Joanna Reyes - Lopez

Tell us a little about you...

I am a mom of two boys and one girl. I’m 29 years old. I have been with my fiancé for almost 9 years. Born and raised In Reno, Nevada. I’m half Mexican and Salvadorian. I work at my family’s Mexican restaurant Los Compadres as a server/ bartender.

Where did your fitness/athletic journey begin? How did you get into the sport of bodybuilding?

I started my journey at 19 years old when I moved to Miami, FL. Goal was to lose weight and in hopes of being a fitness model. I got pregnant at 23 and everything was put on hold. I started back to working out in 2019 in a small group setting where I met a coach that got me into prepping for a show. After doing my first bikini show in 2020 during a pandemic, I fell in love with the sport. I placed first in true novice, novice, and open. I didn’t feel the need to stop there if I did so well for my first show.

What’s your favorite part of your sport?What is unique about it or what drives your desire to compete in this sport/category?

My favorite part about this sport is challenging your mind and body. Being disciplined with food is the toughest while on prep, but once you overcome the temptation you feel like you can take on anything. I love seeing what I can put my body through and looking and feeling good about yourself is most important.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a grew up as a tomboy and I’m far from girly.. Oh this is a hard one. I have trypophobia 

Do you have a favorite dessert or cheat meal?

I LOVE chocolate, brownies and salty foods!

What’s been your most memorable time so far as an athlete?

The most memorable is seeing how people look up to you while doing something you love. I’ve noticed I have influenced people around me to start eating healthier and wanting to workout.

What have been some trying times in your athletic career (or life) and what have they taught you?

The hardest is having body dysmorphia. I can’t help but stare at certain parts of my body and spend so much time trying to fix it. It’s still something I deal with today. I learned no one is perfect and I just have to take a step back and not stress about it. I see how far I’ve come and I’m proud of myself.

What does your diet/nutrition look like? Any advice to others on things that you've had to learn the hard way in this are of your health and fitness?

My diet consists of a lot of protein, carbs and LOTS of vegetables. I eat about 6 times a day. Not once have I used alternative protein like powders since starting with my recent coach. I take lots of vitamins daily. Also, I drink about gallon 1/2 to 2 gallons of water daily. I have learned that you have to get rid of bad eating and drinking habits. This sport is definitely not cheap. What a lot of people don’t realize is that not only do you pay for your coach, you pay for grocery trips multiple times for the week, vitamins and supplements, massages, chiropractor visits, gym memberships, etc. You have to be fully committed and willing to say no to things you really don’t need or want. I miss my sugary Starbucks drinks every morning and just stopping by a drive thru when you’re hungry. You make time to prep and carry around a lunch box everywhere you go to stay on point. Having a support system helped me get through tough times like trouble waking up and going to gym or saying no to food that wasn’t on my meal plan.

Tell us a little about your training regimen - do you follow specific training program(s), coaching/coaches, etc.? How do you prioritize your training over other aspects of life to reach this level of competitiveness?

I hired a coach who knows how to make a meal plan specifically for my body type. Making time to go to the gym every morning at 5am took some time to get used to but it works for me and my fiancé. It took months to find the right coach for my lifestyle and prep. I sacrificed a lot to get to where I am now. You will not see me drinking alcohol socially like I used to or going out on the weekends and staying up late.

What’s the biggest piece of advice that you’ve been given, that’s made an impact on you as an individual, that you wish to share with others for their journey?

The biggest piece of advice is to not think twice about anything. Setting a goal helped me to not stop. Do not feel guilty about putting your health first, it does not make you a bad person. I feel like as a mom people think it’s impossible to get motivated. You will meet new people who share the same goal as you. Moms specifically have trouble fitting it into their everyday lifestyle. We tend to forget to take care of ourselves while caring for our kids and home. I want women to have that confidence back after having kids. Fueling your body with proper food and vitamins will help with energy and less stress to live better happier lives.

What are some of your goals for yourself in the sport?

I would like to gain more knowledge on proper nutrition and exercise so that I can help guide people into healthier lifestyles.

Why do you choose to partner with Swolverine?

Not only is Swolverine a locally owned company, but the products they offer are important for everyone’s daily use. Especially being a competitor or someone who is active in general, it’s important to take care of your health and fuel your body. I love that Swolverine took the time to carefully put ingredients in their products to make it simple for people to understand.

What are your favorite products to use from Swolverine?

One of my favorites is the ashwaghanda gummies. I definitely feel less stress and have better sleep. I ordered the wellness pack that I’m excited to try out!


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