Angelica Teixeira is the 2017 Ms. Olympia and fitness model originally from Brazil. Angelica is known for her impressive accomplishments within bikini contests, such as earning the prestigious Ms. Bikini Olympia title within just a three and a half years of first competing.
However, Angelica’s road towards glory wasn’t without its hurdles. When she moved to America in 2009, Angelica faced a major obstacle – having a poor grasp of the English language. This, as a result, prevented her from progressing in her career as a personal trainer and fitness model.
But Angelica didn’t let this stop her from realizing her ambitions. Over the years, she went on to master the English language – allowing her to establish a remarkable career in bikini competitions and personal coaching.
This is her story:
“I never went to school to learn English that I know today, but I dedicated a lot of time to studying at home by myself, watching TV and trying to speak with people and asking for their help.”
Full Name: Angelica Teixeira Weight Height Age Date of Birth 115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg) 5'4" (162.5cm) 34 March 10, 1985 Nationality Profession Era Brazilian Fitness Model, Bikini Competitor 2010 Weight 115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg) Height 5'4" (162.5cm) Age 34 Date of Birth March 10, 1985 Nationality Brazilian Profession Fitness Model, Bikini Competitor Era 2010
“How important is the walk for the Bikini Category? The way you walk on stage will tell a lot about your personality. Your walk should bring confidence, joy, femininity.
By your walk you can tell the judges that you know that you are good enough and that you deserve to be the champion. Make the first impression count.”
Angelica Teixeira’s Amateur Bikini Career
- Atlantic States Championships, NPC Figure Novice, 11th place
- Atlantic States Championships, NPC Figure Class A, 16th place
- New Jersey State Championships, NPC Bikini Class A and Figure Class A, 2nd place
- New Jersey Golds Classic Championships, NPC Bikini Novice Class B, 1st place
- East Coast Championships, NPC Bikini Class B, 1st place
- Eastern USA Championships, NPC Bikini Class D, 1st place
- Montanari Bros Powerhouse Classic, NPC Bikini Class A, 1st place
- Steve Stone New York Metropolitan Championships, NPC Bikini Class D, 2nd place
- John Kemper Classic, NPC Bikini Class B, 1st place
- Pittsburgh Championships, NPC Bikini Class C, 2nd place
- Atlantic States Championships, NPC Bikini Class D, 1st place
- Europa Battle of Champions, NPC Bikini Class B, 1st place
- Eastern USA Championships, NPC Bikini Class D, 2nd place
- Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships, NPC Bikini Class C, 1st place
- NPC John Kemper Classic, NPC Bikini Class C, 1st place
Angelica Teixeira’s Professional Bikini Career
- Tampa Pro, IFBB Bikini, 4th place
- Coastal USA Pro, IFBB Bikini, 2nd place
- Naples Pro, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- Mr. Olympia, IFBB Bikini, 16th place
- Arnold Sports Festival, Bikini, 4th place
- Salt City Showdown, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- Pittsburgh Pro, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- New York Pro, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- Mr. Olympia, IFBB Bikini, 2nd place
- Arnold Sports Festival, Bikini, 1st place
- Mr. Olympia, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
“Never give up on your dreams people! Fight, work hard, believe in yourself and must of all be humble and you gonna get there!”
Angelica Teixeira was born on March 10th, 1985 in Brazil. She spent eight years practicing jazz dance, which helped strengthen and tone her body from a young age.
As Angelica says, leading a healthy lifestyle was something that came naturally to her. This was because she was surrounded by people who took their health and physical looks seriously. As she said; “In my country, almost everybody is very fit. You’re always surrounded by fit people and this makes you ensure you’re always in good shape.”
Eventually, as a result of her active upbringing, Angelica became interested in weight training. It was at this point she decided to start lifting weights in the gym.
However, Angelica had one problem – she was too young for getting a gym membership. Aged 15, Angelica was told she couldn’t train in the gym until the age of 18 because of certain laws in Brazil.
As a result, Angelica was left with no other option than to train at home until she turned 18. As of this point, she began doing various bodyweight exercises, alongside training with a basic set of dumbbells – driving home her determination to stay fit despite the limitation of not being able to train in the gym.
Pursuit of Career in Fitness
Then, three years later, Angelica was finally able to sign up for her first gym membership. Thrilled with the new exercises and possibilities in the weight room, she began training harder than ever before.
It was at this point, Angelica began to gain aspirations about becoming a personal trainer. However, in order to become a certified coach, she first had to earn a four-year college degree in physical education.
Earning the PT Licence
After four years of studying, Angelica graduated from college with a degree in physical education.
As a result, she was finally able to earn her personal training certification to start working as a gym personal trainer.
Moving to America
In 2009, after a couple of years of working as a fitness coach, Angelica moved to Texas, United States. Her time there, however, was brief, as she soon moved to New Jersey where she’s lived ever since.
Reminiscing on her first few years in America, Angelica said it was difficult for her at first. She had a poor grasp of the English language and as a result, she had problems progressing in her career as a personal trainer.
However, Angelica was determined to build a successful career in spite of the challenges she faced. As a result, she began to study English with the ‘no stone left unturned’ approach – self-educating herself through online language courses, alongside watching TV shows and series with English subtitles.
Slowly, but surely, Angelica’s perseverance began to pay off. After almost five years, she mastered the English language – finally being able to focus on her career in fitness.
Becoming a Bikini Athlete
Then, in 2013, a thought of becoming a fitness competitor ’emerged’ in Angelica’s mind. As someone who always loved to set new challenges for herself, it didn’t take Angelica long to manifest her thoughts into reality.
