Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Tricia “Teefab” Floyd

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Tricia “Teefab” Floyd
  • Age 37
  • Height 5’8
  • Weight 146 
  • Occupation: Director of Education & Child care

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Tricia)

I am a 37 year old lifelong athlete fighting for fitness with the intentions to inspire others to have faith and never quit. Shortly after getting married on 2012 I ended up having surgery after multiple miscarriages in attempt to start my family. I was told I couldn’t carry a child, however, after a rough pregnancy, God blessed my husband and I with my daughter Tia in October of 2013 and we were elated. Soon after, my daughter, Tia now 4 years old, went from appearing to have asthma to being diagnosed with the rare heart condition called Cardiomyopathy.

For the next 2 years after Tia’s diagnosis, our family endured med-flights to UVA and living in the hospital for months at a time, while Tia battled heart failure, kidney failure and dialysis. I would literally sit by her beside all day, inactive and living off fast food. Her time being sick caused her to have severe developmental delays and her mother, her sickness and the stress of it all also caused me to battle with anxiety, guilt, severe depression and weight gain. Soon I found myself weighing 215 pounds. Each time Tia appeared to get better, I would get back to training, but it seems as if I would lose 15 pounds, to only gain 20 the next time she was sick. But I refused to quit! I knew something would have to change. The tipping point was being sat down by her cardio team in 2015 with the ultimatum to list her for an emergency heart transplant. In faith I refused. I knew that she was a fighter like I was. And my faith assured me, if I could get out of my depression and let go of fear, she could progress. I couldn’t expect her to fight and be strong while I was so physically, mentally, and emotionally weak!

 

After some hard work, prayer and faith we went home and went to work getting her better. I began training again, and creating healthy habits, and studying body weight workouts that I could do just in case I had live at the hospital again. I started meal prepping and was determined to stay strong and on track, not just for me…for her! I noticed the stronger I became, the more Tia thrived. Fast forward 2 years of hard work, and we are excited to say Tia is celebrating over 2 years hospital free! Mimicking her strength I have lost over 75 pounds and have been competing in crossfit, powerlifting and now bodybuilding.

 

In 2017, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and broke the state record in deadlifting. I currently hold 5 World Records and I am on track to compete in Raw World Championships in October. I also competed in my first natural bodybuilding show in December and won all four of my categories and won my Pro Card.

 What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Tricia) Keep pushing and no matter what you are going through, you will be stronger for it.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Tricia) Since losing 75 pounds, I have adapted the lifestyle of eating clean year round. I gave up meat about 15 years ago and am now a pescatarian, but I also try to keep an alkaline diet. Since I spent many years yo-yoing with my weight, I kept a journal of my progress and failures and was able to come up with a list of foods that worked well with my body.

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Tricia)  A typical day of eating for me usually starts with some protein oatmeal. Rather I’m prepping for a show or not, I still eat 5 to 6 small meals a day and aim for at least ¾ gallon of water. My meals consists of lean fish, clean carbs and a leafy green. I give myself more leinecy on the weekends when I’m not in prep mode.

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Tricia) Because I am a hybrid athlete, my training schedule is a bit unorthodox, however it all works together. My main conditioning comes from crossfitting 2/3 days a week. I also train in powerlfiting 2 days a week. I have target strength training for bodybuilding 2 times per week and always take one day of rest and recovery every week.

Favorite body part to train?

(Tricia) My favorite body part to train is legs. I come from a track and field background and have exceptionally strong legs and core. I love training my legs because they make gains rather quickly and I can really push them to the max.

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Tricia) I don’t particually have a workout playlist because my training style. But anything Missy Elliot really gets me motivated to move!

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Tricia) I try to keep my supplements vey basic. I always include fish oil, vitamin C, BCAA’s, low carb whey protein, and l-glutamine.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Tricia) My favorite cheat meal is strawberry pancakes from Denny’s! I usually have them before a big meet, on re-feeds and anytime I need to carb up to perform my best.

One interesting fact about you?

(Tricia) I still have every fitness award that I have won over the span of my life. The oldest being a 1st place feild day ribbon from winning the 55M dash in 1987. 🙂

To keep up with Tricia and learn more about her fitness journey go follow her IG page Teefabfitit  

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Aisha Williams

 

Tell us about yourself

  • Name  Aisha Williams
  • Age 27
  • Height 5’9
  • Weight 165
  • Occupation Weight loss coach

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(AISHA) After a few failed attempts, I decided to see a health coach for a few weeks where I got to understand how to eat and workout in order to reach my weight loss goals. The more I seen results or even some times none at all I kept in mind this journey was to bring be better health. The more I ate well I felt lighter the more I made sure to work out the stronger I felt. Those feelings and results made me want to work harder.

