Etila Santiago

Etila Santiago is a bikini fitness athlete who competes in the category up to 1,72 m in height. She started competing in late 2015, and in just one year, managed to crack into the IFBB Pro Circuit.

However, Etila didn’t always boast a fitness athlete’s body – she weighted 49 kg during her early modeling days, and felt unhappy with how skinny she was.

This is her story:


Etila Santiago sitting on a bench in a gym looking fit

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Etila Santiago
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)5'8" (172.5cm)26October 30, 1992
NationalityProfessionEra
BrazilianFitness Model, Bikini Athlete2010
Weight135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)
Height5'8" (172.5cm)
Age26
Date of BirthOctober 30, 1992
NationalityBrazilian
ProfessionFitness Model, Bikini Athlete
Era2010


Etila Santiago taking a picture of her ripped physique

Accomplishments

  • Fitness Model
  • Brazilian Bikini Champion (Height Class)
  • Rio Grande De Norte 3-time Overall Champion

Contest History

2016

  • Arnold Classic Brazil, 4th place

2018

  • Amateur Olympia South America, Bikini Class D, 1st place
  • Arnold Amateur, Bikini Class G, 3rd place

2019

  • IFBB Sheru Classic Latin, IFBB Bikini, 3rd place

Etila Santiago posing on a surfboard

Biography

From Model to Fitness Competitor

Etila Santiago was always interested in modeling growing up. In fact, by the age of 15, she already participated in Brazilian modeling TV shows.

However, she weighed 49 kg at the time and was extremely skinny. This bothered Etila, who wanted to become more toned and aesthetic but didn’t know how to do it.

It wasn’t until she discovered bikini models on TV, when Etila realized that fitness was the solution to her problems. Without hesitation, she went on to join the gym and train there to sculpt the body that she wanted.

Within months, Etila’s body improved, and so did her ambitions in the sport of fitness. She decided to throw herself into the world of bikini contests, just like other athletes she previously saw on TV. “I said to myself: I want to look like this! And I want to compete too.” – Etila Santiago


Etila Santiago's fitness transformation before-after


A Hobby Turned Career

Initially, Etila didn’t consider a career in fitness. She wanted to compete just for the sake of proving it to herself that she could do it.

However, little did she know, it took Etila only one contest to fall in love with competitions. In fact, she continued to compete regularly from there.

Throughout the years, Etila went on to place high in numerous shows. These included 4th place at the Arnold Classic Brazil and 1st place at the Amateur Olympia South America. With the victory at the Amateur Olympia, Etila also won her IFBB Pro Card.

She now makes strides in the pro circuit and continues to enjoy her dream lifestyle of a fitness model and bikini competitor.


Etila Santiago posing by a boxing bag

Training

Initially, Etila wasn’t very experienced in training, but through months of trial and error, this changed.

She’s now an expert in her craft and is able to manipulate how her body looks through intense weightlifting sessions and cardio routines.

Favorite Muscles

Etila’s favorite body parts are her shoulders and glutes. She trains each of these muscle groups twice per week. She doesn’t work on her quads, because she’s found that they are already over-developed as compared to the rest of her body.


Etila Santiago posing in a bikini looking fit and lean


Etila Santiago posing on a fitness bikini stage, before-after

Nutrition

Etila follows various dieting methods such as carb cycling to stay in top shape for contests.

However, she also knows when it’s time to take her foot off the gas, rewarding herself for her hard work with something less strict and more enjoyable.


Etila Santiago taking a selfie of her lean and fit figure

Idols and Influences

Etila says Natalia Guimaraes is one of her main fitness inspirations. Etila is impressed by Natalia’s ability to stay in an incredible shape year after year, as well as maintaining her awesome performances and posing routines on the stage.


Etila Santiago posing by a boxing bag


Etila Santiago posing backstage during a bikini contest

What we can learn from Etila Santiago

Etila’s success inspires many of her followers to get out there and achieve the goals they’ve always wanted.

When Etila first started training, she knew nothing about the fitness lifestyle. But through grit and determination, she slowly improved, one day at the time. She used each obstacle as a fuel to become the person she is now.

Etila has shown us that it’s not all about getting lean abs and nice body, it’s also about the person you become during the transformation.

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