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Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Jenna Homsey to the Status team

By Status Fitness Magazine
Sept 18, 2021

Arizona, USA – Status Fitness Magazine has signed Jenna Homsey to join the Status editorial team. Jenna is an expert who loves to show how to conquer body and mind through fitness and health. Jenna will have her own expect column in Status where she will share her health and fitness insights.

Jenna Homsey shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
Status Fitness Magazine really cares about putting important and helpful information out there to help people. Also, the magazine does an excellent job of providing such a large array of information that can help inspire people of all different backgrounds and goals to get where they want to be.

I plan to bring authenticity and helpful information about health and fitness including physical and mental health. I will be using my column to inspire women and motivate them while providing fitness tips, tricks, workouts, recipes, and much more that will encourage others to reach their goals.

Jenna Homsey shares her thoughts on having her own Status Fitness Magazine expert column
I love having the opportunity to impact more women all over and people who may be struggling with their health and fitness goals as well as their mentality towards their bodies. It means a great deal to me to have a platform to inspire, motivate, encourage, and give knowledge to women!

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Jenna Homsey
Jenna is a consummate professional that has an ideal blend of experience, knowledge and passion to help others live and enjoy life to the fullest. I look forward to Jenna sharing her wealth of expertise with our Status community.

About Jenna Homsey:
Jenna Homsey is a personal trainer, bodybuilder, online coach, fitness model, and influencer. She started GoFigure Personal Training after finding a passion for helping women create the best version of themselves physically and mentally. Jenna also starting a non-profit to help individuals with mental health issues.

Find more about Jenna Homsey: Website | IG | FB | Interview with Status

About Status Fitness Magazine
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favourite since it hit newsstands in 2006. Known for industry-changing covers, Status has featured the likes of George St. Pierre, Brock Lesner, Vernon Davis, Cass Martin, Ashley Kaltwasser among others. Geared to everyone from the general health and weight loss person to the extremely competitive physique or performance athlete, Status delivers researched, proven, and cutting-edge knowledge to everyone interested in fitness as a lifestyle.

Contact
To learn more about this announcement, please contact:
Julie McGraa, Media Relations
CANADA: 3920 Francis Road Richmond BC. #120
USA:        1922 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, California 90007
Office:      (888) 304-3201
julie@statusfitness.com

I graduated from college with two degrees and now own my own business to train women and help them physically and mentally. I started my business over 3 years ago and I am very passionate about helping others in all ways that I can. I was voted Best Trainer in AZ for 2021 and had my first magazine cover come out in March 2020. I am a huge mental health advocate and I’m starting a non-profit named “Alex and Charlie”, to help those with mental health issues receive the care that they need, spread awareness, and give resources. I am extremely close with my family and they mean everything to me. After my brother, Alex Homsey, passed away by suicide 4 years ago, I started getting bad anxiety which led to self-harm and anxiety attacks and a later suicide attempt in 2020. I now am intentional about the way I treat myself and others and wanting to better myself and help others know that it is okay to ask and receive help. I still struggle daily and never want others to compare their lives to me or others because you never know what someone else is going through or what they are experiencing.

Age:
26

Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Trainer philosophy:
You can reach any goal that you put your mind to. If you are willing to put in the work, you are going to get out of what you put in. Never underestimate yourself and I don’t have my clients do hours and hours of cardio or want them to feel like they are restricting themselves to get the results they want. Less food, more cardio, and telling yourself you cannot have certain food is NOT the way I want my clients to live.

Training Plan:
I train anywhere from 4-6 days a week. I’ve been easing my way back into the gym lately since I went through a lot with my mental health towards the end of the last year, and it feels amazing to get back into it! I will be going even harder in the gym when I decide to compete in the next following months.

Nutritional Plan:
I am not on a diet as of right now since I am not competing. I have just been trying to get ENOUGH to eat during the day. When I was struggling with my mental health and in an emotionally abusive relationship last year, I started self-harming more frequently and it was very difficult for me to eat and I lost a lot of weight and a bit of muscle. I am eating more now and going to hire a coach soon to get me on a good plan. As of right now, I am coaching myself and enjoying the time off from competing, and looking forward to when I begin training for a show next.

Supplement Plan:
I take medication for my mental health now. On top of that, I take probiotics and digestive enzymes as well as a daily multivitamin.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
In my opinion, weight loss is more of a health issue but also fitness because they go hand-in-hand. Health is a state of mental and physical well-being. When it comes to weight loss, your mental strength is your driving factor to be able to focus on being disciplined with what you eat and drink, your meditation, controlling your stress factors, and making sure you are allowing yourself to get enough sleep.

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

  • Health level:  75
  • Fitness level: 25

The reason being is because fitness, encompasses the physical component of health. When I think about health, it’s everything including mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

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 used to recommend anything 0 calories for my clients, but now I allow my clients to have whichever they like best. There are pros and cons to both, and you are able to lose weight with either one and reach your goals; my main thing is that my clients never feel restricted. I want them to enjoy the process. With my competitors, when it comes down to the final weeks of preparing for a show, things get a little stricter, but I always make sure to reverse diet my clients out correctly so they do not begin binging or overeating when reintroducing foods that were not on their meal plan after their show. To reverse diet means to slowly introduce different food back into your diet and it truly is so sad to see that some coaches do not do that for their competitors because it is a very dangerous thing.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status really cares about putting important and helpful information out there to help people and have such a large array of information that can help inspire people of all different backgrounds and goals to get where they want to be.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My first coach, Tim Sparks, was a very old-school bodybuilding coach. I learned so much from him regarding how to build muscle, how to eat in order to lean down, and even about life because he was not just my coach, he also allowed me to be open with him about other things going on in my life and was always there for me on a personal level. I have taken some of his coaching styles and introduced them to my clients, especially the part where I allow my girls to be open with me about other things they may be experiencing because mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand and they are both extremely important for reaching your goals and in life.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is something over the years that you have found to be helpful in your own experiences with fitness that you have maybe learned over time that a lot of trainers may have similar theories about or things that you have found to be helpful?

