Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez is a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo who maintains her smoking-hot bikini body with a healthy diet and circuit-training workouts.
“I teach taekwondo,” Nia, 24, told Las Vegas Weekly. “I started training when I was 8, and I started teaching when I was 12, and I was a certified instructor when I was 15. It’s a good workout. It’s a full-body workout. I never get more tired working out than when I’m at the studio.”
Taekwondo, which combines self-defense techniques with exercise, is an excellent fat-burning workout. But beyond its health benefits, the martial art also teaches perseverance and self-control, according to Doug Cook, author of Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence.
Proponents say tae kwon do fosters self-esteem, inner peace and confidence. Sanchez isn’t the only celebrity who’s a fan of martial arts. TV host Maria Menounos maintains her 40-pound weight loss by doing Krav Maga workouts.
Menounos shared her weight loss secrets in her book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness.
To prepare for the Miss USA Pageant, Sanchez began following a clean, healthy diet in October 2013, and worked out 60 to 90 minutes a day, five days a week, combining cardio exercise, weight-lifting and fat-blasting circuit training workouts. Nia said her diet included five meals and one snack throughout the day.
Nia, who’s dating actor Daniel Booko, said her future career aspirations include modeling and motherhood. “I see myself modeling while I’m young and can enjoy it,” she said.
“But to be honest, I really see myself being a mom. I don’t know if that sounds silly, but I love children, and I just want to be a good wife and a mom and really be able to raise my children.”
Nia said she would also consider opening a day care center or teaching martial arts at a tae kwon do studio. If she does, we’re sure the brunette stunner will have no shortage of enthusiastic tae kwon do students.
Sanchez will represent the United States at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant later this year.