This week we spoke to Edwina Cheer, who is a bikini competitor and fitness model. Edwina has also written a few articles for us, so it only made sense to feature her this week! Besides training she enjoys cooking and reading. Edwina has been lucky enough to live in various parts of the world- born in Canada and moved to Australia and now in California. She has so much to teach and is a great person to work with. Read her interview to learn more about her: Name: Edwina Cheer Hometown: Sydney, Australia Height: 5’8 Birthday: January 18th Weight: 125 lbs Occupation: Bikini Booty Club Coach
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Although I was born in Canada, I’ve spent most of my life in Australia, which is where I grew up. I studied Economics and Business at Sydney University, however found my passion to be in health and fitness. Even throughout University, I worked at various gyms – either as an instructor, in sales, or as a personal trainer.
What sparked your interest in training and how did you get started?
I have always led a really active life, in particular doing track and field and long distance running from a very young age. However, my interest in gyms really began with an ex boyfriend who was really into bodybuilding. He didn’t last, but my love for weightlifting began, and continues to this day!
How would you describe your body before you started training?
I would say I started training really intensely about 2 years ago. At the time, I was coming off running marathons, and I have to say, I was one of those “skinny-fat” types with no muscle. I took a look in the mirror one day and realized I needed a new fitness challenge. A friend of mine had competed and suggested that I should try it. I did some research and discovered these beautiful, toned and healthy bodies – and I was immediately sold on the idea.
What are your hobbies?
Training takes up a lot of my time. When I’m not doing that, I like cooking, reading, movie watching – and now and then, I like to hit the town and go crazy.
Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
I am not, by nature, a morning person, but I’ve found that I find it difficult to get my workout in if I leave it for later on in the day. Plus, I love the feel of the gym when there is no one else in it. So I start my day off doing all of my training. (weights and cardio.) Then I pack my food for the day and prep for work. If I am in competition mode and I have a second cardio planned, then I will do that usually before 3pm. I eat every 2 -3 hours.
Let’s say I don’t have that much time during the day to workout, so I really want to burn major calories in a short amount of time. What is the #1 “bang for the buck” cardio exercise I should do to burn serious calories?
I am a huge believer in plyometrics, 20 minutes is all you really need to get your heart racing and burning major calories if you only have a short amount of time to get a workout in.
What is your current weekly workout routine?
I break up each day into major muscle groups – usually legs on Monday, Upperbody is on Tuesday, Wednesday might be Hamstrings, Thursday is Plyometrics and Friday I might reserve for GLUTES. I do high intensity cardio 6 days a week, and Sunday is my rest day.
So, how did you get into modeling?
I did a little bit of acting and I used to get a lot of commercial print jobs out of that. It used to disappoint me at the time, as I was always after acting roles – but now I’m so grateful for being involved in the projects that I have been lucky to do.
Let’s say I’m trying to create a healthy shopping list to stick with. What are some of the main foods I should include to maintain a lean and muscular physique?
I would say stock up on lean meats – chicken, turkey, beef, steak and eggs. Complex carbohydrates and various mixed greens, like spinach, corn, broccoli. Kale – and of course some fruits I think make up a healthy, balanced diet.
What does your daily diet consist of?
Exactly the above! I try to eat a variety of lean meats, vegetables and carbs with every meal. I try not to eat the same “meat” twice – and at 6 to 7 meals a day, my shopping cart gets full and cooking for the week can turn into quite a project!
Is it not very hard to exercise and lift on such a low calorie diet? I am talking about the pre-contest diet. I know you follow a very low-calorie pre-contest diet. Don’t you get hungry?
Ironically, I have found that I am actually eating more food than I have usually eat when I am in pre-contest mode. I like to prep a really long time in advance, and use a balanced diet and exercise regimen to get the results. I don’t think extreme diets work for anyone in the long-term, and I believe through sensible food choices over time and consistency with training, the results are there on their own, and there is no need to withhold calories, if enough time is given to prepare. However, I will say that I have a super sweet tooth and I always will. That’s probably the hardest thing to say no to!
What is your favorite workout song?
I’m a huge lover of house music, and I love anything by Kaskade.
What would you say is your greatest weakness?
Chocolate! No doubt about it.
What are the top 3 tips you recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle change?
1. Know exactly where you’re doing. Decide what you specifically want to do so you have a clear vision. Think about exactly what your fitness goal is, and be as specific as possible. 2. Seek out other people who have done what you would like to do and learn what has worked for them. 3. Map out what could go wrong. Maybe that seems negative to some, but I have found that thinking through the worst possible case scenarios and how you would handle it makes you better equipped to not let these things stop you from achieving what you want to achieve. Thinking about worst case scenarios also helps you to identify the warning signs, so maybe you can stop these things from happening in the first place, and ultimately achieve your goal!
What do you feel is the most important thing a fitness athlete must have in order to be successful in this sport?
I have two: Patience and a sense of humor. You need patience in this sport, because tiny changes happen in the body over time, even though you are giving maximum expenditure to both your diet and your work out regime. You need to have patience that the results are going to come, even though it seems like nothing is happening. The second is to have a sense of humor. Some people get so serious about the sport. It’s good to take your goals seriously. However, some people get so caught up in it, that they lose the sense of how fun it can be. Having a sense of humor has gotten me through early mornings, tough training sessions, and sticking to a clean diet 24/7.
Tell me one random fact about yourself?
I have never seen Star Wars.
Short Term Goals?
Shed that holiday “film” that I have picked up over the last couple of months and stick to a clean diet.
Where can people get into contact with you?
Anyone you would like to thank?
Shannon Dey, Rob Rosetti and my wonderful competition team – Team Bombshell: I have met the most amazing girls who continue to inspire me. These girls remind me that my best can always be better! My sponsor Muscle Club Apparel, Jeff Smith and The MCA Team, Maria Cheer who would be annoyed if I didn’t give her a shout out. And of course I want to thank Ripped N Fit for featuring me as the Model of the Week and as a regular writer for this site. Thank you!
It’s been our pleasure! Do you have a quote, or any closing words for your fans and the readers of RippedNFit?
“Shoot for the fence!” [nggallery id=66 w=400 h=400 float=none]