If you’ve ever been mocked for your appearance, know this: You
can have the last laugh. Just ask Priscilla Aqilla. Back in high
school, Aqilla was a little heavy—especially below the waist. And
her classmates noticed.
“I was always picked on for my big lower body, my big legs,”
recalls Aqilla. “It was really heartbreaking for me.”
But with the aid of
weight training, which she discovered while playing volleyball
in high school, Aqilla slowly transformed her physique into the
envy-inducing body you see here. Now her
muscular legs are a point of pride, and she’s competing in
fitness bikini shows, booking modeling gigs, and piling up the
followers on social media. Here’s what else the 23-year-old
stunner told us about her unlikely foray into fitness, her love for
glute training, and her favorite cheat meal.
So how did you go from pudgy high school volley ball
player to the toned woman we see now?
When I started lifting weights, I realized that I didn’t have
to shrink my lower body, I could build it. With diet and training,
my body started changing and my legs became more defined. I started
losing a lot of fat around that area, and I started seeing strong
legs, really defined quads, and I loved it. I was like, “You know
what? This might not be bad after all, having big legs.”
They were a blessing in disguise.
Right. A lot of girls now, they look at my lower body and
they’re like, “Oh my God, how did you get quads or a butt like
that?” I’m like, “It’s a mix of genetics and being in a
You turned an insecurity into a strength.
Yeah. I have a younger sister who has the same issue. I tell her
every day, “Look, you do not have to be ashamed to have a nice
lower body. This is something that a lot of girls nowadays want and
pay for. You’re blessed. You need to learn to love
Your father is a former United Nations interpreter from
Brazil, and your mother is from Portugal by way of Sri Lanka. So
how many languages do you speak?
Basically, four—English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tamil.
What is your training like these days?
I train six times a week. I split it between upper-body and
lower-body days. At the end of every workout, I do 30 to 45 minutes
What’s your diet like?
Right now I’m prepping for a bikini show, so my nutrition
consists of 50% protein, 20% carbs, and 30% fat. I get one cheat
meal on the weekends to help maintain my energy and metabolism
Do you have a favorite cheat meal?
Kenny’s Burger Joint has
the best burgers in Dallas. I get a
Juicy Lucy—a big old cheeseburger with fries and a
What’s your No. 1 training tip?
It’s not about how much you can lift or how many reps you can
do. It’s about form and that mind-muscle connection. Focus on
time under tension and the tempo of the exercise. For example, with
Bulgarian split squats, I go down for four seconds, I come up in
one second, and I don’t hold on either end.
Got a favorite exercise?
I like different kickbacks: cable kickbacks, kickbacks on the
Smith machine, kickbacks with dumbbells. They hit different parts
of your glute muscle, so that’s my glute-training secret. Also,
hip thrusts. I love going heavy on hip thrusts. I can really feel
We couldn’t help but notice the tattoo on your chest.
What’s the story behind that?
I got it two years ago. It’s a mixture of a mandala design
and a little Amazonian tribal design. To me it represents
femininity and growth.
How do you feel about guys hitting on you when you’re
at the gym?
I don’t have that issue, because when I’m training, I
have a mean, intimidating face. Plus, I usually go to the gym with
my boyfriend, and he’s always on the lookout.
Aqilla’s Training Split
- Monday: Legs (Quad-Dominant)
- Tuesday: Back, Delts, Abs
- Wednesday: Legs (Hamstring-Dominant)
- Thursday: Arms, Abs
- Friday: Legs (Glute-Dominant)
- Saturday: Chest, Abs
- Sunday: Rest
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
Priscilla Aqilla's Booty Workout and Training Split