Abbie Potts – Fitness Model Statistics
Name: Abbie Potts
Date of Birth: November 17, 1994
Weight: 117 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Location/Hometown: Bartlett, Illinois
Abbie Potts – Fitness Model Interview
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up about 45 minutes from Chicago in Bartlett, Illinois but currently attend Purdue University in Indiana. I am majoring in Retail Management and hope to manage my own store or brand one day. In my free time when I am not working out or focusing on school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
How and why did you get started in fitness?
I had never worked out or cared about fitness until my second year of college. After my freshman year I had gained the “freshman 15” which made me realize that I had to make a change and I was not happy with how I looked at that point. I started using workout plans to figure out how to workout the right way and now I am able to do it on my own. I may have had to stop partying all the time like I did freshman year, but starting to workout and becoming more involved in fitness is one of the best changes I have made yet.
What is the best thing about being fit and living a healthy lifestyle?
There are so many positive things that came out of living a healthy lifestyle but the biggest one for me would be that I am able to wear a lot of clothes that some people can’t wear because of their body image. It’s also good to feel confident in your clothes, which I did not always feel before. I also think it’s awesome to be able to go to the beach and not have to worry about hiding a part of your body that you don’t like.
Tell us about your biggest fitness influence?
There have been a lot of people who have influenced me to push myself. My brother Nick has been a really big influence on me to start living this lifestyle. He was the one who helped me learn how to workout correctly and get on track after I had gained some weight. He is always motivated and driven to do the same thing for his life so it’s nice to see someone else I am close with that cares about having a lifestyle like that as well. There are a lot of famous people who I look up to at the same time but I think it’s good to have an influence that I can actually interact with.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far has been the amount of muscle I have put on. When I started to workout for the first time a couple of years ago, I did not think I would be able to put on the amount of muscle that I did since I had no muscle whatsoever. It feels good to look in the mirror and not have skinny little arms like I did before. I also never thought I would be able to see my abs but once that happened it became something I was obsessed with and I love to see.
What is your favorite body part on yourself and on the opposite sex?
My favorite part of my body depends on the day I think. It’s hard to make up my mind when my body is constantly changing and improving. As for the opposite sex I would say the arms are my favorite.
What kind of cardio do you like best and why?
I really like to do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for cardio because I feel like I’m getting the best workout I can. It also goes by a lot faster for me than “steady state” cardio which helps me from getting bored. I usually like to do sprints with an incline on the treadmill and on other days I’ll just do a circuit that I make up in my head.
What type of nutritional supplements do you use?
In the morning I’ll take a multivitamin and fish oil, but anything else I feel isn’t necessary. I don’t like the feeling most supplements give me which is why I like to stick to the basics.
What do you think of the latest fitness trends like P90X, Insanity and CrossFit?
I really like Insanity! I think it gives you a great workout and I like that it can be replaced with cardio. I’ve never tried P90X or CrossFit but I’m not opposed to trying those sometime in the future.
What type of food or supplements do you consume pre-workout and post-workout?
Before my workout I’ll usually eat most of my carbs so I have some energy to get through the workout and after I make sure to eat some fruit. I drink as much water as I can before, during, and after to make sure I stay hydrated.
How do you deal with cravings for junk foods, sweets and salty food?
I crave junk food ALL the time so it’s really hard to have self-control when it comes to that. Usually, if I’m craving something I’ll have whatever I am craving in moderation. I feel like if I don’t take care of the craving I’ll just keep thinking about it. It isn’t much of a problem for me until after dinner when I feel like I need some type of dessert so I’ll usually just have some yogurt with dark chocolate chips in it and that helps.
What are the contents of your refrigerator?
I make sure I always have chicken or some kind of lean protein along with some type of berries (strawberries or blueberries), broccoli and green beans, almond milk and yogurt.
What are your top 3 favorite exercises and why?
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press – They really work your shoulders and you feel the burn.
- Jumping Rope – There is so many ways to do it while keeping your heart rate up.
- Sprints – It makes you sweat a lot and keeps you moving whether you want to or not.
What tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to stay on a clean diet?
Whenever I am at a restaurant I look for a grilled chicken meal and if they have a side of rice or vegetables that would be ideal. If the only side is fries, I’ll swap regular ones with sweet potato fries.
