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I currently only have 2 years of experience in competing but I have done quite a few shows of which I have always placed in the top 3. The biggest challenge I faced was to accept that this sport takes time and you cannot rush certain things even if you want to speed up the process.

Age:
23

City/Country:
Sandton, South Africa

Occupation?
Personal trainer and online coach.

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
Every client has different goals and preferences, it is very important to keep in mind that as a coach you need to know your client so well, what makes them tick and what doesn’t make them tick. Some clients have health issues, some have injuries and some clients would like to become competitive athletes/bodybuilders and some just want to stay healthy, I love learning things about each individual client.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
I focus on educating clients in ways that can support their goals and exercise adherence. I meet them where they are each day and never push them harder than necessary to help them feel successful. I use inclusive language that supports a positive self-image and the unique identity of the client.

Training Plan:
“Strive for continuous improvement and adaptability” I design programs for my clients to help them achieve their goals long-term, Therefore these programs are designed with different phases to build/cut and help an athlete show continuous improvements whatever their goal might be.

Nutritional Plan:
Different foods contain different nutrients, which means that eating a diversity of foods helps to make sure that clients are getting adequate nutrients. I always make sure that my clients enjoy their meals and I always keep their food preferences in mind as well.

Supplement Plan:
The supplement plan and protocol are very simple and not too complicated. Clients should never rely on just using supplements, Hard work and consistency are the key.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I prefer supplements with no sugar or artificial colours.

I only use and would only recommend my clients to drink sugar-free drinks etc while following their meal plans. I would also recommend they use sweeteners instead of sugar with their coffee/tea, or any meals such as oats, portages, etc.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health impacts how we interact with people around us.

The most common mental health conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Panic disorder

It’s important to make sure each of us as individuals is in a good space mentally.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
My question to Chief Rodney Jang would be, “What has driven you to become a fitness magazine editor specifically in this 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?
I am very excited about this opportunity! It’s something I am very grateful for and to also be a part of this experience will be something unforgettable.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
My long-term goals are to work with more clients all over the world and also to specialize in life coaching. I am planning to grow in this field by working extremely hard and gaining knowledge on a daily basis.

What does the future hold?
We don’t know what the future holds and therefore we need to make the best of every moment. We all have big dreams and goals in life, and to me investing my time and effort into the things I have passion for will ultimately grow my business, and also create massive success for me as an athlete in the future.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Never depend on anyone or wait to make your dreams become reality. Just make it happen.

What does success look like for you?
Setting goals and achieving them. Success, to me, is going above and beyond or meeting a challenge before a deadline.

Connect with Taryn: IG | FB
Photos By: Marc Dryden-Schofield 

I’ve been on my fitness journey for 23 years losing a total of 156 lbs. Two years ago, I spiked back up to 202 lbs and decided to do something about it. I’ve lost 56 lbs and changed my body composition like I never thought I could. My biggest challenge was being kind to myself along the way realizing to appreciate the season my body is in and celebrating my wins over my challenges.

My previous weight loss left me with excess skin stretch marks and things I didn’t like about myself.  While trying to appreciate where my body was and what I had achieved, I also had a vision in my mind of the body I wanted but didn’t see it being possible without surgery.

I also have chronic pain and several health issues that have been a challenge along the way. But with consistency, determination, and self-healing for my mental health, I was able to get farther than I ever saw possible. I have muscle definition now, reached and exceeded my body fat %, lean muscle mass and weight goals. I still have a ways to go to get to that vision but I’m so much farther than ever before.

Age:
42

City/Country:
Tampa, FL, US

Occupation?
Wellness Coach / Aesthetics.

Share your unique training/coaching methods.
I created a course called The Four Fundamentals of Fitness, the secret guide to success that breaks down 4 crucial steps that I found helped me achieve my goals such as neurolinguistic programming methods to understand your behavioural patterns so you don’t repeat the old and can incorporate the new healthy habits long term, mental health and trauma healing, exercises that are specifically designed for individual unique goals and current physical conditions, along with ayurvedic and customized diet plans that don’t restrict you, but combine foods that work with your specific body type.

Training Plan:
I weight train 3- 4 days a week along with Pilates, yoga and meditation.

