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
- 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