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Amanda Latona: “Booty Queen” of the Fitness Industry Spills Her Fitness Secrets!

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Now Amanda Kuclo, Amanda is known for her amazing glutes and has been named the “Booty Queen” of the fitness industry. Amanda is an accomplished fitness competitor, TV host, personal trainer, model, recording-artist, and creator of an online fitness video series.

Over the last 10 years Amanda has established herself as a leader in the industry with over 25 1st place finishes in fitness and bikini competitions around the country. She officially earned her IFBB Pro card in 2009 after winning every competition that she entered that year. Since that time she has continued to dominate as a 10-time IFBB Pro Bikini Champion and over a 10-time International fitness cover model featured on the covers of Muscle and Fitness Hers, FLEX, and Oxygen magazine worldwide. She is a Team ALLMAX sponsored athlete, the proud winner of the 2009 FLEX Bikini Model Search, and was also named “All Time Hottest” by the Flex Readers themselves.

A peoples Champion, Amanda fuses a love of the stage with her expert knowledge and training secrets to entertain and motivate people around the world to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Achievements of Amanda Latona

  • Flex Bikini Model Search Winner ’09
  • 1st Place Dallas Europa PRO Bikini Championships ’10
  • 5th Place Bikini Olympia ’10
  • FLEX Female Image Award ’10
  • 1st Place Sacramento PRO Bikini Championships ’10
  • 6th Place Bikini International ’11
  • 1st Place MuscleContest PRO Bikini Championships ’11
  • 1st Place Titans PRO Bikini Championships ’11
  • 1st Place Sacramento PRO Bikini Championships ’11
  • Vegas’ Top Model ’12
  • Voted #1 in the ALL-TIME HOT LIST of 15 Years of the FLEX MAGAZINE SWIMSUIT ISSUES

Amanda Latona is a world leading IFBB Pro Athlete. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.

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Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were born in Pittsburgh, PA and must have been interested in fitness and sports at an early age. Later you were encouraged & motivated to compete in fitness competitions. You earned your IFBB Pro card in 2009 after winning every competition that you entered that year. You reached the pinnacle of success by winning twenty times 1st place finishes in fitness and bikini competitions around the country. Tell us about your journey that took you to the the world of fitness and as a winner in Professional Bikini Pro competitions?   

Ms. Amanda Latona: I think I was just born with a passion to entertain. I started singing at the age of 18 in all girls group in Orlando, Florida. We were given a gym’s membership to stay in shape and to help us with our cardio, singing and dancing at the same time. I remember stepping foot in the gym, seeing a woman with a six pack and saying “I want to look like that”. From that moment my second passion was born and I fell in love with fitness.

After the girls group I went on to have two other solo recording deals and I spent the majority of my free time in the gym, learning and studying everything I could about training and nutrition. I decided to work with a trainer and he suggested that with my passion of training and my background of being on stage and I should enter a competition. In 2003 , I entered my first fitness bikini competition and I won. After my record deals were no longer, my whole family moved to Las Vegas and I got reconnected with the fitness industry because it’s such a big scene in Vegas.

I competed in the Flex bikini model search in 2007 (8th Place), 2008 (4th place) and in 2009 I won the title. Also in 2009 that’s when the NPC started the bikini division and they took the criteria for the division from the top four in the flex bikini model search from 2008. The fact that I placed fourth in 2008 made me realize that I would do hopefully very well in this new NPC bikini division. From then on, I went on to turn Pro in 2009 and also win the Flex Bikini Model Search and earned 2 contracts that Year. The next year I had my 1st Cover and the rest is history.

Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your motivation to take a multi-faceted personality of a fitness model, professional bikini competitor, personal trainer, recording-artist, creator of an online fitness video series and nutritional expert?

Ms. Amanda Latona: I started with 2 passions. Entertaining and fitness. I started onstage as a singer, which gave me a gym membership that allowed me to discover my fitness passion. From there, I took my love for being onstage and fitness, and that led to me to competing. From there, I went into fitness modeling which allowed me to not only be in magazines and on covers, but increase my brand awareness and fan base, all while learning more and more about the business. I am a big believer in developing as many skills as possible and staying in a mode of constant learning.

The more skills you have, the more you bring to the table and the more valuable you are to the companies you are working with and for or trying to work with. I have been blessed with being able to do many, many different areas in the fitness world and it’s a huge blessing to be able to have a career doing what I love. God just kept allowing doors to open, and I would and will continue to walk though them. I now host TV shows, emcee bodybuilding/fitness shows, own a successful fitness apparel line, travel the world as a Team Allmax athlete with my husband, and we were promoters of our own show this year. The Kuclo Classic which broke Texas records for a first NPC show.

Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a bikini perfect physique?

Ms. Amanda Latona: I have been training half of my life and my  foundation has been built with heavy weight training. I am passionate about showing women that they can lift weights and not get bulky… Still a misconception these days. I train 5 days a week sometimes twice a day and during a competition I train 6 days a week with most days twice a day. When I train twice in a day it’s to split up my weight training and my cardio. I usually weight train an hour to an hour and a half depending on what body part it is and to do cardio after that to me is too much, so I’d rather split up weights and cardio. I do cardio 3 times a week, the majority of my cardio being HIIT cardio. Shorter durations 30 min and high intensity interval training.

My go-to cardio of choice is intervals of incline sprints, intervals on the step mill or arc trainer and plyos. Taking the heart rate up, then bringing it back down, tracking it with a heart rate monitor and cardio with added resistance to make cardio glute focused as well. I train lower body twice a week both days being glute focused. I train hard and very intensely every time. Every session I give my all, and I don’t just go through the movements. I see people on their phones in the gym and they wonder why they’re not getting better results. You need to be in there working harder than anyone else if you want to achieve results better than anyone else.

