In our bid to get fit right after Christmas, we have searched and found the perfect role models to help you beat the turkey gut as soon as possible. Introducing fitness model Cindy Garcia, not only has Cindy changed her lifestyle, she also epitomizes the story of the Ugly Duckling that turned into the beautiful swan, and not only a beautiful swan, but probably one of the most beautiful swans we have seen in a very long time. Girls, look at her before and after photo’s, and then you will realise, there is nothing stopping you, but yourself.

What made you decide to become a fitness model?

Since I was a young girl (around three) I wanted to be a model. I tried to pursue this when I was in my late teens but found it difficult due to my height (I’m tiny). Then I started training hard, got into shape and realised that I could try fitness modelling and here I am.

What hints and tips do you have for someone who’s looking to get a body like yours?

  1. Always think of your health.
  2. Never starve yourself; eat the right food at the right time.
  3. Have fun in the kitchen, learn about food and how to cook healthy food.
  4. Drink, drink, and drink lots of water. You must keep hydrated.
  5. Be patient and committed. Success takes time.
  6. Don’t complain—just do it!
  7. Ladies, don’t be afraid of weights! It’s not all about the treadmill.

Give us an idea of your fitness and training programme.

Day 1 Chest, Biceps

  • Incline chest press:  3 sets x 12 – 10 – going to failure (around 8)
  • Cable flies:  2 sets x 10
  • Decline chest press: 3 sets x 10
  • Superset with
  • DB flies: 3 sets x 10
  • DB Bicep curl: 3 sets x 10 – failure
  • Concentrate bicep curl:  3 sets x 8-10
  • Hammer curl: 3 sets x 8-10

Day 2 Legs

  • Leg press:  3 sets x 12 – 10- failure (around 8) reps
  • Sumo squat with barbell: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Superset with
  • Sumo dead lift with barbell: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Stiff leg dead lift with DB: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Superset with
  • Seated leg curl: 4 sets x failure
  • Leg extension: 4 sets x failure
  • Walking lunges with DB 4 x 20
  • Duck Butt: 3 sets x failure

Day 3 Shoulders, Abs

  • Shoulder Press machine: 3 sets x 12- 10 – failure
  • Shoulder Press DB: 3 sets x 10
  • Superset with
  • Lateral raises: 3 sets x 10 – failure
  • Rear deltoids machine: 3 sets x 8
  • Superset with
  • Barbell up right row: 3 sets x 8
  • Incline reverse abs crunch: 3 set – failure
  • Decline abs crunch: 3 sets – failure
  • Decline abs twist: 3 sets – failure

Usually I have a rest day here

Day 4 Back, Triceps

  • Chin ups and dips to failure
  • Close grip lat pull down: 3 sets – 12 10- 8 failure
  • DB bent over row: 1 set each arm x 12-10-8 repeat 3 times
  • Triceps pull down: 3 sets x 10 – 10- failure
  • Superset with
  • DB kick back: 3 sets X 8
  • Overhead triceps extension: 3 sets x 10

Day 5 Legs again 😉

  • I usually do 20-30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week too.

Any dietary considerations?

Don’t over eat, eat until you’re satisfied, watch your total calorie intake and avoid sugars and saturated fats and therefore fast foods. Make sure your meals are vegetables and lean protein based. Think only in natural and fresh products, no frozen or tins.

Do you have a training partner or do you prefer to train alone?

I usually train on my own although I train with my husband sometimes but he can be a little lazy and usually he just gets in my way [laughs].

Are there any foods you miss?

Mmm not really, I eat clean most of the time and I love healthy food that makes me feel good so I don’t miss anything.

Are you a natural beauty or would you find it hard to live without fake tan, eyelashes, nails…?

[Laughs] well being from Costa Rica I don’t really need a tan although I do love the sun’s natural kiss. I do wear a little make up too accentuate my features but I don’t like to feel like I’m hiding my face with too much make up. As for the nails I do them occasionally, I’m lazy [laughing].
You have great skin, how do you maintain it?

My skin is a mixture, I try to look after it as much as I can, I put cream on my face every morning and evening and I do have a mask every week, usually natural ingredients. On my body my skin is quite dry so I have to moisturize it a lot, every morning I use cream and every evening before bed I apply baby lotion [laughs] but it works. Naturally I get dark skin every time I bang myself or even if I have and insect bite so to treat it I apply almond oil too which helps me to keep an even skin colour. Additionally I take my Omega 3 every day 😉

Are you a high street girl or a designer clothes diva?

Oh good one, I do love fashion, as I said before I always wanted to be a model. I do think that sometimes you pay just too much for the name and it is not the name that interests me, it is the quality and the design 🙂

What’s your favourite lipstick?

My favourite lipstick is, I’d say Lancôme, however I do love Estée Lauder too, colour rouge for sure 🙂

What’s your favourite underwear brand?

Mmm this question is even harder to answer [laughs], I love Calvin Klein Underwear, of course Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur although it does require selling a kidney or two to buy them.

Any favourite places to shop?

Even though I like fashion I’m terrible with shopping, I don’t really like it especially when its too bus. However when I am in a shopping mode I’m happy to shop anywhere [laughs].

Follow Cindy on twitter now @CindyGLister and check out her website

Photography by SNHFOTO

Look out for out fitness work out video series featuring Cindy Garcier coming soon to Flavourmag