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(AISHA)  I had to constantly remind myself this wasn’t for anyone but myself and no one else could do this work but me. My biggest struggle was taking responsibility for myself.

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(AISHA) Fake it till you make it you have to be your biggest cheerleader because nobody understands more than you and no one wants it more than you. It’s okay to have a bad meal or day or even weekend. Because you can always get right back on track. As long as you are building on  making healthy choices you will see results. Have patience.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(AISHA) I don’t call myself being on a diet. Instead I plan to eat what will nourish my body when I have cravings I proportion myself before I go over bored lol.

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(AISHA) I start with infused water with lemon and ginger I’ll add apple cider vinegar a half hour later I’ll have a green smoothie for a snack I’ll have some plantain.  Lunch is usually my biggest meal and I’ll have a big salad or mixed steamed vegetables on the side some rice and beans or potatoes of some sort. For dinner I’ll have chicken with rice and a salad on the side. For my night cravings I’ll have peanut butter  crackers and Always herbal tea with lemon before bed.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(AISHA) I have a crazy schedule so every week would be different but I try not to go   3 days in a row without working out

  1. Example of one or more workouts : squats with weights are a go to of mine for weight trainings do 2x week. Burpees are a killer when doing hiit workouts I do once a week and I go jogging at least once a week for 3 miles and that helps physically and spiritually while being super effective in burning fat

Favorite body part to train?

(AISHA) My booty

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(AISHA) Knuck if you buck- crime mob, Crunk music- dipset, Milkshake- kelis

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(AISHA) I’ve tried things like pre workout and didn’t like the way I felt and didn’t want to become dependent on anything so I stopped.

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(AISHA) A good sport bras

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(AISHA) French fries omg

One interesting fact about you?

(AISHA) I believe I’m psychic

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(AISHA) Love yourself in every stage of your journey always find something positive in you.

 

To keep up with Aisha you can check out her Instagram the.glamazon.aisha. If interested in training with her check out her 30 day weightloss plan here https://glamazonfitness.samcart.com/products/glamazon-weight-loss-guide

 

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Christina Bryant

Tell us about yourself

  • Name:  Christina Bryant
  • Age: 32
  • Height 5’2
  • Weight 138 pounds
  • Occupation Integrated Sales Solutions Manger for AT&T Mobility 

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Christina) 4 years ago I went through tough divorce, which resulted in me being diagnosed with depression, high blood pressure, and the beginning stages of diabetes. I was 28 years old and felt like I was too young to be in such bad health conditions, and did not want to live the life consistently going back and forth to the doctors and having to take medications for the remainder of my life. So one morning my mother pushed me to get out the bed and lace up my sneakers and go walking. Walking led to running and then running led to weight lifting. The weightlifting helped me to clear my head and become my outlet to help me fight my depression.

 

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Christina) Consistency was the biggest part that I struggled with in the beginning of my journey because I wanted to see results fast. I had to consistently be reminded that fitness is not a fad but a true lifestyle change and will take hard work and dedication to see changes over time.

 

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Christina) NEVER QUIT!! Taking more than two days off from the gym is considered fitness suicide in my eyes and will push your journey backwards. Remember that you’re human so if you do eat something bad or something against your diet its ok, but make sure the next day you are focused and have gotten it out of your system so you don’t make that same mistake consistently.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Christina) 80% vs 20% is the motto that I follow when it comes to sticking to my Diet and nutrition. I know that being in the gym comes easy to me, but making sure that I am holding myself to Macro Nutrients setup in my plan during show prep is the key factor into presenting the best package on stage when I compete.

 

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Christina) I eat 6 times a day which includes a variety of health choices such as sweet potatoes, Lean meats, whey Protein, and my favorite of all Almond or Peanut Butter. All of this is setup in my monthly plan, which is based on my competition date set.

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Christina) I train 7 days a week, which includes 6 days of weightlifting and fasted cardio split up into two sessions per day. The 7th day I just do fasted Cardio in the morning and try and rest as much as possible

  1. Example of one or more workouts: On leg day I do an hour of fasted cardio on the Stairmaster at level of five speed, I try and keep my heart rate at 120 bpm or more. That evening I return to the gym and do a 10-minute stationary bike ride to warm up my legs and then I lift for approx. 90 minutes and close my workout with 20 minutes of walking lunges.

 

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Christina) My Legs are my favorite body part to train

 

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Christina) My gym playlist is definitely interesting and based on my moods and how I feel when I wake up in the morning. Ella Mai is currently in heavy rotation on my playlists in the morning. Something about her music makes me feel empowered as a young woman in the dating world.

