Meet Fitness Model Abby Huot
I am so happy to share Abby Huot’s interview. She has an amazing story to share…read on to find out how she got her act together and went from a size 12-14 to becoming a Fitness Model. And, the best part is that she tells you that you don’t have to starve yourself in order to get into shape. Read on to find out more about Abby. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside…
Oh, and I was ecstatic to see that she choose our best seller top The Fit One Shoulder Sports Bra for this beautiful photo-shoot.
1. What is your name and age?
Abby Huot, 30 years old
2. What inspired you to get fit?
I was just tired of yo-yoing around in terms of weight. I was perpetually stuck between a size 12 and 14 and I was never comfortable. I wasn’t fat but I wasn’t skinny. I didn’t belong in either camp– it felt like purgatory. I finally did a triathlon in 2008 and then got talked into doing my first show that fall. It changed my entire life and I’m so grateful I found health and purpose in my life!
3. Describe yourself in three words.
Outgoing, silly, resilient
4. What keeps you motivated to live the healthy life?
I have some huge dreams to fulfill. When I want something, I sacrifice anything and everything in order to get it. If something is important to me, I have laser-like obsessive focus. I enjoy being healthy and teaching people about truths vs myths in the realms of diet and exercise. I hit roadblocks like anyone else and often times I take some time off the recharge my battery, but I always come back.
5. What time of the day do you workout and why?
I lift midday and I do cardio at night. My body needs the rest and I stink at getting up before work to train!
6. How do you balance life, work, training and family?
Seeing as I’m recently single and I don’t have kids yet, the balance factor isn’t terrible for me at the moment. I have found I thrive with structure. I make all my food and pack my gym bag the night before (one set of clothes for my lunch hour workout, one set for my evening workout) and I go straight to the gym after work so I can be done by 7-7:30pm and have some downtime.
7. What do you for fun?
I love getting sushi with friends. Basically anywhere food is, I am! Movies, comedy shows, and just chilling with friends or family are my favorite ways to spend my free time.
8. What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in fitness?
I’d say the biggest misconception is that you have to live in a gym for 2-3 hours a day and that you can only eat lettuce. People are usually shocked to see how much and how often I eat. 5-7 meals a day is pretty standard! Additionally, women have a severe allergy to weight lifting because of their fear that they’ll become a bodybuilder. I’m a peanut. There’s no way anyone could ever look at me and think I’m a bodybuilder, but I lift weights almost every day!
9. What is your favorite body part to exercise?
Legs and back. Biggest muscle groups in the body so they’re the biggest calorie burners. I’m still working on dialing my legs in but I think I have the right combination of training and diet to nail it this year.
10. If you had to pick three key exercises – what would they be and why?
Deadlifts: They work your glutes, hamstrings, core, and grip strength.
Decline bench leg lifts: Too many women don’t know how to target their lower abs. Make sure you keep your lower back plastered to the bench and exhale!
High plank kickbacks: Targets the top of your glutes and helps to round your booty!
11. If you compete, what excites you the most about competing?
I always am excited to see how I can top myself every year. I figured out a year or two into competing that it isn’t about the placements. They’re fun, but not neccessary to be a success. I love comparing my pictures from my first few shows to my newer ones. I have put on size, increased my V taper, carved out some abs, and lifted my butt drastically since I started. As long as I improve, I’m satisified.
12. What is the best advice you can give someone that is considering entering the competition arena?
Go into it with no expectations. Remember, it’s a subjective sport with a lot of politics laced into it. Your placement has nothing to do with your value as an athlete or the work you’ve done. Never let anyone else define your success or failure for you!
13. What are the three things you always have in your gym bag?
Water bottle, extra headphones, and a lint roller to hide the evidence of my white, shedding kitty cat that tends to stick to my workout clothes!
14. What is your favorite cheat “treat”?
Sushi. Hands down. I can put down 5-6 rolls by myself in one sitting. I’m a lady like that!
15. Anything else you would like us to know?
I’ve appeared in Oxygen Magazine for my transformation story and I’m a regularly published freelance fitness writer. I’m blessed to have found a use for my English degree after all!
Abby’s Website: http://abbyhuot.com
Pictures Credit: Picture Groove www.picturegroove.com
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