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Congratulations on the winners of Hannah Dawson’s FitClub “She is Focused” Challenge!

Overall Winner: AMBER HEAVY RUNNER

Age:
31

Health and Fitness Goals:
Focus on my holistic health as a whole to feel better mentally, and have fewer flare-ups with my fibromyalgia.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I followed Hannah for a few months before I decided to register for her program. I saw all the success and then finally joined.

How has the experience been for you?
My experience has been nothing but positive. I have been changing my story. Everything in my life has been going positive since I started and I’m getting all my ducks in a row.

What does Focused (“She is focused”) mean to you?
To stay focused means to simply persist with the task at hand. To continue to work towards whatever it is that you need to do and ensure that you stay concentrated on that one activity. It isn’t multitasking. It isn’t daydreaming. It’s focusing on the task at hand and putting in the work to get it done.

What did you do to focus on during this challenge?
I focused on my goals and positivity. I prioritized and scheduled my routine and made sure I got enough to sleep every night. I would always ground myself and focus on my surroundings. I would rematch Hannah’s motivational videos and that always helps my mindset.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
I learned that I have a strong mind and I can do whatever I set my mind to.

What challenges did you face this past month when it came to your focus?
The only challenge I have is focusing on nutrition, it’s hard staying true to clean eating when there’s fast food all around. I really am strong-willed.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “focused’ program approach?
My words of advice are to post, log or write down your workouts, it helps to stay accountable and focused. Listen to your body. If you feel discouraged, communicate with your trainer or fitness community, usually, they will pump you up or give you advice on what to do. Like my great-grandpa, Senator James Gladstone’s motto is “Work hard and persevere.”

What does it mean to you to earn the recognition of the “She is FOCUSED” award spotlight?
It means so much to me. I’ve always suffered from fibromyalgia and mental health and was never an active person. This is my first ever award in any activity and I’m 31 years old. I want the fibromyalgia community to know, that being active helps with flare-ups, don’t be scared to try new things, you never know if it’s the right treatment for your body. Never doubt yourself.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
It has been a great experience and I love everyone’s enthusiasm and compassion for everyone in the community. Would definitely recommend it.

Spotlight Winner: CHEYENNE YOUNG

Age:
26

Health and Fitness Goals:
My health and fitness goals would be to nourish my body with what makes me feel the best, stay hydrated, and stay moving. My fitness goals would be to tone and feel strong 🙂

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I decided to register for Hannah’s Program because I thought it was the best time for me to join a group of supportive women doing the same thing! Also seeing amazing results from a few girlfriends I know! Shaylee had talked about it with me a few times and it always sounded so amazing. I am so glad I took the leap.

How has the experience been for you?
The experience has been nothing but rewarding.

What does Focused (“She is focused”) mean to you?
What “She is focused” meant to me was exactly THAT 🙂 Stay focused girl. You got this. Look forward to your results

What did you do to focus on during this challenge?
What I focused on during this challenge was showing up every day to do the workout! 8. What I have learned about myself this past month, even since the beginning of January was that I am so powerful, whatever I set my mind to I can accomplish just that. Being there for yourself every day and showing up is huge.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
The challenges I faced would be feeling guilty for the rest days….. I am so glad I have switched that mindset because you need them just as much as you do your workout days. Rest is very important.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “focused’ program approach?
Words of advice would be.. to show up, not for anyone but yourself. Do it for YOU.

What does it mean to you to earn the recognition of the “She is FOCUSED” award spotlight?
It is extremely rewarding to have won this spotlight. Especially with 2 months in, it makes me feel so powerful and proud!

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
It has been nothing but positive/happy/rewarding vibes! All of the ladies on here seem so beautiful and powerful and I am so happy we’re all in this together! We have a kick-ass coach that we look up to daily. Your words and lives are very inspiring and you truly are so so good at what YOU DO HANNAH, THANK YOU!!!!

Spotlight Winner: KELLY O’BRIEN

Age:
36

Health and Fitness Goals:
Improve overall feeling of “healthy” and happy.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I saw so much progress and success on her IG and Facebook groups it was inspiring.

How has the experience been for you?
This experience has been difficult, vulnerable, but life-changing.

What does consistency (“She is Focused”) mean to you?
Focused to me is – pushing through those days when you would normally tap out and give up!

What did you do to focus on during this challenge?
I used a buddy system – I had a few friends and family members in place that would motivate and push me when I couldn’t do it on my own.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
Consistency pays off!

What challenges did you face this past month while doing the challenge “Focused”?
Like everyone, I feel burnout from work and well, COVID. Staying motivated has always been my greatest challenge.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “She is focused’ program approach?
Push through, use your support network, and believe in yourself when no one else does.

What does it mean to you to earth recognition of the “She is Focused” award spotlight?
This is incredible, I was just working so hard this past year to feel better about myself and I had no idea this was even a possibility. What an honour.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
She’s the best honestly, she knows the real-life struggles we all face, and how to keep you motivated, engaged, and excited about your fitness journey.

Spotlight Winner: JEN JANSEN

Age:
37

Health and Fitness Goals?
To lose 25-30lbs become stronger and have a moderately toned body.

How has the experience been for you?
Nothing shy of amazing!

What does Focused (“She is focused”) mean to you?
I am focused on all my body does for me. I only focus on the things I can control and let go of everything I can’t. My eyes are only focused on my journey and my path. I am focused on the best version of me.

What did you do to focus on during this challenge?
For this challenge, I mainly focused on upper body workouts and my nutrition sticking to eating properly and all my meals even my snacks.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
I learnt that I can push myself to lift more without pain and with no regrets also that eating healthier for 6 months makes a huge difference in your perspective about eating healthy from portion size and what your body tells you when you eat crap food.

What challenges did you face this past month when it came to your focus”?
Emotional breakdowns this month. I worked out and cried happy and sad tears because I see and hear the changes I’m making. You don’t realize how much support you really have till family & friends tell you or you look in the mirror and see how far you’ve come and cry happy tears. Sometimes working out I cry sad tears and I don’t know why but mentally it’s a good thing to have a good cry sometimes helps the mindset reset.

Spotlight Winner: TIFFANY PLEASANT

Age:
42

Health and Fitness Goals:
Health goals are weight loss, improving strength, building muscles, living a healthy and active life and inspiring my children to live healthier because health = happiness.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I followed Hannah’s program for a couple of years on Facebook and in July 2021, I decided I needed to lose weight it was tough motivating myself but knew I needed this for ME.

How has the experience been for you?
Great experience, with great, good and bad days.

What does Focused (“She is focused”) mean to you?
She is Focused means I am focused! I am focused on me and creating the life I want for myself, focusing on my workouts and enjoying them and my nutrition (biggest struggle). Being focused means paying attention to the movements my muscles are making during the workouts and engaging them and focusing on healthier eating to fuel my body so I feel good.

What did you do to focus on during this challenge?
I focused on engaging my core during workouts, posture and breathing (I hold my breath a lot). I focused on what I fueled my body with and how I felt before and after workouts. I focused on challenging myself and doing better than the last time whether it be one more push-up or increasing weights by 1 or 2 lbs.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
This past month I learned I am capable of so much more than I realize. I learned I can build new habits that I enjoy. I learned I’m a much happier mom when I work out and eat healthily.

What challenges did you face this past month while doing the challenge “Focused”?
Stomach issues, I have IBS and a lot of foods cause flares up and irritation leaving me with crazy symptoms. Motivation, somedays it’s so hard but the FCB provides so much, just logging in and seeing other ladies, working with everyday mom getting their workouts in and eating healthy gave me the motivation to do what I need as well.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “She is focused’ program approach?
My advice is to try, keep trying and build consistency. Focus on YOU and try to drown out distractions. Stay positive and patient.

What does it mean to you to earth recognition of the “She is Focused” award spotlight?
It feels good to have others see the work I’ve been consistently focusing on. I’m proud of myself and hope it inspires someone to start wherever they are at.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
Hannah is an amazing coach. She is always motivating, encouraging and just there for any questions or support. I don’t feel “stupid” asking her questions or advice ever. She truly loves what she does and it shows.

Thank you, Hannah and Fitclub community for inspiring, supporting and encouraging me.

I’m ready for the She is Fit challenge!!!

