Name: Marzia Prince
Weight: 135, Contest Shape 125 Lbs
Occupation: Professional fitness model, IFBB Pro, Gaspari Nutrition Athlete, writer for Natural Muscle, Fitness trainer and certified nutritionist
Living life in my 30’s! Becoming a fitness model at 31 years old, Winning the 2007 Ms. Bikini Universe at 32 year old, becoming an IFBB Pro at 34 years old, owning my own personal training business “The Fit Chic”, I have to say that I am loving my 30’s and embracing it. It goes to show that you can be fit at any age! Can’t wait to see what happens in my 40’s!
When did you get started with fitness?
I have always been active since I was a kid. I was in track and volleyball in high school. I did aerobics classes in my late teens and early 20’s. But, it wasn’t till I was 23 years old that I learned about lifting weights. I hired my first trainer and learned a different way to train.
I fell in love with weights and the rest is history!
What drives you to be so fit?
I have different motivating factors every day. I look for motivating factors to keep me going. My goals and needs change from week to week and month to month. First off, I love feeling strong. Since I am tall with an ectomorph body type it is hard to put on muscle, lifting weights helps shape my body to a curvy physique. I love being curvy and fit! It sure beats skinny fat! (What I was before weights.) Also, my clients inspire me. When they achieve their goals it inspires me to keep going. I like to plan things to keep me going as well like a beach vacation, a photo shoot, or a competition. I like to be kept on my toes to work toward something, if not it is easy to fall off track. This is what I tell my clients “I would rather gripe about having to be sore from working out and trying to find the will power to eat clean from meal to meal versus being out of shape and being out of control with my nutrition.”
Fitness is not a look, it is a lifestyle! You have to work at every day.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
I would have to say nutrition. I grew up Mexican, so you can imagine what we ate. Tons of hormone laden meat with tortillas made of lard. When I was in high school, I worked at McDonalds for 3 years. You know that movie “Supersize Me”? Well, I supersized my family and I for 3 years. Than when I moved out when I was 18, it was a free for all eating spree. I was the typical young adult who ate junk food and went through my drinking phase. It wasn’t till I was 23 when I hired my first trainer did I decide to change my nutrition. I slowly gave up the process, refined, junk foods, and quit drinking. I was fascinated by the way my body changed that I decided to stick with it. Then in 2008 I got certified in nutrition. It has been quite a challenging journey. Now I live a vegan/vegetarian/raw food life. I am very eco-friendly to my surroundings and myself these days.
Could you tell us about your current training program?
Because of my busy schedule, I plan my workouts weeks in advance. I make sure I have my workouts planned traveling or not. Also, I have balance to my workouts now. Back in the day all I did was cardio, and then when I discovered weights, all I did was weights with some cardio. But the more I learn about the body and opened my mind to other teachings; I discovered hot yoga and Pilates. So now my workout program has weight training, cardio, hot yoga and Pilates.
I usually do morning cardio on an empty stomach 3 times a week. I will weight train 4-5 days a week at a later time in the day after my body has been fed the proper nutrients. I do Pilates 2 days a week. Then on the weekends I wake up and do hot yoga to start my day. There is nothing more relaxing than doing hot yoga and help stretch all the muscles I have been contracting all week! I am addicted!
What does your diet look like?
I have adopted a plant based diet a couple of years ago after falling ill from the standard high animal protein competition diet. I had done this for about 5 years and my health was failing due to the lack of nutrients over time. I learned that a competition diet is only for looks, not for health!
A competition diet can only be done short term. I learned the hard way.
Other people have done this for longer and their bodies can handle it, it took a toll on mine. With that said, this is what my diet looks like now
- Meal One: 1 scoop vegan protein powder in 1 cup oatmeal with ½ cup of berries
- Meal Two: 1 Fuji apple and 10 almonds
- Meal Three: ¾ cup of beans with 1 cup rice mixed together with 2 cups of steamed veggies on the side
- Meal Four: 1/4 of a med avocado with cups raw veggies (cucumbers, baby tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery)
- Meal Five: Large salad with every veggie known to man on it. ¾ cup of chickpeas in it. I always use an olive oil and vinegar dressing on it.
- I drink lots of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and flush toxins.
Do you Take Any Supplements?
I take a few Gaspari Nutrition supplements. These are my fav…I take Gaspari Nutrition’s Phenorex first thing in the morning with 8 0z of water. This helps get me going and start my day. I also like Gaspari Nutrition’s SuperPump Max before I work out! This one is my fav for powering through my cardio and weight training. I honestly can’t workout without it. I also take Gaspari Nutrition’s Anavite. It is my multivitamin of choice. Also I take flax oil, coconut oil, wheat grass shots, chlorella, and spirulina on a daily basis.
What Is Your Favorite Body Part To Train?
My favorite part to train is legs. It is my strong area. It comes very easy and naturally to me.
If you could start back from the first day you started training would you do anything different?
No, I needed to go through this journey to learn to be where I am at today. I love where I am at now in my journey.
Final advice for readers?
No matter what your goal is consistency is key! This applies to both nutrition and physical activity. Your body was designed to move. So find something you like to do. Open your mind, you might surprise yourself! –Marzia Prince