If you have ever been ridiculed for your performance, you know this: You can laugh the last time. Just ask Priscilla Aqilla. Aqilla was a bit heavy in high school, especially below the waist. And her classmates noticed.
"I was always selected for my big crush body, my big legs," Aqilla recalls. It was really heartbreaking for me.
However, with the help of the strength training she discovered during gymnastics volleyball, Aqilla slowly turned her body into an envy body you can see here, now her muscular legs are a point of pride, and she competes in fitness bikinis. Shows, books model gigs and collects followers on social media Here's what else the 23-year-old stunner told us about her unlikely trip to fitness, her love of glutinating and her favor cheat meal.
How did you get from the dumpy volleyball player in high school to the toned woman we see now?
When I started lifting weights, I realized I did not have to shrink my lower body, I was able to build it, diet and exercise started to change my body and my legs became clearer, I started losing a lot of fat in that area and I saw strong legs, wirkl I defined quads and I loved it. I was like, "Do you know what? That's not bad, with big legs.
They were a blessing in disguise.
Right. Many girls now look at my lower body and say, "Oh my god, how did you get quads or anything like that?" I'm like, "It's a mix of genetics and a fitness lifestyle."
They have a strength of insecurity.
Yes, I have a younger sister who has the same problem I tell her every day, "You do not have to be ashamed to have a nice lower body, that's something that many girls want and pay for today. You're blessed. You have to learn to love yourself."
Her father is a former United Nations interpreter from Brazil and her mother comes from Sri Lanka from Portugal How many languages do you speak?
Basically four ̵
How do you train these days?
I train six times a week, dividing it between upper body and lower body days, and completing 30 to 45 minutes of cardio at the end of each workout.
What is your diet?
Right now I am preparing for a bikini show so my diet consists of 50% protein, 20% carbohydrates and 30% fat. On weekends, I get a cheat meal to keep my energy and metabolism.
Do you have a favorite cheat meal?
Kenny's Burger Joint has the best burger in Dallas. I get a juicy Lucy – a big old cheeseburger with french fries and a biscuit cream shake.
What is your # 1 training tip?
It's not about how much you can lift or how many repetitions you can perform. It's about form and this connection between mind and muscle. Focus on the time under tension and the pace of the exercise. For example, with Bulgarian split squats, I go down for four seconds, I get up in a second and never stop.
Do you have a favorite exercise?
I like different kickbacks: cable kickbacks, kickbacks on the smith machine, kickbacks with dumbbells. They hit different parts of your buttock muscle, so this is my glut training secret. Also hip joints. I love to get heavy on hip joints. I can really feel the burn.
We could not help but notice the tattoo on your chest. What is the story behind it?
I got it two years ago. It's a mix of a Mandala design and a small tribal design from the Amazon. For me it stands for femininity and growth.
How do you feel when guys hit you in the gym?
I do not have this problem because when I'm training I have a mean, intimidating face. Besides, I usually go to the gym with my friend, and he's always on the lookout.
Aqilla's Training Split
- Monday: Legs (Quad Dominant)
- Tuesday: Back, Delts, Abs
- Wednesday: Legs (Hamstring Dominant )
- Thursday: Arme, Abs
- Friday: Legs (Glute-Dominant)
- Saturday: Chest, Abs
- Sunday: Ruhe