Fitness Model Interviews | Venezuelan Beauty: ERIKA CASTTELL Interviews with ULTRAPHYSIQUES
How did you get started with living the fitness lifestyle?
I started going to the gym about three years ago, at first I was just going to train with my mother and I started doing Pilates and regular cardio until a friend convinced me to train more intense. I noticed changes in my body almost immidately which led me to get more serious by dieting. I fell in love with the results! It felt so good when I looked in the mirror and see dramatic changes.
Where does your motivation come from?
When I was a teenager I struggled with eating disorders, and it was a very difficult time in my life. I stayed strong and today I can say that I feel completely satisfied and comfortable in my own skin which is why my motivation comes from myself and my ability to inspire others to change and feel better about themselves.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
When I train legs I try to include many compound exercises , these exercises are those that stimulate bigger muscles and more muscles at once , are the most effective, burning more calories and challenge over your body , for example : squats, and deadlifts. I perform squats using several different footing positions because you can target different parts of the lower body. I can focus more on the glutes and hamstrings by taking a wider stance, a little wider than shoulders , toes slightly outward and down more than 90 °.
Monday: Heavy legs (Squats, leg press, deadlifts, etc)
Tuesday: Shoulders, biceps, triceps and abs
Wednesday: Heavy Back
Thursday: Chest| Abs| Cardio
Friday: Legs (Hamstrings and Glutes)| Alt. Back
Saturday: Abs| Arms
Sunday: Cardio or Rest Day
If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
1- Deadlift: Deadlifting is great for glutes , hamstrings and lower back , I do it with a straight bar and free weights. You have to put the weight on the femoral, for example quadriceps do not need much weight but more repetitions.
2- Squats: Squats help strengthen your quads, Hams, and calves but also create an anabolic environment that promotes the strengthening of the muscles throughout your body. In fact , when properly performed , squats are so intense that trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body , which are vital for muscle growth and help increase muscle mass when other areas of their works body besides your legs.
3- Bicep curls: Curls have helped strengthen my arms and a stronger biceps help come into to play as a secondary muscle to assist in development of chest, shoulders, arms , and other core muscles like abdominals.
What is your diet like?
“My daily diet includes vegetables with protein and low in carbohydrates , since the excess of these it accumulates as fat.
The meat or fish can be changed with 1 egg omelette and 3 egg whites or scrambled bean or pea , etc.
If I’m still hungry I take a fruit, preferably pineapple , strawberries, watermelon or some nuts , almonds or peanuts.”
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I prefer HIIT because I feel that it is the best of two worlds, You maintain or even gain muscle mass while losing fat. Another benefit is that you burn more calories in less time than through conventional strength training and traditional cardio.
What is your supplementation like?
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