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?
This is amazing! I actually did not know this and I am very excited and so grateful for this opportunity.

Future fitness goals and plans?
I am going to get my professional card in the IFBB industry and compete in Bikini. I have never taken steroids or enhancers and I am going to keep it that way! I am also going to compete in the WBFF this year which will be a lot of fun mixing fitness with fashion!

Your transformation story:
I’ve struggled with overeating my entire life. Before bodybuilding, there was a joke going around that I would eat EVERYTHING. It was a struggle and I was self-conscious but always tried to show that I was confident. After beginning bodybuilding, I built the best body I have ever had without taking enhancers or steroids. I struggled with binging and overeating after my last show and when I was struggling with my mental health, dealt with undereating and losing an unhealthy amount of weight. I feel like this helps me better understand my array of clientele and there was truly a reason why I had gone through what I had. I am now a fitness model and huge mental health advocate. Inspiring women and men all over to better their physical and mental health and strive to be the best person they can be to themselves (most importantly) and to other people.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I strive to inspire the world and those who struggle with their mental health. It is so important to realize that yes, your physical health is important, but your mental health is just as important and it is OKAY to ask and receive help. It doesn’t make you weak and it also doesn’t make you a “stronger” person to not ask for help and to go through what you are struggling with on your own. You are never alone.

Who inspires you? And why?
Everyone in my family inspires me. My sisters are so strong and are truly such good people and have always been so helpful and supportive to me. My parents have always been more than supportive and amazing and truly raised me and my siblings to be good people. I am very blessed to have a good family. The most inspirational person in my life has been my brother. I was very close with him and he truly was such a giving, loving person who was extremely selfless. He continues to inspire me each and every day and I strive to be even just half the person that he was.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • My family is the most important thing to me and family comes first.
  • My brother passed away by suicide 4 years ago and my sisters and I started to get awful anxiety after it happened.
  • I am a huge mental health advocate and I’m starting a non-profit to help those with mental health issues receive the care that they need.
  • I have had a gray streak of hair on the right side of my head since I was born; since my senior year of high school, I started getting more gray hair which I no longer hide because my mom and grandpa went all gray when they were about 18 years old.
  • I was in an emotionally abusive relationship last year and went to a behavioral health center back in December since I started to self-harm myself so frequently and attempted suicide the day before Thanksgiving in 2020. I am now going to therapy, taking medication, and am very open about my mental health in order to help others who are struggling to reach out for help and know that it is okay to.

Favorite Quotes:
“Anything worth it won’t come easy”.

GOFIGURE! That’s the main reason why I named my business GoFigure because if you think about it, nothing in life that will be worth it typically comes easy and if it did, you may not have learned everything you did and be as grateful as you are now about the situation.

Another one of my favorite quotes: “Everything happens for a reason”.

Photographer: Taylor Cifuentes

Jenna Homsey

I am 42 years old and a career fitness professional. I began my affair with the fitness industry in 1999 as a 19-year-old certified personal trainer. My passion for fitness exploded when I earned my first cert. Like most young men, I spent my 20’s focused only on aesthetics, so strength training and bodybuilding naturally made up the bulk of my workouts. My goals changed in my 30’s when my wife and I married and decided to grow our family. I became less focused on how I looked, and I decided to prioritize my health and performance, deciding that an “all show, no go” philosophy was selfish and irresponsible. My ultimate goal was to make sure that this suit I was wearing was as dynamic, functional, and performance-optimized as I could make it. I diversified my fitness programming and began trying new and sometimes bizarre things. This was an awakening, of sorts, and down the rabbit hole, I went, never to return. Since then, I’ve devoted my time to following my own curiosities, studying and researching, continually learning more and exciting things about how our bodies adapt and respond to the stresses of our environment – both our external and internal environments.

Since taking this road-less-travelled, I’ve found myself in some interesting places (literally and figuratively). I have found great value and utility in practices that include meditation, breathwork, high-intensity breath-holding, high-endurance training, ultra-marathons, and cold water exposure, to name a few.

Age:
42

City, State/Province:
Blairstown, NJ

Country:
United States of America

Occupation?
Personal Trainer, Coach, Consultant, Mentor

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue, in your opinion, and why?
Well, that would depend on whether the weight loss was justifiable. Is it intended to improve the overall health, irrespective of performance? Or to improve performance ignorant to the overall health?

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.

This isn’t a chicken-or-the-egg thing. Biologically speaking, the fitness of an organism is proportional to its overall health. You cannot be fit unless you are healthy.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
Each is a piece to the same puzzle.

Trainer Philosophy:
Focus on what matters.

Training Plan:
I’ve been on an interval-training kick lately. Typically, I don’t know what I’m going to do for any particular workout until it’s already happening. I give myself a three to the four-hour window each day to complete my workout for the day. On the days that I feel not good, I go as hard as I can and look for a wall to crash into.  I have a saying – “if you can’t make it long, make it suck.” I might crush a 10k sprint on the rower, as hard and fast as I can, followed by a 5k sprint. Rinse, repeat, then spend the remaining hour or so doing breathwork. More frequently and on the days I feel 100%, I break my endurance work into some fashion of intervals. Run 2 miles, 200 deadlifts, run 2 miles, 300 kettlebell swings, run 2 miles, 400 tire sledges, and so on over the course of a few hours. I always make sure to do at least 40-minutes of deliberate breathwork at the end of my workouts, so add that to the end regardless. Coldwater exposure is a staple in my lifestyle and a staple in my recovery—cold showers daily, ice baths a few times each week.

