Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a bikini perfect physique?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: Thank you, it’s always a work in progress. I train every day, or I listen to my body and take a rest day when I feel it will benefit me more then a training day. I currently do five days of weight training, cardio 30-40 mins every other day during off season and 1-2 conditioning style workouts per week.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: I’m currently following a flexible diet, which consists of approx. 1400-1500 calories per day. I use a local meal prep company, so two of my daily meals are the same each day and I prepare my on breakfast, 2 x snacks and dinner each day. These are flexible as long as they stay within my macro’s for the day.
My Supplements consist of our own line of natural supplements “TotalBody Health” that my husband has developed and they consist of a natural fat oxidizer – OXY3rx, a BCAA – AMINO4rx , Probiotic15 for athletes and a Omega3 + Vitamin D- OMEGA1000. I also supplement daily with a fibre powder, & Whey Protein.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your motivation to take a multi-faceted personality of a fitness model, fitness competitor, personal trainer and nutritional expert ?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: For starters, I didn’t want to be labelled as just a bikini competitor, because there is still this misconception that we don’t really train hard, and just put on make-up and stiletto’s and strut across the stage. I enjoy the lifestyle and wanted to keep learning and progressing as a fitness entrepreneur. I was inspired by others like Jamie Eason & Lizabeth Lopez that they were using their notoriety from magazine covers and social media to become business women within the industry.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: I’m like anyone I get break outs and thankful for makeup to cover it up but I do try my best to stay on top of the minimizing the aging effect! I like to think I was blessed with pretty good genes to thankfully not look my age yet, or so I’m told. However, I do use top of the line skin care called ZO – Zein Obagi. It really helped reduce my breakouts, minimize my pores, brighten & tighten my skin I also supplement with Silica & Omega1000 these help with overall health for hair, skin & nail beauty.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Fitness modelling is about bold photo shoots. What advice you wish to give to the women of today to be body confident in order to do such bold modeling?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: Be classy not trashy! When I have my makeup and hair done for these photoshoots, I feel sexy and strong and I use this positive energy to have fun during these shoots and project that confidence to the camera. Being comfortable with the photographer and working with them to understand their vision for the shoot also helps, but don’t be scared to try different poses and outfits that you may not like at first, usually the more uncomfortable you feel in a pose it’s going to turn out being the best picture!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding physique/bikini professional competitor girls who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to ladder of success in field of physique/ bikini professional competitions?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: Work hard and remain true to yourself. Think of yourself as a brand and carry yourself in a professional manner on & off the stage. Use competitions, photo shoots, trade shows, industry events as a way to get yourself out there in the industry, but don’t do anything that makes yourself feel un-comfortable. If a photographer gives you a weird feeling, ASK AROUND. If they are known or well established photographers don’t be afraid to reach out to other models they have shot with and ask for feedback.