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Yes, genetics play a role in the amount of cellulite one carries, the elasticity of the skin, the smoothness & tightness, & the texture & thickness of your body/skin- but that doesn’t mean you are condemned to a life of rippled, jiggly, or cellulite bumps on your body.

Diet plays a major role in the way your body looks and feels & diet plays THE MAJOR ROLE in how smooth & flawless one can look. My programs are designed to not only take your physique to whatever level of fitness you desire, but inevitably because you are eating clean, your skin begins to tighten in texture, looks smoother, & literally becomes shrink wrapped to your muscle as time goes on. This does NOT happen over night- there are no special creams, lotions, or positions to speed up the process either. The change in your body occurs over time- as you gain lean muscle, raise your metabolism, and continue to eat clean & purify your body, your physique will begin to change, be reshaped, & become flawless. Diet kicks in within the first two weeks and most of my clients begin seeing a noticeable difference during that time. The body continues to shrink & becomes firmer only when you are consistent with the diet- stop and go & yo-yo dieting/clean eating is NOT going to cut it. What makes my programs so remarkable is NOT that my clients are transforming as that is possible for anyone to achieve, but whats most notable is the timeframe in which I take bodies of all shapes and sizes to that next level! What some may think would take 6 months, a year, or a lifetime to attain, I provide a plan that takes one body to the ultimate level of fitness in less than 3 months!

Training (specifically weight training) is essential to the transformation program as building lean muscle is vital to raising ones metabolism. The more lean muscle you carry, the more fat you will be burning even at rest! Muscle does not replace fat and fat does not replace muscle- they are two separate things that can both coexist together. My clients are NOT spending 4 hours a day in the gym! Their cardio is kept to a minimum- possibly 20-40 minutes depending on where their body is at and what we are trying to achieve. Weight training is a regular session lasting anywhere from 35-65 minutes a day- that is it! I remind my clients to think in terms of QUALITY NOT QUANTITY! Its not the amount of time you spend in the gym but rather the efficiency in the effort and work you do and put into the process.

 

Brooke Mora

Height: 5′ 8″

Weight: 135lbs. (off season), 127lbs. competition weight       

WEBSITES: www.twitter.com/brookemora, www.facebook.com/BrookeMoraIFBBPro

Training since Oct. 2009


“Stay focused, dedicated, and determined!”  ~Brooke Mora ;)

Q. How has living healthy, or dieting, or fitness changed your lifestyle?

A.  It has completely changed my life for the better.  It has removed all negative influences that were present in my life and has allowed me to see a very positive and promising future for myself.  

Q. Did you have a major event occur or reach a breaking point to make you totally want to change your lifestyle, fitness or otherwise?

A. Well as most of us women know relationships good and bad make a huge impact on our lives.  There was a point in my life where I became sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I reached deep down into myself and simply made changes.  I stayed focused, dedicated and determined to change. With those changes came opportunity and now I’ve found a life style that I am very passionate about.    

Q. What’s the hardest thing for you about training, competing, &/or dieting?

A.  Not having enough time in the day and keeping my energy levels up.  I work full-time Monday-Friday, so it’s imperative that I schedule my time well.  When I’m doing split card days, I’m up at about 630am at the gym by 7am for 30-45mins of cardio, at work by 930am and then back at the gym at 7pm until about 930pm.  Ya, not much time for anything else.  I get all my cooking done on the weekends for the week, thats the only way to be prepared and have my food readily available.     

Q. Do you participate in any classes or sports besides weight training? If so, what?

A.  I try to do yoga once or twice a week.  Stretching is so important and I love the tranquility and mentally clarity that yoga brings.  In the off season I usually join friends and participate in triathlons or 5k runs as well. 

Q: What is your favorite workout?

A:  My fav???  Well I’ve made my least favorite into my favorite.  Lunge kick-ups on the smith machine & donkey kickback machine have recently become my favorites because they have transformed my lower body.  But they are still the toughest workouts for me.   

Q. What modeling work, photo shoots, fitness competitions &/or sporting competitions, if any, have you participated in or prepared for and what were the results?

A. Excalibur NPC – Dec 2009 – 5th place Class C

Muscle Contest NPC March 2010 – Overall Bikini Winner

USA’s NPC – July 2010 – 1st Class F – Earned Pro Card

Tournament of Champions IFBB Bikini – September 11, 2010 – 2nd place – Olympia qualified

The Bikini Olympia Sept 2010 

Modeling

Muscle & Fitness Dec 2010 – Hot bod spread – John Russo

Muscle & Fitness HERs – 2010 issues

Labrada 2010 Campaign – Jason Ellis

Versa Gripp Campaign

Photographers

John Russo  http://www.johnrussophoto.com/

Marc Royce http://www.marcroyce.com

Chaz photographics
facebook.com/chazphoto

Tauseef Photography
http://www.tauseefphotography.com


Q. Where do you learn most of your information regarding fitness, training, & healthy eating habits?

A. The concept of weighing food and exercising wasn’t foreign to me. I grew up watching my mom weigh her food when I was younger and she taught me the importance of portion control.  I was involved in athletics from a young age and have always educated myself about health and nutrition. I was a pretty active gym goer, trained for triathlons and ran quite a bit, but it wasn’t until I started training for competition with Michele D’Angona did I really learn about how to eat clean and what foods get the results I was always looking for to transformed my body. 

