HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH FITNESS?
Fitness has always been a staple in my life from a young age. Being active in cheer-leading, dance, and soccer definitely helped to bring out the athlete in me, but it wasn’t until I joined a gym in 2003, that I really started to take note about fitness being a lifestyle, not just a here today, gone tomorrow type of thing.
My typical routine would be to go to the gym and run my booty off for hours at a time and to me, I felt I was actually making progress. It wasn’t until I hired a personal trainer, that I really understood the concept of incorporating all types of training into my routine in order to achieve maximum results. I loved the way lifting weights made me feel physically, but also emotionally. I was hooked!!!! I got my NASM certification and started taking exercise science classes in college and so began my life as a coach/trainer.
WHERE DOES YOUR MOTIVATION COME FROM?
My motivation comes from many different places. First and foremost it comes from my desire to always be the best. I am one of those people who lets just face it…I am a sore loser! So if someone out works me or does better, you better believe I am going to come back with a vengeance and show them what this little girl is made of. I will not be anything than top notch.
The other thing in my life that drives me to be the best and motivates me to kick it up another level would be my clients.
Throughout my life, I believe I have had it pretty easy when it comes to my fitness level/body type. I really haven’t had to struggle too much to get my body where I want it. As I watch some of my clients who have had to put forth so much effort as they have in order to achieve their overall goal. It inspires me and I take so much pride in watching them reach goal after goal. They are definitely some of the most inspiring people I have met.
WHAT’S YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE AT THE MOMENT?
My workout routine right now consists of heavy isolated movements created by my amazing coach Doug Casebier of Total Body Advantage. Just like my clients, I also need a coach in order to push me to be my best. I split up muscle groups between legs, shoulders, chest, and back. Right now this is the best workout routine for what I am trying to accomplish next year. Being the best I can be on the WBFF stage!
WHICH DIET ROUTINE HAS WORKED BEST FOR YOURSELF?
During the off season, I try and keep my body-fat between 16-18% so that come show prep time, I won’t have to try and cut so much. This lessens the weeks I have to diet for a show. This is clutch to me, because come on now…who doesn’t like food I usually stick to the same meals day in and day out throughout the week. I have found this to work best for my body. My daily meal plan looks something like this:
-Breatkfast: Kashi Cereal , coconut milk, and tbsp of peanut butter
-Snack: Apple & Almonds
-Lunch: Brown Rice, green beans, and 4oz lean meat
-Snack: Protein Shake
-Dinner: Salad and 6 oz lean meat
-Snack: Muscle Egg Chocolate Egg Whites
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES?
“Take each day one day at a time and always remain positive. Nobody can make you happy but yourself”
WHAT MISTAKES DID YOU MAKE WHEN FIRST STARTING OUT?
When first starting out, I think the biggest mistake that people tend to make including myself would be listening to way too many people and getting too many opinions. I would listen to my nutritionist, my coach, then my boyfriend as well as the people in the gym and the whole process of doing a show or training for an event become overwhelming. I started to have no direction because I didn’t know who was right and what I should actually be doing. So the best advice I can give when it comes to this, is to listen to one person and one person only. Put all your trust in that one person that they would not steer you wrong and go for it!
WHAT ARE YOUR SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM GOALS?
Short Term Goal: WIN the WBFF Diva Fitness Model at Worlds come August 2013
Long Term Goal: Be the best trainer/coach that I can be. I want to keep inspiring and motivating others to reach their maximum potential.
HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND IN THE GYM DURING A TYPICAL WORKOUT?
During training season, I usually spend around 1-1.5 hours in the gym. In the off season, my workouts tend to be shorter, so a quick 45 min session is best.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CRAVINGS FOR JUNK FOODS, SALTY FOODS AND SWEETS?
To be honest, I really don’t have a salty food craving, but sweets on the other hand…the DEVIL!!!! I try and make healthy alternatives that still give me that sweet taste, but with fewer calories and sugar. Sugar Free Jell-o with fat free whip topping becomes my best friend, Also the dessert gum…GLORIOUS!
FUN QUICK QUESTIONS FOR OUR READERS
Favorite color? Yellow
Favorite food? Pizza or cupcakes…random I know
Favorite TV Show? Big Bang Theory or Gossip Girl
Favorite movie? Dirty Dancing
Favorite Band/Artist? Eminem
Do you have any pets? I have the best dog in the world and his name is Kain.
Keep reaching for the stars! Sky is the limit and you are a shooting star.
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