It is an honor to be featured on SimplySxy! My name is Quinn O’Connell. I am a 22 year old recent grad from Massachusetts who has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Fashion Merchandising.
How did you get started into fitness and being a bikini competitor?
I have always been pretty athletic. Name a sport and I probably played it once in my day. I ended up continuing my basketball career at the collegiate level, but once I graduated I knew I had to find something else that would keep me motivated, in a set routine, and physically and mentally in check.
I have been watching a family friend, who is now my recent coach, compete for years and I was always so intrigued by the sport but never thought I would have enough confidence or self-discipline to compete but I mustered up the courage to give it a shot and I never looked back!
What is your workout regime like?
My coach implements my workout regiment every four weeks. So every new month I am sent a new workout protocol. As of right now, since I am in off-season, I am looking to build a ton of muscle. Which means my workouts are currently consisting of heavy weight lifts and less cardio.
Do you follow a strict diet and avoid any particular food?
When on prep I follow a very strict diet and only eat certain foods and switch them up in a number of ways. During off-season I am still very aware of what I am consuming, but more than following a “strict diet”, I try to count my macros and hit them as accurately as I can.
What other hobbies or interests are you into?
As for other interests besides fitness, I would say my number one interest is traveling. Nothing makes me happier than getting away (specifically by myself), and meeting new people while exploring and experiencing new cultures/areas. I have been to over ten other countries so far and would love to expand my list far beyond this number.
If you could learn anything in this world, what will it be?
There are a ton of things I would like to learn, some of which I am in the process of being certified in. I think on top of those things, I would love to be fluent in another language.
Have you been in an embarrassing situation that is funny now when you look back?
Oh gosh, there are way too many stories for this question I couldn’t even fit it on the page. Embarrassing myself is a daily occurrence!
What turns you off on a date and have you had a bad date experience?
I think what turns me off the most on a date in cockiness. I am all for someone carrying themselves with confidence, but arrogance is a completely different story. To be honest, I haven’t been on many “dates.” So I haven’t had a terrible experience…YET.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Quinn. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
My definition of sexy would be, simply put, confidence. There is nothing more attractive than someone who can completely be themselves in any atmosphere and embrace their inner selves without trying to conform to something they’re not. Loving yourself and not being embarrassed by others opinions has certainly changed my life and I love to see it in others!
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