Jovanna Correa is a fitness advocate and CEO of Vanna Belt, a company that offers a signature line of skincare products and weight loss solutions to help women achieve their fitness goals. Since childhood, she has been living a fitness-oriented life. Jovanna was in gymnastics, ballet, and played soccer.
As she grew up, she often lost and gained weight. And every time she gained and lost weight, she ended up having loose skin. So, she tried to find a solution to this problem as well as the stretch marks problem that many women have. The result was the foundation of the Vanna Belt.
In this interview, Jovanna shares her fitness journey and how she got her sculpted physique. Read her interview below and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!
How did you get started in fitness?
I’ve always been very fitness-oriented since I was young. I was in gymnastics, I was in ballet, I was in soccer, but I realized that no matter how much diet and exercise you engage in, everyone still faces challenges in their fitness journey. Stretch marks will always be stretch marks; weight loss and post-pregnancy will always leave behind loose skin; cellulite is a skin flaw that can be present in even the fittest person in the room.
Where does your motivation come from?
Fitness-wise: feeling comfortable in my clothing. I don’t want to be ripped, I don’t want to be on stage, I just want to feel good wearing a pair of jeans when going out and not second-guessing if they are going to be too tight on me. And inspiring other women to feel good about themselves as well. Gifting them all with confidence.
Entrepreneur wise: financial freedom. The goal isn’t more money. The goal is to live a life on your own terms.
What is your diet like?
I love OMAD (One Meal A Day) diet, but I am a firm believer that everyone has a different diet that works for the unique necessities of each body. You need to learn how to understand your body to be able to know what works for you.
No single diet works for everybody, and what works for me not necessarily will work for you. Each person needs to find a diet or an eating habit that also goes with your lifestyle and that you can keep up forever, if not you will be having numerous day ones.
How much time do you spend in the gym?
I train 4 to 5 days a week and I do cardio HIIT bodyweight workouts for about an hour.
What is your training routine like?
After quarantine, I got used to a lot of outdoor workouts and home workouts. I haven’t been to a gym in about 2 years. After having a rupture Achilles surgery, I have never lifted weights again and I continued doing bodyweight workouts.
Have you ever taken a long break from training?
I’ve had 2 surgeries on my Achilles. The first one was for a partially ruptured Achilles, and while I was in recovery, I tripped and fell, and I fully ruptured it for a second surgery. I was unable to walk for about 3 months and run and jump for about a year.
After that, I started slowly incorporating still exercises like squats and upper body workouts. I currently can work out and perform certain jumping exercises but not as much as I would want to.
What is the toughest part of living a fitness lifestyle and how do you overcome it?
The hardest part is when you make it your everything. There was a point in my life where I cared a lot about my physique, and I was not happy on the inside.
You must find a balance between your fitness lifestyle, your personal life, and your work life, and find true happiness within. We should work hard to be better every day, look and feel our best, but realize that in the end happiness comes from being at peace with yourself, not from a six-pack.
Do you use supplements?
I honestly only use my Trim-V fat burner in the morning. I currently do not use any protein shakes, BCAAs, amino acids, etc.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
My company and my brand. I build my business from scratch, and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in these almost 8 years.
What are your top tips for people wanting to get a sculpted physique like yours?
Finding an eating habit that works for you, your body, and your lifestyle. Being consistent with a healthy routine and the use of my products.
Find a workout that you like and love. Believe me, there are a lot of different types of workouts on Instagram and Youtube, and you don’t even have to leave your house.
Making small changes that go a long way. Switch the bread for the salad, the sugaring soda for water with lemon, the ice cream for sugar-free jello, and ask for “skinny” drinks everywhere, etc.