Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fitness star Nikki Bongiovanni will once again bring her seasoned athletic prowess to the Superbody Championships this Saturday. The 32 year old former Penn State and US Gymnastics Team Member always captures the audience and judges with e
xtreme skills and choreography. At 5'2", 110 lbs., Nikki is a former Fitness Atlantic Champion and Fitness Universe and Fitness America Top 5 Finalist and brings to the stage unparelled WOW factor!

FU star Jessica Halbert heads into home stretch for Fitness Superbody this Saturday. She will compete against many of the sports top fitness women and hopes that the show will be hers. Here is Jessica's final blog as she head for Atlantic City.

"So we made it everyone - we are here. WEEK OF SHOW (duh duh duuuuuh). The way I see it, there are two options for this week. I can freak out over the fact that I will take the stage in just a few days OR I can focus on the excitement and celebration of the journey I have participated in over these last few months. I choose the latter - because really, what is the point of all this work if you don't enjoy the process leading up to the "big day." Truth of the matter is - the work is really done at this point. Yes we have those final days where the diet and training are particularly challenging - but this week is just revealing the body you've been working on over you entire prep - the body that's been lurking below the surface as you've sweat and lifted and sweat some more."

"Over the next few days, I will really try to make a little time to reflect on the process of competition prep. I'll take 5 extra minutes to walk around some local shops or to sip a coffee and just digest the experience. This seems impossible with our massive to-do lists, errands, and food prep. But so often we as competitors forget that what we accomplish before even stepping on stage is a feat that many people never even get close to. Prepping for a natural show can get athletes to their strongest and most beautiful physiques and that is something to drink in for a moment don't you think? Doing this also helps me keep me head about me on the day of the show. I don't care how many shows I do, I'm always going to get nervous - PERIOD. Those few minutes before I actually perform my fitness routine I go back in forth between giddy joy, momentary panick, and outright nausea. But that's where my mental prep kicks in and the little voice in my head pipes up to remind me that this is meant to be FUN. Time on stage is a CELEBRATION, a chance to share with all those people in the audience a little piece of yourself and your energy.:"

"And don't forget to look around you - I've met some of my closest friends while just sitting around on my bum waiting for this or that backstage. Competing has a lot of hurry up and wait - so make the best of it! Help each other out, laugh, tell stories, and take something away from the show that is more valuable than any trophy that you may take home. I can't wait to meet so many of you that I've met "electronically" over the last few months. We are in for an awesome day, a great time on stage, and quite a post show celebration. Break a leg everyone - see you on Saturday!"
Hungarian fitness phenom Bianka Rigo is training for Fitness Europe in Paris. The 17 year old athlete has already amassed a plethora of titles including 4x Fitness Hungary Champion, Rhytmic Gimnastics Champion, Hungary Show Dance Champion, Hungary Trampoline Champion and many more.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

'11 Model Universe Champion Johanna Sabucini will be a guest judge at the Superbody Championships in Atlantic City. The New York fashion and commercial model has appeared in numerous magazines, advertisements, television shows, runway events, and much more. Johanna is also the reigning Miss New York USA and competed in Donald Trumps Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas in June.
'04 Fitness America Champion Else Lautala is the consummate fitness athlete. The Finnish acrobat, dancer and circus trapeze performer has been exciting Fitness Universe Tour audiences worldwide for nearly a decade. Else took 3rd Place at the recent Fitness Universe Championships in Miami with an incredible routine mixed with gymnastic, dance and acrobatic. No doubt she will continue to dominate the fitness scene.
Congratulations to '12 Figure Universe Classic Champion Megan Belcher & MM Pro Joe Patton on their marriage today. The Philadelphia couple and over 30 kin traveled to theTurks and Caicos Islands for the ceremony and honeymoon. Both Megan and Joe will be at the Superbody Championships cheering their team of competitors.
Suzanne Brown has been an active sports enthusiast for many years. But, the Northern California married mother of two boys has never competed. That will all change when she makes her debut stage at Ms. Bikini Arizona Class Division next month. At 5'7", 120 lbs. and 44 years of age, Suzanne says she's been married to her high school sweetheart for 22 years and together for 28 years. She says, "My kids and husband are my everything. I could not do this without them. I'm very nervous and excited all at the same time!"
'11 Model Universe Champion Johanna Sambucini went on to win the Miss New York USA and, then, competed at Donald Trump's Miss Universe. Now the stunning fashion and commercial model says she will return to Las Vegas in November to compete a
t Model America.