Q. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish in the next 2 years (fitness or other)?

A. Well I have at least 2 things I’d like to accomplish 1. Finish 1st in an IFBB bikini competition and 2. Make the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers. 

Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?

A.  I won’t call what I gave up sacrifices; they were distractions keeping me from reaching my goals and dreams. Yes, it was definitely worth it and don’t mess them at all.

Q. When staying healthy & fit can become so consuming, how do you balance the rest of your life, social, work, family, etc.?

A.  It’s important to keep a balanced life.  The way I keep things balanced, is always make time for family and loved ones…they come first.  Then prioritize the rest.  If I’m training for competition that is my priority, 

Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to make look like you want?

A. Well I’m a work in progress still…always trying to improve my whole body.  When it comes time to step out on the stage I’m pretty happy with the work that I’ve done.  But there is always room for improvement. 

Q. For someone who is new to the fitness & health world, what piece of advice or information would you give them before they get started on this new venture?

A.  Take one day at a time or better yet take one meal at a time, one workout at a time.  Focus on the present.  Don’t ever say you can’t do it! You can! Can’t is just another way of saying you won’t. 

QUOTES THAT KEEP BROOKE GOING…. 

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” – A. Maslow

If you haven’t figured it out already, cooking is my therapy! It sooths the soul & mind while putting my cravings to rest. During times (like this) when I’m dieting hardcore prepping for my next competition, I find cooking more exciting! It’s like a puzzle- very challenging because I have so many more limits to my experimentations than when I’m not actually dieting! My restriction, and those of most competitors, consist of the following (or should I say the following foods are a NO-NO when dieting for my show): NO WHEAT, SOY, DAIRY (except Whey), SUGAR, GLUTEN, & lower sodium choices……The Yes-yes’s include: only “good fats”, starchy carbs, whole grains/oats, lean proteins, veggies, & well there is no AND, that’s just about it! LOL! Cravings during these “hard times” are more of TASTE cravings rather than hunger. So most of the time while baking goodies within the boundaries, I find satisfaction in just mixing up some batter, licking the spoon, & taking a sample bite of the finished product- for Blog posting purposes only of course! ;)

My brain works like a food diary/calculator/nutritional facts bank when it comes to eating, cooking, or when the cravings begin! I immediately go into problem solving mode figuring out how to fit in the flavors I’m looking for without compromising my clean competition diet, meaning without taking away any of my much needed proteins, without adding additional carbs or empty calories, etc…

This sick, twisted, torturous, masochist body of mine chooses to head to my kitchen. I live all by myself (except for my two lady friends…the mutts!) but I swear to you, it feels as though my kitchen is alive- no joke, this room talks to me! LOL! The cabinet doors, oven doors, the microwave, & fridge come to life- like something out of a Muppet show- I’m telling you! HAHA! Hey, I’m not going nuts here- if you love food, &/or cooking the way that I do then I know you feel the vibe I’m talking about when you enter the one room in your place that truly comes to life. My imagination runs wild in here & turns my thoughts & ideas into reality. It’s refreshing & scary at the same time because in the blink of an eye I could literally self destruct & sabotage all the work I’ve put into my body in this one little room. It’s frightening & I Love it! I’m a live-on-the-edge kind of girl! I like to play with fire…and food! HAHA! Okay so if I haven’t scared you away then please read on because we can all relate to the cravings….dieting or not, we are all human, & who doesn’t enjoy a lil flavor in their life, Right?!

HERE ARE TWO DESSERTS & TREATS- SIMPLE & TO THE POINT…NO ENTRÉE MENU HERE, JUST STRAIGHT UP YUMMY SWEET TOOTH CRAZING FIXES…

-NO BAKE-

This spawned from the traditional “whey-in-a-shaker” meal. I wanted to BITE into something & this did the trick!

MICROWAVE HIGH PROTEIN CAKISH-CUP

  • 1 SCOOP WHEY (I used Pro5′s cookies & cream flavor)
  • 1 T. 100% PUMPKIN
  • 2 EGG WHITES
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA

Mix ingredients in a coffee mug or small bowl. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check consistency- I like it a lil mooshy/watery around the the bottom & cupcake-like on top. But if you’d prefer ours a bit firmer put it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds or so (total of 45 seconds). Then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!

MAKES 1 PROTEIN CAKE-CUP

PER SERVING: 200 CALORIES, 40g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!

-OVEN REQUIRED-

Don’t let the zucchini throw you off! These are yummy chocolate-y brownie bites that will satisfy you plus they only have 3 carbs per serving & less than 1g of fat!