Nutritional Plan:
I do the best I can to keep my gut microbiome as happy as I’m able. I’m a meat-eater, I vary my fruits and vegetables widely and often, I drink only water and the occasional glass of wine. I’ve found a reasonable balance between eating what I want to and eating what I need to. Though I don’t have a formal plan, I don’t think it’s necessary either. Variety is critical. Eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full.

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?
Absolutely. How successful we are at eating real, raw, unadulterated foods will determine our ability to optimize the biology dependent on our food. Period.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status is responsible for putting the pulse back into the fitness publication space. The state of the fitness industry is such that inaccurate and downright false if not dangerous information is ubiquitous in each of our lives. Status curates stories and information that appeal to the growing number of fitness enthusiasts and professionals on a level not seen since the Golden Days of the fitness industry.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coaches are true blessings, as most coaches are. I wouldn’t be here without them.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
The same organizations that fought for the legitimacy of the fitness industry 25 years ago are now the same organizations responsible for systematically delegitimizing our beloved profession. As we near a time when there’s a certification for almost everything, and more than half of the practising personal trainers in the USA are charlatans masquerading as credentialled fits, what can we do to:

Rebuild the public’s trust?

Reestablish professional accountability?

Reform the system of checks and balances and avoid a looming public health crisis?

And restore a golden standard of practice within one of the nation’s fastest-growing (and fastest dying) industries?

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?
To say that I’m stoked would be an understatement.

Future fitness goals and plans?
My only plan is to continue to find more and interesting ways to challenge myself, push my limits, and explore my potential.

Life goal?
For my wife to live the life she dreamed she would when she was my daughter’s age.

Things people don’t know about you?

  • I’m ambidextrous.
  • I’m a romantic at heart.
  • I read more than many people watch TV.
  • I’m an eternal optimist.


5 lessons you have learned?

  • Wherever we think is rock bottom is never even close.
  • God doesn’t do favours. He only works in miracles.
  • What we think is what we see.
  • We can change anything if we were to simply change our minds.
  • The biggest lie ever told is – “It’s not that simple.”

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Empathy, Morality, Honor, Service, Self-Sacrifice.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My children, because they inspire me.

Who inspires you? And why?
I can confidently say that I’ve never had a conversation with someone who didn’t inspire me. Each of us has a million stories to tell, and each story is a lesson. I enjoy listening when people talk.

Your transformation story?
Every single one of my workouts is a transformation story in and of itself. The person I am when I begin my workouts is never the same person when I finish. I usually feel an anxious, nervous feeling as I get into my warm-up, but just after I’ve finished my last rep I always feel a little primal. Part animal. Part savage.

Favourite quotes?
“Look for the good in everyone you meet”.

“Nobody owes you anything”.

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be only afraid of standing still”.

Connect with Matthews: IG | Website

Getting a pro card, let alone winning the overall, is a huge accomplishment. Share what it means to you as well as what sacrifices you had to make to achieve your goal.
Thank you! I’m extremely excited and still on cloud 9! I can’t believe it. Winning a PRO card was my goal for this year, winning overall was a dream! I didn’t expect that at all. I was literally crying backstage! The feeling of winning was surreal. As far as sacrifices, I think I sacrificed my family time. I was coming home after my training so tired that I really did not spend productive time with my family.

Did you have a coach to guide you through this journey?
No. I do not have a coach! How exciting?! I absolutely love coaching myself. I started competing in 2015 and I only did it for fun. This is the first year (2021) that I actually had a goal and wanted to pursue a carrier with IFBB. Previous years thought me a few things. This year, I also tried different approaches for each competition to learn more. The methods are working. I competed in December 2020 and won my class as well as overall and at the same time, I qualified for Nationals. Nine-month later I won again, earning my IFBB status (pro card) and winning overall again. Who knows what the future will bring. I will continue to learn and hopefully be successful in the IFBB stage.

What were your 3 biggest challenges in your prep?
Peanut butter – Snacking at night.

I think nutrition is the biggest challenge for everyone. I’m very disciplined but unfortunately, peanut butter is my weakness. If I see it sitting on a countertop there is no way, I won’t have a bite. That relates to evening/night snacking. I still snack healthy, like rice cakes or nuts but when you are on the prep it is not ideal to keep snacking like that.

Keeping the schedule – like in the clock.

My regular non-prep life isn’t far from the prep one. This is my lifestyle. But, the serious I got the more restrictions I put on myself. Your whole life is running on a specific schedule. From the time I wake up to the time I go sleep there isn’t a time to chill. Meals are on time, sleep needs to be on point, cardio has a specific time in the day and there is no way I would miss my lifting. All of that is happening while raising an almost 3-year-old daughter, working 10 hours a day and trying to start a business on my own. I can’t let myself miss anything (like not doing meal prep or sleeping less) because it will have a huge effect on the future outcome.

My last challenge is energy.

I noticed this last prep was the hardest ever. I was coming home completely exhausted. That was devastating to me because it affected the time with my daughter. My work hours are long so it wasn’t helpful either. My energy was low and despite playing with my daughter I feel like I never could give her 100%.
What was the experience on stage and backstage? How nervous were you? What were your expectations, if any?
Backstage experience is always good, the room was crowded and to be honest this was the biggest show I have ever been to because girls couldn’t fit in the room. I met amazing women and moms who work so hard. It is amazing to see that despite busy life’s we still keep pushing our dreams and make them happen.