My competitors mentality keeps me in competition with myself and my own personal goals. Also, because I have been training now half of my life, I know the importance and necessity of switching up your training. This helps not only physically, because the body is so smart and constantly adapts, but also mentally to get out of a training rut, set new goals and just enjoy what your doing. That being said, I’ve recently started training at 2 new studios along with the gym, taking hiit classes and getting back into yoga. I love bikram yoga the most. There, my goal isn’t my heaviest lift, but becoming more flexible, getting into splits and doing headstands and hopefully one day handstands.


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. Amanda Latona: My basic diet philosophy is… eat whole, non processed foods as much as possible and basically eat what God put on this earth. Your diet should consist of foods with as few ingredients in them as possible and ideally eating foods that have one word ingredients such as chicken, eggs, spinach almonds etc. When you go grocery shopping, shop the parameters of the grocery store (where the produce, and meat are) and stay out of the isles because that’s usually where the processed foods are kept.

I eat a very high protein diet, and I’m more of a protein/fat girl as opposed to a protein/ carb girl.  My diet is mainly protein such as chicken, lean turkey, lean whitefish, salmon, protein powders, egg whites and whole omega eggs. I’ve recently cut out red meat I personally like the way I feel better. I eat a ton of vegetables and try to have vegetables at every meal with a large salad a day. I eat a lot of healthy fats such as avocado, almonds, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, almond oil, Olive oil, a ton of seeds like chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and all natural nut butters.

When I do have carb meals they’re based around my workouts and are slow digesting carbs such as oatmeal and sprouted grain products. I also adjust my food and carb intake depending on my training and energy output that day. Heavier training on a leg day means more carbs and more food and a travel day or rest day will be less carbs and less food. This keeps me from counting calories. My main key is to really avoid sugar, and keeping blood sugar from spiking because insulin spikes can lead to weight gain. Every body is different. This is what works for me. I try to really just eat nutrient dense foods. I focus on eating the best, healthiest foods for me, not foods that are going to make me loose weight or be skinny. Health is always my goal and always what I am passionate about teaching about.

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. Amanda Latona: Well first of all, THANK YOU. Ya know, I really believe you are what you eat and being healthy on the inside shines through on the outside. So I believe my skin and hair being super healthy, shiny and radiant is a combination of years of a high protein diet, lots of healthy fats, beauty rest, tons of water, sweating to get rid of toxins and lots of prayer (I used to have acne as a younger adult). You need to eat enough protein in your diet, and healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, and salmon are crucial. Start eating those now and you’ll see a big difference.  Also, to me , rest is an equally important part of making fitness a lifestyle. I try to make sleep a priority at night and when I travel and don’t get as much as I want to, I try and take a nap if I can. Tons of water along with sweating is great at getting rid of toxins another important part of getting the glowing skin your after. That’s another reason I love bikram yoga, dripping in sweat for 90 minutes is amazing.

Ms. Namita Nayyar: Fitness modelling is about bold photo shoots. You did photo shoot for Bodies Of Work By and showed your spectacular chiseled physique. What advice you wish to give to the women of today to be body confident in order to do such bold modeling?

Ms. Amanda Latona: I don’t think women should be confident to be able to do bold photo shoots. I’m pretty conservative in everyday life, and on my instagram and in social media. I’m not one of those girls that posts pics of myself in my undies saying its fitness. I’m married now so I being a wife, I have a whole different outlook on the way I portray myself as well. That being said, I have always had a clean image because of my beliefs and its just who I am.

The Bodies of Work photo shoot was actually something I only did because it was done very tastefully and artistically and also shot 2 days before Bikini Olympia when I was in the best shape possible and was able to capture the insane amount of hard work I had been putting in for years and years. I personally kept sending back the images they could use saying more shadowing, more shadowing, lol, but its true. To a point, where they couldn’t use an image all together because I wasn’t comfortable showing too much.

I do preach women’s confidence though in everything I do. I think everyone and especially us women are very very hard on ourselves. That’s why I tell people to stay off the scale. We can fluctuate so much from day to day due to several factors especially hormones for us women, and a few pounds up can make or break your day. I also did a challenge and was coaching over 3,000 women where I learned a lot and have been able to use those experiences in my life to educate and help women. There was a girl that posted a pic at 3 different weights. The middle was her current, and the right was 30 pounds heavier and the left was 30 pounds lighter. She then said, that she wasn’t happy at the lighter or heavier weight. She was now happy where she was. That really impacted me.

If you don’t love yourself, I mean really love yourself, then a number on the scale really wont change that. You can be unhappy because you want to lose weight, and then to lose weight and you can be unhappy because your always hungry or tired or moody or feel like your deprived and cant enjoy your life. The same goes the other way. I know what its like to be up and down in my weight as a competitor. This is why I now am an avid preacher of balance in your life.

Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding professional Bikini competitor girls who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to ladder of success in field of professional Bikini competitions?

Ms. Amanda Latona: My advice is to do everything you do with the heart of a champion, with passion and with integrity. Do your research to be educated with the field you want to be in, and be able to be an ambassador of the Sport and a spokesperson. Learn to be skilled in many areas so that you can branch out into many different avenues in the fitness world. Learn your business and brand so that you can be a good speaker and bring a lot to the table to a company that you want to work with. Have a positive attitude always. Stay constantly grateful…this will keep you with a non-complaining attitude. And work hard. Very hard. Knock on every door, because you have no idea what door will open, unless you knock on it. Don’t let a no or a rejection get you discouraged and never give up.


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

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 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 for having me, and thank you to everyone who read this.

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