For Bianca Guess, 38, fitness is not only her professional career choice, it’s her way of life. Guess, who lives in East Lansing, is on the leadership team at Lululemon, teaches classes at the Michigan Athletic Club and is working on becoming a professional bodybuilder.
“Working out is part of who I am,” she said. “I’m a former collegiate athlete and being fit helps not only with my physical but also with my mental well-being. I don’t have a typical workout because I enjoy many things but lifting weights is probably what I do the most.”
Guess, who has been competing as a bodybuilder for three years, said her goal is to earn her professional status this year.
“Fitness has helped me in every aspect of my life,” she said. “It’s taught me discipline, sacrifice, and follow-through. Fitness has helped me through the toughest times of my life and some of my biggest accomplishments deal with fitness. It truly is a part of who I am.”
She said she’s perfected her diet, which has contributed to her success. “My diet is awesome,” she explained. “I’ve learned the importance of eating what fuels me, what makes me feel good and helps me to do all the things I want to do. I believe in balance so I do eat a cheeseburger or cookies if that’s what I’m feeling. Moderation is the key! Don’t go crazy but don’t deprive yourself either. You don’t win either way.”
Her advice for others is to take things slowly. “Whatever behaviors you are currently trying to change didn’t occur overnight so be patient as you work through making the changes,” she said. Strive for balance, not perfection.”