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I am a Content Creator (Photographer / Videographer / Designer) with over 16 years of experience creating amazing and eye-catching content for my clients. I have had my own business since I was 18 years old, starting in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I’m originally from. I was the Photography Manager and later Creative Director for one of the biggest supplement companies in NYC for a few years to then move on to Miami, FL to grow my own name and brand. I run my own Media Company – @bustamante.media – I’m also one of the owners of @olympuslyfestyle and owner and founder of @theinfinityfit. During my years in NYC, I did Personal Training as well, training supermodels to get ready for Runway for Ford Models Agency. I also assisted in productions for big Fashion Magazines. 2020 I did my first WBFF Show which was virtual during the Covid-19 Pandemic. I got my Pro status and moved on to compete in WBFF Miami at the end of 2020 where I earned my crown and the title Miss Bikini USA. Currently, I’m in prep for WBFF Worlds in Las Vegas Aug 11-14th.

Age:
35

City, State/Province:
Miami, Florida

Country:
USA

Occupation?
Photographer, Designer, Fitness Coach, Business Owner.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Primarily Health Issue but to correct the “issue” in the most proper way some sort of fitness is necessary.

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?
Personally, I body build and lift weights 6 days a week. Occasionally, I do HIIT circuits. I have never done powerlifting as I have wrist, shoulder, and knee injuries but I fully support and respect each and every person’s choice of workout. Whatever makes you happy you should do. I have done a lot of TRX training also back in the days and occasionally use it still. I used to go to yoga every week before my wrist injury. Now I have trouble doing a lot of the poses due to my lack of range of motion but every now and then I do some basic exercises.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I believe in training and eating according to each person’s body. Everyone is different, certain foods work great for some and others not. Same with training styles. I get to know my clients and build the programs that they need.
Trainer philosophy:
I believe that each and every person should find something that makes them happy. During life, our minds and lives change and the style of training should do so as well. If you don’t find pleasure in what you do you will likely not stick to it. The same goes for diet and food. Find something that works for you. I don’t think you have to get full pleasure each and every day but you should have something weekly that excites you and makes your heart and soul smile.

Training Plan:
I weigh light 6 days a week. Currently no cardio. Currently prepping for a competition and follow a strict schedule for muscle growth.

Nutritional Plan:
I eat 6-7 times per day, all full meals besides 1 that is a post-workout snack. I am usually between 3000-3400 calories per day, high protein, high carbs, moderate fats. I have my cheat meals 1 day per week when I eat anything I want. I do a fully gluten-free diet with red meat included as that’s what my body needs.

Supplement Plan:
I have a holistic doctor that helps me track my body. I get vitamins to inject according to my bloodwork. I only take very few supplements orally as I have a very sensitive stomach and a lot of pills upset it. For the gym, I use EAA/BCAA and sometimes pre-workout (or coffee).
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 do recommend natural yes but I use items with artificial stuff too sometimes. If someone needs to use that every now and then to better be able to stick to an overall healthy lifestyle then I think that’s fine.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love the articles and the helpful info. It’s well thought out and interesting to read and I like the way you connect and communicate with athletes and fans.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My WBFF coaches are Caroline de Campos and TJ Hoban. I have been with them for about 1,5 years and they have been absolutely incredible. They are my coaches but have also become some of my best friends. I am very happy to have met them.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
How did you manage to start and build Status Fitness Magazine, tell me about how you planned it out and your mindset during it?
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?
Wow, that sounds super exciting, I didn’t know that until I read it just nowhere.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
Yes, Violate The Dress Code for apparel, AP Sports Regimen for supplements, Samiya Boutique for casual and dress-up wear, Cake Eyewear for Sunglasses.

Future fitness goals and plans?
My closest goal is to bring my absolute best and unique package to the WBFF stage in August to compete for the World crown. The next goal after that is to build my coaching business to reach an even broader audience both for regular fitness levels but also for competitors.
Life goal?
To do what I love each and every day while making a living on it, which I already do. Grow my businesses bigger and better until the day I don’t enjoy it anymore, then I will find something else to do. Enjoy time and life with people I love and leave this world with a smile on my face knowing that I have no regrets or skipped on any opportunities.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I used to play the sax when I was a kid.
  • I can eat more food than anyone else I know.
  • I come from Gothenburg in Sweden where I  lived until I was about 20-21 then I moved to Stockholm and later on to NYC.
  • I used to sing and dance for years when I was a kid.
  • I can lick my own chin.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Don’t settle for anything less than what your goal is.
  • Don’t change yourself for others, they won’t do the same for you.
  • Learn how to be comfortable alone.
  • Never give up no matter what.
  • Trust your gut, it’s always right.

Most important attributes you see in a person?
Sense of humor – being able to make others laugh and not take themselves so seriously always, passion – a person without passion for something does not shine as bright, it doesn’t matter what the passion is as long as it’s there, desire to keep learning and growing as a person, kindness to anyone and everyone, empathy with others.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I wish I could inspire my sister to get into the workout life. I have not yet succeeded. Occasionally she works out but she’s busy with little kids and work. I know she would benefit a lot from it in every possible way. I will not give up.

Who inspires you? And why?
Other strong and hard-working people, primarily other women, both friends, and celebrities.

Your transformation story:
I come from Sweden and have a tall, slim body shape. I was not blessed with curves of any sort. I have worked hard to build what I have and everything you see is hard work, a lot of food, and not genetics. I have a lot of injuries and was told that I “would not”, “could not” ever do this and that again. This made me more motivated than ever to prove doctors and others wrong. I think that these injuries are a big part of where I am today. I worked harder and harder to show that it’s possible no matter what. If I can do it so can you. Don’t give up.

Favourite quotes?
“Nobody is ever “too busy” if they are interested they will make time.”

