Danielle DelVecchio

Name: Danielle DelVecchio
Birth Date: Dee
Birth Place: Connecticut
Current Residence: Boston
Height & Weight: 5′ 7″

1. What made you want to compete?
I found the gym as my therapy being a military wife while my husband was out to sea and through that journey in itself came the desire of wanting more out of life and challenging myself to get in the best shape I could

2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I have a deep passion for health and fitness for it has given me so much inner development over the years and has helped me really come into my own as a woman .. I stay inspired by continually improving and reinventing myself both physically and most importantly spiritually – through doing so,it has helped me to inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle … Being inspired is great but inspiring is incredible

3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I competed in Fitness New England held at Foxwoods April of 2012 and I won first in tall class bikini – this was my first show
I originally wanted to compete in the WBFF show that same month but my coach at that talked me out of it – needless to say I have a new trainer and am so excited to compete in this federation as I should have followed my heart from the beginning – life is a learning experience right?!

As a tribute to myself for my upcoming 30th b-day at the end of November I wanted to really challenge myself so I am also competing at an NPC show this Saturday Nov 2 … And then will be competing at this show Nov 9 … I see WBFF as a good fit for me and hope to continue on with this federation well after the show 🙂

4. Who got you started?
When I decided to compete last year for the first time I signed up with Cathy Savage – it was a great introduction to the fitness world and I am so grateful for that .. Since then I have gone out on my own to take my training to the next level and my now coach Mick Souza highly recommended this federation and has been my trainer/mentor through this journey to the WBFF stage

5. Who do you look to for help now?
My trainer Mick Souza – he is not only my trainer but one of the best mentors I have ever had and has had such a huge impact in my life

Also my husband, he is my rock through everything

6. Where do you usually workout?
Once a week with my trainer for legs/glutes and the rest of my workouts take place at LA Fitness and when I can, I take it outside!

7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
For protein I love Intek evolution and Isopure
BIOrhythm olio (omegas and cla)
NOW resveratrol
NOW B complex
Irwin’s naturals womens living green multi vitamin
Cellucor BCAAs
Digestion enzymes
Probiotic

8. What are your most noticeable results?
This time around training I have improved and focused in on definition and size on my quads and glutes while still maintaining focus on my abs and shoulders to achieve better symmetry

9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Yes! As a matter of fact I am turning 30 at the end of November and I wrote an Ode to my 20’s the other night as I reflected back in the last decade and on my journey into the fitness world and how it has changed my life – I had a really hard time in my early 20’s and struggled with a lot and meeting my husband and finding the gym changed my life … I am happy to share 🙂

An Ode to my 20’s

Reflecting back on the last decade of my life I cant help but smile with such gratitude.. Grateful for all the struggles I have encountered in my life, all the lessons I have learned and having overcome what has seemed at times impossible has allowed me to embrace all I have been through and overcome to make me who I am today … Training for these two fitness competitions the past three months is my mark to myself for conquering my 20’s and I am so excited for my 30’s as I know they are bound to be the best days of my life … Training this time around has been such an incredible, spiritual journey that goes WAY beyond getting in the best shape of my life and competing on stage ..The real value of setting these goals is not the recognition or reward, its the person I become by finding the discipline, courage and commitment to achieve them – no sacrifice no victory … we are all faced with challenges and struggle in one way or another at sometime and it’s so easy to just give up as we have all been there but when you confront and conquer challenges, dig deep, embrace the struggle and open your heart that’s where the magic happens and you grow as a person on endless levels – there is something deep inside each and every one of us that is greater than any obstacle..
Living a fit and healthy lifestyle and competing has kept me on a healthy and positive path and has helped me to look inside and awaken my soul – I choose and have create this life b/c it makes me happy – I have chose a road less traveled in life and that has made all the difference for me..Create and choose a life that makes YOU happy and not what you think will make others happy…Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body and to me go hand in hand – as long as you have self love, compassion for yourself and those around you, faith, passion and determination you can do anything and have anything you want in this world .. Practicing mindfulness in everyday things has helped me get in touch with my spirit and to create such a meaningful way of life – God is good and there is so much beauty in the world if you choose to see the good in everything and open your heart to everything around you
My wish for everyone is
that you all feel your purpose, follow your purpose and have the life of your dreams

10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My main goal this time around is to be welcomed into the WBFF family and to maintain my physique all year round and to represent this federation and to learn like I’ll live forever and never stop improving myself in all areas

11. Describe your diet.
I eat every 2 1/2 – 3 hours and incorporate a balance of 25-30 grams of protein, complex carbs, a ton of veggies (especially greens) and healthy fats … When training it changes in phases as I get closer to the show

12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I work out 5-6 days a week
I work two body parts per workout and superset 2-3 exercises at a time with 4 sets of each and 10-15 reps .. Usually have about 3-4 supersets
Cardio changes as I train but for the most part 4-5x a week mixing up steady state with HIIT

13. What do you do for a living?
I am a hairstylist – I absolutely love what I do and it enables me to also share my love for health and fitness so I incorporate all my passions in one place and not only make people’s day and make them feel good but also educate them and inspire them to live a more healthy life!

14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I have a website, fitnessbeautysoul.com that is in the making and not up right now but I plan on working more on it after competing and am so excited to share my story and help people evolve to a higher way of thinking about health, fitness and achieving overall wellness

Also another goal within the next couple years is to start a family 🙂

15. Have you participated in any other sports?
Softball when I was younger, a little basketball for some of high school
Didn’t have much of an athletic background in my youth

16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
My friends and family have been so supportive through all this and that in itself means the world to me and has helped me through this journey more than they know

My husband is my world and he inspires me everyday and helps keep me balanced – I couldn’t do this without his love and support and am so grateful for him

17. Do you have any hobbies?
Fashion
Studying all dimensions of wellness
Assisting people in achieving better health and wellness
Scrapbooking
Photography
Blogging
Working on Fitnessbeautysoul.com

18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
I believe nothing can keep you from anything your passionate about and there is always a way and wether you can or can’t, your right! So with that being said, set backs and challenges will arise and there is always a way to embrace them and overcome anything … We have something deep down within all of us that is greater than any obstacle

19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
Number 19 and number 20 covers this 🙂

20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
“The most beautiful people we have know are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern . Beautiful people do not just happen” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross