Monica Diaz On Beach

Monica Diaz

Monica is married to her love, Jay Campbell, and resides in Southern California. She is an award winning figure-fitness and bikini champion and Co-Founder of Fabulously Fit Over 40-the #1 site on the web for “Fit Over 40” information.
Monica is also known for her “Monica’s Minute” inspirational videos, which encourage people to become the best versions of themselves. She specializes in coaching women in anti-aging and mindset improvement strategies in order to create a life filled with gratitude.
Monica has overcome tremendous hardships leading to breakthroughs in her life. As an empowered mother of 3 children plus 2 bonus children, she has a keen ability to draw on her past experiences in relating to people from various backgrounds.
  
1. When did you start working out? 
I started working out when I was 17 years old. In high school, I was very awkward and never made any sport I tried out for.  Working out at the gym allowed me to work on me without having to concern myself with others.  For years, I had no idea what I was doing.  I would go to the gym and observe other people and then copy them.  I hired my first “real” coach at 40 when I signed up for my first bikini competition.
 
2. What adversity have you had to overcome as athlete? 
 I am a natural klutz. I have had to learn to slow down and pay attention to my movements.  Additionally, letting go of my ego during training.  I am not competing with anyone at the gym except myself.  The goal is to improve myself each time I go to the gym
 
3. How has working out impacted your life?
Working out has allowed me to be in the best physical shape for me at this age.  It also allows my husband and I the ability to push one another and create goals to push beyond our norm.  We will set goals around trips or photo shoots to make it fun and light
 
4. How often do you train and for how long?
We train 4 days a week for about an hour each time.  We also do cardio on non-lifting days.  Depending on our goals, we may do cardio after lifting.
 
5. What are some keys to working out intensely and avoiding injury?
Let go of your ego.  Slow down the movement. Pay attention to your breathing.
 
6. What is your number #1 fitness tip?
My number 1 fitness tip is to know thyself.  Know how your body responds.  Know what foods are best for you.  Get your blood work done.  Be your own biggest advocate. Assess  your goals monthly and quarterly. Don’t become complacent.  Don’t over analyze.  Enjoy the process.

Posted by Lorne Marr.
Lorne Marr is a Toronto-based fitness enthusiast and lifelong advocate of healthy living. He is on a journey to discover the best methods of training and nutrition for athletes and weekend warriors over 45. Connect with Lorne on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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