Connect with Maaxx Bustamante: IG | FB | Website | Twitter

Photos By: Surraca Studio | Dennis Cruz | Sarah Orbanic

I was born and raised in Idaho, I’m a United States Marine Corps veteran and athlete.  I played both baseball and basketball growing up, continuing my athletic career through college and into the professional European league.  After baseball, I entered the world of men’s physique bodybuilding where I competed for 5 years.  This eventually led to a career in fitness & lifestyle modelling.  Additionally, I’m a certified ACE personal trainer, which makes me highly desirable for my knowledge and professionalism.

Age:
37

Occupation?
Fitness Trainer/Fitness Model.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I think they both play a very important role.  However, I always say that you can never out-train a bad diet.  For me and my clients, diet comes first.  If you don’t have that in order you’re going to just be treading water and not going anywhere. I think fitness issues like strength, conditioning, and physique aesthetics has to come after you are in a basic healthy lifestyle routine.

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 tokens
  • Health level: 70 tokens
Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT is the best form of exercise to get the most out of your body in a limited amount of time. I love training clients as well as myself with HITT routines.  Explosive jumps and dynamic movements keep the heart rate up as well as builds muscle from the plyometrics. I think HITT is the best tool to use when elevating your fitness as well as maintaining your fitness level when you are hurting for time. You can also use HITT at home or in a park with limited or no equipment.

Powerlifting is great for the individual that wants to dedicate to that craft. The technique is very important to develop strength and refrain from injury.  I’m all about competing at any craft that you love and can appreciate one dedication to it.

I love TRX suspension training.  Invented by US Navy Seals, it is one of the best forms of training for body control and core strength. TRX will expose weaknesses in the body that other methods of training don’t specifically target.  I take my TRX straps when I travel as well as through them into various workouts for myself and clients.

Yoga is beneficial in creating flexibility, balance, and mental focus and clarity.  I throw in a yoga class for myself a few times a month just to keep myself in the practice.  I recommend yoga to clients that are tight in the hips or need extra help with balance and breathing techniques.  The mental focus it takes to during yoga helps with all components of life, including stress relief and relaxation which I’m sure everyone can use.

Bodybuilding is the genesis of how I started my fitness journey.  I loved moving iron in the gym when I was in junior high and I never looked back.  It’s important to have a solid basis and understanding of bodybuilding, how muscles contract and angles or movements.  I love switching up tension angles with the positioning of the body to hit a muscle just a little differently.  The science behind bodybuilding is fascinating to me.  I try and teach my clients “why” we are doing certain exercises and what it’s doing to the anatomy and muscle.

Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”  – Rocky Balboa

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I’m a huge advocate for supersets. Keeping constant tension on the muscle you are focused on triggers the muscle to grow.  Not only do supersets demand the muscle to grow, but they also develop strength and muscular endurance.  Throw in some HITT training in-between some supersets and that is my unique training method.  The combination of the two is ideal for muscle growth and fat burning in my opinion.  However, everyone is different in how their body responds to exercise.  I’m a big believer that each person much conduct trial and error to see how their body responds to different exercise techniques and methods of training.  This also goes alongside diet and nutrition. My coaching methods include teaching and encouragement.  I don’t yell at clients or overly motivate them.  Motivation only lasts so long, discipline and a set vision will be the ultimate adherence to reaching your fitness goals.  I focus closely on form and proper technique over high energy motivation.

Trainer philosophy:
My trainer philosophy is pretty much the same as my training and coaching methods.  Time under tension and supersets with various HITT training is what I focus on.  Keeping the muscle under stress while the heart rate is elevated from explosive movements is my philosophy for the most ideal training results.

Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

Training Plan:
My training plan is to mix it up every 6 weeks.  For example, if you are focused on HITT training for 6 weeks, mix it up to more of a bodybuilding split.  Then 6 weeks after that go into a circuit style training with TRX suspension training and some battle ropes.  Keep it interesting, fun, and motivating with new challenges for the body and mind.

Nutritional Plan:
I eat about 80% clean.  This means I can have a few cheat meals a week or snacks that contribute to the 20% not so clean.  I find this ratio is perfect for me to enjoy some good food while staying under 10% fat year around. My body works well on high protein and healthy fat, low carb.  Again, this is from trial and error to see how my body responds to certain macros. An example of my split would be 40% protein, 40% fat, and 20% carb.

Supplement Plan:
I keep it pretty simple.  Creatine, protein powder, BCAA’s, and a multivitamin.  There are plenty of other supplements to take, but I like to keep it basic and stick to healthy nutritional choices.

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’s all about balance.  I think artificial sweeteners are ok in moderation.  Sometimes it’s impossible to dodge all artificial colours, flavours, and sweeteners, so I would say to try and balance it out and have a good amount of all-natural options.

Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I see that Status has legit fitness information and people representing them.  A lot of other fitness magazines might through a celebrity on the cover that doesn’t even look the part or live the lifestyle.  Status has elite-level competitors that have been there and done that.  They share their information and are passionate about helping others in fitness and health.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I learned bodybuilding at a young age from old school bodybuilders. My passion and discipline in the craft grew and I have stuck to the original instruction from those coaches.  They mean a lot to me knowing that the knowledge they gave me has shaped my life around fitness, and I love it.  I always look forward to being that same influence on the clients I train hoping it impacts them.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I would ask Rodney what mindset does he practice in this industry when facing rejection.  This industry is very competitive, you hear “no” a lot and can feel like you are not good enough.  I would love to hear his mindset on pressing forward and not letting rejection discourage you from continuing to go after what you want in such a booming industry.

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?
It would be a dream come true to be on the cover of Status Fitness Magazine.  I would like to think I’m a passionate example of health and fitness.  To be able to showcase that on the cover and at the Arnold Classic would be amazing and mean a lot to be at such a high level.

Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
Lumberjacked Gear, support me with supplements and workout gear.  They are a small company but I love building something from the ground up and show people what can be done from nothing.  They are super supportive and easy to collaborate with.  I also do a lot for PowerBlock Dumbbells.  I’m not sponsored by them, but you can find me on their website in workout videos and on their social media sites. They really are the world’s greatest dumbbells.

Future fitness goals and plans?
Let’s start off with getting the cover of Status Fitness Magazine.  Other than that, I want to continue to do fitness modelling for various fitness companies and brands.  For 3 years, I would love to have my own gym as well.  Start a fitness community that supports everyone’s fitness journey.

Life goal?
Inspire others to do what they are passionate about.  I think people get stuck in what others tell them to do or should do.  Get out and travel and experience the world!

5 things people don’t know about you?
I love 80’s action movies.  I’m a huge New Orleans Saints football fan.  I’m an introvert, I value my alone time to recharge even though I can seem extroverted in group settings.  I love white shoes.  I can’t hold a kiwi down to save my life.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • You can’t out-train a bad diet. That’s my favourite quote as well, but it took a while to really understand that.
  • I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself.  Life is hard enough as it is, you shouldn’t add to the stress and hardship on yourself.  You need to be your biggest fan!
  • It’s ok to ask other people for help.  I would tend to try and do everything myself.  People want to help others.  We are all in this thing together, let someone help you and return the generosity to another when the time comes.
  • Enjoy food.  I stay under 10% body for the year-round, but there was a time I would yo-yo my weight because I would be super strict with my diet and then fall off the wagon when I couldn’t keep it up.  Enjoy a balance as I have mentioned before.  An 80% clean diet has worked for me.
  • Continue doing research on your craft.  Information is constantly changing and getting more advanced.  What worked the best now might not be the most optimal approach now.  Continue reading, listening, and asking questions.
Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, communication, sense of humour connection, loyalty, and passion for their life.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
It would be the person that looks down on themselves. That person with low self-esteem.  Maybe a childhood or high school trauma lowered their sense of worth.  I want to be the person that can inspire them, that they can rise up and pursue their passion and gain respect and a high sense of value and worth.

What sports do you like most/ or play when you have free time?
I played baseball and basketball my whole life. I’ll still shoot some hoops once in a while, but right now I love playing golf.  I’m not any good, but I love working on the craft and blasting a few tee shots every now and again.  I also love to paddleboard and hike the foothills around Boise.

Who inspires you? And why?
I find inspiration in anyone who is extremely passionate about their craft. I get pumped seeing other fitness models that are crushing their goals and physiques while inspiring others.  That’s why it would mean so much to me to be one of those inspiring figures on the Status Fitness Magazine cover.  It’s all about exposure where you can reach other people you may not have otherwise.

Your transformation story?
I started working out and became passionate about fitness at the age of 14 in my school’s gym.  I was an athlete my whole life.  However, my body composition didn’t really change until I started training for my first men’s physique bodybuilding competition.  I was 29 years old at the time.  I did extensive research on diets and how the body works to burn fat while keeping muscle.  After some trial and error, I found how to cut down for competitions while maintaining sub 10% the rest of the year with my fitness and diet routine. I’ve continued it ever since while continually learning and exploring new ways to improve my physique and health.

Luke Matthews

Photographer: Taylor Cifuentes | Herzberg Photography

Owner of Bto Performance Fitness Studio, Motivational Speaker, Owner of ” Be That One “fitness apparel, Professional Football Player ( Place Kicker ).

1999- Toronto Argonauts CFL

2000-  Buffalo Bills NFL/ BC Lions CFL Grey Cup Champion

2001- Toronto Argonauts

2002- 1st round second pick in the dispersal draft to Ottawa Renegades

2003- Montreal Alouettes / Toronto Argonauts

2004- Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup Champions

2009- Winnipeg Bluebombers

I have my own fundraiser called ” Give The Boot To ” then I pick a cause. My first year was Give The Boot To Cystinosis. 2nd year Give The Boot To Parkinson’s. 3rd year Give The Boot To Mental Health. 4th year Give The Boot To PTSD. We have raised just over $125,000 from our 4 events.

I received the Canada 150 Award for community service which was such an honour.

I have received the key to the City Of Thorold my home town. I am on the wall of fame at my high school Denis Morris.

I played soccer for 21 years including 3 years as captain of my regional soccer team, part of the Ontario Soccer Team and Canadian National Soccer Team.

Won numerous Readers Choice Awards for BEST FITNESS CLUB.

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

BEST FITNESS CLUB TO TRAIN AT

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Won Regional awards for BEST FITNESS CLUB, BEST PERSONAL TRAINER.

Nominated for Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2019.
Age:
51 years old

Location:
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Occupation:
Personal Trainer / Motivational Speaker.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I believe weight loss is more of a health issue than a fitness issue. I believe more now than ever especially after the last 18 months of dealing with Covid 19 and being lockdown in their homes during this Pandemic. People have been relegated to a sedentary lifestyle and feeling depressed not only not being able to leave their homes but also their self-esteem on how they look and feel affecting both their physical and mental 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: 50
  • Health level: 50

I believe these are both equally important.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I absolutely love power training I’ve been power training myself from the age of 17 years of age. I’ve used both HIIT training and power training as a professional athlete in both the Canadian Football League and the NFL. Increasing my strength and power and explosiveness as a placekicker.

TRX Suspension training I believe is easily one of the greatest tools on the market because of how versatile this piece of equipment is for all levels from a beginner with no knowledge of training to a professional athlete. I used TRX Suspension training in all my in-season training as a professional football player. Another incredible piece of equipment easily hands down for me is the Equalizer Bars this piece of equipment has taken my fitness studio to the next level used from the most basic level client to the most advanced.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
My unique training or coaching method is actually quite simple to make fitness fun. Giving everyone the ultimate experience. Put on a show each and every class. I believe a personal trainer is an entertainer and a motivator giving everyone an amazing fitness experience.

