GLUE: How did you get started in the fitness industry?
MAYA: I actually had no previous background in fitness, I had only discovered my passion several years ago. I was unhealthy and overweight, I knew very little about eating healthy and the benefits of exercise. I suffered heavily from asthma, it got to the point where I would have trouble breathing just from climbing the stairs! Sickness was also very frequent. Eventually I hit rock bottom as I continued to gain weight and remain unfit. I knew that there was something that had to change. I did my research thoroughly, began to change my diet, and joined a gym. After losing weight and getting into shape, I discovered that I had a passion for this lifestyle, and wanted to change the lives of others the same way I changed my own life.
GLUE: What is your favorite thing about being a fitness influencer?
MAYA: I enjoy connecting with others through our passion for fitness. I enjoy helping others through advice and multiple tips that I learned throughout my own journey. The most important thing is that there are many scams out there such as supplements, that promise quick results with zero effort like diet pills. I enjoy being able to educate people on the proper way to diet and exercise in order to see true results.
GLUE: Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
MAYA: My idol is Tom Venuto, an author of a weight and fat loss book. He inspired and continues to inspire me through his words and his book. He played a major role in my body transformation as well. I read his book and his words have personally helped me believe in myself enough to take my fitness to the next level.
GLUE: What advice would you give to your fans and followers who are looking to become active bodybuilders as well? – Maybe even compete?
MAYA: My advice would be for them to do as much research as possible before getting started. The first step would be to choose a category that they would like to compete in as there are many different categories to choose from. The next step is to find a bodybuilding federation to compete in. Finally they would need to choose a show date and find a proper coach to help them train for their competition. I think a good starting age is to be at least 16 or older.
GLUE: What is your opinion on supplements which have become extremely controversial in recent years? Do you take any as well?
MAYA: I believe supplements are fine as long as they are natural and pose no threat to someone’s health. Though, I have seen many bodybuilders use harmful supplements and drugs, which personally, I am strongly against mainly because of the health risks that they present. I rarely take any supplements anyhow except for protein powder or natural multivitamins.
GLUE: If, when, and how will you allow your son to become involved with fitness?
MAYA: I would let him start working out with weights at the age of 16, however, I will be encouraging him to be active and fit from a very young age. Exercise is so important for children and I want to make sure my son is involved in sports and outdoor activities.