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Age:
25

City, State/Province:
Aurora, Ontario

Occupation:
Fitness professional

In your opinion is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
In my opinion, weight loss is more of a health issue. There are many individuals who could “weigh” more or less but are extremely fit based on body composition. The number on the scale is just that – it can’t measure how many pushups or pull-ups someone can do.

In my opinion, the number on the scale should not determine how “fit” you are but rather, it should be just another factor to consider when looking at your overall health. In terms of health, if body composition is poor in addition to being heavyweight, then that would be a health issue. We can run into more serious concerns than our leggings or pants not fitting ideally, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fatty organs, etc.

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

  • Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

I would apply them 50-50 simply because you need to pay equal attention to both! Sure, you can have an amazing fitness level but other areas of your “health” could be suffering, such as nutrition, sleep, and mental/emotional health. In order to be healthy and fit, you have to be focusing on more than just working out – you need to be exercising your body, mind and spirit (as “cheesy” as that may sound!).

You seem so passionate about fitness and movement. Please share the background that helps you move the way you do today
I absolutely love fitness! As a gymnast, my favourite part of the training was the conditioning portion! I have had a love for movement since age 5 and it’s been with me my entire life. I have a background in competitive gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading, and then in my adult years, I have moved into bodybuilding and callisthenics competitions. I love the way fitness and movement make you feel accomplished, and you can see your hard work paying off – not every day, but in the big picture, you are always working towards the best version of yourself.

On your IG page, you do a lot of amazing things. How much work goes into executing those moves in the video? As well they look so hard, are there many failures before success?
Oh my! Sometimes my videos can take me 10-15 minutes and other days they can take 1-2 hours! Creating content is something I consider “art”. I spend a good deal of time thinking about and executing the vision I have in mind that I wish to post. I have so much fun brainstorming ideas, and then when it comes to performing them, I am always genuinely happy (most of the time because sometimes, it felt like the vision was going to be impossible, and then I did it!).

What new doors has fitness opened up for you?
I am forever thankful for fitness and especially for social media! It has allowed me to meet like-minded individuals all around the world as “IG friends”, and also, eventually, as “real life” friends. Fitness has allowed me to be competitive with myself – always pushing myself to new limits and creating/accomplishing new performance ideas.

What have you learned that you would tell the 18-year old Taylor?
I would tell 18-year old Taylor to worry less about what people think. When I first started my account, which was around the age of 20, I didn’t tell people that I had made it. I was too nervous that people might think I’m foolish or that they would judge my content. I also used to be very timid in the gym, worrying about my form or if people thought I was in the way, etc. Now, as an adult and further along in my fitness career, I can assure you that nobody in the gym is focusing on you -they are all focused on themselves (as self-absorbed as that may sound). No matter what you do, someone will have an opinion, and it’s important to remind yourself that you don’t ever have to value their opinion.

Can you tell us about yourself and your fitness journey? What was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My fitness journey has been incredible! I went from doing bodyweight-banded workouts in a private studio where no one could see me to flipping the streets in whatever city I happen to be in and where I can be carefree!

Fitness has helped me gain more confidence in myself and has shaped me into a more responsible, patient, and dedicated individual and trainer. The biggest challenge I have faced with fitness has been the pandemic. I was the type of person who “needed” to leave the house to get pumped up for a workout; however, during the pandemic, that wasn’t possible. I overcame this challenge by changing my living room into a home gym. In my mind, I decided that this was my workout space and this is where I would focus. Not only was the pandemic challenging for me and my own training, but also for my business. I am extremely grateful that I was able to create a home gym because it has allowed me to take my business to the next level as I have all the means I need just in my home.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I think what makes my coaching unique is that I focus predominantly on fundamentals and breaking down a movement. I have different variations of the same drill, and that way, no matter what the client’s needs are, I will be able to help them understand the movement pattern. With callisthenics and inversions especially, it is so important to understand how your body moves in space, and not one way works for everyone. I think many people overcomplicate the fitness world when really, most movements can be broken down according to body weight. Correct form is everything to me. I would rather lift lighter and properly than try to go for a messy 1 rep max.

As a Personal Trainer, you offer 3 different platforms to support your clients: In-person, Zoom, Online program. Can you go into a bit of detail on the differences between each?
In-person and zoom are very similar as they are both considered 1:1. I am with the person for the entire hour providing feedback and am available to answer any question at the moment. Of course, with in-person, I’m able to spot or provide more tactile feedback. However, with zoom, my clients say I don’t miss anything!

Online programming is great for my clients who want to follow a program and to check-in. They don’t need in-person guidance as they are looking for more independent-style training. I am there for them to help answer any questions or concerns as they move through their monthly program on their own.

Trainer Philosophy:
Staying in tune with the basics and never stray from revisiting the basics if needed. Of course, also have fun with your training and creating variety, all the while staying consistent with your compound movements to complement overall strength.

Training Plan:
Training about 5-6 days a week – 3 lower body days, 2 upper body days, and a callisthenics training day.

