Brazil­ian Beauty and Booty

Bikini Olympia cham­pion An­gel­ica Teix­eira shares her se­crets for main­tain­ing bal­ance and stay­ing fo­cused on her dreams.

Muscle & Performance - - Contents - By Jill Schild­house

Grow­ing up in Brazil — a coun­try no­to­ri­ous for breed­ing beau­ti­ful bod­ies — An­gel­ica Teix­eira knew from a young age ϐ part of her cul­ture. To help com­bat her nat­u­rally ǡ ϐ when she was 14 years old. By age 18, she moved her work­outs into the weight room, in hopes of build­ing mus­cle and chang­ing her physique. Now 33, Teix­eira’s years of ded­i­ca­tion and hard work have cer­tainly paid off, as ev­i­denced by her ti­tle: 2017 Bikini Olympia cham­pion. As a GAT Sport–spon­sored ath­lete who also works as a bikini pos­ing coach in New Jersey, Teix­eira’s mis­sion is to help other women achieve their goals while also leav­ing be­hind ϐ - ness in­dus­try.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your re­cent win at Olympia. What does earn­ing the ti­tle of Bikini Olympia mean to you?

This ti­tle means the world to me. It is recog­ni­tion of my hard work. It means that dreams do come true when you set your mind to it and don’t give up. The re­spect and love I’m re­ceiv­ing is un­real. Many op­por­tu­ni­ties are com­ing my way. With that comes the com­mit­ment to help spread my love of body­build­ing to the world and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to help other ath­letes to live this life­style in the health­i­est way pos­si­ble.

How do you main­tain bal­ance in your life?

Bal­ance is the key to suc­cess in ev­ery­thing we do in life. My hus­band of 10 years sup­ports my jour­ney and makes me want to be there for him, too. Even when I’m prep­ping, I still go out with him for din­ners and events. I bring my own food, but I still have a great time with him and friends. When I’m in the off­sea­son, I still train, eat my healthy meals and take my sup­ple­ments. But at least twice a week, I’ll go out and en­joy a nice meal and a glass of wine or beer with my fam­ily and friends. When I travel, I re­lax and en­joy that mo­ment — but as soon I’m back home, I be­come strict again.

What is your fit­ness phi­los­o­phy?

Learn­ing your body is the ϐ ǥ study how my body will re­act to any ex­er­cise or diet. For in­stance, I al­ways have GAT Sport Whey Pro­tein right af­ter my work­outs and some­times be­fore bed. It sup­plies my body with the right amount of pro­tein, and it’s de­li­cious. When I’m hav­ing a sweet tooth, the Whey Pro­tein kills my crav­ing.

What ad­vice do you have for other women who want to fol­low in your foot­steps?

Be­lieve in your­self, even if no­body else does. Don’t give up too eas­ily. As a Brazil­ian liv­ing in the U.S., I couldn’t en­ter the na­tional cham­pi­onships to com­pete for my pro card. I had to win six over­all ti­tles to be awarded that pro­fes­sional sta­tus. I con­quered it be­cause my pas­sion for this sport was big­ger than any thoughts of giv­ing up. In my mind, I be­lieved I could do it, so I did. If you fail, keep go­ing. There is no easy road to suc­cess. You will have to work hard, be con­sis­tent and off at the end.

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