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Interview: Lais De Leon – Lean Into The Curves

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Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.
A: I’m Brazilian and Panamanian. I was born in Brazil and have lived all over the world. I started modeling very young when I lived in Italy.I now live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and travel all over for work.

Q: Why did you choose New Mexico?
A: My parents moved to New Mexico for work and I tagged along. It was supposed to be temporary, but I ended up really loving it. It is “The Land of Enchantment” after all.Q: How did you get involved in fitness? A: I started working out at 19 and really enjoyed it. I loved the results and how it’s transformed my body. I was already modeling, so the transition to fitness made the most sense to me.

Q: Brazilian women are famous for their amazing bottoms. Is it genetics or squats or a combination of it all?
A: I don’t really know why Brazilians are known for having such great booties. I’m sure genetics has a lot to do with it since Brazil is a very racially diverse country. I know for me personally, work-ing out has really improved the shape of my booty.

hard body laisQ: What do you do when you’re not in the gym?
A: When I’m not in the gym, I really enjoy cooking, traveling, video editing for my training website, and hosting my fit camps, which allows me to work with other women on their fitness goals.

Q: What does your own training and diet look like?
A: I’m not a crazy dieter or daily cardio person. As much as I love living a healthy lifestyle, I don’t like to overdo anything. I follow a very balanced approach to fitness. I train about six days per week. I listen to my body and take days off when I need them. I love cook-ing healthy meals just as much as I enjoy dining out and having an occasion-al cheat meal. I’m not super strict with my diet, and I do very little cardio.

Q: What are your fitness goals?
A: My fitness goal at this point is to hold on to as much muscle as possible and maintain the body I’ve built.

Q: Have you ever been tempted to compete in Bikini?
A: I used to think I needed to compete in fitness competitions to be a part of the industry, but the idea of actually competing never appealed to me. I see what a lot of my friends go through to compete, and it seems like a lot of stress. I train and live a healthy lifestyle because I enjoy it and love the physical results. I have a feeling if I added the extra pressure of competing, I wouldn’t enjoy it so much anymore. I’ve turned the fact that I don’t compete into a way to motivate other women and prove that you can be in shape year-round without needing a deadline or having to do anything drastic. It’s all about balance.

Q: How do you handle guys who come up to you at the gym and interrupt your workout?
A: It’s not too bad actually! Most guys have figured out that we’re all there to get a workout in and not to socialize. Also, I go to the same gym pretty regularly, so mostly everyone at my gym knows me already. When someone does approach me it’s usually because they recognize me from social media, a magazine, or website, and they are always very nice and polite.

Q: What motivates you?
A: Results motivate me the most. Seeing that my hard work is paying off is the best feeling. Also, knowing that at any given time I may need to squeeze into a bikini without much notice keeps me pretty motivated to stay in decent shape!

Q: What gets you discouraged?
A: Sometimes when I travel a lot I end up skipping the gym more than I’d like to and my diet also suffers. I can almost immediately see my body changing and losing muscle. It can be tough knowing I can’t give myself too much time off.

Q: How can our readers connect with you?
A: I love connecting with new people on social media!

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