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

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Dr. Brittney Dayne

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Brittney Dayne, PharmD
  • Age 31
  • Height 5’9
  • Weight 145 
  • Occupation: Pharmacist

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

(Brittney) After earning my degree in 2010, I began my journey as a pharmacist with the goal of educating my community on improving their overall health and lifestyle. I had no idea that through several interactions with patients and learning their stories, I would also be inspired to better my own lifestyle and truly lead by example! I made the decision to train and dedicate myself to fitness so that my patients could see that I ‘practice what I preach!

 

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

(Brittney) My biggest challenge with this journey is sacrificing time spent with friends and family. I haven’t missed out on all special moments, but it’s been more than I’d like. As a competitor, the focus and discipline that’s required is extreme. If you are preparing for a competition during the holidays, it’s difficult to not fully indulge in the experience of eating and celebrating with family and friends. The sacrifice has always proven itself to be worth it, but it’s still very challenging in those moments.

 

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

(Brittney) When dieting becomes the main factor of discouragement, I like to tell myself (and others) that every decision I make will indeed have an impact. I can deal with the temporary joys of eating something that will have a lasting, negative impact. Or I can make a decision that will benefit my body and my goals. The same way we make decisions to get up, go to work, and take care of priorities is no different than the decisions we make for our health and goals.  You must see dieting as a wise decision and not a burden.

 

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

(Brittney) I’m a big fan of tracking macronutrients. It’s easy enough to stay within calorie limits. However, if the majority of those calories are coming from fats, you will prolong progress and lessen your chances of reaching your goals. MyFitnessPal has been golden for me!

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Brittney) I try to have a balanced breakfast with carbs, low fats, and protein – oatmeal, eggs, protein shake (or a similar variety). Lunch and dinner will consist of veggies and some form of protein (chicken or fish). I’ll have heavier carbs around my workouts.

 

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

(Brittney) I have a personal trainer that I see 3 times per week for strength training. The majority of my lifting sessions focus on legs. I do 45min to an hour of cardio in the morning, typically 3-4 times per week.

Example of one or more workouts

  • Squats are always a priority. Heavy leg presses and leg extensions are great for quad development. Heavy kickbacks and hip thrusts for the glutes. Isolated hamstring curls and stiff-legged deadlifts to keep the hammies popping!

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Brittney) Glutes!!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Brittney) I listen to albums during my workouts and switch it up with the times! Currently, I love Jidenna’s album “The Chief” and Miguel’s Spotify Sessions really get me going for cardio

 

 

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

(Brittney) For supplements, I drink protein shakes daily with breakfast and after a workout, pre-workout (only when it’s been a long day), BCAAs intra-workout, theanine to keep cortisol levels low (stress hormone), stomach enzymes with each meal, and of course my daily multivitamin.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Brittney) For morning cardio, I never leave home without my Lipoxyderm lotion to help burn fat in problem areas like the midsection. And my absolute favorite fitness apparel brand is Celestial Bodiez. Their tights and shorts are incredible for these glutes of mine! LOL

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Brittney) I could eat rice cakes and almond butter all day long! Specifically, Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Brittney) Before I found my passion for fitness, I was a ballerina for 18 years. Tall, narrow, 120lbs, black ballerina! It was my first love!

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Brittney) For the past 2 years, I’ve been competing in the NPC bikini division. I’ve placed at national shows and currently working to take my physique and posing to the next level and earn pro status! Wish me luck!

 

For information on whats new with Dr. Brittney Dayne check out her IG page @drbrit_fit

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Mykal Harris

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Mykal Harris
  • Age 27
  • Height 5’4
  • Weight 160 
  • Occupation: Bartender, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer

 

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

(Mykal)  I had always lived an active life growing up. I played basketball and danced. When I quit dancing after my junior year of college, I began to notice a few extra pounds. But things got worse when I moved to Murfreesboro. I was working at a restaurant, stressed from school, and put on 20+ lbs in 6 months. I didn’t even recognize my body anymore. So I changed my diet, hired a personal trainer, began doing hot yoga, and it became a lifestyle.

 

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

(Mykal)  I work in the restaurant industry, so I am always around delicious food. I struggle with anxiety and depression, so eating out of impulse and stress is sometimes a problem. Lastly, it’s possible to burn yourself out on the lifestyle. At one point I was training several people, teaching yoga, teaching group classes, and attempting to train for a competition. I got sick of seeing the inside of the gym, and had to take a step back. Now, that I don’t live in the gym, I look forward to my workouts every day.

