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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

What do you like most about being a photographer?

Being able to experience and see things from perspectives you’d never think of, definitely brings out a side of creativity in me I never knew I had, also being able to capture the beauty of everyone and everything.

Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?

I definitely couldn’t just choose one so here are two of my favourites listed below, well they both speak to me and both tell me a different story. Every time I look at them is one of the many reasons they are my favourites. But also the energy the models provided are more than half of the reason the pictures look how they do. Reasons for my liking with Sarah Addeo is it seems as if the world is just an ocean that either has you drown or lift your head above the water. And in showcasing of the picture it shows that she’s lifted and prospered. In terms of the bathtub one with Alexandra Tamayo how that picture speaks to me is as if someone has had their head underwater and they’ve been struggling to breathe and live, and finally are set free so when her head is being lifted in the picture it symbols her first feel of freedom and being able to breathe again.

Model: Alex Chayka

What separates Status from other magazines?

I’ve never seen a magazine that features countless amounts of influential and talented people. Being reached out to, multiple times by different organizations and magazines I’ve never really felt like the time was taken to contact and get information let alone know the person more about how Status has.

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 such an honour and a privilege to be welcomed and published on Status and or any magazine, as well as having the opportunity to show my work and what I am passionate about is truly an irreplaceable feeling, just over a year ago, I was taking pictures of random things and animals at the zoo to 14 months later where I have the chance to showcase some of my best work to date and express my views on what I do.

Model: Sommer Koweek

Your favourite quotes?

Quotes I tell myself on a daily is:

“You live once so do what makes you happy”.

“Never look down or up on anyone”.

Things all happen for a reason, when something happens not in your favour and there’s nothing you can do to change it don’t give it any time and or mind because doing so won’t fix it, for example, your boat has a leak in it, being upset about the leak won’t fix the boat but coming up with a solution to patch the leak is what’s best.

“Always give and give without expecting anything back”.

“It’s good to be happy with your work but never satisfied”.

Which keeps me alert to improve and make constant changes every day with simple stuff like how I take pictures to edit them or even ideas ahead of time.

Model testimonials:

“Not many new photographers have a gift for directing, shooting, and editing, but Yusuf can literally do it all. It was my first time taking pictures with him and it was such a genuine experience. He was polite but also direct with the things he envisioned for the shoot, which made everything fun and efficient. I can’t wait to see the next story he tells through his photographs!” ~ Alexandra Tamayo

“Yusuf and I captured this photo on an early April morning. We were on a time crunch so we knew there wasn’t much time to shoot but we planned to make the most out of it. We thought we had wrapped and finished for the day, but then he had the idea to stop at the beach and try to get a photo or two. I jumped in the water and in a total of ten minutes we were able to capture some of the best photos either of us have ever taken. Those ten minutes were intense and rather numbing, but beyond worth it. Was a raw, powerful moment that I’ll always be able to look back on with appreciation for the confidence it had given me to create. I couldn’t imagine anyone being able to bring this concept to life the way Yusuf did. He is a true artist with a vision that is unmatched. He has so much to show the creative world that I can’t wait to see and hope to be a part of again.” ~Sarah Addeo.
Yusuf Saleh

I was born in a small village surrounded by fields, I grew up in an environment where sport took up a big part of my life so I always prioritized physical activity from a young age. I went to high school several times due to my rowdy behavior but still managed to achieve my goals of becoming a firefighter and a trainer. I am therefore very proud of my career and my journey.

Age:
27

Location:
Québec, Canada.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I mainly help clients to lose weight and accompany some in understanding their training and increasing their intensity. When you want to improve anything in life, you have to put some intensity into it then it’s what I try to instill in my customers.

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

It’s important to be well balanced in life. It’s good to be excessive but it’s not a way of life for everyone and so, I always advocate a good balance between the two to last in time.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I am a fan of bodybuilding and hit training, in both cases, depending on the goals they can both be useful and suitable for all kinds of clients.

Trainer philosophy:
Mind muscle connection is the most important part in my opinion to feel the muscle and improve your physical condition.

Training plan:
Push / Pull / Legs no matter your background in training, it’s a good split for everyone.

Nutritional plan:
I don’t have a meal plan when I’m not in prep, but I prefer a low-carb diet to stay lean all year long.

Supplement plan:
Turmeric, Omega 3, Greens, Protein isolate, Vitamine D3, Preworkout, EAA.

