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AMANDA DEAR

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I was born in Montreal and lived there until I was 2 years old, my parent moved us to Kelowna BC and that’s where I grew up. I graduated in 1998 and started working at TD Bank as a Customer Service Representative at 19 years old. I moved into a Manager Customer Service Position a couple of years later and that is how I met my husband Kevin because he also worked at TD Bank in Vancouver. We were at a mutual conference and met at a workshop and from there we dated and got engaged 7 months later married 10 months after that. I got pregnant with our first son within 3 months of being married. We moved to Langley in 2008 and had our second son and have lived here ever since. I worked part-time for a few years after having our children but had to cut back my hours when we lost Kevin’s mom to Lung Cancer in 2015, she helped watch our boys so I could work. I left TD Bank in 2018 as Kevin’s businesses are growing and require him to travel a couple of times a month. We have always wanted to be the ones raising our children so it was time for me to just stay home with them full time. This has allowed me to really focus on my passion for fitness, it allows me to work out every day and does all our meal prep.

I really got into fitness when my youngest was 2 years old, it was time for me to start taking care of myself. I have been working out in the gym for the past 8 years doing various types of training. My husband and I started training with my coach 5 years ago as lifestyle clients. In 2017 my competing journey began. I had my first fitness competition in March 2018 and won my class in open and won overall in bikini masters. Then I did a natural regional show won my open class and master bikini to qualify for Natural Pro Qualifier the following week in Toronto where I won my Pro in masters bikini. At the end of September, I concluded my first Pro season after competing in 3 Canadian Pro shows.

Training Plan:
I train weights 3 days on 1 day off and repeat. Cardio 6 days a week 30-40 minutes a day. I train glutes/lower body 3 times a week and shoulders/upper 2-3. The plan changes every 4 weeks.

Nutritional Plan:
My nutrition is based on Macros and I eat 5 x per day. In my off-season, my proteins are 125g, carbs 100-120g, and fats of 40g. My plan allows me to be flexible to stay within my macros and I get to enjoy a treat meal every week. My plan gets revised based on where I am in prep or off-season every 4 weeks or as needed.

Supplements:
I mostly take Vitamins (C, D, Omegas, L-Carnitine, Greens, Collagen, BCAA’s, Glutamine)

What are your thoughts on Status Fitness Magazine?
Status Fitness is separated from other magazines because it provides opportunities for men and women of all ages. Also by having the model searches in different cites and the master’s categories allows fitness models to be able to showcase what they have in person instead of just in photos.

Congratulation on becoming a “Status Symbol”. What does this mean to you?
It would mean so much to me to be a “Status Symbol” because I feel with where I am in my life now and what I have accomplished in a short period of time while having a family, I could really encourage women to get in shape and show that if you follow your dreams anything can happen at any age or stage of life.

Status Fitness Magazine cover is considered the most prestigious in the fitness industry. What would it mean to you to grace the cover?
I would be honored and beyond excited to grace the cover of Status Magazine. I love showcasing my hard work and what better place to be than on the cover of Status Magazine.

How important is “Team” on your fitness journey?
Being part of a fitness team to me means working hard in and out of the gym. I am always there to encourage my teammates or just other people around me that have fitness goals and dreams. I want to ensure that my weekly check-ins for my coach are always on time which helps me hold myself accountable.

I have worked with my nutrition/training coach for almost 5 years, her name is Tamara Knight. She has impacted my fitness journey by always being supportive of my goals. I started as a lifestyle client and then evolved into competing. I was her first IFBB Pro ever. She stood by my side all the way and always made sure that my diet and training on point. My posing coach is Kenny Wallach and all my posing training is via FaceTime. He always had lots of faith in me and would always make the right tweaks as needed to perfect my posing.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief one question, What would that be?
As the editor of Status Fitness Magazine what are the qualities you are looking for in a cover model and what advice would you give to excel in this industry?