Connect with Hannah: FitClub Babes | IG

I was introduced to strength training during my freshman season of collegiate volleyball in 2013. We would have morning weight sessions that were mandatory and at first, I absolutely hated them. I didn’t understand why it was important to lift weights for volleyball, I thought that I would get big, bulky, and manly looking if I consistently lifted heavy. I learned it was actually quite the contrary. The more I spent time in the weight room, the more I felt my body becoming stronger, the better I became at my sport and the shapelier my physique began to look (in the right places). I felt empowered and confident the better I became at weight lifting and the more I wanted to learn about it. I was fascinated that you could control where you could add shape to your physique and I wanted to take my fitness to the next level. After a year of consistently lifting in the gym, I decided to step onto the NPC bikini stage for the first time and I instantly fell in love with the sport. Since then I have done 11 NPC bikini shows, competed in 3 powerlifting meets, and obtained several personal training and nutrition certifications, along with finishing a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Age:
27

City, State/Province:
Los Angeles, CA

Country:
US

Occupation:
Online personal trainer.

Photo By: VAMPX

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
I would say it’s more of a health issue even though they do go hand in hand. The majority of healthy and sustainable weight loss will come from a balanced, well-rounded diet, while the fitness/workout aspect serves to maintain and add shape to the physique.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

  • Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
All of these have their time and place depending on the level/goal of the client I am working with. Specificity is the key component I keep in mind when working with an athlete.

For example, if I am prepping an athlete to compete in a powerlifting meet, the premise of their training should revolve around the main movements they will be showcasing on the platform, the squat, bench and deadlift. Therefore in meet prep, accessories for this athlete will focus on supplementing their weak points in those movements and peaking them to work well in the low rep range. This is a client I would not be programming HIIT. To give a counter-example, if I had a client that had broader fitness goals revolving around the overall health and weight loss, HIIT may be a suitable option if they are short on time, have a tight schedule, or simply just enjoy getting a quick sweat session in. All these methods can be a tool in the trainer’s toolbox.

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
The biggest challenge I have faced on my fitness journey is being a female in a male-dominated field. It can often be uncomfortable and intimidating for a woman to step into the weight room for the first time not knowing much about how to lift. Being surrounded by a bunch of buff dudes can make you feel uneasy and very self-conscious. What I always recommend to my female clients who are new to lifting and feel this way is to

  • Go in with a plan so you know what you are doing.
  • Educate yourself on the form, what muscles are working and why you chose that specific exercise to do that day.
  • Own it, everyone pays the same gym membership fee, you deserve that space as much as the guy benching 405 does.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
My goal as a coach is to inspire and empower as many women as possible to feel confident and strong with a barbell in their hands. I typically utilize a hybrid power building structure so my clients get to build their physique in the right ways, along with learning what they are capable of from a strength perspective.

Trainer Philosophy:
Balance and sustainability above all. What’s the point in obtaining great results if you can’t keep them for the long term? My goal is always to educate my clients on why they are doing what they’re doing and always make health a priority.

Training Plan:
I am currently in my bodybuilding off-season so I enjoy more flexibility in my training:

  • Monday –  Quad-focused leg day. Main movement: high bar squats.
  • Tuesday – Upper body day. Main movement: Overhead strict press or push press.
  • Wednesday –  rest
  • Thursday – Glute focused leg day. Main movement: Barbell hip thrust.
  • Friday – Upper body day: Main movement: chin-ups or weighted chin-ups.
  • Saturday – Full body: Main movement: Pause squats.
  • Sunday – rest

Nutritional Plan:
Flexible dieting, I stick to counting macros and choosing ~80% whole foods, high protein choices, and ~20% fun foods (I love my donuts). My current intake is 2165cal (155p/240c/65f) but varies throughout the year depending on my goal at the time.

Supplement Plan:
PEScience creatine monohydrate (5g/ day), select protein powder (cookies and cream), prolific pre-workout (sour peach candy), multivitamin, fish oil.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
My philosophy here is everything in moderation. I don’t think there is enough scientific literature precedence to say consuming artificial sweeteners is problematic at this time. (not to say my opinion won’t change in the future if new high-quality studies come out) I personally enjoy drinking zero-calorie drinks here and there.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is everything. This is why I preach balance in everything we do, whether that’s doing a style of workout you enjoy, eating a balance of fun and healthy foods, and of course taking breaks from the lifestyle when you are burnt out, sick, on vacation, or spending quality time with friends and family. There are many different ways to be “fit” and that looks different for everyone.

Take us through a typical day in your life for you?
8:00 am: wake up drink some cold brew and do my first working block for the day (tasks that require the most mental capacity).

11:00 am: get ready for the day, meal 1.

12:00 pm: calls with potential or current clients, meal 2.

2:00 pm: take a nap.

3:00 pm: small meal 3, go to the gym to train.

5:00 pm: shower, meal 4.

6:00 pm: Second work block of the day (usually tasks that require less mental capacity).

7:00 pm: hard stop on work, enjoy social media, reading, or Netflix.

10:00 pm: go to bed.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status is really focused on actionable steps and seems to encompass a variety of different coaches and athletes with broad perspectives which is refreshing to see.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What does it take to be successful in the fitness industry and what would he define success as?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you about this opportunity?
Sounds like an absolutely incredible opportunity, very very excited to be considered!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I have learned from many different coaches both growing up through sports and navigating my fitness journey. Every coach I have had has drastically different styles and education values. I have taken valuable lessons from each and every one of them and they have all made me both a better athlete and coach. I think it’s very important to learn from many different coaches to explore a variety of viewpoints.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
I am currently sponsored by PEScience and Free Spirit Outlet. I value both sponsorships greatly as they both have values I really align with. PEScience values education and science which as a Ph.D. in science, is definitely something that is important to me from a supplement and nutrition perspective. Free Spirit Outlet is also very important to me as I was one of their first athletes and have been with them for over 2 years now. I have had the opportunity to watch them grow and do amazing things as a company and it’s special to be a part of a great company that really values its athletes as they do.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My current goals are to get my IFBB pro card and compete as a professional bikini athlete internationally. My current life goal is to grow my coaching brand as much as possible to reach, educate and inspire as many women as possible.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I grew up in a tiny rural town in the middle of nowhere (52 people in my graduating class).
  • I used to be a band geek, I played clarinet for 8 years.
  • I have over 100 plants in my apartment.
  • I originally moved to California to pursue my Ph.D. in chemistry and work as a professor as my career goal.
  • My go-to cheat meal is curry udon and a donut from the sidecar.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not every day will be perfect or optimal but as long as you are striving to do the best you can with your circumstances, planning ahead for success and aiming to get 1% better every day, you will always see progress.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Work Ethic.
  • Dependability.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A desire to learn and be open-minded.
  • Resourcefulness.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I aim to inspire the young woman who has a desire to start training and live a healthy lifestyle but is lost and intimidated about where to begin.

Who inspires you? And why?
I have many role models in the fitness industry like my current coach Jennifer Dorie, Katie Sonier, Marisa Inda, Maddison Pannell, and Stephanie Buttermore. These women are all extremely hard-working, and great examples of what is possible for others.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Progress over perfection, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes years to overhaul your lifestyle to replace old habits with new healthy ones. Don’t get frustrated if you miss a day, a week, or even a month. Just pick back up as soon as you can and get back to it.

What does success look like for you?
I define success by the lives I am able to improve.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
Progress over perfection

Connect with Erin: IG | Website
Cover Photo By: Emily Wang

SUCCESS TRANSFORMATION STORY – JAMES HANTON’S GOT EM FIT PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA SCHMIDT

I’m a 25-year-old CPA, dog mom, and newly engaged. I was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and made the move to Kansas in 2020.  When I’m not working or at the gym, I am either at a dance class, crafting, or hanging out with my dog!

Age:
25

City:
Olathe, KS

Relationship status:
Engaged

Occupation:
CPA

Fitness category?
Transformation

Transformation story:
I started training at Got Em Fit in February of 2021 when I finally decided that it was time to make a change in my lifestyle. I had tried multiple times since graduating college to lose weight on my own, but each attempt only lasted about 2 weeks before falling off the wagon.  Finally, I made the decision to find a trainer (because I had no knowledge of working out or general fitness) and was going to commit to the journey long term. I was lucky to find Got Em Fit where I found James, Amber, Liz, Eli, and Lou Ann who have encouraged and pushed me every single day. With everyone’s support, in just 10 months, I had lost 35 pounds and 8.5% body fat, and my journey isn’t over yet! I love feeling stronger, having more energy, and being more confident than I have ever been. I can’t wait to see where my fitness journey continues to take me and I finally feel that I have found joy in a healthier lifestyle!