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Christina) I currently take a variety of supplements such as BCAA’s, Probiotics, Fat Burner, CLA, and Vitamin C and Vitamin B-12. I use black coffee as my preworkout kicker.

 

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Christina) My staple fitness product that I am currently using would have to be my resistance bands that I use during my Glute exercises. They have helped me to keep them high and lifted, I also must admit they make my butt look pretty good in my jeans as well.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Christina) Coconut Macaroons and Pizza

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Christina) I love to sing, I grew up singing and being involved in the local theatre group and church choir growing up. I actually can carry a tune….lol

 

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Christina) I am thankful for the opportunity to be featured and to share my store with so many women who don’t know where to start their fitness journey or how to continue when they have reach a stumbling block while on their journey to a better self.

 

 

Christina is currently hosting traveling boot camp classes in the central Georgia area, which includes a focus on abs, legs, and glutes. She is also prepping for another INBF/SNBF women’s bodybuilding competition which will take place on November 4, 2017 in Suwanee, Georgia. To keep up with Christina you can check out her on instagram @theprettylifta

 

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Sarah Jane

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Sarah Jane
  • Age 25
  • Height 5’11
  • Weight 175
  • Occupation: Sales Account Executive

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Sarah) My “fitness journey/lifestyle” evolved almost two years ago, however as of four years ago I decided that I needed to make a change in my life If I really wanted to be happy and appreciate what I saw in the mirror. Two years ago, I picked up CrossFit for recreation and to keep the weight that I lost off. I would’ve never imagined that a sport that literally tests your fitness level and mental capabilities would be something I truly enjoy doing and maintaining the lifestyle that comes along with it.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(SarahEverything. I didn’t know about health or fitness, all I cared about was weight loss. My biggest struggle was staying off the scale and not getting so upset when the numbers wasn’t moving in the direction that I wanted or move at all. I could not comprehend why my body wouldn’t cooperate even though I was doing all the things that I was supposed to; eating right (counting calories) and exercising. Also, I wasn’t fair to myself in the early stages, I got upset when I would “fall of the wagon” and eat the “good food that is bad for you”, as a result I rarely enjoyed the process of losing weight and body transformation.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(SarahStay off the scale! It’s easier said than done, trust me I know it is, but you must give yourself time to adjust to a lifestyle that you most recently adopted. I believe that the biggest hurdle to overcome is the extremely high expectations that we set with little to no room for failure. I think it’s great to set the bar high, please continue doing so, but also remember that the difficult part comes from the realization that enduring a new lifestyle will be difficult at first. Health and Fitness shouldn’t be viewed as a mean to an end, that perspective is temporary and one of the main reasons why its easy to become discouraged. A lifestyle change is the equivalent of learning a new language or skill, you will mess up a few times at first, but with consistent preparation and focus you will naturally get better at it. As cheesy as it may sound *eye roll*, Enjoy the process.

 

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(SarahI don’t diet and exercise. I eat and train. I don’t believe it boils down to semantics because diet and exercise sounds restrictive and temporary. My goal is to maintain a level of consistency while continuing to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I eat to fuel my body to perform at a level that is acceptable to me. Eating is good! I love to eat lol. If I miss a meal I get cranky, if I get cranky I am not productive, and If I am not productive, I am wasting time. Time is of the essence and once it’s gone, that’s it. Every minute I waste not working towards my goals is time wasted and puts me one step back from the potential of where I could’ve been.

 

What’s a typical day of eating like for you?

(SarahIt depends on the day and what my training looks like, but it can vary anywhere from 6-8 meals or times I eat. I eat about every two and a half to three hours.

Breakfast is always big (tip: you’ll burn more throughout the day if you fuel your body early) it can vary from 500-820 calories. 1 cup of spinach, 2 pieces of whole grain bread with protein (toast with a tablespoon of almond butter), 3 strips of turkey bacon, two boiled eggs (white part)

Meal two: Protein shake

Meal 3: ground turkey, asparagus, sweet potatoes

Meal 4: Arugula salad mix; light vinaigrette dressing

Meal 5: Chicken Breast, spinach, and brown rice

Meal 6: Chicken and Broccoli

Meal7: Protein shake and whole grain bread

Meal 8: Greek yogurt and strawberries

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts? 

(SarahMy training split is as follows:

Monday: Legs

Tuesday: Arms, Back, and Core

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Chest and Obliques

Friday: Legs

Saturday: Cardio and work on functional movements (deadlift, clean, jerks etc..) or mobility exercises

Sunday: off

Favorite body part to train?

