Personal testimony: How I do my workouts

By Barbara Trevino


At least a couple of times a month, people ask me all sorts of questions concerning exercising and my strict gym lifestyle. So this month, I’m writing a Q&A segment.

If you ever wondered about some of these questions before, you’ll finally get your answer. Maybe you might even learn something new about me.

Q: I exercise regularly and am not seeing any results. What should I do?

A: Chances are you may have become a victim of the “gym routine.” I see people do this all the time. Sure, they are still working out as hard as I am, but they are doing the same thing every day. Running on the treadmill and using the elliptical can only get you so far. Try changing things up. When I first started, I must admit I had my routine. It wasn’t until I started trying new things that my body started changing.

Q: You’re so small. How are you able to lift so heavy?

A: I started small, but I was by no means an expert when I began either. Give it some time, and give yourself a chance. But be smart about it. Don’t lift heavy if you don’t know what you are doing! You may look silly lifting light at the beginning, but as it becomes easier and you become stronger, you will be able to increase the weight incrementally.

Q: What are your greatest gym accomplishments?

A: That’s an easy one. The most recent one was doing seven consecutive unassisted pull-ups! It took a year to finally achieve that one. I was so proud, especially since a lot of women can’t even do one. But last month, the heaviest weight I was able to squat was 95 pounds, which isn’t bad considering I weigh 108 pounds. And last year, I was able to do a wall handstand. These accomplishments all started as a goal, but with hard work and dedication, I was able to achieve them.

Q: Should I take supplements? Do you take any?

A: It all depends on what you want to take. Whey protein powder is great for post-workouts. I used to drink whey protein shakes, but felt too full afterwards. I decided the best post-workout that worked for me was consuming foods with high protein intake. Salmon, yogurt, eggs and nuts are my favorites. As far as pre-workouts, take only when necessary. A lot of people become dependent on it, and it isn’t the best for your body. I try to stay away from it because I like to push through my workouts on sheer motivation and stamina. But for my near-tiresome days, a little scoop of C4 does the trick.

Q: What is in your gym playlist?

A: I listen to what I like to call my “Thug Life” playlist, which in case you haven’t guessed is a bunch of hip-hop and rap songs. I like the beat, and that right there can put me in the mood for lifting. But I’ll listen to pretty much anything. Most recently, my favorite cardio song is “I Can Only Imagine” by David Guetta. Other artists I enjoy include Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jay-Z.

Q: So why is the gym such a big part of your life?

A: I have never been an athlete in my life until a couple of years ago. In high school, I was a theatre kid and never actually devoted time to exercise. Three years ago, I was going through a rough patch, but found the gym to be my outlet. Since then, I’ve been going nearly every day for at least an hour and a half. It’s become a part of who I am. I’m the resident gym rat of Gold’s Gym. Everyone knows me as the girl that never misses the gym. No matter how busy I am, it will always be a huge part of my life. Also, who doesn’t like watching yourself turn into a beast!

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Barbara Trevino


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