Cristina started doing competitions after she'd torn her ACL doing muay thai kickboxing and had to have surgery. She met a trainer that suggested she try the competition but in her mind she didn't want to be buff, he assured her there were different categories in bodybuilding: Bodybuilders, Physique, Figure and Bikini. The bikini competitors are fit, not muscular. She got a trainer, actually went through 4 - 5 before finding the right one. The first one told her that she'd never have a chance at entering a competition! (Bye Felipe) She sure showed them having competed in not 1 but 4 competitions, 1 INBA and 3 NPC shows.
Her required training consists of 30% training and 70% diet, she says eating well is the key. Training
|Photos courtesy of Cristina Aruta|
Now folks check out this Momagers' daily routine:
"Wake up at 3 AM, commute for 1.5 hrs. to work from 5:30 am - 2 PM. Get home at 4PM. Prepare my training stuff and leave for the gym by 4:45. Train from 5 - 6 PM. Prep, cook and eat dinner from 6:30 - 8PM. Shower and get ready for bed. This is my daily routine. So glad my son Jacob drives now. He can take himself to practice and games. I don't train when he has games. I try to schedule my training around it. If we are traveling, I try to work out at the gyms in the hotels or a 24 hour fitness gyms, since they are all over California & Nevada. If there is no gym around, I run around the neighborhood."
And I complain about going to the gym with my 15 minute commute to work. Mouth officially closed!
Training for a competition takes 3 months consisting of major weightlifting, cardio and a good diet. All sugar and diary are cut out. Heading into the week before competition it's a total carb balance, cutting some and adding others. Training stops 2 days before competition and the prep for glamour begins. Mani/peds, hair, tanning and makeup take place during the 2 days before and fittings for the bikini of course, which can run between $100 - $1000. WOWSERS! Competitions last all day with prejudging during the day and winner announcements in the evening.
|Bedazzled her own bikini.|
Think you might want to try a competition? Cristina's best advice is, "Do it for yourself. It's YOU vs. YOU. Train and eat happy. Find a balance with your food."
Both Mom and son have bright futures and I thank Cristina for sharing their story with us to get the motivation for 2015 kickstarted. I don't know about you but I'm setting my clock for a 5:30 am every day this week for Crossfit class, now I just have to train my brain.