Friday, November 28, 2014

International spokes model Jessica Vasquez recently traveled to India and Mexico City to spread the knowledge of health & fitness. Recognized for her incredibly aesthetic hour glass body, this 5x world Champion currently resides in Houston, Texas. Jessica has a passion for working with children and is a full time 2nd grade Bilingual teacher. She is not only a teacher in the classroom, but a teacher amongst her fitness peers too. Jessica finds teaching the most rewarding gift in the world. Inspiring and changing lives is what she loves and wants to be remembered for.
She is a strong Latin role model to young teens, aspiring athletes and anyone chasing a dream. All you have to do is believe big! See Jessica at the ’14 Fitness America Weekend show in November at Las Vegas!
Future ‘14 Ms. Bikini America Competitor Andrea Baker, a marriage and family therapist, is preparing herself for her first show. She primarily works with women and adolescent girls who struggle with health and body image issues. Andrea says, “Sometimes I wonder if I have the body I need in order to actually do this. The answer is yes! I am not the leanest, strongest, or most ripped. It is because I am healthy! I was a girl with some unhealthy habits, but I learned from them to change and improve. So when I get on stage in a sparkly bikini, I will walk with a purpose. My tush may jiggle a bit, but it’s going to be a healthy one!”
Erika Strimer says ” If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on what everyone else thinks of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. DO NOT fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are. You don’t have to be perfect…let people be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections” You can watch Erika and over 500 other amazing Fitness, Ms. Bikini, Figure and Model athletes on stage LIVE from Las Vegas.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Only 2 weeks until Nicole Matthews reunites with the stage at the ’14 Fitness America show in Las Vegas. She has spent the last year of her life developing her physique, her stage presence, her confidence and poise. Nicole has overcome so much, pushed hard and held steady to her goals. She spent her time in the gym looking forward to and envisioning the moment when she will take the spotlight. Nicole says, “My heart is invested in any commitment I make. It beats a little faster each time I reflect. I can feel the obstacle, victories, sweat and battles overcome. It isn’t the show that defines me, it’s each step I took to get there and the person I became on the way there. It’s more than a body that competes; it’s a person’s heart, soul and inner beauty that finishes! Thank you to my friends, family, and coaches for being the lights in my life and supporting me! Time to rock on! 
Paris Ashley Mcbride is still hanging strong after an extremely busy weekend filled with training, family and shows. This is her 7th year training after losing 120 pounds. The ‘14 Fitness America show will be her 11th Show and her 4th Year at the Fitness America show. Paris says, “My Journey has been filled with laughter, friendship, love and tears. I have made friends with many of the great competitors from around the world. I always look forward to spending time with all of them at each show. Money can’t buy the memories that I cherish or the moments that make my life with you nothing short of an epic adventure! I look forward to seeing you all at the ‘14 Fitness America show in Las Vegas. My body will be the best it has ever been and I am very excited to show the physique that I have been sculpting. Thank you Garey Macdowell, my coach, for helping me bring my body under subjection to create a beautiful masterpiece for the ‘14 Fitness America show. Everyone have a safe trip and a blessed last few weeks of training. Cherish the days as the show is upon us!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ana-Marija Zujovica has a great amount of love for dance and fitness. This 24 year old Serbian beauty placed 1st in ’14 Fitness Rimini, 1st in ’14 Fitness Helsinki, and placed at least top 3 in many others! In 2013, as a rookie, Ana won 1st place in her first performance outside her homeland. This year in Barcelona she repeated that success, but that European gold medal was not enough to satisfy her. She says, “Last year in Vegas, I managed to place into the top 5. This year in Miami, I was 3rd placed. I believe that this year is mine. I will achieve my goal and be the best in the world!”
’14 Figure Paris winner Lorie Barghi lives in Paris as a personal trainer. She is 20 years young and has been working out for over 3 years. Lorie started competing 2 years ago in the Bikini division. This year, she decided to move into the Figure division. She says, “I won the Figure division, but I still have many improvements to make. I need to practice my posing routine and add more symmetry and muscle quality. I want to develop myself into the fitness industry through modeling. I also want to move to the U.S.A. in a few years and open a business with my boyfriend, and ’14 Musclemania Paris Champion, Deelan Duriez 
’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 cake, stick to your healthy choices or skip happy hour. You will never stay committed without the DESIRE. It might be your desire to lose weight, build muscle, get healthy or enter a competition. Once you find your desire, don’t let it go. It will drive you to be successful. It will keep you going when you want to stop. Feed it. Embrace it. Nurture it. It will pave the way to your goals