Whats up everyone?! I hope your having a great 2014 and sticking with any of the New Years Resolutions that you made and reaching, attaining and staying on track with your 2014 fitness committments!
Well the first month of 2014 is gone away, and we are into one of my favorite months FEBRUARY!'
I love February because of The Super Bowl, Valentines Day, and The Arnold Classic! And this year.... THE WINTER OLYMPICS!!! I fell in love with the Winter Olympics Last time it was going on in I believe, lets see..2010 ( I know every 4 years , calm down) but I remember like it was yesterday and it being in 2010 was very special for me. I was in Orlando Florida and I was working a convention as a speaker for a company. I was working for one of my modeling agencies and rooming with a great friend and fellow model. The Winter Olympic opening ceremonies were on and I watched, and fell in love. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I have always LOVED the snow. I know alot of people love the beach, and yes I do, but I prefer snow covered mountains and a ski lodge any day ;) Watching the Olympics then I was fascinated...speed skating, skiing, bobsledding, ice skating, I love all of the events. Well, curling is not all that exciting to me no offense to the die hard curlers out there. ;)
It was special because I had just ended my 2009 year with signing with BSN and Weider. I had recently won the Flex Model Search at The Olympia and got 2 Athlete contracts in 1 day, and I was prepping for my very 1st show as a Pro, my Pro Debt in March at The Muscle Contest, as well as my very first cover shoot with Muscle & Fitness Hers as well as my photoshoot for Flex Magazines Swimsuit issue(which later turned into a cover). So I remember the Winter Olympics as the exact time that my fitness career had launched....and my life changed. It feels great to get all of those memories back with the return of this years Olympics and you can bet I will bewatching every night starting with The opening ceremonies Feb 7th.
I actually also started admiring the physiques of the speed skaters, and developed a crush on Apollo Ohno...gosh hes hot... Anyway, I started to research the training styles and exercises used by speed skaters(ok, youd be insanely amazed at their strength!!) But I thought, hey if the dudes have killer butts, I wanna see what they do, and incorporate it into my killer butt ;) So I did. Here are a few of the exercises that I use from the speed skaters training style.
-Bulgarian Split squat *** check out My BSN TRAINING VIDEO ON THE BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT HERE!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HVd1XRoe78
-Weighted jump squat
-Speed Skaters(of course)
-Single leg leg press
For those of you who follow me on social media, and if you dont , do it now!!! @amandalatona on Instagram and twitter both the same, but you know that I'm known for my glutes ...the #bootyqueen. So, these are some of the exercises that I incorporate into my glute training, give em a try.
Other than that, I am currently prepping for the 1st HUGE show of the Year, the ARNOLD CLASSIC, The BIKINI INTERNATIONAL
This is an invite only event, with 16 of the best Bikini Athletes from around the world competing, and by Gods Grace, I am one of them. I did the Bikini International at the First Ever Bikini International in 2011 and have chose to sit out the other years, due to injury or the need for more rest. My competition season ends with The Sacramento Pro which is in Nov. Which only gives me 1 short month off, and the other years I have chose to not diet over the holidays. This year however, I am READY to do Whatever it takes , holidays or not, to give it my all and train, diet, and bust my butt to compete to Win that title. I always say"I go to Win", and this show is no different.
My next blog, I will fill you in on my training, whats next for me, and everything else.
Until next time,
Amanda Latona xo