Kelly Levin Interview

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Having a Healthy New Year

An Icon of Fitness and Health Inspiration

  1. Kelly, it is very clear you take your fitness seriously. Do you feel pressure to look perfect? What are your sources of motivation to stay in shape and be healthy?

As an NPC bikini competitor, once you get to a certain point in your conditioning, there’s no going back.  It’s always about getting better.  For me, the “pressure to look perfect” is my own vision of perfect.  I am not looking to fit anybody else’s standards but my own.  Everybody has a different version of what they think “perfect” is to them.  As long as I constantly push myself to improve, I am happy.  Feeling comfortable in your own skin is important.  To help me stay motivated, I try to surround myself with extraordinary people who want the same thing.  My social media friends are made up in a large part of fitness athletes, personal trainers, nutritionists, models, entrepreneurs, etc.  Reading their posts and seeing their photos daily keep me fired up.  Another motivation is keeping my physique looking lean and muscular like it is.  I know the only way to have that is to work hard every day at it.  When I get to the gym, my music is a huge part of keeping the fire going.  Choose music that can put you in a “zone”.  Focus is important when training.  Don’t let yourself get distracted.  Put all you have into it and push your limits.  Knowing that I did better than my last workout or went heavier keeps me motivated to challenge myself each and every workout.  You feel amazing and accomplished after every workout and I crave that feeling even when I feel a bit lazy and don’t feel like training.  Dedication is doing it even when you may not feel so motivated that day.  The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.

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 2Take us through what your “typical gym routine” would be? How typical is it? How often do you switch things up? Why?

For me I have two types of training.  #1.  Off-season training is a bit different from training before a competition.  Training is a bit more “old school” if you will.  In my off-season, my goal is to add more calories to my diet and lift heavier with fewer repetitions (at least 6) in order to build more lean muscle.  My cardio is tapered off from when I am competing as well.  I will train legs two times a week, but incorporate different exercises each time.  One day will be chest, shoulders, and triceps, and one day will be back and biceps.  Two of the days will just be cardio, and I take one day (usually Sunday) off.  Abs are incorporated into three of these workouts.  I will do as many exercises as I can until the muscles are fatigued.  Every couple of months I switch up my workouts so that the muscles respond better.  They will get used to the same exercises after a few months and you will not see any changes.  Each workout with weights will last about an hour and then 1/2 hour of cardio.  My cardio consists of a variety between the elliptical, the stair climber, the treadmill, and the bike.  Intervals are the best so that your body doesn’t get used to the same pace.  It is good to raise your heart rate for about a minute and then lower it.

You can see more of this interview in our Jan/Feb 2015 issue of ModelsMania