Amanda Gomez – Fitness Model Statistics
- Name: Amanda Gomez
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 134 pounds
- Date of Birth: March 7, 1990
- Hair Color: Brown
- Bust: 36B
- Waist: 23″
- Hips: 35″
- Location: Irvine, California
- Website: AceTransformation.com
Amanda Gomez – Fitness Model Interview
What is your background?
- High school diploma: 2008 Saint Joseph High School Lakewood, CA
- Ace Fitness Personal Training Certification: June 2012 – Present
- National Physique Committee Competitor: October 2013 – Present – Placed 4th in the NPC Titan
- Grand Prix Bikini Novice Class F
How did you get started in the fitness field?
My love for fitness started over two years ago. I got a job as an office assistant at a gym called Next Level Fitness in Irvine. Shortly after getting the job I started training with a personal trainer at the gym. I had always been “skinny” and in my teen years could get away with eating pretty much whatever my heart desired and never had to pay the repercussions for that. When I turned 18 I started to notice that things had changed. If I went to Burger King and ordered a Whopper I would be sporting what I jokingly called “a food baby” for the rest of the day. I also started noticing that parts of my body had begun to store fat especially in my thighs and stomach. I tried running on my own and doing workout videos but found it hard to keep motivation to keep going.
When I started training with my trainer it was one of the hardest things I had ever done! The first two weeks I almost passed out numerous times and my body felt sore every single day. I would get out of bed, sore everywhere and think to myself, I see no results yet so why the hell am I putting myself through this? But something inside me clicked and I realized that if I wanted true results and wanted to get in shape I would have to work for it day in and day out. After two months I began noticing results, I was starting to build up muscle and get toned. Week after week I got stronger and stronger. I learned that I really am a strong woman. I can kickbox, lift heavy weights and also do Strongman workouts which are things that I never thought I’d be able to do!
I now had the passion for fitness and I was determined to never give it up. After a year I realized that my love for fitness and getting myself in shape had reached a new level. I now had the desire to start helping other people reach their goals. In April 2012 I registered for classes to become a certified personal trainer. I received my certification and started training clients at Next Level Fitness with my training business Ace Transformation. I have trained men and women of all ages and body types and my clients have seen amazing results!
At the beginning of 2013 I made it my goal to compete in a NPC bikini competition. I am happy to announce that I competed on October 19, 2013 and received a fourth place trophy in overall novice bikini. I am now going to be expanding my training business to helping girls train for bikini competitions.
What is the #1 thing you like best about being into fitness?
What I love most about being in the fitness field is being able to help people by doing something that I love. It’s such an incredible feeling when you see someone dedicating themselves to their goals and seeing progress and results from all their hard work! My clients are more than just clients, we are a fit family that motivates and encourages each other.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?
My biggest accomplishment in the fitness field so far was placing 4th in my class in my first NPC bikini competition in the Titans Grand Prix October 19, 2013. It was such a mentally and physically hard journey and I am so proud of myself for the progress I made and for winning a trophy!
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?
I myself am learning this process and I am trying to get involved in the fitness modeling industry. I have been reaching out to several agencies sending them my information and pictures.
Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
I usually wake up around 5:30 am to 6:00 am and go for a morning run (2-3 miles). After that I meal prep my meals for the day and get ready for my morning clients. I train my clients up until 8:00 pm. At 8:00 PM I do weight training for an hour and cardio for 20-30 minutes and then head home.
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?
If I am pressed for time and want to get in a quick cardio workout then I will do interval training. My favorite quick cardio workout only takes 30 minutes. It’s running on the treadmill and it’s guaranteed to get you sweaty! Here is the breakdown: 10 minutes at a speed of 6 MPH with an incline of 5, then 10 minutes at a speed of 7 MPH at an incline of 8, and a final 10 minutes at a speed of 8 MPH and an incline of 10. You can adjust the incline and speed to your personal comfort.
How much weight (pounds) should I focus on losing every week? What is a safe amount to make sure I keep it off?
I don’t like telling my clients to focus on losing a certain amount of weight each week. That puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself and you will feel disappointed in yourself if you do not reach that number every week. Focus on your workouts and nutrition, the results will follow.
What type of food or supplements should I take before and after my workouts to help me see results in gaining lean muscle and losing fat?
Pre-workout and post-workout supplements are essential for seeing results in your training. For pre-workout I personally use, and recommend to my clients, a product called BioHeat. BioHeat is a thermogenic which means it raises your heart rate and makes you burn twice the calories in a workout. Post-workout I always have a protein shake. I highly recommend Isopure protein powder and BioPro protein powder. Both have high quality whey protein and are low in carb content which is perfect after a great workout!
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.
Cravings happen! I deal with them all the time and the best way to combat them is Extra dessert gum. They come in a variety of flavors and my favorites are mint chocolate chip ice cream and lemon bar. It’s a great way to fight off a craving without the calories!
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?
The best advice I can give is to stick to the “outer aisles” in the grocery store. This is where all the fresh food is at! Fruits like bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes. Vegetables include asparagus, celery, spinach, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, avocado, broccoli, cucumbers. Carbohydrates include brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, black beans, Ezekiel bread. Meat, Fish, Dairy include skinless chicken, tilapia, salmon, ground turkey (90% or better), tuna, Greek yogurt, soy milk.