(SarahLEGS! (quads, hammies, glutes, calves) I love it.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(SarahMy playlist varies between Gospel, Reggae, Dancehall, African Music, R&B, Rap, and Pop. If I had to choose a playlist of 12 songs that when I’m tired and really need that extra push to finish strong it would be:

R Kelly- World’s Greatest

Christina Aguilera– Fighter

Brian Courtney Wilson- Worth Fighting For

Nicki Minaj- Win Again

Rocko- Umma Do Me (remix)

T-Pain- Up Down

Cardi B- Bodak Yellow

Lil Jon- Get low (remix)

Drake- Energy

Mobb Deep ft. Lil Kim- Quiet Storm

Chief Keef – Faneto

Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You

 

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(SarahYes. Xtend BCAAs. I switch off between Amin.NO.Energy and C4.

 

What are your staple fitness products?

(SarahMy staple fitness products are:

Dymatize Whey Isolate Protein

Xtend Scivation BCAAs

Amin. NO.Energy

 

 Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(SarahMy favorite food is French fries!!!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(SarahI collect Wine. I have over 150 bottles in my collection. I worked in the Wine and Spirits industry for three years and developed a taste for good wine, I have an extensive knowledge of appellations, growing regions, and grape varietals.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(SarahI am a Certified Personal Trainer, I am pursuing an MBA in Marketing with a concentration in Kinesiology, and I’ve launched a website, and business all in 2017 . None of that would’ve been possible without Jesus Christ. I am beyond grateful for where He has me right now and where He will continue to take me. It has been a busy year to say the least, but through it all I’ve found my passion in life that I believe is worth fighting for. Thank God for all the ups and downs this year has brought, I have learned so much since I stopped operating in fear. I encourage everyone, especially women to do the same. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want.

 

If you would like to keep up with Sarah and SprintSquatSlay.com follow her on IG @Msjamaicaqueens

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Sonja Price Herbert

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Sonja R. Price Herbert
  • Age 48 years young
  • Height 5’3
  • Weight 128 
  • Occupation: Pilates Instructor Badass/Founder of Black Girl Pilates

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Sonja)  I started working out in junior high but mostly to help with my depression. I was mostly lifting weights and running. During the early part of my 20s, aerobics classes were still in so I would follow the videos. I knew that I wanted to do something in fitness but was not sure how to begin. I found Pilates first and fell in love so I got certified. I also cross train a lot with kettlebells, barbell training, yoga etc.

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Sonja) Honestly, depression has been a deterrent but once I was up I was good. There have been many times where depression won the battle however, I would allow myself time to bounce back. I know that working out makes me feel better so I would end up doing something even if it’s yoga. I also have a group of three friends who keep me motivated and work out a lot. We talk every day and do park workouts in the summer.

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Sonja) Be real with what YOU can do. Give yourself a break when you just don’t feel like it. It’s totally ok. I believe in being real with yourself and your feelings. Find a supportive group of friends who believe in you and being healthy. My squad has been a Godsend and also understand what its like to be unmotivated.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Sonja) I allow myself to eat something if I’m craving it. I try my BEST to do the 80/20 but sometimes its looks like 20/80 lol. As I have gotten older there are things that I have developed sensitivities too like kale, some fruit, tomatoes etc. so I do stay away from those foods.

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Sonja) Breakfast HAS to happen. I big breakfast person and have lately been a pancake junkie. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill because it is all organic, natural ingredients and owned by the original owner. The employees also have stock options in the company as well. My lunch is typically a good mixture of protein, veggies, and a good carb. Now that does not always happen and plus as a Southern I like dessert sometimes. Dinner is pretty much like lunch but not as heavy because I get home after 8pm most nights.

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Sonja) My workouts are much different than when I was competing which was done in splits. Now that I am not competing this is what it pretty much what it looks like:

  1. Pilates on the reformer – intermediate and some advanced work; handstand/walkover practice on the ladder barrel and handstands up against the wall – Monday/Wednesdays
  2. I attend a Calisthenics class at my gym Revolutionary Fitness whenever my scheduled allows on Wednesdays but will also do some calisthenics/KBs outside once its warmer.
  3. Yoga is usually on a Sunday for about an hour and half.

Favorite body part to train?

(Sonja) Upper body because I used to have weak upper body.

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Sonja) I love old school so:

Forget Me not -Patrice Rushen

This is How We Do it – Montell Jordan

Children’s Story – Slick Rick

Push It – Salt N Pepa

Baby I’m A Star – Prince

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Supersonic – JJ FAD

I Go To Work– Kool Moe Dee

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Sonja) I only take a multivitamin, iron, and glucosamine, Omega 3,6,9.

