Name: Esther Lopez
Birth Date: 03/01/1987
Birth Place: Queens, New York
Current Residence: New York, New York
Height & Weight: 5′, 100 lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
Initially, I began my fitness and nutrition journey as a means to get healthier and get into the best shape possible. I was fortunate enough to begin my journey with WBFF athlete and CEO of Phoenyx Fitness Malenna Saunders. After a couple of months training with her and following her competitions, I decided that I, too, wanted to challenge myself and compete. I admire all of the fitness athletes, their dedication, their discipline, and their drive…now, I strive to be a one amongst them.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I love to read women’s fitness magazines and use all of the new workouts, recipes and athlete photos for extra motivation. Ultimately, I try to surround myself with like-minded, fit and positive people. It also helps me to keep a picture of myself before I began training as a reminder of why I began this journey and how far I have come.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I competed in Fitness America Empire States and Fitness America New York earlier this year.
4. Who got you started?
WBFF athlete and CEO of Pheonyx Fitness and The Elite Heat, Malenna Saunders.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
First, I dig deep within myself for help…when that doesn’t work, I rely on the support of Malenna and my friends and my Elite Heat team mates.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I usually workout at my local gym, but the days that I can’t get to the gym, I workout wherever there is space around my house making use of my stability ball, dumbbells and kettlebell.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I use Alive Multivitamin, Isopure Whey Protein Isolate and GNC Glutamine/BCAA.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My weight has been my most noticeable change. Over the past 11 months, I’ve dropped 25 lbs. As a result, my arms and my abs finally have more definition.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Absolutely. Fitness has provided me a newfound confidence, energy and positivity that I was lacking. I find that I am more motivated and that my life, in general, is more organized. My life has become better overall and I am better for it.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
I would like to make fitness an even bigger part of my life by inspiring those around me to become healthier and really
11. Describe your diet.
Low Carb, high protein and moderate fat. I feel like I’m very sensitive to, well, just about everything so for contest prep, I cut out dairy and everything other than tilapia and non-gassy veggies.
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I lift 4 days a week; legs and glutes, chest, shoulders, arms. I add some kettlebell classes, sprint workouts and bootcamp classes to supplement my training and get in my cardio.
13. What do you do for a living?
I work as a digital media analyst and also enjoy part-time choreography and party planning.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I don’t have it all figured out yet but I know that I want to love what I do.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I used to play lacrosse and volleyball in high school. I was also captain of my dance team in college and continue to enrich my dancing with classes year-round.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
My family and my Elite Heat team have been the most supportive and encouraging. They helped me get through my most challenging times and believed in me every step of the way. A very special thank you to Malenna Saunders, without her none of this would have been possible.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love to dance and I’ve recently taken up cooking…or as I like to call it “experimenting in the kitchen”. I love anything and everything creative and that allows you to express your individuality and personality.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
I don’t believe that there is any challenge grave enough that can keep me from being healthy or at least attempting to live a healthier life. Unfortunately, this country doesn’t make it particularly easy to affordably eat healthy but if we continue being creative with food alternatives and spreading the knowledge that we practice during our seasonal training, soon enough, the rest of the world will start to catch on. Then, hopefully, fitness will become second nature and not a seemingly insurmountable feat.
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
I’m very much a foodie so changing my diet was the most difficult thing for me. Preparing for this competition and building the discipline and will power day by day is something that eventually became easier but that definitely took a toll on my body at times. Hey, but nothing great ever came without some sacrifice…and the sacrifice was and is definitely worth it!
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
I think it’s important to mention that there’s more to this industry than meets the eye. The majority public don’t know anything past the tanned physiques and what they should know is that this experience affords so many benefits not only a physical level, but also on a personal and social capacity. The people that you meet and the confident, disciplined, healthy and fit person that you become is far greater than the one day of glitz and glam that the public sees. There’s so much positivity and I am grateful to have come across the opportunity to join this industry.