EP WANTS TO KNOW! Answers to the Bikini Questions Everyone Is Curious About Questions complied by Bikini Pro Eleita Pereira
with Ryann Lavoy, Yami Partridge, & Taline Diaz
If I have to run errands before the gym I like to pair my gym wear with a black blazer for a more polished look that I call “workout chic”. Do you do something like this?
“Workout clothes don’t need to be frumpy and boring.”
TALINE: I practically live in workout clothes. Between working in the fitness industry and working out everyday, I have become accustomed to running all my errands in my gym clothes and honestly I love my workout clothes. Workout clothes don’t need to be frumpy and boring. I love pairing bright colored tops with fun patterned leggings and neon sneakers. They’re super comfortable and fashionable at the same time.
YAMI: I will usually wear a cute lightweight sweater and my Chuck Taylors and try to keep it sporty but presentable.
RYANN: I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to running errands before or after the gym. Usually on the weekends I just throw on a baseball cap and a sweatshirt or jacket over my gym clothes if I’m just going to the grocery store. But, I do keep facial cleansing wipes and makeup in my gym bag in case I need to run an unexpected errand and might want to put a little makeup on.
With each contest you enter, does preparing to compete become easier or harder?
“For my first show, I did a lot of research and wrote my own meal plan and training program, which I ended up finding to be really stressful.”
RYANN: I have only done one competition and am training right now for my second, but this time around has definitely been easier for me. For my first show, I did a lot of research and wrote my own meal plan and training program, which I ended up finding to be really stressful. This time around, I hired a really great coach who wrote my plan for me, so I’ve been following that, which has relieved me from questioning myself about whether or not I’m doing the right thing. That being said, I do have a sweet tooth so the meal plan is still sometimes really tough!
YAMI: The process becomes easier mentally for me because I know what to expect.
TALINE: I feel like competition prep has definitely gotten more difficult season by season. This season has by far been my most challenging as I have really struggled with getting my body lean enough and I feel like I’ve worked harder than I ever had to in the past.
I always show off my favorite body part which is my upper body, so I tend to wear tanks that open in the back. What is your favorite body part and how do you show it off?
“I try to take advantage of the fact that I have abs while on prep and wear crop tops or sports bras.”
TALINE: I really like the definition in my abs when I am lean. I usually don’t ever show off my core in the off-season but I try to take advantage of the fact that I have abs while on prep and wear crop tops or sports bras.
RYANN: I get a lot of compliments on my arms and back, so I like to wear a lot of sleeveless shirts and tank tops in the summer.
YAMI: My favorite body part would have to be my legs and BOOTY! I always make sure to wear pants or shorts that are flattering to those parts.
One simple thing that always makes me feel feminine is having my nails painted in a fun color. Do you do something simple that makes you feel especially feminine?
“…lip gloss, bright colored pedicures with nail art and fun workout clothes.”
RYANN: I can’t stand having make-up on my face when I’m working out because I am obviously working hard and sweating. However, I usually will put on mascara even before I go to the gym, just because it makes me feel more put together. It’s my one “must have” beauty supply!
YAMI: With all the training that it takes to prep for my shows and having a family, I rarely have the time to do my hair. I have very long curly hair that is kept in a bun most of the time, so when I actually get to wear it down it makes me feel awesome.
TALINE: Some of my favorite things that keep me feeling feminine are lip gloss, bright colored pedicures with nail art and fun workout clothes.
How do you deal with the off-season fluff? How does your diet change during off-season?
“I will continue to eat clean but will look forward to my weekend cheat meal, where I will be cooking up my traditional Cuban Food.”
YAMI: I just started competing in January, so after Yorton Cup I will start my first “Off-Season”. This is definitely a lifestyle so I will continue to eat clean but will look forward to my weekend cheat meal, where I will be cooking up my traditional Cuban Food.
RYANN: I eat relatively healthy year round, but I am much more flexible with food when I’m not prepping for a competition. Before a competition I am eating really simple, basic foods, so when I’m not in contest prep, I tend to add a little bit more flavor to my meals—add more toppings to my salads and try different dressings, experiment with different marinades for my chicken, or eat a sandwich or wrap here and there. I also make a point not to track every bit of food that goes into my mouth, I eat more fruit, enjoy going out to restaurants with my friends and family and will indulge in dessert every once in a while.
TALINE: I did get pretty fluffy this past off-season as I was really focused on building muscle and wasn’t really focused on staying lean. I also wanted to enjoy myself without having to watch everything I ate. This coming off-season I will definitely not be as free with my eating and I plan on reverse dieting in order to build up my metabolism.
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