Author: Gloria

Gloria Kaneko is a lifetime 100% natural IFBB Figure athlete, certified gym instructor and personal trainer, and fitness model. She has also studied clinical psychology, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and has several certifications in Hypnotherapy and the Silva Method. Gloria is a co-owner and co-founder of Million Dollar Baby Fitness.

When I’m talking about fitness to non-fitness people, one of my favorite lines to hear is “life’s too short!”. I heard it again last week. If someone is truly happy being unhealthy and overweight, then no one can argue with that. But I haven’t ever come across anyone who really is. They might say they’re happy, but you can see in their eyes that they aren’t, and you can see it in the way they look at clothes they can’t wear and people they’d like to be with, and you can hear it in the way they complain about being…

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To get into shape, until you actually are fit, you have to think like a fit person. The reason this doesn’t work for many people is because they get it wrong – they act like a fit person, by making good choices, but they don’t think like a fit person. The problem is, you can’t act like a fit person for long if you’re not thinking like one. A fit person doesn’t look in the refrigerator, start drooling over a piece of chocolate cake, and tell herself she needs to be strong and walk away. A fit person doesn’t salivate…

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When you work out a few times a week, it’s very easy to get a comfortable feeling that you’re not lazy. That’s because compared to most people, you’re not – you’re much more healthy and active than them. But you can still become lazy even if you are working out regularly! You need to keep asking yourself whether you’re making the most from your workouts, or whether you’re just in a comfortable routine and going through the motions. Ask yourself questions like these: Am I pushing myself more each day, or just making the same old effort day in and…

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My Top 5 fundamental workout tips: Form comes first – proper form means effective workouts and no injuries. If you can’t do an exercise with good form, you’re using too much weight. It’s OK to have to “cheat” a little for the last rep or two of a set, but that’s it. Use your full range of motion – don’t do half-exercises because they’re too hard, like a pushup that only goes half way down or a pull-up that only goes half way up. If you can’t do the full range, you’re using too much weight, back it off and…

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There’s one common theme among women who have really got their fitness act together, and that is that they’re really strong – mentally. Mental strength is what allows them to achieve the levels of fitness that they’re at. But they weren’t necessarily always strong, it comes with time. From now on, when you work out don’t just focus on working your body, but work on your mental strength as well. You do that by going outside your comfort zone each and every time, and by doing more than what’s expected of you. Doing 3 sets of 15 dumbbell presses? Do…

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One of the major keys to success in weight loss and fitness is, as Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser puts it, “being in the game.” What does that mean? Well, a lot of people make the mistake of “doing” weight loss, or “doing” fitness, only because they have to. So they try to eat right and work out once a day. But these things always remain unwelcome disruptions to their day, like potholes in the road. Eventually they get fed up and start trying to avoid them. Being in the game is about welcoming your new healthy lifestyle and…

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Our understanding of precisely what causes cellulite actually still isn’t great, although we do recognize many of the factors that contribute to and work against its formation. Cellulite is actually a normal condition that affects the majority of women to some degree. To get some idea of what causes cellulite and how it forms, let’s start by taking a brief look at the anatomy of what’s underneath your skin. Skin and Cellulite Anatomy Your skin is made up of two layers – the epidermis (outer layer), and the dermis (inner layer). Beneath your skin lie three layers of fat -…

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I was watching an episode of The Biggest Loser the other day and something one of the contestants said really caught my attention. She was a divorced woman in her mid 30’s, and she was telling the story of how she had tried to have a baby with her ex-husband for about 7 years, but never managed to fall pregnant. She blamed this on the fact that she had always been overweight. As a result of the childless marriage, her husband decided to divorce her, and he subsequently married another woman, with whom he did have children. The thing that…

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Those of us who have stepped onto the competition stage before know all too well how scary and uncertain the first time can be, especially when you don’t have the benefit of a coach or someone experienced to guide you on the day. Apart from your actual physical preparation and meal requirements through “Peak Week” and into competition day, there are a million things to organize, pack and prepare for the show. Quite often it will involve traveling interstate or even overseas, which of course adds to the logistical complexity of it all and to the importance of not forgetting…

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I wanted to write a blog post today about tanning for competition. It’s something that I knew absolutely nothing about when I did my first Figure competition last October and although I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I have learned a few things about tanning since then that I hope some of you will find helpful. There are a number of different brands of tanning products on the market, the major ones are Jan Tana, Pro Tan and Dream Tan. After doing some research on other people’s experience with each different brand I decided to go…

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Well the competition season is finally over as of last weekend, and it certainly was a very hectic one to say the least! I did three national-level Figure shows on three consecutive weekends, each one in a different city. The three events, in order, were: The IFBB Australian Amateur Grand Prix, at the FitX expo in Melbourne (March 9) The IFBB All Female Classic Championships, on the Gold Coast (March 16) The IFBB Australasian Championships, in Sydney (March 23) You can check out the photos of these events by clicking here. This was also the first time we have had…