In your opinion, weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue, and why?
In my opinion, weight loss relates to both fitness and health, but I think that losing weight can significantly reduce one’s chances of developing various health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, etc.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My goals for fitness and life are to be confident in myself. Self-confidence is key to living a happy life where I am excited to push myself and try new things. Since I started my fitness journey, my self-confidence has improved drastically, but I still have a ways to go. I also set smaller fitness goals along the way such as squatting heavier and landing taller box jumps. As I complete those, my confidence at the gym and in my fitness abilities increase, only encouraging me to push harder!

What does your Coach James mean to you?
Coach James has been a motivator since my first workout in the gym. I came in and knew absolutely nothing about fitness or working out. James made sure to correct any form issues I was having and answered all of my questions, regardless of how simple they seemed. James knows when to push me harder and makes sure I’m working to my full potential every day. I appreciate the motivation I receive from James and love having him on my side to celebrate all of the little victories I’ve experienced along the way!

What’s it like being part of the “GOTEMFIT” family. What impact does a positive community have on your life?
Being a part of the Got Em Fit family is like nothing I have ever experienced and I know that I wouldn’t have had such success without their support. The positive energy that every single member brings to group classes always pushes you to work harder. I always feel encouraged by trainers and members on my best and worst workout days alike. Being a part of a positive community is what makes me excited to be back at the gym every day and to continue to push myself even when I feel like I’ve lost progress.

What is the biggest lesson you have ever learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve ever learned is to go with the flow. As a type-A person, I like to have a detailed plan and timeline for everything. I’ve learned that situations may not always go according to plan and being flexible keeps me from being discouraged!

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Your journey is YOURS, not anybody else’s! Everyone is different and you can’t compare your progress or actions to anyone else’s. Anyone working to make a change is strong regardless of how fast or slow they see a physical change!

What does success mean to you?
To be successful is to make progress. I believe that any progress towards a goal is success and should be celebrated just as much as accomplishing the end goal.

Share your unique training/coaching methods
While I don’t think that any of my training methods are necessarily unique, I feel that one thing that makes my training method special to me is that I take any movement as a good move. Whether it be a walk outside with my dog, an hour at the gym, or even just getting my steps in while running errands if I meet my movement goal for the day, I call the day a success and get ready to crush it the next day!

Training Plan:
I participate in an hour of group training classes at Got Em Fit 6 days per week. On rest days and days that my schedule doesn’t allow me to make it to group training, I either do a virtual workout or walk my dog just to get some movement and keep loose. Additionally, I participate in various dance classes in the area to incorporate some variety and continue getting to do one of my favourite hobbies.

Nutritional Plan:
I like to call my nutrition plan “make better choices”. One thing I knew would be my downfall in this journey was completely cutting out foods that I loved or missing out on social events for fear of not being able to eat or drink anything provided. I count my macros and calories to help guide me and stay on track during the day, but still, allow myself to eat my favourite foods in moderation (I.e. ice cream and Mac and cheese). When out at restaurants or social events, I try and modify the options or choose healthier options from what’s available. By still allowing myself to have a cookie or ice cream on occasion, I stay happy and motivated to eat better overall!

Supplement Plan:
Short and simple – a daily multivitamin and a protein shake after workouts at the gym.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I prefer to try and stay all-natural but ultimately I take and would recommend whatever supplements will encourage someone to form a habit. For example, if a person were to find a protein powder that they are excited to drink every day, then that is what I would recommend that they incorporate into their nutrition/training plan, regardless of whether it is all-natural or artificial. Ultimately if a person dreads having to take a supplement because they aren’t excited to consume it every day, then that is a less healthy option than the one they enjoy.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I think one of the biggest factors that separate Status from other fitness magazines is that they include content about everyday people like myself. So many other fitness magazines feature only people that I could never relate to because I didn’t feel that I could ever attain such an elite level of fitness. By including content that appeals to people of all fitness levels, I think it attracts a diverse audience and inspires so many more people to work harder, regardless of what their end goal is.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B.S.

5 things people don’t know about you:

  • I won a national championship title in dance.
  • I’ve visited 31 states.
  • I know how to Hula.
  • I’ve danced in parades in NYC and Disney World.
  • I love to bake. I also love to give away most of my baked goods so I’m less tempted to eat them in bulk!

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
If I can inspire one person, I hope it would be someone who wants to start their own fitness journey but is nervous to make the jump. I was scared to go to the gym because I had gotten to a place where I thought it would be embarrassing to attempt to lift a weight but I quickly learned that making the decision to try was the best decision!

Who inspires you? And why?
I am constantly inspired by all new members at the gym that come to classes and reach their goals! I know how scary it is to come in and be the new member and when I see other members jump in and get stronger, it inspires me to keep working harder every single day!

Connect with Amanda: IG

Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Marisa Hope to Status Team

By Status Fitness Magazine
March 28, 2022

BC – Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Marisa Hope to its all-star fitness and editorial lineup. Marisa is an ISSA Certified  Personal Trainer, has her ISSA Fitness Nutrition Certification as well as her Well College Women’s Health & Hormones Course Completion. She believes in long-term health, a sustainable approach to reaching your goals and being able to truly LOVE what you’re doing to better yourself. Marisa will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep in her own column in Status Fitness Magazine.

Marisa Hope shares her thoughts on joining the Status team
This opportunity has been one of my biggest dreams since I started my fitness journey at the age of 17 years old. I have always dreamed about being featured in a magazine, let alone having my own expert column, so this is a real “pinch me” moment! I know that all the hardships and struggles I’ve personally been through have led me to become the person I am today so I am very thankful that all my experiences have allowed me to share a message that I believe more women need to hear. I am incredibly honoured and grateful for this chance to voice my perspective and ideas around what true nourishment looks like and hopefully impact more lives in a positive way. I want women to grow, evolve and thrive beside me and around me so I will always be dedicated to building an empire of confident and resilient women so that we can ALL win. There is room for everyone at the table, and we need to start taking up the space we deserve and are worthy of.

This publication is a powerful resource for anyone looking to gain insight, confidence and inspiration within their own fitness and health journey. It’s encouraging to see a publication of this volume and importance take a more holistic approach in certain areas of their content as I believe this area of true health and longevity is an increasingly meaningful topic that needs to be shared more often.

Marisa Hope shares her plan on bringing to the team and audience
My goal and desire for this opportunity are to provide more insight and meaning towards the area of nourishment, self-love and long-term enjoyment within your health and fitness goals. I believe in helping women ditch diet culture so that they can free themselves of restrictive eating, food rules and guilt around food and their own bodies. I hope to shed more light and knowledge around why it’s so important to give our bodies the nourishment it needs, as well as the movement, rest, self-love and kindness it deserves. We were not put on this earth to be our smallest selves and fight against our own bodies our whole lives, we can take back our power by understanding how to create lifestyles and habits that benefit us and add to our lives, instead of just constantly trying to shrink ourselves. Empowered, strong and confident women fuel their bodies every day and know that they are worthy of all that they desire no matter what their body looks like. I hope to help more women shift their focus away from their weight and the diet industry pressures, and give them the chance to fall in love with themselves again, and know they can conquer anything they put their minds to!

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Marisa Hope
Marisa is a breath of fresh air. Her passion and excitement for helping people with their health and fitness lifestyle are contagious. We are so excited to have Marisa as a Status Expert Columnist.

About Marisa Hope
Marisa is a women’s health and wellness coach who specializes in helping women get off starvation diets and break free from diet culture mindsets. Her approach to health and wellness is rooted in providing valuable knowledge and tools to help women learn how to nourish their bodies for the long term and create a lifestyle they can thrive in. Marisa believes in empowering the women around me to realize that they are worthy of nourishment, self-love and believing in themselves on all levels.

Learn more about Marisa: IG | Website | Status Featured Interview

About Status
Status Fitness Magazine is a fitness media company founded in 2006. Geared towards the fitness enthusiast to the hardcore competitive athlete, Status delivers current, reliable and valuable knowledge to anyone interested in fitness as a lifestyle.

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Congratulations on the winners of Hannah Dawson’s FitClub Consistency Challenge!!

Grand Prize Winner: TIFF BURGE

Age
39

Health and Fitness Goals
I have been overweight for most of my adult life and just want to be at a healthy weight. I have set my first goal to be a size 12. Once I reach that goal, I will determine a new goal based on muscle development and strength.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
After seeing the results that my friends were having, I decided that it was something that I could do too.

