Posted 29 November 2011 by Interview:

Alex Zerega

What sparked your interest in training?

I cannot think of a time when I was not active and athletic. Growing up with an admirable older brother, I took an immediate interest in sports from a very young age. After high school I wanted to keep my slightly toned and very athletic physique, so I decide to take up a new hobby... the gym.
My first show was in April of 2010 and I began training for it at the end of February 2010. When I first began training, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. After being exposed to my first a bodybuilding/ bikini show, I was eager to take on this new challenge. After experiencing the excitement and rush of the stage, and taking second place in my very first show, I knew I had to do it again… I was officially addicted. This level of training and dedication has given me a new respect for fitness. It is no longer just a hobby, but a way of life.

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny
and avoided the free-weight section?

I cannot say that I was ever a “cardio bunny,” I have always really enjoyed lifting weights. Cardio has never really been my thing. Even as a little girl, I remember quitting soccer after just a few seasons because of all of the running involved in the sport.

How long do you spend in the gym during
a typical workout?

My workouts can go anywhere between 1 to 2 hours. It depends on the body part being trained, as well as the number of weeks I am away from the stage.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so what’s
on your playlist right now?

I do enjoy listening to music while I train. I feel that it helps me push through many of my workouts, along with helping avoid unnecessary distractions.

What are you most proud of?

I would have to say that I am most proud of the fact that I not only get to do what I love every single day, but I get to inspire people along the way. I am so humbled by the touching messages I receive on Facebook and via email on my website. As I read these emails about what an inspiration I am, I cannot help but think of what an inspiration these people are to me. On my worst days when I’ve hit empty, just when I think I can’t eat another chicken breast or do another cardio session, I refer back to these special messages and am instantly refueled.

What’s the longest break you’ve had from training?

In February of 2012, I will have been training for 2 years. I can honestly say that I have not taken a break for more than a week throughout this time. Even when I am off season or not eating 100% clean, I am always sure to get in the gym… it is just part of the lifestyle.

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

When strictly dieting for a show and craving sweet or salty foods, I tend to get really creative. I often play around with items I am allowed to eat and create my own diet friendly concoctions.

Who are your favorite, athletes or fitness models?

I would have to say that my favorite athletes/ fitness models would have to be Jamie Eason, Jennifer Nicole Lee, Amanda Latona and of course, my coach, Bea Fox.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I find that the “stairmonster” ;) and the spin cycle work best for me when doing cardio.

What is your training routine like?

My training routine varies based on what my body looks like and the number of weeks to my show, but here is a very basic outline.

Sunday - Day off
Monday - Back, cardio
Tuesday - Shoulders, core, cardio
Wednesday - Legs (hamstring focus), cardio
Thursday - Chest, core, cardio
Friday - Glutes, cardio
Saturday - Full body, core, cardio

What does your diet consist of?

My diet consists of my lean proteins such as chicken, extra lean ground turkey, egg whites, tilapia and sometimes top sirloin steak. I am always sure to eat a lot of green vegetable with each meal. My fats often come from foods like nut butters, olive oil, avocado and fish oils. When I am allowed carbohydrates I often choose to eat sweet potato or multi grain oatmeal, but will use brown rice or black beans at times for variety.

What supplements would you use?

My supplementation is very basic. I take fish oils, vitamin C, calcium and a multi vitamin. I also love my Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex protein powder.

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

  • Do not be afraid of free weights!
  • Make it a long term change, a lifestyle.
  • If you think you can’t, you won’t. Not because you
    actually “can’t” but because you’ve already convinced yourself you can’t. TRY!

Weight: 120 Height: 5’6”

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