Ashley Anzai - Bikini Competitor

Last summer in July I was fed up with being over weight and unhappy in general with my body. So I decided to do something about it. I had heard amazing things about a local gym, Ripped by Rivas Training Center so I decided to call and make an appointment to meet with the coach. I had my body fat measured and that's when it hit me. I was active my whole life! I danced competitively growing up and after my two children I lost myself due to being a busy mom. I had a high percentage of body fat and needed to take control over my life and my body. I started training with Sal the very next day. I got my diet and training regimen in order and things took off from there.

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My diet on and off season changes but not drastically. I take in high amounts of protein low carbs and low fats. No sugar or sodium while on prep and it works very well for my body as all body's are different and what works for me might not work for someone else. While in peak week I "bro diet" which means fish or chicken and asparagus and that just helps with my initial cutting phase. Coming off prep I slowly bring carbs and fats back (reverse dieting) into my diet and I allow myself 1-2 cheat days a week! This diet was so successful for me so now we don't mess with it at all.

I grew up on the stage as a competitive dancer so I wasn't nervous at all about that part. I knew I would love it! Of course its nerve wrecking but there is no better feeling than knowing how hard you have worked and being able to show off that hard work!

I lift 5 days a week and I do 5 hours of cardio a week. Mon: legs Tues: shoulders/tri's/bi's Wed: back and abs Thurs: glutes Friday: I try and hit shoulders again or what ever body part I feel like.

Show day is actually not my favorite part of the entire process. I love the entire prep most, all the hard work and dedication plus seeing all the changes YOUR body makes leading up to show day is the best part! Of course I love peak week and the 20-30 seconds I'm on stage. While checking in you automatically start to compare yourself to other competitors and nerves start to kick in. do NOT do that! Remember why your there. Sure a trophy is awesome but remember all the blood, sweat and tears it took to get there and remember you've already WON!!! That feeling is better than any trophy. After check ins you get that lovely tan everyone talks about. I try and get 8 hours of sleep the night before every show. I wake up early check in with my coach and eat!!! I get hair and make up done then we wait around and pump up before show time. I love pre-judging most because it the time I look my absolute best, I feel anyways. Then we wait around for finals. It's a long day but so fun being able to show your family and friends what you've been working so hard for. My last couple of shows I snagged first in open which qualified me for nationals in July. Pretty exciting considering it was only my second and third show!!!

Thanks @mrrivas09 for the video! ??????????????

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Being an athlete affects my life in many ways. I lost a lot of friends who just didn't and still don't understand why I do what I do. I am still an amazing mother and wife because no matter what you will always have to make sure family comes first but sometimes that's a lot easier said than done. I've missed out on numerous events and get together due to being on prep and it took me a while to go around people due to me being uncomfortable around food and drinks I was not allowed to have. Now things are a lot easier for me as I've learned you can still have fun while on prep.

As of now I am going to be starting prep for Nationals in July here in 2 weeks and I will be competing July 28-29th. After that I will not be doing any more shows 2017, I will be taking some time to grow as an athlete and get back on stage 2018.

IG: @mrsanzai

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