Nutritional Plan:
I utilize a macro-based nutrient plan non-restricted, and tracking my food daily for a year typically staying within 1600 calories a day. However, I have found that hitting my macros has always been a challenge because I actually eat less than I should. So I have found that my body responds well to Intuitive nutrition, but I don’t recommend that to my clients until they have a firm handle on tracking their food intake and uncovering their habits.

Supplement Plan:
I take apple cider vinegar and probiotics daily, protein supplements and amino acids, CLA, and very occasional creatine from gains in bulk. I also love their pre-workout chews.

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?
In the past, I had followed a low-carb diet for so long which I no longer recommend however, I do still avoid sugar. I will use natural sugars such as honey, fruits or agave occasionally depending, but I prefer stevia or natural sweeteners that are sugar-free. I feel as though it helps with eliminating cravings that real sugar can cause.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health is SO crucial in keeping you on track. If you focus on the negative, it makes your journey 10 times harder. But if you celebrate your wins and stay clear on your mental health, you will be more likely to stay consistent and achieve your goals long-term.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I would ask about his personal journey whose story he was most inspired to write 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 for this opportunity?
I am stoked!! It would be an honour.

What does the future hold?
I really expect to expand my coaching career and follow my path to helping others along their journey. Showing them that nothing is impossible, and you can do this at any age, in any situation. Every issue has a solution and no one is perfect.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be patient with myself. My motto is progress over perfection and patience over progress. And don’t compare yourself to someone else, no one started where you are and no journey is the same.

What does success look like for you?
Success to me is continuing to follow my dreams, doing what I love, having a passion for what I do for myself and others and helping people achieve their dreams! We are all on this journey together and need to support one another!

Connect with Alicia: IG

I started off as a self-proclaimed cardio queen. I came from the “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” era. My only goal in my early 20s was to burn calories and be thin. I eventually fell in love with lifting weights, but I didn’t know how to do it optimally at the start. I was doing more classes and circuits and a lot of junk volume. I dabbled in competing but I truly didn’t have enough training experience or muscle to be successful in doing so.

In recent years, I have optimized my time in the gym (and my nutrition) so I am training less but getting more strength and muscle.

The biggest challenge in my journey was that I was doing too much overall exercise and going too extreme with food restrictions. I thought the more days per week and the more workouts, the better. I thought that the cleaner my food was food, the better the results I would get.

As the age-old quote says: less is more. Quality > quantity. This is especially true for training.

Age:
31

City/Country:
Mississauga Canada

Occupation:
Women’s fitness coach

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I always tell my clients that anyone can have a good plan “on paper”. It’s executing it properly that’s the real game changer, which is the whole benefit of having a coach VS a DIY plan.

This is why I not only give my clients the right game plan (training and nutrition) for their goals, but I actually ensure they execute it successfully. This means training with proper form and intensity, which I review extensively in my client check-ins.

Training Plan:
I train 4-5 days per week. I hit the glutes, legs and shoulders 2-3 x during that split as they are the areas I want to grow the most.

Nutritional Plan: 
I am currently beginning a Lean Out phase so I am in a deficit of 1550 calories

Supplement Plan: 
Daily creatine and protein powder post-workout

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 go for no added sugars or flavours in general. Sweeteners don’t bother my digestive system so I don’t worry about them. I do believe that whole foods-based ingredient are best for optimal health.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health is of utmost importance to me. I have had depression and anxiety since I was a child (diagnosed at 12). Taking all the vitamins in the world, training daily, and eating all the healthy foods mean nothing unless you’re taking care of what’s between the ears.

Stress and mental health issues left untreated affect every other area of your life. I am a huge advocate for therapy – I go weekly.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What qualities do you look for when selecting athletes to represent your magazine?

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?
Hella excited!

What does the future hold?
My goal is to show as many women as possible that you don’t need to live in the gym or deprive yourself of fun memories with your family to be successful with your fitness goals. I want to help them bypass my mistakes, like living in a Lean Out phase forever and get better results faster by building muscle earlier on.

My personal goal is to be on the cover of a magazine!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Too many to count. But I take them all as blessings…you grow through what you go through. Even if it stings at the time. One that stands out is that nobody will do the work for me. If I didn’t like my results in the past, I needed to look in the mirror, and not blame external circumstances.

