Questions & Answers
I am curious to see what you thought about the GNC PRO show in Atlanta. I didn't make it, and I saw on your website that you were attending for Bodybuilding.com. What did all of the male competitors look like? Did you think Victor Martinez should have won? Also, how was the expo?
Hi Jim. I actually am on a plane right now on my way back home late Sunday night from Atlanta to Los Angeles. I have to say Atlanta is a great city; I had fun here which I always do when I come for the GNC.
Lee Priest, Nicole Rollolazo, BB.com Employee, Brenda Kelly, Bob Chic & Christina at the BB.com booth.
As far as the expo, there weren't as many people there this time as I thought there would be Friday, but Saturday was slammed. The strongmen competed during the days at the Expo, and I heard that there were even some world records broken there in lifting.
Even though the really big name guys didn't compete because of the lowered prize money, I saw several of them there hanging out and walking around including Dexter Jackson, Gunter, and Lee Priest (who came in our booth several times.) He seemed like a pretty cool guy.
Left: The two most beautiful women at the show, Monica Brant & Christina.
Right: Christina & King Kamali's wife.
As far as the mens competition, I think they had the right guy for the winner. Darrem Charles looked phenomenal, but when it came to sheer width and still excellent conditioning, Victor Martinez was the clear winner. I had never seen Branch Warren before this show, and I was very impressed with his physique also.
One of my favorite things of the show was an awesome routine that got the whole crowd on their feet when Frank Roberson dressed like a cowboy, hat, boots, scarf and all. He can dance his ass off! I thought his routine was completely original and really great.
How long did it take to achieve your abs and lose the amount of weight you wanted to lose?
Lexie, that is an easy question to answer. It has taken me three years of working out as much as I do to get where I am now. As far as losing the amount of weight or being where I want to be? I am no where near that mark.
Accomplishing fitness goals just makes me have more goals. I am never happy; I always want to be improving myself. I think if you allow yourself to think, I look as good as I want or I look good enough, it is too easy to fall back into your previous lifestyle and be lazy.
No matter what you look like, you can always improve (even it is just improving cardiovascular strength, or flexibility). It doesn't always have to be about improving looks wise.
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Hi Christina! First may I say that you are a beauty! My question is, "Is there such a thing as too much sex when you're trying to build muscle?" Or is it better to abstain? I'm very sexual and like to have sex at least one a day (or night) but I don't want to hurt my muscle building. What's your thought on the subject? Thank you in advance.
Congratulations on your healthy sex drive! Having sex all the time is great, but unless you are a professional bodybuilder, or professional athlete, you shouldn't even be worrying about it. Those are the only guys that really do enough to there bodies to be abstaining.
Most guys wish they even had the chance to think about your problem. The only thing I would say to you is, if you feel that you don't have the energy you should while training in the gym, maybe you should lay off a little.
Every other day might make a big difference if you are really lacking in energy at the gym. Just use your body as a gauge. Common sense is the best indicator at something like this. Good luck Apollo.
I'm 5'5" - 130, but I have somehow gotten myself up from 13% fat to 28% fat over the last 3 years. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted (until 3 years ago), so I don't really know how to eat well.
I am concerned about it now because I am getting married in February of next year and I want my fiancée to marry the girl he met 3 years ago. Please give me some direction on how to clean up my eating... for life.
Hi Jill. Your problem is not an uncommon one. A lot of models I know that ate whatever they wanted when they were younger never paid attention to fitness, and it caught up to them also later in life when their metabolism slowed down, and there eating didn't!
| What Does Metabolism Mean?
Metabolism is the sum of all the chemical and physical changes that take place within the body and enable its continued growth and functioning. Metabolism involves the breakdown of complex organic constituents of the body with the liberation of energy, which is required for other processes, and the building up of complex substances, which form the material of the tissues and organs.
The first thing I want you to do is change your frame of mind. Don't worry about your fiancÃ©e and what to look like for him. If you do this for anyone but yourself, you won't be able to stick with it for life. This has to be about you.
Your life is about you, and so should your motivation. I just wrote a long article on motivation and mind control here on Bodybuilding.com, I would encourage you to read it. I would also encourage you to educate yourself.
| Do research, read fitness magazines, read several women's articles here on BB.com from athletes, competitors, and models that live the lifestyle you want to know about. Once you know what you have to do, take it one day at a time.
Remember, you aren't trying to lower your body fat alone, you are working towards a much better goal: educating yourself and living a healthier lifestyle.
Hi Christina. I am a big fan of your articles. I am having some major difficulty in the eating area. I can be very strict and eat healthy for a while but then once I begin to feel much lighter and tighter and really good about myself, I just can't seem to help it.
I start to eat until I am stuffed for like 4 days until all the weight is back on. I don't feel hungry but I guess I just feel like I need to eat even though I tell myself I'm not hungry. Is this a result of that body set weight point I have heard a little about. What is my problem?
Glad to hear you enjoy my articles! Thanks for the support. Now, to answer your question. Your problem is not a set weight point. You are misunderstanding what that is. I am going to answer your question, and it may sound harsh, but it is the truth. Anyone can be really strict and eat healthy for a little while.
What everyone can't do, is stick with it and keep on for long periods of time until they see the desired result, and beyond. Have you ever heard of people who say "I am my own worst enemy?" or "I am afraid to succeed." It sounds to me that both of these principles apply to you.
It sounds like you place yourself under so much pressure to accomplish something right away that your mind subconsciously knows you can't keep up the pace you go at forever. Try being less strict in your diet and routine, but sticking with the slightly easier routine.
I think that if you don't come up with a routine that you know you can do, and keep doing, than you won't do it. It is better to do something less drastic, and accomplish it. Stop your self sabotage. When you see results you want, keep going. You can look even better.
If you want to treat yourself, get a massage or go shopping. Don't stuff yourself and ruin all the hard work, in the end it just isn't worth it. When you are tempted, just think about all the days you worked so hard at the gym. Are you going to let all that hard work go to waste? Or are you going to use your will power, and accomplish what it is you set out to do.
Tips To Eat Healthy:
Start your day off with a good breakfast.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals (every 2-3 hours).
Eat a variety of foods.
Vegetarians make sure you are properly combining your foods.
Eat less at night.
Eat more fiber.
Drink lots of water.
Eat foods that you like.
Ask yourself "Am I really hungry?"