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Melissa Alcantara Is The Dominican Trainer Behind Kim Kardashian’s Iconic Body

Kim Kardashian’s body is iconic. People have sculpted it, attempt to sculpt their own bodies based off her insane measurements, and everyone wants to know how she does it. Behind that iconic booty is a hella strong Latina booty, built by Melissa Alcantara.

Melissa Alcantara, a.k.a. @fitgurlmel on Instagram, has a transformation story of her own that is worth hearing, but she’s distilled her decade long trial and error fitness journey into the tips that work. Meet the girl who grows Kim Kardashian’s butt for a living.

Melissa Alcantara doesn’t have a specific plan for Kim Kardashina. She trains her as hard as she trains herself.

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So, really, you just have to follow @fitgurlmel to see how she eats, caffeinates and trains on the daily. Alcantara vows that it’s not just about the exercise.

Alcantara was seemingly discovered overnight after Kim K gave Alcantara a shoutout on Instagram.

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Alcantara moved her family from New York to Los Angeles after Kim Kardashian found her on Instagram and decided that she was the woman she needed to train her. Worth it.

Alcantara reminds her followers that you have to work for this body.

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She told Insider, “You have to be intense, struggle with every rep and feel it.” Alcantara quit her day job as a producer to focus on training during the day and waiting tables at night.

Alcantara’s own journey began after gaining 70 pounds during her pregnancy.

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She couldn’t seem to shake it off and after seeing a commercial for “Insanity” and seeing people’s results, she committed to 60 days of exercise. She lost 40 pounds and became addicted to the results.

Kim K was just scrolling through Instagram at 4 a.m. when she saw this picture:

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What she saw was a mother who changed her life through fitness. At the time, Alcantara had entered her first bodybuilding competition and won. Her producers reached out to Alcantara and the rest is history.

Here are her tips:

Eat more than 1200 calories a day.

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You have to eat to lose weight, and the number on the scale doesn’t actually mean anything. The top picture is from when Mel was eating 1200 calories a day. She admits it was exhausting and that eating more meant building more muscle and having more energy. Feed yourself.

Alcantara confesses that the biggest change Kim K has made has been with food.

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She told INSIDER, “People think it’s about the exercise, but if you’re not eating right consistently, then it’s just never going to happen.”

Alcantara eats four meals a day.

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She shares her ideas all day long on Instagram. Alcantara makes sure that she’s eating in a macro way and it becomes the building blocks for all that hard work to really pay off.

“If it comes in a box or it didn’t grow off a tree or the Earth didn’t give it to you, then just stay away from it.”

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“Her diet has come a long way and has changed a lot in terms of eliminating processed foods and getting her to eat real food,” Alcantara tells INSIDER. At first, Kim was eating Nabisco vanilla wafers and processed foods.

Caption: “Back to eating salads.”

Drink only water (and coffee).

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Every morning, you’ll find Alcantara soaking up the joy of pour-over coffee, but after that, it’s just water. Alcohol only on special occasions. You heard me.

Eighty-five percent of Kim’s training is weight training.

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Not cardio as you might expect.

Caption: “I learned after some time was that cardio was not the answer, eating less was not the answer and doing more cardio was not going to “tone” a body that didn’t make muscle in the first place! If you want a “toned” body you NEED some sort of resistance training to build and shape your muscles. If not, you will only be skinny! Do you want to be skinny?!”

Butts, butts, butts.

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Alcantara told INSIDER that they do *lots* of squats together. We don’t know what this is, but follow @fitgurlmel to see her in action and play monkey see.

Lots of weight-bearing squats and lunges.

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Alcantara didn’t recreate the lunge, but her enthusiasm and motivation for transformation make it more fun. She’ll also train Kim’s sisters from time to time.

A good percentage is also going to be high-intensity interval training.

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While cardio is aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is anaerobic. It requires more oxygen than you’re intaking, so it takes energy from other sources, like fat and muscles.

They work the back with pull-ups.

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People think that doing chest exercises will shrink your boobs and Kim Kardashian is proof that working hard doesn’t mean you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

They work out 6-9 hours per week.

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They meet at 6 a.m. to get a one to one and a half hour high-intensity workout in five to six days a week. As we said, it’s work.

Don’t cancel or quit when you’re tired.

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Alcantara will be the first to tell you (or INSIDER) that Kim is “one of the best clients you could ever have. She doesn’t cancel, she’s always there.”

