A leader in mind and in heart.
In October 2015, almost no seat was vacated in the Mall of Asia Arena as the UAAP Season 78 Cheerdance Competition gathered roughly 25,000 people.
It would have been unfavorable for the other teams when the University of the Philippines Pep Squad performed first, and set the bar so high they seemed to have ended the competition—or so everyone thought.
Their Utak and Puso routine, despite being the only impeccable performance with no penalties and deductions, only settled for a podium finish at the third place. Amidst the uproar and the backlash, one person had to remain composed, calm, and collected—the captain, whose name suits the alliteration: Cam Lagmay.
Years after, Cam still embodies the same leadership skills, only this time she leads people to live an active lifestyle. She now works as a senior fitness instructor and training officer at Ride Revolution, and a personal trainer on the side. She also is one of the Grit Girls Gang, an online fitness community that caters to female fitness enthusiasts from all backgrounds and levels.
Cam’s collegiate cheerleading stint—both local and international—was only an addition to her already athletic childhood. As a kid, she also got engaged in gymnastics, dance, badminton, and soccer, among others. She’d also always shown interest in basketball and volleyball, where she used to assess the athletes’ movements and incorporated them in her creative workouts. Her favorite? Lifting weights.
This television and events host admits to being process-oriented, and here on MBody’s #FitnessFastTalk, Cam shares in detail what she’s up to in summer.
How have you been preparing for summer?
A whole lifetime! I have been into fitness since I got into dance at three years old. It takes a lot of discipline and focus to be at a place where you don’t have to worry so much about your physical appearance – and this can only happen when you live a lifestyle with a consistent effort to get better and better every day. Of course, there is always room for improvement so I make sure to keep myself in check regularly.
The two techniques that help me a lot are visualization and habit building. I constantly visualize my end goal or end skill and work backwards. Because I know where I want to go and what I want it to look like, planning and implementing are a lot easier. I also make sure I form habits that lead me to a healthy lifestyle. When we repeatedly do things, it becomes ingrained in our day to day routines, and all of these add up.
Do you follow a specific diet plan to help you achieve your goals?
I follow a flexible eating regimen. I am not strict with my diet, and I don’t believe in quick fixes/detox plans/hyped diets. I stock up on my protein and I limit my carbs before and after my workouts. I stay away from anything that I know will do more damage than good to my body – any junk, fried, or processed food. I drink a lot of water and stay away from soda and sweetened drinks.
What specific workout routines do you do the most to achieve a summer-ready body?
I capitalize on weighted full body workouts at the gym. A typical workout would start with compound lifts (either a push or a pull day), followed by accessory lifts to balance it out. I also do cardio three times a week whenever I teach my indoor cycling or dance classes.
With all these summer preparations, what are your plans for the season?
One of the places I’m jotting down to visit again on one of my free weekends this season is Siargao. I’m in love with the people, the vibe and the peacefulness of the place!
Featured image by Roc Verdera. | Photos from Cam Lagmay‘s Instagram.
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