Frequently Asked Questions…

Each and every week I get questions from all dearest friends, family and fans when it comes to fitness and my career.

I get a lot of the same questions, so I figured I would put together a list of all my top frequently asked questions and share them with you.

I hope you enjoy reading through these and I’ve answered all your questions!

Wishing you nothing but happiness and success along your journey!

I am from Spain, although because of my blue eyes and blonde hair, I don’t look Spanish. Trust me, I’m 100% Spanish.

I’m 5’4″. My weight is 120 to 124 pounds in the off-season and 120 in-season. Body fat is 12-15% off-season and 11-12% in-season. I always need to stay in shape, not only to take advantage of any modeling opportunities that I’m lucky enough to get but because it feels good to have control over my body.
I started modeling when I was 11 years old, and I knew from a young age that I loved to be in front of the camera. As an adult, I found an agency that was interested in me. We did a test shoot and that’s where it began!
I have a friend who has competed for years. She talked me into doing a competition. I started working with my husband and trainer Joe Discuillo and changed my eating habits. I loved the way my body responded so I stepped on stage in my first show in October 2010 feeling great and the rest is history!
I use to think why do I put myself through this? It’s because I love it. I just love the competitions. I love to set and reach goals… and I love doing something that keeps me healthy and fit. But I couldn’t do this alone. I have friends and family who love and support me, and I love them too. They are my rock. I am so lucky to have them in my life.

My advice to someone who is looking to start competing and get into the fitness industry is 1st know that this takes major discipline and dedication.

First, In order to compete and do well at a high level you must make some major sacrifices. I would first ask yourself if you are ready for that. If so then start with your nutrition. Your food intake is going to be the biggest factor in how well you do. You need to know how to eat properly and how to alter your diet and water pre competition.

If you aren’t sure how to do this then I would get with someone that can lead you in the right direction. You can also research it yourself. Do your reading and ask questions. Reach out to the people that have been there.

Then it’s time to figure out your training plan. Again if your not sure how to go about doing this you can reach out or get with someone that can design a program for you. You need to know what changes need to be made to your body and how to go about doing it.

After doing all this and you see the right changes and you feel this is for you then find a small local show and sign up. Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare for the show. You also need to know about stage presence. Stage presence is a very important factor that you must not neglect.. These are just the things that stick out in my mind, and I hope it helps.

Being a successful fitness model is a lot of work and you have to be proactive. You can’t sit back and wait for things, you have to go out and get it yourself.

My diet consists of very lean foods. I take in about 2500 calories. Eating 5 to 6 meals a day about 2.5 to 3 hours apart. My meals consist of lean protein such as chicken, fish, turkey, or egg whites and slow digesting carbs such as oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I also eat lots of fresh veggies to help fill me up and add fiber.  I stay away from fried and processed foods, sugar, salt, and dairy.

Here is an example of what I eat to prepare for a competition

BREAKFAST 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 4 egg whites
SNACK 1 apple, 15 almonds and a protein shake
LUNCH 6oz of a lean protein, 1/2 cup brown rice and 10 asparagus
SNACK 4oz of lean protein, 1 piece of fruit
SNACK 2 rice cakes with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 4 egg whites
DINNER 6 oz of a lean protein, 4oz of sweet potato and 1 cup of veggies
Giving up caramel frapuccinos, glazed doughnuts and fettuccine Alfredo.
I do anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes of intense cardio 5 to 6 days a week. Quite honestly, I eat very clean and I would rather eat cleaner than do more cardio 🙂
  • The first exercise would be Squats/Lunges. I love working my legs and glutes and for me I get the best results from Squats.
  • The Second would be incline ab bench with weight because I love the results you get if you stick with it.
  • I also like to work my legs because I love the feeling of weights but I have to say I love it all and my husband constantly changes my workouts. We obviously do a lot of lifting in the gym, but we mix it up a lot with plyometric in the sand and track workouts.
We all have obstacles in fitness, specially since becoming a mom of twins. The main thing we need to focus on is being consistent and not giving up.

I have always had big glutes. I have worked extremely hard to keep them firm and tight though. When doing my cardio I do different techniques to target the back side.

I will do the elliptical for 20 minutes. I do 3 minutes at 10 incline and a 12 resistance and then the next 3 minutes I will do a 15 incline at a 15 resistance. Increasing the incline really targets my glutes and hamstrings.

I also do lots of plyometrics. I do this to try to keep the athletic tone look and not just a big muscular look. My Plyo’s consist of running stairs, leap frogs, jump squats etc.

I will switch it up a bit and do the plyo’s in the sand. This really gets the legs and is a great workout.

When lifting weights I do lots of Squats, lunges, leg press etc. I stick to doing 3-5 sets and anywhere from 12 to 25 reps depending on the day and how heavy I’m lifting.

