After Miss Universe candidates showed elegance during the terno fashion show, glamor at the Governor’s Ball, and sexiness during the swimsuit presentation, a lot of fans are wondering how one maintains a good figure in the midst of all the feasts and activities lined up for the candidates.
According to John Cuay, top fitness trainer of beauty queens, it is about getting the right amount of sleep, observing proper exercise, and having proper nutrition.
“(You should have) eight hours of sleep; proper exercise, focus on your core because that’s the foundation of your body.
“You should have the proper nutrition: 1. Eat complex carbohydrates, avoid dining out, don’t eat junk food; 2. Eat lean protein because you need it to build your muscles. And, number 3, opt for healthy fats. If you don’t do the three, it’s not going to happen. You won’t be able to achieve your perfect body,” Cuay told InterAksyon in an interview at Gold’s Gym, Glorietta in Makat City.
The current trend in fitness, he says is no longer achieving a voluptuous body but to have a toned and not too skinny body.
“When you watch Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, for instance, you’ll see models with a feminine figure yet they have muscle definition. Now, it’s more on having a toned body, with the right cuts, with the major muscles having good definition,” Cuay said.
Cuay shared that although Maxine “has been blessed with the body structure of a model,” he has been training her to achieve that perfectly toned figure by devising exercises focused on the core area.
“There’s only one tip that I need to tell her: when you pull your navel to your spine, you are already engaging the core muscles. Those 29 muscles are already working to accomplish a toned torso. I ask her to visualize a lemon between her navel and the spine so when she squeezes that lemon, automatic yan, yung 29 muscles sabay-sabay silang nag-wo-work out para ma-accomplish yung core,” he said.
Maxine’s routine includes doing abdominal exercises, push ups, planking, and some weightlifting. And according to Cuay, Medina trains with him four times a week for 1 hour and 30 minutes per session.
Complementing her fitness regimen is a strict diet with zero salt and zero sugar consumption.
“Maxine’s diet is 40% complex carbohydrate, 40% lean protein, and 20% healthy fats. She eats five times a day: breakfast, mid-breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Whatever she puts in her mouth, she has to text me,” he said.
Cuay added that Medina usually eats quinoa as substitute for her rice, and eats sweet potatoes for her snack. Medina is also discouraged to eat pork, and is not allowed to eat outside.
Although challenging especially the past noche buena and medya noche during the Holiday season, Cuay pointed out that Medina maintains a positive attitude towards her training.
“When it comes to fitness training, Maxine is very positive. She has that vibe of being always positive in everything that she does. I would say that she is hardworking, and she’s really focused,” Cuay shared.
With a current vital statistics of 34-24-35, Medina is one of the best Miss Universe candidates, the fitness trainer added.
“She’s been ready since a month or a couple of months ago. She has alwasy been ready for Miss Universe. I would say she’s one of the best. Maxine has one of the best physiques among the Miss Universe candidates. I’m basing it on what I’ve seen so far online,” Cuay said.