Caitlin Rice is a model and fitness icon who has inspired millions of followers on social media.
She began posting pictures and videos of her fitness journey on instagram (@caitlinricefit), and has since become widely recognised for her great figure – becoming a social media star.
Women Fitness President talks to fitness influencer about her journey to success.
A healthy morning ritual that you follow?
I am HUGE on morning routines. I never miss a day, even if I am traveling. You set the tone for your whole entire day. My morning routine keeps me disciplined, structured, motivated and primed for my day. Here is what I do:
I wake up at 5:45 am every morning. The first thing I do is immediately hop in a freezing cold shower. This shocks my system and gives me a huge energy boost to start my day. It also relieves muscle soreness and improves mental acuity. I get out of the shower and then I brush my teeth with my left hand (I am right-handed). Using your non-dominant hand primes your mind and body to try new and different things and strengthens neural connections in your brain. After I brush my teeth, I go about my 4-step skin care routine. Once I finish up in the bathroom, I go downstairs and start making breakfast while listening to my morning affirmation podcast. Using these positive affirmations helps rewire my brain. I am a firm believer in “if you believe it, you will receive it”. I read a non-fiction (typically self-improvement) book while I eat my breakfast and drink my coffee. Once breakfast and my reading is complete, I journal for about 15 minutes. Then it’s time to MOVE! I take my dog out for a brisk paced 3.5 mile walk by the beach (or hit an early spin class). I also do not look at my cell phone (emails/social media, messages, etc.) for the first 30 minutes of my day. I’m usually done with my morning rituals by no later than 8 or 8:30.
What motivated you to start bodybuilding?
I was a fashion model in high school and had an unhealthy relationship with food. I was told I had to be rail thin to book jobs and so I would starve myself and do hours of cardio. When I went to college, I started eating more and partying (college duh). I put on the “freshman 15” and was what you would call “skinny fat”. I didn’t like how I looked, so I set out on a healthier path and started going to the gym. I taught myself all about lifting weights and read article after article on healthy eating and nutrition. I developed a passion for it and became addicted to the grind and seeing the progress. I just wanted to keep learning all that I could and use my knowledge to help others so I got my training certification!
Your first experience of working out at a gym?
My first REAL gym experience was absolutely overwhelming. I had been to the gym before of course but only knew my way around the cardio section. I didn’t know where to begin with lifting weights or how any of the machines worked. I saw a cute girl with a really nice toned and muscular body lifting weights, so I studied what she was doing and then when she was done with each machine or bench, I would follow suit and copy her. (I was super sneaky and she had no idea I was doing this). My boyfriend at the time was also really big into the gym and then showed me how to work out properly after that.
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