Trainer philosophy:
My training philosophy I believe that within a 60-minute class that strength, cardio and core should be included. My style is 1 minute of strength 1 minute of cardio 1 minute of abs that’s around for me repeating it twice. I’ve gotten amazing results with my clients with this style of training. Full body training.

Training Plan:
For my clients, I try my best to get everyone to commit to me 3 classes a week minimum with a couple of days active outside my studio. For optimal training results, I offer an unlimited training package allowing them to come to class as many days as possible.

Supplements Plan:
As far as supplements go I’m not qualified in this field but with that said I do suggest a protein supplement for post-training workouts.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I truly believe what separates Status from other fitness magazines is how motivating this magazine is. It’s not just a magazine showing perfect bodies but a magazine that is uplifting and inspiring. The fact that I am given this amazing opportunity to inspire people that even after a heart attack that I almost died from I’m still here and because of the strength of my heart all due to my fitness level I am here to share my story. This is what makes this magazine so special. You just don’t see that in other magazines.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I have had many coaches over my years as an athlete and the impact they have made on my life are priceless. They’ve taught me to never give up. To go out of your comfort zone that nobody successful has done things within their comfort zones. They have taught me how to win and lose gracefully. They have taught me to be a professional on and off the field. They have taught me the importance of offseason training. They have taught me discipline. Most of all they have taught me how to be humble and to give back to your community while you are playing and when you have retired from the game you play.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What changes do you see in the fitness industry coming within the next 5 years?

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?
Omg, this opportunity truly is so amazing you truly have no idea how incredible this is to me. May 20th 2020, I had a heart attack that almost killed me called ” the widowmaker “. To even have been considered to be part of this incredible magazine is just incredible and to be asked to participate is an honour and I’m truly grateful.

Future fitness goals and plans?
After having my heart attack, unfortunately, I’ve had a year of setbacks brutal side effects that have sidelined me from my own training. Now that my heart has structurally healed 100%, I am cleared to train again. My own future fitness goal is to come back in better shape than I was in prior to my heart attack. I have begun training with rubber tubing and TRX Suspension bands and soon will be hitting the weights again but as I always have preached to my clients you need to learn to walk before you can run.

Life goal?
My life goal is as it always has been I’ve been put on this earth to inspire and help as many people as possible and I believe in my heart that my path is through fitness and my motivational speaking and I wouldn’t change it for anything!!!

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I wear my heart on my sleeve.
  • I cry watching sad movies.
  • I have anxiety and PTSD.
  • Throughout elementary school and high school, I took 0 on my public speaking assignments because I was bullied in grade 4 by my teacher with that said I now speak in front of thousands for my motivational speaking engagements.
  • I hate looking at myself in the mirror

5 lessons you have learned?

  • I have learned perception is everything.
  • Always be honest and truthful.
  • Nothing beats hard work.
  • Excuses produce 0 results.
  • A dream is just a dream if you don’t work.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Integrity, Honesty, Hard Working, Team Player, Motivator.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
A person who believes that a dream is just a dream and it only happens to someone special. I beat all the odds of becoming a professional football player with no college experience and became a pro at the age of 29 years old. I worked in a grocery store while chasing my dreams. So yes it’s possible anyone can do it. That’s the person I want to inspire!

What sports do you like most/ or play when you have free time?
Hands down football are my favourite all-time sport I achieved the impossible became a professional football player with no college experience. Soccer my second favourite represented my country!

Who inspires you? And why?
Before my dad died 6 months ago, he was my inspiration having suffered from Parkinson’s for over 20 years. I watched my dad running, biking, working out right up into his final days as a real-life superhero who inspired so many. I miss him with all my heart but I know he is proud of me.

Your transformation story:
My transformation story has just begun as my heart attack was May 20th 2020 I was 220 pounds of muscle and I was a machine. I lost 21 pounds of muscle over the last year recovering and healing from my heart attack. My goal is to be more fit now in my 50’s than I was in my 20’s I will do it I’m determined!!!

Favourite quotes?
This actually is my own quote and is a story all in its self it changed my life forever which is why I trademarked ” Be That One “!

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Photos By: Phil Cheevers

I was a competitive bodybuilder and physique model for 10 years. During the last few years, I also started taking fitness photos as well as becoming the official event photographer for IFBB, NPC, and OCB competitions. Over time, I made the transition to full-time photographer and of course still committed to the fitness lifestyle.  My work has been published in multiple magazines, websites, television, and several book covers.

Age:
50

City:
Ormond Beach FL

What do you like most about being a photographer?
Capturing people at their best and creating art.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
Physique compositions – combining artistic locations with bodies that are a work of art.

What separates Status from other magazines?
The support of models and photographers being the theme of the product.

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?
It’s great to still see images in print.

Greg Diesel Walck

By Status Fitness Magazine
April 7th, 2021

Alberta, Canada – Status Fitness Magazine has signed Ashley Veenstra to join the Status editorial team. Ashley is a fitness and Super League champion that brings her fitness background to the forefront in helping people overcome obstacles. Ashley will have her own expect column in Status where will share her health and fitness insights.

Ashley Veenstra shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
“I am thrilled to be on the Status Fitness Team! Being able to bring health and wellness to the next level for peers and the planet. Sometimes, we just need a reminder, to go back to the basics, loving and supporting each other. Waking up feeling happy and healthy, while being able to radiate that energy to the world around us. I am honoured to be guiding and offering teachings with Status Fitness; to connect you to your higher being and purpose. Join us on this amazing journey, as we evolve into healthier ways together”.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Ashley
“Ashley is a Health and Fitness Expert that the people at Status have known for almost 10 years. We are excited for Ashely to bring her diverse health and fitness background to Status and share her insights and tips to complete wellness. Welcome to the Status family Ashley”.

