Authors: Jackie Thomas and Holly J Coley
Her abs are Tumblr famous and her Instagram makes us want to lace up our sneakers. If you don’t know who MC Barao is, you better ask somebody. And with 1.5k twitter followers, 15.5k Instagram stalkers and 3.5k Facebook likes, it shouldn’t be hard to find someone.
MC is fit, fun and a total motivation in the health and fitness lifestyle world. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and, oh, and did I mention she’s also a sports/fitness model? Standing at 5’4’’, the New York based model, spends her days collaborating with brands such as Nike, Fitness Magazine and Runner’s World. She’s even graced the cover of Women’s Health Magazine and was a finalist in the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star!
To say this girl is an inspiration is an understatement. I’ve put together a list on why MC should be your fitness #wcw this week.
1. She champions other strong women.
On the days MC is just not feeling 100 percent up to the challenge of body aching burpees (she loves and hates them), she turns to other fit women for guidance. “I get inspired by fit models like Marissa Miller. I love her combination of femininity and fitness,” MC says in an interview with ManiacFitness.com. #girlpower
2. She takes control of her destiny (and owns her body!)
MC began her career by entering a model search. She had never modeled before and while some would have been intimidated or anxious by the competition, MC used the experience as a way to challenge herself and showcase her athleticism. “Being around young, tall and beautiful ladies that were in the industry for a much longer time made me feel that I needed to step up and stick out in my own way,” she told Bodybuilding.com.
She dedicated herself to healthy eating and exercise, a choice that ultimately paid off big time. She’s now a major player in the fitness game and an aspirational figure to women everywhere.
3. She knows how to motivate herself.
Everyone has times when they don’t feel like hitting the gym, including MC. On those days she suggests, “[working] out with someone who has the body you want or has a better body than yourself. I found that they’re able to motivate you to a higher level than just by working out on your own.”
4. She stays close to her roots.
The New York based, Houston, Texas born fitness star is 100 percent Filipino. To pay tribute to her background and show pride for her heritage, MC opened the first indoor cycling studio, Electric Studio, in the Philippine Islands.
5. She doesn’t let fear control her.
Before fitness modeling, MC worked as a financial analyst in Houston. In order to pursue her modeling dreams she sold all her stuff (including her car!) and moved to New York. She knew she was taking a major risk but she didn’t let fear deter her.
If you’re struggling with achieving a goal that feels a bit daunting, take the advice MC gave in an interview with Blogilates. “When you are presented an opportunity to promote what you believe in – GO FOR IT!,” she says. ” You’ll never regret doing anything you believe in. I must say, every single modeling experience I’ve done that I was so scared of doing was THE most exciting times of my life…. and it all started with being petrified.”
*Photos given with permission of MC Barao.