Winning first place, the overalls and her pro card is an incredible accomplishment. No one deserves it more than this hard working kind soul.Congratulations Jagoda. We are so proud of you.


At this show, I wasn’t as nervous as at the first one this year. Well, maybe a little after our first comparisons. But in general, I came with the best package. In my eyes, I never had a better physique. I worked so hard and I gave my absolute best. The day before, I went to the gym to relax (the gym environment really make me relaxed, because it is like home), and I posed and I literally cried seeing my progress. That moment was crucial for me because in my eyes I already won. For me it did not matter what will happen tomorrow (on the competition day), I achieved or exceeded my own goal. I improved. But I changed so much that I couldn’t recognize myself. I was more than proud.  That recognition made me calm because I did my job and the rest depends on the judges.

Coming to the show I did not expect anything. I wanted to place, without having any specific placing in my mind. I did not want t to expect anything because I didn’t want to be disappointed.
When and where do you plan on making your pro debut?
I want to continue to improve and I don’t like long breaks, so my pro debut will be in November 2021. That is the plan. I will make the final decision closer to the show.

What are your plans for 2022?
My plan for 2022 is simple, which is continuing to improve and compete in as many shows as I can. Dream come true would be qualifying for Olympia but this is far in the future. For now, I want to focus on IFBB PRO shows and see where I’m and what I need to work on. I expect this journey to be exciting.

Photos By: Jeff BinnsNPC News OnlineJ.m. Manion

By Status Fitness Magazine
Sept 7, 2021

Washington, USA– Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Sonia Spil to its professional fitness and editorial lineup. Sonia is a certified hormone specialist with additional education in functional nutrition. Sonia will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas for Status Fitness Magazine.

What stands out is the diversity in the magazine. They have an amazing collective of athletes that all bring something slightly different but valuable! Super excited to be included with that lineup!

Sonia Spil shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
I am really honoured and hope to bring great value! I hope to help educate people and give little insights about what small changes they could make to their daily routines to impacts their health, life span and vitality!

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Sonia Spil
Sonia is a physique competitor that has a vast understanding of hormonal imbalance. This skill is sure to benefit many people who she coaches and trains. We are excited to have Sonia write and share her knowledge and experiences with Status.

About Sonia Spil
Sonia Spil has been in the health and fitness industry for seven years, with a focus on nutrition and a passion for helping people find solutions to why struggle with gut issues, sex drive and weight loss. She is a certified hormone specialist with additional education in functional nutrition. While I am a mom of a wild and fiery 6-year-old girl, I still make time for my favourite hobby…bodybuilding! For me, it’s about watching what things the body can do and challenging myself daily.

Find out more about Sonia Spil: Website | IG 

About Status
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favourite since it hit newsstands in 2006. Known for industry-changing covers, Status has featured the likes of George St. Pierre, Brock Lesner, Vernon Davis, Cass Martin, Ashley Kaltwasser among others. Geared to everyone from the general health and weight loss person to the extremely competitive physique or performance athlete, Status delivers researched, proven, and cutting-edge knowledge to everyone interested in fitness as a lifestyle.Contact
To learn more about this announcement, please contact:
Julie McGraa, Media Relations
CANADA: 3920 Francis Road Richmond BC. #120
USA: 1922 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, California 90007
Office: (888) 304-3201
julie@statusfitness.com

I am a published portrait and wedding photographer. Seeing a lack of fitness photography in the Phoenix area, I saw a need in the industry. Bringing my lighting background to the fitness arena, I started creating artistic images for fitness athletes. My style has allowed fitness competitors to showcase their hard work through amazing imagery. I work with my clients in-studio and on-location to bring out the best in each client.

Age:
52

What do you like most about being a photographer?
I would say it’s meeting new people. Every client brings a new set of dynamics to every project. I thrive off of that!

Among your works, which one is your favourite?
That’s a tough one, as all my clients are amazing. I will say one shoot I did with Lori Siegel was very inspirational. Why? Covid was in full swing so I had to take time off from shooting. Once things settled down, I booked a session with Lori as she was prepping for an upcoming competition. She was bouncing back from a tough offseason along with all the Covid stuff like the rest of us. She showed up at the studio looking incredible. Not only was her physique perfect, but she came in with this aura that I sorely needed. We got to work and it was like Covid didn’t even exist anymore. I was so energized from that session. Lori’s images were next level as she crushed the shoot.
What separates Status from other magazines?
I love the variety of the models they showcase. I get inspiration from seeing other photographer’s work being featured.

The fact that Status is both a print and online magazine (most are only online). What does that mean to you to showcase your work?
I love the fact that Status is a print magazine. I’m a big believer in printing your photos. I always say photos go too hard drives to die. Being able to see, touch and feel your prints is a game-changer. My favourite saying is #printYourLife

Your favourite quotes?
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” – Dr Seuss

Model testimonials:
I
’m so grateful for the work I’ve done with Chris. I’d been watching his work from a distance for a number of years and couldn’t wait for the opportunity to work with him when I was in the area. I wasn’t disappointed! He’s so kind, personable, creative, detail-oriented, encouraging and obviously passionate about what he does. The final edits were beyond what I had imagined. From start to finish, my experience was so positive and rewarding. Thank you again, Chris! ~ Jessica Jenkins

