There is a shortage of perfect bodies in the world, so when we find one, our pacemakers skip a beat! Cindy Landolt was born into the fitness life.
Cindy's active parents cycled the mountainous trails of the Swiss Alps. Her father was a long-distance Swiss Master Cyclist. This European stunner was a gymnast herself; she competed for the national title! Weight training helped hone her acrobatic skills. She fell in love with training at age 16 and made a new commitment to excelling with/beyond the big boys in the weight room.
Looking for extra inspiration to keep her motivated, Cindy came upon BodySpace and was instantly hooked. The information and motivation served to supplement her will to succeed. The 27-year-old model, powerlifter, and personal trainer now inspires others as part of the massive community that pushed her to this immaculate physique.
Take notes and learn from the latest BodySpace Member of the Month!
I have always been very active and sporting. My parents were mountain bike riders and did lots of hiking and running. I grew up with it. I was a gymnast for many years and have been weight training from an early age! I joined a gym for the first time when I was 16 and that's when I realized how much I love weight training and how great it is to shape my body.
The experience I have gained over many years of training has taught me how to adapt my workouts to my body's needs and to listen to what my body is telling me. I focus my sessions around the major compound exercises: squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press and chins/rows.
I was looking for visual inspiration and
searched online for female weightlifters and
fitness girls. That's how I discovered BodySpace. So much information on one website ... GREAT!
I was inspired by how many people are here, helping and supporting each other. It is motivational to be part of a huge community and supporting each other to reach personal goals. I love finding like-minded people!
The pictures. I love to see how people transform their bodies! It's great to see what people can achieve.
I concentrate on squats, deadlifts, bench presses, shoulder presses and rows/chins. These exercises stimulate overall muscle growth and in turn develop your abs!
Aim for 150% of your bodyweight for 20 reps in the squats and 175% of your bodyweight for 20 reps in the deadlift, and you will get stronger and more fully developed abdominal muscles than you ever could by racking up hours on the crunch mat!
NOTE: Don't use a belt on these exercises. It'll rob your abdominal structure of some amazing stimulus brought through the balancing of your trunk.
Once you reach strength targets, begin to train the abdominal section more specifically. You must still use resistance; this is what muscle responds to. Whether it's arms, legs or abs, muscle development requires resistance training, not endless reps.
Now that I've reached a good level of development, I use the weighted abs machine once or twice per week.
- 1 set of 20-30 reps, 1 drop set to failure
I squeeze my abs, keep my knees together (this ensures focus upon my abs and not my hip flexors) and use my maximum range of motion. After that I do knee-up-style training on a low bench to target my lower abdominals-again, very controlled.
If you're a beginner, do what I did to get here, NOT what I do right now! Stick with major lifts to become stronger throughout your body before adding specific training that targets your abs.
My favorite muscle group is my legs! My leg session is my favorite workout because I know how great it is not only for my legs but also for my whole body. I do heavy squats, 150% bodyweight for 20 reps. This stimulates the muscles all over your body and greatly improves legs, back, abs and arms!
- 2-3 sets
- 1-2 sets (if lower back doesn't feel tired)
- 2 sets
- 2 sets
- 2 sets
I love protein shakes more than anything. I like to keep it pretty simple!
It's great motivation to find people in the same situation. Inspire and motivate yourself looking at pictures, learn from others, be a part of a huge community and get support!
Keep your training simple and easy to follow. Stick to your routine with the main 5 exercises and improve in poundages! It's not about how often you train, but how consistent you are. Be determined and know you can do it! Stick to the basics and don't get too lost in the details!
My impression is that bodybuilding in America has a bigger audience and more followers than it does in Europe. It is more recognized as a sport than it is over here. But Europe is getting more and more into it too, which is fantastic!
I love lifting weights and always loved being strong! I've always been very competitive. I can't just go through the motions. I want to get better, improve myself and become stronger! In every training session I want to beat what I have done in the previous one. Also, I'm surrounded by great people who push and support me.
I don't feel too strong to be honest, but sometimes I lift a bottle of water or a Hoover or something and am not aware how light it is. I lift is so fast it surprises me! I always liked being strong, and always felt I'm strong (or stronger) than most people around me. I love the challenge.