Fitness Tips and Fables

By Gigi Amurao As a fitness professional, I’m constantly being asked questions, many which are pretty crazy and that anyone with a little common sense can figure out. Other questions are more complex, and the answers can differ, depending on whom you ask. Here’s my take on a few that seem to come my way daily. 1) Why does the … Read More

The 20-Step Guide for Busy People

By Gigi Amurao In today’s busy world, we’re always on the go-go-go. Whether it’s work, play, or rushing to the gym; business travel or vacation; chasing the kids around the house or chauffeuring them around town, or any of a myriad of things that keep our schedules full, we’re always away from home. That’s great, but it wreaks havoc on … Read More

How Badly Do You Want That Six-Pack?

By Gigi Amurao Many people strive to have six-pack abs, tight glutes, and a lean, flawless physique, but what are the costs? As a competitor, I know all too well the trade-offs. For those who don’t, let me enlighten you. It will, I hope, help you decide if you really want to go that route in your day-to-day life, or … Read More

Nutrition Confusion: Your Top 10 Diet Questions Answered

By Gigi Amurao Paleo eating, juice cleanses, detox diets, calorie counting, low-carb and how to get six-pack abs—as a personal trainer and coach, I get questions regarding nutrition from all sorts of people, from athletes to middle-aged men and women who want to better their health to physique competitors. Often, it’s tough to give a clear-cut answer, as no two … Read More

Fitness Tips and Fables

By Gigi Amurao As a fitness professional, I’m constantly being asked questions, many which are pretty crazy and that anyone with a little common sense can figure out. Other questions are more complex, and the answers can differ, depending on whom you ask. Here’s my take on a few that seem to come my way daily. 1) Why does the … Read More

How Many Calories Do You Need?

By Gigi Amurao In my last post, I discussed the importance of portion control in losing weight. Portions mean nothing, however, if you don’t know how many calories you need. What’s the best way to figure out how much to eat? With so many tips and articles available via magazines and the Internet, it’s not easy to sort through the … Read More

Portion Control and Serving Sizes: How Much Should You Eat?

By Gigi Amurao Over the past decade or so, portion sizes have tripled in the U.S., a key factor in the devastating increase in obesity among children and adults. Supersized portions at fast-food restaurants have distorted what Americans consider a normal meal, and that affects how we eat at home. Larger portions mean more calories, which in turn can aid … Read More

Bikini Competitors: Do You Need a Custom Suit?

Ask the Bikini Coach By Gigi Amurao Hi Coach, Do I really have to get a custom-made suit to do a bikini competition? I can’t really afford one—I’m thinking I’ll get one off the rack, at least for my first show. Does it really matter? I get asked this question all the time, and to be honest, it really is … Read More

Stop Comparing Yourself on Social Media!

By Gigi Amurao Is your fondness for social media killing your fitness goals and wrecking your self-esteem? Everywhere you look, people are on their phones, taking selfies, or scrolling through social media. If you want to get in touch with someone, you have at least six different ways to do it—Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat, or Periscope. Gone are the days … Read More

Ask the Bikini Coach!

By Gigi Amurao Got a question for the Bikini Coach? If you’re new around here – My name’s Gigi Amurao, and I’m a veteran trainer and coach and an active IFBB bikini pro. If you’re not familiar with me, check out my other DigitalMuscle.com articles where I write about pretty much anything I want. As a fitness professional and mentor, … Read More

Are You Ready to Commit? (Take the Quiz)

By Gigi Amurao The year is still young, and I’m sure many of you are still on the fence about starting a diet or actually getting started on that new lifestyle you have always wanted. You will often hear people say, “Get started NOW,” but they don’t take into consideration what else may be going on in your life at … Read More

Goal Setting 101: The SMART System

By Gigi Amurao A new year is underway—a time to start fresh with all the things we want to accomplish. So many of us start out in January with the number-one goal of getting back in shape and becoming healthier versions of ourselves. The process is easy to start. It’s new, we’re excited and motivated, and everything seems so clear; … Read More

The Vitamin Hot List: Essentials for Performance

By Gigi Amurao Supplements are a billion-dollar industry in the U.S., and many athletes believe that vitamins and other nutritional supplements are crucial to getting the results they want from all their hard work in the gym. In my opinion, though, less is more. Unless you have a specific illness, a nutritional deficiency, or hereditary problem, nothing beats a healthy … Read More

It’s All About “Getting Started”

By Gigi Amurao So you woke up today, looked in the mirror, and said, “Ugh, I look horrible! I need to get in shape.” Congratulations! You have reached the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you are ready to do something about it. There’s just one problem—you don’t know how. We’ve all been … Read More

Maintaining Weight loss: Keeping it Off!!!

By Gigi Amurao After weeks or months of dieting and putting in the work at the gym every day, you finally hit your goal weight.  Congratulations, you did it! You stayed committed, worked hard, sacrificed a lot, and here you are—a slimmer, sexier, lighter best version of yourself. Losing weight for a competition, an event, or for health reasons is … Read More

The “Hit the Road” Workout!

By Gigi Amurao Everybody travels. We jet-set here and there for leisure, for work, to see friends and family, or just to explore the world. It can be anything from a short getaway to weeks or even months away from home. No matter the length of time or the reason for our travel, one thing is certain—our normal routines almost … Read More

Avoiding the Summer BBQ Trap!

By Gigi Amurao Warmer weather is finally upon us! It’s time to clean out the pool, break out the grill, and get ready for those summer barbecues, starting with Memorial Day at the end of this month. Summer is for relaxing, basking in the sun, and spending time with family and friends, and it brings an endless parade of weddings, … Read More

The “Lose 5 Pounds Fast” Workout!

Welcome to my new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com!!! Here’s something to give you a jump start on getting your bikini bod ready for the Summer! Spring is definitely here, and though it’s still pretty chilly in some parts of the country, those long, cold winter nights are slowly coming to an end. Summer is just around the corner, and that means … Read More