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FITTIN’ IN W/AVU FITNESS LEA TOSHIYE

FITTIN’ IN W/AVU FITNESS LEA TOSHIYE
“Fittin’ In” is a daily fitness segment where Kaboom! Magazine.com receives 5 unique fitness tips and tricks from some of our favorite professional fitness instructor/performer/trainer/model which will help people become more active and healthy every day. Today, we get some incredible fitness advice from Fitness Model/Competitor Lea Toshiye. Lea is still fairly new to the fitness world, but she hasn’t wasted any time making a lasting impact on the sport. Already an overall bikini winner at the Independence Day Classic, Toshiye has the face of an angel and the body of a Greek goddess. Let’s get fit with Lea shall we….. Name: Lea Toshiye Age: 24 Hometown: Highland Village, TX Occupation: Currently I work at a third party logistics company Height: 5’8″ Weight: 130 Instagram: @Lele_Toshiye Team Affiliation(s): Avu Fitness Favorite Gym: Crunch, LA, or Powerhouse Years in Fitness: 2 years in body building but I’ve been an athlete all of my life Career Accomplishments:  Independence Day Classic 2014: Novice Class B Winner, Open Class D Winner, Overall Bikini Winner NPC Nationals Miami: Class F Winner earning IFBB Pro Card Favorite Part of Your Body: My legs and glutes Favorite Workout: I love running and the stair master for cardio and the leg press is my favorite for quads and glutes! image (1) Eat Clean: I cannot stress enough how important nutrition is when it comes to transforming your body whether that is losing weight, gaining healthy weight, leaning out, or cutting up. Many people want nice abs but abs really are made in the kitchen. You can do crunches every day but they won’t show unless you eat healthy and your body fat percentage is in the right place. Eating clean does more than change your body, it improves your overall healthy from skin, hair, and nails to how energetic you feel throughout your day. Lastly, if you are trying to change your body your solution is to workout but not change your eating habits, you aren’t going to get the results that you want. I personally have a strict diet when I am prepping for a show and an “off season” diet than is a lot more flexible. Counting macros is something new that I am trying during the off season that allows me to maintain my size but still eat things that I was occasionally like pop-tarts and other “not so healthy” foods. Stay Hydrated: Water to the body is like oil to a machine. Your body needs water to survive. Not only does it keep you from passing out during your hardcore workouts BUT it also keeps you healthy internally. Commit: When I start preparing for a show, I have to commit from that point forward. Though it is hard, it is far more disappointing to make improvements for a few weeks then give up and have to start over again. There are SO many people that don’t give a lifestyle change enough time before they throw in the towel. The best results come in time and not instantly. If you don’t see a huge change in the first couple weeks, you CANT just give up. If you push through, you will be amazed of what you are capable of. Give up and you’ll never know! image Push Yourself: I will admit that I used to be the kind of person that only did things that came easy to me and if it didn’t, I wouldn’t even try or I would give up quickly. I’ve learned that I am far more capable of things than I initially thing I am but I would never know that if I didn’t push myself passed my limits. Mind over matter is what I live by. If you tell yourself that you can, then you can and you will. For example, when I am half way through a 20 rep set and I’m struggling, I push myself to finish and once I do, I’ve proved to myself that I CAN do it and could all along. All I had to do was have the mindset that I could. Push yourself and you’ll be surprised how strong, how fast, how capable you are. image Set Goals: I like to set goals with numerical value. If you set a general goal such as “lose weight”, then you more likely to quit or not push yourself as hard because as long as you are losing a tiny bit of weight, you’ve accomplished your goal. If you set a goal such as “lose 40 lbs”, then you are holding yourself accountable to that number and that goal weight. You’ll be more likely to push yourself to reach that specific goal rather than a generic goal. Also, I like to set goals during my workouts. For instance, I will set a goal for number of reps of an exercise and once I get to the last rep, I will push myself to do one more rep. Setting goals will motivate you and beating your goal will only motivate you to do more and go further! Lifting Heavy vs. Lifting Light: I like to divide my workouts into body parts so that I am working each part twice a week. Also, this way, I can lift each body part heavy once a week and light (or body weight exercises/plyos) once a week. Adding variety to your workouts will keep your muscles working and keep you from getting bored in the gym! Lastly, an important tip I like to share is lift what you can lift! I often see girls in the gym lifting way to heavy with bad form. Your workout is no longer effective if you are using bad form and it can cause injury. It is not embarrassing to lift 5 lbs if that is what you can lift with GOOD form and isolating the proper muscle. Work your way up! It doesn’t matter what other people can lift, it’s your journey, your improvements, your victories!