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Supligen Power Play winners

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:00 AM
With consistency and dedication, Jevon DaCosta and Judy Morgan walked away with this year's Supligen Play Power Power Lifting and Bikini competition trophies respectively.
Javon Dacosta advises that you work consistently towards your summer body.
Morgan's healthy lifestyle began with changing her diet and simple exercises at home. She advises that you can look up some exercises on YouTube. That's how she began.
Jevon Dacosta and Judy Morgan, this year's winners of the Supligen Power Play Power Lifting and Bikini Competition.
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To help our readers on their quest to achieve and maintain the perfect summer body, we caught up with the winners of the 2016 Supligen Power Play Power lifting and Bikini contest, Jevon DaCosta and Judy-Ann Morgan, for some tips. We discussed their daily routines and habits, and got some useful advice.

Judy-Ann Morgan, 23, gave us insight into her gym routine and diet.

 

1. What is your daily gym routine?

 

My routine differs depending on the day. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are my leg days, and I work on my upper body on Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

2. Tell us about your daily nutrition

 

My daily nutrition differs between competition season and off season. During the off season, I have more variety in my diet such as brown rice, white rice, chicken and fish. During the competition season, my diet is strictly sweet potato and fish.

 

3. Everyone wants a hot summer body! What's your best advice on achieving one?

 

Have a clean diet. Start off with clean eating and some simple exercises at home. Look up some exercises on YouTube. That's how I began!

 

4. What's your advice to people who are still on the couch? What's the first step they should take?

 

My best advice is to get off the couch and get moving. Start with simple things such as push-ups and crunches, which you can even do on the couch!

 

5. How has participating in the Supligen Power Play competition motivated you?

 

I like the feeling of competing. Being on stage and the drive of a competition forces me to get on track to work even harder so that I have a chance to win.

 

6. What is your message to girls out there who believe that they need to look like thin supermodels?

 

If you're naturally slim, embrace it and if you're curvy, don't take drastic measures to lose weight. For example, if you're naturally curvy, don't strive to look like skinny girls, embrace your curves and work them to where you want to get them.

 

7. What was the hardest part about preparing for the event?

 

The hardest part was the week of the competition known as 'peak week'. 'Peak week' is a week when we have to consume less carbs from Monday to Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, wecould consume more carbs but we cut water from our diets. It was hard because my body was weak but I still had to train and work hard.

 

8. What is your advice to next year's contestants?

 

Start preparing from early. Take it day by day and do small preparations each day.

 

9. Do you believe that a summer body can be achieved in the gym alone? Or is a healthy diet needed as well? Tell us why.

 

A healthy diet is definitely needed. The gym alone will not achieve the body you want.

You can eat healthy and look good. Focus more on a healthy diet than exercise because what you eat reflects how you look and how you feel.

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Jevon DaCosta, 24, shares his secrets on achieving and maintaining the perfect summer body. He addresses the importance of eating clean.

 

1. What is your daily routine in the gym?

 

It depends on what I'm training for. I do body building and power lifting, so there are different routines for each. For power lifting, there are three to four exercises: squat, bench, dead lift and sometimes shoulder presses. Normally, I go heavy and won't pass three or four reps. I just continually increase the weight. For body building, each day is different. On Mondays, I do four to five chest exercises. On Tuesdays, I do shoulder exercises. I do back legs twice a week, which create harder muscles. Arms are involved in every exercise that I do.

 

2. Tell us about your daily nutrition

 

I eat six to seven medium-sized meals each day. For breakfast, I'll have a shake with oats, fruit, vegetables and protein about 7 a.m. By 10 a.m., I have carbs: sweet potato, yams, and Irish potato. At noon, I have heavy carbs and baked chicken or chop suey. Before 4 p.m., I have another shake and then when I get home, I have more carbs. When the competition is over, I take it easy on the carbs because I don't want the bulkiness and need to become lean again.

 

3. Everyone wants a hot summer body! What's your best advice on achieving one?

 

Start before it's too late! You will not achieve your perfect summer body in three months. You should work from the previous summer and work towards it consistently.

 

4. What's your advice to people who are still on the couch? What's the first step they should take?

 

Start with light walking in the morning or evening. Don't jump straight into the gym. Start with things at home such as push ups, lifts and crunches.

 

5. How has participating in the Supligen competition motivated you?

 

Well, I've been working out for years. I just felt that I have reached a point in my life in terms of working out where I would have a chance at winning the competition, so I decided to enter.

 

6. What was the hardest part about preparing for the event?

 

The hardest part about preparing for the event was lifting weights too many times. It was hard to do that repeatedly because it really puts a strain on the muscles and joints. It was hard for me to overcome that aspect of training.

 

7. What is your advice to next year's contestants?

 

Just come out, have fun and lift weights. If you go into the competition with negative feelings, you will not get very far.

 

8. Do you believe that a summer body can be achieved in the gym alone? Or is a healthy diet needed as well? Tell us why.

 

Your summer body is achieved from a healthy diet as well. To be precise, it is 70 per cent what you eat and 30 per cent physical activity. You could work out all the time but if you don't eat right, your body will not progress.