Caitlyn Bellamy Interview
Caitlyn Bellamy is a BCABBA Certified Personal Trainer and Published Fitness Model. Check out how she diets and trains to maintain her top level physique.
How did you get started in fitness and training?
I attended my first fitness show 6 years ago to watch my mother compete at age 48, I thought hey if she can compete I can, I hired a trainer and trained for one full year before competing in my first show the following year. Since then I have competed in 10 competitions and have been published in numerous fitness magazines around the world.
What are your short and long term fitness?
My short term goal would be to add some size to my shoulders and legs, and just tighten my lower body overall. My long term goal has always been to lead a long healthy life, and to set an example to others that you can be a working mother and still have time to be healthy and fit.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I lift weights 4-5 times a week and cardio 5-6 days a week depending on if I am getting ready for a show or shoot. Cardio is always done as soon as I wake up on an empty stomach, not because I believe this is the most effective, but because this is usually the only time I have to do it.
As far as weights go I do a back/chest day, arm/shoulder day, a heavy leg day and a lighter leg day which will include lots of plyometrics. I try to train my abs 3-4 times a week as well. I change my program weekly and make sure that I am always keeping my body guessing to avoid hitting a plateau.
What is your favorite form of cardio for cutting body fat?
If I am trying to lean out I try to stay with high intensity cardio, either skipping, hill sprints or spinning. I wouldn’t say it is my FAVORITE haha, but it is definitely the most effective!
What does your daily diet look like and how does it differ from your pre figure contest diet?
I eat the typical clean 6 meals a day with a mixture of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
My diet doesn’t differ too much from contest to off season besides a slight increase in carbs. I like to stay fairly lean year round so I am able to do photo shoots with short notice.
How do you deal with cravings for junk food, sweets and salty foods?
I drink A LOT of herbal tea with stevia. My cravings usually come in the evening and I find a cup of tea will usually get me through. But if I am not prepping for a show or shoot I usually give in I am only human! You have to enjoy your life.
What are your favorite pre and post workout meals?
Since I weight train in the morning breakfast is usually my pre workout meal. Oats, berries and egg whites are my go to meal most days, I never get sick of it. Post workout is always a shake, I am a huge fan of DYNAMIS REFUEL s6k™, their protein is delicious and it is by far my favorite meal of the day.
What supplements do you take (if any) and recommend to others?
I take HARMONIX 11Hz™, IGNITION xT, AMINOpulse™ all Dynamis products. All DYNAMIS products are formulated free of banned and dangerous ingredients and are tested after mixing to guarantee they are not contaminated with them either.
This ensures that you are only putting the safest and highest quality product into your body and that if you are drug tested, DYNAMIS products will not make you test positive for any banned substance. I also take L-Glutamine, L-Carnatine, a probiotic and digestive enzyme.
What has the biggest impact on muscle growth and recovery?
I think it is a combination of all of the above. You can train like crazy but if you are not eating properly you will not see results, same goes sleep, if you are training lots and eating great but only sleeping 6 hours a night you will eventually become exhausted and that is going to put your training at a standstill. Proper nutrition, adequate sleep and training hard are all equally important.
Your level of success is only pre-determined by your level of effort.
What newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?
Not following my contest prep, thinking that if I cheated on my diet I could do extra cardio to make up for it. In the end I looked skinny and lacked lean muscle. Listen to your trainer! You hire them for a reason, follow your program and you will get the results you want.
Any last advice for beginners or anyone looking to get into fitness?
Hire a professional/certified fitness professional to help you reach your fitness goals.
Remember that your favorite fitness models/competitors did not build those amazing bodies overnight. Stay focused, dedicated and be patient.
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