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Sonja) Perform better mini bands, kettlebell, sandbag, magic circle, Pilates Toe exerciser

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Sonja) Mac and cheese, biscuits.

One interesting fact about you?

(Sonja) I was a Social Worker for almost 20 years.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Sonja) I have two amazing children who are athletes. My 24 year old daughter is a former dancer turned sprinter and my 18 year son is also sprinter. Both of my brothers were athletes in high school but I was not. My youngest brother is an amazing Group Exercise instructor in Dallas, Texas. He teaches Hip Hop and athletic training classes. I recently, started Black Girl Pilates which is platform specifically for Black Pilates Instructors to share ideas, struggles and successes within the method.

For information on whats new with Sonja check out her social media pages below!

Facebook: Commando Core Fitness

IG: Commando Core Fitness Black Girl Pilates 

Twitter: @SonjaRHerbert

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Danielle Humes

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Danielle C. Humes
  • Age 32
  • Height 5’6
  • Weight 156 
  • Occupation: Registered Nurse

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Danielle)  My desire to stay active carried over into adulthood from playing basketball in grammar school and high school but as I got older and had children it shifted more towards fitness. Being a wife, mom, and nurse is physically and mentally challenging and going to the gym is my way of relieving stress and challenging my body in ways I’ve never done before. As a nurse, I’ve seen and taken care of so many patients that have preventable illnesses and health problems so I try to educate and motivate others to change their habits and lifestyles to improve their quality of life.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Danielle) My biggest struggle initially was not wanting to go workout alone. I wanted to have someone to work out with if my husband couldn’t come with me but with his encouragement and having a better sense of doing this for me, my dedication kicked into overdrive! No workout buddy, lack of time, being tired, or even feeling sick doesn’t keep me out of the gym. I literally have to force myself to take “rest days” lol !

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Danielle) If you are struggling with motivation you have to shift your mindset to understand your WHY! You go to work, why? To provide for yourself and your family. You go back to school, why? To equip yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to be successful. Your WHY has to matter to you, it has to be just as important as going to work, exceling in your career, even being a great spouse/parent! You have to want to do it not just for summer, not just to fit in your vacation swimsuit or birthday dress, but to be the best you possible- not just outside but inside as well. Exercise is one of the most underutilized cures for health and wellness and I want to change that!

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Danielle) I take a flexible approach to diet/nutrition depending upon if I want to bulk up or lean out a bit. I enjoy eating healthy so its never been a struggle for me but I do allow myself to have cheat meals, drink wine, etc. because its good to have that balance. I’ve learned to listen to my body so I get a sense of when something may be lacking in my diet or when I need to make some adjustments.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Danielle) For breakfast I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal (with different things added to it depending upon what I have a taste for), two boiled eggs, and maybe some turkey bacon. Definitely have to have my coffee lol! I have scaled back on my use of creamer (I cant let it go yet lol) and I don’t use sugar so that helps as well. For lunch I like to make different kinds of salads with chicken or fish and all kinds of veggies! As a nurse I don’t like to have that heavy feeling after my lunch break so I keep my lunches light but full of good healthy foods! Dinner really varies from day to day but my favorites are baked chicken with a sweet potato and veggies or tacos!! In between meals I eat protein bars, fruit, or some sort of nuts/trail mix. I get my protein shakes in after workouts and definitely the day after a hard workout!

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Danielle) I train legs heavy twice a weekly, usually Monday & Wednesday. Chest & Back on Tuesdays and Shoulders/Biceps/Triceps on Thursdays. Sometimes I may scale back a bit on Legs and do more upper body work which has been a struggle for me but I’ve made a lot of progress adding more volume to my workout. I like a balanced look overall- nice toned arms and legs/glutes 😊

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Danielle) Legs/Glues are my favorite, I am still learning to fine tune my training to prevent any imbalances on either side and progressively build strength in my glutes because I’m very quad- dominant. Hip thrusts, deadlifts, split squats, & kickbacks are my favorites!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Danielle) My workout music has lots of hip hop/rap music, the louder the better! I currently have albums by Future, Drake, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, & Migos in rotation!!

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Danielle) I take L Arginine or Maca before I start my workout, liquid L Carnitine before breakfast and again on days I’m going to do cardio, sip on BCAAS during and after my workouts. I also take a daily multivitamin and a women’s probiotic/digestive enzyme.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Danielle) Other than my supplements and protein shakes, my go-to products are my Beats wireless headphones, my HandlzGloves workout gloves, my GymSheep barbell bar pad, kickback cable connectors, resistance bands, sliders, and 10 lb. ankle weights. All of these products allow me to get a good upper or lower body workout whether I am at home or the gym!