Johanna is a 5'7", 117 lbs. self described fitness fanatic and enjoys yoga, Pilates, running, swimming, biking and jet skiing. She has appeared in the Ab Sculptor catalog and commercials for Met-Rx, NFL, FX Network, Lights Out Series Premier and many more. Johanna has also been featured in the New York Times and New York Post and magazines including Latina, Runners World, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Elle and more.

Johanna will be a guest at the upcoming Superbody Championships in Atlantic City.

With just a couple of weeks left, Jessica Halbert continues her Fitness Superbody blog.

"Another week down and another week closer to the Superbody - time is flying! So, two weeks for me is official "laser focus" time. If the month mark 
was the time for doubt, now is the time for pushing forward and running to the finish line."

This is the time when those little things that are loose in my diet or training disappear. Every workout counts, every rep pushed, and no more "taste tests" off my hubby's plate. Three weeks feels like such a short window of time, but it is amazing how many changes we see in physiques in this final homestretch!

And, at two weeks - I start scheduling all the FUN things you do pre-show. Hair cut, mani pedis, and all those other "girly" appointments. I swear I never am so well primped and polished as the final weeks before a show! It's also time to pick out clothes for shoots I have scheduled and to get lots of extra practice in those clear heels! (This activity is often combined with meal prep - adding a little show glam to my kitchen chores always "spices" things up!)

And if I'm feeling a little tired or doubtful right now I turn to the wonderful extra motivation provided courtesy of our amazing U.S. Olympic athletes that I'm watching on TV. To watch their stories of sacrifice and dedication really gets me pumped up and excited for the commitment required of me in the next three weeks. Their zeal and dedication is contagious and I'm soaking it all in!"

So for everyone following along that is meeting me in Atlantic City - let's do this - time to lock down, get exctied, and go for the gold!

Until next week,

Personal trainer Jana KovacovicOVACOVIC competed at '11 Ms. Bikini America, but the Under Armour Switzerland sponsored athlete says it will be something special to compete close to home. At 35 years of age, 5'3", 117 lbs., Jana will be competing at Ms. Bikini Europe. She says, "It's going to be party time in Paris!"
Minnesota fitness fanatic Jessi Vizenor has been competing for two years and says she enjoys every minute of it. The 26 year old, 5'3", 110 lbs. billing manager will be competing at Ms. Bikini Midwest in Chicago next month. Jessi says, "I'm currently working on building my own personal training company, along with opening up a custom off-road shop with my husband who builds custom off-road buggies."
Last Saturday's Fitness Carolina show in Charlotte was incredibly fun with all new competitors from through the region. Some of the beginner competitors called it a "Camp Show"! But despite being a newbie contest, many of them were amazing and ready for Superbody and Fitness America Weekend.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

After loosing 30 lbs., Dawn Bonfonti (R) decided she wanted to compete for the first time. After competing in this year's Ms. Bikini New England Classic Division, the 51 year old mother of two says its time for more. "I want to be an inspiration to other women. If I can get into shape, anyone can!" At 5'5", 125 lbs., Dawn is trained by FU star Janelle Nicolo (L) and will be on stage at Ms. Bikini Superbody in Atlantic City two weeks.
New Yorker Kristin Russo is a New York School of Interior Design graduate but also works as a group fitness instructor and yoga teacher. The 28 year old, 4'11", 102 lbs. will take the stage for the first time at Superbody Figure Championships in Atlantic City in 3 weeks. But with all of her skilled fitness training, Kristin says, "Thanks to Mom for instilling good habits by always substituting with whole wheat and stocking low fat everything!" Besides her avid fitness lifestyle, Kristin works as a volunteer adult literacy tutor in Manhattan.
As a professional basketball player in Germany & Finland, Jana Rediger says hard work and determination was necessary to be successful. The 6'3", 163 lbs. professional trainer will take her etiquette to something a little more fun but just as competitive when she steps on the Ms. Bikini Superbody stage in Atlantic City. Jana graduated from Villanova University and is sports fitness center director.
At 40 years young, Lexine Kolb decided it was time to take the stage. Now, five years later, the 5', 125 lbs., stay at home mom has since competed in NABBA, Tri-Fitness and NPC shows and will take the Ms. Bikini and Figure Superbody Championships in 3 weeks. Lexine is married with two teenage sons who will be in Atlantic City to cheer on Mom.