A LIFE-LONG COM­MIT­MENT

Jump­start your New Year’s Fit­ness with coach Michaella Recto

Northern Living - - NORTHERNERS - BY MARI-AN C. SAN­TOS

Trainer to the stars Michaella Recto, sat down with us for a chat. This mommy is the founder and owner of Health and Body by Michaella, es­tab­lished in late 2012.

Her jour­ney to fit­ness be­gan af­ter she gave birth by C-sec­tion to her daugh­ter Zoie. “I was des­per­ate to get back into shape. I had gained too much weight dur­ing my preg­nancy: 65 lbs. to be ex­act! And even af­ter I had my C-sec­tion I was still quite hefty; I was 35 lbs. over­weight.” So she started box­ing, then got hooked on In­san­ity by Shaun T. “That trig­gered my cu­rios­ity and de­sire to find the best work­out and food com­bi­na­tion. I wanted to change my life­style,” the model and artist shares.

HANDS-ON RE­SEARCH

“This was a per­sonal ad­ven­ture for me: be­ing a mom and not hav­ing the mo­ti­va­tion to work out. I was in­spired by dif­fer­ent fit­ness pro­grams like In­san­ity, Box­ing, P90x, and Tracy An­der­son. I did a self-study us­ing sev­eral health books and more—com­par­ing re­search, fad di­ets. I ex­am­ined what works and why it works or why it works for only a short amount of time, what makes us burn fat, what pre­vents us from burn­ing fat and more... I tested out food com­bi­na­tions and work­outs and took notes on how my body re­sponded,” shares Michaella.

“I am con­stantly look­ing up re­search and in­for­ma­tion through books and cred­i­ble sources, like leading car­di­ol­o­gists or other doc­tors with dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ties. One of them even has a talk show. For ex­am­ple, I find Dr. Memet Oz a good source of health in­for­ma­tion.” So ded­i­cated is Michaella to her re­search that she test-runs things she learns. “I don't stop there. I cross-check dif­fer­ent ref­er­ences and then cross-check it with how our bod­ies op­er­ate.”

MUL­TI­TASK­ING MOMMY

But Michaella is not just a trainer and mother; she also has a full-time job. She works ev­ery­day for Axon IT Con­sul­tants as re­gional sales head for web­sites, mo­bile apps, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing, and more.

Michaella’s job has her work­ing out five to 12 times a week, depend­ing on the num­ber of clients she has. “It's rarely hit 12 times, but the times it has, it is be­cause I work out with my clients while I also watch their form. That means I have a client in the morn­ing and an­other one in the early evening.”

For a mother and ca­reer woman, Michaella has a sur­pris­ingly nor­mal sched­ule. She wakes up early in or­der to help her five-year-old daugh­ter pre­pare for and drop her off in school, al­ready in her work­out gear. Soon af­ter, she goes to the gym for a work­out with a client, that lasts for about 45 to 60 min­utes. She then en­joys her cof­fee or green tea with a light break­fast of protein shake or eggs, and works in the of­fice un­til some­where be­tween 5-7 p.m. In the evening, she helps daugh­ter Zoie with her home­work. Af­ter din­ner, she gets ready for bed, some­times up­dat­ing her Health and Body Face­book page and fin­ish­ing some work. She takes half an hour of down­time for “me” time. She tries to go to sleep by 11 p.m.

Though it does not hap­pen of­ten, when she finds some free time, she watches a movie with Zoie, goes to din­ner with friends, or chills out with her daugh­ter at home.

HEALTHY LIFE HACKS

Af­ter the hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions, it is def­i­nitely dif­fi­cult to get back on the path to fit­ness. To all of us, Michaella ad­vises: “A good way to jump­start your fit­ness into a healthy and bal­anced life­style is to go cold turkey on su­gar and junk food: cut­ting out dough­nuts, pas­tries, cook­ies, french fries, full su­gar soft drinks and pow­dered juices, and candy. Re­mov­ing this al­ready makes a very big dif­fer­ence on our life­style. I say life­style and not diet be­cause this isn't a fad or a short-term so­lu­tion. I’m talk­ing liv­ing healthy for life.”

CELEB CLIENTS

“An­drea del Rosario has been a client and be­liever of this life­style change since the be­gin­ning of 2013. She has lost 25-30 lbs., went from a size 10 to a size 2… Cur­rently, we are fo­cus­ing on body shap­ing and ton­ing,” Michaella says. “She is a mom like my­self and like most women have the same prob­lem ar­eas—tummy, pooch, in­ner and outer thighs, bye-bye arms (flabby tri­ceps), and a soft body in gen­eral. She has trans­formed her body through de­ter­mi­na­tion and a de­sire to get healthy and get back into shape!” she beams.

“One of my cur­rent male clients is sports­caster Do­minic Uy. We are at cut­ting and ton­ing. In the last cou­ple weeks, he has lost 10 lbs. and a few inches off the mid­sec­tion. He, be­ing a fa­ther of two beau­ti­ful chil­dren and mar­ried to a lovely wife, is mo­ti­vated to be healthy and get the en­ergy back from feel­ing lethar­gic about work­ing out in gen­eral. He is still con­tin­u­ing with this change in life­style and his body has ad­justed and re­sponded very well.”

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