About Ashley
Ashley is a single mother, to a beautiful 11-year son Kaden, who is her inspiration every day. She enjoys staying active in the mountains. If you follow her, you will know she spends summers at the top of the mountains, where the wild things roam. Ashley has been in the fitness industry for 14 years, managing one of the largest corporate gyms and being one of the top managers of the company. Mentoring personal trainers into their roles and showcasing what a balanced lifestyle is for peers. She has been running her own business Veenstar Fitness Ltd. for the last 4 years and now launching Jaguar Priestess Healing Temple alongside.

Ashley is a WBFF Pro Athlete; completing 8 fitness shows. Her last show completed was worlds and was a long-time goal of her accomplished. After, she was scouted and drafted into Superleague; earning her Pro Status and represented Team Canada. Ashley was a featured Athlete for Superleague Team Canada and the only athlete to compete in every event across North America.

She enjoys inspiring readers with her columns across North America for numerous different magazines and Health panels. As the planet continues to shift and heal; she is healing alongside her and now is a very dedicated Reiki Master. Ashley has dedicated her health and wellness to new levels; to help lead others into these new ways here now. She has a gift, to be able to see where the planet as a whole needs the shift. Her mission is to help everyone feel happier, be grounded with Mother Earth, and rise together in new ways. “Open your heart and try new things this year, you will be greatly rewarded for those changes”.

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.

Photographer: Dan Galic

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

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida where I met my husband Brent Hawkins who was playing for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. I have always wanted to look and feel good because the extra weight was something I struggled with in high school. After having our first son, I was looking for a career and thought what better idea than to do something I love! After moving back to Illinois where my husband comes from, he was approached to play for the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders, so we went to Canada. From there, we had our daughter and I worked as a trainer at Gold’s gym and eventually opening our own training facility. While in Canada, I competed in my first bodybuilding show in the bikini division. I ended up winning overall at SABBA Novice and Provincials. I also started coaching my very first team of ladies who also did well in their competitions. I also tried out for the LFL when it came to Canada and had a blast playing and becoming an Allstar. I had the honor of being voted number one most attractive player in Canada by bleacherreport.com. After my husband retired from the CFL, we came back to the United States where I continued to train. I wanted to continue competing, so I did the NPC Midwest Championship in the bikini category but unfortunately, did not place well. At that point, my muscle mass had outgrown the division. Shortly after, we had our second son, so I focused on being a mom and training my clients. I absolutely love competing and knew I was not done. I fought to get my body to bikini size because I love the category but after lots of convincing, I decided it was time to do figure. My husband ended deciding to compete with me at the same show (NPC Midwest Championship) where we both did very well. I took home first in Novice and Open overall placing. My husband won first in Novicefor his class and Masters and also first in Open Masters and second in Open division for his classic physique class. That same year in 2019, we went to NPC Nationals where I won first in my class and obtained my Pro Card. Since Covid happened in 2020, I interrupted my debut plans so I plan to make my Pro debut this July. I also recently started managing Alton Family Martial Arts & Fitness and teach a fit boxing class there. I am enjoying helping people get started with self-defense and martial arts. They offer youth martial arts (my kids attend), kickboxing, and jiujitsu.

Age:
33

City:
Edwardsville, Illinois.

Nutritional Plan:
I follow macros that continually change.

Supplement Plan:
Oh gosh, where do I start?! Multivitamin, Vitamin C, B12, D. Calcium Magnesium, digestive enzymes, fiber supplements, whey isolate, BCAAs, glutamine, and carnitine.

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?
Personally, I consume artificial sweeteners but when I am in prep that gets cut out. Sometimes, I will recommend people trying all-natural to combat bloating issues.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I believe they go hand in hand. A lot of people do not work out because they are happy with their physique, but you can look great and still be unhealthy internally. I believe it’s important to exercise to not only lose weight but also receive all the health benefits that are attached to it. Health care is so strained from people simply not taking care of their bodies. Exercise can help prevent so many things like heart disease and high blood pressure. I exercise for both. I want to be healthy, and I also want to be physically fit so I can keep up with my kids and do the sports I enjoy.

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.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
When we were in Canada, I used to love getting Status magazines. Always jammed packed with pictures, articles, and tips. I love Status because they do not skimp on the size and there is so much in there.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is the one most important fitness tip/advice you have learned over the years?

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?
I am stoked! It would be an honor to be on the cover. I think that is every competitor’s dream.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I coached myself for my first three competitions. I wanted to be accountable to someone and researched the best bikini coach where I found Kim Oddo. I ended up switching to figure where he coached me through my most recent victories. I love Kim and his personality. He has this father figure feel because he has been in the industry for so long and is so knowledgeable. I recently switch to Team Pro Physiques and I am coached by Damian Segovia. I made the switch because he coaches Ms. Figure Olympia and I wanted to be trained by the best coach for that specific category. We have been doing offseason training and preparing my body to handle more calories and shape it to be ready for my debut.

Future fitness goals and plans?
I plan to make my Pro debut in July and hope to eventually grace the Olympia stage.

Life goal?
Continue building my training business and building the Martial Arts facility I manage (Alton Family Martial Arts).

5 things people do not know about you?

