Lifting iron and riding iron are beneficial for the mind, body and soul on the open road. Bodybuilding like motorcycle riding is predominately a male sport. However, it does not prevent women from lifting outside their comfort zone to explore their bodies and push beyond their physical capabilities. Black Girls Ride Magazine started our newest Facebook group titled RiderFit to encourage motorcycle riders to start living a healthy lifestyle and to prepare for the upcoming Ride to Essence Fest http://blackgirlsride.com/ridetoessence/. The first ever Black Girls Ride to Essence Fest will begin on July 2, 2018 from multiple locations throughout the United States with an arrival date on July 5, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
SeCCRet the Cross Country Rider interviewed Beautiful Biker Kynetta Lester at the 2018 Pro Convention in St. Louis, Missouri to explore how she remains disciplined during her travels as she prepares for her first national body building bikini competition.
SeCCRet: What do you currently ride?
Kynyetta: 2017 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special
SeCCRet: What is it that you do to discipline yourself to have a glamorous body and to incorporate it with the motorcycle riding sport? What are your eating habits? Share with us your workout?
Kynyetta: Being in shape and being healthy goes a long way with riding, especially if you’re doing a lot of endurance riding. I like to do long distance riding. Definitely being in shape, getting cardio in and making sure you’re up to task when you’re on those long trips. I compete in bodybuilding competitions so that’s kind of where I got my start, but I’ve always kind of been on the health trend. I have family members that have hypertension and diabetes that take a million pills and I never want to be that girl. I eat a little bit of everything when I’m not training for a competition, but I believe everything in moderation and I tell people all the time start small. If you want to start cutting back, try doing only fried foods on Friday. I strength train, a lot of women try to shy away from that, but you need muscles. I strength train usually about five (5) days per week, for cardio you don’t have to do anything strenuous, walk on a treadmill on an incline is a good start, you can ramp it up from there to do sprints and things of that nature, but you definitely want to get your cardio in. I eat fresh fruits, vegetables and I try not to eat too many processed foods especially when I’m training for a competition, but everything in moderation, I’m a southern girl so I get the fried chicken in every once in a while. My grandma knows I have an inner fat girl that likes to eat, hey we get it in, but I think health goes a long way with riding and everything else. I’d like to see more of us take that into consideration to make sure we put our health first.
SeCCRet: When did you first decide you wanted to compete?
Kynyetta: I had a friend that ran marathons and I am not a runner. I made a deal with her that I would run a half marathon with her if she would do a bodybuilding competition with me. I do the bikini division. Long story short I did the half marathon with her and she did not do the bodybuilding competition with me (laughs). I started seeing the changes in my body. I started noticing people were paying attention and they started asking for advice. I’m always willing to help anybody that reaches out to me. It became second nature. It’s another form of stress relief just like riding is for me. Going to the gym getting it in is another form of stress for me as well. This will be my third year competing. I’m starting my third season now. I’m getting ready for a big competition in March 2018.
SeCCRet: How do you find healthy food choices while traveling for business? Do you prepare your own meals? Do you bring food with you when you travel?
Kynyetta: The one piece of advice I always give to people is being prepared. When I’m home I always meal prep. If you have something healthy to go to it prevents you from relying on fast food. When I’m on the road, I normally try to stay somewhere that has a kitchenette because I do like to prepare my own food that way I know exactly what is going into those items. You’re going to laugh, but I actually brought food with me (laughs). I do take food on the road with me. I do have some quick easy go to foods at restaurants that I ask to be prepared without extra butter and to be prepared cleans so I can eat them when I’m training. When I’m not in the middle of training, I’m a little more relax with what I eat. My biggest thing is to try to stay away from processed foods with all those extra chemicals. I try to eat a balanced diet. I don’t like to cutout carbs and not eat it at all, I believe in eating everything in moderation is the way that it should be…I eat a lot of fresh fruits, good amount of vegetables, lean meat…I eat from every food group…chicken, turkey, beef…I don’t really do pork, but I’m not oppose to it…I’ll have a smothered pork chop (laughs).
SeCCRet: How long is a training season?
Kynyetta: Normally a competition season runs from February through December. It depends what federation you compete in. I compete in the National Physique Committee (NPC), which is the largest amateur bodybuilding federation in the United States. We have local shows, regional shows and national shows. Once you place first or second at a regional show, you’re allowed to go on to compete at a national show. I placed first at a regional show in October 2017, so I’ll be competing in my first national show on March 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio at the Arnold Classic. It’s put on by Arnold Schwarzenegger so it’s a big competition…it’s one of the biggest that they hold…I’ll be doing the Arnold armature bikini division.
SeCCRet: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to Black Girls Ride Magazine. We will continue to follow you and we wish you all the best and success in your upcoming national bodybuilding competition.
Words by Sarah “Seccret” Moreau
Pictures courtesy of Kynyetta Lester