Find out how this DC-based nonprofit consultant and personal trainer keeps fit.
By Kirstyn Brown; Photography Michael Cadotte, Midatlantic Photography
Gig: Nonprofit consultant and personal trainer
Weight: 127 lb
Cheryl has been comfortable in the weight room since her early teens, thanks to an enthusiastic high school gym teacher who showed her class the ropes. Today, that early lesson in weightlifting has come in handy for Cheryl, who has been a major threat in the Figure category since 2010 – she even took second place in her class at last year’s prestigious Arnold Amateur contest, and placed second at the 2011 NPC Team Universe this past July. “Success is a function of hard work and consistency,” she says. “Stick with it and you’ll see the results you’re looking for.”
Cheryl trains five days a week, working her shoulders, abs and glutes twice each, and all other body parts at least once. She mixes up her cardio between sprints and long-distance running or the StepMill. Her favorite move? “Deadlifts are my absolute favorite because I love sculpting my lower body. It’s one of the exercises where I can really lift heavy.”
When she’s not working out, she finds solace in the kitchen, creating delicious, healthy recipes, often with her favorite protein-packed ingredient. “Nonfat Greek yogurt is so versatile,” she says. “I mix it with fruit, use it in place of mayo or sour cream and in cream-based sauces!”
Who is your role model?
“My high school English teacher. She was a fitness competitor when I was a teenager and shared her experiences with us.”