multi-vitamin with every meal and take a protein shake when I wake up and after workouts.
I use Alive! Multi-Vitamin and for protein I found Lean Body and Optimum Nutrition Whey works great – I’m a fan of the chocolate flavors.
What is the most common training question that people ask you?
“What’s my favorite work out”. I have a love and hate relationship with burpees. It hurts so good – my fave
Who are your favorite fitness models?
Top 3 so far: Marissa Miller, Jessica Biel and Jamie Eason.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My recent move to New York City to pursue and promote the fitness lifestyle. One of the biggest and challenging experiences of my life. I’m still in the midst of the transition, but feels like a second home already.
What are your plans for the future?
I can see myself collaborating with friends to create great work out gear or even help promote them! ….and continue sharing creative yummy healthy recipes and work out tips.
Oh and… travel the world!!!
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