What does your gym playlist look like and what’s your favorite song to listen to when training?
My playlist is a little bit of everything. I usually workout to Pandora, which I have about ten stations saved and I alternate between them. I need music that is very upbeat because it makes me want to keep moving. My favorite song usually changes every week which I like because I’m never stuck listening to the same song over and over.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
The hardest thing for me would be maintaining a healthy diet. It’s really easy to slip up on what I eat especially with any cravings I get. I find it easiest to avoid buying any junk food and that way I don’t have it in my kitchen and I can’t be tempted by it. I also find healthy alternatives to certain junk food I am craving so I don’t get completely deprived of it which makes it easier on me to maintain a clean diet.
Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
- Meal #1: 1/2 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of blueberries, raisins and strawberries, 1 tbsp of almond butter and a drizzle of honey.
- Meal #2: Some type of fruit (one cup).
- Meal #3: Chicken with broccoli.
- Meal #4: 1 cup of yogurt with 1 tsp of honey.
- Meal #5: Chicken with rice and green beans.
- Meal #6: Apple with peanut butter (if I’m feeling hungry).
If you could share only one fitness tip that has really helped you succeed, what would it be?
Make goals and stay focused on them. It’s easy for anyone to just workout every day, but when you make goals for yourself then you have to push yourself to meet them. Having those goals has helped me stay motivated at the gym and actually look for signs of progress. If I am not seeing the change I’m looking for then I push myself harder and make different goals that will help me succeed.
How does your family, friends and significant other react to and deal with your strict fitness lifestyle?
My family is pretty supportive and they just go with the flow when it comes to my fitness lifestyle. They may not live the exact same lifestyle as me but they are still supportive of mine and how I do things. Most of my friends don’t really understand my lifestyle and think I’m crazy for the things I do, so most of the time I just ignore their opinions and continue doing things the way I like to do them. I feel like no one will really understand the strict lifestyle until they put themselves through it and start seeing results.
What are your top 5 tips for losing body fat and getting shredded?
- HIIT cardio
- Stay motivated
- Weight training
- Don’t skip the gym
What are your top 5 tips for building muscle and packing on size?
- Weight training (heavy)
- Find the right workout plan
- Little rest between sets
What is your weekly training routine like?
The number of sets I perform for each workout depends on if I am trying to build muscle, tone, or cut:
- Monday: (Chest) Incline dumbbell press, dumbbell flys, flat dumbbell bench press, cable fly, dumbbell pullover. Cardio for 30 minutes.
- Tuesday: (Back) Chin ups, bent over dumbbell rows, deadlifts, one-arm dumbbell row, lat pulldown, back extension.
- Wednesday: HIIT cardio for 1 hour.
- Thursday: (Legs) Back squats, deadlifts, leg extension, leg curl, lunges, glute bridges, step ups.
- Friday: (Shoulders) Overhead press, Arnold press, lateral raise, front raise, bent over lateral raise, upright dumbbell row, cardio.
- Saturday: (Arms) Skullcrushers, dumbbell curls, hammer curls, tricep push down, tricep kick back, dips, cardio.
- Sunday: (Cardio) Walk on treadmill with an incline.
What is your favorite healthy food and your favorite cheat food?
My favorite healthy food is chicken. I love it because there are so many ways to cook it and never gets boring to eat. My favorite cheat food is cheesecake. Any kind of cheesecake is great but I love the red velvet from The Cheesecake Factory and I would eat it every day if I could.
How do you stay motivated?
The main way I stay motivated is by seeing progress. I can easily see if my body is starting to look better or if I am slacking and getting out of shape. If I notice a negative change then I am motivated to fix whatever the issue is and get back on track as fast as I can. Taking pictures of yourself every once in a while helps a lot because you can compare the photos and track your progress. This works great if you can’t look in the mirror and see those changes yourself.
What does the future hold for you?
For the future, I hope to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is relatively easy now to live this way while being in school because I have a decent amount of free time, but I’m confident it will be just as easy when I graduate and start working because I know I will be able to fit in my workouts during the day no matter how busy I am. I would also love to put on a little more muscle in some areas but I’m in no rush for that to happen.