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I was a dancer for the first 22 years of my life (ballet, modern, hip hop etc), danced competitively and went on to pursue a BFA in Dance and a BS in Exercise Physiology. As a young adult however, I developed a complicated relationship with food, body image and injuries which led me to start strength training to recover and become a better dancer. However, it actually lit a spark within me because I uncovered how naturally strong I was and the power behind lifting weights to build yourself up versus always trying to be smaller in the dance world. Similarly, my relationship with food changed for the better with the mindset of fueling and building vs restricting and rebelling. Later, I went on to compete in the Figure and Wellness bodybuilding divisions which challenged me in new ways and showed me what I was capable of mentally and physically. However, it reignited those thought patterns about body image, food and yo-yo behaviour.

The above would describe my biggest challenge along my journey, but I’ve now landed at a really healthy, consistent and strong place within those two extremes. I feel empowered about my strength, body, appearance and most importantly develop habits and mindset skills to build a consistent long-term lifestyle. I think the most important outcome of fitness should be a deeper sense of self-love, which I’ve found.

City/Country:
New York City, NY

Occupation? 
Founder/CEO LSL Fitness

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
My philosophy with clients is creating a long-term lifestyle change. I generally prefer to work with clients on an average of a year to allow for enough time to rewire old mindsets that no longer serve them, build new habits and collaborate on the psychology and logistics of behaviour change. I believe in building confidence through consistent, accessible baby steps and really allowing the client to learn in different environments within their own life. I think the reason most people fall off or are unsuccessful is due to the system or desire for fast change, which is never sustainable nor does it fit into the nature of my client’s lives and careers. Nutritionally, helping clients learn that it doesn’t have to be nor should it be extreme, but mastering simple principles and effective decision-making with clean whole foods and that you can still enjoy the finer things in life with mindfulness. When it comes to training, I prioritize mastering the basics of strength training movement patterns and want them to feel and understand the importance of building muscle and being stronger. I would describe my style as strength training layered with bodybuilding principles to carve an aesthetic they love.

Most importantly, I want clients to truly adopt their newfound ability to prioritize strength training as their main form of self-care and that there is value in doing something small or imperfect versus not doing anything at all. My most successful clients have reshaped their mindset that their lives are running on a “balance in motion” philosophy meaning, they are never off, just able to turn up or turn down their skills/routine based on the reality of their lives.  That is when true lifestyle change has occurred and they have leveled up!

Training Plan:
Currently training 6x/week. 4 Strength days (2 upper, 2 lower) 2 conditioning & core days, 1 yoga or pilates.

Nutritional Plan:
My nutrition plan right now is “structured maintenance”. I hit my macros ~85-90% while allowing 10-15% for flexibility and indulgence. I always make sure I’m hitting my protein and vegetable intake. The rest can ebb and flow as I’m travelling or celebrating. I then lean into the habits that I preach to my clients about mindfulness and appetite awareness to stay connected but not restrictive.

Supplement Plan:
I currently only use Xtend BCAAS intra-workout and prioritize a multivitamin, vitamin D and ZMA for sleep & recovery. I keep it pretty simple.

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 do prefer no sugar or artificial ingredients/dyes however I’m not opposed to Stevia or Truvia. I will opt for the more natural product when available but I’m not 100% strict on the preference. Health is my number one focus and I am mindful of the long-term effects of artificial chemicals and ingredients. I’d rather prevent potential disease/illness risks first and prioritize fitness benefits second.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What would your advice be for fitness entrepreneurs for long-term success? What has been the key ingredient to your success story?

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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 career goal is to expand LSL Fitness to the point where we are coaching people nationally and internationally and are recognized as a top fitness lifestyle brand. I aspire to be a leading voice in the fitness and wellness space, contributing to major publications, podcasts and media and collaborating with other top experts. I’m currently in collaboration with Dr. Sanjeet Baidwan M.D of  IMWell Medical in NYC where we are passionate about teaming up to bridge the gap between medicine and fitness. I have a personal connection to that initiative, as my dad suffered major health complications due to prediabetes and preventable lifestyle diseases. I was able to help him turn his health around through fitness (in combination with medical care) and realized just how crucial that relationship is. I truly want to see those two worlds collide as much as possible to change the direction of health and self-care.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
It can sound cliche, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to embrace and be grateful for all of the really difficult things life hands you. Strength training taught me how to translate becoming stronger to my mental and emotional resilience and I know I would not be the person I am today without the really hard and heavy “lifts”.

What does success look like for you?
Success for me is freedom.  Freedom from risk of injury, illness, freedom to eat clean (or not) and not feel guilty about it. Freedom from the emotional response of what the scale says, financial freedom,  freedom from anxiety (aka happiness and joy) etc. Once I mastered the discipline that creates those freedoms, it’s now the compass I use for my life and how I know I have been successful and will continue to be.

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I am a 33-year-old online fitness coach and beauty entrepreneur. I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness, Fashion, and skincare. I’ve been running my businesses on the side for the past 6 years and really decided to retire from the 6 figure corporate job world and really bet on ME. I think you get to a certain age and just really realize that life isn’t worth living on someone else’s terms and if you’re really passionate about something and take the time to learn and really give it your all, There’s no way you could fail. I am excited for this new chapter of life and where It’s about to take me. Entrepreneurship is a journey with many ups and downs but I know I’m built for it.

