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Posted 23 July 2012 by CutAndJacked.com

CutAndJacked.com Interview:


Christine Bullock

How/when did you get started in training and
living a fit lifestyle?

I started taking ballet 5 days a week when I was 3 and I continued dancing 5 - 7 days a week until high school. I also dabbled in sports like soccer, track, swimming, and cheerleading. My mother was an avid weightlifter because of a car accident in her 20's, she had to go to the gym to keep herself strong and aligned. From her inspiration I began strength training with weights when I was 15. The private gym was full of professional competitors, when I came in as a 100 - pound waif and the guys loved to teach me how to train effectively. I learned how to find my competitive and athletic edge using weight training. Through college I continued to pursue my knowledge of the physical arts earning a certification as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.

How do you stay motivated?

I could be booked on a fitness job any day, which is a great motivation to avoid extra calorie intake. As far as my fitness workout, I focus on what I can improve on my body each day. I am motivated by discovering my physical limitations and working toward improving upon my weaknesses. I have found activities that I look forward to doing, and I have a different workout every day, including private pilates, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, weight training, running, ballet, hot yoga...and the list goes on. Success is not a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I am quite busy juggling a private training clientele, teaching group classes, and modelling. I prefer to perform short and effective workouts with high intensity interval training. I increase the tempo of my run or plyometric movements until I’m breathless, then I slow it down for a short period of time to a slower run or weight sculpting exercises. In 30 minutes or less your muscles and cardiovascular system have been pushed passed their former limits and you never get bored. I teach a high cardio “Jump” class that are great for burning calories, low impact, and lots of fun.

Do you have a favourite healthy recipe?

I love to cook as much as I love to eat. It is so rewarding to see your family and friends enjoying your healthy creation. I have most of my favorite recipes on my website blog at Christinebullock.com and I continue to add more. Although I love cooking I hate measuring a million ingredients and living in the kitchen (I would rather be outdoors and active) so my recipes are developed to be quick, healthy, and flavorful. My all time favorite snack is my quinoa protein bar which you can view on my site.

What does your diet consist of?

I eat three balanced meals a day consisting of mostly vegetables and protein. When I snack, I try to snack on fresh food. My favorite snacks are raw vegetables and hummus, dates stuffed with a sliver of fresh Parmesan and a walnut, or spiced baked chickpeas. Since I begin instructing clients at 6 am every morning, I eat (well really drink) a light breakfast. I love breakfast shakes. Typically, I mix my vegan protein powder with liquid supplements, half a banana, acai, and 3 cups of spinach. Lunch is typically mainly protein because it provides me lasting energy and is light on my stomach, so I can keep teaching my classes. Dinner is packed with vegetables and a smaller portion of protein. I grow my own herbs, which spices up any bland or repetitive meals. I also eat dessert every night! I love a bite of 85% cocoa dark chocolate or home made popsicles. My biggest tip is to get rid of all the processed foods in your home. If I have bread or crackers in the house, they are gluten free.

As a Yoga and Pilates instructor what benefits do
you feel these disciplines bring?

Where do I start?! My goal is to achieve the most out of my “temple” for as long as I can. Pilates and Yoga create a deep connection to how your body moves, which in turn sheds light on your bodies strengths and weaknesses. In addition, Pilates increases core strength and taught me how to create movement from my center. Training with the many Pilates apparatus provides feedback to gain awareness of specific and small muscle groups that would normally be overpowered by larger mobility muscles. The more muscles engaged during exercise, the greater the caloric burn and strength built. I take the lessons my body teaches me to improve my sports performance and athletic edge.

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

Simple, I don’t keep the junk food in the house. If I’m really craving a piece of chocolate at 8 pm then I have work to get it. However, I never deprive myself...never, ever. Instead, I prepare healthy alternatives. Fresh fruit is a great alternative, and we are blessed in California because we have delicious and inexpensive fruit year round. I have 85% cocoa dark chocolate because one bite is enough. I make my own low sugar desserts, as well as protein ice cream and pancakes. I crave hummus, roasted veggies, or olives for my salty snack.