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Danielle) Tacos with a margarita!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Danielle) My face doesn’t always read “friendly” but I am one of the coolest, trustworthy silliest, thoughtful, caring, loyal, supportive friends anyone could have! I don’t give it all away too soon though, you have to earn it from me. My closest friends wouldn’t tell you anything different!

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Danielle) I am looking forward to making a positive unique impact on the fitness industry in the near future as a soon to be personal trainer and entrepreneur with my sorority sister/good friend! Refined Physique- remember the name! 😉😊

 

For information on whats new with Danielle check out her IG page @danielle_fab_fit_rn

 

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Lisa Ree

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Lisa Ree 
  • Age 28
  • Height 5’8
  • Weight 159 
  • Occupation: Medical Social Worker by day/Certified Personal Trainer by night

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Lisa) My fitness journey started exactly on April 4, 2014. Like most, I was unhappy with the way I looked in the mirror and especially with no clothes on. I gained a ton of weight after losing a baby mainly emotionally eating just not caring anymore. I was always tall so I was told that I carried the weight well but I knew the health conditions I was at risk for. My highest weight was 215. So I said to myself either you do something about it or shut up. So I decided to take action. I made small daily changes to my diet and started to walk in my neighborhood park 3 times a day and the weight started to melt off just like that. I said to myself “hey this is working” so that’s what kept me on my journey and I haven’t looked back since then.

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Lisa) My main struggle at the beginning of my journey to remain consistent was my job at that time. I was working in child welfare as a social worker. I had hardly any time for myself after working over time most days and of course not getting enough sleep. It was hard to keep my workout schedule going and especially hard to keep my nutrition on point as I would often make excuses to put off a workout until the next day because I was so tired or I’d decide to eat fattening unhealthy foods as comfort foods due to the high stress of my job.

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Lisa) Don’t stop! Even when you think or feel like you’re not progressing, trust me your body is making small internal changes that will lead to the big external changes you’re working so hard to see. Change doesn’t happen overnight but if you’re consistent and persistent it will happen!

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Lisa) I can’t stress enough how major nutrition is. It is KEY! Exercise is the easiest part. The other 23 hours can be the most difficult if you allow it to be. My suggestion is for anyone to download the free Myfitnesspal app it is a life savor! It tracks all of your meals, calories, macros and everything! I’ve been logging everyday since 4/4/14 by habit. Start by making small changes to your diet. For instance, if you love little Debbie cakes and can’t live without them and you eat about 4 a day, cut that back to 2 a day until eventually you get to 1 a day and then ZERO a day! Find other healthier substitutions for the things that you love. Clean eating does not have to be boring 🙂

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Lisa) I’m currently training/dieting for my first figure competition. This is not an ideal diet for the average person wanting to lose weight as it is a bit more strict with no snacking involved. I eat 6 meals a day. Meal 1: Oatmeal and Eggwhites Meal 2: Protein Shake Meal 3: Chicken, Broccoli, Sweet Potato Meal 4: Ground Turkey, Asparagus Meal 5: Salmon, Broccoli Meal 6: Protein Shake

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Lisa) I workout 6 days a week. Training different body parts each day. For instance, legs one day and back and bis the next day. I also complete 45 minutes of cardio each day as well.

  • For instance, Quad (front thigh) focused Leg Workout exercises: Front Squats, Leg Extensions, Leg Press, Lunges, Sissy Squats as a finisher

Favorite body part to train?

(Lisa) Shoulders by far 🙂

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Lisa) I mainly listen to a lot of motivational YouTube videos and Pandora stations such as CT Fletcher, Eric Thomas and Steven Furtick. I also listen to Gospel stations.

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Lisa) Of course Protein Powder for my protein shakes, Branch Chain Amino Acids, Preworkout and a Fat Burner. Multivitamins and other vitamins such as Vitamin C & D that I take daily to supplement what I may miss in my strict diet for competition prep.

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Lisa) I have to wear my Workout Belt daily as well as my Polar Watch and HRM to let me know exactly what my heart rate is each workout and also the amount of calories I’ve burned that workout.

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Lisa) Unfortunately I don’t do cheat meals as often as it’s mainly by choice I honestly don’t crave meals like pizza or burgers. A cheat for me would be a donut from Publix Bakery 🙂 I love Sweets anything from cake to donuts to pie.

One interesting fact about you?