Can you share your fitness journey?
I’ve been in the fitness space my entire life. I grew up playing soccer, played semi-pro and worked as a personal trainer for quite some time before officially taking my business online as a fitness coach. I’ve always been super structured and into overall health and wellness in general. My favourite nutrition tips are to make it healthy, make it delicious. Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to cut out delicious foods that you love or restrict yourself excessively. There are so many ways to incorporate. Really great and tasty recipes while still reaching your physique goals.

I now run an online coaching business and help others master their health and nutrition journey, teach group classes in NYC and compete as a professional bodybuilder. I’ve competed in 8 shows over the last 5 years and have garnered a USA championship title.

What do you see as your greatest strength? Weakness?
My greatest strength is always pushing through tough circumstances no matter the adversity. Even if it doesn’t look like things are going my way in the end God always perfectly aligns things in my favor. I’ve grown a thick skin and a tough mentality over the years and it’s one of my greatest attributes. I was born with extremely severe asthma, my lungs just don’t function the way normal people do. It made early childhood extremely difficult. I was in and out of the hospital for the first 10 years of my life, and there was no prospect of me being able to enjoy an active lifestyle like normal children. I had an early age I decided that wasn’t going to be my story, and I learned and taught my body to adapt and adjust so that I could run, jump, lift, play, and do all the things that I saw for my future.

What is the number one tip you have for people that just begun their journey?
Don’t follow a trend or a fan. Talk with an expert to learn what works for you based on your goals, body type and lifestyle. Remove the pressure for the plan to be perfect. It won’t always be a linear path.

Training Plan:
Current training split – 5 days a week, 3 lower body days, 2 upper body days and 3-4 boxing or spin classes a week for cardio and conditioning

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Seeking Motivation
For me I think motivation is something that can come and go so I try to hold on to something that I know is a constant which is my faith and purpose. I know that as long as I am moving toward what I love and what I know I’m meant to do then not being there YET is enough daily motivation needed to keep going. I am a big dreamer and I’ve got some wild plans for myself and my life so I know as long as I keep moving towards the mission everything else is going to fall into place as it should.

Fitness workout regimen
 I like to work out 1st thing in the morning with lifting weights. I am an early bird 5 a.m. kind of girl. Depending on what phase of life I am in, If I have a bodybuilding competition coming up then I train 2x a day: once in the morning and once at night. I also enjoy boxing, boot camp and spin classes. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete in the gym, I always suggest weight training. It’s the best way to really build the physique that you desire while burning fat, and creating a strong foundation for your body to sustain you later in life. The best way to get started or get back on the wagon. If you have fallen off, it’s not overwhelming yourself with a big plan, but take it one day at a time set a goal for the day or the week with how many days you’d like to work out, and plan it out in your calendar the times you’ll actually get to the gym and celebrate the wins along the way.

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I am a former D1 and professional athlete and fitness competitor. Sports and athletics are in my blood. I began my professional training career at a well-known luxury gym in Orange County; I progressed to owning my own business and competing in many NPC fitness competitions soon after. Catching the eye of several well-known brands, I earned the title of sponsored athlete and began fitness modelling as well as being a brand ambassador. With my 15 years of experience as a certified trainer and strength and conditioning coach, I strive to bring my clients the best programming for their fitness goals and lifestyle needs. My biggest hurdle today would be proving my credibility in a world full of fitness influencers. There is a lot of bad information thrown around by people with a large following, and others are falling for this misinformation. I am a true believer in hard work, consistency, and eating well. No quick fixes.

Age:
37

City/Country:
Orange County, CA

Occupation?
Certified Personal Trainer and Business Owner at Level Up Performance.

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
Upon my initial assessment, after discovering my client’s overall goal, I check for muscle deviations and imbalances, check their eating habits, sleep patterns, what they do for work, and how active their lifestyle is. You can imagine over 15 years of clients, I have seen it all. All ages, sexes, and fitness levels, each with unique goals. No two journeys are the same. If someone is just beginning their fitness journey, we may start with a basic superset with rep ranges that fall under the muscular endurance rep range of 2-3 sets off 12-20 reps. If I get a seasoned athlete, we plan a macrocycle from dynamic muscular endurance all the way to strength and explosive power 1-6 sets of 1-5 rep range. I believe it is important to be a well-rounded trainer, even if you specialize in one style of training.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Any goal worth achieving takes habit over consistency and wins over motivation, always.

Training Plan:
I am all for functional movements, paired with heavier weights for a quick and effective I train 4-5 times a week, with LISS and rest days sprinkled

Nutritional Plan:
I prefer the IIFYM (If it fits your macros approach) where 85% of your diet is Whole Foods that come from the outside aisles of the grocery store. I like variety, but also know what works for me. I feel better when I can add some dietary balance to my lifestyle. If I have a shoot or event, I will dial myself in with a stricter diet.

Supplement Plan:
Protein and Creatine are a must for me. I would call creatine a game changer, mentally and physically. I also utilize glutamine for recovery!

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 am not a stickler for no sugar and no artificial sweetener. I believe a little sugar is okay, as long as you have enough fibre in your diet! Calories in vs calories out. I believe some artificial sweeteners are okay, but if you constantly eat modified chemical-created food to save on calories, it’s not good for your body.