How has the experience been for you?
The experience has been great! I love the meal plans and recipe library. There is so much variety and flexibility in the food that I will never get bored with my meals. The workouts have videos to follow along with, which really helps a newcomer like me to learn the proper form.

What does consistency (“She is consistent”) mean to you?
For me, consistency just means creating new habits that are going to benefit my health journey and eliminating habits that aren’t benefiting my goal.

What did you do to focus on consistency during this challenge?
I tracked my food and water intake every day.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
I learned that if I put my mind to something and make it my focus, I can accomplish anything.

What challenges did you face this past month while focusing on “consistency”?
My biggest challenge was working out the five days a week that I committed to. As I have not been an active person for many years, I really had to talk myself into completing my workouts every day. I also had the FitClub community keeping me accountable, which helped tremendously.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “consistency’ program approach?
My biggest piece of advice is that you don’t need to make big changes. Small consistent changes over time will lead to big results.

What does it mean to you to earn the recognition of the “She is Consistent” award spotlight?
This recognition means a lot to me. It shows me that I have been successful in my changes so far and it motivates me even more to continue my journey.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
Hannah and the FitClub community have been very supportive and encouraging. This team keeps me focused, accountable and motivated to stay on track.

Spotlight: MEAGHAN LOSS

Age
35

Health and Fitness Goals
I just want to see where I can go. The sky is the limit!

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I wanted to like myself again. I was struggling during my divorce and I needed somewhere to put my energy and hurt, to be honest. Hannah’s program offered me someplace to put my focus and guidance on how to get where I wanted to go.

How has the experience been for you?
The experience of working out with Hannah has been truly life-changing. I started out unsure if this was going to be a good fit for me. I didn’t feel like I could do anything let alone get in shape. Hannah’s coaching, encouragement, and sometimes even “tough” love really changed the game for me. In the beginning, Hannah encouraged me to take my pictures and when I did I wanted to crawl in a hole and never come out. She told me to just start with the workouts and then add in parts of her program when I had gotten one part consistent.

I really appreciated her reminding me that I wasn’t doing a quick fix and that this was a whole change of lifestyle. I started to feel more confident and more capable. I kept taking progress photos and week to week, I didn’t see changes but I remember when Hannah showed me my photos a few months apart and I was blown away by my progress. Having someone there to cheer me on when it felt like I wasn’t going anywhere, was so awesome. Working on mindset has also been huge for me in this experience, I’m not the same person who signed up 2 years ago. I like myself and my life looks so different.

I’ve also learned so much about nutrition and training. Before Hannah, I didn’t know anything about Macros or really what balance meal planning looked like. Prior to starting with Hannah, I used to run and do so much cardio – I hated it and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was worried that adding weight training would make me bulk up and just get heavier (it didn’t and I love weight training). I also learned I wasn’t eating nearly enough protein. I started following her meal plans which just made life SO MUCH SIMPLER. The food tastes good (I even make it when I have company) and I don’t have to think about what I am making for dinner.

Fast forward to now and I have been at this for almost 2 years and I am now able to encourage other women to just do one little thing at a time. I look forward to what the future brings!

What does consistency (“She is consistent”) mean to you?
Consistency to me means just showing up every day. Show up for yourself and honour the time you are given by doing the hard things even when you don’t feel like it.

What did you do to focus on consistency during this challenge?
During the consistency challenge, I focused on just getting 5 workouts in a week. I need those workouts for my own mental health. That meant I had to schedule them in and prioritize getting them done.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
My mental health requires me to maintain my physical health. It sounds silly but just getting all 5 workouts in really made a huge difference for me in my mindset and emotional wellbeing.

What challenges did you face this past month while focusing on “consistency.”
Time management was probably the biggest challenge for me. I had to make sure I scheduled my workouts around my life and pushed through when I was tired after work and bedtime. They were “booked” so in my mind I had made a commitment to just do them. Sometimes after a heavy or mentally fatiguing day at work, I didn’t feel like working out so I’d just start with the warm-up and then eventually end up finishing.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “consistency’ program approach?
I would say just start. You don’t have to start big and change everything at once. Just pick one thing (I started with 3 workouts a week) and be consistent in that one thing. Once you are comfortable and consistent with one thing, add another change in meal planning, a more intense program, whatever.

What does it mean to you to earn the recognition of the “She is Consistent” award spotlight?
Honestly, when I got the email saying I was being recognized, I almost cried. It is nice to be seen and be able to hopefully encourage someone else with my story and the ups and downs of my own journey.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
I absolutely love working with Hannah and the Fitclub community. Hannah is the most beautiful soul, she cares so much about her people and really wants to help everyone succeed. The Fitclub community is really incredible, women build each other up and are always available to support one another be it with answering questions or anything. Hannah and the community all work really well together to help everyone towards a journey of success. It isn’t a competition but a community that wants everyone to succeed and grow.

Spotlight: SHAWNA ANTOINE

Age
49

Health and Fitness Goals
Feel better physically and mentally

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I saw my GF Jen posting and her success.

How has the experience been for you?
I have had lots of positive vibes in the group.

What does consistency (“She is consistent”) mean to you?
Being able to have a plan that you can stick with and doesn’t intimidate you.

What did you do to focus on consistency during this challenge?
I checked in daily several times a day.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
In the past month, I learned that I CAN DO IT!

What challenges did you face this past month while focusing on “consistency.”
One of the challenges I faced was not letting my “doubt devils” overwhelm me.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “consistency’ program approach?
TAKE THAT STEP! MAKE THAT CHANGE!

What does it mean to you to earth recognition of the “She is Consistent” award spotlight?
What does it mean to me….. It means it is never too late, you can become consistent at any age, any day, any place. I am able to feel self-love for the amazing things that my body is showing me she can do, I just need to have faith in her every day; consistently, she will be there for me.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
I have greatly enjoyed the feeling of community and support. I have watched and learned from others and encouraged their success as well. In the end, we are all here to be the best we can all be.

Spotlight: KRYSTAL TAYLOR

Age:
36

Health and Fitness Goals:
Losing weight, work on my mental health.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?:
I was dealing with depression, I had gained quite a bit of weight with the pregnancies of my 2 kids and wasn’t happy with how I looked.

How has the experience been for you?
This experience has been life-changing. Hannah and the Fit Club Babes are so supportive and motivational. They all want to see you succeed and are happy when you do!

What does consistency (“She is consistent”) mean to you?
Consistency means so much, consistency creates a routine. With a good routine, you will succeed.

What did you do to focus on consistency during this challenge?
Tracking! Tracked my workouts, track my macros and calorie intake.

What did you learn about yourself this past month? It is okay to have a bad day, as long as you get up again and keep moving forward.

What challenges did you face this past month while focusing on “consistency”?
The last week I got a bronchial cold. Hannah coached me into resting and sticking to the nutrition. I was successful at sticking to nutrition.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “consistency’ program approach?
Meal prep and plan. Even if you start doing the workouts a few times a week – focus on being consistent with nutrition and doing those workouts. Find a day that works best for you to prep your food and plan out your week,

What does it mean to you to earth recognition of the “She is Consistent” award spotlight?
Words cannot describe what this means to me. I have come so far! I wasn’t expecting to receive this recognition.

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
Amazing! Life-Changing! The mindset I now have is worth so much to me! Feeling good, having the energy to keep up with my kids, the weight loss – that is all extras that make me feel even better!

Spotlight: SHAYLEE MC DERMOTT

Age
35

Health and Fitness Goals
My goals have changed over the course of being with Hannah, I started off with the mindset of being “skinny” since being with Hannah I learned so much, my goals are now are to be strong, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Why did you decide to register for Hannah’s program?
I won 4 free weeks with Hannah’s Christmas giveaway and decided to stay on because I love the community and her coaching.

How has the experience been for you?
My experience has honestly been nothing short of amazing, there are bumps in the road like any life journey but definitely amazing.

What does consistency (“She is consistent”) mean to you?
She is consistent to me means being committed, getting up every day and doing even just 1% more to become a better me, a healthy mom & wife inside and out.

What did you do to focus on consistency during this challenge?
For the “She is consistent” challenge, I really focused on my workouts, consistently pushing myself a little bit more, focusing on my form even if my lifts were lighter. It wasn’t about perfection, it was about consistency.

What did you learn about yourself this past month?
During the challenge and being with Hannah I learned when I put my mind to something I can do it.

What challenges did you face this past month while focusing on “consistency”?
A lifestyle journey you will always face struggles and for me, it was getting back on track with nutrition after the holidays, I definitely indulged ALOT, which I’m so thankful for Hannah’s meal plans because she always incorporates yummy treats and teaches us how to make room for our “soul food”.

