Karen Domingos

Karen Domingos is a Brazilian fitness athlete and model. She worked as a flight attendant for over 13 years, but after having her first child, Karen started training in the gym to get back in shape.

Ever since then, she’s gone on to build a booming career in figure contests and social media. This has led her to become an inspiration for thousands of women who’re looking to get in shape through fitness.

This is Karen’s story:


Karen Domingos posing shirtless in a photo shoot looking lean

“I started working out two months after I had my son. After only a few months I started seeing the results and never looked back. My passion is in health and fitness. I like to motivate women to achieve their goals and inspire them through my own achievements.”

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Karen Domingos
NationalityProfessionAliasEra
BrazilianFitness Model and Athletekldomingos2010
NationalityBrazilian
ProfessionFitness Model and Athlete
Aliaskldomingos
Era2010


Karen Domingos posing with weights in the gym

“Put your heart, mind and soul into every single thing you do in life. That’s how you truly grow.”

Accomplishments

  • Fitness Model and Athlete
  • Online Influencer

Contests

  • 2017 NABBA World Champion

Karen Domingos standing on the beach in a bikini, looking fit and lean

“We all know that abs are built in the kitchen and besides the clean eating I also train hard and take the right supplements!”

Biography

From a Flight Attendant to a Fitness Addict

Karen Domingos didn’t always have the lifestyle she has today. In fact, she spent most of her life working as a flight attendant and didn’t consider a career in fitness.

But then, Karen became pregnant with her first child.

After giving birth, she noticed that she’d gained some weight, which motivated her to enter the gym.

Karen says, “I’ve never looked back since then.” Through weight training, she’s achieved an amazing figure, and fell in love with fitness in the process.


Karen Domingos posing in a bikini outdoors, looking fit and lean


Fitness Modeling

After discovering her new passion, Karen decided to make a jump of faith in fitness modeling and figure contests.

It was a scary decision, says Karen. She risked a safe career of a flight attendant to pursue her dreams.

However, thanks to her hard work, everything ended up working out for Karen. Ever since her early fitness journey days, she’s gone on to become a social media icon and a successful competitor on the stage.


Karen Domingos posing on the fitness and figure stage looking ripped


Shows and Magazines

Some of the shows Karen has won include the 2012 Europa Orlando and 2017 NABBA World Championships.

Alongside her success on the stage, Karen is also a famed model. She’s been featured in a number of well-known health magazines, and is also a entrepreneur with her own company.


Karen Domingos posing by the gym mirror

Training

Long and Intense Sessions

Karen Domingo trains 6 times per week in the gym. Her workouts last from 1 to 2 hours. She usually has two training sessions per day.

However, on the days where she trains legs, Karen won’t train any other muscle. This is because her leg workouts are extremely intense, which means Karen has to take a day off to let her body recover.


Karen Domingos smiling at the camera while doing cable triceps extensions


Keeping Workouts Fun

In order to avoid “boredom and plateau” in training, Karen constantly changes her workouts.

She adds different exercises, changes the number of reps and rest periods, and tries new machines. This not only helps improve Karen’s progress, it also lowers the risk of an injury; forcing her muscles to adapt to new movement patterns.


Karen Domingos posing for a fitness photo shoot, looking fit and aesthetic

Nutrition

Dieting Phases

Karen’s off-season and pre-show diets are very similar. The only thing that changes is the amount of food and the number of meals she has throughout the day.

The quality of her meals stays the same; she only eats whole and unprocessed foods.

“I follow the “old school” bodybuilding diet with lots of fish, chicken, lean beef, salmon, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, rice, avocado, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and green lettuce. “

Karen rarely eats fast foods or sugars. With that said, she’ll reward herself with an odd dessert after a contest.


Karen Domingos posing in a fitness photo shoot looking ripped


Carb Cycling

Karen has tried many different fat loss methods over the years. However, almost none of these worked for her.

“Short-term dramatic fat loss diets don’t work well for me. I tend to work much better with carbs in my meal plan.” – Karen Domingos

There’s one diet, however, that has worked wonders for Karen – carb cycling. In her words: “I found the carb cycling protocol to be the most effective in terms of fat loss and building muscle.”

In fact, carb cycling is so effective for Karen that she’s able to have 2-3 cheat meals per week while still losing fat.

Protein Intake & Hydration

Karen believes that protein is the key nutrient for preventing muscle loss during a cut.

For this reason, she eats a protein-packed meal every 2 or 3 hours.

Karen also makes sure to drink at least 1 gallon of water per day to keep her muscles hydrated; which further helps with maintaining her muscle mass.


Karen Domingos looking at herself in the mirror in the gym

“The most helpful thing I can say is to make sure you are happy and proud of your physique when you get on the stage, be yourself! Your hard work is what matters, not the results!”

What we can learn from Karen Domingos

Karen Domingos has shown us that it’s never too late to start your fitness journey.

Karen began lifting weights after having her first child. After discovering her passion for fitness, she decided to enter fitness modeling and figure competitions, even if that meant sacrificing her “safe” career as a flight attendant.

What her story tells us, is that it’s always possible to make a fresh start. No matter your age or background.

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