I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Frailey for the past 4 years. Chris is extremely professional with all his models. He makes you feel 100% comfortable, has an amazing eye for detail, and clearly communicates to create the best shot. I have done boudoir, fitness, and outdoor shoots with him, and each session has surpassed the last. Chris is the type of well-rounded photographer that has a diverse portfolio for anyone’s needs. I can’t recommend him highly enough. ~ Simone
I‘ve had the honour of shooting with Chris twice, and he is a true master behind the lens. Not only does he create beautiful images, but he is so kind and considerate. Through his safety, and creative and open energy, we have captured some of my all-time favourite pictures! Chris has a true passion for photography and it shows! ~ Courtney Tillia
I’ve worked with Chris Frailey for a few years and he’s become one of my favourites hands down. His level of professionalism and talent are undeniable. I’ve always been extremely happy with my images and working with him because he’s also become a good friend of mine that I refer to many people. Working with Chris has been a true blessing. ~ Carmen
Chris was professional, fun, and creative! His attention to detail is on another level, technical lighting, and recommended poses that would flatter my physique. I absolutely love how my pictures turned out, I can’t wait to do another session with him in the near future! ~ Lori Siegel
Chris was great to work with! He was very professional and made me feel very comfortable during the shoots we did together. He captured some really great sunset shots using his own specialized equipment during the outdoor session, and some really great fitness photos during the gym photoshoot! The photo sessions were so much fun, would definitely recommend using Chris for your next photoshoot! ~ Jenna Ross
I worked with Chris for some pictures right before a fitness competition a couple of years ago; we did both outdoor and in-studio sessions, and absolutely loved the results! We shot hundreds so I had so many to choose from, but his professionalism and attention to detail while shooting and during the editing process, are really what makes him stand out. You can tell he is well experienced in photography, knows which angles are most flattering, and most importantly, never makes you uncomfortable for even a second. I would highly recommend Chris for anything from wedding pics/special occasion to just-for-fun pictures. Promise you won’t be let down! ~ Kristi

I am the youngest of 3 from the small town of Lewisburg, TN. I grew up playing sports and being inspired by my older brothers to take up weight lifting at the age of 12.  Since then, I have always had a passion for fitness.

Age:
36

City, State/Province:
Columbia, TN

Country:
United States

Occupation?
Personal Trainer/Online Fitness Coach

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
In my opinion Weight Loss is a health issue.  On the flip side of the coin, some people want to lose weight for health-related reasons (family health history, current health, past health, etc.).  Some are more driven by external elements such as wanting abs, better physique, a desired vision, etc.  At the end of the day, it comes down to what will bring happiness and propel an individual toward their goal(s).

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:30
  • Health level:70
Photo By: Barry A. Noland

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I love all of them.  All forms of exercise have been useful in the last 11 years of training clients.  Over the course of my career, I have been able to utilize each of these tools as a way to create programs fitting for an individual’s fitness lifestyle and personality.

Trainer philosophy:

COMMIT-TRANSFORM-INSPIRE.

Training Plan:
My current training split is Mon-Friday. I train for 45-75 minutes to get the most out of my workouts as well as it keeps me focused on the plan.  I do about 10-30 minutes of cardio each day.  Cardio is something I have always done since my younger days of playing sports.  I’ve always had the philosophy: if it works for you, stick with it.

Nutritional Plan:
A balance of proteins, carbs, and fats. I eat around 2900-3200 Calories daily.  I tend to keep higher calorie days for training days and lower for rest days.  I am always adapting my nutrition to fit the current goals such as gaining strength or shredding for a photo shoot/project.

Supplement Plan:
Fish Oil for the win. I have never been one to take multiple supplements.  I focus on getting micronutrients and micronutrients from whole food as much as possible.  My goal was to keep my pantry from looking like a supplement shop.

Photo By: Jennie Grammatico

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 make recommendations on variables that would promote a healthy lifestyle for the client as well as myself.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness focuses on bringing the fitness community together and inspiring all levels of fitness.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coaches throughout my life have played a huge role in my life and continue to do so. They helped me form a foundation that I have been able to apply to all walks of life.  My coaches taught me to be open-minded and never stop learning. I recall one of my coaches telling me two things “You must always be willing to learn” and “All coaches could use a coach”.  Those statements have been with me for about 20+ years now.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What inspired you to start your fitness journey?

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?
Super Excited about the opportunity

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
My Family. Not the typical sponsor; however, they are my biggest fans and push me to go after my dreams.

Future fitness goals and plans?
The biggest goal is to keep making a difference in the lives of others with the power of nutrition and exercise.

Life goal?
To be the best father, friend, brother, uncle, coach, and person I can be.

5 things people don’t know about you?

    • I love computers and technology.
    • Love to build stuff.
    • Family Board game night is the best.
    • I had tick fever when I was 7.
    • I bowled in a league when I was a kid.

5 lessons you have learned?

      • Always show up for yourself
      • Keep your word
      • Life is what you make it
      • Make time with family a non-negotiable priority
      • Keep Smiling

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

        • Honesty
        • Integrity
        • Passion for going after goals
        • Makes an attempt to TRY
        • Positive Attitude
Photo By: Breanna Bartrum

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I person feeling stuck.  To encourage and remind them each day that they too can reach any goal they set.

Who inspires you? And why?
My family inspires me.  They inspire me to wake up daily and give it 100%.  They are my WHY.

Your transformation story:
All of us start somewhere.  Everyone’s journey is never linear or goes to plan as you will see in the context below.  This is only a small glimpse into my life, but I wanted to share a few of my setbacks.  All of us endure the ups and downs; however, it is how we respond which determines the outcome. We have presented 2 choices: GIVE UP or KEEP FIGHTING.