Any words of advice you would give to others considering a “consistency’ program approach?
If someone was looking to join a consistency challenge my advice would be just to be vulnerable to the community and your coach, open up with your struggles and take in every bit of information.

What does it mean to you to earth recognition of the “She is Consistent” award spotlight?
I’m super excited to have earned a spot in Status magazine, it’s something I can show to my daughters that if you set your mind to something you can accomplish it. It’s truly such an honour!

What has it been like working with Hannah and the Fitclub community?
Working with Hannah and being a part of the fit club community has been life-changing, if it wasn’t for her & the ladies I don’t know if I ever would have stayed the course. They are so supportive and encouraging.

Every day after our workouts we post our sweaty selfies and cheer each other on. I have a saying “do It for the selfie” because if I work out and take my selfie the ladies will make you feel so good for getting it done, and that alone is worth it.

Connect with Hannah: FitClub Babes | IG

SUCCESS TRANSFORMATION STORY – COACH TINY T
CONGRATULATIONS JANICK TESSIER!

Please tell us about yourself
When I was young, I was a dancer, played baseball, did racquetball, rollerblade, skater and practiced many other sports. I have always been a very energetic child and woman. I took acting lessons, singing lessons and other artistic activities. I am a very versatile woman. I have always been a very energetic person and a very happy woman. But I was channelling my energy the wrong way. Fitness taught me how to better manage my energy. I feel so good right now.

After high school, I didn’t know what to study. I trained as a legal secretary. At the age of 19, I started this job. After a few years, I wanted to do more. My ex-husband was a lawyer and he inspired me. At the age of 26, I had a sports accident and broke my left hip. For 6 months without walking to stay at home, this was the moment for me to decide my future. I decided that I want to become a lawyer myself. At the age of 27, I started studying law. I became a lawyer on March 6, 2003. Since then, I’ve been a legal aid lawyer. I am proud to serve the poorest people in our society and help them to have their rights respected. I am a mom of four children: Jessica 30, Mathis 14th, Felix 12th and Justin 7th.

I have been a hockey mom for 5 years since my son Felix started to play hockey. His little brother also started to play hockey three years ago, he was 3½. They love hockey and of course, are very good. For my eldest son Mathis, his favourite sport is the scooter. And he performs very well in this sport. My eldest daughter, Jessica, is an elementary school teacher. She holds a master’s degree in teaching. She follows in her mother’s footsteps into the world of fitness. I introduced her to Tara, and she lost 35 pounds and changed her body composition. She is an accomplished woman and so beautiful. I am very proud of her. I have a very strong relationship with her. Like mother, like daughter!

My common-law husband Eric, is so proud of me. He never stopped encouraging me in my decision to change my life with fitness. We have been living together since 2002. This year we are celebrating 20 years together. We have decided to get married on August 6, 2022! I am so excited to prepare for my wedding!!

What more can I hope for: I have healthy children, my future husband and I live in perfect happiness, I am an accomplished lawyer at my job, I feel in perfect harmony with myself! And besides, I’m getting married this summer! Wow!

Health and Fitness Goals:
In the beginning, to lose weight and get more healthy physically. I then discovered that my mental health was also important.

Why did you decide to register with TINYTFITNESS?
2019 was a very difficult year for me. I was out of shape, I was no longer happy at my job, I had no more energy, everything had become very heavy for me. Even taking care of my 3 boys had become a chore. I cried regularly, unable to overcome this state of sadness that invaded me. My doctor then prescribed me a work stoppage due to depression. Thus, as of May 1, 2019, I was at home on sick leave. I was ashamed of myself, I no longer had confidence in myself, I had lost all self-esteem. I was only a shadow of myself. I didn’t like myself anymore, I didn’t like my body, I thought I was fat, I wasn’t physically fit and above all, I wasn’t psychologically well. It was a friend of mine, a “hockey mom”, who introduced me to TINYTFITNESS. In 2 or 3 months, she had lost 20 lbs and her body had changed physically. Thinner, more muscular, she was beautiful. But I was still too weak morally to do anything for myself, too depressed. I knew, however, that I had to make changes in my life, I had to take charge of myself. But what to do, where to start? I hesitated for a few weeks before contacting TinyTfitness, I was afraid, afraid of change, afraid of effort, afraid of everything! Following a long discussion with my grown-up daughter Jessica (28 years old at the time), she convinced me to get started and talk to Tara from TinyTfitness.

Fitness & Health Expert Tara Cosgrove

July 2019, that’s when it all started with TinyTfitness. The last time I had set foot in a Gym was in 1997. I had so little to open the door of the Gym, I was terrified. Several meetings were necessary before I felt comfortable at the Gym. Week after week, I would show up at the gym and stick to my eating plan, my training routines. My meetings with Tara turned out to be like therapy. I can say today that she saved my life! She taught me everything in the gym. I really connected with fitness and it has become my passion now. I looked for a long time in different sports in my life, but there I found THE sport that makes me vibrate. I fell in love with this sport so much, that I started my gym workout training in 2021. In just 4 months, I had lost almost 25 lbs and gained a lot in lean mass. My body was defined, muscles appeared on my arms, my shoulders, my back, my abs were emerging more and more. I regained my confidence, my esteem and my joy of living. My energy was completely renewed. Day by day, my happiness came back to life. I was a new person, a new mom and a better spouse.

In February 2020, I returned to work with renewed energy. Since that time, I have continued to train and maintain healthy eating habits. It’s my way of life.

What is it like working with TARA?
Working with Tiny T always means surpassing oneself and working rigorously. She gives us confidence quickly and helps us to progress, despite the difficulties we may experience. She is always there to support us. She always finds solutions to take us further. I recommend it to all women.

How has the experience been for you?
My meetings with TARA turned out to be like therapy. I can say today that she saved my life! She taught me everything in the gym. I really connected with fitness and it has become my passion now. I looked for a long time in different sports in my life, but there I found the sport that makes me vibrate. I fell in love with this sport so much, that I started my gym workout training in 2021.

I could never have believed that one day I would be giving virtual fitness classes. This was possible because of TINYTFITNESS, who trusted me and gave me this opportunity. I am very grateful for this chance. I started giving virtual HIIT classes in 2021 and this helps to increase my confidence every day. I learned from the best, TINYTFITNESS and I am very proud to be part of the TINYTFITNESS team.

Janick’s eldest daughter Jessica lost 35lbs after 6 months

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
For me, it’s both. Excess weight can lead to illnesses and lead medication. Having a healthy weight and good physical health go hand in hand. Weight loss combined with exercise programs will help achieve goals faster. This is what I have seen for myself and several women who train with Tara.

What were the biggest challenges you have faced during your journey?
The hardest part for me was learning to control my thoughts, my energy and my anxiety. Before I tended to do several things at the same time which distracted me and I wasted a lot of time. Now I channel my energy better and focus on one task at a time.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Our mental health is fragile. I believe that to be in total harmony with ourselves, our mental and physical health must be aligned. For example, I have long denied that I was not well. I had a bad attitude with people, I could say hurtful words without realizing it. I was not well inside. Our perception of people and situations can play such tricks on us. Since I started training and doing yoga sessions, my attitude has completely changed. I no longer have dark or negative thoughts, I have become a positive leader with my spouse, my children and my co-workers. For me, it was a daily job to develop this mental strength and control my thoughts.

Training plan:
My training plans help me establish a framework and a time to achieve my goals. I train 3-4 times a week. Training is part of my life routine. I can not do without it.

Nutrition plan:
For my food plans, it’s like training, it’s my routine, they are part of my life habits. They help me maintain my goals and it has become natural for me to follow them. In this way, it is a control that I exert on my food.

What does it mean to you to be published in Status Fitness Magazine and share your story?
First, I was very surprised! I never imagined that I would be asked for an interview for a fitness magazine. I am very proud of my progress since 2019 and my evolution. If my story can inspire other women to thrive as I did and to feel good about themselves and feel beautiful, it will be for me a feeling of duty accomplished. I love giving back and encouraging women to become the best version of themselves. We only have one life to live and we must live it well.

