Fitness models are a staple at the big bodybuilding-and-fitness expos. Any-one who’s been to the L.A. FitExpo, Arnold Fitness Expo or Olympia remem-bers the familiar faces and physiques of the popular fitness models who roam about (at least that’s what most of the male fans have burned into their memory banks). One of those in-demand personal-ities is Carmen Garcia. At every expo she has a line of fans chatting with her and having her sign photographs. She’s a real fan favorite, partly because of her exotic Latin look but also because of her sparkling personality. Carmen isn’t just a fitness personality, though. She’s studied business, fashion design and photography and can speak and write in four languages — English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. ¡Ay, caramba! Very impressive. Of course, she’s also a certified trainer—by the Inter-national Sports and Science Association—and in 2000 she launched her own Web site with info on diet and recipes as well as modeling tips and some great exclusive photo galleries. Speaking of photos, let’s get to Michael Neveux’s incredible pics of Carmen on the next few pages so you can see for yourself why she’s so electrifying.
Editor’s note: To contact Carmen, send e-mail to: [email protected], or visit her Web site at: www.carmengarcia.com. Fan mail can be sent to Carmen Garcia, Fit Fan Club, PMB 673, 12930 Ventura Blvd. #114, Stu-dio City, CA 91604. For booking of guest appearances— serious inquiries only— contact Jeff Donaldson of Pacific Talent Agency at (310) 543-1018
Height: 5’6” Weight: 120 Hometown: Miami, FL
Occupation: International fitness model, writer and certified personal trainer
Marital status: Married
Hobbies: Traveling the world, reading and learning, healthful cooking, outdoor activities— water sports and extreme sports are a couple of things that make her tick.
Favorite vacation spots: Phuket, Thailand, and Florence, Italy (where she studied Italian).
Sample bodypart: Legs
Lunges 3 x 15-20
Leg presses 4 x 15
Leg extensions 3 x 12-15
Leg curls 4 x 15
machine 3 x 20
She works out four or five days a week.
Beauty/anti-aging secret: “It’s extremely important to maintain a good skin regimen. I eat healthful, nutritious meals and drink lots of water and herbal cleansing teas to help detoxify my system. I also believe in applying an SPF 25 sunscreen every morning, whether it’s sunny or cloudy. I never go to bed without cleansing, toning and moisturizing my skin with high-quality products recommended by my dermatologist. When it comes to maintaining a golden tan year-round, I no longer rely on the sun’s harmful rays or tanning beds, as plenty of self-tanning products on the market today help prevent skin damage and premature aging. A couple of my secrets include Thiomucase cream as a face moisturizer when I want a tighter, younger look. Thiomucase is best known as a product bodybuilders apply to problem areas before a competition to extract excess water from the skin. I also apply Retin-A (0.05 percent) once a week to exfoliate dead skin cells and to enable the regeneration of new skin cells.”
Compiled by Johnathan Lawson
Photography by Michael Nevuex