As a child, Bethany was involved in athletics and modeling having been the daughter of two-time professional athlete David Andrew Howlett who played both professional football and professional baseball, and former runway model Marcia Ann Stockett Howlett. This former Homecoming Queen was an elite level gymnast, all-American and collegiate level cheerleader, all-star softball player, and advanced dancer in ballet, jazz, and tap. Following her gymnastics career Bethany entered the world of powerlifting and bodybuilding where she became a national level athlete in both fields. She then earned her professional card via the field of fitness with the International Federation of Bodybuilding and FAME.
Bethany Howlett Fitness Model Statistics
- Name: Bethany Howlett
- Height: 5’7
- Weight: 125
- Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
- Bust: 34 D
- Waist: 24
- Hips: 34
- Location: McLean, Virginia
- Website: www.bethanyhowlett.com
Bethany Howlett Fitness Model Interview
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most powerful and influential people in the world, thus it is no surprise that a very well known top leader in the health and fitness industry hails from the nation’s capital with an IQ of 191 and a high level membership in MENSA. Bethany Carter Howlett was born and raised in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C. As a child she was involved in athletics and modeling having been the daughter of two time professional athlete David Andrew Howlett who played both professional football and professional baseball, and former runway model Marcia Ann Stockett Howlett.
The father of David Andrew Howlett was the majority shareholding owner of the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team. She is the granddaughter of a former high level officer of the extremely elite MASON secret society of social engineers in the Washington, D.C. area. Bethany Carter Howlett was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a youth orgnization comprised of girls of MASON lineage between the ages of eleven and twenty, and sponsored by Masonic Lodges. Because of this elite lineage, she is now an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star headquartered in the former
Perry Belmont Mansion in Washington, D.C. This former Homecoming Queen was an elite level gymnast, all-American and collegiate level cheerleader, all-star softball player, and advanced dancer in ballet, jazz, and tap. Following her gymnastics career Bethany entered the world of powerlifting and bodybuilding where she became a national level athlete in both fields. She then earned her professional card via the field of fitness with the International Federation of Bodybuilding and FAME.
She is partial owner of four fitness facilities and alone owns a very successful personal training company that has been published in the Washingtonian and The Washington Post titled Better Bodies By Bethany, Inc. Bethany Carter Howlett has judged many amateur fitness shows, and even promoted her own show titled The Bethany Howlett Fitness and Figure Classic that was always a great success. She competes today in multiple fitness federations as a professional fitness athlete. Her music ability became apparent at a very young age as Bethany played the piano and the violin for all of her childhood. She began classical vocal training at the age of twelve with various private instructors.
She was a member of the elite show choir at every level of school she attended. She accepted a vocal scholarship to college where she majored in music. She performs opera in eight languages with an opera workshop group via The Kennedy Center of Washington, D.C. Her academics paralleled her athletic and fine arts excellence as she has graduated in the top one percent of her class with each college and graduate degree, having finished her high school years at age sixteen with well over a perfect average.
Bethany Carter Howlett feels that a severely extended education is an absolute must indeed. She holds an MS in Molecular Biology, a BS in Molecular Biology, a BA in Music, and a Minor in Spanish in which she is fluent. She completed an Executive MBA program in the Washington, D.C. area, and finished her Doctorate MBA from the same institution. Bethany Carter Howlett is a freelance writer via the topics of health and fitness for eight publications on the public market today.
How did you get started in the fitness modeling field?
I was an elite level gymnast, All-American collegiate cheerleader, champion power lifter, top national bodybuilder, as well as a child model having modeled with various agencies out of New York City. I later earned professional status in the IFBB and FAME federations in the sport of fitness.
What is the #1 thing you like best about being into fitness?
The healthy lifestyle.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?
Earning my professional cards in the sport of fitness, opening four gyms, authoring six books, and winning “Physique Athlete Web Site of the Year” in the Feb. 2006 issue of Muscle and Fitness Magazine.
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?
Always use an agency and do indeed contact fitness magazine editors via written letters that contain your headshot, body photos, resume, portfolio, and tear sheet.
Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
I train twice a day and do only cardio as I become too muscular when I lift weights. I train very early and very late as I work long hours with a Fortune 500 company and also am finishing up a doctorate in business.
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?
Do the treadmill on a severe incline and walk very briskly for an hour on an empty stomach in the morning.
How much weight (pounds) should I focus on losing every week? What is a safe amount to make sure I keep it off?
Each body is different as I cannot answer this question. It is not about a safe amount as it is about living a positive healthy lifestyle that can be followed each day versus crash diets.
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?
Once again this question depends on the person and their body type. Generally, I would tell an individual to use glutamine and a low carb protein shake immediately after a workout. Both supplements allow the torn muscle fibers to begin healing immediately. Prior to training I would use nothing as some people like to use a fat burner though I do not recommend this.
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.
I use excellent substitutes including sugar-free gum, sugar-free popsicles, and sugar-free Jell-O.
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?
Once again that depends on the person at hand as I personally am a vegetarian. For most people I would list plain oatmeal, fat-free chicken breasts, fresh green veggies, spring water, raw cashews, brown rice, potatoes, white tuna, and a low carb protein powder.
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?
Start only with cardio sessions. DO NOT BOTHER WEIGHT TRAINING IN THE BEGINNING.
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?
It is not rocket science as eat what you would at home on your diet as a restaurant will accommodate any and all diet needs.
What exercises do you recommend for getting a bigger, rounder and fuller butt?
Walking lunges, the Butt Blaster, and weight-free squats in place in a wide stance.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
Sticking to the diet during the holidays, corporate dinners, client dinners, and social events.
Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
- Breakfast: 2/3 cup oatmeal plain with 1 scoop of protein powder in it
- Mid-Morning Snack: ¼ cup brown rice, 3 oz white tuna
- Lunch: 4 oz white tune and green veggies
- Mid-Afternoon Snack: 2 tbs of natural peanut butter
- Dinner: 6 oz white tuna and green veggies
- Note: 24 oz of spring water is taken in with each meal and an overall of a gallon and one half a day is taken in.
What type of exercises do you include in your routine to stay in shape?
- Strength Training Exercises: Body resistance—no weights.
- Cardio Exercises: Running, swimming, rowing, Stairmaster, inclined walk on the treadmill, biking, bleachers, etc.
- Additional Training: Gymnastics, ballroom dancing, yoga
What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for developing toned and defined arms?
1. Do wide arm push-ups
2. Do close grip push-ups
3. Do wide arm pull-ups
4. Do bench dips
5. Include upper body cardio such as boxing in your workouts
What are your top 5 tips for losing unwanted body fat?
What are your top 5 tips for gaining lean muscle mass?
1. High reps, high intensity, and short breaks
2. Body resistance training
3. Do cardio after your weight sessions for at least 20 minutes
4. Eat a high level of protein such as 2 grams per lb of bodyweight
5. Get plenty of rest at night and take glutamine before bedtime
What are the top 5 tips you recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle change?
1. Make short term goals
2. Make long term goals
3. Reward yourself with things other than food when you reach a goal
4. Document your workouts and diet
5. Document your progress via photos
What is your training routine like? (Please include a few details – training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, etc.)
- Monday: Cardio AM and PM/abs
- Tuesday: Cardio AM and PM/butt
- Wednesday: Cardio AM and PM/abs
- Thursday: Cardio AM and PM/butt
- Friday: Cardio AM and PM/abs
- Saturday: Gymnastics
- Sunday: Cardio AM/abs
My cardio depends on what is coming up from triathlons to decathlons as I may swim, run, row, sprint the bleachers, etc. I do not lift weights as I get too muscular.
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?
5. DID I MENTION DIET?
We all have six packs kids as most of them are buried under fat layers. Doing sit-ups builds muscle under fat which serves no purpose and behooves no one. Do cardio to get the fat off first, and then worry about toning the muscle once it is able to be seen.
What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for toning the thighs, hips and butt?
1. Do walking lunges
2. Do the Butt Blaster
3. Do the Stairmaster without holding on to the console
4. Walk on the treadmill on an incline
5. Do weightless squats in a wide leg stance