New year, new you? No, new year, better you. It’s a babe’s right to be the very best version of herself, as ultimate babe Sophia Miacova knows. She works hard and plays harder, inspiring us to get in formation, get fit and look hot doing it.
We caught up with her to chat tips for getting the body you want and the key pieces you need to keep you looking hot whilst you work up a sweat…
What are your goals for 2017?
2017 is going to be an AMAZING year! My number one goal is to travel the world. 2016 was a major working year for me, so I’d love to enjoy many beautiful places Earth has to offer. My YouTube will also be another major focus. Lastly, I want to cook more yummy vegan food!
What’s your guiltiest pleasure on a cheat day?
I have an obsession with waffles. I can eat 10 waffles loaded with vegan butter and pure maple syrup like my life depends on it.
What’s your biggest ever gym fail?
When I first started going to the gym, I wasn’t sure how to use the free weights properly. I tried to grab two 40 lb weights to work out my arms with. Well, the weights never made it off of the rack and I realized the 10 lb weights were where I belonged.
Who do you most admire?
I admire Jane Goodall for obvious reasons. She is a beautiful person inside and out. I think those who dedicate their lives to bettering the world through compassion are rare these days. She spent her entire life educating others and through her work we can all learn so much.
What are your favourite tracks to listen to whilst working out?
I absolutely love oldies rock – I feel like I should have been born in the 60s to enjoy 70s music to the max. I am obsessed with EVERYTHING from this era – I am an old soul.
What are your favourite pieces from the new activewear collection?
My favourite pieces from the new activewear collection are the mesh pieces. The pants are high waisted, which are a plus for my figure.
What’s the last thing you ate?
What are your top work out tips for girls on the go?
If I am travelling tons for work or have limited time to gym, then outdoor sprints, 100 sit-ups and lunges are my best friend. These simple workouts don’t require a gym!
What are your gym makeup/hair essentials?
The gym and makeup combined don’t sit well with me. I’m all about a good moisturizer (tinted at times) or an essential oil mix on my face. When you work out, your pores open up soaking in makeup. The less the better! I always work out with my hair up in a ponytail or a top bun. I like to be frizz free while I work up a sweat.
What made you decide to follow a vegan diet?
Veganism was always a thought in my mind as I grew up. As social media grew, I was constantly coming across video footage of farmed animals. I had never seen in depth footage of the farmed animals until then. It’s astonishing that the end result wasn’t the problem for me as much as the treacherous lives the animals lived up until their end. I felt/feel nothing deserves to be tortured from the time of birth to death just because they aren’t human. A meal is not more important than a living being’s life. Mass production of animals is killing our planet, which essentially is us.
What is your favourite vegan meal?
My favourite meal is definitely a mexi-bowl. The bowl is a mix of brown rice, quinoa, lettuce, beans, sautéed red peppers and onions, cilantro, avocado, tomato, pepitas, lime-chilli, pumpkin seeds and salsa!
What’s the weirdest exercise in your routine?
I would have to say I look pretty weird while doing my warmup. I just jump around, flail my arms around and do backflips. Just kidding on the backflips.
How do you stick to daily workouts?
The results are my motivation. When I first started to hit the gym, I was always discouraged. Once I kept at it for 2 weeks, the results were so incredible that it became a game to me. What working out can do for a person is endless. I’ve never felt so good in my life and that’s why I cannot give up!
Do you think little and often is best when it comes to exercise?
I believe everybody is completely unique. What may work for one person, may not work as well for the next. I believe listening to your body is key. I personally love to workout 5-6 days a week with a mix of sprints, weight training and a bit of cardio.
How do you fit your workouts into your busy routine?
If I have a job from 9-5, then I make sure that I get in a few sprints in the morning and allow time at night for some weight training. I love morning routines, but if I have to a nightly routine will have to do.
What gadgets/apps do you use at the gym or for running?
I am actually a gadget-free gal. I wear my iPhone, headphones and ankle weights at most.
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