Chérie Pereira
Chérie Pereira

School: Boston University
Major: Business Administration (Dual concentration: Finance & Law)
Hometown: Bombay, India
Fitness Goal: All for the greater glory of God

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  • Why did you start training and what motivates you?

    I was always a chubby kid growing up so I my weight yo-yoed a lot. When I was 13, my dad insisted my sister and I train thrice a week, basics with dumbbells and a bar at home. I hated it! Tried again when I was 15 for a couple of months but it didn’t stick. By the end of high school, I’d gained too much weight and I had to start working out again. Once I got the hang of it, lifting was the only thing that made the cardio that followed bearable. I really started to enjoy training.

    Once I got to college, I had trouble again. Fortunately, with the help and guidance of the bodybuilding and fitness club on campus, not only was I back on track again, I competed in my first bikini competition.

    What motivates me the most is being underestimated. It’s very powerful because when people look at me or talk to me, they don’t think I can amount to much. But I know what I’m capable of. My story isn’t finished yet, so stay tuned.

  • What impact has training had on your college life?

    It’s had a huge impact on my 4 years of college. Everything that applies to training applies to school: the discipline, the consistency. But also I’ve met some really amazing people at the gym, some of whom, like me, train on Friday and Saturday nights while the rest of the campus is out getting #wasted.

  • How do you balance being a college student and meeting your fitness goals?
  • Best place to eat around campus?

    I don’t think I’ve ever turned down the opportunity to eat Chipotle.

  • Typical Workout Routine

    I usually follow a 5-day split, 3 days on, 1 off, 2 days on, 1 off. On the first three days, I train bodybuilding-style with lots of volume and accessory movements. I’ve recently started to spend the other two days focusing more on strength and I’m really loving how the two work together.

    Right now I’m doing:
    Monday: Back/Biceps
    Tuesday: Quads/Calves
    Wednesday: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
    Thursday: Off
    Friday: Posterior chain (Back/glutes/hamstrings)
    Saturday: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
    Sunday: Off

    Yes, sometimes I do cardio but I try to do as little as I possibly can. I’m not a fan but it’s a necessary evil.

  • Training Philosophy

    “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” I’m pretty sure Frank Ocean said that.

  • Typical Diet

    It changes, depending on what I feel like eating and whatever is in my fridge/pantry.
    You can add me on MyFitnessPal if you want to see what my food diary looks

  • Favorite Supplements

    I try to keep supplements to a minimum. But in addition to a women’s multivitamin, a Creatine Monohydrate preworkout is a staple for me

  • Workout Playlist

    It depends on my mood but here are my favourite artists:
    – Eminem (Till I Collapse especially. It NEVER gets old)
    – Lecrae
    – Kaskade
    – Skrillex

  • Tips for other college students who want to meet their fitness goals?

    You can do absolutely anything that you decide to. I’ve done crazy things like meal-prepping in my dorm room with a Foreman grill and a rice cooker. Just make sure that you’re doing these things for yourself and not to prove someone else wrong.

  • Training Schedule

    I love training in the afternoon because the gym is usually empty.