Sanna-Maria is a Finnish Fitness Model & Sponsored Athlete who has transformed her body over the years through hard work, heavy training and eating enough quality food. As Sanna-Maria explains it, she has always been skinny and had to put in a lot of intense work to change that:
“My fitness journey so far, I’ve always been very skinny and didn’t really have any curves until I decided it was time to create some! About five years ago I started lifting and building my body in the direction I desired. It took time and patience to learn to eat enough and activate my muscles the right way! Though I’m very proud of my progress, I can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring. Results take time, so never give up!!”
Sanna-Maria was kind enough to answer some questions that we were dying to know, and also reveals her diet and training routine for adding some amazing curves to her body!
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Sanna-Maria’s Typical Daily Diet:
Breakfast: Oatmeal, blueberries, 2 eggs, walnuts and chia seeds.
Snack: Rice cake and turkey.
Lunch: Salmon, sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Snack: Quest bar (Protein bar)
Dinner: Chicken, sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Sanna-Maria’s Weekly Workout:
I workout about 5 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Thursday: Shoulders & Arms.
Saturday: Back & Chest.
Sunday: Abs & Sprints.
How Did You Get Started In Health And Fitness?
First started when I was 17 years old and studying in Florida. Some of my friends who were into weightlifting invited me to the gym with them.
What Was Your Diet Like Originally?
Honestly I didn’t really care what I put in my mouth. A lot of fast food and not too many vegetables.
What Is Your Best Advice For Someone Looking To Start Getting Fit?
Hire a good personal trainer who will teach you the right techniques in the beginning. Otherwise you might put yourself in unnecessary risk of being injured and definitely wont get the whole benefit of your workouts/diet.
How Do You Keep Your Workouts From Getting Boring?
Every single one of my workouts is different! I keep the basic lifts but mix up everything else. Always looking for new ways to challenge my body.
Your Abs Are Amazing! What Tips/Exercises/Secrets Do You Tell People Who Want A Stomach Like Yours?
Abs are made in the kichen 😀 If you want your abs to show, you need to eat clean! I work on my abs only once week and do a circuit consisting of 3 different movements. I also do a lot of compound movements where my abs are constantly working.
What Are Your Favourite Exercises/Tips For Developing That ‘Booty’?
Favorite exercises are hip thrusts and squat jumps. When working on my glutes I actually don’t use very heavy weights. I rather concentrate on activating the muscle.
Give Your Best 3 Health Tips That People Can Implement Right Now:
1. Sleep enough.
2. Try not to eat sugar.
3. Drink enough water.
Did You Make Any Mistakes When You First Started? What Would You Do Differently?
Honestly I had such a great personal trainer when I first started, that I have say I don’t feel like I made too many mistakes. But for me probably the hardest thing was to learn to eat enough.
How Do You Handle Setbacks & Bad Days?
For me exercise is a stress relief, so on bad days I go for a run or do a very intense session at the gym to get my mind off things.
What Are Your Favorite Healthy Meals/Recipes?
Sweet potato burgers: Just replace the hamburger bun with a sweet potato.
2 to 3 tablespoons of pesto or organic pizza sauce
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat oven to 400° F. Line cookie sheet with foil. Spray with olive oil.
Cut zucchini into 1/2-inch slices. Place on cookie sheet.
Bake 6 to 10 minutes, depending how firm you like your zucchini.
Top each zucchini slice with about 1/2 teaspoon of pesto or pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot.
How Does It Feel To Know You Inspire So Many People Online?
I love helping other people and getting messages and comments from people asking about my workouts and diets feels truly amazing. ☺