Welcome back to Project Arnold.com Today’s QA post features Up and Coming Northeastern Fitness Model Alyssa Michelle Agostini. Alyssa was kind enough to answer a few questions that I had for someone in the fitness industry. Have a read and let me know what you guys think and if there are any questions you’d like to ask please feel free.
What made you decide that you wanted to be involved in the fitness industry?
Fitness is my passion! I have always been involved with sports and working out, and have dreamed of becoming a fitness model. With my background in athletics, fitness was the perfect fit for me! In December of 2011 I decided to take my fitness and athletic abilities to another level. I began training to compete for the WBFF Eastern Championship, June 2nd, and placed 2nd in my first competition!
Now I have absolutely fell in love with the sport of competing, and with my drive and determination there is no stopping me until I make it to the top!
How long did it take for you to achieve your current physique?
I actually struggled with my weight my whole life. Up and down depending on which “diet” I tried, and once you stop the diet plan, your results vanish! It took me approximately 13 weeks of strict dieting and regular training to get to my competition physique.
What is your most gratifying aspect of being in the fitness industry?
Helping others. I truly love to help people. I get pride out of people saying that I inspire them to do better. It’s an amazing feeling to hear people say they are proud of you.
Also, from a personal aspect I would say the results! Who doesn’t love to see their body transform into something they have always dreamed.
What is your favorite feature?
I love my legs. I am a former sprinter for my high school track team and have always had muscular legs, but with the right training I sculpted and leaned out my legs to the right size to compete!
Briefly take us through a typical day in your life. A few sentences is all I need.
I eat 5 times a day and also work full time, so those that say they can’t diet because they work – that is not the case! I hit the gym right after work for an hour of cardio and an hour of weight training. Planning your day, from meals to workouts is key to a successful body!
What foods should I really focus on if my goal is fat loss?
Eating balanced meals of proteins, carbs and fats, 5 times a day. By eating more often your metabolism speeds up, helping you lose weight. There isn’t a “food” that you should focus on, but more or less eat often and EAT HEALTHY! Make healthy choices with your foods that you put into your body.
In your opinion what are your top 5 fitness tips that you recommend?
- Diet is most important. Being conscious of what and how much you eat is the key to your body success. It doesn’t matter how many hours a day you put in the gym, if you leave and grab an unhealthy meal where will that get you!
- Give your all into every workout. We have all been there, the days you just don’t feel like going or being in the gym, but remember the goal you set for yourself, and if it means that much to you nothing will stop you from achieving it!
- Cheating is acceptable. Being able to cheat is telling your body, “good job!” It is okay to have a cheat MEAL but do not make a day of it. Remember do not set yourself back from achieving your goal.
- Combine weight training with cardio. Doing cardio post weight training is ideal. Your body uses the carbs and calories as energy during weight training. Once that is burned off all that is left is stored fat. Doing cardio at this point will burn your stored fat as energy, therefore resulting in weight loss!
- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! I cannot stress the importance of preparation. Knowing what you eat and how much allows for you to understand what is going into your body. It makes you more conscious of the foods you do eat, and ultimately makes you more apt to stay away from bad foods.
Many women are afraid of weights as they believe it will make them ‘bulky’ Please set the record straight!
I could not be happier to answer this question!
Naturally women do not have the testosterone levels a man does to gain “bulky, massive” muscles. I too thought this until I tried it. Weight training sculpts your muscles and leans them out! With the right training techniques you can sculpt and proportion every part of your body! It is amazing the results you get when you pick up those weights. So ladies, don’t be intimidated by the bulky men and women that are swarming the weight racks! Get in there and grab some lightweights, do reps of 15-20 and feel the burn! Don’t knock it till you try it!
What did you do to stay motivated and not slip up, dealing with cravings, sweets, etc..? If you did slip up how did you manage to bounce back and continue on your journey?
I would say keeping my ideal goal in mind. For me it was competing; but if your goal is weight loss or putting on some lean muscle tone, keep that image of what you want to look like in mind and strive for it! Print a picture of a body you want and keep going until you get there!
I never necessarily slipped up because I incorporated a cheat meal. It was once a week, every Friday. It was me telling my body, great job! And every week I’d look forward to my cheat so I never slipped up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the next few months I hope to go Pro for the WBFF as a Diva Fitness Model. I am competing in November in my hometown, Providence, RI.
In 5 years, I hope to be big in the fitness industry. I truly love what I do and want to help others achieve my same success! Doing this on a larger scope would be my ultimate dream.
Any shout-outs you’d like to give? And where can we find you on the internet?
My WBFF Family! I’ve met some amazing men and women along this journey.
You can find me on all Social Media sites where I give recipes, workouts, daily tips and more!
Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/AlyssaMichelleAgostini
Tumblr (Fitness Blog): http://alyssa-michelle-fitness.tumblr.com/
OR Email me personally, I answer every one, and love getting questions!
Thank you for your time Alyssa, best of luck to you in the fitness world. More interviews coming soon folks, stay tuned and Stay Strong!