I've been an athlete all my life. Staying active has always been my lifestyle! When I was a kid, I started taking Serbian folk dancing classes, which are known for being live and rhythmic, and soon I joined one of the folk ensembles and participated in many international folk dancing festivals. At age 18 I went to college so I didn’t have time for dancing, I started doing basic aerobics and some weight lifting at a local fitness studio. In 2010 I met my future husband and through him I started training more seriously and intensively.
I like heavy and intense training. I like feeling strong and looking good, so I never really lose motivation or enthusiasm.
I have experimented over the years, and for me, I think, it’s a mixture of HIIT and long slow cardio sessions. I prefer doing 2-3 HIIT sessions and 1 long slow cardio session a week.
Well, I love to make low fat/low carb/high protein ice creams and homemade Raffaello balls with whey protein, low fat cottage cheese, and fresh fruits!
My diet consist of lean meats, chicken breasts and fish mostly, but also eggs, rice, oatmeal, potatoes, green vegetables and fresh fruits.
I make sure I allow myself a cheat meal twice a week! I train hard and eat “clean” a few days and then I reward myself! Those meals are mostly during the weekends, when my husband and I really give ourselves a feast! LOL.
Hip Thrusts, Lunges and Wide Grip Chin Ups.
I never listen to music while I lift weights. It’s hard for me to get serious and focus. It is quite the opposite when it comes to cardio trainings, music really lifts me up then and makes cardio sessions more fun!
I don’t really set any short-term goals. I see myself as a fitness professional that inspires people to achieve their fitness goals and lead by example.
I don’t know if I’m proud in a true sense, but I’m truly happy and satisfied with where I am and who I am in my life! I’m happy to have a supportive, caring and great-looking husband! I’m happy that I’m in a position to motivate and inspire people to achieve their own fitness dreams and goals.
I measure my progress by the way I look in the mirror!
Erin Stern, Nathalia Melo and Nicole Wilkins
The only supplements I use are whey protein and vitamin/mineral complex. I’m confident I get more than enough of what my body needs from the food I eat.
Eat clean, lift heavy and hip thrust!