Please describe the importance of mental health.
This has changed a lot for me over the years as I got older. I began training at 22; I am now 37, married, a mom with 2 kids, a coach, a business owner, and so much more. I have had some issues with body image and food during my competition days back in my early 20s. Believing I should always look stage-ready, and when I wasn’t, that was hard for me. I believe comparing yourself to others or even comparing yourself to an older version of yourself at a different point in your life, will just cause unnecessary stress. Mental health is more important for me today, as others are counting on me, and it’s not all about me and how my body looks. Morning journaling, deep breathing, therapy, and hormone balance are all weapons in my arsenal now.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
How have you seen the industry change over the years? Would you say social media has played a large role in the spread of “health and fitness” in younger generations?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
It would be an honour to represent myself, my brand, and the brand of Status Fitness Magazine at such an event. With my age, experience, and personality being shared with so many as an inspiration is exactly my mission as a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast. Being a well-rounded athlete is important. It is important to prove to others that you can reach your fitness goals while also still living a balanced lifestyle.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
Great question! I love training one-on-one and as long as I have time in my schedule, I will continue to do that. My YouTube channel is growing at a rapid rate. The best part is, I am able to reach people all over the world from my home. I do all the workouts with them. It feels more like a community and I would like to continue to grow that community! For those who like a more personalized approach, I would like to scale my online business helping those who are not familiar with the gym or resistance training. Working out has changed my life, and I hope to help others feel as empowered as I do through health and fitness.

What does the future hold?
I have been manifesting a world of amazing adventures that include fitness. So far, I have been featured on The Real Housewives of OC, was a guest on a motivation podcast, joined in multiple fitness shoots for various brands, and started guest appearing for local boot camps and fitness I plan on continuing to film my workouts, also while travelling, hosting health and fitness videos for travellers. I plan to continue with my clothing supplement sponsorships and be a coach for my son’s athletic teams. I am just getting started!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Without sounding corny… My biggest lesson has been getting rid of any self-limiting beliefs. I have stopped caring what social media and my peers think. If I see it in my head, it’s possible. I have a big heart and I am honest, and people can see that I care. As long as I am true to myself and my dreams… I got this!

What does success look like for you?
If I can lay my head down on my pillow at night and know that I accomplished something for the day, I am happy. If I had a great workout, awesome. If I learned how to cook a new dish, perfect. If I’ve tried something new, like hiking a new trail or helping my son with a new project… that is what fulfills me.

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My journey in health, wellness, and fitness has been a transformative odyssey defined by resilience, perseverance, and a steadfast commitment to personal growth. It all began at the tender age of 5 when I immersed myself in gymnastics, honing my agility and strength over a span of 2 years. However, it was my transition to competitive cheerleading with the Flyers All-Stars that truly ignited my passion for athleticism and teamwork. As a team member for 5 years, I excelled as a stunt base, clinching numerous gold medals, including 2 national championships and an international accolade.

Unfortunately, my unwavering dedication was met with challenges as shoulder and thoracic injuries forced me to halt my involvement in cheerleading. This setback, however, served as a catalyst for a new chapter in my fitness journey. At the age of 20, I found solace and passion in the gym, kick-starting a redefined pursuit of physical and mental well-being.

The subsequent years posed daunting new challenges as I grappled with anxiety and battled an eating disorder. Confronted with a monumental weight gain within a short span, I fought my mental health struggles head-on. Through determination and self-reflection, I dedicated myself to combating my eating disorder, bolstering my self-esteem, and reshaping both body and mind. The arduous journey culminated in shedding those 25 pounds, building muscle mass, and reclaiming the athletic physique I once possessed.

Empowered by this transformative experience, I embarked on a mission to inspire and support other women on their wellness journeys. In 2017, I solidified my commitment to fitness by obtaining certifications as a personal trainer and fitness instructor with CanFitPro. Over the past 6 years, I have channelled my expertise and passion into guiding clients toward their fitness objectives across various esteemed fitness establishments, building up to my current role as a fitness consultant at the University of Montreal while also managing my own online personal training clients.

As I strived to enhance my athleticism and rehabilitate past injuries, I delved into self-education and specialized exercises aimed at restoring strength and function. This commitment to self-improvement led me to earn a coveted spot on the level 7 competitive world championship cheerleading team, signifying a peak athletic achievement I have always dreamed of.

Despite the achievement and momentum gained, a poignant accident resulting in a concussion and neck injury abruptly concluded my season, underscoring the fragility and unpredictability of athletic pursuits. These harrowing experiences, alongside the battle with my eating disorder, have forged a resilient and disciplined mindset within me, defining my fervour for success and unwavering dedication to personal growth.

Age:
29

City/Country:
Montreal, Canada

Occupation?
Fitness Trainer

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
My training philosophy revolves around a personalized and holistic approach to fitness that caters to the individual needs and goals of each client. I firmly believe in the power of customization, tailoring workout programs to suit the unique aspirations, fitness levels, and circumstances of my clients. By crafting personalized plans, I aim to not only help them achieve their fitness objectives but also to develop a sense of empowerment and ownership over their health journey.

Another approach I use is to place great emphasis on recognizing the interconnectedness of nutrition, mental well-being, and lifestyle choices in achieving overall health. By addressing these aspects in conjunction with physical training, I strive to assist clients in embracing a well-rounded approach to wellness.

