Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The enchanting Aubrey Worek placed Top 3 at the ’14 Fitness America Weekend show. This certified Personal Trainer and nutrition specialist owns her own business. Aubrey says, “I had tons of laughs, special moments, & saw incredible performances. Congratulations to all of the athletes! My fitness routine scored a perfect 20 from all seven judges this year! I was floored! I felt really good about my performance. I’m already conjuring up my next routine!” – Photo by: Gordon Smith
Sixty-seven years young Ruby Carter Pikes proves that age does not matter by winning the ’14 Figure America Masters Division and the ’14 Figure America Overall. She is active in both her fitness and business life. Ruby is a personal trainer
’14 Ms. Bikini All Forces Champion Karye Mclendon competed in her fourth competition this year at the ’14 Fitness America Weekend show. This beautiful business owner placed third place in a division filled with 34 other dazzling ladies. Kar
Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
, winner of the Fitness America Pro division, reflects over the events of her trip to Las Vegas. She finds her trip well worth the ride because she met people from all over the world and had the pleasure of hearing their stories. Stacie says, “These women are beautiful inside and out and their journeys are just as amazing! The reason I am reflecting on them is because we do this together in all parts of the world. We all push each other and we don’t even realize it! So to see their smiling faces in Vegas was the highlight of my hard work and dedication to get to that moment! I love you all like family and wish I could have packed you in my luggage and take you home! Until next time ladies!”
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro and Model America Sports competitor Sharon Pasqual-Diaz fulfilled a rather tall order at the ’14 Fitness America Weekend show. She is not going to say that her journey was an easy one. Sharon says, “At the end of my journey, I found a stronger me. My body, mind and spirit became stronger. I wanted to give up many times. I would not have been able to do this without my friends, family and faith. I am here to encourage others and they are there to encourage me. Thank you everyone!”
Friday, December 5, 2014
Model America Champion Alina Adams was the top commercial model at the ’14 Fitness America Weekend show. The 5’7″, 123 lbs., corporate personnel recruiter has been competing for only two years, won both the Model Texas and Ms. Bikini Texas and is already generating numerous agency and photographer interest. No doubt, Alina will soon become a popular commercial & fashion model.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
’14 Ms. Bikini Antelope Valley competitor Crystal Karnbach in her empowering Rosa the Riveter attire. Crystal has done personal training for 5 years and is teaching boot camp classes for adults and kids. She is also a nursing student studying sports medicine. Crystal says, “I am committed to getting people motivated and inspiring them to live a fit lifestyle. I want to set an example for my son and achieve my own goals.”
’14 Ms. Bikini All Forces winner Karye McLendon loves to compete all year long! She is currently registered for the ’14 Fitness America show. Karye is an ambassador for a clothing line and a working mom of 5 boys! She says, “Always have a desire. Without it you will never get up at 5 a.m. to workout or drive to the gym after work and push yourself once you get there. You will never pass on the cak
Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
’14 Figure Europe competitor Carmen Diaz from Team Armed Forces Europe will be competing for the first time on October 19. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she was State Police and a Deputy Jailer. Carmen is now a military spouse and mother living in Wiesbaden, Germany. She played volleyball in college and has a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice.
Congratulations to 43 year old Kristi Haglund-Parrotte for winning Physique Overall, Ms. Bikini Classic, and Figure division at the ’14 Colorado Championships. Getting to where she is now seems like a dream to Kristi. By having goals in her life, Kr
won the Overall Ms. Bikini Title at ’14 Britain show on September 13. She is not wasting time, pushing forward and getting ready to compete at the ’14 Europe Championships in Barcelona on October 19. Sandy says, “I won ’
Friday, October 3, 2014
’14 New York competitor Kate McKay calls herself the Master Motivator. She is a transformational speaker, author, coach, entrepreneur, business owner and a mother of 3! Kate’s passion is to spread her message of living a life of abundance, health, and prosperity. This month she has released 2 books; “Living Living Sexy Fit: At Any Age!” and “Motherhood – Dreams & Success.” Kate says, “I’m committed and passionate about helping people take their sexy back. Whether that “sexy” is about doing work that fires them up, having the body of their dreams, or even having the relationship they desire. To me, sexy is all about living a life of vitality, passion and confidence. It’s about letting go of negative self-talk and feelings of unworthiness, which no longer serve you, so you can live your life all-out.” Catch Kate Mckay at the ’14 New York show on October 18.