In 1997, right before my 12th birthday, I made the decision to make a change.  The goal was to stop beating myself over my current health and fitness.  To be honest, how many of us are focused on the fitness portion at 11.  We find ourselves more concerned with outward appearance.  Body shaming ourselves into a state of depression and decreasing our own value, potential, and self-worth. Long story short I DECIDED…I decided to take charge and make change happen.  As long as life was in my body, I would see my goals through.

(1997-2004) From age 12-19, I spent these years pushing hard and learning more about my body.  During this time, finding my own love for fitness was essential as it is for any of us.  Usually, during our teenage years, we make the mistake of aspiring to look like those who inspire us.  I admit…it was one of my greatest mistakes.  Sure, gains were made in the gym; however, I still felt a part of me was never happy with the results.  The search for fitness happiness was over the moment I began to focus on becoming the best version of myself.

Fast forward to 2006.  21 years young with a full life ahead of me.  This is a year I will never forget. In Late November/early December I was faced with the diagnosis of Vasculitis.  The doctor informed me my body was experiencing 2 types (HS Purpura and Wegener’s Vasculitis).  The diagnosis led me to cease all weight training (Doctors orders) from December 2006 – March 2008. Talk about a punch to the gut.  I was devastated.  Along With the diagnosis, came the possibility of having up to 5 years to live (worst case scenario) which my tests were leaning more towards that coming to fruition.  The doctor spoke with me about going after any goals I wanted to accomplish and making the best use of my time (considering it was up in the air).  In August 2007, I began my college journey and path to becoming a personal trainer as my career of choice.  Fitness was my love, passion, and outlet (STILL IS).  It was hard to stay focused at times.  I always enjoyed going to the gym, pushing myself, and being around like-minded friends.  Rest assured I never stopped going to the gym.  Just had to approach it with a new perspective and routine.  Just going to the gym made me feel great and gave me something to look forward to once I could return to some iron therapy.  Since I couldn’t lift weights, my focus was on my studies.   Speed up to Jan 2008.  My doctor talked to me about the next steps we were about to take (Chemotherapy and Radiation) in hopes to possibly beat it or slow it down.  The plan was to start it in March 2008>   He always ended our visits with “Keep your head up, and stay positive young man”. February 2008 same conversation, same game plan, and another blood test.  March 2008 – The doctor and his team met with me to give me good and bad news.  Bad news – we had to take another blood test/Good News – vasculitis was nowhere to be found. Talk about a level of being shocked.  God delivered me that day.  During my time with vasculitis, my trust and faith in Christ grew 5-fold.  God wasn’t done with me.  We had more work for me to do.  April 2008 I was released to start training again (power walking and very light duty work) …that’s all I needed to get going again. Keep in mind I went from 172 lbs. to 150 lbs. soaking wet. I was ready to return… GOALS NEEDED TO BE MET!!

From April 2008-2010, I focused on college and putting Weight back on.  Just trying to get back to a normal routine and enjoying life!!!

October 2010, I started Xtreme Fitness LLC (which would become Eric Rodgers Fitness LLC) with a great friend Robert Perry.  Couldn’t have asked for a greater fitness partner in crime.  We set out on the journey to change as many lives as we could through the power of fitness, motivation, and inspiration.  Also did my first fitness photoshoot and decided I wanted to compete with WBFF (World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Inc) (2 goals I had planned before (2008).  I reached out to Micah Lacerte who I later met with at the Arnold Expo along with Wash Candido.  These guys inspired me to compete with the WBFF for my first show.

May 2011 through 2013 – stepped on stage with the WBFF and had my 2nd fitness shoot.  During this time, I also finished college along with becoming a writer for Faith & Fitness magazine.  All of these were goals I set out to accomplish.  As far as the writer part, God blessed me with the opportunity to which I am still a part of almost 10 years later.  Give all glory to God!!!

Fast Forward – August 12, 2013 – Car Wreck – Yet another setback.  Just when everything was going smoother than freshly made almond butter.  BOOM!!!  Life changed in the blink of an eye.  What was just a routine day of travel to train clients, turned out to be the day I totalled my vehicle and walked away with a few parting gifts of being banged up.  I had to tailor back on teaching Bootcamp class, training clients, and training myself.  Very difficult…. but not as difficult as the above-mentioned case in 2008.  It wasn’t a huge setback but still a setback.  The biggest key here was to focus on returning back to 100% and allowing my body time to heal so I could provide the best service to my clients.

Present Day – Business is going strong and the family is doing well.

The point of sharing this timeline is to show that everyone’s journey is not linear.  We all have setbacks as well as better than ever comebacks.  Either we overcome them or not.  Dreams can become a reality or dreams can be shattered.  I left many things out so I didn’t write a book, but I hope it inspires at least one reader.

Biggest takeaway – Never judge a book by its cover.  You never know the battle someone has faced to reach where they are in the personal journey. Try not to sweat the small stuff.  When setbacks happen, hit them full force and never give up.

Hope all of you have a blessed day!

-ER

Favourite quotes?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

Connect with Eric Rodgers: IG | FB
Cover Photo By: Barry A. Noland

I started out in the fitness industry after a long run of destroying my body with heavy drug use. I got clean and sober in 2013 and that is when I found a passion for not just my fitness goals and my health. After becoming a mom in 2015 I turned my focus onto the hormones side of this journey as well, as I STRUGGLED post-baby! I truly feel like my cup is almost full when I hear a client whose life has been greatly impacted by us working together. Mom’s feeling like they have their groove back, feel sexy and love their bodies. The high stressed CEO who has gained 20 lbs of belly fat from work stress and travel now feels his best! These are the things that set my soul on fire.

Age:
32

City, State/Province:
Kenmore, WA

Country:
USA

Occupation?
Functional Nutrition Coach / hormones Specialist.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Health, because if the body is not healthy it rarely responds to strength increases, muscle building and fat loss.

