Having crafted the quintessential Latin American physique – loads of curves and glorious glutes – and her savvy approach to social media. Michelle Lewin’s profile exploded, making her a global fitness icon. She is now building her empire, using tehnology as the platform for her carrer and business success.
What does your average week of training look like?
Right now I have let go a bit of the traditional lifting, and am more into high-intensity workouts. Everyone should do something different once in a while. I have also started Strong by Zumba, and might do a world tour where finally my fans can work out with me.
How is your training structured?
I train five days per week, sometimes six, for one hour per day. I target my lower body and abs twice per week. My other body parts only get one day per week – that’s enough.
What’s the best way to build a booty like yours?
I did a lot of squats, leg presses and leg extensions in the beginning. Everything grew – the booty and the quads – but my booty never popped, until I understood why. It was because my legs were so big – they looked massive – which made the glutes look small in comparison. It took me more than a year of concentrating on glute exercises and no leg extensions to slim down the legs and develop better balance. And then, boom! My glutes looked much bigger.
You’re well-known for your insanely low body fat levels and those abs that seem to always ‘pop’. What’s your secret to getting so shredded?
It’s no secret, it’s all about discipline. I have a responsibility towards my fans. I am where I am thanks to them, and I cannot relax and stop being their role model. They push me every day. It’s thanks to them that I keep myself in shape.
What does ‘balance’ mean to you in the context of your lifestyle?
Most things in life, when done to extremes, are bad, even in religions. Just do what makes you happy. That’s balance right there
Your website bio states that our fans span those “from the hardcore fitness freak to anyone considering swapping Cornflakes with oatmeal”. What, in your opinion, constitutes a healthful diet for someone who wants to build a fitness model physique?
There are many different diets out there and everyone has to check what is good for them. In some cases your body might respond well, but your mind doesn’t. It is really important to first feel happy mentally about yourself. If you are not happy, then why are you doing it? At the end of the day, happiness is what we all strive for, right?
Give us a peek into your fridge and grocery cupboard. What are the foods you eat most often and why?
I eat a lot of bison since it’s the healthiest meat. I also eat a lot of chicken, and I’m addicted to salad and broccoli, but it has to be drenched with fresh lemon juice – it’s my addiction. I eat two tablespoons of peanut butter daily to deal with the cravings.
How do you prefer to cook when preparing healthy meals?
It depends on how much time I have. If I have time, I can cook for hours to really give it that special taste. I’m pretty good in the kitchen. If I don’t have so much time, it’s a quick cook with some ready blended spices. I mostly cook carb free.
What role do supplements play in your lifestyle?
I take vitamin C, a multi-vitamin, magnesium, GABA, omega-3, whey isolate, a pre-workout, and a fat burner.
Images: @michelle_lewin | Source: Fitness