  • I love horseback riding and used to take care of 3 horses as a side job when I was 10.
  • I can clog (not to be confused with tap dance).
  • I was an Allstar in the Legends Football League.
  • I was voted class clown in high school.
  • I love to play Age of Empires.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Pray daily for strength.
  • On the path to success, people aren’t always chasing the same dreams as you, so you have to be willing to be independent.
  • NEVER GIVE UP no matter what obstacles you face.
  • Be grateful for everything in life because it can be gone in a second.
  • Surround yourself with people who push you to be better.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
  • Genuineness.
  • Compassion.
  • Drive.
  • Honesty.
  • Entertaining

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
Not one, but all my kids. I want to inspire them to work hard and be the best person they can be. I also want to inspire them to be active and healthy.

Who inspires you? And why?
My husband inspires me. He came from nothing and has gone through so much adversity to achieve everything he has done in life. He is my biggest supporter, and I could not have achieved what I have without him.

Favorite quotes?
“Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard”.

Photo By: Jeff Binns | Linell Grudnitzki

Andrea Hawkins

By Status Fitness Magazine
June 11, 2021

Vancouver – Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Jagoda Kocan to its professional fitness and editorial lineup. As a health coach, Jagoda offers her help to anyone who would like to take a chance and change his/her life. Jagoda will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep in her own column for Status Fitness Magazine.

Jagoda Kocan shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
I’m extremely humbled by being a Status Fitness Columnist. I never expected that privilege and hearing that I got chosen for this position made me speechless. I’m extremely happy and honored. To be honest, I rarely express my opinion, but now I can share my thoughts on a larger scale, send love and give the power to act to those who need it. It amazes me that someone is interested in my way of thinking. I truly hope those series of articles will help many find their way to fitness and happiness. If one person reading my words will find their way my mission will be accomplished.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Jagoda Kocan
We are excited to have Jagoda part of our Status editorial team. She oozes personality, a dedication to fitness, and a strong interest in helping others. We know “Yogi” will provide real and useful content and inspiration to all our readers and listeners. Welcome to the family Yogi!

About Jagoda Kocan
Jagoda is a health coach and bikini PRO competitor. She works at the gym as a Fitness Manager. She is also a mommy, former lifeguard, and snowboarding enthusiast. Jagoda obsessed with sports and physical fitness. She enjoys pushing herself to the limits by achieving more and more every day. Jagoda believes everyone has the ability to change if you only believe in yourself.

Find out more about Jagoda Kocan: Website | IG | FB | Youtube

About Status Fitness Magazine
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favorite 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

By Status Fitness Magazine
April 25, 2021

Vancouver– Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer James Hanton to its professional fitness and editorial lineup. James has been a personal trainer professional for over 15 years with a proven track record. His passion is to help people regain their lives back, help them discover the inner athlete that is dying to get out. James will share his vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep for Status Fitness Magazine.

James Hanton shares his thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
I am thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to reach readers by the masses. There are so many myths, questions, and theories out there about Health and Fitness, it will be great to spark conversations and educate about these topics.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT STATUS FITNESS MAGAZINE IS THAT IT IS FOR EVERYONE. WHETHER YOU ARE STARTING OUT ON YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY OR WHETHER YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN FITNESS FOR YEARS. STATUS HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. THEY TOUCH ON TOPICS THAT NEED TO BE TOUCHED ON AND HELP GIVE THEIR AUDIENCE THE KNOWLEDGE TO NAVIGATE THROUGH WHATEVER FITNESS JOURNEY THEY MIGHT BE ON.

Jame Hanton shares his plan on bringing to the team and audience
Through my experience in multiple different avenues in the fitness world, I’m hoping to bring a raw, fresh, new perspective of health and fitness to the team and the audience. You can be an all-around athlete no matter what age, I want to teach the audience more about functional training, a variety of exercises to keep your body constantly guessing, working for every muscle group.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on James Hanton
When I first met James on a Status photo set over 10 years ago, I noticed some great things about him. James was extremely passionate about fitness and learning everything he could. Fast forward to 2021, James is an ideal addition to our Status editorial team. Get ready for all the great fitness and health advice to come from James.

About James Hanton
James Hanton is trained/managed at another local Gym 7 years prior to opening Got EM Fit. At Got EM Fit, James has focused on building the business, culture and has created a name for himself in the Kansas City fitness community. James played football at the collegiate level and also went on to play Arena Football. He was a fitness competitor for 7 years including competing at the pro level for 3 of those years. He is also a NutraBio sponsored athlete and Fitness Model. He also competes in Spartan Races, Mud Runs, and Obstacle Course Racing at the Elite level. Most recently you may have seen him on ESPN or other stations demonstrating the new fitness product OYO-Nova in a commercial. James is certified in the following: FitRanx Certified, Spartan SGX certified, NASM certified personal trainer, TRX Certified, Kettle Bell Certified, ACE Specialty Fitness Nutrition Cert. and Functional Aging Training Cert.

Find out more about James Hanton: Website | Facebook | IG

About Status Fitness Magazine
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favorite 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. #120
USA        : 1922 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, California 90007
Office      : (888) 304-3201
Julie@statusfitness.com

I’m Rachel Fabrizio, Project Manager at Dot performance (digital solutions for businesses) in the day and WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model as my side hustle, born in London and currently living in the Isle of Man. I’ve always had a background interest in fitness, more running, cardio and pole fitness, then in 2012 my now-husband Gianni introduced me to weights training and I was hooked with the benefits, not only physically transforming my shape but also building my confidence in getting physically and mentally stronger.  Aged 28, I was a late starter to many, and for the last almost 10 years, I’ve thrown myself into the fitness model competing world, more specifically with The WBFF. In 2013, I focused my attention on fitness shoots (coached by my husband) and was amazed at what could be achieved with the right programming in diet and training. It helped my mindset on so many levels, learning dedication and commitment, which I had never experienced before. Mind over body, learning however much your head and body feel like stopping, the mind has the power to keep pushing on. This has helped me in many other areas of my life not just in terms of competing.