’14 Ms. Bikini America competitor Andrea Baker is in the process of launching a virtual fitness business that focuses on physical and mental health. She was not always this active in the fitness scene though. In the beginning, Andrea just wanted a smaller waist, to look good in a bikini and a tighter rear. She soon found out she needed both physical and mental strength for her fitness journey. Andrea says, “I can push myself to get through that last 10 minutes of cardio. I can pump myself up enough to increase my barbell weight. I can exhale harder to knock out those last few reps. What I have struggled to do is shake off the judgments and negativity of others. It has taken all of the mental strength I have to keep going when I’m faced with these challenges, but I have done it and I’m doing it. With my chin held high, I say to you, now that is something to be proud of.” Catch Andrea Baker at the Fitness America Show on November 21-22.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Jamie Lynn Hughes is holding nothing back for her return to the ’14 Fitness America Show in November. She had 11 Top 5 placing’s with 4 of those being runner-ups. Jamie says, “Although I compete because I love every second of it, my repeated placing’s as runner-up to world titles has only fueled my desire to chase an overall title.” Beyond competing she wants to be featured on popular fitness magazines.
Congratulations to Kathryn Magnus for winning 1st place in the ’14 Ms. Bikini Australia division. Throughout her life she has overcome injuries and genetic issues in order to be the healthiest she can be. Kathryn’s surgeons told her she needed surgery for her scoliosis and 3 herniated discs, but she opted for long-term rehab & weight training. She says, “Due to my genetic issues, I’ve had to adjust my diet. Due to my injuries, there are many exercises I can’t do. However, I focus on what I can do! I want to help people be their best through awesome nutrition & inspire those with injuries that you can still be fit with the right training.”
Thursday, September 18, 2014
With the ’14 Fitness America Show just 6 weeks away, Joyce Emily had to get serious and honest about her goal to return to the show. Since her last competition, she had gained 14 pounds. With the help of her training coach, Joyce became aware that for months now she had been in denial about her eating behaviors and she not being honest with herself. Her life had changed radically after starting her own business and putting too much on her plate. Joyce says, “Trying to spin and balance too many plates has made me miserable and 14 pounds heavier. Does it scare the crap out of me, the way I look now knowing in 10 weeks I need to be in a bikini? Hell yes! I had the most incredible experience last year competing in the ’13 Fitness America Las Vegas Weekend. Spending 4 days in Vegas with over 500 competitors all in one resort is the ultimate girl’s trip for me. I took 5th place in Bikini Classic and quite frankly I don’t want to regret missing all the fun preparing and going with my girlfriends!”
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Jacquii Alexander always loved being active. Growing up, she was always doing something physical. Jacquii studied ballet for 12 years and participated in many school sports. She was in swimming, track, basketball, water polo, and snowboarding. Now Jacquii is preparing for the ’14 Fitness America show. She says, “. I love the Fitness America event in Las Vegas – it’s a massive event and there is always a big team of Australians there to compete. Winning the Ms. Bikini America title there as part of that Aussie team was a dream come true.”
’13 New Mexico Competitor Cyndi Lamica quotes, “Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” This is a quote she tries to remember daily as she has fought a few of her own. There were times in Cyndi’s life where she was skinny because she chose to buy ramen noodles for her 2 boys with the last few dollars of a single mom working 2 jobs. There was a time she was skinny because she was afraid to ask for anything extra at the grocery store growing up. There was a time Cyndi was skinny because even with food in the cabinets and fridge, she couldn’t stop to make time for herself. She says, “Skinny is a battle too, and is equally as upsetting as fat. Never wish to be skinny. Work to be strong!”