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BROWNIE BITES

  • 2 SCOOPS WHEY
  • 1 CUP 100% PUMPKIN
  • 4 EGG WHITES
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING POWDER
  • 1 CUP of SHREDDED ZUCCHINI (ABOUT 2 SMALL OR 1 LARGE ZUCCHINI)
  • 1/4-1/2 CUP COCOA POWDER (More, ½ cup, for a richer chocolate flavor OR less, ¼ cup, for a milder chocolate flavor)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Pour the batter into a cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers or spray with a non stick olive oil spay/PAM. (12 CUPCAKES) OR you can use a

    greased 8X8″ brownie pan. Place in the center of the oven rack for 30-45min.- check if they are done by poking the centers with a

    toothpick or wooden skewer or chopstick- if it comes out clean (no batter moosh on it) then they are done.

  4. Remove from oven & let them cool slightly.
  5. Remove from tray then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re

    not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!

MAKES 12 BROWNIE BITES

PER SERVING: 50 CALORIES, 8g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!


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My name is Michele D’Angona, the “Bikini Body” PRO, CHAMP, STAR, FREAK of NATURE…LOL, whatever you want to call me! I am that bikini girl you may have seen gracing the stage in my crystal clear platform heels, grass green teeny-weenie bikini, & bronzed goddess tanned skin. I’m not a big n’ bulky bodybuilder, I’m a lean, sexy-built wonder-woman. Not a skinny girl or muscle lady, but a firm & fit fantasy woman. I’ve managed to achieve that body that is universally recognized by women as a phenomenal package & in the process of doing so I’ve learned the good, the bad, & the detailed secrets to attaining that “Bikini Body”. So now I’ve created BikiniBodyPro.com to share with you the fabulous way to finally be happy in your own skin.

I’m really just an average girl with bikini body dreams. Before I transformed myself into a bikini girl & long before I discovered my full-potential, I’d look in the mirror & think, “This is as good as it gets!” Now just between me, myself, & I…deep down inside I knew different. I had doubts but I knew that if I really wanted to make over my body for good, I needed two things:  Motivation to DO & Direction to FOLLOW!

RULES TO REMEMBER:

  1. KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Your body is your own. This is you! Overall, you are what you are and that won’t change much. Whether you’re a hippy girl, or you have booty, a small chest, a big chest, a belly, big arms, skinny legs, a curvy body, or a stick body, you are what you are and the first step towards a bikini body transformation is to accept that. Find your best asset & work with what you’ve got. Remember, your best assets may not be what you think it is. Our best assets tend to be the parts we never knew were great. In fact, it may even be that one thing you’ve always disliked about your body. For instance, I’ve ALWAYS had an issue with my legs- that whole, hip, butt, thigh area but especially my thighs! I tend to carry my weight in my legs & I learned that at a very young age. Now I knew I had a booty which wasn’t such a bad thing & maybe in tight jeans it was all packed in pretty snug so at first glance I seemed nice & firm, but the reality was I jiggled, my skin was rippled with cellulite, & bottom line I just wasn’t comfortable exposing my legs. As I began my bikini program & started to transform, I began to see my body in a whole new light. As I leaned out I began to shed myself layer by layer- not just in the physical sense but mentally I had a clear vision of who I was & what I was made of. My fears had shed with those layers of fat & I developed a whole new confidence. Ironically, I realized that I had dynamite thighs!
  2.  BELIEVE IN THE BIKINI BODY! You’ve heard it before, Thought’s Are Things! Your attitude, how you feel, how you think, & how you feel about the things you think, play a major role in achieving that “Bikini Body”. When you hold onto negative or untruthful thoughts you’ve collected over the years such as comments & criticism from parents or siblings or peers, you begin to create layers of insecurities, doubt, & failure which seem to cover your body, cloud your vision, & block your path. This is what holds us back. By literally shedding our fat, we are also ridding ourselves of the weight we’ve been carrying in our mind- we are able to let go of the things that have been holding us back- people, thoughts, ourselves….. When you get focused & clear your head of the non-sense you begin to believe & that is a powerful thing. Be open to change whether it’s a specific idea about training or dieting or it’s just doubt & fear in not being able to succeed, let it go. You may not realize this but it’s holding you back & that may be why you don’t have the bikini body you so desire!
  3. TAKE CONTROL OF THE ONE THING YOU CAN CONTROL! You may not be able to control the weather into being bright & sunny, control your boyfriend into proposing, or control your MP3 player which seems to go haywire whenever it feels like it. But you can take control of you! How? Well if you’ve gotten through steps one & two then this should be simple: Embrace, Change, & Control! Get a handle on reality & embrace who you are, Change your habits & turn negative thoughts into educated positive ones, & with the powerful ammo you now possess you’re finally in control. Don’t forget to believe it. I know you see that light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe you don’t know how to get there but the most important thing is that you’ve entered the tunnel, recognized you’re in the tunnel, & you know there is a way out! As far as we know, we are only given one life to live. We are given one body in which you are in complete control of. Whether you chose to control yourself or not, you still have a choice. By educating yourself on what it takes to get a bikini body & choosing to go out & do something good for yourself, your health, & your mind you are taking control. The best trainer on the planet isn’t capable of changing you. It’s you & only you who has 100% control over reaching your full potential so why not take the reins & make it happen?!