(Lisa) I’m a Goal Getter. Once I set my eyes on a prize, it has to happen. I have to go after it with everything I have in me to get it. I’m also slightly too competitive lol often times with myself I like to outdo the old me every day.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Lisa) I love seeing other beautiful black women take control of their health. I love to see “us” in the gym at the park or wherever working it out! Health is wealth! Also My personal training business is Balanced Bodies Fitness. Always accepting new clients!

 

For information on whats new with Lisa check out her IG page @balancedbodiesfitness16

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Whitney Jacobs

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Whitney Jacobs
  • Age 29
  • Height 5’5
  • Weight 150 
  • Occupation: EMR consultant

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Whitney)  My dad was always active in health and wellness so I was brought up in  it.  I was raised always having a weight room in our house.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Whitney)  After graduating college, I still had that drive to compete because I had competed in athletics my entire life.  Growing up in sports, that was your reason and way of working out so I had to rethink about the ways and reasons to work out.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Whitney)  Grab a friend!  Friends help give yo the accountability and encouragement that we need when we feel like we’re lacking it ourselves.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Whitney)  I try to eat organic and unprocessed food!  I love going to local farmer’s markets to get fresh food!  We have to think about how we approach and understand the connection between the food we eat and how our body functions.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Whitney)  I always drink a glass of water with apple cider vinegar within ten minutes of waking up.  I will usually make a smoothie (spinach, kale, flax seed, turmeric, fruit) and eggs.  My meals consist of a portion of a protein source (meat, fish, chicken, lentils), lots of vegetables, and I snack on nuts and fruit throughout the day.  I truly believe it’s about what we eat and not always how much we eat.  Eating the right things is vitally important.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Whitney) 

Monday-legs

Tuesday-back

Wednesday-shoulders

Thursday-legs

friday-arms/chest

My cardio varies from running, biking, stairmaster, swimming, roller blading, playing basketball

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Whitney) Legs!

Example workout:

leg extensions

leg curls

leg press

Single leg rdl superset with curtsy squat

TRX bulgarian split squat superset with jump squats

cable kick backs

cable pull throughs

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Whitney)

Until I pass out—Uncle Reece

Joyful Joyful—Lauryn Hill

Nobody—Tye Tribbett

Stomp remix—Kirk franklin

I can’t help myself—Uncle Reece

Higher—William Murphy

1-2 Victory check—Tye Tribbett

It’s Working—William Murphy

God’s Got a Blessing—Norman Hutchins

Hold up the Light—Bebe & CeCe Winans

Long as I Got king Jesus—Vickie Winans

The Anthem—Jesus Culture

Freedom—Eddie James

Mighty Long Way—Tye Tribbett

Hallelujah Praise—CeCe Winans

Jesus be a Fence—Fred Hammond

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Whitney)  Plant based protein powder, multi-vitamin

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Whitney)  Versa loop bands, foam roller

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Whitney)  Dark Chocolate

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Whitney)  I’m an avid animal lover!

 

 

For information on whats new with Whitney check out her IG page @FreedomFitness1

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Moniek Richardson

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Moniek Richardson
  • Age 34
  • Height 5’1 1/2
  • Weight 140
  • Occupation: Personal Trainer, Clinical Social Worker

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Moniek)  I started my fitness journey in my early 20’s while struggling with high blood pressure. I tried to stay active in the gym while balancing school, work, and life. In 2013 I decided to create a blog about my fitness journey. That is how the brand Fit While Brown was created. The blog quickly grew into so much more. I would call my friends and tell them to meet me at the park and would create fitness boot camps for us. My love for health and fitness grew. Working in the healthcare industry for many years, it opened my eyes to many health issues that could be prevented. Being a clinician I saw the struggle with weight loss for many people was much more than just physical and I wanted to address that. My vision for myself was to work with the physical and mental wellbeing of a person.   As I continued to workout with others they would ask if I was a personal trainer. I would say no and they would then ask “why not”?. So I asked myself “why not” and I started my program with NASM. I was certified in 2015. At that time Fit While Brown, LLC was launched. I had my avenue push my passion of health and wellness. It has always been a focus on lifestyle and not just a temporary fix.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Moniek) In the beginning I struggled with balancing time and commitments. Since my health was a priority to me, I continued to work until I found that balance.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Moniek)  I would tell them hang in there. There is no one way to get there. It can be as colorful as you need it to be but make sure you get there. Keep going. You are worth it.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Moniek) I am a big advocate for meal prepping, which is one of the services I provide. To be successful at reaching those goals you have to plan and prep. I make sure I keep myself within certain nutrition goals and I track my food and meal prep every Sunday to make sure I stay with that. It is a time commitment but it makes your week better and your food choices are healthier.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Moniek) I typically have 3-4 meals and 2 snacks. I have long days so I pack all of my food with me. Breakfast I usually make egg muffins. Lunch might be grilled salmon and roasted veggies. Dinner might be shrimp stir fry. My snacks include fruit, fig bars, and almonds.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Moniek) I work out 3-4 times a week depending on my schedule with clients. I try to get a run in on one of those days (3-5 miles). A leg day may include: 100 (sets of 25) squats with a weight, reverse lunges with weights (3 sets of 20) , and box jumps (3 sets of 20). And I may finish with 3-30 second sprints.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Moniek) I love legs! This is my favorite part to train.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Moniek) 