’14 Great North competitor Ann Mairs Farrah is ready to start training again. Ann was training hard, but took a break to spend more time with her kids. She says, “For me, my children always come first. I might not be perfect up on that Vegas stage in November, but I will do my very best to bring my very best!” Come see Ann Mairs Farrah at the ’14 Fitness America Show on November 21.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ms. Bikini Pro Jessica Vasquez tells us to not be afraid of lifting weights. She says, “Bodybuilding is a lifestyle and I love it! Ladies and Gentlemen don’t be afraid to lift weights. Over years of training with weights, incorporating cardio and eating natural foods I have earned the curves I have today. There is no magic pill!”
is training herself for the ’14 Britain Show on September 13. She is a financial technology expert from Peru with a passion in health, training, and dance. Sandy recently discovered bodybuilding as her new passion and started strength training as of last year. Unfortunately, she met with some health issues caused by improper training and diet techniques which prevented her from training for a few months. Sandy learned from her mistakes and is back for more. She says, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Yes, I have struggled with weight and self-image issues, but I am after no sympathy vote. I want people to appreciate and respect the mental strength, discipline and hard work that goes into the Sport of Bodybuilding, and inspire people. On the day, I want them to enjoy the show and make as much noise as possible!”
’13 Australia Bikini competitor Natasha Seeto puts great emphasis on symmetry. She says “You have to work with what you got. I’ve always had a butt and hips with a tiny waist but haven’t always had a set of shoulders to balance that butt out. Instead of wishing I had someone else’s body, I begun sculpting the body I wanted.This year has been all about building a nice frame through my delts and back to create symmetry. Take caution, beautiful broad shoulders will taper your waist! Now my waist looks even tinier!”
is getting prepared for the ’14 Fitness America Show on November 21. Last year Nicole prepped for her first show at the ’13 Arizona show. Nicole was nervous and placed 5th out of 5 in the Bikini. She did not let that loss stop her. She used that loss fuel her motivation instead! Nicole went on the ’13 Fitness America show and placed 11th out of 35. Finally Nicole took on ’14 Fitness Universe show and placed 4th! She says, “Each time I learn something new. Every journey to the stage offers a new experience. I am pumped up for my next show and can’t wait! My prep has begun and I’m focused like never before. A big shout out to my team and support system! I’m ready! 100% committed! Let’s do this!”.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Fitness Universe Pro Angela Gargano knows we all struggle sometimes. She struggles with confidence especially when she hits a speed bump in life. Angela does not look at these speed bumps as “failures” but as an opportunity to keep pushing forward for what she wants. She says, “For the next month, my goal is to transform not only physically in preparing for my show but also mentally. I will no longer dwell on the negatives in my life and will gain more confidence in myself as I take a chance in doing what I love and truly being happy.”
Figure Universe and Fitness Universe Pro Bethany Nelson asks, “What has your strong moment been this year so far?” She has been training her body to travel in order to get around without a car. Starting in February, Bethany has been walking and using the bus often. Starting in May, she has been biking every day for at least 4-8 miles. Bethany says, “Whether it is finishing school, participating in a tough mudder, paying off a debt, or competing in a fitness competition you should be super proud of yourself. You’ve done something! It’s nearly impossible to go through life just wandering about. Recognize your strides and you’ll be more motivated to tackle more! My body has grown weary but I’m fighting to get through this year and soon things will turn around. I have hope and people supporting me! Finish strong!”
’14 Ms. Bikini New England 2nd place winner Elizabeth Sousa is feeling proud of herself. Despite the challenges of the high heat and humidity and vacation mindset she managed to get her 5 days of weight training in this week. Elizabeth has become a regular at her gym and is often approached with complimentary messages and requests for training advice. Even though she is on vacation and would rather sleep through her alarm, she still gets up. Elizabeth says, “By 10:00 a.m. I’m home making pancakes for the family just rolling out of bed. I feel accomplished and excited to enjoy the rest of the day. No one has time for the gym, or building a new business, or learning a new skill. We have to make the time! It’s about organizing our thoughts, using some creativity and making some sacrifices to achieve success.”