Since her first appearance on Muscle and Fitness Magazine in 1994, Monica has graced the cover of more than 100 fitness magazines. And, after more than 20 years of competing, Monica won 1st place in Figure at the 2013 WBFF World Competition for the second time.
As if that wasn’t enough, Monica recently traveled to Brazil to compete at the World Master’s Track meet in the Women’s 40-44 age group, participating in the 100m, 200m, 400m and both 4×100/4×400 relays for team USA. She came home with a Silver, (2) Bronze and (2) Gold Medals as well as a new personal best for the 200m.
Outside of her own competitive endeavors, Monica stays busy helping others reach their goals. Next month she will kick off The Body & Soul Retreat in San Antonio. “People forget to make time to take care of themselves, especially women. I wanted to create a heartfelt weekend for women – away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” she told me. “This is not your average ‘boot camp’ which is why I titled it a ‘retreat’ instead. It’s not a competition, but a fun opportunity to experience new things.”
Monica has also partnered with Visalus — a leading weight loss and fitness challenge company — and launched her 90-Day Challenge. “I’m very excited about what the company is doing,” Monica explained. “It gives people a plan. They eat a couple healthy meals and add in the shakes and meal replacements.”
“The community of Visalus is what I think is really key,” she continued. “And, they want to make to make it fun because people get bored with fitness.” Until recently if someone wanted fitness and weight loss guidance from Monica they would need to attend one of her events or hire her personally for consulting.
“This is a vehicle for me to help more people,” Monica said. “Not everyone can come to my retreat, so now I have something for them. This is a way I can open myself up and help more people. It is an opportunity for all kinds of people to get involved.”
I asked Monica about her New Year goals, and what her diet and fitness tips were for someone wanting to get fit in 2017. She told me, as she opened a bag and pulled out her evening snack of mixed nuts, a green apple, and burger patty, “Just getting started is the hardest part and it’s true for me, too.”
“When I work with clients, 9 times out of 10 they’re doing ridiculous amounts of cardio, not seeing results and under-eating. So I flip-flop it,” she continued. “Take some of those hours off the cardio grind and get your food to fuel your body properly.”
“I have not done normal cardio in years,” she confessed. “All of my workouts are intense sprints and heavy weights. It’s been awesome.”
“The stepmill is one piece of equipment I love,” Monica added. “If I had to do cardio.”
Monica Brant’s New Year Fitness Tips:
1. Get a plan together for your training and nutrition so you’re not just winging it.
2. Be realistic in your goals and know the days you are going to exercise. If you haven’t been exercising at all plan on two or three days a week for 30 minutes and see how that works for you. Then you can add as you go.
3. Have someone help you make your plan. I highly encourage people to have personal trainers. You’re not born knowing how to exercise properly and what’s best for you — especially if you have injuries or things that need special attention.
4. Nutrition is more important than training. If you’re not getting the proper fuel you’re going to end up burning out, exhausted and bored.
Visit MonicaBrant.com for info about her 90-Challenge, The Body & Soul Retreat, and upcoming events.