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?
It’s always better to have natural flavor but I don’t make a case with that.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Magazine is Canadian so I always prefer to encourage products that come from here to our region and it has been in the coaching business for several years, so I know it is a good reference.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What prompted you to start a training and athlete magazine that performs in the sport?

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 really excited to be able to be a part of this event and to be published in a magazine that has inspired me for many years. This chance does not come every day so when it does come, it should be seized.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coach Louis Dominique Corbeil Fiset is an athlete who stands out from others by his perseverance and his charisma on a course. He has always inspired me to become better and never let go of my goals.

Future fitness goals and plans?
My future fitness goal is to be back on stage soon and stay active and healthy for the rest of my life, and I’m sure to achieve it!

Life goal?
Healthy, stay fit, inspired people to be the best version of themselves.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I love candy more than anything.
  • I don’t diet all year long.
  • I’m a fan of luxury cars.
  • I studied in a boarding school.
  • I have a dog called Dumbell.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Take your time.
  • Don’t do it if you don’t want.
  • What goes around, comes around.
  • Don’t sprint if you cant walk.
  • Don’t look behind.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Volunteer, Respect, Perseverance, Integrity, Honesty.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
If I can inspire someone is to be the best version of him/herself and stay true to his/her value.

Who inspires you? And why?
Everyone who doesn’t give up.

Favorite quotes?
“Time is yours, don’t lose it”.

Photo By: L.P Wolford

Jerome Laporte

Los Angeles-based photographer creating, engaging images in the fitness, fashion, and lifestyle genre that stand out and shine.

What do you like most about being a photographer?
As an outdoor photographer, traveling to different cities & locations making images that inspire, motivate, and captivating.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
One of my favorite photograph works is with Cris Mendall, WBFF Diva Pro from early 2020 at a California beach. The composition, theme, fitness physique, and natural lighting were strong on point. It also received great praise on social media.

What separates Status from other magazines?
Status is an edgier fitness magazine than other fitness magazines on the market, especially their fitness photos. Interviewing other creatives in the fitness industry is great as well.

The fact that Status is both a print and online magazine (most are only online). What does that mean to you to showcase your work?
I love showcasing my work online because it generates better traffic, longer span, and reaches new audiences.

Model testimonials:
“An excellent person to work with! He’s always so professional, timely and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him.” ~ Leanna Baucum

“He is one of my favorite photographers to work with and I’m so grateful to him and the versatility in his work”. ~ Jeanette Ortega 

Joe Mikoli

I grew up in a little town in the Western side of Romania, in a small family of intellectuals. My father was a lawyer and was my first hero, whom I’ve lost unfortunately way too early. After the fall of Romanian communism, in 1989 my family reconnected with the person who completely changed my life, by the name of Ervin Litkey, a well-respected musician and composer, who immigrated to the United States from Hungary, in 1948. He was a distant relative to my family. I was very young at that time, but the desire to visit and personally thank my benefactor sprouted in my heart. My mom wanted me to be a teacher, and for that reason, I attended the Pedagogical School of Arad and became one when I was only 19. But my dreams were bigger than that and they entailed crossing the ocean. 

My desire to visit the United States materialized in 2005 when I came through a Work & Travel program designed for Romanian students. On July 13th, 2005, I landed at the JFK Airport, with $300 in my pocket, and the dream to conquer America. I arrived too late unfortunately to express gratitude to my benefactor. The following weeks were difficult, and after spending nights in places like YMCA, I found a reasonable room to rent and a job. The surrogate mother country offered me a warm welcome and prospects that I could’ve only dreamt of in my native country, where being a teacher meant living on the edge of poverty. But I wanted more, and I knew it was possible because I was living in the greatest country on Earth. I started to look for ways to continue the education I had started in Romania –a Banking and Finance program at Aurel Vlaicu University. In the fall of 2008, I took Economics classes at Hunter College, as a transfer student from Romania, after having passed, with brio, the TOEFL exam. Throughout my Hunter College education, I also worked a full-time job. While I was doing that, I tried to take advantage of every opportunity to enhance my understanding of how the markets function and fluctuate. After three years working at an exclusive, high-end restaurant in the famed UES facilitated my first interactions with some of the top executives of the financial world. 