Alcantara is experiencing her own journey all over again through Kim’s.

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“Every time Kim sees a new muscle growing or new lines or definition, the look on her face makes me super excited for her,” she tells INSIDER. “Because I know what that feels like.”

The results kind of speak for themselves.

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Kim has spent over a year putting in the hours and the work with Alcantara. She’s changed how she eats and feels more ‘firm’ with ‘less cellulite’, and most importantly is much more confident. What’s a butt without a confident girl in front of it?

Alcantara and her husband have created their own 8-week fitness plan.

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You can also subscribe through the FitPlan app and watch videos of Alcantara showing you ever butt-growing move. We ship her success story.

READ: Kim Kardashian’s Trainer Is The Most Inspiring Dominican Trainer That We Could All Use

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Oh, quarantine. The not so sweet but absolutely necessary measure we all must take during the pandemic to stay healthy and alive. Sounds pretty drastic and dramatic but fortunately, the time in self-isolation means that we’ve experienced some pretty fantastically dramatic switch-ups. From work from home days to on the go cocktails, for many of us, there’s a lot to like about quarantine measures.

Recently, we asked our FIERCE readers what they’d like to hold onto about quarantine when it’s all over.

Check out the answers below!

“Not paying rent.” – yungkundalini

“Masks when you are sick.” – glam_dam

“Supporting small businesses! I can’t stress enough how many people have suddenly started coming out to keep their local businesses and mom and pop shops running. This should be a thing whether there is a pandemic or not! Keep your community strong, protect your local elotero, and give the big corporations a run for their money!!!” – itslinamarie

“Ppl staying 6ft away from me.” – _mrssuave__

“Flex working. No longer an excuse that employees must be in the office.” – mixtapemcgee

Cocktails to go.

“Curbside pickup being regularly available.” –melchini

“All of it!! I feel at peace with people not getting close, knowing mugrosos are washing their hands and being covered in sanitizer, not crowding restaurants and spaces, supporting small businesses, I just feel like so much greatness has come from this but maybe I’m just a glass half full person.” –pinatapink

Work from home options.

“To go cocktails.” –elizar

“Work from home at least 2-5 days/week.” – m_lc88

“Prioritizing wellbeing over work.” –srios21

“Not paying student loans.” – senoritasenorita_

“I wouldn’t mind wearing a mask forever, especially during flu season. But mostly because it hides my RBF really nicely.”- mellowpaloma

“Washing your hands.” – mbhearts20

Giving people space.

“6 ft apart rule should never leave! Especially those don’t know about personal space.” –artkidshirley

“Masks if you are sick or utilizing public transportation or crowded places. I lived in South Korea and I like how normalized it is there to wear it in public places. I think this will help most of us stay away from other people’s kuddies when we are out and about.
Definitely wearing it in the airplane. More often than not I get some sort of cold after traveling.” – haveacupofjohanny

“No middle seats on airplanes.” –lcamargo.g

“More patio dining and employers not discouraging sick days.” – carolcontra

Virtual doctor appointments.

“Virtual telehealth appointments.” –fiona_theresita

“Pretty much all of the above as well as the grocery workers cleaning the carts and handing them to you as you walk up. I LOVE THAT. I hope that stays forever!” –lindafairall

“Hand sanitizer every where!” –jeann0m0

“Spending time at home with your loved ones.” –queenmetal

“Drive by parties … drop a present pick up a plate. A gift from god for the antisocial socialites.” –bobbibrittani

“Some of the cleaning guidelines that probably should have been in place to begin with.” –julezz__o9

“More outside space at restaurants and bars, to go drinks, and 6ft apart 💯 ! Readily available hand sanitizers is chill too.” –pietrememories

Hand washing.

“Frequent washing of hands… because I have no idea what these cochinos were doing prior to this.”- xippallipina

“Cleaning items you just bought before putting them away.” –lia028_ava

“Staying home when ill. Rest. Ppl not crowding my space. Strange men not speaking to me.” –ayequemuchacha

No interest on student loans.

“No interest on student loans. I’ve been able to reduce my loan by so much without the interest!.” –bdlr_jp

“People giving me my personal spaces. Pls stay 6ft away from now on.” –natrdgez

“Working from home and people not shaking my hand lol I’ve always hated shaking hands.” –victorria_p

“People being grateful for their family, health, and what they have around them in this moment!” – liv3.so.angie

Masks.

