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Audrey Perez: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions

Audrey is a young lady on a mission to grow the glutes and get the most out of her squats. From powerlifting in high school (yes, some high schools have real weight lifting), to now getting on stage for bikini, Audrey knows to work hard one must lift heavy. Any lady that can squat 3 plates knows what she is doing. The 2016 season is looking good for Audrey as she has been making the gainz one would need to have the booty of a bikini goddess. You cannot fake hard work and this young lady obviously has been working hard.

How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
I’m 21 years old and I live in Weslaco, Texas. HELL YES I squat ass to grass. When my focus is on my glutes, though. I tend to go parallel/barely break parallel when I up the weight to focus on quad strength and growth💪🏽😌

What areas of weight training do you train and what is your best squat?
I did powerlifting in high school and I loved it! Now I focus more on bodybuilding type training. In powerlifting, I had a 315 squat max at 123 weight class which was decent. I haven’t tried maxing out since then only because I usually train by myself so no spotters 🙁 the most I’ve done with squat recently is 185 for 6 reps. I competed in the Ironhouse Classic in October of 2015 and received first in my height class bikini class A! It was so much fun and a great experience

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
I train at South Texas Fitness (STX) in Weslaco. I don’t have a partner, unfortunately 🙁 but I don’t mind too much because it allows me to train hard and focus more.

How did you into bodybuilding?
Well, my high school powerlifting background allowed me to continue working out after I graduated. I continued to go to the gym but I was very clueless on the dieting aspect. My diet did not match my effort in the gym. It wasn’t until I met my then boyfriend, who is an aspiring bodybuilder, that I learned more about dieting and incorporated that along with more serious training. With my then boyfriend being so into bodybuilding I became interested in the women’s side, especially the NPC/IFBB Bikini category. Once I started seeing results and researching what bikini was about, I fell in love and was hooked. Fitness truly is a lifestyle and to have someone who shares the same passion and vision as you makes it that much easier to stay motivated and on track.

What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
A normal leg day workout starts with some SQUATS of course 😉 I then go to lunges. Either on the smith machine or walking, depending on how I feel that day. After lunges, I move on to leg press and super set them with some squat jumps (you really feel the burn in your quads!) after that I do some leg extensions 3×15. And isolation leg extensions immediately after to really focus on each quad individually to help get that separation. I’ll then do different calf workouts and hip abductor/adductor if time permits 🙂 my hamstrings and Glutes are targeted on a different day.

So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit? (short and long term)?
I have many goals actually, long term would be winning a Ms. Olympia title, at least once. Short term would be competing again. And bringing a better package to every competition, I become fortunate in competing in. I am always striving to be better than I was yesterday. To make progress even if it’s minuscule. 💪🏽😊

When you lift heavy, when was the first time you out lifted a guy? And what do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
I don’t think I’ve ever out lifted a guy, to be honest. Haha Not that I can think of anyway. Maybe when I’m at the squat rack or doing some shoulder presses and a guy who’s very obviously new to the gym comes around I do squat more than him, with better form, or use the same if not more dumbbell weight. But I don’t take much pride in that because again, I can tell that he is new and I’ve been working out for a while now.
My non-lifter friends are fully supportive of me! Now. Before, they would poke fun at the fact that I and my then boyfriend would always turn down dinner hangouts or food during work. They would make jokes or remarks about the gym “being our life” or tell us how disgusting our packed meals were and why we ate them. It got kind of annoying, actually. But after they started seeing our results and our goals being accomplished (him competing and getting “big” and I winning my first bikini competition) they started praising us and asking for advice. It’s quite funny to think about, actually. That what they once mocked us for, they now praise us for. Which goes to show don’t let ANYONE put you down or tell you not to do something. One day they might be asking for your help!

What do you tell women who think lifting heavy makes you look “manly”?
Oh goodness. I hear that ALL THE TIME! I would assume since fitness has become more popular and there are countless Instagram accounts or YouTube stars who constantly speak on the “lifting heavy makes you bulky” controversy that it would be known but the opposite is very true. I start by telling girls that muscle burns more fat so if they want to lose weight (technically it’s fat they want to lose but they don’t really see the difference) more efficiently, jump off that treadmill and lift some weights! Then they ask about the amount of weight they should lift. A popular opinion is that they don’t want to get “big” or “manly.” I hear it so much I don’t go too much into it now. All I do say is, it’s physically impossible for a female to get “bulky” or “manly” by lifting heavy ass weight. We don’t carry enough testosterone for that. Unless of course someone has been lifting heavy for YEARS and are taking some type of anabolic steroids. Other than that, females develop a very beautiful, curvy figure when they lift heavy. And I love it. I just wish more women understood that. Even with my explanation, a lot of the times, girls remain stubborn with their thoughts on about it.

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
To all younger lifters KEEP FOCUS. Pay attention to your diet it would make things 100 times better! When I was younger I didn’t care about my diet, well, because I didn’t have to. Haha, I was working out and lifting heavy and my metabolism kept me from getting fat. But had I paid more attention everything would have improved ten fold. My strength, my muscle mass, my physique, my confidence. If you’re interested in fitness and want to pursue that, start now. Take advantage of the time you have. Because we all improve with time and had I started earlier, I would’ve been that much closer to my goal right now. There are no “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” moments and I don’t regret anything. I’m glad I learned the way I have but if I were to go back, I would have been more serious about it.
One more thing, if you’re trying to reach a goal, CONSISTENCY IS EVERYTHING. I swear I will live by that till the day I die. Stay consistent, never give up and it will happen for you. NOTHING happens overnight. Take it day by day and do everything you can to be a little closer to your goal. You will get there, I promise! Do NOT give up.💪🏽😊

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Founder of Fight Against Chicken Legs, part-time workout stuff, sometimes making websites look pretty, and saving the world #OneRepAtATime