McKenzie Adams, age 21, and a resident of Minnetonka, Minnesota tells Rx Muscle part of her story.
Q: When did you get started on your fitness career/journey? What made you want to become more than just the average person living a healthy and fit lifestyle?
A: I have always had a habit of going to the gym. The past few years I have really gotten more involved with the lifestyle of fitness and nutrition because I simply love it. I feel great and going to the gym has become my sanity.
Q: Being that you have a loyal social media following, what is some advice that you would offer someone wanting to increase their popularity in the fitness industry? What tip can you give someone to help them build their following as well?
A: Following fitness pages and taking lots of fitness pictures along with fitness photo-shoots is the route I took in order to get more involved with the industry. I highly suggest anyone trying to gain exposure to do the same!
Q: Do you consider this as your part/full time job or a hobby?
A: I am a full-time student, but I believe that since eating healthy and working out is an everyday routine it is also full-time. I also consider it a hobby because it is something I am passionate about rather than something I have to do.
Q: There are many people that motivate and are inspired by you. How does that make you feel knowing that there are people who take the time to see what you are doing day to day?
A: It makes my day when someone gives me positive feedback and says something along the lines of, “I wasn’t going to go to the gym, but when I saw your fitness post and quote I went. Thank you so much.” It is an amazing feeling to be able to motivate and inspire others.
Q: How does it feel knowing that somewhere, you are actually helping someone by motivating them to achieve their personal goals, just by posting your personal life and achievements on social media?
A: I am honored and flattered to be able to contribute to someone’s life in a healthy and positive way. I don’t think there is anything better than having a positive impact on others.
Q: Is there anyone who has motivated or inspired you to become the person you are today?
A: Honestly, I cannot think of one particular person that has motivated me because there are so many! Fit women are absolutely stunning, and with the media that exists it is easy to come across them.
Q: How does your family feel about your lifestyle? What would you say to someone whose family does not support their lifestyle?
A: My family supports me 100%. My dad was Mr. Minnesota (back in the day) and my mom was runner-up Ms. Minnesota, so I came up in a family involved in the fitness industry. My brother now is really involved since I have been and always asks me for tips. It is great! If someone’s family did not approve or support such a lifestyle I would tell that person that they are making the right choice of being healthy and if someone does not support that then they are lazy.
Q: Of all the social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), what do you think is the most effective to use in order to market yourself in this industry?
A: Instagram is definitely the most effective as far as promoting yourself. I personally would rather just look at pictures than a bunch of tweets about randomness. There are so many ways to promote your healthy lifestyle: Before/after pictures, healthy meal pictures and recipes, photo-shoots, etc. It is also so much easier to locate fitness Instagram accounts as well, and there is an unreal amount of them.
Q: What is your diet like? Do you eat clean all year round?
A: I love eating clean. Not only can it taste good, but you feel good after a healthy meal. I eat clean winter, spring, summer, fall because I like it and do not want to have to cut down at any point.
I alter my diet every day but this is a sample of what it could look like:
Meal 1: Oats with Isopure protein powder, truvia, cinnamon, and egg whites on the side
Meal 2: Chicken, asparagus, and brown rice
Meal 3: Post-workout shake
Meal 4: Eggs, broccoli, yams
Meal 5: Cottage cheese, asparagus, banana
Meal 6: Egg whites and almonds
Q: What is your favorite cheat meal? How do you control yourself from going overboard when you decide to treat yourself?
A: I love food, so I really will eat anything as far as a cheat meal goes. Cheeseburgers and Sloppy Joes are my favorite. I have a HUGE sweet tooth so if I really want to indulge, my ideal treat would be cookie dough, brownies, ice cream, cake, Oreos, whipped cream, and frosting all in a bowl. I am also addicted to frozen yogurt. I think it is absolutely acceptable to treat yourself to something as long as it is in moderation. Dark chocolate is a great fix because it takes care of the crave while milk chocolate leaves you wanting more.
Q: Do you take any supplements? What do you think is one of the most important supplements someone should take who is training constantly?
A: I take a pre-workout supplement and Isopure protein powder with cinnamon in a shaker bottle for after my workout! I think pre-workouts are great for getting that hyper-energetic feeling before the gym. I like to go to the gym thinking I will kick its butt.
Q: What’s your social media/contact information?
A: Instagram and twitter: @Kenziekzbaby
Q: Special thanks to:
A: ROXSTARRIZZUTO, 360CUT, GYMFR3AKS, and Billy Medina (LIFTING_COOKIES)