“Masks when people are sick.” –tricia.adriii

“Masked food handlers and when your sick.” –fancyfaceaz

“People actually washing their hands.” –marilynscarlet

“The checkout line social distancing system! Not having a creep breathe down your neck in line is amazing.” –susanabenavidezkoppelman

“To go drinks at restaurants.” –lizbit3

Alone time.

“Solitude.” – zoiladarton

“Contactless delivery and curbside pickup.” – fiona_theresita

“Masks!!” –jazzberrykush

“Supporting small business, drive by parties, cocktails to go, personal space.” – oclucylu

“Sanitizers and masks.” –bethanias.gonzalez

“Hazard pay for jobs that ARE hazard pay everyday! PAID sick time off these companies ain’t shit tbh.” –gvbelladonna89

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Being our most honest selves around family can, no doubt about it, be extremely difficult. Add family dynamics, expectations, and Latino culture into the mix and things get quite a bit murkier. And while, not all families have a hard time accepting their children as they are, there’s no denying that children who are LGBTQ struggle to be accepted more by their family’s than others. According to Equality Florida, “when asked to describe the ‘most difficult problem facing them in their life these days,’ LGBTQ+ Latino youth most often cited three issues related to their LGBTQ+ identity: lack of acceptance by parents and family, fear about being out or open, trouble at school, including bullying.”

A recent post on Reddit asked women of color who are lesbians to share their family experiences.

The responses were not only extremely enlightening but particularly heartbreaking.

Check them out below.

This woman who feels constantly judged.

“Kind of late to this post but yes. I am a Latina Lesbian and we do not talk about sexuality in my family. My family knows but it is never mentioned. I moved out out my families house 5 yrs ago but every time I go visit for the holidays, the elephant in the room is there. The “when are you having children, getting married, boyfriend etc.” All I can say is do not feel pressured. You do not have to give up your happiness or yourself to please your parents. I am constantly judged by my family for my actions, but id rather be myself and be happy. It’s a tough battle but worth it. When I moved out I moved with the excuse of moving for a work promotion. So do you, do what makes you happy.” – eltorres27

And this chica who feel pressured by the expectations of her family.

“Yeah, my mom is an immigrant to this country (the US) and feels it would be disappointing to have the family lineage end with me. Like, she came here to start something new and I’m gonna end it. Truth is, I do want kids but may never have them due to my career goals. And that has nothing to do with my sexuality.” – Baegz_

This woman who finds her parents struggle more with her amazing partner.

“Yeah I’m Egyptian so I super feel you. I’ve been telling my parents for years before I came out that I didn’t want kids. And now I’m married to a trans woman… So things have been strained. I think the end goal is working through your own shame and judgment so that theirs doesn’t affect you as much. Also, I’ve been delving back into my culture (ancient Egypt), and while there’s always pressure to have kids (so that humans survive), they had no issues with being gay. It’s been really amazing connecting to that part of my culture so I don’t feel so isolated.” –curlyhairedlesbo

This chica who resolved her issues with her family by running away.

“Wish I didn’t understand this kind of pain, but I do. My family wanted me to go to uni, find a man (possibly rich), have 3 (possibly) male children, and go from there to being a happy family as a stay at home mom. My solution? Running away with my gf at age 19, settling down, get engaged, and still not have the balls to block my family on social media even when they retweet/share conversion therapy ads. If only I was as brave as some other people out there- my wonderful girlfriend included. I just run away all the time and it hurts. I don’t know what to do or say whenever my relatives confront me, and I haven’t talked to my parents in years. Thank god Angelika is with me. Otherwise? I don’t really know, nor I want to think about it. Hope you get thru this difficult part of your life. I love the life I have now, we have a dog for heavens sake. A dog! Haha. Never felt more at peace at home than now. It will get better. Trust me.” –Maki_san

This woman who finds any self-expression difficult.

“I’m middle eastern and it’s a huge expectation (I’m expected to not move out until im married) and any self-expression that doesn’t fit the norm is considered shameful for me & my family :/ being a POC lesbian is hard.” – stupididiotdumbassb

This woman who dreams of a life with a wife despite her family’s restricting expectations.

“Not a lesbian im newly bi but my family expects me to get an education get married and be a housewife. Anything i try different from the norm gets shit on. But honestly, i lowkey dream of having a wife sounds so pretty and romantic.” –56hej027sn10

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