Friday, August 15, 2014
Four years ago, Genieve Sanchez challenged herself to compete in Fitness New Mexico Championships to expand her athletic horizons. She became the fitness transformation story she had always been inspired by in Oxygen Magazines. Genieve says, “That show was a catalyst for future shoes and athletic adventures, self-discovery and incredible friendships. To the competitors I applaud you all on reaching this goal.” Over the years Genieve has become more involved in the Fitness Industry. She competes in shows, involves herself creatively through graphic design promotions and judging shows.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Shining last month in Florida were Fitness Universe Champions (L-R) Sheri McCall Vucick (Open Women),Mike Peele (Open Men) and Stacie Wildenhain Venagro (Pro). Sheri was making her return to the FU stage and is now an unprecedented 4x Fitness Universe Champion! Mike a heralded Hollywood choreographer was making his fitness debut. And, Stacie was hot off her Fitness America win last November in Las Vegas. They raises the roof at the show with so much excitement to their routines.
Some words of wisdom from Ms. Bikini Universe competitor Erika Laura Strimer. “Life takes courage! It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them. It takes courage to refrain from gossip when others delight in it and stand up for the absent person who is being abused. It takes courage to live honestly within your means, and not dishonestly on the means of others. It takes courage to be a REAL man or a TRUE woman.”
brings dance to the stage in an exciting way. The Georgia native explains, “I was a dancer before I was a fitnesser. I was technically trained at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota, FL. The fun part about this fact is that dance sneaks it’s way into my fitness classes and fitness sneaks it’s way into my dance classes. Come see for yourself!” Desiree is always a Top 5 Finalist at Fitness America and Fitness Universe shows.
A veteran to the Ms. Bikini Universe™ stage and one of the first selected Ms. Bikini Universe™ Pros, Sally Leung has been busy promoting her brand internationally. She is currently being featured on the cover of British magazine Ultra-FIT (below) and the cover of a Chinese lifestyle magazine INSERT. “I’m excited to continue promoting the Ms. Bikini Universe™ brand and to be an active ambassador in Canada and throughout Asia,” Sally says. She’s been a Top 5 Finalists in all her shows over the past few years and will be on stage at Ms. Bikini America™ in Las Vegas in November.
Competing for the first time, Bostonian Isabelle Atkinson nearly snatched the Ms. Bikini New England Medium Class. The 5’6″, 130 lbs., 22 year old advertising and marketing administrator says, “I love the fitness industry and helping empower other women.” Isabelle explains she wants to become a fitness model and continue to experience being on stage and in front of the lights.