First off thanks for taking the time for this Interview, I really appreciate it! Maybe you can give us some background on who Vanessa Tib is?
No, thank you Rob for this opportunity.
I was born and partially raised in the Dominican Republic. I was always active during my younger years and continued to be active after moving to NYC at the age of 12. My favorite sports growing up were Volleyball, Baseball, Swimming, Jumping rope (Double Dutch), and I also loved riding my BMX bike. It wasn’t until I was 22 years old that I first became interested in fitness and bodybuilding after picking up a friend’s fitness magazine. After seeing the strong sexy women being featured there, I became motivated to start training.
I joined a local Bronx gym and started working out. Unfortunately, my busy work and school schedule prevented me to fully dedicated my time to training properly, hence, I didn’t make the changes I was hoping for. It wasn’t until April of 2009 after graduating nursing school and now having a set working schedule that I was able to fully concentrate on my training. I then moved to Manhattan, joined a new gym and started training 5-6x a week, mainly concentrating on lifting weights and doing cardio 3x a week.
I saw a significant change in my body within 6 months of consistent training and eating right. Taking up the suggestion of Jamie Eason, I set up a professional photo shoot and was amazed by the positive responses I obtained from people after viewing my photos.
Fitness modeling had never crossed my mind before that. As a result of shooting this past summer with Walt Ostarly in Florida,
I was published for the first time in the Aug/Sept issue of Planet Muscle Magazine and just recently learned that I’m featured in the Jan 2011 issue as well. I was featured on the cover of Natural Muscle magazine for the month of August. I am very excited to be releasing my very own 2011 Calendar in the upcoming weeks and I’m currently still training 5-6x a week.
My goal right now is to gain a bit more mass and continue to stay lean. I can’t wait to see what more changes I can make to my body and what more is in store for me in this industry that I love so very much.
Vanessa Tib you stay in CRAZY shape year round! Care to share how you manage to do this? It it plain old hard work and clean food or you have any “secrets” that work for you to stay in that kind of shape?
I get asked this question often, and I do agree that it is a bit hard to stay lean all year round. I do have a big appetite. I love to eat!
But, I know that if I want to look a certain way, I can’t eat certain foods. I stay away from processed foods, carbohydrates and sugars. I keep my diet simple and try to eat as much lean protein as I can.
My meals consists mainly of grilled chicken breast, tuna, tilapia, salmon, steam veggies, green leafy vegetables, brown rice and fat free plain Greek yogurt. I love Greek yogurt so much because of it’s low carb, low calorie and high protein content. I like to eat them as a snack in between meals. I don’t drink juice or sodas and never have fried foods or junk foods.
I do have a cheat meal a week and it could be anything from going to my fav japanese BBQ restaurant or eating my mom’s delicious Dominican white rice and beans.
I try to eat small meals throughout the day, every 2-3 hrs. I have found that eating like this has really worked for me so far.
Maybe you can give some advice to my female readers when it comes to lifting weights. I am sick of having to explain that when they lift weights they will look HOT & lean, not big and muscular! Care to shed some light on this.
I agree with you on this one. By adding more muscle you actually end up looking leaner. That’s because muscle is a metabolically active tissue, fat is not. This means that by adding more muscles you end up burning more calories than fat, even while you sleep and rest.
Also, a woman’s body in general does not produce enough Testosterone to promote rapid muscle growth the way a man’s body does. I’m not saying that women don’t gain muscle by strength training, we do but not at the same rate as a man does. You will not wake up one day looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger from lifting weights.
On the other hand, you will love the sleek, toned and sexy curves of your new improved physique. So, do yourself a favor and start pumping iron:) you will be happy you did.
How do you manage to keep in the shape you are in and work full time & be a professional fitness model? Most people always use the old “I don’t have time because of work” BS. How do you manage it all?
I do have a busy schedule. As a nurse I work nights, 12 hours per shift. I can never train in the mornings after working all night, I just don’t have the energy to do so. I save my workouts for the afternoons, just before work. I have been doing pretty well with managing my time correctly.
I guess you just have to prioritize. Set goals for yourself and stay on track. Things are always going to come up to prevent you from going to the gym and training. You just have to ask yourself if that particular thing can wait. You have to take care of yourself first, no one else is going to do it for you. Even if you only have 30mins to spare, go for it, go do some cardio, go for a jog outside, jump rope in your house, drop on the floor and do some sit ups, and pushups.
Just think about it, every pushup/situp whatever it may be, every rep you do today is going to get you closer and closer to your goal.
Stay focused, consistent and true to yourself.
Vanessa Tib will you Marry Me?
My girlfriend said its ok cus you will be sick of me after a month LOL.
Haha a whole month, I was thinking maybe just after a day.. Just kidding. You seem to be a very nice, funny, down to earth guy, but I’m already taken. Sorry!!
I’m currently in the process of creating my website www.vanessatib.com.
It should be up and running in a couple of weeks. On there you will be able to oder my 2011 Vanessa Tib Calendar.
I’m very excited to be working with the very talented OAMG on this project.
You can also find me on Facebook “www.facebook.com/vanessa tib” or you can subscribe to my Youtube channel “liveloveurlife”
To order my 2011 Feb-Feb Calendar message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Vanessa Tib for this interview, Your a sweetheart and I wish you all the best – Rob