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Making the decision to become a figure competitor has naturally changed my life in a very big way. This is especially obvious from my lifestyle, which pretty much revolves around training, preparing meals, eating, and keeping myself motivated and generally connected with all aspects of fitness. It’s a very difficult lifestyle that demands a lot of discipline and sacrifices, and it’s one that most people wouldn’t be prepared to have. Unless of course they too had some very strong motivation for doing so. It’s very easy to look at a successful figure competitor, or any other athlete for that matter,…

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For those of you who like a bit of spice in your meals, here’s my recipe for a great chili sauce that’s very tasty but also very low in calories. I put this recipe together by mixing up a few different South American recipes for aji (chili sauce) and then changed it around some more to make it extra healthy. It’s very quick and easy to make, so give it a try! Add the following ingredients into a blender: 4 medium-sized egg tomatoes, cut into pieces Juice from one lemon Half a largish red Spanish onion, cut into pieces 5…

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Shirataki noodles are a traditional Japanese food and an absolute godsend if your goal is to lose weight. They’re made from a food called konjac yam, which is similar to sweet potato, or regular yams, and they’re basically made up of just water and glucommanan, which is a soluble fiber. You can buy Shirataki noodles dry or packed in water, the ones I find in Asian supermarkets are usually the in-water variety. You can add them to soups, stir fry them, or roast them. Roasting basically means heating them in a non-stick pan on high for about a minute or…

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Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature, and its incredible nutritional and medicinal value has been known for centuries. It’s collected from flowering plants by bees very discriminately and formed into granules. Amazingly, bee pollen contains the richest known source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. It’s a natural antidote for fighting allergies, particularly hay-fever and sinusitis. Research shows that pollen counteracts the signs of aging and increases both mental and physical capability. Most of the known vitamins in pollen exist in perfect proportion, which increases…

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It’s been almost two weeks now since I took part in my very first Figure competition and life is almost back to normal again. The past few months have been very interesting for us because, being our first competition, everything has been very new to Fabian and I, and we have been forced to learn everything as we go.  My 9-week contest preparation, peak week diet and training, contest day diet, posing, tanning, show presentation, and so on . . . these are all things that we have had to face and come to terms with for the first time…

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After being overweight for almost all of my life, I reached a big turning point in 2006 when I joined a Thai Boxing gym and discovered the world of fitness.  That not only enabled me to finally lose weight and get into great shape, it also brought a wonderful new passion into my life. Then in April of 2011, although I didn’t realize it at the time, I hit another major turning point when I went to the Sydney Health and Fitness Expo.  Because of our interest in fitness, Fabian and I decided to go and see what it was all…

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There are just under three weeks to go for my very first Figure contest, and this is indeed a very exciting time for me . . . but not just for that reason. Although it seems like yesterday, I remember 18 months ago going to the 2011 Fitness and Health Expo in Sydney and being excited at meeting and chatting with a woman who had competed in a show herself. I didn’t even ask what category she had competed in because at the time it would have meant nothing to me anyhow, I knew nothing about that world at all. It’s…

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A single blood cell in your body travels a long way during a lifetime – a distance of more than 2 1/2 times around the earth. The total surface area of your lungs is approximately 70 square meters – roughly the same size as a singles badminton court. Just in the course of reading this sentence your body will have made several meters of new DNA. You shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 0.7kg a year. By 70 years of age, you will have lost almost 50kg of skin. You shed and regrow your outer skin…

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I was watching one of the trainers at my gym on the other day as he was training an older gentleman.  He had the man do a variety of different barbell and bodyweight exercises, even triceps dips on suspended rings.  I always enjoy watching this trainer work because he’s just so passionate about what he does, and you can always see that fun and enthusiasm reflected on the faces of his clients. Since I first joined the gym, he stood out immediately as someone who lived, ate and breathed fitness.  I regularly see him working out himself and also sitting…

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Recently someone posted the following comment on a fitness-based Facebook page: “just started @ boxing gym, love it no fancy workouts just hard hard work.” As someone who has spent a lot of time in various martial arts gyms, I could relate exactly to what this woman was saying. Some fight gyms can be very plain, don’t have much or anything in the way of fancy equipment, and yet are almost always filled with clients who are very committed and serious about their training, and working very hard. At most regular fitness gyms, on the other hand, it’s quite a…

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Exercise is a very important part of weight loss and of leading a healthy lifestyle in general. It allows you to burn calories, it keeps your metabolism healthy, it keeps you fit, it helps you to maintain good cardiovascular health, and so on. But there are times and circumstances where it simply isn’t possible for you to exercise. For example, when you’re pregnant or have some condition where your doctor advises against exercise, when you have some type of significant injury, when you’re recovering from surgery, or when you’re incapacitated in some other way. Notice this list didn’t include when…

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