Posted 13 February 2012 by Interview:

Ingrid Romero

What sparked your interest in training?

I have a friend who has competed for years. She talked me into doing a competition. I started working with a trainer and changed my eating habits. I loved the way my body responded so I stepped on stage in my first show in October 2010 feeling great, and the rest is history!

How do you stay motivated?

From my two sisters, I want them to be very proud of me, I love them and miss them so much as they’re in Spain and I haven't seen them in a while… also when I received my first email from a fan in my home country of Spain, I'm grateful for all of my fans but when I realized I was reaching people back home and I was an inspiration to others it really made me feel proud and motivated.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Interval training for cardio probably 3-4 days a week and on the other days I will just hit normal cardio.

What does your diet consist of?

I eat about 2000 calories five to six meals a day (about two and a half to three hours apart) consisting of lean protein such as chicken, fish, turkey, or egg whites and slow digesting carbs, such as oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I also eat lots of fresh veggies to help fill me up and add fiber so everything is very clean no sugar, no salt, no dairy and nothing high in sodium.

Example of my diet:

Breakfast: ½ oatmeal and 4 egg whites
Snack: protein shake and a fruit
Lunch: 6 oz of chicken breast and sweet potato
Snack: 2 salt free rice cakes with natural peanut butter
Dinner: 6oz fish and asparagus

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

I really don't have bad food cravings too often. Life is all about balance. If you are eating healthy the majority of time and working out consistently then you should have days where you can indulge. (Just be careful :)

What are your favourite exercises?

The first exercise would be Squats. I love working my legs and glutes and for me I get the best results from Squats.

The Second would be incline ab bench with weight because I love the results you get if you stick with it.

I also like to work my legs because I love the feeling of weights but I have to say I love it all and my trainer constantly changes my workouts. We obviously do a lot of lifting in the gym, but we mix it up a lot with plyometric in the sand and track workouts.

How much rest do you take between sets?

Not much more than a minute. I like to get in and out the gym so I can
balance my personal life.

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

Yes I do! Reaggeaton, Flamenco, R&B, Hip-hop, Top 40!!!
What mix I guess depends in which mood I am in!

What is your training routine like?

Checkout Ingrid Romero's weekly routine.

Do you set short and long term goals?

I like to set up both short and long term goals.
Right now I have several big projects in the works I am working on my bikini line so I am very excited about that!

What are you most proud of?

What I am most proud of is what I have accomplished off the stage. My personal life, goals and dreams are all right where I want them to be.

Have you had any obstacles or setbacks towards achieving your goal physique?

We all have obstacles in fitness. The main thing we need to focus on is being consistent and not giving up.

How do you measure your progress?

I never use a scale. I will measure body fat when I'm prepping for a competition but in regards to normal everyday life I go off of how my body feels and What the mirror says :)

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

My husband and trainer Joe Discuillo! He played competitive sports his entire life, has an amazing career in health and fitness and has been a trainer for more than 12 years. I will not be where I am without him! He is my rock!

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

*Protein powder – I use a protein powder that is high in fiber, protein and essential fats, I love that is naturally filling and helps me suppress my cravings.

*Multi-vitamin — To promote over-all good health and nutrition.

*Energy supplements — Sometimes I need a bit of help especially before working out.

*Glutamine — For faster recovery.

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

Work hard in the gym and even harder in the kitchen..
Three words I use.

  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Perspiration

If you follow these three words you will be good.

What are your future goals?

I am very excited to be launching my new Ingrid Romero Bikini line. We will be launching the new line at the European Arnold Classic in my home country Spain!!!!
I am also revamping my website and it will be up in the first part of March. There will be tons of new content (workout videos, nutrition tips and tips for competitors)
I also have a team of bikini competitors that I coach with my husband Joe, TEAM EDGE!!!! Keep an eye out for these girls..
There is a lot going on so keep your eyes open :)

Ingrid Romero



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