Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Interview With Gabrielle Reilly
Gabrielle Reilly: Yaxeni what/who was your first inspiration to begin body building?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: I started to train because I was very thin and I never really liked looking like a toothpick. I had a complex, despite the fact that for modeling I had a perfect figure.
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do to keep motivated?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: My motivation was to come in first place world wide after working at it for so many years and with so little resources I was able to reach the planed goal. Thanks to God of course.
Gabrielle Reilly: How do you fit your overall training/dieting into your lifestyle?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: Now my life is adapt to the routine of training and being on a diet; It's part of my daily life. It's a discipline that does not change my style of life.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have days when the last thing you want to do is step foot in a gym?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: Yes, there are days I have not wanted to come to the gym, but the discipline I have is stronger than me so I never miss a day.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have allocated binge days/meals?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: When I am out of the diet it is only with crackers and wine, peanuts or something sugar free... and I feel very guilty, so the next day I do more cardio.
Gabrielle Reilly: At what age did you start training?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: I started training at 19 years of age and at 24 I had my son Luis who is now 17.
Gabrielle Reilly: Did you play any sports?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: I don't have time to play any other sports. When bodybuilding, It's hard to do other sports.
Gabrielle Reilly: Were you really muscular as a child/teenager?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: When I as young I as thin and tall with a cute face and I had good biceps.
Gabrielle Reilly: For parents out there concerned about their children's health and obesity what words of advice would you offer them on fitness, motivation and diet for children?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: Children will eat the way we demonstrate in the home, so I suggest that when they are little one demonstrate how to eat a balanced diet low in sugars and fat. We should show our children that doing exercise is good for our health and we should do it as a discipline as opposed to an obligation.
Gabrielle Reilly: What age do you think is ideal for children/teenagers to start lifting weights?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: I think that after the physical development of the child is done, then can they begin to lift weights.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you work outside the fitness industry?
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia: I also work with property investments in the Miami Beach Real Estate market.