Fitness Guru: Maria Pontillo

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OMGTrends got the opportunity to interview Fitness Guru Maria Pontillo. Maria Pontillo knows everything and anything about fitness, exercise, and eating well. She has a killer body to prove it!  She allowed to have access to have her sercets to what she does to get the “perfect” body. She also has an awesome YouTube page!

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1. How long have you been seriously working out and how often do you hit the weights?

Honestly, My entire life, from what I can remember. Growing up I was always involved in something active like cheerleading/dance. I became seriously involved in working out in college when I began teaching group fitness classes.  Currently, I teach 10+ group classes a week where I am physically working out/participating in the classes so there is little time left for my personal workouts, but I do try to get at least 2-3 hours a week of my “own” workout (i.e. going for a run, taking a yoga class, or doing a total body free weight workout)

2. Carbs get a bad rap at times, what is your take on carbs and which types would you implement in your meal plan?  I love carbs. I am not the advocate to promote low carb diets. Carbs are our main source of fuel/energy and I need all I can get! Obviously there are “good” carbs, verses “bad,” and everything in moderation, but I will NEVER eliminate an important energy supplier, especially when it risks my performance in my cardio/strength workouts!!

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3. What specifically do your daily meals consist of from breakfast to dinner?

Typically I eat small portions every 1-3 hours throughout the day and I always try to incorporate a protein into every portion.

My typical meal schedule looks like this:

– Breakfast: 2 eggs and/or oatmeal/fruit

– Snack: protein bar/shake (whey protein)

– Lunch (varies): salad with any protein, tuna sandwich on wheat, chicken/veggies, and chili

– Snack – fruit/yogurt/almonds

– Dinner – protein/veggie (sometimes brown rice, or a sweet potato)

Do you weigh your food or do you eye ball your portions? Eyeball, I normally eat small portions regardless.  Honestly, if I do go out to eat, I order from the kid’s meal a lot.

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4. What are your future endeavors for your fitness company from a small scale to a large one?

My goals are to grow a fitness brand that represents all components of fitness/health/wellness in a safe, educated, and effective way.  I believe the industry as a whole is fading in the quality of the education and credentials of various fitness professionals with a considerable amount of false (and unsafe) information being promoted.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I value safety and efficiency in exercise programming as a means to prevent injury/disability.  I also consider the importance of lifestyle modifications to assist others in achieving a healthier quality of life.  My ultimate goal is to keep this industry up-to-date in sharing my personal experience and education to promote my passion to fitness/health/wellness as a lifestyle while preventing injury/disability as a whole.

5. Its natural to have cravings, how do you control them? What is your Achilles heel when it comes to food?

I control my cravings with replacement of a similar tasting foods/drinks that do not have the negative outcomes from the actual food I am craving (which is usually something sweet and delicious). For instance, if I have an ice cream craving, I will make a fruit smoothie! My absolute Achilles Heel is a bag of peanut m-n-m’s, really tough to resist them! I try to not make eye contact with them in the store!

6. Cardio vs. Weights. When is cardio/weights appropriate for someone trying to shed pounds and tone up?

Cardio and weights go hand and hand.  There is no one is better than the other. Its simple, both are important for loosing weight and toning up. The decision between cardio and weights shouldn’t be a decision at all. The real decision is what intensity you are performing both methods at. Real results come from the concept of SAID – Specific Adaptations of Imposed Demands, which means, the more we do something the more efficient we become at it, therefore, we need to work harder or more intense to actually see physical benefits from the activity.  It boils down to how challenged you are regardless of what method of exercise you choose.

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7. What is your advice for ladies who want to burn off their baby weight?

Immediately start on a weekly-regulated workout regime (workout at least 4-6 times per week) when cleared to begin exercising and NEVER STOP! Keep consistency and commitment and you will see the pounds drop.  Patience and persistence is the key to healthy weight loss and in keeping it off!