My run/race mix:

Money Baby (K Camp)

U Don’t Know Me (T.I)

The Way You Love Me (Keri Hilson)

I’m Drinking/Red bull (Beenie Man)

Dance (A**) (Big Sean)

My Chick Bad (Ludacris)

I’m Out (Ciara)

Ring The Alarm (Beyonce)

Radio (Beyonce)

Turn Down For What (Lil Jon)

Clapper (Wale)

Na Na (Trey Songz)

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Moniek) I take CLA, Omega 3’s, Coq10, and a multivitamin. Most of what I take are regular natural supplements.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Moniek) I don’t use many products. I do like Sweet Sweat when I am in the sauna.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Moniek) Mexican Food

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Moniek) I love horror/scary movies

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Moniek) I’m thankful for every opportunity to share my passion and love for helping others live a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

For information on whats new with Moniek and her Fit While Brown Business check out her contact information below

Email: fitwhilebrown@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fit.w.brown

IG: @fitwhilebrown

Youtube: Moniek R

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Dr. Stacey McCoy

 

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Dr. Stacey McCoy
  • Age 40
  • Height 5’3
  • Weight  Competition: 140 
  • Occupation: Emergency Department Pharmacist

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Stacey)  I’m a busy professional and at some point life seemed to just take over and then I looked up and realized I’d gained some extra pounds and had some health concerns. I had uncontrolled hypertension, asthma, and numerous uterine fibroids masked by my belly fat, constipation, irregularity, and a body fat of 38%.  My doctor asked me if I wanted diabetes, because that was next for me. Me? A healthcare professional and a horrible example..I had to do something to get my health back in order

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Stacey)  I think there will always be obstacles when you’re attempting to get in shape. I’ve trained for and participated in marathons, triathlons and now my second bodybuilding competitions. Mastering my eating habits is definitely the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. I’m a true southern girl, from Houston Texas.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Stacey)  The best advice I can give is to choose an event each year you believe is too hard to obtain, fight for it and work for it day by day . You will see a change in your body , mind and  spirit.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Stacey)  Nutrition is really the key to success. It’s also the hardest part of becoming successful. The better we can become at creating new recipes for old favorites , the easier we will make the transition to better health.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Stacey)  I’m in the middle of training for a competition, so I’m eating lots of eggs, chicken, green veggies. My meal plan varies, so that my  body has to adapt as well.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Stacey)  At this point  I’m currently completing 90 minutes of cardio daily. The first workout of the day is always a Beachbody Fitness program, so I can complete it at home and I know I’m getting a great workout. The second workout is my strength training , designed by my coach, followed by a cardio workout of Low Intensity Steady State.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Stacey)  I can’t say I actually have a favorite body part.. My  legs are the most developed and I like activities such as running, and biking along with strength training so I guess I have to say legs..

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Stacey)  I drink Shakeology Daily to make sure I’m powering my  body with superfoods and the appropriate nutrients. I also use pre-workout (Quake) and BCAA’s (Xtend) from Scivation.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Stacey)  The supplements I mentioned previously. Also I’ve used multiple Beachbody fitness programs to get and stay in shape. I started with Insanity. I’ve also completed P90X3, 21 Day Fix , Chalene Extreme, Insane Asylum, Brazil Butt Lift, Cize and several others.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Stacey)  I love cupcakes and pizza

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Stacey)  I did part of my Pharmacist training in Japan. I had no idea how to use chopsticks until I arrived and was starving! You can learn any skill out of necessity.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Stacey)  I don’t think that any part of being healthier is easy especially for someone who’s been overweight like myself. You have to be willing to fight everyday to maintain your spiritual, mental and physically health. A large part of that is reading great personal development and surrounding yourself with others who are determined to have a better life.

 

 

For information on whats new with Fit Pharmacist Dr. Stacey McCoy check out @stcymccoy on IG or her facebook FitPharmacist. She also has her own website www.fitPharmacist.com