 

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

(Mykal)  Never stop looking for motivation. Get on Pinterest or Instagram, scroll photos, and save inspiring images or quotes. Find a workout partner or someone to hold you accountable. Get into a routine, but make it enjoyable, and try new things.  Celebrate your progress, and remember how you felt before you began. I was miserable when my diet slipped and I stopped being active. I was more exhausted, I didn’t like the way my body looked and felt. Remember what made you get started.

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

(Mykal)  Nutrition is everything. I often tell people who ask me for advice to start there. If you changing your whole life seems to overwhelming, start with trying to eat better. I cannot achieve the body I want or feel like I want, while eating trash. I like to keep my meat intake down and eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I strive to drink a gallon of water every day, and I opt for seafood over chicken. Beef and pork are rare. Eating this way gives me the energy to execute my busy lifestyle and my workouts.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Mykal)   Ideally,

Breakfast: Oatmeal or fruit (apples/bananas)

Snack: Protein shake after a workout

Lunch: Black beans or 6oz fish/chicken and steamed veggies with brown rice, vegan chili,

Snack: Raw fruits/veggies  and yogurt, or a smoothie, sometimes another shake

Dinner: 6oz protein (preferably salmon!), steamed/roasted veggies or a big salad

Snack (if necessary): Grapes or yogurt and granola

 

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

(Mykal)   When training for competition, I do a different body part each day. During the off-season, I enjoy full body workouts and mixing cardio and weights.

Example:

Warm Up: 10 minutes of cardio on the stairs, the elliptical or running

4×10-12 Back squats

4×10-12 Glute kickbacks

4×10-12 Lying leg curls

3×20 Abductor/Adductor

5-10 minutes Walking Lunges

3×20 Hanging leg raise

 

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Mykal)  Legs! Legs! Legs! Glutes, hammies, quads. I could do legs every day!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Mykal)  I don’t have one. I subscribe to Pandora One. If I’m lifting, I like Young Money, Future, or Rick Ross Radio. Anything to make me feel like a badass. If I’m doing cardio, I like pop music like Ke$ha or Katy Perry.

 

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

(Mykal)  I sometimes take a fat burner called TNT for energy, because I can’t take pre-workout. Otherwise, I just use vegan protein powder. My coaches will be giving me supplement regimen during competition training. This will include a multivitamin, probiotic, omega 3,6,9, and the fat burner.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Mykal)  Headphones, arm band, and gloves. I don’t like a lot of extra stuff, I’ll lose it!

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Mykal)  Definitely pizza or sushi

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Mykal)  I study foreign languages for fun.I have a B.A. Spanish, studied Portuguese for a year, and took a semester of Japanese and Italian for elective credit, and spent most of high school devoted to Latin.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Mykal)  Never give up. My health and fitness journey has not been a straight shot. I have regressed and had setbacks. It happens. Someone once told me never compare your private life to someone else’s public life. So while social media is a great place to find inspiration, it only tells the story a person wants you to see. So if you fall off the wagon, get back on. If your diet slips, pick it back up. If you don’t know your ultimate goal, just keep moving and you will find it. All the pieces eventually fall into place, if you keep working.

 

To keep up with Mykal and learn more about her upcoming Vlog/Blog called MelaYoga follow her on instagram @themelayogi 

 

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Keeli Brown

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Keeli Brown
  • Age 29
  • Height 5’4
  • Weight 125 
  • Occupation: Financial Specialist/Trainer

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

(Keeli) In 2011 my college sweetheart broke up with me. I had gained over 20lbs during college and hadn’t worked out since high school. I was in a bad place. I decided it was time to take care of me – I changed my diet (cooking more and eliminating junk food) and started working out 3-4 days a week (half cardio half weight lifting). I started seeing changes and so did everyone else. In 2015 I got my personal training certification as well as a group fitness certification. I began teaching classes in my apartment complex and eventually started teaching at my work gym. I competed in my first bodybuilding competition in October 2016 and won 2nd place Novice and 1st place Open Class C at the Lee Haney Games in Atlanta, GA. I am currently teaching classes at Evolving Fitness in Mabelton, GA.

 

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

(Keeli) Training for my first competition was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. I loved working out so it was mostly due to my diet. I had a very strict calorie count and was completely drained after my workouts. I kept reminding myself that I would basically be naked on stage and everything I ate would show. I had an amazing support system of family and friends to keep me on track as well.

