TEARING IT UP IN TEXAS! FIVE OF THE FINEST PHYSIQUES IN THE LSS. FEATURING: CARRIE FRANZETTI, MONICA CORONA HUNTER, RAMONT MITTCHELL, KELLY JAMES & YADY CEDENO
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Building Muscle: Building muscle for me is all about consistency and lots of clean protein! I typically like to weight train five days a week, switching from heavy sets to light weight and higher repetitions for the added burn.
Getting Lean: I can lean out pretty quick by cutting out all sugar items, drinking plenty of water and choosing fresh, natural food. I like to do cardio twice a day if I feel I’m not leaning out enough, and that usually helps my body respond quicker.
“I enjoy meeting the competitors and judges and walking away learning even more than when I went in.”
Competition: Competing for me is so much fun and yet gives me a healthy challenge! I enjoy meeting the competitors and judges and walking away learning even more than when I went in. My next goal is to compete in more IPL competitions outside of Texas!
FOLLOW CARRIE: IG @carrief621
Division(s): Bikini, Sports Model, Athletic
Building Muscle: It’s been a long process for me, not having come from a genetically inclined, stout family. But the key has been consistency with my workouts, sleep and recovery, and fueling my body with the right kinds of foods and natural supplementation.
Getting Lean: This can be the most challenging, and rewarding part of the whole process. It takes a strong mindset to stay dedicated and committed to the diet/meal plan. But, when you see the physical results from your consistency in eating habits, and staying on track, you feel a sense of accomplishment, and it’s truly rewarding.
“There’s just something empowering about reaching your fitness goals, and then finally being able to reveal all your hard work to the judges on show day.”
Competition: This is an experience that allows you to grow, change, and step outside your comfort zone. There’s just something empowering about reaching your fitness goals, and then finally being able to reveal all your hard work to the judges on show day. The whole process makes you more resilient, ambitious, and determined to be better everyday.
Division(s): Men’s Athletic
Building Muscle: Building muscle is an art as much as it is a science. For me, it’s the ripest fruits of my discipline to the sport of Bodybuilding. In the truest sense, building muscle provides the rawest version of competition to one’s self.
Getting Lean: Getting lean is what separates those who want to compete from those who actually do. Everyone is a Bodybuilder during gain season. When fish, greens and sprints become your holy trinity, you begin to see who really wants it badly enough. Gaining is the easy part because there’s room for error. Getting lean requires exactness and repetition, which most people do not possess.
“It takes a certainty of my self confidence to take my best and blindly stand next to someone else’s best.”
Competition: To compete is to have a belief that I can become the best. It takes a certainty of my self confidence to take my best and blindly stand next to someone else’s best. The euphoria of winning is an unmatched feeling that drives me to compete.
Building Muscle: When it comes to building muscle, I am very blessed with great genetics which serves as a base foundation.
The females in my immediate family have amazing muscle mass, so I just build on top of what God blessed me with. While weight lifting I always make sure to do slow “mind/muscle” connections with each rep. It’s not about the quantity of what’s on the bar, but the quality of your set and making sure you feel the burn at each movement.
Getting Lean: As far as leaning out during competition prep, I LOVE to exercise outdoors! As a former track athlete, I incorporate short sprints, plyometrics and some good old-fashioned track drills during my workouts. I seriously have a love/hate relationship with burpees, high knees, and bear crawls!
“Try to beat your last show and bring a better package to the stage.”
Competition: My mind frame as a competitor is probably a common mantra, “Try to beat your last show and bring a better package to the stage.” I am constantly working to develop into the BEST version of myself on and off the stage. My work ethic involves a lot of time, focus and most importantly guidance from GOD. I know my fullest potential will be reached with GOD as the focal point of my goals and dreams.
FOLLOW KELLY: IG @Kellykels17
Building Muscle: Building muscle is a three-part process beginning with constantly feeding the muscle with proper nutrition. Secondly, muscles will grow faster and to their fullest when you lift heavy, maybe 8 reps, to feel that “burn” feeling versus the traditional lifting of a lighter weight 15 times. Lastly, you must rest the muscle for a day in order for the proper healing process of muscle growth.
Getting Lean: During the leaning out process I cut the amount of food, thereby cutting my calorie intake per meal. While I increase the number of times I eat per 24-hour period from four meals to six meals per day. I also dramatically increase my cardio exercises in concert with my lifting during this leaning out period. Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, I’m adequately hydrated at all times to flush out any remaining toxins and make my muscles look their fullest.
“I simply believe that you must have fun on competition day, and I do.”
Competition: When it comes to actually competing, the trick is properly preparing for the actual competition day. I ensure my travel plans, room reservations, food prep, and competition peripherals (posing suits, shoes, hair and makeup needs) are taken care of days prior so I’m not running around on competition day because I forgot something. Also, while we’re behind the curtains preparing for the stage, I actually talk with my fellow contestants because we are all members of a small yet tight knit group of athletes. I simply believe that you must have fun on competition day, and I do.