Womp, womp, womp…I missed “Transformation Tuesday” AND “Woman Crush Wednesday” so I guess we’ll have to settle for “Fit Bod Friday”, which I may or may not have just made up. Let’s just go with it. It’s Friday, we’re flowin’. But SERIOUSLY, I have an AWESOME interview to share today. Although I sometimes get a bit off track and run into tangents about silly things like bikinis, eyebrows and donuts (actually, those are pretty critical things in my book!), first and foremost this blog is about ACTIVELY (key word) pursuing your dreams and desires. Basically, getting.shit.DONE. This girl, Katie, has done just that. It’s always motivating and neato to “see” someone on T.V or Instagram transform their body but it’s truly inspiring to personally and actually see some in the flesh change themselves for the better. Katie does an incredible job at describing her journey to total FITNESS domination so I’ll let her take it away…plus, she is super relatable and her story proves that anything is possible with hard work an dedication. Kind of cheesy but true!
First off, please introduce yourself: Hello! My name is Katie Corio, I am an art history student at SDSU, going into my junior year! I am from New Mexico; my three things I am passionate about in life are art, food, and of course fitness!
Thanks! Let’s jump right in to discuss you bangin’ bod because der! What made you want to take a bit of an extreme approach with your fitness and decide to enter a the bikini competition? Well, I shamefully realized I gained the freshman 20 upon completing my first year of college. I went back to New Mexico for the summer really wanting to get back into shape and I was sick of my lifestyle- partying everyday and smoking cigarettes, too (yuck, I can’t believe I did that). One of the personal trainers at the gym I belong to in NM competes in the Figure division, which is one level above the Bikini division (the one I chose to do). After talking to her about her shows and seeing all of her photos and how excited she was about it, I decided that I would make that my goal–– to compete in a Bikini show by the end of the following school year. And boy, did that decision ever change my life!
What made you decide to go that route versus just getting hardcore with yoga, crossfit or any of the other big fitness fads? I wanted to go the Bodybuilding route because after seeing photos of competitors, up there in their beautiful shiny suits and tanned bodies sculpted to perfection, I had never imagined in a million years that I could ACTUALLY accomplish that. I never thought that I would be able to look like those girls. Yoga, I had done here and there but I wasn’t too into it. I love lifting weights and feeling strong, it is like an emotional release for me. Crossfit, although i know a lot of people love it… I just don’t get it!! And come on, I am a girly girl at heart. It’s just not as glamorous and appealing as putting on a beautiful sparkly suit and heels is.
What’s the main different between female body building and bikini/fitness competitions? Or are they the same?
Bikini Division- 2 piece suits, more flirty posing routines, least muscular division. Emphasis on nice shoulders, booty and abs!
Figure Division- 1 piece suit, more formal, rigid posing routines, more muscular than bikini. Emphasis on large lats, quads, and shoulders.
Physique Division- 1 piece suit, more of a dancing routine (barefoot as well), more muscular than figure. Emphasis on large everything, and separation of muscles.
Fitness Competitions- I am not too familiar with these, but I know they involve actual athletic performances, maybe like gymnastic type things? I am not totally sure!
What are your favorite 3 work out moves? My three favorite workout moves are…. squats, shoulder raises, and hip thrusts!
I’m obsessed with building a booty! What is your secret? What are the best moves to tone and lift the tush? I’M ON A BOOTY BUILDING MISSION!!!! I am obsessed as well. I always tell people who ask me this that they need to LIFT HEAVY. It will NOT make you look like a man!! You will not wake up one day with enormous manly muscles. Muscle takes time to grow, lots and lots of time. Squats, deadlifts, lunges, squats squats squats. and the stairmaster is a godsend for your bootay.
What do you eat pre and post work out? Pre -workout I make sure I have some carbs in me to give me energy and strength. So I will eat a piece of bread with peanut butter, or a banana, something light but energy-boosting. Post-workout I drink a protein shake if I am in a hurry, or I eat right away! It is so important to get some food in your system after you workout, so your body does not go to a catabolic state. Usually by the time I am done working out it is about lunchtime so I eat a nice hearty lunch like a big turkey sandwhich or chicken and rice with vegetables!
What would be your ideal “cheat meal”? Easy one. Pizza followed by The Secret Cookie Service!
Say what?! Baked Bear and not The SCS? Where’s your loyalty, sister?! Ha! Anyway…what or who motivates/inspires you? I feel so lucky to have such a huge support system around me all the time. All my friends are incredibly supportive and motivational. One of my biggest motivations is my trainer Crystal Lowery, and one of my closest friends Amber Abweh. They both compete in the Figure Division, and I love working out with them; they push me more than I can push myself alone! My clients that I am training now also motivate me. It is exciting to have people that tell me that I am their inspiration; it makes me want to be better for them.
Do you run into any negative or judgmental reactions? Oh my gosh, YES. So much negativity and countless judgmental reactions, all along the way and even now! I think that is inevitable. It is a little discouraging at first, but I learned that I just have to not care what others might think of me. This experience has taught me so much about myself and I am the happiest I have ever been, not just with my body but with the lifestyle I am leading and how much I have grown as an individual. So as long as I am happy and healthy, I could care less what others think. You learn to laugh at it. I have met many people and made a lot of good friends along the way, as well as picked up some haters too. But nothing feels as rewarding as when a stranger reaches out to me and tells me they have been following my journey and that I have inspired them to change their life. That is the best feeling in the world.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned from the competition? Will you do more? Biggest lesson learned is that I CAN accomplish anything I set my mind to. I never in a million years thought I would be capable of accomplishing something like this. It isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey. It taught me so many things about myself. I learned just how far I can push myself; it took determination, dedication, perseverance, sacrifices, and a tremendous amount of discipline. Second biggest lesson learned is that positivity is the most important quality to maintain, in all aspects of life. It is so easy to fall into a negativity and being too hard on yourself, especially in the competing world where everyone is judging and criticizing you and your physical appearance. You must always keep a positive attitude and love yourself unconditionally. Yes I am going to do more!!! It is incredibly addicting. The feeling of being onstage showing off months of hard work and standing up there next to all of these really inspirational people is an experience unlike any other.
What is your plan to stick with a healthy lifestyle while traveling? Yikes. Well I am about to embark on a 5 month study abroad adventure in Rome, and I would be crazy to not indulge in all of the mouth-watering food that I will be lucky enough to eat! I am a little nervous about not being able to find a gym but I am confident that I will keep myself in shape. I have started to write out body-weight exercises that I can do while I am there that do not require a gym! I will also be able to go running outdoors, so I am not worried.
Favorite healthy meal/recipe? Ooh, so many! One of my absolute favorite meals is pretty simple. Grilled chicken and vegetable kebabs on a bed of brown rice. Yummmy.
Thanks Katie! Not only are you a MEGA BABE, you have shared some great wisdom and advice! I can’t wait to keep following you on your fitness journey and actual journey abroad. How exciting! If you too want join Katie on her many adventures, you can find her on Instagram @cutekatiebug.