 

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

(Keeli) Having a specific end goal makes a world of difference in a weight loss/fitness journey. Most people are not passionate about fitness. You need a real goal to hit in order to keep going.

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

(Keeli) During my competition prep I had a meal plan but could be flexible and count macros at well.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Keeli) My typical day of eating is as follows:

Breakfast: Oatfit Oatmeal and 3 egg whites

Snack after workout: two rice cakes with PB and protein shake (and banana in offseason)

Lunch: protein/spinach (carb in offseason)

Second lunch: protein/spinach

Dinner: Protein/spinach/carb (off season I can eat what I want)

Snack: Protein cookie

 

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

(Keeli) I usually train 4-6 days a week with at least 3 leg days. Not much cardio in the off season if any.

Example workout:

Warm up

Walking lunges 2 minutes

Set A 4 sets

Leg Press (feet wide) 20 reps

Calf Raises 20 reps

Set B 4 sets

Hip Thrust 20 reps

Bulgarian Split Squat 15 reps/leg

Set C

Plie Squat 20 reps

Jump Squat 20 jumps

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Keeli) Glutes!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Keeli) Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki are all staples in my mix and sprinkle in some Drake for good measure.

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

(Keeli)  Yes – Vegan Protein Powder, BCAAs, and Glutamine.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Keeli) Resistance bands are clutch especially when traveling or I can’t make it to the gym.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Keeli) Peanut Butter.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Keeli) I sang at Philips Arena for an engagement hosted by Grant Hill in 2015,

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Keeli) My goal is inspire women to take charge of their life and bodies – you can look and feel as amazing as you want!

For information on whats new with Keeli check out her website www.workoutsbykeeli.com or her IG page @workoutsbykeeli

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Bria Johnson

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Tell us about yourself

  • Name Bria Johnson
  • Age 23
  • Height 5’2
  • Weight 130 (during offseason)
  • Occupation: Personal Trainer

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

(Bria) I have always been extremely active, however last year I took a great amount of time off from the gym.  Really wasn’t happy with where I was in my life. So early 2016 my goal was to “get shredded” just for my own satisfaction so I started to work out consistently and rigorous.  In March one of my co-workers brought to my attention that I should compete.  Shortly after I did my research and fell quite fond of the idea.  I am pretty head strong so when I set my mind to something it will get accomplished.  I soon hired a coach and begin to prep for my first fitness competition! It has been uphill ever since, I have now found my passion.

 

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

(Bria) Prepping for shows takes dedication you can’t even imagine.  There were many nights I wanted to go home and rest after work or sleep late but I had to go to the gym.  Everytime I wanted to quit I would imagine myself walking out on stage receiving that first place trophy.  That vision alone kept me motivated to keep pushing toward my goals.

 

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

(Bria) I would ask them what they’re purpose is, and if they see their goals important enough to push through hardship.  If so, sacrifice now and the ending result will be unimaginable because of the work you put in.

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

(Bria) Diet/ Nutrition is honestly the hardest yet most important part of living a fit life.  I believe you are 100% percent what you put in your body and what you put in is what you will get out.  I see it as eating for nutritious benefits and putting the nutrients you need in your body to reach your goal.  You cannot eat for taste while prepping.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Bria) I typically have 5 small meals and one protein shake a day.  My diet consists of high protein, moderate carbs, and low fat.

 

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

(Bria) I work out 6 times a week, focusing on specific muscle groups each day.

  • Monday I do legs which consists of squats, lunges, leg press, hamstring curls, deadlift, leg extension, and etc.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Bria) My favorite body part to train is back.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Bria) I love music that will keep me motivated and also makes me think.  It really just depends on how I’m feeling that day. It can range from Travis Scott, 2 chainz, and Jeezy, to Lauryn Hill, Kendrick, and bone thugs n harmony. Lol I like to switch it up.

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

(Bria) I take cell you loss from herbal life, optimum nutrition pre-workout, and any protein snacks and shakes from quest nutrition.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Bria) Quest nutrition. I absolutely love their protein bars, chips, powder, and etc.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Bria) Burger and fries and donuts. I always crave that during prep.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Bria) I talk in my sleep.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Bria) Keep pushing and going after your goals! Whatever they may be, don’t conform to please others.

If you are looking for a trainer and would like to work with Bria please reach out to Pbfits via email at Pbfit@gmail.com and also check out her IG page @Bria.lifts