Status Fitness Magazine runs many model searches in Canada and throughout the world. What would it mean to be on stage at the Status Fitness Magazine’s Arnold Model Search?
This would be an opportunity of a lifetime not only to attend the Arnold Classic as I have never been but, to be part of the largest model search in the industry. I would be honored to represent Status Magazine as part of the team.

The Status Model Search at the prestigious VanPro show was incredible. What was your experience like?
Participating in the Model Search at Vanpro was a great way to break up my “Competition Day”. It was more relaxed and entertaining to show off my personality and just have fun with it.  Meeting all the Staff and competitors was a highlight and I met many people that I still keep in contact with.

I would absolutely recommend other men and women to participate in the model search. It was fun and a totally different type of stage than when you’re competing. It allows you to show another side of your personality and to be playful and sexy. I totally recommend it because of the people you meet and the opportunities it could open up for you.

Vanpro was my second show as an IFBB Bikini Pro, it was such a great experience for me to compete with athletes from all over the world and in my hometown. My fitness plans currently are to have a focussed and flexible improvement season. I know where to improve and need to take the time to grow and have a fresh mindset heading into my next competing season. It’s all about making lean gains, balance, and keeping my nutrition on point so I can be ready for a photo shoot or vacation all year round.

What do you have planned for your fitness future?
My future fitness goals are to compete again by late 2020 or 2021. I would like to compete in the United States and try a Masters Show as well as open. I would also like to do a few photoshoots and continue to be a published model.

What are some of your favorite quotes?
My favorite Quotes are: Try and if you fail you try again – In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take – It’s not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters

What are 5 things people may not know about you?

  1. I was born in Montreal and moved to BC when I was 2 years old
  2. I won my IFBB Pro card at my 3 show ever
  3. I worked at a bank for 19 years
  4. Before having my kids I had never changed a diaper
  5. My husband and I got engages after dating for 7 months and have been together ever since.

Who do you like to inspire?
The two most important people to me that I want to inspire are my 2 sons. I want to inspire them to follow their dreams and know that if they put in the effort that anything is possible and their dreams can come true. No one else can make it happen but you.

Who inspires you?
In the competing world, Angelica Teixeria inspires me because she has worked hard for everything and nothing was handed to her. I have also met her in person twice and she is just as kind and beautiful in person as she appears on Instagram. To me, that speaks volumes because she is real and a true role model. My husband also inspires me, he is such a hard worker. He runs 3 businesses, travels a lot for work, trains every day, coaches our son’s soccer, and is a wonderful husband and father. He is so organized and calm and he brings balance to our home and I admire him for that.

Being a mom is a full-time job. How do you fit your training into your busy schedule?
Currently, I am not working for anyone, I am a full-time mom and wife. I am not a trainer so I don’t train anyone but do try to motivate and inspire fellow women/moms. I do this by posting on Instagram, talking to people at the gym, or even at the grocery store. I always give tips and advice so others can meet their fitness or nutrition goals and just need a little encouragement.

I started working out about 8 years ago. My second child was almost 2 and going to pre-school so I started to make time for myself again. I worked out at Steve Nash Fitness World down the street from my house with another mom from the pre-school. After a couple of months, I started training with a trainer from the gym, started and building a little muscle, and doing a lot of HIT training. After a couple of years, I decided I wanted to really build some muscle and learn how to eat to meet my goals which brought me to my current coach Tamara Knight. I knew she was very educated when it came to training and nutrition so my husband and I both started working with her. At first, we were lifestyle clients then decided to prep for a photoshoot. We both enjoyed the process which brought me into the world of competing. I think my coach always had it the back of her mind that maybe I would compete one day so my programs were geared towards bikini physic. I prepped for my first show in March 2018, I won masters and open and the feedback from the judges was that I should be on a National Stage so I did my second regional show in the natural stream, I won masters and open again then the following week I went to Toronto then won my Pro Card in the Master’s Bikini. I have since competed at 3 Canadian IFBB Pro shows in 2019.

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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