After living in NYC for six years, I decided to move to Florida. Being an immigrant, in the process of obtaining the residency, was not in my favor in the newly adopted state. Finding jobs was practically impossible. The very next day, after obtaining my legal residency I.D, I received a phone interview from Bank of America, and in June 2012, I’ve started a career with one of the largest banks in the U.S. Five years later, after I was able to advance four positions within the bank, I decided it was time to pursue higher education. That was when I enrolled as a new MBA student at Nova Southeastern University, initially with a concentration in Business Intelligence/Business Analytics. I graduated with honors in December 2019 and started a career as a Data Analyst with a major telecommunications company. 

Bodybuilding has been a great part of my life since 2014 when I’ve competed in my first bodybuilding competition. It was a great experience that motivated me to strive to get better and to continue to grow as an athlete. My goal is to obtain the IFBB PRO Card this year, under the marvelous guidance of Paul Revelia of Team Prophysique. 

Age:
42

City:
Pompano Beach, Florida.

Relationship status:
Single.

Fitness category:
Bikini.

Fitness history:
I have started to compete in the bodybuilding/bikini division in 2014 and fell in love with the sport. I placed top 10 at a National Show in Pittsburgh in 2019 and won several first, second, third places at the many local shows I have participated in.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I love HIIT and I incorporate it in my weekly training for at least one day. Yoga is also part of my journey, spiritual and physical. I practice vinyasa yoga a few times a week. Of course, bodybuilding is my passion and a path to my dream.

Share your unique training/coaching methods:
For over two years, I’m training with Paul Revelia of Team ProPhysique. He adopts a flexible dieting approach that is working well for me and my body. I train 5-6 days a week. The splits are 2 upper body and 3 lower body.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Weight loss is often a taboo topic for many. It’s never been a goal for me. It shouldn’t be a health issue if done consistently, and at a slow natural pace. I strongly believe in achieving results naturally. 

Training Plan:
Workout 1: Back – Workout 2: Legs – Workout 3: Shoulders – Workout 4: Arms – Workout 5: Weak Point.

Back + Shoulder:

Low Cable Row 3-5 X 6-10. Single Arm Cable Pulldown 3-5 X 6-10. Pull-Over Machine 3-5 X 6-10. Underhand Wide Cable Row 3-5 X 6-10. Seated Wide Row (to chest) 3-5 X 6-10. Machine Shoulder Press 3-5 X 6-10. Cable Side Lateral 3-5 X 6-10.

Legs:

Leg Press 3-5 X 6-10. Good Morning 3-5 X 6-10. BB Hip Thrust 3-5 X 6-10. Goblet Squat 3-5 X 6-10. Single-Leg Curl 3-5 X 6-10. Single-Leg Extension 3-5 X 6-10.

Shoulders:

Standing DB Shoulder Press 3-5 X 6-10. Machine Shoulder Press 3-5 X 6-10. DB Side Lateral Raise 3-5 X 6-10. DB Front Raise 3-5 X 6-10. Machine Side Lateral 3-5 X 6-10. Reverse Pec Dec Fly’s (rear delt) 3-5 X 6-10.

Arms+Calves:

Cable Overhead Extension 3-5 X 6-10. Preacher Curl 3-5 X 6-10. Skull Crusher 3-5 X 6-10.

Nutritional Plan:
I’m following a macros plan – Current Training Day Macro’s.

P 120 / F 40 / C 110.

2 consecutive Off Days Macro’s.

P 120 / F 40 / C 145.

Supplement Plan:
I’m currently taking multivitamins and collagen only.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I know how it is to start from nothing and I can hold my head high with dignity for not compromising any of my core values in order to achieve anything in life so far.

What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”?
It would mean that I will continue to strive to inspire women of all ages to become the best version of themselves.

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status?
Beyond a personal and professional accomplishment.

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 very humbled and honored to even be considered.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I was born in communist Romania.
  • I speak fluently five languages.
  • I am vegan.
  • I rescued 3 dogs and 2 cats.
  • I am not afraid to start from the bottom over and over again.

Who inspires you? And why?
There are many female bodybuilders and not only that inspire me and motive me to be better every day, among them: Angelica Teixeira, Etila Santiago, Novak Djokovic to mention just a few.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
Fitness is good health, not a spectator sport. I want to be a motivational beacon for women of all ages, all body types. I want to help all the women find their authentic selves as they envision how they want their bodies and spirit to be.

