A LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT
Jumpstart your New Year’s Fitness with coach Michaella Recto
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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.”