Athlete Profile: Elissa OuelletteInstagram: @elissa_annie Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Wayne Thompson
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I’ve been training for the last few years but recently decided to take on the challenge of a fitness competition! I thought it would be something new and different to try and push me out of my comfort zone!
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Train hard and give it your all every workout. Be the best version of me and improve on myself everyday.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
Eat clean and try not to consider it a diet but a lifestyle.
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Long term goal is competing in both a bikini and figure competition and learning to walk in 5″ heels!! My short term goals are focusing on my meal plan and staying on track considering my huge sweet tooth!
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
I look to my boyfriend for motivation and support. He’s my rock, my trainer, my everything and he’s always been by my side. He pushes me out of my comfort zone during those tough workouts and makes sure I have every yo need to succeed. I also love Dana Linn Bailey, she truly is inspirational and so down to earth!
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
At the beginning of this process (prepping for a comp) I didn’t think I would be able to follow such a meal plan seeing as I could eat a whole bag of chocolate chips in one sitting. I have learned that I actually do have self control and self discipline when it comes to sweets. Cardio has also been another obstacle for me. I used to run 6 days a week and loved it and over the last few years I have switched over to weight training and absolutely love it! Finding motivation to do a bit of cardio has been very difficult for me!
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
My pet peeve at the gym is people coming to use the piece of equipment I’m using without asking me if I’m done or if they can jump in for a set!
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
To keep pushing and keep going. Focus on progress and not perfection.