In addition to the foundational principles of my training philosophy, I give high importance to fostering self-esteem and self-confidence through fitness. I believe that by empowering clients to see their progress, celebrate their accomplishments, and overcome challenges, I can instill a sense of confidence that transcends the gym and positively impacts various facets of their lives.

Furthermore, my ultimate goal is not only to help clients achieve their fitness objectives but also to inspire a lasting commitment to health and wellness. By promoting a balanced approach to fitness that prioritizes sustainable habits, mindful nutrition, and overall well-being, I aim to cultivate a love for an active lifestyle that extends far beyond gym sessions. Encouraging clients to embrace health in its entirety, both physically and mentally, is key to creating a lifestyle that is fulfilling, long-lasting, and harmonious.

Training Plan:
My training plan consists of 3 strength training sessions, 2 strength conditioning/functional training sessions, 3 cardiovascular sessions and one flexibility, mobility and acrobatic session.

I will usually do a strength training session for both upper body (once a week) and lower body ( twice a week, one focused on quads and the other one focused on hamstrings and glutes), which 2 of them are combined and followed by a 7-10 km run so I can work on my cardio as well.  I also make sure to get in a mix of 2 full body strength conditioning/functional training workouts to improve my athletic performance. One of those sessions will end with my third cardiovascular session, which consists of sprints and jogging intervals for a total distance of 5 km. In order to keep flexibility and improve my mobility, I will also work on specific exercises at least once a week.

Nutritional Plan:
I don’t follow a specific nutritional plan but I stick to a minimum amount of protein intake, healthy carbohydrates and fats. I strongly believe in the benefits we get from the quality of the foods we eat and for me, to stay on top of my mental and physical performance, as well as to keep my body goals, I aim to eat 90% of real unprocessed foods. My nutrition consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables, rice, oats, potatoes, lean meat like chicken and turkey, fish, nuts, yogurt, tea and lots of water. I will balance it out whenever I get cravings and will never fully cut out everything that is unhealthy because I want to keep a healthy relationship with food.

Supplement Plan:
The supplements I use are protein powder (with amino acids) and magnesium glycinate.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I prefer to take and recommend all-natural supplements because I want to avoid all chemicals and disruptors. Supplements are usually used daily and to eat ingredients that could be harmful in the long run would be counterintuitive to the example, habits and lifestyle I am trying to teach my clients.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
If allowed to engage with Status Fitness Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Rodney Jang, I would be interested in learning more about the magazine’s vision for driving innovation and inclusivity within the fitness industry. Specifically, I would inquire about the strategies and initiatives the magazine is undertaking to promote diverse voices, cutting-edge fitness trends, and progressive approaches to health and wellness. Understanding how Status Fitness Magazine navigates and influences the ever-evolving landscape of the fitness industry would not only enhance my industry knowledge but also inspire me to contribute meaningfully to this dynamic field.

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 beyond thrilled at the prospect of being part of the Status Fitness Magazine family and receiving a special participation invite to their model searches, especially the prestigious event at the Arnold Classic. The chance to align me with a publication that values showcasing diverse talent and celebrates individuals’ dedication to fitness and wellness is truly an honour. The opportunity not only excites me but also motivates me to continue striving for excellence in my fitness journey.

Being considered for the Status cover and participating in their model searches across North America represents an incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, share my fitness journey, and inspire others on their path to wellness. The thought of contributing to a platform that promotes positivity, empowerment, and inclusivity in the fitness industry fills me with enthusiasm and a deep sense of gratitude.

I am eager to embrace this opportunity, learn from the experiences it presents, and engage with a community that values and recognizes the commitment to health and fitness. I eagerly anticipate the chance to be part of something greater than myself and to contribute positively to the vibrant world of fitness and wellness that Status Fitness Magazine embodies.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
I have a list of long-term career goals. I would love one day to have my private gym (planning in the process) to create a safe space for athletes and everyday clients so they can truly feel a home-like environment and be part of a warm community where they will enjoy spending time. I don’t only want to create a gym, I want to create a place where people are growing, improving, building self-confidence and a foundation so strong that they can use it for any sphere of their lives. I want to create great athletes who will strengthen their mindset and achieve greatness.

Another one of my goals is to contribute to the competitive cheerleading sport by educating coaches and future athletes on how to do proper physical preparation and optimize their potential. There is a piece that is missing and neglected in the cheerleading sport practice and I would love to make a change and get to coach a team or be part of the National Cheerleading Association.

I wish to be able one day to make a big positive impact on people’s lives and to spread inspiration and motivation all over the world. I will keep educating myself, travelling for events, connecting with entrepreneurs, meeting great mentors, changing people’s perspectives so they can see their potential, and helping and giving back to the community I am creating.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you are your best supporter. You understand yourself like no one else can and this is your biggest superpower. Once you find out who you are and how to deal with yourself and control your mind, you become unstoppable. One thing that I love to say is that the sky is not even the limit. Your life can be whatever you want it to be as long as YOU got you. The only guaranteed person to show up for you is yourself. And finally, once you understand all of the above and have mastered your mindset your potential is endless.

