Larissa Reis

Model, Actress

From playmate to professional athlete, even as a child, Larissa had a passion for fitness. She enjoyed practicing Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and many other sports from an early age, growing up with a lean physique.

By the age of 37, The IFBB Pro had become an icon in the industry, being the inspiration for many rising stars.

This is her story:


“I thank my upbringing in Brazil’s capital city of Brasilia and my parents for instilling me with the core values of hard work, loyalty and inner strength.”

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Larissa Reis
135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)5'5" (165cm)37"27"
WaistYear of BirthNationality
Model, Actresslarissareis0072000, 2010
Weight135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)
Height5'5" (165cm)
Year of Birth1979
ProfessionModel, Actress
Era2000, 2010


“I’m living my dream as a professional IFBB figure competitor.”



  • 2010 Olympia, 10th Place
  • 2010 Arnold Classic, 6th Place
  • 2009 Olympia, 12th Place
  • 2009 New York Pro, 2nd place
  • 2009 Atlantic City Pro, 1st Place
  • 2008 New York Pro, 10th
  • 2007 World Championship, Barcelona, 2nd Place (Received IFBB Pro Card)
  • 2006 World Championship, Barcelona, 3rd Place
  • 2006 Brazilian Championship, 1st Place
  • 2005 South American Championship, 1st Place


“Honestly ever since I can remember; I have been living a fit lifestyle. From a very young age I was either practicing a specific sport such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or working out at the local gym.”


Early Life and Move to America

Born and raised in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, Larissa was brought up knowing the value of hard work. She was blessed with great genetics, finding it easy to stay lean and fit during her childhood.

During her time in college, she was recognised by Playboy Brazil and was soon selected to become a playmate in 2003. However, she became unsettled by the nature of her profession, and it wasn’t long until she took a new direction in her life.

In 2003, she made the big decision to move to the US to pursue a career in fitness.

First Competition

The ex-Playmate trained relentlessly to prepare to compete, and it wasn’t long until she entered her first show – the 2005 South American Championship. Under the guidance of a personal trainer, Larissa walked away from her first contest as the winner.

But she was only just getting started.


Larissa being trained by her professional coach

Pro Card

Riding high from her success, Larissa took the rest of the year out to further develop her physique. She returned even stronger to take home the 2006 Brazilian Championship trophy. However, she hadn’t achieved her greatest success yet.

However, she hadn’t achieved her greatest success yet.

In 2007, at the age of 27, Larissa earned her pro card after coming a close 2nd in the IFBB World Championships in Barcelona. She had finally realized her dream of becoming a professional athlete.

Becoming an Icon

Larissa’s first competition as an IFBB Pro was the 2008 New York Pro, but despite all her efforts, she didn’t manage to replicate her previous success. For the next two years, 2009-2010, she entered an impressive 5 shows, walking away with one trophy.

Although she hadn’t won all of her shows, Larissa had succeeded in developing one of the greatest female physiques in the world. She became recognized for her incredible body, and by 2016, at the age of 37, she had gained a mass of followers on social media.

Larissa had taken the fitness industry by storm, and became an icon, inspiring many to chase their ambitions.


“I came to America to compete with the best fitness athletes in the world.”


Larissa trains 6 days per week, resting for one day to allow her body to recover and grow. She enjoys lifting to 12-15 reps, as she believes that her body responds to higher reps the best.

Workout Plan:

Monday – Shoulders/Abs

  • Seated Dumbbell Press 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell Front Raises 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Low Pulley Lateral Raises 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Reverse Pec Deck (Rear Delts) 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Machine Shoulder Press3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Machine Crunches 3 sets, 20-25 reps
  • Hangning Leg Raises 3 sets, 20-25 reps
  • Incline Leg Raises 3 sets, 20-25 reps

Tuesday – Biceps/Triceps

  • Dumbell Curls4 sets, 15 reps
  • Barbell Curls4 sets, 15 reps
  • Machine Curls4 sets, 15 reps
  • Push Downs4 sets, 15 reps
  • Tricep Extensions4 sets, 15 reps
  • Dips4 sets, 15 reps

Wednesday – Legs/Calves

  • Leg Extensions 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Squats3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Leg Press 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Seated Leg Press 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Seated Calf Raises 3 sets, 25 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises 3 sets, 25 reps

Thursday – Back

  • Machine Chin-ups 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Lat Pull-Downs 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Seated Rows 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Single Arm Dumbbell Rows 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Back Extensions 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Machine Torso Extensions3 sets, 12-15 reps

Friday – Chest/Abs

  • Incline Press3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Flat Bench Press3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Push-ups 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Cable Crossovers 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Machine Pec Deck Flys 3 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Machine Crunches 3 sets, 20-25 reps
  • Hangning Leg Raises 3 sets, 20-25 reps
  • Incline Leg Raises 3 sets, 20-25 reps

Saturday – Hamstrings/Glutes

  • Walking Lunges 3 sets, 12-15 each leg
  • Squats (w/ Legs apart) 3 sets, 12-15 each
  • Stiff Legged Deadlifts 3 sets, 12-15 each
  • Lying Leg Curls 3 sets, 12-15 each
  • Seated Leg Curls 3 sets, 12-15 each
  • Machine Hip Extensions (Glutes) 3 sets, 12-15
  • Abductor 3 sets, 12-15 each

Sunday – Rest


“To realize one’s purpose in life is a goal that all successful people aspire to do.”


Diet Plan:

  • Meal #1: Egg Whites, Spinach, 1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal, 1/4 Grapefruit
  • Meal #2: 4-6 oz Turkey Breast, Spinach
  • Meal #3: 4-6 oz Bison, Asparagus, 1/2 Sweet Potato
  • Pre-Workout: 1 Serving (3-Pills) – LIPO-6 Black Hers
  • Post Workout: 2 Scoops – PRO-GRAM, 1/2 Cup Dry Roasted Almonds
  • Meal #4: 4-6 oz Chicken Breast, Broccoli
  • Meal #5: 4-6 oz Tilapia, Green Beans


“Always remember to follow your heart, work hard, surround yourself with good people, and stay positive.”

 Idols and Influences

After becoming an icon in the industry, Larissa has become many athletes’ idols, however, she does have some herself too. She names Cory Everson, Monica Brant, and Rachael M as her main influences throughout her career.


“I have been able to travel the world and have learned about and come to love so many different cultures. I see so much beauty in this world. My mission is to spread the word of world peace and love to everyone.”

What we can learn from Larissa Reis

Larissa has taught us that happiness is the most important thing in life. She had a high-paying job as a Playmate in Brazil, but she moved away from it all when she became unhappy to pursue her passion.

One thing we can take away from Larissa’s story is that hard work pays off. She trained rigorously to earn her Pro Card and compete in numerous competitions.

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