What does success look like for you?
Success means that all areas of my life are aligned with my values. I bring the same effort to my business, my family, my self-care, my fitness – all of it. 

My family is of utmost importance to me, so true success means more time with them and more quality connection with my kids.

Connect with Tijana: IG

My fitness journey has been a long road of learning what to do and not to do. Growing up in poverty, I suffered from malnutrition, physical weakness, and poor hygiene. I think at one point my siblings and I shared a toothbrush. After that, I was determined to embrace fitness as a source of empowerment. When I entered foster care and gained the freedom to shape my own path, I wholeheartedly committed to cultivating a healthy lifestyle. The gym became my sanctuary, a space where I not only built physical strength but also found solace and empowerment. Overcoming the challenges of my past, I developed a deep appreciation for the transformative power of fitness. This journey led me to choose a path in modelling, allowing me to showcase the results of my dedication and inspire others facing adversity. My story is one of continuous evolution, marked by personal growth, empowerment, and a commitment to share the message that strength, self-love, and transformation are achievable on any wellness journey.

City/Country:
Las Vegas/ USA

Occupation
MRI Technologist

What inspired you to pursue a career in fitness modelling?
Growing up in poverty presented me with numerous challenges that intensified my determination to pursue a lifestyle in fitness, modeling is an to be an additional blessing. During my childhood, I grappled with malnutrition, physical weakness, and an inability to defend myself against various forms of abuse. This challenging upbringing instilled in me a profound appreciation for the transformative power of bodybuilding. Upon entering foster care and gaining the freedom to choose how I spent my time, I wholeheartedly committed myself to cultivating a healthy lifestyle. This commitment wasn’t just about overcoming my personal struggles but also about becoming a source of inspiration for others facing adversity. I hope my journey serves as a testament to the resilience that can arise from challenging beginnings, and I am compelled to share this message of physical/ mental strength, self-love, and transformation with those navigating their own paths to wellness.

Supplement Plan:
I approach nutrition, diet, training, and supplement planning at 100%. The factors of diet, nutrition, and supplemental factors make up I would say about 70% of the prep work to be “in shape”. Using the word in shape I mean whatever that specific individual dreams as in shape for themselves.

I am sure we have all heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen” This means that diet (hence “kitchen”) plays a huge role in achieving visible abs. This is because it is much easier to attain a hypocaloric state (calories in < calories out) through diet compared to working out. However, lifting weights is still crucial for maintaining muscle. The other 30% would be training, stress management, and rest.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I believe that there is a time and place for both all-natural supplements and those with artificial flavours and sweeteners. For example a month out from show time, I will cut all diet soft drinks, energy drinks etc. However, I tend to lean towards more natural ingredients such as honey and green tea. Natural supplements often align with a clean and minimally processed approach to nutrition, which I find beneficial. Nevertheless, individual preferences, health goals, and sensitivities can vary, and it’s crucial for each person to make choices based on their specific needs and values.”

Please describe the importance of mental.
Mental health is integral to bodybuilding, it impacts motivation, discipline, and overall well-being. For example, mental strength will help in coping with setbacks, adapting to challenges like plateaus or injuries, and pushing you to keep going when you don’t feel like you can. The mind-muscle connection alone during workouts is enhanced by mental focus, contributing to better results and injury prevention. In essence, prioritizing mental health in bodybuilding ensures a holistic and sustainable approach to fitness.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What trends or shifts do you foresee in the fitness industry in the coming years, and how do you think they will impact the way individuals approach their fitness journeys?

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 How excited are you for this opportunity?
My mouth just fell open, I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive a special participation invite as part of the Status Fitness Magazine family for their Model Searches, including the prestigious Arnold Classic. This opportunity is not just about being part of a renowned event but also a chance to showcase my dedication to fitness and well-being. I’m eager to embrace the experience, connect with like-minded individuals, and potentially contribute to the fitness community in a meaningful way. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and I can’t wait to make the most of it!

