Editor’s Note: Maris Racal made headlines in the summer of 2018 after posting her first bikini photo on Instagram. The ABS-CBN talent describes how it changed her attitude towards fitness and the workouts she currently does to stay trim.
When I posted that photo, it got mixed reactions. Dami mga nag-bash. May mga praises na rin. It was very humbling kasi I didn’t know what I did wrong. Because of that, nag-lay low muna ako, and nagkaroon ako ng maraming free time. Doon ako nagstart na mag-work out.
These days, I train with Bok Santos—thrice a week at Platinum Executive Ftiness Gym in New Manila. I prefer working out with a trainer who can teach me proper form. I like that there’s someone keeping an eye on me.
With Bok, I always focus on toning my butt and my arms kasi if fully developed sila, it looks better on clothes. I also work on my abs. Although I don’t really do sit-ups, I make sure I engage my core in every routine para kasali parin yung abs. Also, hindi kami masyado nag-ka-cardio kasi gusto naming ibahin yun.
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That said, I have two fitspos. Isa sa mga nag-motivate talaga sa akin was Lovi Poe. I love her workout videos and IG stories. Also Kelsey Merritt! I really love her body type! Famous sya for joining Victoria’s Secret so nag-follow ako. Lagi sya nag-wo-work out and lagi ko nakikita IG Stories nya, so she really inspires me to go to the gym!
That’s not to say I’m always motivated to train. There are times na ang schedule ko sa gym ay 11 ng umaga but at 10:45, I’m still in my pajamas! When this happens, I feel like wasting time on my phone. But I just tell myself, “You’re going to regret this—choosing social media over working out.” So, I just change and work out.
The bikini photo gave me time to think about whether I want to post more photos in a two-piece. While I could, I'd rather reserve that for something bigger, like a movie or endorsement. No offense sa mga nag-po-post ng ganoon, kasi I love seeing girls in bikinis! I think to myself, “Wow, you go girl!” Pag ako naman, gusto ko dahan dahan. Mga sexy top nalang or body hugging dresses muna.
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Photographs taken from my personal and Bok Santos' Instagram accounts