What does success look like for you?
Seeing other people meeting their goals because of my help. Feeling that I’ve created a positive impact. Going to bed every day looking forward to waking up the next day so I can go to work and have my dream life. Feeling fulfilled. Feeling like I’m constantly driven by the work I do and the people I surround myself with. Achieving my goals while staying true to who I am and respecting my values.

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I grew up with no education in fitness or nutrition. We ate cheesy frozen fish sticks, boxed mashed potatoes, and canned green beans. I had my son at 20 and was over 200lbs. Through a series of events, I worked part-time at a gym daycare. I worked out a little and ate kind a healthier and my weight fell off. During this time, my friends did not understand my newfound passion, and I was ostracized and made fun of for my food prep, time at the gym, and going to bed early. I struggled with isolation and self-love even though I felt great and knew I was making healthy choices for myself and my son. Pushing through this was a huge hurdle. I lost most of my friends and didn’t gain new amazing ones until I was 29,30.

I learned how much power food has, the control we have over our body composition, and how we feel inside and out. Over the course of a decade, I got my cert in nutrition and PT, competed in several bodybuilding shows all over the country, and raised my son with my husband. I now work with NPC Midwest as an expeditor backstage, coach other women on how to prioritize themselves and transform their lives based on their goals, and host a podcast every Friday (Bikinis After Babies) showing women it is never too late to step on stage. That after babies you can do so much. I compete myself and I am training for a show at the end of March with hopes of becoming an IFBB PRO this year.

My love is helping others learn how to achieve the best versions of themselves through food and fitness.

Age:
35

City/Country:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Occupation?
Online Fitness Coach

Photo By: Oscar Rendon

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Finding time for yourself by prepping your food, going to the gym/working out at home is a form of self-care, and teaching this to others is my approach. Once women learn to care for themselves and set their goals, make them the best version of themselves for their family, friends, and career.

For your training business, do you use a business coach? If so how have they improved your business?
I do not; I work with other coaches in a group and do have what I would call a mentor. Gillian Hughes. Yes, starting as a fitness coach I did not know what to expect, different situations, obstacles or objections. Having someone who has been in the business for a length of time and is still active truly helped me.

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?
Each client is different. I do all sorts of plans with no sugar, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, anti-inflammatory, and so on. I like to see my clients reach a nutrition plan that they can sustain and make alterations based on their needs and goals.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What inspired you to start a fitness magazine? What is the most fulfilling you have accomplished with your business?

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Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
That is amazing I would love the opportunity and I am very excited to participate!

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
My goal this year is to grow as an IFBB Pro in the Bikini division. Grow my client roster to about 20-25 clients, travel with the NPC Midwest and continue educating people on the bodybuilding community, continue teaching posing, and grow or outreach with our podcast.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Always be grateful, stay humble, always keep learning, and always appreciate every day. I am a positive person even on bad days. Helping others has truly been a gift that never stops giving.

What does success look like for you?
Continuing what I am doing now on a larger scale so I can help reach more people.

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Cover Photo: Oscar Rendon

I have a business degree, a public relations Diploma and my nutrition coaching certification from Precision Nutrition. I chose Precision Nutrition for my Nutrition coaching certification because I liked their approach to nutrition as the program goes far beyond nutrition science and focuses on the psychology of behavior change and a more balanced, holistic approach to fitness and nutrition which I believe is much needed in the fitness and nutrition industry. I have almost finished my ISSA (International Sports Science Association) Certified Personal Trainer Certification, I just have to get my CPR and then I’ll have my certification, so I will be offering private personal training sessions as well in the next few months.

Age:
32

City/Country:
Calgary

Occupation?
Nutrition Coach and owner of GLO Nutrition Coaching

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
My approach is a little more unconventional as I don’t believe in counting calories, eliminating certain food groups, or even weighing yourself for that matter as it just isn’t a sustainable solution long term and tends to create disordered eating habits. Instead, I prefer to focus on building long-term healthy eating and exercise habits that will stick. People don’t like being told what to do so act more or less than a guide to help support them in their journey and motivate them to make healthy choices more often than not. I firmly believe that you can still look and feel good without giving up all the foods and activities you love, it’s about making healthy choices 80% of the time and having your favourite dessert or pizza the other 20% of the time. Food is such a big part of our lives and such a social and emotional thing, so I want my clients to enjoy not just preparing their meals but also eating them, food can be both nutritious and delicious which is why you’ll never find any boring chicken and green bean meals when working with me!

Training Plan:
My personal training plan I love F45 and heavy weight training which I do usually 2-3 times a week, Barre 1-2 times a week and some type of cardio 1-2 times a week which right now consists of running as I am training for my 2nd half Marathon (21km) in May and then in the summer I do mostly road biking and tennis for my cardio. I also love playing golf in the summer and doing lots of walking, I love being active and outside as much as possible in the summer months!

Nutritional Plan:
My nutrition plan is for the most part very similar to the one I recommend to my clients 80% of the time. I eat mostly whole foods, high protein, refined sugar-free and lower in carbs with minimally processed foods and the other 20% of the time I enjoy a slice of pizza, a beer or a glass of wine or some carrot cake (it’s my favourite dessert and my aunt makes THE BEST carrot cake!)