What does the future hold?
What an excellent question, I noticed planned things do not exactly happen at the times we plan them but what is meant for you finds its way. I never thought I would compete. I have always loved the gym but never thought I would be brave enough to step on stage and be judged. I thought this year I would be accepted to PA school and start my journey to become an orthopedic surgical PA. As it turns out I have fallen in love with the entire process not only of bodybuilding but competing. I will reapply to PA school when applications open in 2024 and until then I plan to compete, gain my pro card and ultimately qualify for Olympia.

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Photos By: Sean Nelson
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SUCCESS TRANSFORMATION STORY–COACH VICTORIA TOFFAN
CONGRATULATIONS SHEENA MACEWEN

Location:
Elmira, Ontario

Occupation:
Caseworker

Tell me about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health
I am a mom of 2 girls, Kinsley (5) and Cameron (3) and a wife to my husband, Mark. I have always had an interest in fitness. Growing up, I was in Jujitsu and competitive swimming. About a year before my wedding (2016), I started in the gym with weights and fell in love with it. I have been viewed as the “fit friend” and a lot of my goals were fitness-related since I enjoyed the challenge. However, I struggled a bit after my second child. My maternity leave was over Covid and the isolation and the demands of motherhood made it hard to stay consistent. I fluctuated in weight a lot and really lost all interest in fitness when I went back to work in 2021. I had stopped working out and eating healthy and was not feeling like myself. My patience was wearing thin, and I felt like I was stressed a lot. Exercise has always been a way to ground myself, but I just couldn’t get myself there. I needed someone to kick my butt back in gear and hold my self-accountable if I was going to feel like myself again. My sister had heard of Vic and pushed me to try her first 60-day shred. Vic was great and the weekly check-ins really helped. She was so supportive and encouraging, as I felt like I was starting from scratch again fitness and health-wise. By the end of the 60-day shred, I had lost a considerable amount of weight and found my passion for fitness again. Now I am back to being that “fit friend”. Vic not only helped me get back into exercising again, but she has taught me a considerable amount to help push myself beyond my limits. I have never been as strong as I am now, and I look forward to what more my body can achieve.

In your opinion weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
I think they sort of work together. I think fitness can help a lot with mental health which I believe can influence weight loss or weight gain. Not everyone has to be intense in the gym to incorporate fitness, walking is a simple form of fitness I believe.

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 was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My biggest challenge was letting go of other people’s opinions of me and not having to explain “my why” to anyone. As well as wearing my accomplishments proud.

Training Plan:
Vic has me currently doing German Volume Training to try and gain more muscle. I work out 4 days a week doing upper body 2 days and lower body 2 days. I also do 35 minutes of cardio 4 days a week.

Nutritional Plan:
I am still counting my macros. It is a great tool to assist in gaining muscle mass.

Supplement Plan:
Right now, I just take protein powder as a supplement.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/ sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners/ and why?
I honestly do not have a preference. I eat what I enjoy the taste of.

Can you share with us about your experience with Vic?
I have nothing but great things to say. She is so knowledgeable and kind. It has been a dream working with Vic; she has pushed me beyond what I believed my limits. She has also taught me a lot about weightlifting and nutrition which has changed my lifestyle.

When it comes to eating well, what are your top 3 recommendations?

  • Balance, everything in moderation.
  • Eat enough protein. I add protein to every meal and snack.
  • Drink plenty of water

How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
This was a little tricky as my oldest is a very picky eater, so mealtime has always been a struggle. I try my best to serve the same thing my husband and I are eating, but I make sure there is something being served that the kids would eat. I am also no Martha Stewart, so meals are mostly meat, veggies and carbs. This makes it easy to portion according to my macros and to ensure there is something being served the kids will eat.

Take us through a typical day in your life for you
We are a typical suburban family! As much as I would love to be a morning workout person, I am not. I often stay up too late, or the kids wake me up, so I am always tired. But a typical day during the week would be to wake up around 6:30 a.m. and get the kids ready for school and myself ready for work (my husband is often gone early). I then drop kids off at school and I go to work. I am fortunate enough to work out on my lunch at the gym down the street. This is often when I do my weight training. Then I come home around 5 pm, chauffeur my kids around to their activities and make supper. Then my husband gets home, we eat supper, and he does the bedtime routine so I can fit in my cardio during the week. After cardio, I usually meal prep for the next day. Then while the girls are sleeping my husband and I often clean up the house a bit and then hang out usually watching a movie or TV show.

