WO Interview ► Angelica Gonzalez
Name: Angelica Gonzalez
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Location: Tampa, FL
Sport: Power House Gym or USF
Years Training: 1
Professional Affiliations: NPC National Level Bikini Competitor
When and how did you start training?
My parents always taught me the importance of being healthy and staying active, and I did my fair share of cardio every week since I was in middle school. I feared the idea of weight training because I believed I would look manly if I started to… But, boy was I wrong! It wasn’t until about a year ago when I decided I needed better results from my exercises. I spent hours on Google and YouTube researching about weight lifting and learning how to do different weight lifting techniques. Shortly after, I picked up some weights and started this amazing lifetime journey in the gym.
Describe what an average day in your life is like.
I always love starting my day with cardio! I have so much more energy throughout my whole day when I do. After that, I take a yummy protein shake, or I’ll make an egg white omelet if time permits. I’m a full time college student, so if I’m not at the gym, you can most likely find me at the library or in class. I’m known as the girl walking around campus with a HUGE water jug…. Gotta stay hydrated somehow! After school is done for the day, I’m back in the gym lifting weights and doing some more cardio.
What personal workout routine has yielded the best results for you?
Super-setting (doing two different work outs back to back) with plyos! Super-setting is awesome because it keeps your heart rate going. I LOVE doing a leg workout (such as lunges or dead lifts) and then super-setting with a plyometric exercise (squat jumps, plyometric step). I’ve always had small glutes, and I feel like this technique really builds my booty!
What is your favorite workout and body-part to train?
CALVES!!! I’m not a fan of big upper bodies and small chicken legs! Nice calves look amazing on guys and girls. & Girls… Calves especially look good in heels!
We all experience days when we’d rather stay home and skip out on a Workout. What keeps you motivated and focused?
Being an NPC competitor most certainly helps with staying motivated, as I’m always prepping for my next show. Yet, I can honestly say that even if I were to stop competing I would still workout everyday. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit, and working out is definitely a (ritual) habit of mine now. I use working out as a way to get a break from the real world and focus entirely on myself.
How do you fend off your cravings for junk food, salt, or other unhealthy foods?
I probably have the worlds biggest sweet tooth, especially at night! I find ways to satisfy my sweet tooth, but keeping it healthy. I’m a huge fan of the website www.proteinpow.com. On this website you will find hundreds of amazing dessert recipes, from cheesecake to brownies, and they’re all made from PROTEIN POWDER, and other healthy ingredients!
What are your current fitness goals?
To put on more muscle and one day become an IFBB Pro… Oh yeah, and get invited to the Olympia… Of course!
What are you most proud of?
I am definitely proud of myself for placing 1ST, at my first NPC show, in the bikini division. Being up on stage and receiving my trophy was a feeling like no other! Most importantly, I’m just proud that I’ve made it this far [in one year]!
WorkOwt! Magazine is focused on helping our readers excel ‘Beyond Ordinary’. What ‘s the #1 piece of advice you’d give to someone wishing to push beyond their ordinary thresholds?
The #1 advice I could give, is that don’t put off tomorrow what could be done today! You have to understand that being fit is a LIFETIME journey, not a destination. So live it one day at a time, & consistently push yourself every day.
Being an NPC athlete in college is tough. All my friends go out and party all the time, while I’m making improvements in the gym. You don’t know how many times my friends make fun of me saying that, I’m obsessed/addicted to going to the gym.
What’s your favorite motivational quote?
“Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”
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