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: 30
  • Health level: 70

As someone who has struggled with hormone and thyroid issues, I would put more into health!

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
They all have their place. Too much of anything isn’t a good thing, however, goals need to align with training style. IE: If your goal is to have fasted at a CrossFit open, then bodybuilding style alone wouldn’t help. If you want to run a fast mile, TRX shouldn’t be your only training. However, normally a good blend will give the best results! However, as a coach, listening to what the client ENJOYS is also really important to me.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I work to meet clients where they are at, and bridge habits to help them get to where they want to be. I do this by looking at it from a pull picture: Fitness, food intake, hormones and lifestyle.

Trainer philosophy:
Smarter not harder – progressive overload and perfect form trump all!

Training Plan:
I train 5 days a week

Nutritional Plan:
Macros and Micros!!! Making sure we are fueling the body to heal and for body comp goals! I truly believe in the ability to make yummy foods fit! HOWEVER!! The power of fruits and veggies is fierce!

Supplement Plan:
Honestly, they are to fill in the gaps and help the body heal, vs an end all be all.

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?
It depends on what is going on with a client if a client is in a heavy healing process (gut dysfunction, thyroid disorders, etc) I typically start them there yet. The more toxic load we can lift from the body, the better.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
Jason Theobald was my most recent coach and helped me through a lot of gut dysfunctional as well as Hashimoto’s (A thyroid disorder that greatly impacts your metabolism.)

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Which trainer or model story has had the biggest impact on you?

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?
ALL THE EXCITEMENT!!!

Future fitness goals and plans?
Compete again one day, but for now, focusing on business growth.

Life goal?
Travel more – See the beaches of the world, eat the food of the world.

Things people don’t know about you?

  • I love being in bed early.
  • I lived in Brazil, Twice.
  • Solitaire is an addiction of mine.
  • I have moved over 20 times in my life.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • You can only control your actions and responses.
  • It’s not always about you (the way people react or the things they do).
  • Always do your best.
  • Love fearlessly.


5 most important attributes you see in a person?

Honesty, Vulnerability, Willingness to change, Perseverance, Outlook on life.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My daughter, Izzy. I want him to lead with love and light and make an impact on the world.

Who inspires you? And why?
My dad always finds a way to make things happen.

Your transformation story:
I spent most of my young life struggling with eating disorders and drug addiction. It took me from I was 14 until I was around 26/27 to see how much more the world had to offer. I leaned into the help that was always waiting for me and took daily steps to transition me from the life I grew up in, to the amazing life I know now.

Favourite quotes?
People may forget what you said and did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.

Photos By: Jen Speer

Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Mallory Dougoud to Status Team

By Status Fitness Magazine
Sept 1st, 2021

Texas, USA – Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Mallory Dougoud to its all-star fitness and editorial lineup. Understanding fitness is more than physical, Mallory takes pride in leading men and women to have a healthy relationship with food, the gym, and staying on track. Mallory will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep in her own column in Status Fitness Magazine.

Mallory Dougoud shares her thoughts on joining the Status team
It means everything. To finally have a voice and spread kindness, give something of value that can change someone’s outlook on life, fitness, and themselves. I’m not GaryVee (duh) but to be a female version of him in the way that he preaches and instils knowledge but it’s in love, kindness, and caring for other humans. Yes work hard, go to the gym, leave no stone unturned, etc. But what are you doing to build up others around you? How are you uplifting and supporting women? What is your legacy in your field and as a person?

The name speaks for itself. It truly is the “STATUS” of fitness and bodybuilding. A very well respected magazine and I am over the moon for this opportunity.

Mallory Dougoud shares her plan on bringing to the team and audience.
A woman’s mindset. I have been an athlete my entire life and have been an NPC bikini competitor since 2018. I have been on both extremes of athleticism and lifestyle, struggling with an eating disorder. I know what it’s like to be bullied, be made fun of, create a hard exterior (“savage” as the millennials like to say). I know what it’s like to work so hard and receive very little encouragement, acknowledgement, and support. The stories I want to bring to the forefront are just that. Women that have struggled have been victims of all the above and more BUT with a message of value for women. A lot of life’s pressures come from other women. We judge we don’t have the willingness to understand, we get jealous, we are reactive, etc. I want to change that narrative. What are the successful women in the industry doing to bring about awareness and the true meaning of “women supporting women”. What is their mindset going forward? What advice would you give to the young girls who look up to you? How do you change the narrative and be kind to those that don’t support you, instead of labelling them a hater? I want to hear their stories and what positive changes have they made to be at the height of their game whilst being kind and supportive to others?

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Mallory Dougoud
Mallory is a proactive fitness entrepreneur. From the first time we spoke, I got a great sense of her exceptional work ethic and desire to inspire others. We are thrilled to have Mallory as part of the Status team.

About Mallory Dougoud
Mallory received a bachelors degree in journalism from all Roberts University and 2013. She was an NBA Dance for the OKC Thunder G league team from 2012-2014. Then got picked up by the San Antonio Spurs from 2014-2016. Mallory began personal training in 2014. In 2018, Made By Mal: Online Coaching was created.

Find out more about Mallory: IG | Youtube | Website

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, and 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.

Contact
To learn more about this announcement, please contact:
Julie McGraa, Media Relations
CANADA: 3920 Francis Road Richmond BC. #120
USA: 1922 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, California 90007
Office: (888) 304-3201
julie@statusfitness.com

I’m Nick and I am a personal trainer, nutritionist and most importantly a busy dad. I know first-hand how hard it is to juggle being a parent, a busy professional and still find time to prioritize my health. I have spent years figuring out efficient and effective strategies to feel my absolute best while still having time for my family and my businesses.