Having supported my husband at the WBFF shows in the US and London, I always thought it was well out of my reach and never thought I would be able to step on stage myself due to nerves, and if I’m honest it totally terrified me. However, I soon realized that I couldn’t stop thinking about it and accepted that this was a challenge I needed to face, for me.

In 2014, I started my challenge and competed as an Amateur Diva Fitness Model at the WBFF’s European ProAm in London (coached by TeamJCM). At 30 years old, I stepped on stage for the first time and placed top 10 in my first show, which was a huge show at the time. It was supposed to be a one-off challenge. I am now 37 years old, have competed 5 times, became a WBFF Pro in my fourth show in 2018. Since becoming Pro, I joined Alicia Gowans (3 x WBFF World Champion) and her coaching team Ally’s Angels and at the Pro level, I have performed at the WBFF LA Pro show where I placed top 5 and finally their virtual show in November just last year, where I won as WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model. Originally, I had planned to compete at the European ProAm which later became The Worlds and then Covid hit us all so Virtual it was.

There really is no other feeling like stepping on the WBFF stage after working so hard with the training and diet. The whole experience and friends you meet along the way are incredible. Plus all the support from friends and family at home. Fitness has made me stronger as a person both mentally and physically, what started as an initial challenge has become such a huge part of my life.

Age:
37

City, State/Province:
The Isle of Man.

Country:
The United Kingdom.

Trainer philosophy:
Find something that is enjoyable and keep it simple, the goal is always to find a way that is not only attainable but also maintainable.

Training Plan:
I invest in my own coach, Alicia Gowans (3x WBFF World Champ), and with her team of Ally’s Angels. My programs for training and nutrition are always tailored to me and rotate depending on which phase I am in, in terms of competition and development areas.

Supplement Plan:
Simple and essential – Omega 3, Multivit with Magnesium and Zinc, and high-grade probiotics.

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?
Ideally, all-natural and the focus is to avoid sweeteners as much as possible due to the irritability they can cause for gut health.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I believe it’s more of a health issue as ultimately we all want to be healthy and we need to be healthy first and foremost. However, they do go hand in hand, as when we start to look at our fitness or add a fitness routine into our lives, we will also improve our health. Of course, they work alongside each other, however, we can be healthy and unfit, whereas it’s more unlikely we will be fit and unhealthy.

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

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
It’s well-founded and continues to be top class and style in terms of models, photography, and editorial.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Wow, there would be lots, however, if just the one it would be “What was your vision when you started and how has that vision changed, if at all, to today”.

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?
Oh my goodness, it really would be a dream to have this opportunity, and even just thinking about it has me feeling goosebumps all over. This would be the ultimate challenge and focus for me in my fitness career.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
Although I’m not sponsored as such I am part of the ATP Science Tribe which I count as invaluable. In essence, they deliver world-class information, education, and products so that everyone can live life on their terms. Their products are world-class and use natural ingredients and extracts with each one backed by scientific evidence and clinical testing. What I love most about them is their ethos and belief in three foundation principles – Research, Educate, and Create.

Being part of their community, I have learned so much with their monthly Tribe Chats where we have the opportunity to ask all questions about health, where anything and everything you can imagine is covered, and I have been able to use this information to help myself, and my friends and family.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coaches are instrumental in my life. They help me in so many more ways than just training and nutrition. Specifically, Alicia continues with her own self-development that she then shares with all of us in the team and she has become a dear friend of mine both in and out of the world of fitness. She truly cares for us all and that really sets apart a coach, in my opinion, the level of care.

Future fitness goals and plans?
The WBFF World Championship is still on my list, to attend, compete and present the best physique I have yet created.

Life goal?
To continue to progress in my career, help encourages others to reach their goals, and create a little family of our own.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I had work experience at Lacoste design studio when I was younger.
  • I lived as an Au-Pair in Barcelona when I was 18.
  • I only passed my driving test aged 32 on my 5th try.
  • I competed in the GDF Suez Raid, the World’s largest corporate sporting event in the Pyrenees.
  • I was a lead presenter for a short documentary for GDF Suez tv around special places in London.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Persistence pays off.
  • Consistency is key.
  • We will not always be motivated yet we can always be committed.
  • Life is transient which means that bad times too shall pass.
  • Never judge as everyone has a story you may know nothing about.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Authentic, Brave, Supportive, Humble, Reliable.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
Someone that needs it most, someone who feels they are unworthy to someone else, to inspire them to realize just how amazing they are and that they really can achieve what they want if they really want it.

Who inspires you? And why?
My husband Gianni, has helped and continues to help so many people improve their lifestyle and health. He cares for everyone and gives everyone the same amount of time and effort. He literally gives his soul, so much so he puts everyone else before himself. I am very lucky to have found him and have him in my world. I am one of the ones that he has helped and my life could look very different if I hadn’t. I am constantly inspired by him.

Your transformation story?
My lifestyle transformation has pretty much swung around a total of 180. My younger self was a timid, nervous and shy girl. I had a few shake-ups growing up which were really difficult however now I realize they have helped shape me as I am and through living through those times it has enabled me to relate to people that face challenges in their life. My early twenties were as us Brits say ‘my raving years’. I spent every weekend partying at some epic clubs and saw some incredible DJs and music acts. It was a blast no doubt but rather than nourishing my body I was filling it with toxins and hardly eating. Then thankfully in my late 20’s, upon meeting Gianni, I decided to take hold of my health and well-being and started to treat my body right, through exercise getting physically stronger, and replacing the toxins with nourishment through better food choices. I now treat my body with love rather than an escape from reality.

Favorite quotes?
“Without struggle, there is no progress”.