Here’s Angelica talking about why she decided to compete in fitness; “I noticed on social media that a lot of people were beginning to compete; people who were trainers and class instructors. Right there, I thought to myself, ‘I can do this,’ especially because it could only help my ability to train my clients in the process.”
Angelica didn’t initially plan on making bikini competitions her full-time job. Her only goal was to enrich her experience in training, dieting, and contest preparations so she could deliver better results to her clients.
But, as Angelica says; “Competing was supposed to be a one-time thing for me. And here I am now, having competed in dozens of shows.”
Achieving Success on the Bikini Stage
Throughout the years, Angelica achieved immense success as a bikini competitor. She began competing in 2013, and in just three years, she won an astonishing 12 out of 22 contests she took part in – becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro in the process.
Here are some of Angelica’s most notable results from this period;
- 2013 Eastern USA Championships, NPC Bikini Class D, 1st place
- 2014 Europa Battle of Champions, NPC Bikini Class B, 1st place
- 2015 Naples Pro, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- 2016 New York Pro, IFBB Bikini, 1st place
- 2016 Mr. Olympia, IFBB Bikini, 2nd place
Angelica Teixeira at Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia contest, competing in the bikini category.
Ms. Bikini Olympia
In 2017, Angelica reached the peak of her career in bikini competitions. Her first victory of the year, the 1st place at the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival, which was only a ‘hint’ of what was coming later that very same year.
In September 2017, Angelica took part in the Olympia, the world’s biggest bodybuilding contest. Stepping on stage in her best version yet, she bettered her result from 2016 to win the crown of the Ms. Bikini Olympia 2017.
With this accomplishment, Angelica cemented her name amongst the greatest athletes that graced the Ms. Olympia Bikini stage.
“Consistency is the key to achieve your goals! If you fail, try again! Every champion has experienced failure and used it as fuel to keep going!”
Angelica Teixeira’s Day of Training
Angelica wakes up at 7 am. Shortly after, she makes breakfast and heads to the gym for her morning cardio.
After she’s done with cardio, Angelica goes on to train her clients, taking a break every 2-3 hours to eat her meals.
In the late afternoon, she’ll have her second workout of the day, where she’ll lift weights. Depending if she’s in the ‘in-season’, Angelica might add an additional cardio session on top of her strength workout to lose fat faster.
She then returns to training her clients and does it until the evening. After this, Angelica comes back home and has her last meal of the day.
Angelica’s workouts are based around supersets. This way, she’s able to incorporate a lot of volume in a relatively short space of time.
In total, Angelica’s workouts last around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Monday: Quads and Glutes
- Tuesday: Shoulders, Chest, and Triceps
- Wednesday: Hamstrings, plyometrics, and abdominals
- Thursday: Back and Biceps
- Friday: Glutes
- Saturday and Sunday: Rest
Angelica Teixeira training her lats with dumbbell bent-over rows.
During the off-season, Angelica does 30 minutes of cardio right after her strength workout.
However, when she prepares for a show, Angelica will do up to 2 hours of cardio per day, divided into different sessions.
Doing such types of long cardio sessions helps Angelica prepare for bikini contests in the best shape possible.
As for her favorite forms of cardio, they are HIIT and running outdoors.
Angelica Teixeira’s Three Favorite Exercises
Angelica cites shoulders and glutes as her favorite body parts. She believes it’s extremely important for a bikini competitor to have these body parts developed. As she says,“for bikini competitors, the booty and round shoulders matter the most.”
- Glute kickbacks
- Lateral Raises
If she could choose only one exercise as her favorite, Angelica says it would be glute kickbacks. She says, this exercise has helped her develop her glutes more than anything else.
“Start living your life fearlessly. Decide what is your biggest goal. Lose weight? Make money? Make your family happier? Change your job? Go for it! You can do it!”
Angelica Teixeira’s Diet
Angelica has a similar diet both in the off-season and during contest prep. She eats six meals per day, making sure to have some sort of protein in each of her meals.
Three to four of her meals consist of complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. She also adds healthy fats such as flaxseed oil, olive oil, egg yolks, and nuts.
Lastly, Angelica also adds a lot of vegetables and fruits to her diet. They are rich in fiber which enables her to efficiently absorb nutrients from foods.
The only difference between Angelica’s off-season and in-season diet is that she’ll add some extra carbs during the off-season. As a result, this helps replenish her muscles to have more energy during her workouts.
Dieting Rules For Losing Fat
Here are Angelica’s top rules for achieving a lean and toned figure;
- Eat small, and clean portions every 3 hours. Your diet is 80% of the job.
- Avoid saturated fats, alcohol, and sugar.
- Incorporate intense exercises such as HIIT to speed up the metabolism.
“This is your life, you can do whatever you want! You can be whoever you want to be! You’ll choose the outcome by your actions. Don’t waste it! Live life to the fullest! And I don’t mean party everyday, this is not real happiness! I mean live your life with passion, with a vision, something to fight for, it gives you a reason!”
What we can learn from Angelica Teixeira
After moving to the USA, Angelica faced numerous ‘roadblocks’ on her way towards becoming a personal trainer. Possibly the biggest setback was her poor knowledge of English, which negatively affected her fitness career in the beginning.
It wasn’t an easy situation, but Angelica didn’t let it knock her back. She went on to put in the hard work to learn the English language, later, becoming a successful personal trainer and bikini competitor in the United States of America.
This leaves us with the following lesson; as long as you are willing to put in the work, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your goals. You’ll possibly encounter many difficulties on your way towards greatness, but as long as you don’t give up, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be – just like Angelica Teixeira.