I became a trainer because I wanted to have the most positive impact I can have on the lives of the people I work with, helping them become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. I have been in the fitness industry for 10 years and absolutely love helping people reach their full potential.

After a devastating injury ruined my athletic career, I was forced to find new ways to express myself and that is when I fell in love with fitness. When I first started off I experienced first-hand the amount of misinformation that is out there. So I dove headfirst into the industry and learned everything I could, spending hours and hours sifting through case studies, medical journals and learning everything I could.

Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of busy people and have found one MAJOR consistency. People have information whiplash! The fitness industry has almost as many fads and trends as fashion, which makes it extremely difficult to find reliable information. That is why Ian and I created RyzeUP. To help people get to the scientific, credible information and resource them with the tools and knowledge they need to establish healthy habits for the rest of their lives. Ian and I have brought over 20 years of experience and knowledge and piled it into 1 INCREDIBLE program where we leave no stone unturned when it comes to understanding what it takes to feel your absolute best. I’ve dedicated most of my adult life to studying health, fitness and human performance and now I get to share everything that I have learned over the past 10 years with you!

Age:
30

City, State/Province:
Denver, Colorado

Country:
United States

Occupation?
Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Entrepreneur
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Weight loss is more of a health issue in my opinion. Fitness is a tool to help people achieve their optimal health. Movement is medicine and according to Newton’s Laws of Motion an object in motion stays in motion and that is the same for humans. Fitness in its rawest form is movement and my goal is to help my clients train in very specific ways that allow them to live their daily lives with little to no limitations

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: 35
  • Health level: 65

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I love all styles of training. In my opinion that is what is so wonderful about fitness, that it comes in so many different styles and there is something that will literally cater to anyone.  HIIT training is one of my favourites for efficiency when it comes to fat burning, powerlifting is incredible because, if done properly,  can be extremely for anti-ageing and yoga is one of my go tos for recovery because a limber and flexible body, in my opinion, is the key to longevity.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I train people with various different methodologies.  It very much depends on the client, what their goals are and what level of commitment they are willing to give to reach those goals.  My overall approach consists of dynamic warm-ups movements as well muscle activation techniques to get the body primed and ready for the lift. Then throughout the week, I mix in different rep ranges to challenge my clients in different ways and to hit all of the muscle fibres throughout all of their training sessions. Then I take them through a cool-down stretch.  My approach is geared towards teaching my clients performance in every aspect of their lives.

Trainer philosophy:
Train to live. Move your body in the ways that it needs to move to make your daily activities easier and so that you have no limitations when it comes to life.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I am a strong believer in an all-natural approach. Sugars and artificial sweeteners are some of the main contributors to so many diseases that so many people have and the only way to help decline these preventable diseases is to avoid the sugars and artificial sweeteners as much as possible. This has also been proven time and time again to be the best approach when it comes to your overall health.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coaches continually push me to grow and to become a better person, better coach and a better businessman.  Working with mentors is essential when it comes to trying to become successful. They help you fill in the gaps that can sometimes go unseen and help you expand the way you approach situations by guiding you on the journey based on their personal experiences.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Why is the turnover rate in the fitness industry amongst fit pros so high?

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?
Very excited this is a great opportunity to show off my hard work and dedication.

Future fitness goals and plans?
Gain 10 lbs of lean muscle and work on my mobility through functional training

Life goal?
To make a healthier life more accessible to everyone!

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I only have one kidney.
  • I lived in Italy and went to a public Italian school when I was 15.
  • I have broken 7 bones and had 5 concussions.
  • I lost a soccer scholarship to 2 torn quads.
  • I have been building businesses since I was 13.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • With discipline and structure comes freedom.
  • Positivity is the key to a happy life.
  • That when you change your perspective and change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  • Don’t take life so seriously.
  • Stop trying to be perfect.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, Integrity, Passion, Discipline and a Sense of Humor.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My son, I try to inspire him on a daily basis because I know he has the potential to change the world.

Who inspires you? And why?
Dwayne Johnson inspires me and is one of my role models because he has built a massive empire and preaches positivity and self-growth at every turn. He gives back whenever he can, runs multiple companies and still finds time to be an incredible father.

Your transformation story:
When I was a teenager I went through some very dark times riddled with drugs and alcohol. I found myself lost with no direction, no purpose and worst of all no self-confidence. After working at Red Robin I ended up moving in with one of my friends I made at the restaurant and he was huge into fitness and looked the part as well. I could tell how much more confident he was than I was and how it translated into every aspect of his life so I started to go with him to the gym.  Little did he know that not only did he change my life, but he saved my life. The gym taught me so many incredible skills that I couldn’t find anywhere else. It taught me the value of hard work and dedication. It showed me that even if you fail, you can get right back up and try again. After years of training myself and my friends, I decided that I loved it so much that I wanted to start a business that made a healthier life more accessible for everyone.

When I started down this journey I realized very quickly that I lacked the credibility to build the business into what I truly wanted it to be. So I stepped back and immersed myself in the world of personal training. I got my PT certification and then learned very quickly that I need more continued education so I got my Precision Nutrition certification which was a game-changer for me. After learning the ins and outs of the psychology behind coaching I was able to build a successful private personal training business that gave me the freedom to get back into my business and start to build it into an empire that would allow me to accomplish my life goal. We are still in the process of building out this incredible software and also building out an education course that helps fit pros build an unbreakable foundation to help them build thriving businesses.

Favourite quotes?
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

Connect with Nick Reed: IG | FB