Former figure competitor (think bodybuilding) turned indoor cycling and Zumba queen, Revolve DC instructor Francina Segbefia is also a lawyer-by-day extraordinaire. She’s of Portuguese and Ghanaian descent, speaks Portuguese and some French, and dreams of someday living on a sunny farm. Fascinating, right? Check out Francina’s typical day.
5AM: Rise, Shine and Sweat
On weekdays, I’m up by 5AM either to teach an early morning indoor cycling class, workout with my trainer, or on my own. I’m a big fan of early morning workouts. On the weekends, I get up around 6 or 7AM to meditate and do yoga.
Many people don’t know this about me, but I struggled with my weight for many years. One day, I hired a nutritionist and personal trainer to help me train for my first figure competition. I’ve now competed in three competitions, and while I’m glad I did it, I don’t have plans to compete again anytime soon. It’s an extreme lifestyle!
9AM: Attorney Segbefia
I love my job as as a full-time lawyer (I’m a judicial law clerk for the federal government), but it can be hectic. Between conference calls, writing legal documents, attending hearings, and traveling, I grab every opportunity to brainstorming playlists for my weekly classes. Music helps me relax and focus, and I’ve been caught dancing in my chair plenty of times at work!
I’m a big believer in finding a diet that works for you because I used to obsess over it. Once I learned to relax and listen to my body, I realized that it naturally tells me what it needs. I’ve kept the excess weight off for almost five years just by learning how to listen to my body! Here’s a typical day of eats for me:
Breakfast: Boiled or scrambled egg whites, oatmeal (or grilled red potato hash), coffee and fruit
Lunch: Soup and a HUGE salad
Dinner: A HUGE salad with lean proteins and tons of veggies. If I have time, I’ll sauté a bag of spinach, kale, or roast some veggies.
5:30PM: Sweatin’ Pretty
On weeknights, I either teach an evening Zumba or indoor cycling class, and typically teach between 8-10 classes a week.
From sparkly headbands, and fun/funky fitness clothes, to eyelash and hair extensions, I’m all about lookin’ good while working out hard. Someday, I’d love to create a natural makeup line for women who work out that gives you that pretty workout glow and won’t damage your skin. I’d call it “Sporty Girl” – you heard it here first!
10PM: Lights Out!
I wind down by watching TV (Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Judge Judy) and get to bed as early as possible. I’ve been known to fall asleep as early as 7PM. I need my rest to keep up my schedule!
But on the weekends, I let loose! One of my go-to spots in DC is Cuba Libre. I go early for dinner and then stay until it becomes a Latin Dance club. My friends and I will dance for hours into the night if you let us! For a few more of my favorite spots in DC, check out this Pinterest board.