“Music raised me. Fitness saved me”

Photos By: Pete Williamson Photography | Dennis Cruz | Kai York | Toby Harrison

I’ve been a personal trainer professional for over 15 years with a proven track record, I managed at another local Gym for 7 years prior to open Got EM Fit. At Got EM Fit, I’ve focused on building the business, culture and has created a name for myself in the Kansas City fitness community. I have passionate about helping people regain their lives back! Helping them discover the inner athlete that is dying to get out!

I played football at the collegiate level and also went on to play Arena Football. I was a fitness competitor for 7 years including competing at the pro level for 3 of those years, also a NutraBio sponsored athlete and Fitness Model. I also competed in Spartan Races, Mud Runs, and Obstacle Course Racing at the Elite level. I’m certified in the following: FitRanx Certified, Spartan SGX certified, NASM certified personal trainer, TRX Certified, Kettle Bell Certified, ACE Specialty Fitness Nutrition Cert. and Functional Aging Training Cert.

Age:
39

City, State/Province:
Olathe, Kansas.

Country:
The United States.

Trainer philosophy:
Motivate people to do their very best and push past the mental limitations and realize their potential. We work together to meet their goals, whatever those may be while building rapport and relationships with all of my clients that have them believing in me as much as I believe in them. I want my clients to learn to enjoy and have fun working out. It’s something you have to do the rest of your life and you have to find the things you enjoy doing which is why variety and change are crucial.

Training Plan:
Personal and Customized. Each client is an individual with their own goals and needs. I invest time and attention in each person’s plan – combining bodyweight exercises, weightlifting, HIIT, hypertrophy bodybuilding, strength and endurance, overall conditioning, and cardio aimed at meeting their goals and keeping their motivation high. I change up routines every 3-4 weeks and always have variety while learning something new every time. Utilizing bodyweight and core, not just machines, to achieve results.

Nutritional Plan:
Nutrition is simple: Put out more than you put in. No need for fad diets or putting yourself through crazy regimes to try and lose weight. I’m a big believer that “healthy eating” (whether it’s for fat loss or not) means eating a well-balanced diet full of nutrient-dense foods and FUELING your body consistently, so you can still enjoy and indulge occasionally. It’s all about BALANCE. Trying new things is important and understanding that this is a lifestyle change that is being made. It has to be sustainable and something you can keep up. Lead by example and teach your kids and family what healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle look like.

Supplement Plan:
No one’s diet is perfect – that’s why supplements are so important. In an ideal world, we’d get 100% of all our Macro and Micronutrients from our foods. Unfortunately, we live in a time where a lot of foods are over-processed, and we just don’t eat what we should 100% of the time. That’s why making sure you’re supplementing with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs is vital to your health and fitness. Based on goals, I try to educate my clients on how and why the supplements I take or recommend are important. Food is always #1, but supplements help to fill the gaps in our diet, and we want to put the best into our body.

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?
Natural is always better!  They’re better processed and absorbed more efficiently. They also cause less inflammation and stress in our bodies and digestive system.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Struggling with weight can stem from many different factors and varies greatly from client to client. For some people, the struggle is the workout. For some it’s nutrition, for others, it’s medical or physical limitations, while others struggle with physical and mental roadblocks as well as aligning both your fitness AND health goals. As a trainer, our job is to pinpoint what our clients are struggling with and work to motivate and break down those roadblocks WITH them.

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: 40
  • Health level:  60

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
They’re focused on getting out the knowledge and getting different opinions from a wide variety of athletes giving insight on a raw and real level as to what others have done to be successful in the fitness/health industry. The owner is passionate about what he does and his drive to help and educate others.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What do you feel is the single most impactful thing to happen to the fitness industry and why?

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?
HONORED AND EXCITED!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
High energy, passionate, invested, members before they were coaches – so having gone through our programs and seeing what it’s done for them, they’re able to know and trust the process and convey that to members going forward.

Future fitness goals and plans?
I don’t know if I have a specific fitness goal, but my goal is ALWAYS to keep improving to be able to move and perform at a level that allows me to live my best life! Future plans always include continuing to expand my knowledge base and learning about new and innovative products and methods that could make me better at what I do, and able to help more and more people.

Life goal?
Live with passion and be the best leader I can for my kids, leaving behind a legacy of drive and energy and an unmatched work ethic. Make my imprint on the world and know I’ve made a difference.

5 things people don’t know about you?​​

  • I am almost as passionate about music as I am about fitness.
  • I’m a middle child and 1 of 5 kids.
  • I played arena football for the Wichita Aviators.
  • I am part of the marketing ads for the OYO Nova gym, featured on ESPN.
  • I completed 2 triathlons in 1 year – 2019

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Fail forward.
  • Risk vs. Reward.
  • Always set small and large goals so you have little wins along the way to keep you motivated and pressing towards the bigger one.
  • Pace yourself, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • You can’t please everyone.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Humility, Integrity, Passion, Discipline, Determination.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I have 3 very special people I inspire every day, my kids. I strive to be the best dad and example I can. We all make mistakes, but I feel like even in those times where I’m not my best self, there are still lessons to be taught and I hope I can inspire and motivate them to make the right choices and be better versions of themselves every day.

Who inspires you? And why?
My kids. They’re my drive and motivation.

Your transformation story:
My transformation has definitely been more of a mental shift than anything. I have always been into fitness and focused heavily on athletic training and sports performance since I was a kid. Playing sports and pushing myself to be the best at any sport I played. Mentally, I create a narrative in my head to motivate me and keep me pushing towards whatever goals I have set for myself. Learning this has really been the key to my mental transformation and keeping me aligned with my goals.

Favorite quotes?

  1. You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.
  2. Find a way to make it happen, not an excuse so it doesn’t.
  3. Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.
  4. Consistency is what makes something you do one day and turns it into a lifestyle.

Photographers: Brandi Wisdom | David Bickley  | Eva Simon

James Hanton