Supplement Plan:
I’m a big believer in supplements besides a healthy nutrition plan, because of modern-day farming practices our soils are not what they used to be and therefore our food is of lower nutritional quality unless you have your garden or shop at the farmer’s market and organic all the time that is which I try to do as much as possible! But the supplements I take are AG1 athletic greens which is essentially a multivitamin that also contains pro and prebiotics and adaptogens, and ashwagandha, Vitamin D3 for maintaining my immune system, we don’t get enough sun here in Calgary so almost everyone is deficient!

Liquid Marine Collagen from Aphina for hair, skin, joint and nail health and healthy aging, after the age of 30 women start to lose 1% of collagen per year. Omega-3, Lion’s mane and cordyceps for brain health as I have Frontotemporal Lobe dementia on my mom’s side of the family which is essentially early onset Alzheimers Disease. I’ve also recently started taking grass-fed bovine colostrum for maintaining and protecting a healthy immune system and have read that it can also be beneficial for skin and hair health.

Supplements I take for athletic performance + recovery: Creatine which is great for muscle growth and recovery and recent studies have suggested that it may be beneficial in reducing risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease. EAAS Essential Amino Acids, also for muscle recovery and growth and energy, Electrolytes for optimal hydration, Haskapa berry powder on long-running days as some studies have suggested that it may enhance athletic performance during long endurance activities. And of course, Whey Isolate protein powder which I have almost every day as a convenient way to get in additional protein, I like the one from Biosteel as it is made from grass-fed cows and is only sweetened with Stevia, you’d be shocked at the sugar content some of the protein powders on the market have it’s basically like eating a candy bar!!

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?
Absolutely, I always recommend choosing natural sweeteners over artificial sweeteners things like stevia, honey, agave, maple syrup and fruit as they don’t spike your blood sugar the same way artificial sweeteners do as they are minimally processed compared to artificial sweeteners that are HEAVILY processed and far from their original state! Natural sweeteners convert differently in the body which won’t make you gain weight like the processed sugars do. Not only do processed sugars spike your blood sugar, but they are heavily addictive and target the same brain pathways as cocaine, and when consumed more often than not are linked to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance and cancer! So I always advise my clients to steer clear of them as much as possible if you see ingredients like fructose, sucrose, glucose, white sugar, cane sugar, maltose, dextrose, and corn syrup then don’t buy it!

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is your best advice for someone who wants to be recognized as a leader and expert in the nutrition and fitness industry?

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field
Oh man, I’m a high achiever and ambitious so I have a lot of goals but in the near future I would like to have my own health and wellness podcast and create my own subscription-based community that focuses on bringing women who value health and wellness activities together, host annual in-person wellness retreats around the world, a cookbook and work with elite and pro level athletes. I am currently working on a pilot-run club project for building my wellness community and talking with some connections about getting into the elite athlete space and am finishing up my ISSA Certification to allow me to get more into the training field. I have a Google doc full of recipes for my cookbook already and I still need to get the podcast equipment but I’ve thought of a few podcast names and have a list of guests already created.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
There are many… but I think as a nutrition coach and being in the health industry you truly need to practice what you preach otherwise people will have a hard time trusting you. Also, health is a lifelong journey and the more you focus on that versus the outcome of looking a certain way or being a certain weight you’ll be more likely to make lasting changes and see permanent results!

What does success look like for you?
Success to me looks like waking up every day loving what I love, having the financial and time freedom to spend my days as I want while also changing people’s lives by improving their health through nutrition and movement so that they can live better for longer and disease-free.

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I’m a wife and a mother of two amazing daughters who are elite gymnasts. What inspired me was being indigenous, and witnessing struggles in the indigenous community. I lost my mother and sister to those struggles and I want to help and uplift indigenous communities through health and wellness. Essentially, anyone who wants to improve their lives through health and fitness!

I have been a WNBF Bikini Pro since 2017 which gives me experience with physique athletes. Placing 1st in my Pro debut in Edmonton in 2017, then placing Overall Top 5 at the WNBF World championships in 2021.

Age:
36

City/Country:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Occupation?
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)/Business Owner of TOSUM Ltd.

What are some common mistakes people make when starting a fitness journey, and how can they avoid them?
Not hiring a coach and properly learning technique and form is more crucial than the weight itself. Master the basics and the weight will come. It’s about performing safely and efficiently over rushing and weight. Also, a lot of people quit before they start seeing more results. It takes a lot of patience and consistency. You’re sculpting! It takes time!

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
I love helping the new mom/new gym members and my daughters, who have no experience with weights. Seeing the excitement on their face as it becomes easier, and the weight becomes heavier.

It also excites me to work with my autistic client who enjoys playing the guitar when we are finished our session. Warms my heart because fitness is truly for everyone.

I love working with new physique clients for their first show as well. Being a Coach/PFT is such a rewarding experience and I love it. I’d like to say my passion chose me from the moment I competed in 2015 to now. I had no idea it would lead me to where I am today.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Remember…”Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent, and be patient.” -unknown

Emote (Thank you), for choosing me to help you along your fitness journey, whether you choose to stay for a little or a long time. I am happy to help.