The first exercise would be Squats. I love working my legs and glutes and for me I get the best results from Squats.

The second would be incline ab bench with weight because I love the results you get if you stick with it.

I also like to work my legs because I love the feeling of lifting weights. To be honest, I have to say I love it all and love that my husband Joe constantly changes my workouts. We obviously do a lot of lifting in the gym, but we mix it up a lot with plyometrics in the sand and track workouts.

What I am most proud of is what I have accomplished off the stage. My personal life, goals and dreams are all right where I want them to be. My baby boys Gianni and Nicco and my husband Joe Discuillo are my biggest accomplishment! Family over anything!
Winning all my competitions and appearing on several magazine covers. I am also very proud of being a columnist for more than 10 magazines every month where I speak about health, exercise and nutrition.
  • NPC Border States Classic, Oct 2010, 1st place and overall winner
  • NPC Excalibur Championships, Dec 2010, 1st place and overall winner
  • Rock star-bikini online contest, Jan 2011, 1st place
  • Vitrix model search online contest, Feb 2011, 1st place
  • Arnold Classic, March 2011, 1st place and overall winner
  • NPC Titans Grand Prix, October 2011, 1st place and overall winner

I also have a team of bikini competitors that I coach with my husband Joe, TEAM EDGE!!!! Keep an eye out for these girls… we are the fastest growing competition team in the NPC/IFBB! there is lots going on so keep your eyes open 🙂

You can find me at all fitness expos like the Olympia, the Arnold etc and in all Jon Lindsay NPC shows included the National USA’S where we have a booth with my Ingrid Romero clothing/competition bikini line, etc.

NOTHING has come easy. Its been a lot of hard work behind the scenes!!!! HARD WORK ALWAYS WINS!

My babies, family and my dog because they have my back 24/7
I love listening to music while I clean, watching TV shows, hanging out with friends, getting my dance on, playing Tetris and Scrabble, laughing, rollerblading, bringing my dog to the park and of course working out.

INSPIRATION: My beautiful twin baby boys Gianni and Nicco! I have two sisters and a brother back in Spain, Sara, Marian and Nico. They are my angels, and I have them always in my heart. I love them and miss them so much. Without them none of this would be worth it.

Also receiving messages from fans everyday is what keeps me motivated. Last but not least all of those haters out there, just know that you make me work so much harder!!!!

MOTIVATION: I work full time as a fitness personality so it is my job to stay fit. I can’t really let my self go because I never know when I will get a call for a shoot or a job, I never really take a significant break from the gym or my healthy eating.

When I received my first email from a fan in my home country of Spain. I’m grateful for all of my fans but when I realized I was reaching people back home and I was an inspiration to others worldwide it really made me feel proud and motivated.
I have actually gone through a few transformations A few years ago I weighed 185 pounds. It wasn’t until I moved to Mexico and then the U.S when I found fitness and a healthy lifestyle thanks to my husband. I also got back in shape after gaining almost 50 pounds with my twin babies.

In my experience I feel it had a lot to do with the shape I was in before I got pregnant. I was in the best shape of my life. I actually competed when I was almost 3 months pregnant not having any Idea that I was pregnant.

While pregnant I made sure I ate very healthy.. Of course I had cravings but I didn’t let the fact of me being pregnant give me the okay to eat whatever I wanted.

I wasn’t able to train much at all as I was a high risk pregnancy and got put on bed rest. So I had to make sure I didn’t blow it to bad on my food.

I made sure I made the appropriate changes in nutrients for the babies but for the most part I maintained my normal diet.

PLAN PLAN PLAN!!!! It’s all about preparation and having a goal. When I got pregnant I had so many people tell me my body would never be the same. I look at so many other fit moms out there and it just gives me the motivation to work hard. It isn’t easy. Feeding my boys every three hours and trying to feed myself and find time for the gym. But when there is a will there is a way.

Here are some helpful tips on how to fit everything in your schedule:

  • Map out a Daily game plan. If you have a plan you will be more likely to succeed!
  • Try your best to have a consistent routine!
  • Call on a support system (your husband, family or friend)
  • Time Management
  • Get workouts in where you can (running with your baby, workout at home when they nap etc.)
  • Take one day and Prepare food for the week.  This will cut down on the amount of time you would be cooking daily
  • Last but not least make sure to make time for your spouse.. Maybe a date night every other week!

I know this is all easier said than done and being a working mom can takes its tole on you, but it can be done and it is so gratifying.. Just make sure you do sit back every now and then and enjoy the process :)

I work out 6 days a week. I do lots and lots of plyometrics. I lift weights and do cardio 5 to 6 days a week and the most important DIET DIET AND DIET!

