How did you get into bikini fitness training?
A tiny waist, a toned core, tight glutes, shaped hams, round wide shoulders… This has always been my dream body. I’ve never wanted to be a skinny girl. I’ve always loved the fit, badass look. So, I worked for it and I still do of course, every single day that goes by. Working out has been a big part of my life ever since I was a young girl. I loved sprinting, basketball and netball. It’s always been high-impact training for me!
This drive for competing started off last year (Oct 2014) when my coach, Susan Borg, approached me to compete in NABBA Malta 2014. After winning the title, you could say I got hooked. After that, coming first in the Ms Bikini short category and 2nd in the fitness category at the Miami Pro got me even more. In less than 7 weeks, I’ll be competing in London at one of the biggest fashion and fitness organisations in the world – the WBFF. I’ve got more coming up next year, so stay tuned!
Being an instructor myself, I train twice daily. It’s now part of my everyday routine and I honestly love it. I start the day with an early morning workout, then fulfil my duties at my day job, then it’s back to training after work. I also add gym workouts a few times a week and a few runs at the weekend.
How do you psyche yourself up when training?
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m full of energy and always with the biggest smile on my face. This is because I love what I do. It’s my passion. I give my 200% every time, making sure each and every insaniac who’s stepped into my gym has experienced the same energy and leaves feeling pumped, positive and alive. This comes naturally because I’m living the life I’ve always dreamt of and worked hard for.
I also love music. I listen to all genres, depending on my mood. However, when I want to prepare myself for a beastly workout, I listen to The Hustle Standard. They tend to push me and help me stay focused on my mission. I know it sounds rough, but that’s what rocks my boat and pushes me to dig deeper.
I also have my magic happy pills. They are the Insanity crew and my big insaniac family who keep me motivated and always hungry to fulfil my mission.
Who inspires you?
Shaun T, the creator of Insanity and many other commercial fitness and dance programmes. He has motivated me in unleashing my potential. His passion in helping people improve their lives through physical triumphs is amazing. I watch him and listen to his deep ascertained voice to dig deep.
Back in Feb 2014, I went to New York and I was one of the first instructors to become qualified worldwide. It’s one of my biggest achievements. I went there at a young age, alone with my mum in an amazing city, surrounded by instructors of a high fitness level. I ended up being one of the few selected to be qualified. Me, from a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean. I had never felt prouder to be Maltese.
Insanity Malta / Train Insane Malta was established in March 2014. Running Insanity classes and helping people who are willing to work and succeed gives me so much satisfaction and helps me battle my struggles. In each workout we do, we learn how to master our mind and build the confidence we need to live the best life possible.
Image: sportswear shoot, 2013
What are your go-to super foods?
Super foods should be your regular everyday foods. You’ll definitely find my fridge fully stocked with egg whites, loads of greens and readily grilled chicken breast. I also recommend tomatoes, basmati rice, fresh tuna, nuts, Greek yoghurt, protein shakes and bars, and cottage cheese. However, my go-to super ingredient is chili. I just love spicy food!
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is giving myself permission to give up. It’s easy to say ‘I won’t give up on my dreams or on myself. However, giving up tends to be the easy way out. Every day, I choose to live the hard way. I strive and work hard to never give up. I’m a fighter, not a quitter. Overcoming the fear of failure isn’t easy, but it can be done, especially if you’re determined to take your personal growth to the next level.
I fear failure no more. As Shaun T says, ‘failure is required to succeed in life or to achieve anything you want.’ Always keep in mind that failure is temporary, even though it feels like it’s permanent at that point in time.
If you had to take charge of the world for a week, what would you change?
Hatred. I often ask why there’s so much hatred in this world. Unfortunately, people seem to be expertly learning how to hate others. People trying to put each other down or bring their ego down. Or when someone is trying to get back on his feet, someone else pulls him back down. Why do we make this beautiful world so hard to live in peace and harmony? We should all just try a little harder to believe in the good of others. We should be the light shining in all the dark corners of this world. I believe there is still more light than dark.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
In Insanity, we are constantly shouting out the message ‘dig deep’. It’s infiltrated my life and it all becomes about either giving up right now or doing one more push up. If I can just get one more rep now, I can propel myself even further next time. It may sound cliché, but that attitude extends itself to everything in life. So dig deep, trust and believe in who you are!
Image: Miami Pro European Championship, July 2015