Deletha Sommers Fitness Model Interview and Photos

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Deletha Sommers Fitness Model Statistics

  • Name: Deletha Sommers
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Weight: 120 pounds
  • Date of Birth: 04/23/1979
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Bust: 32
  • Waist: 27
  • Hips: 32
  • Location: Augusta, Georgia
  • Contact: delethasommers@yahoo.com

Deletha Sommers Fitness Model Interview

What is your background?
I am a homeschooling single mom of two, personal trainer, and INBF bikini competitor. My life revolves around spending time with my family and living a healthy lifestyle.

How did you get started in the fitness field?
I started working out after I had my second child so I could lose the baby weight. I fell in love with fitness at that point. I entered 5K’s, 10K’s, and half marathons. Then I decided to try weight lifting and competing. I won 2nd in my class on my very first show! I am very excited to say my next show is in March, 2015.

What is the #1 thing you like best about being into fitness?
Seeing results and helping people reach their goals!

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What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?
I was able to achieve victory over many life events which should have been one of the toughest times in my life, and I did it through fitness. Going through a divorce and becoming a single mom all while working full-time and training for a competition but managing to come out stronger than ever before. Now, I am a personal trainer and back to homeschooling my two children. Getting my kids involved at the gym has given them a new perspective on life and staying healthy.

What is the best way to get started in the fitness modeling industry? Should I just contact the photographers directly or should I use an agency?
deletha-sommers-fitness-model-4The best thing to do is contact a modeling agency to help get you work.

Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
I wake up at 6am, have coffee and eat breakfast. I wake up my kids to start their school work then head to the gym to train clients. What’s left of the day is time for training for competitions and spending quality time with my kids.

I don’t have that much time during the day to workout, so I really want to burn major calories in a short amount of time. What is the #1 “bang for the buck” cardio exercise I should do to burn serious calories?
I recommend using the stairmill or running some sprints.

How much weight (pounds) should I focus on losing every week? What is a safe amount to make sure I keep it off?
Focusing on weight can discourage most people. I would focus more on how your clothing fits.

What are some of the best foods to eat before and after my workouts to build lean muscle and lose fat?
Eat a meal an hour before your workout. For post-workout, you can drink a protein shake and eat a carb source, like rice cakes.

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How do you deal with cravings for junk foods, sweets and salty food? I can stay on a diet for maybe a few weeks but I eventually get really bad cravings and binge on snacks and fast foods.
If you eat 5-6 meals a day, the cravings should stay at bay. Balance the times you eat to fit in a meal every 2-3 hours so you don’t go hungry and start to crave sweets.

I’m trying to create a healthy shopping list to stick with. What are some of the main foods I should include to maintain a lean and muscular physique?
deletha-sommers-fitness-model-5Chicken breast, lean turkey, brown rice, green veggies, eggs, oatmeal, almonds.

I’m about 35 pounds overweight. I have never started an exercise program and really don’t know where to start. What tips can you give me to get started on the right track?
Hire a trainer or get a knowledgeable gym buddy to show you the correct technique and proper form for different exercises. A training partner or personal trainer will also help keep you motivated.

I tend to eat out most of the time and really don’t know what healthy foods to order from the menu. What tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to make sure my diet will not suffer?
Most restaurants post their menus online. Look over the menu and have a game plan before you go out. Choose a lean meat with veggies. Always choose baked over fried.

What exercises do you recommend for getting a bigger, rounder and fuller butt?
Squats and lunges are excellent for building a big, firm butt.

What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
deletha-sommers-fitness-model-7Balancing life outside of the gym and staying focused. You have to make this your lifestyle. Going to the gym and eating healthy shouldn’t be an option. Plan your day around it and make it a priority.

Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?

  • Breakfast: Eggs and oatmeal.
  • Midmorning Snack: Protein shake with almond butter.
  • Lunch: Lean meat (chicken or turkey) with rice and green veggies.
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack: Lean meat (chicken or turkey) with rice and green veggies.
  • Dinner: Grass fed beef or fish, rice, green veggies.

What type of exercises do you include in your routine to stay in shape?

Strength Training Exercises: I alternate days of weight training by body part:

  • Monday: legs
  • Tuesday: chest and biceps
  • Wednesday: back and triceps
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: shoulders

Cardio Exercises: Stairmill or sprints.

Additional Training: I add in a total body workout day during the week.

How does your family and friends react to and deal with your strict fitness lifestyle (dieting, eating out, workouts, parties)?
deletha-sommers-fitness-model-6At first they didn’t understand it until I started getting visible results. After seeing me exceed my goals, they now ask me what they can do to reach their goals.

What are your top 5 tips for losing unwanted body fat?

1. Hire a trainer.

2. Meal prep.

3. Get a workout buddy.

4. Balance your life around going to the gym.

5. Stick to a meal plan.

What are your top 5 tips for gaining lean muscle mass?

1. Eat 5-6 meals per day.

2. Pack on the protein.

3. Drink plenty of water.

4. Sleep.

5. Maximize your carb intake.

What is the most important thing you recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle change?
deletha-sommers-fitness-model-12Having a partner or gym buddy will keep you motivated and focused on your goals. You can also hire a personal trainer to help you.

What is your training routine like?

  • Monday: Legs: leg extensions, lunges, lying leg curls, squats (4 sets of 10-12 reps).
  • Tuesday: Chest and biceps: cable flys, chest press, weighted push-ups, bicep curls, bicep hammer curls (4 sets of 10-12 reps).
  • Wednesday: Back and triceps: tricep dips, pull-ups, dumbbell rows, tricep rope extensions, lat pulldowns (4 sets of 10-12 reps).
  • Thursday: Rest.
  • Friday: Shoulders: shrugs, upright rows, side lateral raises, shoulder press (4 sets of 10-12 reps).
  • Saturday: Rest.
  • Sunday: Total body workout or cardio day.

What type of nutritional supplements do you currently use and which ones do you recommend for a beginner getting started on a fitness program?
Protein shake, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), multivitamin, fish oil.

What is your favorite healthy food or meal you really enjoy eating? Also, what is your favorite cheat meal or food you like to indulge in from time to time?
Shredded chicken is my favorite healthy food. My favorite cheat meal would be my mom’s mac and cheese!

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