I recently laid it all out in an article called Problem Areas: How To Lose Underarm Fat, Belly Fat, Butt Fat, and Thigh Fat. Today’s post is a little lighter in spirit as we examine a couple of physiques of fitness models that inspire and motivate us.
Fitness models are everywhere in print and electronic media. Advertisers use them to sell us anything and everything: burgers, pills, cars, you name it! No doubt about it, advertising is a huge business.
The field is highly competitive. There are a few who are able to make it into a full-time income, but most are happy with the publicity and use it to increase interest in other business projects.
Kim Lyons, a cover model for Muscle & Fitness Hers, agrees that the industry is tough, and she shares her views in that publication:
“Many models take jobs just for publicity,” she said. “Even top magazines pay only an average $150 to $300 for a layout, and it takes as much as a 14-hour day to pose for that layout. When I modeled for clothing lines, sometimes I accepted free clothes as payment.”
The rest of us can take inspiration from these hard bodies and incorporate some of their training styles and nutritional habits into our own practices. Of course we can also be swayed to buy something at some point in time because, you know… sex sells!
IFBB Bikini Pro & Fitness Model Cristina Vujnich
“I attended my first bodybuilding show back in 2007 and was hooked. I finally started taking my workouts and diet seriously and made a goal to compete figure. I won my class at my first show in 2009 and later that year signed with Optimum Nutrition. After making the transition to Bikini in 2010 and winning an overall bikini title, I stepped on the national stages and in 2011, received my IFBB Pro status at the NPC Jr. Nationals in Chicago.”
Lateral Raises, Lunges, and Partial Deadlifts
“I eat a high protein diet and try to get in 5-6 meals a day.”
“Heavy weight training. Women are often under the misconception that training with weights will make them ‘bulky’ or ‘manly,’ but that’s most definitely not the case. I train like a bodybuilder. Being hypoglycemic, I tend to burn through the carbs and calories very quickly without needing to do a ton of cardio, but it also makes putting on the muscle a little harder. I train 5 days a week and will try to do cardio once a week in the off season and about 4 days a week during contest prep.”
Personal Trainer & Fitness Model Scott Dorn
“When I was a kid my older brother had a subscription to Men’s Fitness. I remember looking through the magazines and knowing from a young age I wanted to start working out. My first job as a college freshman I worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA. I took the job mainly because it came with a free gym membership so I could start working out. Also, lifeguarding is one of the easiest college jobs out there.”
“Each of my workouts is structured around a combination of the priority principal and the isolation principal. I prefer to work muscle groups that are lagging or that are of higher priority earlier in the week. I train one muscle group each day, with the exception of leg workouts. I find this allows me to focus my effort, getting the most from each workout. Each workout starts with a compound exercise in order to utilize the maximum amount of strength while the muscle is strongest. Then I pick an isolation exercise to hit each head of that muscle. I feel it’s vital to target each head of each muscle group in order to fully develop the muscle.”
“I eat 6-8 small meals spaced between 2.5-3.5 hours throughout the day. Each meal contains a protein, carbohydrate and fat source.”
“There is one way to determine what ratio works best for you and that is by using trial and error. Determine your goal, track your nutrients and adjust them based upon the results. Yes, it can be mind boggling at first, but like anything the more you do it the easier it becomes.”