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?
To start, write out your goals like how much weight you want to lose. In what time frame do you want to achieve this by? Second, find a personal trainer. If you have never been on an exercise program before, you are going to need someone to help you with a workout and nutrition plan that is right for you. You could hurt yourself if you do not follow proper form when exercising. Personal trainers have the education and background that will help you out!
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?
If you eat out, here are some tips:
- Eat before you go out so you are not starving.
- Ask for no bread or tortillas chips. If they bring it to the table have them take it back or if that’s not possible, then just don’t eat it.
- Look at the menu closely and ask your server what comes with your meal. If there are tempting items that you don’t want to eat, request for the server to leave them off.
- Some restaurants are now getting savvy with a health conscious sections on the menu so keep a look out when you are looking through the items.
- Drink water or tea (unsweetened).
- Stop eating when you’re full. Let the server take your plate so you don’t keep stuffing yourself.
- No dessert! Eating something that has truck loads of sugar, fat and calories after you just ate a complete meal is a ridiculous tradition. Let’s put an end to this madness!
- Regardless of any restaurant you choose, there is always an option to grill or bake, just ask your server.
- Order grilled or baked chicken breast, fish or steak. Ask for steamed vegetables and/or vegetable soup.
- SPECIFY – no butter, no oil.
- Only order what you intend to eat.
What exercises do you recommend for getting a bigger, rounder and fuller butt?
Squats, squats, squats! Squats are hands down my favorite exercise. They 100% make your butt look fuller and bigger. Deadlifts are also extremely effective for building up your glutes.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
The hardest part about staying in top shape would be time management. It’s hard sometimes to wake up early and go for a run when I am exhausted. I just have to remind myself that results from training are not permanent and I have to keep working out and pushing myself to keep my results!
Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
- Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal mixed with water.
- Mid-Morning Snack: Protein shake.
- Lunch: Tilapia, salmon or chicken with asparagus, broccoli or cucumbers.
- Mid-Afternoon Snack: Tilapia, salmon or chicken with asparagus, broccoli or cucumbers.
- Dinner: Tilapia, salmon or chicken with asparagus, broccoli or cucumbers, protein shake.
What type of exercises do you include in your routine to stay in shape?
- Strength Training Exercises: Functional weight training.
- Cardio Exercises: Running (2-3 miles daily, sometimes more), Stairmaster, walking on a high incline on the treadmill, hikes.
- Additional Training: I kickbox occasionally and it’s such a fun way to workout!
What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for developing toned and defined arms?
1. Arnold Shoulder Press.
2. Pull Ups.
3. Skull Crushers.
4. Alternating Arm Curls.
What are your top 5 tips for losing unwanted body fat?
1. Drink 1 gallon of water daily!
2. Avoid carbs after 12:00 PM
3. Cardio! Do cardio daily in addition to your weight training. This will help burn calories and lower your body fat.
4. Reduce your alcohol intake. We always forget that there are so many calories in alcoholic drinks! One night of heavy drinking is sometimes equivalent to eating a supersize meal at McDonalds. Also heavy drinking slows down your metabolism.
5. Add foods that help with bloating like asparagus, celery and green tea. These foods help with getting rid of excess water in your body.
What are your top 5 tips for gaining lean muscle mass?
1. Increase your protein intake.
2. Focus on heavier weight and lower reps during weight training.
3. Eat regularly (minimum 5-6 meals per day).
4. Give yourself a rest day! Your rest days are needed so that your muscles can repair themselves and grow.
5. Do cardio! You still need to burn body fat so that you get lean!
What are the top 5 tips you recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle change?
1. Set daily, monthly and yearly goals for yourself.
2. Be patient! Results will never happen overnight. Eat clean, train hard and the results will follow.
3. Meal prep ahead of time. This gives you no excuses not to eat healthy! If you have your healthy food ready wherever you go you will always be able to eat clean according to your goals.
4. Find fitness motivation pages on Instagram or Facebook. They post daily gym motivations and seeing daily motivation will be a daily reminder to keep working towards your goals.
5. Don’t get discouraged by numbers on the scale or by comparing your body to someone else’s. You are a work in progress and it will not happen overnight.
What is your training routine like? (Please include a few details – training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, etc.)
- Monday: Morning cardio, leg day, evening cardio.
- Tuesday: Morning cardio, chest back and biceps, evening cardio.
- Wednesday: Morning cardio, glutes and quads, evening cardio.
- Thursday: Morning cardio, triceps and shoulders, evening cardio.
- Friday: Morning cardio, leg day.
- Saturday: Morning cardio, full body workout.
- Sunday: REST DAY!
What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for losing fat around the stomach and developing a toned and defined midsection?
1. Cardio! Do cardio daily in addition to your weight training. This will help burn calories and lower your body fat.
2. Eat clean! No matter how many crunches you do, eating bad will never get you a flat toned stomach. Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym!
3. Focus on deep core ab exercises like planks, hanging abs, etc.
4. Lower your sodium (salt) intake. Sodium makes you bloated because you retain more water. The less sodium that you consume the better!
5. Drink green tea since it helps with bloating. I drink green tea once a day!
What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for toning the thighs, hips and butt?
2. Walking Lunges.
3. Squat Jumps.
5. Glute Bridges.