On weekends it is normally a free-for-all. I usually take Saturdays and Sundays as rest days since the girls keep us busy enough. There is usually some park visit over the course of the weekend.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine editor-in-chief Rodney Jang an industry question, what would it be
What do you think the fitness industry will look like in 5 years?

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
Right now, I am focusing on trying to gain more muscle. Maybe some fun goals as well, like increasing my pull-up count. A personal life goal, I guess you can call it a bucket list, would be to do a famous hike one day. Somewhere up a large mountain with spectacular views.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I am a sucker for sauced chicken fingers and fries.
  • I belt out songs like I am Beyonce, but I do not sound like her in the slightest way.
  • I do not like caramel or butterscotch
  • I love weddings, mainly for the dancing. But I do love, love!
  • I can listen to a song a million times and will never know all the lyrics to that song.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
I am sure a lot of moms can relate but make time for me. It will always benefit me and everyone around me.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Sense of humor
  • Empathetic
  • Hard-working

If you could inspire one person who would it be? And why?
I would say there are 2 people, my daughters. I want to inspire them to be strong women who believe in themselves and work hard for their goals.

Who inspires you and why?
I think I see inspiration in many people but in different traits. I am most inspired when someone can push through their fears and go after their goals while overcoming the challenges they face. I feel fear can hold me back too often, and I chip away at one day at a time.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
You can’t always rely on motivation, discipline and consistency are key.

I began my journey at the age of 15, and it’s been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but each experience has been invaluable. I took the initiative to create a business centred around a balanced lifestyle—physically, mentally, and spiritually. I’ve always advocated for moderation, a principle that serves me well, especially now in my 40s.

In my younger years, I was laser-focused on building my brand and reputation, striving for perfection in every aspect. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to be kinder to myself without compromising my standards. The challenge now lies in reconciling this newfound grace with the lingering desire to be “perfect.”

One of the most significant hardships I’ve faced was the dissolution of my partnership with my former manager, who nearly stripped me of everything, including my name. Rebuilding from scratch was daunting, but I reclaimed my content and my identity and started anew.

Now, at 40, I’m embracing a new chapter. I’m learning to let go of the need to meet everyone’s expectations and focusing on being authentically me. The journey still has its challenges, but they’re just bends in the road, opportunities for growth and new perspectives. I’m thrilled about the changes and eager to share my evolving journey. You never know whose life you might touch, inspire, or even transform.

Age:
40

City/Country:
Fort Lauderdale Florida (currently).

Occupation
Part-Time Trainer/ Spokes model/Author/Public Speaker.

Share your unique training/coaching methods
I specialize in women-centric training that emphasizes long, lean, and toned physiques. My approach combines bodybuilding, plyometrics, low-steady-state cardio, sprints and HIIT. I also incorporate resistance bands in my weekly routines, which has been transformative for me.

Training Plan: 
My training regimen has evolved over the years. While I used to train 6-7 days a week, I’ve scaled back to 3-4 days to focus on quality over quantity. My upcoming program, designed by my NPC coach Terry Placker, will be more intensive to prepare for the upcoming Olympia event and other shoots. Even though, I am a coach I love to have someone helping me on the outside. Sometimes we need that kick fire!

Nutritional Plan:
My diet varies depending on whether I’m tracking macros or not. It includes lean proteins, vegetables, and complex carbs.

Examples, when not tracking:

  • Breakfast–Coffee, Gluten-Free Oats, Half Grapefruit, Egg Whites.
  • Snack–Protein powder with Water or Fruit i.e., Blueberry, Pineapple.
  • Lunch–Lean Meat, vegetables, Jasmine Rice.
  • Dinner–Lean Meat, vegetables
  • Before Bed–Protein powder with Water

When Tracking: Latest Plan:

  • egg whites, 1/4 cup oats, 1 cup chopped fruit.
  • Snack- 1 cup chopped pineapples.
  • Lunch – 3 oz ground turkey or chicken,1 /2 cup any green veggies, 1/2 cup white rice
  • Snack – One low-fat Greek, walnuts
  • Dinner – 3 oz ground bison OR top sirloin steak – OR salmon,1 cup of green veggies,1 tbsp MCT oil.

