Today’s Motivation Monday Interview features WBFF pro, IFBB competitor and bikini model Kimberly Hoogendoorn. Find out how Kimberly got involved in the industry, maintains a healthy lifestyle despite food allergies, and how you can learn from her about diet and exercise!
Q: How did you get started in health and fitness industry?
A: I have always been competitive and active my whole life. In fitness the fact that you can always push harder is just something I enjoy doing. Health was always in the forefront of my mind but after discovering I had food allergies made it an exciting challenge to discover a way to enjoy food that works for me and my fussy diet. As for really weight training well, It first started with marathons in 2009 and then as a result of an injury to my ankle, I needed to still fulfill my desire to push… so I took it to the weight room and so should you ladies!
Q: How did you turn H&F into a career?
A: I was inspiring so many people around me when I was training that my partner(my love) Chris and I decided to start a website as a platform to inspire others to train hard and eat smarter and cleaning. We are Ferrari’s people…we don’t put bad fuel in a high performance machine. Our website is www.beingfatiseasy.com
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome to reach your H&F goals and how did you overcome it?
A: I have yet to have had any obstacles or setbacks to prohibit me from continuing to strive for my own personal perfection. I think this is due to the fact that I “everyday it”. I work hard 365 days a year, not just 16 weeks out when it’s supposed to matter.
As for Food “obstacles” I love love sweets. So I decided not to deprive myself from them but to indulge in healthy sweet treats, think natures sugar. All my sweets are also on-line www.beingfatiseasy.com
Q: One exercise you couldn’t live without?
A: I love squats, its so much fun to push heavier every time to reach a new personal best. It also gives you a great booty. Otherwise any of my HIT routines always make me feel like a million dollars.
Q: What does a typical day of eats look like and can you tell us a little about your food intolerance’s and how you work around them?
A: My typical day looks like… I honestly don’t follow a “meal plan” I eat what I want or er.. can but in moderation. I always eat small meals. Breakfast for example is my Shake; Usana protein powder, half a banana, almond milk and frozen strawberries. meals then would be salads and protein or left overs from dinner. I’m a true believer in not dieting, feeding the body when it needs it not when your bored, but to keep a killer body all you have to be is smart about it.
As for my food allergies, lets be real I hated it at first but as soon as I challenged myself and created things around it I found it super easy and exciting. Chris and I always say to people anything white is not right, so no bread, pasta, rice(only black or brown) and well you get it. So if I stay away from the white that covers the obvious culprits and as for the not so obvious ones like sauces.. well I always use fresh ingredients(shop on the outside perimeter of the grocery store) mainly fresh garlic, Thai chillies, basil etc
For supplements Chris and I are both taking and loving Usana. :If Olympians are taking this stuff you better believe we are too! But honestly we love it and the results. I especially love the Proflavaol C for recovery.
Q: What advice would you give someone looking to hit the stage for the first time?
A: If you want to hit the stage for the first time hire someone that is going to be honest and be honest with yourself, you want to hit that stage and know your going to kill it. I see a lot of girls backstage with big hopes because their coaches or whatever are giving them false hopes and when they get on stage they get crushed. Also if you are hiring a personal trainer, even if it’s not for a show, here’s a couple of things… make sure they are in good shape, if they cant take care of their own body why the hell would they know how to help better you. Make sure they are building a plan for you to do that is the same every week but with different HIT exercises in between. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
Both Chris and myself offer both meal plans and training plans in person and on-line.
Q: When you are low on motivation, how do you power through and keep your eye on the prize?
A: I am very very fortunate, I have the most incredible partner ever so we motivate each other. If that fails I put a heaping scoop of 1MR by BPI sport in some water and slam it… then 15 Min’s later I ready to take on the world (this is a very extreme pre-workout) I like to take it when I just need a little shove Rev by Usana (these can be bought through our website, and right now we are offering a 10% discount)
Q: Where can Protein and Pumps’ readers learn more about you?
A: Well now a days you can google me joking.. you can like my FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/kimberlyhoogendoornwbffpro
Follow Me on Instagram: @hoogendoornk
last but not least follow Chris and I at: www.beingfatiseasy.com
Q: Leave us with your favorite fitness quote!
A: “LEAD NEVER FOLLOW” and, “Lift Eat And Destroy”
~Remeber this everyone exciting things are coming in the very near future with this ~
Kimberly, thank you so much for participating in Motivation Monday. Best of luck to you in all of your future endeavors…I cannot wait to see what you have in store!