5 things people don’t know about you:

  • I had 3 miscarriages, 2 in 2013 and 1 in 2014, before giving birth to my 4th child at the age of 44.
  • In 1996, at the age of 25, I broke my hip while playing baseball. Following this accident, I decided to start my university studies in law.
  • At the age of 18 (1988), I participated in a Miss Bikini pageant in my hometown and was the 4th winner out of 10 finalists.
  • The same year in 1988, I made a 2nd contest and I was crowned queen of the festival of my municipality. Since that time, I tell my children that I am a Queen.
  • In 2021, I started giving virtual classes in HIIT and training techniques to my co-workers.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
I want to inspire my three boys. We regularly talk about the benefits of healthy eating and working out. If they could understand that sugar is bad for their health, they would eat less of it. I hope that by my example, they will be able to take care of their physical, mental and nutritional health. They saw their mother for several months suffer from depression and I think they prefer the mother I am now. Setting a good example for my children is what I want to teach them.

Who inspires you? And why?
My coach, Tara, from TinyTfitness, is my inspiration. She is so positive, she teaches us to be strong and always reminds us to be the best version of ourselves! She is so generous, human, sincere and honest. She always has the words to encourage us.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Believe in yourself, get out of your comfort zone and stay focused on your goals. Don’t let anyone deflect you from your path.

What does success mean to you?
Consistency, focus and respect yourself.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
Don’t forget who you are, where you’re from. Stay strong and positive and avoid negativity around you. Be proud of yourself for what you did and what you do every day.

Connect with Janick: IG

I started as a sprinter in my early teens at the age of 13. I was the fastest runner in my school and my dad got me a coach as he saw something unique in me. I used to compete in 100m, 200m, and relay. This is where my coach taught me tunnel vision. You look down the 100m track and get to that finish line fast as possible by blocking out all distractions. Staying focused with laser-sharp eyes on the finish line whilst nothing else existed. The exhilarating effect from the speed that the body produces is quite something.

After I moved on from my sprinting days, I began watching a lot of movies about martial arts. Specifically, I watched a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme and saw how gracious in his art form he was. I emulated his perfect physique. At this point, I became obsessed with my body and martial arts. I started taking part in Karate and Kickboxing. I loved the adrenaline and endorphins it produced. There is no other sport that makes you sweat like combat sports and gives you a head rush at the same time. I was getting high every day that I could fly. Martial arts taught me how to be patient and have composure. It will make you humble and disciplined at the same time. The camaraderie with people was fun and it was meditation for me in a movement form as it requires a lot of focus. This is where I learned to breathe correctly. I started work as a fitness instructor at a local community centre gym where they had me teaching Circuit and Kickboxing classes. It was a decent size facility with a big size swimming pool so I got my lifeguard qualification. I patrolled the pool and worked in the gym where I instructed individuals on how to use exercise machines and provided general fitness advice. These individuals started asking me to train them one on one and I was able to combine my sprint training and martial arts experience together with my gym experience. This is how I got into the personal training business and never looked back.

City, State/Province:
Vancouver, BC

Country:
Canada

Occupation?
Personal Trainer/Coach

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
Weight loss is both. A lot of the time we give ourselves excuses for getting out of doing stuff. This leads to self-sabotage and putting things on the back burner. Accountability is what keeps us committed to doing something routinely. We are designed to move every day and the body loves a challenge. This is what gets the body excited and it can be simple as a walk in the woods. Couple that with a simplistic eating plan which includes portion control and choosing your nutrients carefully, and you are on the right track. It is very easy to overeat as there is access to food everywhere we look. With a little discipline comes a little reward of treating yourself to the food you enjoy. I find this formula will go a long way and is more of a lifestyle choice without missing out on too much.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

  • Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I am a fan of Functional Strength training because it replicates movements used in everyday life from push/pull/lift/carry and is very compound based. This is my personal style of working out. I also like HIIT training as it covers a lot of major muscle groups simultaneously and is more of a fuller workout and gets the lungs pumping. Bodybuilding is great for aesthetics and confidence but it will only get you so far especially if you have recreational sports you want to enjoy. There is a different set of muscles you need to tap into for that. Cross fit has its uses when done right but not everybody should be doing it. Everyone needs yoga in their life or just a quick stretch routine. You will not get far without it in sports or lifestyle. Personally, I try to stretch twice a day. Most importantly, try doing an activity you like best as everybody is made differently and uniquely.

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My dad took me to the gym for the first time when I was 6 years old and I used to just watch him workout. I did not know this back then but I was already doing visual learning by just being in that gym atmosphere. I was a very active kid and could never sit still. For my 12th birthday, my dad asked me what I wanted and I replied by saying I want a Joe Weider workout bench with a barbell and dumbbell set. I was pumping iron at a very young age (maybe too young). Especially after seeing my idol Jean Claude Van Damme’s body, I became obsessed with building a great-looking body like his and he also was a Kickboxer (double whammy!) So I was doing Martial arts training and sprint training with my coach as well as working out in my home garage with weights. At this point, my testosterone levels were through the roof. The challenges I felt were that it takes a lot of discipline to work out regularly, and it is very easy to get lazy and procrastinate. You have to stay motivated by giving yourself small goals or small hurdles to get over each day. It is worth it!

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
Always listen to your client. Take out your ego. Focus on serving your client. Never stop learning.

Trainer Philosophy:
Work hard in silence and let success make the noise. I am a fan of visualization and laws of attraction. If you channel all your energy into something it is inevitable to happen.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Well, we are still amidst Covid and working out for your mental health is now more important than ever above weight loss and muscle gain. Everyone’s routines and schedules are not the same anymore and everything is in mumbo jumbo at the moment. Unfortunately, sitting still for too long has its downsides so get out there and chase something, get hungry! Exercise has a direct impact on our circadian rhythm for sleep patterns and life functionality. This is your time for yourself to recharge your mind and release those important healthy hormones the body requires. Go after what makes you feel good and makes you feel happy which could be a hobby. Chase those good feelings and not necessarily always body results.

Take us through a typical day in life for you?
Wake up and make my bed. Cold shower (to charge my brain). Sit still on the floor to clear the mind for 10 mins focusing on breathing. Stretch. Train clients. Midday workout. Train clients. Stretch in front of Netflix or read a book to unwind. I try not to look at the phone after 8 pm.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Quality. Positivity. Health-based. Great stories and people.

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
That would be fantastic!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
Without a coach, I would not have reached this far. It is important to learn from a master and remain humble whilst doing so. If you are not learning you are getting stale.

Things people don’t know about you?

  • I used to lifeguard a naturist swimming pool in my twenties.
  • I have travelled to nearly 30 cities around the globe.
  • I have a Black belt in Kickboxing/Karate.
  • I met my idol Jean Claude Van Damme on a personal level. We had a few great conversations.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Listen to people and take out your ego. I try to give off positive energy to everybody I meet and if you are happy notify your face.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Energy, Humour, Humble, Passion, True to themselves

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Tunnel vision until you hit your destination. It is okay to fall down but get back up! Also, do not start celebrating too early. Wait until you are at your finish line.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
My tattoo on my inside bicep reads “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows” By Helen Keller.

Connect with Gibson: IG

Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Petra Mace to Status Team

By Status Fitness Magazine
March 17, 2022

AB – Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Petra Mace to its all-star fitness and editorial lineup. As a mom, Petra learned how to balance a personal workout routine with full-time parenting. Her mission is to empower women to feel and look their best. Petra will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep in her own column in Status Fitness Magazine.

Petra Mace shares her thoughts on joining the Status team
I honestly can’t describe it. I absolutely love writing and I love learning about my craft, so to be able to combine the two is something I’ve dreamed of. Above all, I want women to have good and solid information about what to do and when to do it, as the internet can be crammed with a lot and it’s hard to know where to look. I’m so grateful to the Status family for the opportunity and I am really looking forward to contributing my thoughts.

Status Fitness Magazine has been around for a long time and they have an incredible team of writers involved. Status features very well-known athletes and people who are at the top of their sport, achieving greatness. Being a part of the Status team is a dream come true for me, as I always want to bring to light my knowledge and experience in the fitness world, particularly how it relates to pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood.

Petra Mace shares her plan on bringing to the team and audience
I want to share my knowledge and experience regarding safe and effective ways to train during pregnancy and postpartum. To be honest, when I was pregnant and gave birth to my first child, I found there to be a big gap between what women ‘used’ to do for training and what they ‘could’ be doing to better help themselves heal from the inside out, predominantly in regards to the core and pelvic floor training. As new information emerges about how to train and take care of ourselves postpartum, I immerse myself to gain the knowledge and understanding but also try to apply it to my own life and experiences. Now that I am pregnant with my second child, I want to use this time to really reflect on things that pertain to physical training, mental health and wellness, mindfulness, and other important pillars to help support an incredibly important population – mother’s to be, new mom’s and even throughout all of the motherhood as once you are a mother, you are always a mother. I feel as though there needs to be more support for this demographic because truly it is the single most dramatic change in someone’s life. It changes everything and the better we know, the better we can heal and recover and get back to ourselves so we can get back to giving our BEST selves to others, especially our kids.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Petra Mace
Petra is a fitness expert and a great communicator. Her focus on female health and wellness is essential to our audience. We are ecstatic to have Petra on the Status team.