8. Final thought from Maria, any motivation or advice for bloggers reading your article?

In my experience working with a wide array of people, I recognize we all have a commonality in seeking a healthier and fit quality of life.  Regardless of how we “get it,” most of us are seeking it some way or another. This is why fitness/health is such a hot topic amongst social media, magazines/newspapers, and even with TV shows and movies. With my education and professional experience, I am confident in my knowledge within this industry to assist others in achieving their fitness goals! Id love to help you! Contact me at info@mariapontillo.com

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Candy Brenn the Fitness Guru

Cosmetics and Calories, Fitness and Finesse, Beauty and Body Building. In the great scheme of things, we want it all, brains, beauty and body. We quizzed the triple threat Candy Brenn on how she successfully maintains all three. Candy needs a certain motivation to keep all three in tact.“ You really have to love yourself enough that you want to change for the better.  For me, I stay motivated by taking progress pictures so I can see how far I have actually come.”
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Beauty for some comes naturally, such as great skin, but for some skin can be a concern, like myself for instance. Admittedly my skin isn’t the best, even though I’m a makeup artist, I experiment too much even though my skin is super sensitive. But I did love a tip she shared with us and I saw great results too!
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“Instead of going to the spa, this clean and easy facial mask saves you time and money!  It’s great for all skin types and anyone can make it at home with just two simple ingredients.  Just take 2 egg whites and mix them with 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt.  Apply mixture to your face and let set for a few minutes.  Rise off with warm water and a soft washcloth.
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Speaking from personal ambitions, the physique is the ultimate long-term goal to maintain and sustain. Candy let us in on a little secret for body building “ It’s great to look at other people for inspiration but the key is to be the best YOU that you can possibly be!  I love eating healthy and working out not only because it makes me look good, but because it makes me FEEL great!”
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Famous for Brenns Clean Cooking, she has been building her fan base with her tasty and protein packed creations. Candy’s Clean Cooking has built a huge fan base with which she likes to call her “fit fam”
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Here is Candy’s full interview with very descriptive answers! Candy Brenn is the exact definition of a fitness guru! She really knows her stuff and she has the body to prove it!
1. What do you do as a VPX Model
As a Redline Xtreme Girl I am blessed to work for the number one sports nutrition and supplement company, VPX Sports/Redline Energy!  What we do is educate consumers on our top of the line products.  You can find us working at a variety of events and places; from health and nutrition stores, supplement shops, fitness expos, bodybuilding competitions, athletic events, concerts, and sporting events such as the Florida Panthers hockey games, we are all over the globe!  We always offer free samples so that customers can try our premium products because we know that if they try it, they will love it!  Additonally, we hold swimwear fashion shows and calendar signings for our yearly swimsuit calendar.  I love representing VPX Sports because they are the leader when it comes to high quality and innovative supplements and I know first hand how effective their supplements are!

2. How many days a week do you work out?
6 days a week on average.

 
3. Describe your perfect meal?
Steamed salmon, roasted br

ussel sprouts, and a sweet potato with almond butter and cinnamon sprinkled on top!  SO GOOD!!!!!
 
4. What your favorite work out?
Call me crazy but I love leg days.  One of my favorite exercises is the squat because there are so many squat variations.  Weighted sumo squats are great for targeting your glutes, don’t forget to SQUEEZE! 🙂
 
5. Whats one tip you can give to get a flat and toned stomach?
Revealing your abdominals is all about having a low enough body fat percentage.  I can’t stress it enough that you must have a clean diet in order to get a toned tummy!  You can do all the exercises in the world but if your nutrition is not on point you are only hurting yourself.  If you don’t eat according to your goals, don’t expect to reach them!
6. How can girls and women get motivated to get a toned body like yours?
You really have to love yourself enough that you want to change for the better.  For me, I stay motivated by taking progress pictures so I can see how far I have actually come.  It’s great to look at other people for inspiration but the key is to be the best YOU that you can possibly be!  I love eating healthy and working out not only because it makes me look good, but because it makes me FEEL great!
 
7. What’s your favorite “healthy” food?
Just one?! I have soooo many!  I suppose if I had to choose I’d say I have quite a fondness for all natural nut butters, specifically almond butter.  Almond butter is a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.  Just make sure you watch your portion size because it is calorie dense.
 
8. Do you ever have a “cheat” meal?
Yes of course I do!  I like to refer to them as “treat” meals though.  I think it is very important to have balance in life and incorporating a treat meal here and there is not only good for your metabolism but also for your brain as it helps prevent many people from binging on junk food!
 
9. What are some fitness supplements you would advise to take?
I would recommend any and all of VPX Sports supplements, depending on one’s goal.  For me, my favorite product is VPX Sports Zero Carb SRO which is 100% Whey Protein Isolate.  I use it daily in shakes, smoothies, and even for baking healthy treats!  You can find numerous nutritious recipes on my blog at http://www.candyscleancooking.blogspot.com
 
10. What do you do other than workout and model?
Many people are surprised to find that I actually work full time at a law firm as a legal assistant!
 
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