IPL APEX PRO BIKINI CHAMPION, NAIA DAY!
INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF | MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Naia Day DAZZLED on several IPL stages in 2016. The IPL Southwest Grand Prix in Tempe, AZ. 2nd Annual IPL North Atlantic Championship in Ridgefield, CT. And, finally, IPL APEX (year-end final championship event) in Los Angeles, CA on November 12th).
At IPL APEX Naia would face top IPL Bikini Pros (whom she had never competed against and who had also all won IPL Pro Bikini titles) including Beth Cote, Ana La Belle, and Ivonne Grecco. Each of these amazing athletes brought their A-game to APEX. But, there could only be one winner. And, that winner was Naia Day, as she became the IPL’s first ever APEX PRO Bikini Champion.
Sometimes BIG things come in tiny packages, and Day’s powerful presence on stage far exceeds her 5’1” height. For each on her IPL outing Days seemed as tall as a skyscraper and larger than life. >>>
BEN YOSEF: Naia! Congrats again on such an amazing year on the IPL stage last year. We have been chatting about your success everywhere. From the Magazines, to the Talk Radio show, to the IPL website and social media. Your ears must be ringing! [laughs]
NAIA DAY: [laughs] Yes!
BEN: So, let’s talk about your amazing year, starting with the IPL Southwest Grand Prix, in Arizona in September. How long had you been preparing for that show?
“I’M NOT THE KIND OF PERSON WHO WANTS TO WIN SO BADLY THAT I’LL COMPROMISE MY HEALTH AND VITALITY TO DO IT.”
NAIA: Probably eight weeks. I try to stay as lean as I can throughout the year, so I don’t have to work harder during competition time. I usually do two days a week cardio for thirty minutes. My cardio includes inclined walking, elliptical machines or step masters. I avoid over-training. I’m not the kind of person who wants to win so badly that I’ll compromise my health and vitality to do it.
BEN: Sounds like a great perspective and outlook towards the sport. And it’s obviously a winning strategy for you.
NAIA: I prep my self as safe and healthy as possible, for hormonal purposes. You know, older women… we have this up and down hormonal thing that is not pretty. [laughs]
BEN: Well, you seem to be handling it well. [smiles] After cleaning house in Arizona, you went on to your IPL Pro debut in Connecticut the following month. You were so amazing in Arizona…what did you do differently, if anything, in order to prepare for your Pro debut?
“I HAD NEVER DONE FASTED CARDIO BEFORE THIS. I AM TINY TO BEGIN WITH, AND I DON’T WANT TO LOSE MY HARD-EARNED MUSCLES.”
NAIA: Yes, I did. My Pro debut was only a month after the AZ show, which was crazy. I felt like my body needed a break, so I had a week of carb-loading. Then I did fasted cardio two days a week for thirty minutes, for three weeks. As I was looking at myself in the mirror, it looked like I needed to drop a few pounds. That’s why I did fasted cardio. I had never done fasted cardio before this. I am tiny to begin with, and I don’t want to lose my hard-earned muscles.
BEN: Well, your prep plan paid off! You looked awesome in Connecticut and won your first IPL Pro Bikini title there. Then it was on to APEX to compete against the best Bikini Pros in the IPL. How did you feel heading into APEX?
NAIA: Thank you so much, Ben. Winning the Connecticut competition was my ticket to compete at APEX in Los Angeles. I was so excited and full of energy, but nervous knowing that I was competing against the best of the best Bikini Pros in the IPL. But, I was also confident that I was going to be 100% prepared for this opportunity.
To motivate myself, I just remind myself of how far I have come and all the dedication and hard work I’ve invested to achieve my goals. And how proud I was to be in the best condition of my life as a self- trained competitor.
In my dietary program I strive to find a balance between healthy eating and occasional treats. It’s important to listen to your body, and on occasion rewarding it with some treats like the entire chocolate protein bar or a delicious extra serving of sweet potato fries.
BEN: I love it. Well, I cant wait to see you back on the IPL stage! What are your plans for 2017?
I AM NOT IN MY 20’S ANYMORE, BUT I THINK I HAVE GOOD GENETICS. SO, I WILL CONTINUE TO COMPETE THIS YEAR.”
NAIA: I like being in great shape and I am in the best condition of my life right now. I am not in my 20’s anymore, but I think I have good genetics. So, I will continue to compete this year. BIKINI