About Petra Mace
Petra is a Mother, certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, pre and post-natal corrective core specialist and a previous National Bikini Champion of Canada. She is passionate about the health and wellness industry and has a deep interest in postpartum core rehabilitation. Petra loves to program workouts that are safe and effective for women and new mama while ensuring they are quick, yet intense.

Learn more about Petra: IG | Website | Status Featured Interview

About Status
Status Fitness Magazine is a fitness media company founded in 2006. Geared towards the fitness enthusiast to the hardcore competitive athlete, Status delivers current, reliable and valuable knowledge to anyone interested in fitness as a lifestyle.

Status is well known for its Print Magazine featuring the likes of George St. Pierre, Brock Lesner, Jennifer Nicole Lee, Ashley Kaltwasser among others, Status Model Searches, Media Production Studio, YouTube page and Athlete team. All of these avenues help focus on presenting its information with the highest quality photography, design, layout, and in the case of its print publication, paper stock. Status is not only available as a high-quality, attractive print publication, but is also available through various technologies, allowing access to the masses.

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SUCCESS TRANSFORMATION STORY – JAMES HANTON’S GOT EM FIT PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS MEGAN BRANNAN!

My Name is Megan Brannan and I am 37 years old, a wife and a mother to 5-year-old twin boys.  I grew up in the Kansas City area, but when I married my husband 12 years ago, we had a dream of owning property and a farm and in 2010, we made that a reality and moved to our current city of Garnett, KS where we own 40 acres of land. I started my working career in insurance and made the recent switch to commercial real estate recruiting.  When I am not at work or chasing around my active boys, I enjoy working out and taking care of our farm.

Age:
37

City: 
Garnett

Relationship status: 
Married

Occupation:
Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist

Fitness category
Transformation

Transformation story
I am fairly private about my fitness journey, but I love to share if asked and be that inspiration someone may need in order to know it is possible to be a working mother and wife and be able to go through a health journey to be the best version of yourself.  I was skinny, not fit, but skinny throughout my childhood and teenage years.  Not until I reached my early 20’s that I started to put on weight. Throughout about a 15-year span, I would gain a massive amount of weight, about 65 pounds on top of my smaller frame.  Eating out, sweet binges, eating food because it was there and not being active all did it.  During the span, I would try yoyo-dieting, diet pills, the apple cider vinegar trick, being active for a week and giving up because I didn’t lose any weight. I would see pictures of myself and be disgusted, I would never look at myself in the mirror, I had low self-confidence. I wanted to lose weight and feel better with the healthier version but didn’t know where to start or where to seek support. It wasn’t until September 1st, 2019 when I was introduced to GOTEMFIT and met James that I could see the light at the end of the fitness tunnel. I joined one of their many fitness challenges and that was the day I decided to change my life and become the healthiest, the fittest version of myself. Since that day, I haven’t looked back. I completed the challenge was astonished at the results I had thus far and became a member of the gym permanently. I watched my food intake and managed my nutrition with macros provided by James attended training classes numerous times a week and became stronger physically and mentally by gaining self-confidence. I was inspired by the dedication of others having the same goal. I completely changed my eating habits. Throughout the fitness journey, I had three fitness injuries, but the inspiration and dedication from others and my motivation I pushed through. I was in the obese category for my BMI and am now at a manageable healthy weight and in the fitness category for my BMI, having lost 30 pounds and 19 percent body fat.

“James made me fall in love with fitness for the first time in my life. His training style is the right combination of grit and grace, and his energy and motivation are contagious. I would recommend him to anyone!” ~  Megan Brannan

In your opinion, weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue, and why?
I think weight loss goes hand in hand with being healthy and your fitness goals. Having a good fitness routine will help you lose weight, but I focus on building muscle, eating clean and losing body fat. Being at a manageable weight will put you in a place of being the healthier version of yourself and avoiding any long-term effects at being at an unhealthy body fat percentage.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
To maintain my nutrition and get stronger and leaner and share my story to anyone that wants to hear or needs inspiration.

What does your coach James mean to you?
James is my inspiration, my motivator and my continued support and one of the main reasons I am where I am today in my fitness and my health goals. Without James, I would still be obese and having that dream of being a healthier version of me would not be a reality.

What’s it like being part of the “GOTEMFIT” family. What impact does a positive community have on your life?
I have been a part of gyms before when I would attempt fitness, but never had any success or the motivation to keep going.  When I was introduced to GOTEMFIT, I immediately felt that sense of community and family and enjoyed working out for the first time in years.  You have continued support and motivation from others.  I have never experienced this type of inspiration and community like this before.  The positive community helps keep you encouraged to push on even in the moments of struggle.  We celebrate the wins and encourage them in the struggles.

What is the biggest lesson you have ever learned?
Consistency is key and never give up on anything you do in life.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
You must have a good balance in your nutrition and your fitness regime, or it is harder to keep on track and maintain.

What does success mean to you?
Success is doing the best you can in anything you do and having determination. Set a goal and work to obtain it and do not give up until you reach it.

Share your unique training/coaching methods
I push myself. In workouts, I push myself to increase my heart rate to burn more calories per work out, I push myself to lift heavier or longer. I work different muscles on different days, and I listen to my body. If a muscle group is fatigued, I let it rest. When I first started, I worked out too much for me. REST is important and works for different muscle groups alternating days.

Training Plan:
I do HIIT train 3-4 times weekly and 2 days of cardio, an hour at a time.  I try to follow:

  • Monday-HIIT training, working arms and back, abs
  • Tuesday-an hour of cardio
  • Wednesday- HIIT, Legs, abs
  • Thursday-cardio
  • Friday-rest
  • Saturday: HIIT, quads, arms, abs
  • Sunday-rest

Nutritional Plan: 
I keep track of my nutrition with my macros. Counting macros made a world of difference to know how much of each macro I need to eat to help fuel my body.

Supplement Plan: 
I take a probiotic/prebiotic, a women’s vitamin, and include protein powder in my routine.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I prefer to take more natural or organic products to help keep what I am feeding my body cleaner. The only caffeine I drink Is my morning coffee/creamer in order to help keep me balanced and not feeling deprived.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines
I love what the magazine represents and embraces. You will see people from different fitness levels and not one size that fits all in fitness. I love seeing the different transformations and where they came from to deciding to transform their health along with the different articles on different ways to improve fitness or your health or how to just get through the holidays because who doesn’t like those cookies.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
“Strive for Progress, Not Perfection”.

5 things people don’t know about you: 

    • I am a naturally shy person but love to help and support others and offer advice.
    • I love to travel.
    • I am very ambitious and a self-motivator and can sometimes be too self-critical
    • My husband and I own 40 acres of land and outside of work and the Gym, I love to feed and take care of the cows and work the land.
    • I love to dance as one way to include fitness in my routine. I love to HIIT train, Zumba, and all-around dance.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
My kids. I want them to see hard work, motivation and determination pay off on anything they do in life.

Who inspires you? And why?
My inspiration comes from everyone, whether it is someone that is starting their fitness journey or someone that has transformed and continuing their journey. I hope they know those are the ones that inspire me to keep on going and to continue to crush my fitness goals.

City, State/Province:
Tariffville, CT

Country:
USA

Can you tell us about yourself and your fitness journey? 
Being a former fashion model living in Miami, I was always told to stay away from weights and only do cardio and yoga. I hated this because I truly love a healthy fit physique. At 26, I left New York to transition from fashion model to corporate working professional, get married and start a family. I still modelled from time to time, but I finally allowed myself to get back to the gym, lift weights and do what I loved to do! Working out has always been an enjoyment for me. We never thought we’d turn it into a business, but sometimes life thrusts you into your passions. When I had my bout of postpartum depression, that was the thing that woke me up and opened my eyes to just how much fitness meant to me and how I should share my passion with others. That’s when I started competing in fitness competitions, and we started our business. It has been so much fun because I love encouraging others to make their health a priority and show others that they can accomplish anything they want, and it’s never too late to start something new!