Supplement Plan:
My supplement stack includes BCAAs, Vitamin D3, Whey, Casein, Vitamin B12, and Glutamine.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And why?
I mostly opt for natural supplements, especially when it comes to sugar content. Much better for digestion.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being. I’ve personally battled depression and understand the importance of addressing it head-on. It’s essential to be proactive about mental health, especially in these challenging times. “Nothing changes unless you change. We must do the work.”

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I’d love to know how Status Fitness Magazine has adapted to the digital age while maintaining its core values and influence in the industry. I would also say thank you Rodney for such an incredible opportunity to be a part of the prestigious Status Fitness Magazine family. And I thank you for forging on and keeping us interactive with the world. I’d also like to add to say to him to please bring that creator studio to Fort Lauderdale!!

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?
I’m incredibly excited and honoured to be part of the Status family and look forward to participating in the model searches.

What does the future hold?
I’m focusing on personal growth and exploring new opportunities, both personally and professionally. I would love to take my training skill set and bring it to other countries and get people feeling good and looking good from the inside out!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is the importance of resilience, self-belief, and self-love.

What does success look like for you?
Success for me has evolved from industry recognition to a more holistic approach that includes personal well-being and the ability to inspire others

Connect with Jessica: IG
Photos By: Joe Mikoli 

Occupation?
Personal Trainer / Coach and Realtor

Can you tell us about yourself and your fitness journey? And what was the biggest challenge you’ve faced on your journey?
Dealing with and figuring out some odd gut issues.

Share your unique training/coaching methods
I like to customize plans based on clients. There is no “cookie cutter” diet or exercise plan. I’m also extremely familiar with food allergies, intolerances and diets. I’ve worked with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets to name a few. I have a passion for creating meal plans based on the client’s needs, goals and diet.

Photo By: Sean Nelson

Training Plan:
Depends on the client’s current situation, goals and timeframe.

Nutritional Plan:
I enjoy customizing specific meal plans for each client. I am very nutrient-focused and believe, when possible, the majority of all nutrients should come from whole food sources, rather than powders or supplements.

Supplement Plan:
Supplements are often needed for competitors, especially once calories are reduced. It’s often harder to get all nutrients from whole food sources when eating in a deficit. Supplements vary from client to client as well, and I rely heavily on bloodwork to create and modify a plan.

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?
Yes; especially when in a deficit, our bodies have a hard time digesting anything artificial. I try to keep the toxin levels down as much as possible.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Without stable mental health, it’s hard to have good physical health. Competing can be extremely stressful, and maintaining a sound mind is extremely important. I’m a huge believer in grounding as well as meditation and Gratitude Journals.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Who has been the most motivational athlete you’ve had the opportunity to work with?

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 wow! I would be honoured to go! Totally excited!

What does the future hold?
My Pro Debut is September 30, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ. After that, I’m going to focus on getting healthy again and coaching others. I’m planning on taking a few years off before competing again, in hopes of bringing an even better package!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Listen to your coach! Also, I learned to really just be myself. Sometimes, we try to copy other athletes and attempt to perfect what they do on stage. I’ve found that to be extremely stressful. Instead, just go out there and have fun! Let your personality shine!

What does success look like for you?
Setting goals and achieving them.

Connect with Danielle: IG
Cover Photo By: Sean Nelson

I started my fitness journey over 15 years ago. I started off as a “cardio bunny” as some would say. I was afraid of weight lifting as I was under the misconception that lifting weights would make me bulky.

Age:
41

City/Country:
San Francisco, CA

Occupation:
Banking by day, and also in school pursuing my Psychology degree. I wish to specialize in PTSD and addiction and wish to incorporate holistic health and fitness into this framework.

Share your unique training/coaching methods.
I approach my coaching style as tailored to the individual. Each person is unique, with unique challenges, habits, experiences, and even body types. I also focus heavily on the mental health aspect as I believe, real health results do not come from nutrition being 90% as it has been stated. The driving force behind it all is mental health. I also coach Flexible dieting. I don’t believe in cutting food groups or associating food as being good or bad as that contributes to unhealthy relationships with food and even, disordered eating.

