Live And Learn: A Day In The Fitness Life Of Lindsey Renee

NPC Bikini athlete Lindsey Renee juggles training, clean eating, and recovery with a busy working life. Follow her through a typical day and learn to live fit!

The fitness lifestyle I lead is not always glamorous, but becoming healthy is the best decision I have ever made. I might be a bikini athlete, but I also work full-time. I squeeze in workouts, eat out of plastic bags, and make health-conscious decisions every day. It's not easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Here's what a day in my shoes looks like!

Work to Live, Love to Train

I don't have the typical 9 to 5 work week. I' m a cocktail waitress. My hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. My funky schedule means I have to work extra hard to find the time to sleep, eat, and train. Sometimes, it calls for ducking behind the bar, grabbing my Ziploc bag, and downing some chicken and broccoli on the fly.

By the time I close up and leave work, it's 6 in the morning, but that doesn't mean it's time for bed. What do I do? Cardio! I usually finish my night with 30 minutes of cardio before finally hitting the hay.

I'm typically asleep by 7 a.m. It sounds crazy, I know. Although my sleep schedule is on the whacky side, I cannot overemphasize the importance of sleep. Muscle growth and repair happens while you sleep; I don't throw away all of my hard work by not giving my body the rest that it needs.

Live and Learn

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I wake up at 2 p.m. and start my day by eating a good breakfast. Then it's time to train. I work out six days per week and take Sunday as a rest day. My workouts don't take longer than an hour. After my workout, I eat again and then get ready for my workday. I usually run some errands around town, and then it's back to work I go.

People ask me all the time how I do what I do. It's difficult, but life is full of challenges and nothing comes easy. If you want something bad enough, you have to make time for it—no matter the circumstance. I am the one with the paintbrush. I'm the creator of my final vision.

"If you want something bad enough, you have to make time for it—no matter the circumstance."

As much as I love my fitness, my life is not always about gym shoes and weight training. I spend my free time watching football or enjoying concerts. I love movies and pretty much every detective show there is on TV. I'm a tomboy at heart, but I love to wear heels. I was born and raised a Florida girl, so sign me up for any water adventure!

Leg Day Workout

To train like me, just put your headphones on, lift heavy, and squat low. Make today's workout better than the last. Every bit counts!

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Daily Diet

I eat pretty much the same things every day, but I rotate my carbohydrate intake. I cycle two low-carb days, a medium-carb day, and a high-carb day. My goal is to eat every 2 1/2 hours and drink at least one gallon of water each day. I also try to avoid too much salt.

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My Supplement Schedule

Like many athletes, I use supplements to support my fitness goals. I find them helpful to get the most out of my training and nutrition. I usually take them with my meals.

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