Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us how you felt before and after wining the 2009 FLEX Bikini Model Search?
Ms. Amanda Latona: Before it, I remember I felt very nervous because I wanted to win it very bad. This was my 3rd year doing the Flex Model Search so I really, really wanted to win. I’m a competitor though, so I go into every show and train for every show with the desire to win. That’s always my ultimate goal. The Flex Search was really personal to me though because I grew up reading these magazines, and for years when I trained myself, I got most of my info and training tips from the Weider Magazines.
I also just turned Pro 2 months before, so I felt like this could be my last year to compete in this show. After I won, I was absolutely ecstatic! I was on cloud 9 for a while actually. Not only did I win a contract with Weider but the company I was working for at that time also offered me an athlete contract. So I earned 2 contracts in 1 day. I also got to present awards at the Finals at the Olympia that year and walking on the prestigious Olympia stage was a surreal feeling. I feel that win started my career. I then went on to be on multiple magazine covers worldwide, win 10 pro shows and compete on that same Olympia stage 4 times. Amazing.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Elaborate about your booty queen apparel and VIP Supplement Warehouse.
Ms. Amanda Latona: Bootyqueen apparel is a fitness, athletic line of apparel that my husband and I own, run and operate. We do everything from our own house too. I always wanted my own apparel line and never wanted to put my name on it, like Latonas athletics or something. Then, when I got married, I’m old fashioned and changed my name , no hyphen lol, and people didn’t know me as Kuclo so having Kuclo athletics didn’t make sense either. Being that I’m known in the fitness industry for my glutes, I would always post pics and hashtag #bootyqueen.
I wanted a brand with a cute recognizable logo and something women would love, and what woman doesn’t want a better booty? So we decided to go with that. I design the leggings with colors I think women would love and what I personally love to train in and wear everyday. Our apparel is athletic and glamorous because when you look better, you feel better, and in my opinion, you train better. Our leggings are what we are known for and they are made to accentuate a womens curves and help flatten the tummy and love handles. They also don’t come down too low so they pass the squat test too. We also have tanks, hats, jackets and hoodies. On our website, I also offer booty training from my own personal diary that I’ve kept of all of my glute training over the years and years. ‘Diary of a BootyQueen’. So, women can build their glutes and show them off in bootyqueen apparel. Everything can be found at www.bootyqueenapparel.com
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about a memorable experience you still remember about one of the fitness competitions that you wish to share?
Ms. Amanda Latona: Wow, I feel like all of the experiences from every show are memorable because each show prep and experience is a learning and growing process to me. A super cool memory was when I was competing and 2 girls were there with Team Latona shirts on. I thought it was so cool and thoughtful that they took the time to make those shirts to show their support. Also, the day I won the Sacramento Pro for the 4th year in a row was pretty epic in my books.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Amanda Latona: To everyone that’s looking to embark on a fitness journey, or is already on one. My best advice is take one day at a time. This is coming from me personally, because I’m someone that always wanted to know whats next, and whats at the back of the book. The Bible says ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, for a reason. Because we have Grace for that day. So when you’re faced with a challenge whether it be a physical, mental , competition or personal one….Take one day at a time. Give that day your very best, work your very hardest, don’t be hard on yourself, stay balanced, hold onto your peace…and then do it all over again. Thank you so much womenfitness.net for having me, and thank you to everyone who read this.
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