Training Plan:
My current training plan is lifting 4 days a week, yoga once and a daily step goal. I have 1-2 rest days a week.

Nutritional Plan:
Flexible! My current plan is approx. 1800 cal, with specifically targeted macros. However, my goal to feel my best is to eat mostly whole foods and I allow myself to choose memories over macros when applicable. I enjoy friends’ birthday cakes etc! If one is consistent, balanced lifestyles and food freedom are achievable.

Supplement Plan:
My current supplements are protein whey when I need more protein. I also take multivitamins, Fish Oil, Vitamin D and B12.

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?
When I drink coffee, I prefer stevia. Just a personal preference. I feel that sugar is perfectly fine in moderation.

Please describe the importance of mental health.
Mental health is the driving force behind every decision we make and ultimately can impact physical health. It is the most important aspect, I feel, of overall well-being.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What was your most pivotal moment in both your personal fitness journey AND as an editor for Status Fitness Magazine?

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?
I would love the opportunity!!! Was not expecting this opportunity, so I am very excited!!

What does the future hold?
I have many goals! I wish to continue to inspire and help others through multiple channels including my self-improvement podcast “Getting Soul Fit”. I also wish to model more, write more articles, attend interviews on other podcasts, and currently, I am working on a TedX submission. The future is bright and I am beyond excited for it!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I learned is, if you want to change for the better, do not wait. Do not wait for the perfect time, or anyone to come save you. You have to take advantage of the PRESENT moment because it is a gift and if you need help, absolutely ask.

What does success look like for you?
Success to me, is doing what you love and helping others as a result. It is a piece of mind and true happiness in the freedom of living your truth.

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Photos By: James Patrick

I started lifting when I was 16 years old, but during my first years, I didn’t have much knowledge and made lots of mistakes. I did my first bodybuilding show when I was 18 and didn’t stop since then. Later I became an IFBB Pro. I’ve learned and still learning a lot about the sport, my body.

My current goal is to qualify for the Olympia, so I am taking some more time to build more muscle before coming back on stage again.

Age:
24

City/Country:
Lithuania, Vilnius

Occupation
Fitness Trainer, Online Coach

Share your unique training/coaching methods
I hugely believe in the importance of mind-muscle connection, application of different intensity techniques and of course progressively overloading your muscles to challenge them and make them grow, and develop strength. The exact approach and exercise selection varies and should be unique to each person based on their body, goals, and training experience.

Training Plan:
I currently lift 6-7 days per week and do 30 mins of cardio daily to start my day.

Nutritional Plan:
I eat pretty much the same foods daily, current calories are high 2800-2900kcal to build muscle before getting back on stage.

Supplement Plan:
I take pre-workout and pump products daily, mix EAAS in my water and drink them in my workouts, during the day. I love omegas, curcumin and vitamin D.

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?
Depends on the person, but I don’t see anything bad in artificial sweeteners or flavoured supplements as long as it is reasonable. I use them daily myself.

Please describe the importance of mental health
It’s everything. Without mental health, you won’t go far in Bodybuilding sports or simply in life. You need to be mentally strong, learn discipline and build the right habits to feel and perform well.

I really started focusing on my mental health more. Recently, I listen to podcasts that teach me new things and make me feel good. Walking and being with my own thoughts helps too. Journaling never worked for me, but I know people that love it. Many people don’t realize how important your thoughts, positive energy is. It can take a lot of work and effort at first, but this is how we will flourish in life.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
How did everything start with Status Fitness Magazine?

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?
I am super excited about this. I love travelling and accepting new opportunities that life throws at me.

What does the future hold? 
LOTS OF THINGS. I’m always excited about the next thing and make sure to work my hardest to get where I want. Currently excited to get back to Vegas after summer is over and travel a bit more around the United States with collaborations, my work, training, and photoshoots.

Also super excited to get back on stage this year and show off all the improvements I was able to make during this building phase. It’s not easy- but I’m pushing really hard and keeping the brightest future in mind. So so so grateful for everything I have and will receive, and gain.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
That’s a hard question because there are so many lessons learned in life and in Bodybuilding of course.

One thing that comes to mind right now is positivity and a positive attitude, the energy you have. It completely changes things in the best way possible and attracts opportunities and the right people in your mind.

