Ms. Namita Nayyar: You arrived at just 13-years from the Dominican Republic and spoke no English. You were also the caregiver to your brother who had been diagnosed with cancer. You had no background in training or sports or anything, but you started going to the gym and working out. You reached the pinnacle of success by becoming a leading fitness model, fitness trainer and Instagram craze. Tell us about your journey that took you to the the world of fitness?
Ms. Massy Arias: My journey hasn’t been easy but I can say it has been truly rewarding. I started exercising as a way of beating depression and became so in love with the lifestyle that it became my passion. Having no background in training or sports, meant I had to teach myself about everything I didn’t know. Exercise gave me such a positive “rush”, all I wanted to do was learn more and do more with my body. I continued progressing physically while sharing my journey with others, until I became certified and had the guts to do my first bootcamp class.
I became even more passionate about fitness once I realized the positive impact I was able to spark in people’s lives. I saw that my courage was inspiring for so many women and men from different backgrounds, so I kept evolving as an athlete and also as a trainer.
The motivation I was giving to others became the same motivation that still fuels me today to continue with my brand.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your motivation to take a multi-faceted personality of a fitness model, fitness expert, a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and a sponsored athlete?
Ms. Massy Arias: “Strive for progress not perfection” isn’t just my brand slogan, it’s how I try and live my life. A lot of the blessings that come my way are usually a result of me trying to better myself as an athlete or as a health coach. Nutrition is a huge portion of this lifestyle, and learning about food goes hand-in-hand with fitness. I had to learn how to make healthy taste yummy, so my love for this lifestyle turned me into a Chef sort of speak.
Things for me have flowed in a very organic way. I’ve always been very open about my journey through social media and those who put their trust in me. My sponsorships with Tru Supplements, Jamba Juice and SheaMoisture came about from sharing my personal experience with my audience. Keeping my integrity in regard to sponsorships is something I’m really proud of and will continue to do so.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a perfect physique?
Ms. Massy Arias: My exercise routine changes from time to time. I am always looking for ways to challenge my body, so it is constantly improving. As of today, I weight train my lower and upper body twice a week and perform yoga three times a week to increase my flexibility and overall core strength.
I am not a huge fan of long steady cardio sessions, so I love combining my weight training days with cardio at the same time. This is how I developed my #Ma30day program and how I stay in great shape all year around. I’ve had to learn how to cut down time in the gym and get the most out of my workouts.
Leg day superset example: ( superset : one exercise followed by the next without any rest in between).
Goblet squat 12 reps
Super set : jump rope 1 minute
Rest: 1 minute
Repeat 4 times
Walking lunges: 12 reps
Superset: jumping jacks 1 minute
Bulgarian squat: 12 reps per leg
Super set: side skies 1 minute
Repeat 4 times
Stiff leg deadlift: 12 reps
Super set: body weight plyo squats 1 minute
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