The Barbell Battalion Is so excited and proud to have had the opportunity to interview the amazing Tessa Barresi. She is not only an Instagram favorite, but her gym grind is on point She has an awesome physique and works hard to maintain it. So here you go. The Barbell Battalion is excited to share with you, our March Featured Athlete of the month.
Date of Birth: 09/02/99
Hair Color: brown
Eye Color: green
What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with lifting?
When I was six years old I started taking dance lessons. I am still dancing to this day, so that makes 11 years! I used to run track and field, which got me addicted to running. I would run 6 km a day, and was very cardiovascular. I would lift 10lb weights in my bedroom and then soon decided it was time to get a gym pass. Since then, I’ve been in the gym almost every day.
What keeps you motivated?
My own progress keeps me motivated. But, in all honesty, I think motivation is garbage. You are never going to be motivated when you don’t want to do something. Therefore, you either do it or you don’t.
What does your current training split look like?
I don’t have a set training split, I like to wait until my muscles are fully recovered before I go destroying them again. But i make sure to work every muscle at least once per week.
I don’t have a select favorite body part to train. I just enjoy training my body, doesn’t matter which muscle.
Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or HIIT?
I prefer steady state cardio as I used to love to go running by the lake near my house. I would run for hours without tiring, and I found peace in finding a steady rhythm as I ran.
What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to get ripped?
The biggest mistake one can make when trying to get shredded is going with the popular belief that zero carbs will help you lose fat. Carbs are an essential energy source for brain function and your body in general. It kills me when I see people starve themselves on zero carb diets because they believe it will get them shredded. Don’t get me wrong – depleting carbs does equal fat loss. But completely eliminating them from your diet can cause some serious metabolic damage and can be seriously detrimental to your gains and health.
Funniest thing you’ve seen at the gym recently?
The funniest thing I have seen at the gym recently would probably be my friend James just fooling around in the gym for no reason. He’s a big goofball and he always makes me laugh.
I look up to the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. I believe we have similar stories – we both started bodybuilding at a very young age and are determined to do anything.
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
“If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to change.” and “Don’t focus on what is to be, focus on what is, at this moment.”
Do you have any gym, pet peeves?
When people are on their phones texting, as I am waiting for a machine. There are a time and place for communicating, and the gym is not one of them.
What are the contents of your fridge?
Lots of oatmeal, bananas, apples, oranges, chicken breast, canned tuna, flaxseed bread, lean ground beef, broccoli, steaks, potatoes, yams, rice, dark chocolate, various vegetables for cooking. It’s always changing.
I usually make rice or potatoes a few times a week and then a new pack of chicken breast when I run out. Only one of my meals during the day is prepped. The rest I cook at home or cook before packing it with me. Things like oatmeal, steak and eggs and toast are not prepped, but chicken and rice is for when I go to school.
What are your favorite meals and foods?
I absolutely love yams, or roasted potatoes with ground beef. I’m also really enjoying canned tuna, fried eggs and toast with butter (because I’m not on a diet anymore). Sushi is one of my favorite meals.
What are your favorite cheat meals and foods?
My favorite cheat meal is definitely The Bison Burner burger from a restaurant called Bin 4 that we have here in the city. I also love sushi, but I wouldn’t consider that a cheat meal as its actually relatively clean. I also love chicken wings.
Workout music – what’s on your playlist?
I have mostly mac miller and Hopsin on my phone when I workout. I actually mostly listen to the extended version of Home – Resonance, as it gets my head in the right place and I can focus without getting angry as I would while working out to an angry song.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
Since I have generalized anxiety disorders, staying in top shape is not my top priority anymore. This often will affect my training, but I have learned to prioritize my mental health over anything else. If you are healthy in your brain, your body will respond much better.
My greatest achievement so far would probably be winning second place in the Popeye’s fall classic 2016 at the age of 17 and natural.
What does your post-workout nutrition and supplementation look like?
My post workout nutrition normally consists of quick oats mixed into a protein shake and a banana for the high glycemic carb for the post workout insulin spike.
What are some of your best diet, nutrition and supplementation tips for someone who wants to get ripped?
At the end of the day, there is no secret supplement that will get you ripped. The proper way to lose body fat is a caloric deficit combined with a cardio regime and consistency in your training. And do not cut carbs out completely, unless you want to risk metabolic damage!
What does your current supplementation plan look like?
Although I work at a supplement store, my supplementation is actually pretty low. I don’t rely heavily on supplements to make the magic happen. I sometimes have protein shakes when I feel like my protein is too low. I use BCAA’s and sometimes a pump product, I like Hemavo 2 by Iforce nutrition.
What are your favorite 5 muscle building exercises and why?
Deadlifts, skull crushers, Dumbbell shoulder press, leg extension, lat pull down.
I love to draw and paint and play video games – mostly Halo and Skyrim.
What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
My future goals, dreams, and plans are to change a lot of lives on social media by influencing people who may have mental illness to stay strong and pursue their own dreams. I would eventually like to get married one day in the future and have a family, and I want to travel the world and make an impact on others.
If someone wants to connect with you, where can you be found?
If someone wants to contact me, they can reach me through Instagram direct message.