Natasha Aughey really casts a spell over those fortunate enough to behold her. Is she a fairy creature in human form? Will she grant you wishes? Or, will she devour you in an instant? Naughty or Nice? Is she a geek? We were unable to ascertain any of these things. Though, from looking at EVERY one of her Instagram photos, we know one thing for certain: She is a huge fan of Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Her own words:
I played a lot of sports growing up, so I’ve always had a fit lifestyle, but it wasn’t until high school where I really got started into lifting weights. Even then it was a mix of doing cardio and some machines. I also started doing some fitness research and lifting with the guys. After seeing what being fit and healthy did for me physically and mentally, I was hooked. Training and eating healthy became part of who I am.
Ever Think of Quitting?
Quit? Oh most definitely! There are times when I see other women in the fitness industry and get discouraged because I don’t think I could ever look anything close to them. It’s hard because fitness is so huge right now and being a woman, I often compare myself to others. When that does happen, I tend to use that as my motivation. Focus on myself and keep pushing to be the best I can be. I think of why I started, to prove I can do anything I set my mind to – to me that’s the biggest motivation I can have.
Advice for newbies?
My advice for someone who is just starting out would be to never give up. There are going to be obstacles that you will face, and you will have to push past limits you haven’t before, but one thing I can tell you is it will be worth it. Start slow, learn your body and don’t be afraid to ask for help or tips from people.
I am actually not the best cook out there, but I LOVE food. I like to make healthy recipes that I find using my phone, but what I eat the most is likely my chicken and rice dish! I still have lots of recipes I haven’t made yet and of course I have a few for my cheat days that are yummy!
Let’s just say it’s a lot of chicken, fish and I can’t forget broccoli! During prep it’s a lot more strict though. Off-season I still focus on nutrition, but if I’m craving something, I usually have it.
Oh yes. I have the biggest sweet tooth. Chocolate, cookies, donuts (especially donuts), are my weakness. I could eat rich breakfast foods every meal too. Cravings are hard to resist, but one thing I do to deal with them is chew gum! My favourite would have to be the dessert gums! They really taste like dessert, so it’s like a cheat, without the calories!
Yes, I love listening to music while I train. I like a lot of different genres of music and I train with them all, but Rob Bailey and the Hustle Standard would have to be my current favourite.
I find steady state cardio, post workout, is the best for me – but I also do sprints on the track, which I love as well.
My training routine is different depending on whether I’m prepping for a show or in my off-season. During prep I stick to lighter weight with more sets and reps to focus on burning out the muscle group I’m working. So that would look like 4-5 sets of 15-25 reps. I also do cardio 5-6 days a week during prep as well. During my off-season though, I’ll keep my weights heavier and do less reps, staying between the 8-15 rep range. Also during off-season I won’t do as much cardio, doing about two days a week. I have one rest day and it’s usually on a Sunday so I can relax before the next training week!
My split may look something like this:
Day 1 – Back
Day 2 – Glutes and hamstrings
Day 3 – Chest and bi’s
Day 4 – shoulders and triceps
Day 5 – Quadriceps/Leg plyometrics
Day 6 – Shoulders (rear delt focus)
Day 7 – Off
Hmm that’s a tough one. I have a lot, but if I had to choose my top three it would be Nicole Wilkins, Camille Leblanc, and Dana Linn Bailey.
Year of birth: March 18, 1993
Weight: 130lbs stage weight – 156lbs offseason
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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