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
I have ALWAYS had a passion for fitness and have been involved in fitness to some degree for as long as I can remember. In 2008, I won the title of Miss Florida USA on my first attempt. That was the first thing that I had to prepare physically for and I absolutely loved it! From there, in 2010, I entered into the Beach Bunny Swimwear model search and won that out of 10,000 applicants. Then two years later, I was selected by Maxim Magazine to be part of the Maxim Hot 100 that year. (I was #75!) And now I compete in the WBFF and I plan on trying out some other federations. All in all, my physique has been an integral part of my career. When I was more involved in modelling, I was encouraged not to develop too much muscle mass, which for me was a bummer, but I still maintained a toned physique and ALWAYS went about it in a healthy manner. You hear a lot about eating disorders, and pressures placed on models to look a certain way. It’s wrong and I think we are finally starting to see a shift in our society to start embracing all body types. But in my day, if you weren’t a size zero,  you were gonna have trouble getting gigs. I didn’t care. I didn’t need gigs, I had a college degree and a backup plan. I stayed true to myself, stayed healthy, and was definitely leaner, but my physical health was number 1 to me. I kept this attitude throughout my career and managed to become quite successful despite not being a size zero. I think confidence is more important than your physical appearance and I think that translates a lot in my work.

Photo By: Ab Sesay

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
We truly believe in a “Hard and Fast” training approach. The short, intense, circuit workouts, in our opinion, yield the best results both for your appearance and also for your general health (with proper form). It also provides the added benefit of not spending useless time in the gym. Get in, get out.

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
Both but more of a health issue for sure.  General health should always be the first goal but weight loss happens outside the gym in our daily life and fitness is just one tool of many to help accelerate toward those goals while getting many other benefits along the way.  For that reason in particular we don’t do much traditional personal training anymore but rather a more holistic health coaching approach to tackle goals like weight loss and others.  Paying someone to stand there and count your reps doesn’t always get results so we prefer a 1:1 relationship where we look at the entire picture of your wellness and build a plan to tackle in a slow and steady approach.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

  • Fitness level: 0
  • Health level: 100

Fitness is a tool for better health and we believe in using that tool to the best of our ability…so better health is also good fitness.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
We like a balanced approach to our fitness that can fit into a very busy lifestyle that includes much more than endless hours in the gym.  That’s why our workouts are usually full-body and blend resistance training with cardio with higher intensity.  However, we support any style of fitness that someone is consistent with over the long run.

Photo By: Michael Owen

You have a very unique program that’s online and in person. Explain the reasoning behind this and how it has been going?
We have a hybrid approach to fitness so members can upgrade or downgrade their membership to be either virtual, on-demand daily workouts or they can upgrade their membership to our in-studio membership where they have access to a semi-private studio and a personal trainer to help them with their workout.  Members treat the studio as their own with control over music, lighting, TV, etc.

Greg, you and Jessica have formed a great team. Tell us what’s it like collaborating on this and what are the benefits and challenges you have experienced?
GREG: It has been great for us to collaborate on Trilogy Health much more than we imagined. This business started out of a personal struggle when Jessica had postpartum depression after our firstborn and we were searching for answers and looking for ways to get her healthy. So this first started as a project to take care of ourselves with the intent of helping thereafter. Now after a couple of years in business, the response has been very positive and we’ve been fortunate to be able to expand. The major benefit has been that we are both healthy, happy, and continue to enjoy our growing family and business. We don’t dwell on the negative too much in our house so the biggest challenges we face with the business is competing with each other in the workouts and calling each other out on proper form!

Photo By: Abdulai Sesay

Jessica, you have recently given birth to your second child. What has this been like and how has it been getting back into your regular shape?
For me, childbirth was much easier the second time around. No amount of classes, videos or well-intentioned veterans could ever prepare a mother-to-be for her first birth experience. To be honest, the first time around was pure shock. Like a sucker punch to my body, my ego, and my psyche. After experiencing childbirth and postpartum once, everything seems doable from there on out. So my second time around, I was ready for the assault that childbirth is on the body.  HOWEVER, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was much easier. I truly believe that once you make that transition to becoming a mother, you can handle absolutely anything. The second time around, in the hospital, I was dealing with some pretty gnarly things, but I had such an unruffled attitude. That’s because I was already a mom. Moms are superheroes.

What advice would you give to other moms that are finding it difficult to take care of themselves with all the other responsibilities that come with being a mom?
This is a hard one because today’s society/family system is structured so differently. We no longer have the proverbial ‘village’ and it 100% takes a village! Greg and I are very blessed to have a village with pretty much all of our family living close by. But for new moms who do not have the option of the family my best advice is first and foremost, do not worry about your body, or how much weight you’ve gained, or “bouncing back”. REST!!! I know this may seem impossible with a newborn who is up all night, but make resting and recovering your main priority. Your body went through so much, give it some grace. You can lose weight at any time, but resting and bonding with your baby are imperative to your health and subsequent weight loss. Second, if you do not have the help of family or friends, recruit your partner to help you. Luckily, in today’s society, we see men and women no longer encompassing the antiquated roles of the past. When you become new parents, you are BOTH navigating new roles. Talk to one another and come up with a plan so that both of you contribute and help one another out. This is imperative because taking care of yourself IS taking care of your family. A happy mom makes a happy family.  For me working out was self-care, and it’s why we started our business in the first place. Our workouts are designed to be done at the comfort of your own home, in 30 min or less with minimal equipment. Perfect for a busy individual. Our theory is when you work out hard and fast, you get the most out of your workout, period. It is tried and true and I am living proof of that.

Photo By: Genevieve Jenkel

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
We truly believe in a “Hard and Fast” training approach. The short, intense, circuit workouts, in our opinion, yield the best results both for your appearance and also for your general health (with proper form). It also provides the added benefit of not spending useless time in the gym. Get in, get out.

Training Plan: 
One that fits our clients’ lifestyle while getting them to their goals.  We build plans that build habits so they will last.

Supplement Plan:
We start with bloodwork to better understand our clients’ biology then we’ll make recommendations for that.  From there, it’s constant check-ins with the client and tweaks along the way to optimize along the way.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
We prefer all-natural ingredients whenever we can. But we always encourage clients in a direction that fits their lifestyle. You can get to your desired goals without being miserable along the way or not enjoying any of the processes. If you can’t enjoy the process it won’t stick for the long run so we strive for balance and consistency.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
GREG: It’s everything. Physical health begins with mental health but they both support each other.  When Jessica first started dealing with postpartum depression we thought she could exercise her way out of it because it always made her feel better. We were dead wrong. While her fitness helped and never stopped we needed more intervention that included a variety of different approaches but most she took the time to figure out what worked for her.

Take us through a typical day in life for you?
Our days are pretty routine, but it usually consists of getting in our daily workouts, taking care of the family and managing our businesses. Any free time we have is dedicated to spending time with the kids, and working on our relationship and time with family and friends.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines? 
We love Status because you spotlight true athletes and real people, rather than just getting the next popular actor/actress to grace your cover in an attempt to sell more copies. I love hearing about other athletes’ fitness journeys and believe you can learn the most from them.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be? 
What do you think the health and wellness industry needs more of and how do you see Status Fitness Magazine playing a part in that in the years to come?

Photo By: Blazzin Pix

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
SOOOO EXCITED!!!!! I love model searches because you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals develop real friendships and a stronger network! What a great opportunity and we are grateful for it!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
At this point, we are one another’s coaches. Coaches are imperative because we need outsider intervention to keep an unbiased eye on our progress.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you? 
Trilogy Health!!

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life? 
To inspire others to take care of themselves and take care of their families. Family is very important to us, and people oftentimes overlook the impact they make on the world just by taking care of themselves and the four walls of their own home. Personally, we want to optimize our health for as long as possible to have quality time with each other and our children.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
To prioritize your health, and understand that it is a lifelong journey rather than aiming at a single goal.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Humility, empathy, honesty, enthusiasm, and drive.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
The truth is, it doesn’t matter who we inspire, just someone who wants to be better and willing to take the steps to get there.

Who inspires you? And why?
Our children, this all started when they came along and it motivated us to be better for them now and into the future.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
ANYTHING MAINTAINABLE! Crash diets, fad diets, and drastic changes lead to failure. Take healthy steps that you can maintain throughout your life!

What does success look like for you?
Waking up motivated and going to bed satisfied.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”

Connect with Jessica & Greg: IG | Website
Profile Photo: Wojciech Muszynski