Growing up in Brazil — a country notorious for breeding beautiful bodies — Angelica Teixeira knew from a young age that having a fit body was an important part of her culture. To help combat her naturally skinny frame, she began taking fitness classes when she was 14 years old. By age 18, she moved her workouts into the weight room, in hopes of building muscle and changing her physique.
Now 33, Teixeira’s years of dedication and hard work have certainly paid off, as evidenced by her title: 2017 Bikini Olympia champion. As a GAT Sport–sponsored athlete who also works as a bikini posing coach in New Jersey, Teixeira’s mission is to help other women achieve their goals while also leaving behind a legacy of greatness in the fitness industry.
Congratulations on your recent win at Olympia. What does earning the title of Bikini Olympia mean to you?
This title means the world to me. It is recognition of my hard work. It means that dreams do come true when you set your mind to it and don’t give up. The respect and love I’m receiving is unreal. Many opportunities are coming my way. With that comes the commitment to help spread my love of bodybuilding to the world and the responsibility to help other athletes to live this lifestyle in the healthiest way possible.
How do you maintain balance in your life?
Balance is the key to success in everything we do in life. My husband of 10 years supports my journey and makes me want to be there for him, too. Even when I’m prepping, I still go out with him for dinners and events. I bring my own food, but I still have a great time with him and friends. When I’m in the offseason, I still train, eat my healthy meals and take my supplements. But at least twice a week, I’ll go out and enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine or beer with my family and friends. When I travel, I relax and enjoy that moment — but as soon I’m back home, I become strict again.
What is your fitness philosophy?
Learning your body is the secret for success in fitness. I study how my body will react to any exercise or diet. For instance, I always have GAT Sport Whey Protein right after my workouts and sometimes before bed. It supplies my body with the right amount of protein, and it’s delicious. When I’m having a sweet tooth, the Whey Protein kills my craving.
What advice do you have for other women who want to follow in your footsteps?
Believe in yourself, even if nobody else does. Don’t give up too easily. As a Brazilian living in the U.S., I couldn’t enter the national championships to compete for my pro card. I had to win six overall titles to be awarded that professional status. I conquered it because my passion for this sport was bigger than any thoughts of giving up. In my mind, I believed I could do it, so I did. If you fail, keep going. There is no easy road to success. You will have to work hard, be consistent and make sacrifices. But it will pay off at the end. <
“I don’t really have a workout program,” she says. “I train the way I feel like training that day. I never repeat a workout — every day I do something different to keep challenging the muscle. When I’m prepping for a show, I do four sets of 15 to 20 reps with less weight to bring more definition. When I’m in the offseason, I do three sets of 10 to 12 reps with heavier weight to work on building muscle.”
- Day 1: Glutes
- Day 2: Shoulders and abs
- Day 3: Hamstrings
- Day 4: Back and biceps
- Day 5: Glutes and hamstrings
- Day 6: Chest and triceps