It’s easy to get down and become demotivated when things aren’t working out, but if you start to change your outlook and start looking for positive things- slowly things start to go better. Worth the effort 100 percent. Good things happen to good people, this is what I’m trying to remind myself and reflect on when things get really hard.

What does success look like for you?
Being genuinely happy and ability to live freely, while having good people around you.

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Photo By: Taylor Cifuentes

When other 12-year-old girls were playing with dolls and makeup, I was sneaking into my Gramma’s townhouse complex gym. I would hold my CD player as flat as I could in one hand so it wouldn’t skip while I would lift a weight with the other. It created me, moulded me and has held me down during some of the worst times of my life and in turn provided some of the best opportunities of my life. Honestly, the biggest challenge has been running through the idea of retiring from competitive bodybuilding. So much of who we are as people and our perceived self-worth is tied up in our success as athletes.

Age:
35

City/Country:
Calgary, Canada

Occupation?
Hair Salon Owner & Mindset Coach.

On the stage of TNT Muscle Showdown 2023

Share your unique training/coaching methods
Trust your Coach. Ryan Richardson from Team Ignite has been my family, friend and rock through competing. His expertise in nutrition, training as well as; for myself, making sure I am being accountable and open to criticism, as an athlete is crucial.

Training Plan:
5 days a week hypertrophy, 6 days a week cardio, 2 rest days and daily stretching custom built for me.

Nutritional Plan:
7 meals a day; custom. Pre/post/mid-workout supplementation and nutrition are key.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health, I would argue, is the most important part of fitness. Lifting gives us confidence, a safe space to ground ourselves, face ourselves and grow ourselves; to face and overcome our demons.

How has your hair business connected to the fitness industry?
Weave Life specializes in show-day extensions. We create that polish for your show day look and have worked exclusively to sponsor, attend, compete at and do backstage services with the Canadian Physique Alliance at the TNT Muscle Showdown.

On the stage of TNT Muscle Showdown 2023

What is it like being the official hair service for the TNT show?
Incredible. Working with the athletes and creating beauty for them brings so much joy to the whole team. The event has the best energy and is incredibly well run by the Promoter/CPA Director Tara Laviolette.

What are your thoughts on the show and how it’s run?
It’s amazing. It’s run efficiently, the volunteers are fun, and it has a very high calibre level of athletes competing.

You were competing in the Wellness category at the TNT show. What were your goals? And what was your experience like at the TNT?
This show was very different for me. A couple of months ago, I lost almost everything in my life. This show was my revival story and I am holding my head high, for the first time, not worrying about placing but simply honoured to step foot on that stage and proud to have made it.

The show was incredible this year. Highly organized, fun, great sponsors, athletes are always put first. So happy to be ending my bodybuilding career on that stage. Such a high note!

How has your experience been with TNT promoter Tara and her staff and volunteers?
They have become family. Simple as that. Tara is an incredible leader, support system and wealth of knowledge. The team is a reflection of that as well. You’ll often find us making faces at each other after working tirelessly to set up and tear down because everyone is just genuinely happy to be around each other.

TNT Muscle Showdown 2023

Wellness was created for you. Can you talk about your prep?
Wellness is such a beautiful look, and the category is so much fun as far as powerful, feminine posing. I am super excited to be re-qualifying and solely focusing on this category as I was competing in figure and wellness prior.

You looked phenomenal on stage. What does it mean to you to persevere in your prep and shine on stage?
Thank you so much! For sure the best place to date! To me, it means holding your head high no matter what you are going through, having great sportsmanship, hugging the other athletes, being grateful for your coaches but most of all.. being proud of yourself for what you have accomplished. 

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I would ask him if he would like another pastry.

What does the future hold?
Love, so much love. And gratitude, for this sport, for what fitness has brought me, and to have the honour of working with TNT and the amazing athletes we get to.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Never give up. We only live one life, so when you do, make sure it’s yours, that you fight for what makes YOU happy, fight for what’s right and that above all else you never give up on yourself, your dreams or your heart.

What does success look like for you?
Collaboration. As I rise, those around me do too. Nothing in this life we achieved alone.

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Photos: Canadian Physique Alliance | Twixpix Photography
Cover Photo: Ray Urner