Our Candid Interview with COVERGIRL Massy Arias
This week, we were lucky enough to sit down with the fabulous Massy Arias for an interview. If you don’t already know Massy, she is one BAD A$$ fitness chick and she has a lot to share! With a loyal fitness ‘tribe’ in the millions, Massy balances life as a trainer, mother and public figure (and yes, we obviously got down to the bottom of her super glowy skin).
Massy, tell us about yourself and what you do.
I am a certified celebrity personal trainer, health coach, and super mom. I focus on teaching people how to change their lifestyle through healthy eating and movement.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Everyday looks very different for me. But a typical day looks like this:
- Wake up: 5am
- Get breakfast ready for the family and pack meals for Indi to go to daycare/swimming/gymnastics. Organize schedule and my meals for the day.
- 6:30am: Indi wakes up. Get her dressed and fed. Stefan usually helps me as well.
- 7am: Get caught up on emails and online clients.
- Go over one on one clients for the day.
- 8am-9am: Lay out posts for the day on social media.
- Post and engage with the tribe (that’s what I call my followers).
- 10am-5pm: one on one clients back to back. Although I take a break for lunch and snacks.
What was your biggest challenge in getting where you are today?
My biggest challenge has been not spreading myself thin. There’s so much I could do with my platform and as women we try to do so much. Taking my “me time” and allowing myself to take a break has been the most challenging. I love what I do to me it doesn’t feel like work, until I realize that I’m working Monday to Sunday and my body is tired.
What does it mean to you to be a COVERGIRL?
It means so much to me because I am breaking glass ceilings in my industry. To be recognized in the beauty industry and given the chance to lead by example has been a dream. I feel honored to be part of the COVERGIRL family.
How are you liking this new Active Collection? What’s Your Favorite Product?
Everyone knows I’m all about mascara. My favorite product is the Lash Blast Active Mascara because of its application. It doesn’t clump and it gives a natural voluminous look which I love. It’s also sweat-proof and smudge-proof which is awesome. I’ve been testing the collection in all my workouts and I believe everyone is going to love it. I can wear makeup all day and not have to worry about it smudging or moving around.
Why were you excited to collaborate with COVERGIRL on this Active Collection?
Well, this collection focuses on women who are on the go just like me. This felt super natural and a great fit for me and people who are very similar to me. I continue to be super excited about what and how COVERGIRL continues to innovate. We live in a society where we are always moving, always on the go and always headed to the next thing on our calendars, so being a part of a product line that truly conveys this lifestyle and messaging was really important to me.
Have you tested it out during your workouts? How does it work?
I have tested it out with many different styles of training and I’m so impressed with the performance of it.
You have to tell us … How do you keep your skin SO glowy?
Exfoliation twice a week. Drinking tons of water and avoiding processed foods. It’s not that I don’t reward myself with a “cheat” meal, but I’ve learned how to go for the healthier alternative. Eating Whole has changed my skin’s appearance as well as staying super hydrated.
What do you think separates a good trainer from a great trainer?
A great trainer will provide their clients with the tools to fly on their own. A great trainer empowers their clients to live a lifestyle that will help them reach their goals in a sustainable way.
What is your favorite type of exercise?
There’s no favorite exercise. For me is all about movement. I enjoy trying new things and being creative using my body. I love to move. If I was to pick one favorite exercise, it would be anything explosive that showcases how amazing the human body can be. I think it’s very important that we speak about performance more than aesthetics. I am trying to change women’s perspective so they feel encouraged to go to the gym, not to get a body (because it only guarantees a short term motivation), but to get stronger, faster, have more energy, and build more confidence. If you increase your performance, your body will follow. And if you go to the gym because you love your body, then it will become a lifestyle.
Do you follow a specific diet? What does a day of eating look like for you?
- Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m a foodie. I love to eat. My diet consists of eating Whole Foods. I don’t believe in anything that isn’t sustainable because it won’t teach you a lifestyle change. I eat 5-6 times a day.
- Food isn’t the enemy. I believe food can be medicine or could be toxic. Complex carbs, healthy fats, lean protein, lots of veggies, and non-processed sugars is how I eat on a daily. I may have a glass or two of wine here and there, and a piece of cheesecake, but I love how I feel when I eat whole.
- I eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper. The in- betweens are my two snacks (before lunch, and before dinner).
How do you stay motivated and consistent, without becoming obsessive?
I think life is a journey in which you learn and become a better human altogether. I’ve seen times where I’ve become obsessive with fitness, but I have learned how to balance that out. I’ve had times where my motivation isn’t where it should be and that happens to all of us. I stay motivated by continuing to do what I love the most following the feedback my fans give me. I cannot fail when I have lives to change and eyes who look at me on a daily. Now that I am a mother, my daughter has become the fuel to the whole new woman I’ve learned to become.
Any advice for someone who is looking to start a healthier lifestyle, or who is just feeling unmotivated in general?
- I think the best advice I can give anyone is to know this isn’t a race, but a marathon. We love instant gratification and if one doesn’t understand that, it is a recipe for giving up. Take it day by day. Going from zero to hero won’t help you change your lifestyle because it is extremely hard. Instead, focus on walking first, then jogging, then running, then sprinting.
- With nutrition, the same rules apply. Cut out soft drinks and drink more water. Add more greens to your meals, and cut out some of the processed foods you eat. Slowly your body will fix its palate and you will see great progress.