• We talk to IFBB Figure Professional Summer Bernard

Summer is living proof that if you have the determination you can turn your life around. She talks to us about how she went from party girl to gym junkie and shares with us her favourite 30-second brownie recipe.

What inspired you to start training?

I had a very active lifestyle in school from athletics, cross-country, acrobatics and also riding my horses. Once I moved to the city I became a lost girl and found myself partying and earning money only to blow it on the weekend with no real direction in life.

Once I joined a gym I was hooked and then changed my career to help and inspire others to adapt a new healthy lifestyle.

What's your favourite meal to make when you're in a hurry?

Protein brownie! 1 scoop of protein with a small amount of water and a teaspoon of natural peanut butter. Pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds. It’s the ultimate quick sugar fix!

How often do you allow yourself a cheat meal?

I like to call it a 'treat meal' and I have one per week to help boost my metabolism, shock my body and keep my sane!

I use to have a terrible relationship with food and it literally then was a cheat meal and sometimes cheat day! It is not normal to eat yourself to explosion; it's all about your mental approach to things, hence the treat meal.

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

I currently train 5 days per week, as my next show won't be until November. Training days consist of cardio and split muscle groups.

What exercises do you love and hate the most?

I love isolating glute exercises such as weighted donkey kick and sumo squats. Hate anything bicep related.

How do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?

Always make time for the people you love, when close to a show this does diminish, as my time is very limited. Otherwise I get all of my training over and done with first thing in the morning. I am a very regimented, routine person. My life is planned out by the hour.

What do you know now that you wish somebody had told you when you first started training?

Nothing, I wouldn't change my journey, as going through it all yourself is the best way to learn.

Always be positive and focus on your journey. Surround yourself with people that will only bring you higher and seek advice from those who either have experience with people who have gone in the direction you would like to go or those that practise what they preach.

Have fun and let it become your lifestyle, but not something that takes over your life.