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Valentina's Day

Valentina Lequeux has found her own way to stand out in the world of fitness.

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Valentina's Day
Per Bernal

Valentina Lequeux hasn’t always been someone who lived a fit and healthy lifestyle. Her lowest point may have come when a relationship of five years ended. “I became very depressed and wasn’t eating properly. This was the lowest point I found my weight—I was 113 pounds at a height of 5'8", so you can imagine how malnourished I was.” After some soul-searching, she dedicated herself to the gym but wasn’t aware of the importance of nutrition until she met her coach and future husband, Luis.

“He is my coach and nutritionist, and he also knows how to push my buttons, in the wrong way and the right way,” Lequeux says. “The gym is where he is no longer my husband and just my coach. He breaks me in there every time and has no remorse for me. This is what my type of character needed, someone to push me around in the gym and test my limits.”

Lequeux has taken her newfound knowledge and passion to new heights, as seen by her 700,000-plus followers on Instagram. She is still adjusting to her new levels of success and notoriety. “I don’t really feel popular or known until someone stops me on the street for a photo, which is so strange to me—I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to it,” she says. “I think I project an honest image. I really try to portray me in the raw, if you will, and be completely transparent with my beliefs and my knowledge.”

 

She is set to launch her new website (fitbyvalen.com) and YouTube channel, hoping it helps even more people succeed as she has. “I’ll provide people with several options of personal coaching—with me by your side along the way. Or you can purchase a different plan where you can take general nutrition advice, recipes, supplement advice, and daily workouts for a more on-your-own approach.”

 VALENTINA'S LEG WORKOUT 

  • Smith Machine Stiff-Leg Deadlift | SETS: 4 | REPS: 10, 12, 15, 20 reps
  • Dumbbell Bulgarian Squat | SETS: 3 | REPS: 10 per leg
  • Single-Leg Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 30 per leg
  • Squat | SETS: 4 | REPS: 10
  • Standing Calf Raise* | SETS: 4 | REPS: 30

NOTES: Rest 60 seconds between sets. *One rep plus a half-rep is one rep for this exercise. 

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