I keep track of your nutrition and workouts in a notebook and food journal

Here’s an example of my routine:

Legs (heavy) and 30 min on Stair-mill with sprinting intervals

Exercise Sets Reps
Squats 4 10
Step Ups with Dumbbells 4 15
Leg Curls 4 15
Stationary Lunges with Dumbbells 4 15
Leg Press 4 10
Deadlifts 4 10

Upper Body and Abs (bodyweight) and 30 min running

Exercise Sets Reps
Pushups with rotation at the top 4 20
Dips 4 20
Pull-Ups (as many as I can get) 4 Failure
Leg lifts with rotation 4 20
Crunches on stability ball with resistance 4 50
Wood Chops 3 20

Plyometrics and Core

Exercise Sets Reps
Jump Lunges 3 25
Speed Skaters 3 30
Box Jumps 3 15
Line Hops 3 45 Sec
High Knees and Leap Frogs in Sand 5 1 Min
Overhead Throws /w Med Ball 3 15
Jump Rope 5 3 Min
Plank (feet on bench and arms on stability ball) 3 1 Min
Side plank (each side) 3 1 Min

Upper body (light weight) 30 min elliptical ramp high and high intensity

Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Chest Press 3 20
Seated Row 3 20
Shoulder Press 3 20
Dumbbell Curls 3 20
Triceps Pulldowns /w Rope 3 20
Lat Pulldowns 3 20
Front and Lateral Raise 2 20
Incline Abu Bench 4 50
Roman Chair 4 25

Legs (light weight high reps) 30 Min Stair Mill

Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Extensions 4 25
One Leg Squats (each leg) 4 20
Weighted Donkey Kick 4 25
Hack Squat 4 25


Track workout

Exercise Sets Reps
Sprints 2 60 Yards
Sprints with Chute 3 40 Yards
Stairs – – 6x
High Knees 4 30
Tuck Jumps 3 15
Skips for Height 3 15

PLAN PLAN PLAN!!! and trust me I am no super woman.. You guys can do it too. It is all about setting yourself up for success. Map out a plan and stick to the plan the best you can. I know being a parent there is curve balls thrown at you everyday, but you do the best you can with what you have. For example. I still prep all my meals on Sunday nights for the week. This helps keeping me on track with my food. I set my schedule and do most of my work early in the mornings, when my babies take a nap (hopefully they nap at the same time) or late at night when they go to bed. Some nights I go to bed at 3 am and I am up again at 6 to feed my babies. Where there is a will there is a way.

You must have a support team as well. My husband is my support system. We work very well together with our business and with raising the boys so I am very lucky. We travel a ton for work and my boys come with us almost everywhere we go. I was told by a client before my babies were born ” your kids need to fit into your life, don’t fit into theirs” this is something that stuck with me and helped me a lot. The only way I can continue to do what I do is if my boys fit into what I do. It is very hard at times, but I get the best of both worlds. I have my babies with me all the time (I get to watch them grow) and I can still follow my passion and dreams.

With all that said, I am not saying this is an easy task, but if you want something bad enough you will work for it.. I work my tail off everyday raising my boys and trying to juggle my career.. My biggest piece of advise is make sure you don’t forget about you and your spouse! Take time to enjoy each other. Take a night off from worrying about work, get a sitter and have a date night. I promise this will rejuvenate you and give you that energy you need to go back and push even harder.. Being a mommy is bar far the most challenging career a woman will have but it is so worth every sleepless night and stressful moment.

Work hard in the gym and even harder in the kitchen.. THAT’S IT!!!


  • Persistent
  • Patient
  • Perspiration

If you follow these three words you will be good!!!

I am a complete knucklehead and jokester outside of the gym, but I am all business in the gym. I truly cant think of a funny moment in the gym.
My husband and Team EDGE master trainer Joe Discuillo! He played competitive sports his entire life, has an amazing career in health and fitness and has been a trainer for more than 15 years. Me and my Team EDGE girls will not be where we are without him! He is our rock!
We were married June 25h, 2010 at the age of 25 and 32.
Forever 21, Bebe, Fashion Nova, Nike, Adidas, Reebok
Every day I would look for the angry red lines to appear on my bulging abdomen, upper thighs, buttocks, breasts… but after taking care of myself the best I could I didn’t get any! not even 1!I I used many creams and oils EVERY DAY ALL DAY I never let my tummy get that dry feeling. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night just to put lotion on!

To view all the all the creams and oils I used non stop click here

Yes and I pumped every 2 hours… I tried but I didn’t produce enough milk so I had to stop after 3 months

To Your Health and Fitness,


Ingrid Romero

Entrepreneur, Fitness Champion ,

Competition and Swimwear Designer,

Team EDGE Founder &

Successful Online Fitness Coach