Favorite Quotes:
“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing. 8 weeks for your friends and family. 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Never give up”.

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” Steve Jobs

I have been an athlete since I was three years old. I was a competitive soccer player most of my life. I went to college at Georgia State University and majored in journalism with concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish. After college, I wanted a physical and mental transformation and I decided I wanted to compete in my first bikini competition. I won my first show and won my SNBF pro card and competed in two natural pro shows with Coach K, coach for Team Pheno. I did not compete in 2020 and started focusing more on my modeling career.

 

Age:
25

City:
Atlanta, GA.

Occupation details:
Trademark Paralegal.

Relationship status:
Single.

Fitness Goals:
My current fitness goals are to develop a stronger upper body, a wider back, shoulders, and a stronger core.

Training Plan?
I train 5 days a week and I currently do 3 upper body days and two lower-body days and I focus on strength training. I do cardio 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT is great for burning fat and is also a nice change from fasted cardio on the treadmill or Stairmaster. I enjoy HIIT because it gets my heart rate up and is a change of pace.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
If I had 100 tokens, I would apply 80 to health level and 20 to fitness level. Your health comes from what you consume and you must eat healthily and live healthy in order to reach new levels of fitness.

Nutritional & Supplements:
BCAAs, Digestive Enzymes, Multivitamins, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Chickweed, Whey Protein.

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 because if you eat healthily and don’t put toxins into your body, daily exercise will tone your body and build muscle. Nutrition is key and has a greater impact on your body composition than exercise.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents taught me values and morals that have shaped me to become the woman I am today. My mother and I are very close and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness Magazine highlights women from different backgrounds with experiences that other women can relate to and shows models in a different light rather than just focusing on their beauty. The interview questions reveal the model’s character, their upbringing and how fitness has impacted their life, and how they wish to inspire others. This aspect is important because fitness is a lifestyle and Status Fitness Magazine showcases models that inspire others through fitness.

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 don’t particularly have a preference, if I take supplements with artificial ingredients, I make sure the sugar and carb count are low.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
I would be so blessed to have the opportunity to grace the cover of Status Fitness Magazine because I would represent black fitness models and be a role model for black women in the modeling industry. It would be powerful and an experience I would never forget.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
What was the biggest obstacle in his life he has overcome and how that experience has changed him?

6 things people would not know about you?

  • Skiing is one of my favorite hobbies.
  • I have been an athlete since I was three years old.
  • Soccer is my favorite sport and I was a left-footed player which is rare.
  • I have a minor in Spanish and studied abroad in Spain.
  • I have never lived outside of my hometown.
  • I played the violin for 6 years and piano for three years.

Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me, she is my rock and she is my role model and has taught me to work hard and go after my dreams, and never give up.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire other millennials and younger women, especially women of color.

Transformation story:
After college, I was out of shape and wanted a mental and physical transformation. I didn’t have any muscle at all, and trained for about four months, entered a natural bikini competition, and won the show! I became a better person after this experience, and became closer to God, and learned discipline. There were several times I wanted to quit, but I’m glad I never did. I’ve met amazing people through bodybuilding that are my second family to this day. I have also transformed from my two natural pro bodybuilding shows to where I am currently through my coach Kenea Yancey and my posing coach Sonia Lewis with Team Pheno over the past few years. Both of these IFBB pros have helped me grow as a woman and have taught me so much about myself inside and outside of the gym along my journey. I think it’s very important to have role models that are further along than you that can help guide you with your goals and steer you in the right direction. Both of these ladies have had a huge impact on my life and have helped me become the polished woman I am today.

Life goals:
I want to become a lawyer and work for one of the Major League Soccer teams or National Women’s Soccer League. I want to be a cover model for a fitness and swimwear magazine. I am consistently always working on my body goals!

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Fail to succeed.
  • Someone is always working harder than you with fewer resources.
  • If you don’t speak up, you will never have an answer.
  • If you fail to plan, plan to fail.
  • Don’t wish for the results that you didn’t work for.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
Rap music, Lil Baby, Drake, and Future mainly.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Ellen Pompeo, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Respect.
  • Honesty.
  • Royalty.
  • Determination.
  • How they treat others.

Favorite Quotes:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” – MLK Jr.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.

Photo By: Cameroon Perry | Tatiana Kazana