This week’s featured model is a very inspiring person. She has been through it all from running for 20 years, to serving our country, to competing in National Physique Committee (NPC) events, and to becoming a Personal Trainer and Registered Dietitian. She loves fitness and helping others reaching their true potential. Besides the fitness aspect, she also is a great person and has an awesome story to share. So check out RippedNFit’s Model of the Week: Heather Prescott.
Name: Heather Prescott-Lopez
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Birthday: 18 May 1978
What sparked your interest in training and how did you get started?
Been a runner for 20 years and got bored, wanted to try a new challenge and see where it takes me in pleasure and in business.
What motivates you to continue training?
To prove to myself that wild dreams can come true, hard work does pay off, as well as to maintain my health and youth as much as possible.
What mistakes did you make as a beginner?
Did not change up my routines
If you can go back in time and change anything would you?
Yes, I would have included weight/strength training in addition to my running.
If you can only do three exercises which would they be and why?
Squats, leg-lifts, and bench-press because they cover about 70% of your muscle groups / areas.
What’s the biggest piece of advice anyone has given you in this industry?
To be patient, muscles don’t grow overnight.
Have you ever been one of the girls at the gym who was scared of the weights?
Nope!…actually more intrigued.
What do you love about competing?
That I’m always in competition with myself and maintaining discipline.
What are your hobbies?
Aviation and scrapbooking.
What is your current training routine?
Alternate upper body / arms and legs / core every other day, 6 days a week.
What does your daily diet consist of?
Raw veggies, low-fat dairy products, egg whites, minimal nuts and fruits, lots of chicken and fish, whole grains.
What is your favorite cheat meal and how do you deal with cravings?
Pizza or pasta, I just don’t buy any of it so I don’t see it.
Why did you decide to enlist in the Air Force?
I was a former Air Traffic Controller as a civilian, wanted to pick up where I left off in the same occupation in the military, but wanted to be a part of something that made me feel even more proud that also regulated fitness.
How has the Air Force played a role in your fit lifestyle?
To help maintain discipline.
How did you get into modeling?
I was asked to be a part of a group that was modeling for an advertisement.
If you never got into this sport what would you be doing?
Most likely still running.
Can you provide a sample workout routine:
First and most important 5 minute stretch and 10-12 minute cardio warm-up.
For arms and chest, alternate incline, decline and flat bench press with regular, wide and diamond push-ups.
For back and biceps, alternate seated row with lat-pull downs.
For triceps, alternate dips with kickbacks
For shoulders alternate shoulder raises, cable pulls for rotator cuffs.
For core alternate weighted side-bends, decline leg-lifts, and weighted sit-ups.
What is your favorite workout song?
“This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars.
What three tips can you give to women who think that it’s impossible to get fit?
Eat right, exercise, and never say it’s impossible because the word itself says “I’m Possible.”
What is your own physical feature you are most proud of?
What was the biggest obstacle you faced while trying to make it big in fitness?
Not having a stage-coach and long-term trainer.
What is your favorite movie?
Tell me one random fact about yourself?
Learned to fly airplanes at age 18.
Short Term Goals?
Pass my personal training exam for certification next month.
Where can people get into contact with you?
My Facebook Athlete page under Heather Prescott.
You can also read one of her featured military fitness articles here
It’s been our pleasure! Do you have a quote, or any closing words for your fans and the readers of RippedNFit ?
Thank you for wanting to learn more about me! Life is not about losing weight, it’s about being healthy. My personal philosophy is that “fit is the new skinny” and that maintaining discipline in not just eating right and exercising but patience as well because hard work does pay off, in more ways that just one. Mental satisfaction is just as healthy as a fit-physique.
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