Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey!
My fitness journey started for real about 3 years ago. When I decided to do an online challenge where I was going to be working out for one year regularly and see my progression by the end of that period.
How did you get into fitness?
I was an active child and teenager; I did ballet, Judo and play sports at school (but not even close to a professional). During my university season I was studying engineering in the evenings and Saturdays; also working full time, my life became very sedentary. From 2010 until 2012 I got in to pole dance Fitness and in 2013 I immigrated to Canada where I tried CrossFit, Pole Dance again and I ended up in a HIIT gym in 2014 where I decided to do my challenge in order to motivate myself to keep going and from there I haven’t stopped.
What's your fitness specialty?
Calisthenics and Body Weight workouts.
What's your preferred style of encouragement?
What I learned along my Journey is that if you don’t try different styles you will not know what you like to do or how you enjoy moving. Try new things, work serious, but never forget to have fun. Hobbies should be a pleasure and not torture, and when you focus on skills development of the skills more than your aesthetics, you will have great results on both.
What would you recommend to someone that is new to the city, or working out, in terms of meeting and connecting with others?
Here in Montreal, there are a lot of parks with outdoor gyms where you can meet different people that have the same interest. For the indoor gyms, I do believe going at the same time, you will find the same crew and end up talking and meeting new people, or attending group classes.
How do you track fitness goals?
I don’t track by app or journals, I film myself to catalog my progress on my training or goals that I want to achieve and this is the way it works for me and it keeps myself motivated as well.
I can see how it is my form and how/where to improve.
I can track by timeline my progress and I have how to visualize it.
I post on my channels and I feel grateful when I motivate people to move and try new things which motivates me as well.
What metrics do you track for your goals?
For me, it is about the skill that I want to reach. Now on this second semester of 2019, I will be tracking my reps on Pullups, Muscle ups, and Dips because I want to overcome myself on these calisthenics movements.
How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or Sets and Duration?
For those movements mentioned above, I prefer sets and reps – negatives (eccentric) movements, weighted and body weight.
Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
One of my best friends Rafaela Montanaro is my inspiration and mentor since 2010 and also someone that I always ask for advice. Another one that is one of my heroes is Jessie Graff.
What is your favorite food?
Ok, my mom always tells me: Betania I see you getting tired of so many foods but EGGS you love it since you were child! Eggs for life! But ok, if we talk about a dish I can say that I love Japanese food
What is your word for 2019?
Live Well, Move Smart and Eat Clean.
What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
I love Latin and Brazilian Music – both style motivates me and I think this style touch on my roots and give me that Brazilian Power when I am working out.
What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I am an electrical engineer, Brazilian who lives in Canada.
2. I immigrated with my 2 cats.
3. I had a period of my life that working as a detective was my dream.
What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
I can mention that graduated as an engineer, moving to Canada with my two cats and getting my citizenship, becoming a fitness influencer and brand ambassador for Under Armour Canada are my greatest accomplishments and I'm so grateful for having such a great quality of life where I can pursue my hobbies and interest.
I can see that achieving my goals and dreams helped me to develop a growth mindset and be opened to adapt when I face changes. Which for me is an essential quality because you become also more creative when you need to face obstacles. Each day I see myself much more emotionally controlled and becoming more and more aware of my qualities and weakness which I can work much more strategically and committed to developing what I need to.
If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
Press to Handstand and Handstand - I still have difficulties with those but it has improved a lot. To be honest I never followed a real program to develop the skills on the proper way and now I’m working on the basics in order to get the proper form, mobility and body awareness that I need to perform those.
What is the best way to check out your work and provide support?
You can check it out my work on my Facebook