Just days before her WPC debut in Las Vegas August 18th, Ana De La O took time away from her strict contest prep regimen and the unenviable task of moving her entire life to a new home, to do a photo shoot. She didn’t complain about the intense Las Vegas heat or the time it took to make the pictures just right. A testament to her work ethic and commitment to excellence in everything she does.
I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. Guadalajara is located in the central region of Jalisco in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. It is a beautiful city with amazing food and rich in culture. Growing up, I never lacked anything. My parents were not wealthy, but they always made sure we had everything we needed. I had a beautiful childhood and amazing memories that every time I feel sad, I can look back and smile.
On Leaving Mexico
I came to the United States when I was 19 years old. My father was raised in the United States, and growing up, he always encouraged me to move here. He wanted me to have better opportunities and look beyond those expectations and rules that society expected me to follow as a Latin woman. At first, it was only an exciting life experience. However, when I got older, I understood the big sacrifice my parents took for me to have a better future. I am not going to lie. It has been very though being by myself in a different country. I have been through ups and downs. Nevertheless, I feel extremely grateful to call this beautiful country my home.
Fitness In The Family
I got into fitness when I was very young. My aunt Sol is a personal trainer, and she was one of my role models growing up. She introduced me to weightlifting when I was 16 years old, and since then, it has been part of my everyday life. Fitness, to me, is not just a way to change my physical appearance, but a way to connect with myself.
I have been a fan of bodybuilding since I can remember, and in March 2018 is when I competed in my first show. It was an experience that challenged me to become a stronger woman.
Why The WPC?
I am very excited about the WPC. A federation with values that benefit us all. What interested me the most, is the freedom that it gives athletes to get creative and present not just a physique, but a personality. I believe this will be an incredible change in the fitness industry, and I am beyond grateful to be part of it.
She Loves Modeling
I am very blessed having the opportunity not just to collaborate, but to learn from a very talented man. I felt very comfortable, and it was fun to be in front of the camera. I would definitely do it again and again. I hope this is only the beginning of many more photoshoots.
I would love to be able to inspire women and men to fulfill their fitness goals. See, I always encounter people that tell me that I have a very strong will power and that I am very disciplined, and I want them to know that if I can do it, they can do it too. I feel that people need to be educated in regards to fitness and nutrition. They believe there is a quick fix, and I always say that if there were a quick fix, everyone would be walking around in their dream body. Regardless of what I do in the fitness world. I want to make sure that I am able to inspire people to realize that they can make a change if they desire.
An Athlete And More
I did not play any particular sport growing up, but I started weight lifting when I was 16 years old. In Mexico, we do not have a strong culture around sports as we do in the United States. I grew up learning arts such as piano, painting, and music in general. However, I always considered myself to be an athlete because I have taken my fitness very seriously, and it is my passion.
Missing Her Family
My family is my all. Being so far from home is very challenging, and there are so many life experiences that I would love to share with them. However, I try to be positive and be grateful that my family is healthy, and I have the opportunity to see them once a year.
The WPC Judging Criteria
The posing seminars have been very helpful. I have been able to switch my posing to something more suitable (for the WPC). A routine that elevates my strengths and allows me to show my personality. I highly encourage everyone competing to come to the posing practice at least once. I promise you will be surprised at how creative you can get.
Ana De La O is coached by Micheal Healea of Platinum Physiques Las Vegas