Meet Next Fitness Star Contestant IDALIS VELAZQUEZ
HOMETOWN:COCONUT CREEK, FL
Former track athlete sidelined by injury who turned her comeback into her calling, showing women the best way to reach any fitness goal
Aha Moment:A series of setbacks—a neck injury that forced her out of competitive track, and problems during her second pregnancy. "I was going to endless medical appointments, feeling frustrated and unhealthy. I couldn't see the strong, capable woman I used to be. I got tired of listening to everything I 'couldn't' do, so I educated myself and found my own way to get stronger and fitter than before."
Training Style:Train smarter, not harder. "Anyone can make you tired, but that doesn't mean the workout is effective." While the moves may seem basic (think squats, deadlifts, and pushups), they're designed with timesaving precision. "Every exercise and repetition has a purpose."
Workout Wisdom:"You have to be patient to get long-lasting results. But it's also important not to ever settle; training is the best way to prove to yourself what you—and your body—are truly capable of."
SIGNATURE MOVE: OFFSET OVERHEAD LUNGE
Raise a kettlebell overhead in your right hand(a). Step your right foot forward and lower your body until your left knee almost touches the floor(b). Push back to start. Do 10 on each side.
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