What are your top 3 favourite exercises?

I enjoy creative functional exercises that work from the core out and add instability to a common exercise. My goal is to work stability muscles as I work my mobility muscles. For instance I will stabilize myself with a single arm/single leg plank, while performing alternating overhead presses with machine weight and leg lifts. I also love push-ups and pike variations while balancing on 3 medicine balls. My group fitness students will tell you I refrain from the sagittal plane movements during my classes. I believe our daily lives are already packed with plenty of squats, stairs, and lunges. Instead I challenge the weaker areas of our bodies with exercises like skaters or side plank variations in the coronal plane, as well as an oblique peak (rotational mountain climber on stability ball) or a curtsy lunge with side chop in the transverse plane.

In private Pilates I love floating Leg Springs and Snake. They work the entire body.

How was your experience working with top fitness photographer Alex Ardenti?

Alex and I first worked together on a few shoots for the add campaign for P-90X2 and most recently with him behind the camera as the director for the Alpha Pro Commercial. I was impressed by his talent in setting lighting and his eye in capturing the image. He captures the body as a piece of art. He understands how to enhance each client, whether a 200-pound fitness competitor or a high fashion model. He is light hearted, kind, and laid back, which makes the model feel comfortable. If you are a competitor, a model, or just want to look the best you have ever looked on film, you need to work with Alex!

 

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

YES! As a dancer, I cannot train without music. I change every few days because I update my soundtracks for my group fitness classes. Right now I have Wiz Khalif (my Pittsburgh homeboy), Mika - Kick Ass, Chris Brown - Don’t Wake Me Up, Flo Rida - Let It Roll, and David Guetta - Titanium.

What is your training routine like?

  • Day 1: Private 60 minute Pilates session.
  • Day 2: High Intensity Interval Training including jumps, plyometrics, sprints, and light weights.
  • Day 3: Upper Body Weight Training.
  • Day 4: Private 60 minute Pilates session or Ballet lesson.
  • Day 5: Lower Body Weight Training.
  • Day 6: off or outside activity (hiking/paddleboarding/ running/biking).
  • Day 7: Hot Yoga.

Do you set short and long term goals?

My long-term goal is to out perform myself every month. It’s always a bonus to out perform the guys around me and kick their butts in my class. I don’t pay much attention to my physical appearance. When I do, it is more of a challenge to sculpt particular areas of my body in a different way. My short-term goal is to feel energetic, positive, and ready to succeed every day.

What are you most proud of?

I love helping others feel good about themselves. It's rewarding to see the changes in my clients physical bodies as well as mental and emotional mindset that comes along with the physical changes. Personally, a great workout eases my stress levels, creating focus for love, work, and life. My relationships are by far the most important thing to me.

How do you measure your progress?

My mother never kept a scale in the house and taught me not to weigh myself. Instead, I am concerned with my physical shape and tone. I see the body as artwork and I am the artist sculpting the muscular design. My workouts are designed to increase my athletic performance in every arena. My goal is to jump higher, run faster, and out perform the guy next to me.

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I adore Troy Polamalu from the Steeler’s, not only because I bleed black and gold, but because he is quick, agile, and plays with intensity. I am also a fan of Jerome Bettis because he is one of the only 200 pound running back who was light on his feet. I’ve been watching the Olympic qualifiers and can’t wait to root for the US women’s teams. Their accomplishments and enthusiasm makes me work harder.

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

I love Alpha-Pro Nutrition’s, Alpha-Cuts Femme. It provides me all day energy without draining energy spikes. I also add liquid supplements to my morning shake including: Omega 369 and B-Complex for hair, skin and nails, aloe and acidophilus for my stomach, and fiber.

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

1. Discover a form (or forms) of fitness you enjoy and look forward to every day.
2. Find healthy foods you crave.
3. Add Pilates with a qualified instructor to your weekly workout!

For more of Christine visit her website at:

www.ChristineBullock.com

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