Ainsley Rodriguez is a fitness model and NPC bikini competitor as well as a HUGE inspiration for those trying to get fit and stay fit! From diet, to training to that impeccable body, Ainsley pretty much has it all!
When did you start training and what motivated you to start?
I have always lived an active lifestyle and my joy for movement was definitely discovered at a young age. I was engaged in gymnastics and dance when I was a toddler and my love for dance took hold of me as I continued to participate in the dance teams in both middle and high school. In my sophomore year of high school I was offered the opportunity to leave my current high school and begin attending college in an accelerated studies program. As always, with success comes sacrifice and this meant leaving dance behind. I willingly pursed my intellectual path and began college at the age of 16 but this didn’t mean I was ready to leave that rush of endorphins that comes with exercise behind! Due to time restraints I began to shift my focus from dance toward the gym and before I knew it…I was hooked! From balancing textbooks on the Stairmaster to super setting workouts, I always managed to find a way to get to the gym.
Has there been a time in your life when you have ever considered giving up? And what motivates you to keep going?
Of course! Let’s face it…there’s been times when ALL of us find it difficult to keep going and feel like just giving up. Making the mind-muscle connection and keeping my eyes on my priorities is how I get things done. Once you have passion in your life toward a particular goal, you become unstoppable, relentless. When passion takes over, you are able to tap in your reserves of mental and physical energy to drive you toward what you want. That’s pretty much where I’m at now and helping others achieve this same mental state is something I find essential to getting what you want and long for!
What does your typical training routine look like, and did anybody influence you and your training?
•Monday: Shoulders and Abs
•Tuesday: Quads and Calves
•Wednesday: Off (Rest Day)
•Thursday: Biceps and Triceps
•Friday: Shoulders (focus on rear delts) and Abs
•Saturday: Hams and Glutes
•Sunday: Chest, Back and Calves
My legs are my weak point in my opinion and I am constantly struggling to build them and put mass on them so they are definitely my favorite to train thus I split them in order to hit them twice a week! (Plus, I always make sure to eat more on my leg days and I usually have a cheat meal here!)
What does your typical diet look like? Do you have cheat days/meals? Do you drink alcohol?
I typically eat about 7 meals a day (eating every 2.5-3hrs) consisting of approximately 5oz protein (chicken, fish, egg whites etc) and 4oz complex carbs (boiled red/sweet potato, quinoa, gluten-free oats) at each meal. I do enjoy 2 cheat meals a week but I try to stay away from anything high in sugar because I find it only entices my cravings more. Alcohol I limit to my cheat meals or once a week on a special occasion Many fitness advocates lean toward red wine as their preferred alcoholic beverage but I’m a sucker for a nice glass of champagne!
Do you use many supplements? What do you use them for, and what have you found the most effective supplements to be?
Sure do! ProSupps takes the upper hand on this one! I use their glutamine powder 4x a day (first thing in the morning, pre-workout, post-workout and before bed). I take fish oil 3x a day and Anavite Multi-vitamin every day. Pre-workout I use Prosupps Hyde to blast me through my workouts and my post-workout shake consists of Dymatize ISO-100 protein, Prosupps leucine and glutamine matrix and a scoop of Prosupps Karbolic to refuel my muscles and spike my insulin. Before bed I’ll utilize a casein protein with a scoop of glutamine.
Do you have any inspirational figures you look up to? How have they influenced your life and your training?
Jaimie Eason is my biggest fitness influence. She is not only beautiful with an amazing physique but she is also a down to earth and real person. I agree with her mindset one-hundred percent. Eating clean and maintaining a healthy body is a lifestyle, not an “on-season”/”off-season” diet.
Aside from the “pro’s”, I must grant credit to all of my followers and fans who help me TREMENDOUSLY. The amount of love, support and respect I get from them constantly keeps me motivated. As many times as I may hear that I inspire others, they really don’t realize that they in turn inspire and motivate me too!
What is your overall goal or your dream?
I hope to continue inspiring and motivating others as well as being a help to those in need of guidance with the personal online coaching I provide. Fitness put me on a road to personal discovery and moved me toward the realm of bettering myself and life along with the people surrounding me. I wish to encourage people and show them that fitness should enhance the quality of their life, not take over it.
Where did you hear about Physique Of The Week, and what do you think about it?
I heard about Physique of the Week on Facebook and I think it’s a fantastic way to help athletes showcase their hard work and get recognized for it!
Finally. If you could give our readers one piece of advice what would it be?
Maintain a positive mind set. So many people spend their time and energy reflecting on what they “haven’t” done or “didn’t accomplish”. If you gear this energy toward thinking about what you WILL do it keeps you upbeat and less likely to fall off track!