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 check all the ingredients of what I put into my body—especially being a natural athlete; you have to pass a urinalysis and lie detector for the federation that I compete with. As for sugars, moderation is key. I personally eat 80% healthy and 20% intuitive eating. While I’m in prep, I clean-eat according to my coach’s macronutrient numbers. I tried the strict diet approach at the beginning of my fitness journey; in which I developed an allergic reaction to apples which I had been eating my entire life until that moment.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
As previously stated, I lost my late mom and sister in 2020/2021. 6 months apart right before I competed in 2021. Never experienced grief and I was shocked by the news. Having to plan my late mother’s funeral in BC during COVID-19, I didn’t get a chance to attend my late sister’s funeral due to Covid restrictions. I chose to continue with my competition as I have been prepping for the last two years for it. Working with a therapist, that would be my highest recommendation is to have a professional help you. Plus a great support system as I had my husband help me through it all. I also dived into books and websites to grasp a deeper understanding of what I was going through and feeling. Gabor Mate is a fantastic read and helped a lot. The gym was also a huge help and outlet, and staying busy while training for the 2021 show. It was by far the hardest prep of my life. With the amazing experience of my placement (Top 5) on my late mom’s birthday on a World Stage, It felt so surreal. The best part was coming home and seeing how excited my daughters were and my eldest saying she wanted to compete one day too. My family was so proud of me and it felt that all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it all.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I don’t have a question, but I would love to say thank you for this amazing opportunity. I only hope that my fitness journey can inspire the next person!

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!! I absolutely idolize Arnold Schwarzenegger! Wow! Thank you so much!! I am beyond grateful and excited!! It brought tears to my eyes!! I had no idea!! I will ask Arnold to sign my books LOL! His was the first bodybuilding book I read back in 2014 when I first started this journey.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
I would love to open my own gym one day! And help others with their fitness goals. As a WNBF Bikini Pro, I hope to one day become an overall World Champ!

What are your future goals and aspirations as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue making a positive impact in the fitness industry?
To help others with their fitness goals and continue leading by example.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
To be PATIENT. I am not a very patient person and this was by far the biggest lesson I have learned. But also to be grateful. To appreciate and be more present.

What does success look like for you?
My family. Seeing my children happy and thriving with their own goals in life.

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Photos By: Shari Luchko

Age:
41

City/Country:
Vancouver, Canada

Occupation:
Fitness Coach

Can you tell us about your background? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember. I was the captain of my basketball team which led us to numerous victories, earning many gold medals and becoming state champions. Since then, I’ve trained in various sports such as boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, golf, snowboarding, and I love activities like hiking and rock climbing and longboarding. I also love participating in extreme races and challenges like the Spartan race.

I’ve always had a passion for bodybuilding and started competing in my 20s. After an 11-year break, I’m excited to compete again in 4 months!

My biggest challenge was physiological and hormonal changes after becoming a mom at age 37. I was tired, sleep-deprived, had zero core strength, and faced gym closures due to COVID-19. After overcoming the struggles that many women go through when it comes to weight loss, my pain became my purpose, and it became my mission to help other moms transform their lives.

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
My approach with clients who have different fitness levels is to design a program that is sustainable and not overwhelming. It’s important to create something they will stick to. Along the way, I work with them on building new habits and creating a healthier lifestyle that will last even after my coaching is completed.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
The 3 pillars of my training are as follows:

  • Macro-based anti-aging holistic nutrition.
  • Weight training.
  • Subconscious reprogramming through hypnosis and meditation.

I will be adding a 4th pillar to this which will be blood work analysis after I finish my certification on this subject.

Training Plan:
Periodized training split focusing on strength & conditioning, fat loss and hypertrophy.

Nutritional Plan:
Macro-based holistic nutrition focuses on food that supports hormonal balance.

Supplement Plan:
Varies based on individual needs

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?
All natural only. My coaching focuses on a holistic approach that supports longevity rather than quick fixes. We aim to avoid potential harm from artificial sweeteners and food colouring on the female hormonal system, which may include disruption of endocrine function and hormone imbalance. This is especially important for women in their 40s and above.

Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health significantly influences overall well-being, including physical health, emotional resilience, and general quality of life. That’s why I incorporate daily meditation and sleep hypnosis into the training regimens I provide to my clients, resulting in remarkable outcomes. Over four months, I’ve witnessed clients transform their lives and overcome mental barriers to increased awareness.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What do you believe are the most significant trends or developments shaping the fitness industry today, and how do you see these trends evolving in the future?

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 incredibly excited for the opportunity to be part of the Status Fitness Magazine family and potentially be featured on the cover. It’s a dream come true to be recognized and to have the chance to showcase my passion for fitness on such a large platform as the Arnold Classic.

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 career goal as a fitness coach is to continue growing the Shredded Mama brand and to build a strong community of mothers who are committed to embracing fitness and wellness as a lifestyle. I aim to empower these women to take charge of their health and transform their lives for themselves and their future generations.

To achieve this, I plan to expand my reach through various platforms, including social media, online courses, and in-person workshops. Additionally, I will continue to educate myself, stay updated on the latest fitness trends and research, and collaborate with other professionals in the field to provide the best possible guidance and support to my community.

What does the future hold? 
What the future holds for me is the first-place trophy in bodybuilding. With two shows planned for this year, I am fully committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is summarized in Napoleon Hill’s quote: “Your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind.” I’ve realized that while many people wish for things, only a few take action. Letting go of my own limiting beliefs has been transformative for me. I’ve found that setting clear goals, planning how to achieve them, maintaining consistency, adapting along the way, and tuning out negativity are essential steps in manifesting dreams. This process also involved removing negative influences from my life and surrounding myself with individuals who share similar values.

What does success look like for you?
Success, for me, is the ability to achieve my goals, whatever they may be while maintaining harmony in my life and with those around me.

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Photos By: Brandon David

Age:
57

City:
Edmonton

Can you please tell us about yourself?
I was born in Timmins Ontario and grew up in Fort McMurray. I pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in fashion design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The fashion design program was discontinued during my third year at which point I decided to withdraw from the program and travel to Australia, Asia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong for a year. Upon my return, I pursued a career in retail fashion. Soon after, I met my future husband at a gym we both had a membership to.

Our first daughter was born in 1997 and our second daughter in 1999. I left my retail fashion management position to stay at home with my daughters until they started school. During this time, my mother had passed on one of her older film cameras, I enrolled in photography courses through continuing education at Grant MacEwan University and as a result; I discovered my passion. I was well on my way to establishing a career as a family and small wedding photographer when I was approached with an opportunity in residential real estate and as such, I obtained my Realtor’s license. Fast forward 12 years and after some soul searching, I knew I needed to return to my true passion for photography and newfound passion for fitness. In November 2019, I left real estate to start my full-time fitness photography business.

How did your journey start and photography in particular?
My photography journey began with my mother. As a published amateur nature and portrait photographer, her love for photography inspired me. My passion for weight training developed soon after I returned home from my travels and was centred on a desire to be fit and transform my physique. As a bikini athlete, I have competed at the 2014 Canadian Physique Alliance Muscle Beach show where I placed 5th and the 2019 WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) Pro/Am Show where I placed 2nd in Bikini Open, 1st Masters Bikini and 1st in Grand Masters Bikini. I am currently working with my coach Leo King toward a 2024 show.

What inspired you to specialize in fitness photography, and what do you enjoy most about capturing fitness and athletic moments?
My passion for transformation through weight training and creative portrait photography is a natural fit. I absolutely love assisting my clients by celebrating, documenting and showcasing their incredible determination and commitment to achieving their desired fitness goals.

Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?
My 6-month body transformation projects are my favourites. These clients are an inspiration for what can be accomplished through goal setting and commitment in a very short period of time. Of course, each client’s goal is the first step, but the result is achieved through aggressive changes in their daily habits and lifestyle.

What separates Status from other magazines?
Status Fitness Magazine is an established, credible and reliable source for the fitness community.

The fact is that Status is both a print and online magazine (most are only online). What does that mean to you to showcase your work?
The opportunity to be featured in Status Fitness Magazine would provide me with maximum exposure within the dedicated fitness community which in turn validates my commitment to my clients as a fitness photographer.

Your favourite quotes?

  • “Life begins outside your comfort zone”–Neale Donald Walsch
  • “What you think, you create. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you become.”–Buddha
  • “The body achieves what the mind believes”–Napoleon Hill
  • “Fall in love with the process and the results will come”–Eric Thomas
  • “Strive for progress. Not perfection” -?

Model testimonials:
I recently collaborated with Shari Love for a fitness photoshoot, while I was getting ready for a bodybuilding competition, and the experience was nothing short of amazing. Shari impressed me with her creativity, professionalism, and thorough approach to the day.

I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a photographer who combines expertise in the industry with a unique and personal touch to her style. I look forward to future collaborations! ~ Leo King 

I have done a few photo shoots with Shari and all I can say is she is ridiculously talented, professional, and kind. She always has the most amazing, unique ideas and is a delight to work with! She has made me look so glamorous and gorgeous and even more importantly, she makes you feel like a celebrity. I can’t say enough amazing things about Shari! She is a true gem. If you want to look your absolute best, you need to shoot with Shari! I can’t wait for the next photoshoot! ~ Juliet Powell Clark 

Working with Shari, was awesome, she was so helpful before my photoshoot helping me with outfits giving me awesome ideas, and helping with finding a hair and makeup artist. When I got there, she was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable and she got so many amazing photos; we ended up shooting longer just because she had time, she really takes her time and is always making sure I am good or need anything, and after the shoot, she got the photos to me fast and edited and submitted the ones I wanted for me. She goes above and beyond and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to do a photoshoot. ~ Rachel Latimer

I’ve worked with Shari several times and each experience has made me want to shoot with her again and again! She always helps out with the concept of the shoot with her creative ideas and captivates exactly what we plan on every time! She walks you through the poses and makes you feel very comfortable. Each shoot is very well thought out and well planned. I highly recommend working with Shari Love Photography. It’s a collaboration, and I can’t wait to work with Shari again! ~ Jessica Grudzinski

I am a Business Owner of TOSUM LTD a CSEP CPT. I have been a WNBF Bikini Pro since 2017 and have been competing since 2015. My coach is Ryan Sullivan. As a wife and mother of two elite little girls who are gymnasts. I have worked with Shari Love for a few sessions. One with me modelling for Nominou Designs and one other shoot for my business TOSUM LTD. Shari is absolutely brilliant and adore her when it comes to her fitness photography. She goes above and beyond! She has a heart of gold and is super grateful for her talent and hard work. She definitely knows my angles!! I had so much fun working with her and felt so taken care of throughout the entire shoot each time together. I look forward to working with her on some more projects in the future!! Thank you so much, Shari!! You deserve all of this!! ~ Charlene Muskego

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