Nutritional Plan:
Currently staying mindful and following the 80-20 rule.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I’m not a big supplement fan. Typically, I eat everything that I need to. On days when I need a little energy kick, I will go for an energy drink but those days are few and far between.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is extremely important as it directly impacts our daily life and how we operate. In Canada, I find it harder in the winter months with the weather being gloomier. Exercise helps me feel better on the tougher days, and I know it helps many others; however, there are some days when you just need to listen to your body and take a rest or a break from your day-to-day life. We all are programmed to “work – work – work”, and in reality, we need to care for ourselves first and that allows us to take care of others later.

Take us through a typical day in life for you?
Waking up in the morning early, training clients for 5-6 hours, then working out myself in the afternoon, training clients another 3-4 hours, finishing with some client check-ins or designing app/client programs, and then, last, wrapping up with some “chill” time which I can either spend with friends/family/myself.

What do you love most about helping people?
The best is to see someone accomplish something they once thought was impossible; to see someone reach their goal weight or to achieve their first pull-up is truly heart-warming. I love promoting healthy living and watching my clients set their goals and accomplish them is a wonderful thing.

How does your kinesiology degree help you now in your daily life routine?
I rely on it on a daily basis. My degree helps with training my clients as it allows me to provide a more science-based explanation if clients are looking for that, and also, I’ve been able to simplify kinesiology into laymen’s terms to enable clients to understand better. The in-depth knowledge I have of the human body allows me to create programs for clients to help them achieve their goals and to be able to have conversations so they have a better understanding of the “why” behind movements.

Besides fitness, what do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with family. It’s something I don’t get to always do with my busy schedule, so family time is very important to me. I love seeing my nieces and nephews growing up. If I can be a strong role model to them, that shall be my biggest achievement.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Their kind generosity and their ability to communicate to their athletes. Speaking on the phone with Status, you can tell they genuinely care about sharing someone else’s story and are fully supportive of the fitness industry. They are helping spread the word and educating those who read about fitness.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Since you’ve been able to come across so many talented and amazing athletes, what are one or two things that you’ve learned during this entire process? Has your outlook on fitness changed over the years as a result of so many different interviews?

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?
That is an extremely exciting opportunity and I shall be so grateful for the invite!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I’ve worked with a variety of coaches for gymnastics, cheer, dance, and bodybuilding. All the coaches that I’ve worked with have contributed to shaping me into the person I am today. They have encouraged me to learn how to push myself and when to rest when needed. I think everyone needs a coach at some point as we all fall into a “laziness” mode, and it’s helpful to have someone in your corner who is both supportive and understanding, yet strong enough to encourage you to restart your fitness goal.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?

  • Gymshark – which is my DREAM sponsor! I was so excited when I got the partnership. I love what they stand for and how they encompass all aspects of fitness. They are such a supportive and family-oriented brand, and those characteristics are very important to me.
  • Grenade – I loved Grenade bars prior to our partnership. To find a macro-friendly protein bar is not easy, and in addition, to find one that tastes so good is amazing! I love working with them because they’ve been a brand I have admired even before partnering. They are genuine, supportive and are ahead of the market when it comes to flavour.
  • Baseblocks– such a fun brand to work with! They make callisthenics equipment for the home and that was absolutely the best, especially during the pandemic! I love how supportive they are as a brand and how they are so innovative with their products. They sponsor one of my favourite athletes, “Simon”, and to be on the same team with one of the strongest athletes I’ve seen is truly an honour.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
Overall, my goal is to always have fun with what I’m doing. I always want to be creating the best version of myself. Having fun and pushing myself to new limits both in fitness and life is my main goal.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I was a toddler in China when my Canadian parents came to adopt me.
  • I started pre-school a year early in Canada.
  • My favourite colour is light blue.
  • When I first started working out, my pushup form was terrible.
  • One of my goals is to compete as a pro in bodybuilding.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my fitness career is that not everything is as it seems. This applies to when you see an exercise routine and assume it could be easy or hard, and then it turns out to be just the opposite when you try to do it. Not everything in the fitness industry is as authentic as it should be, so it’s important to debunk and find the truth and science behind the why of what’s being advocated.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Integrity, kindness, determination, fortitude, transparency, and loyalty.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
It would be anyone who is just starting their fitness journey! I love working out so much, and if I can help share that excitement and inspire someone to start along that path, that would be inspiring.

Who inspires you? And why?
My friends! I say this all the time, but truly, the people I surround myself with also motivate me to be the best version of myself I can be in the moment. Seeing them accomplish their goals also motivates me and makes me genuinely so happy to see the circle that I am in getting better every day.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Be patient and never convince yourself it will be easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Fitness journeys are different for every person and whatever your favourite fitness icon has done, might not work for you. Focus on yourself, be patient, and don’t quit!

What does success look like for you?
Success to me used to look like making money. If I were making money, I thought it meant that I would be considered successful, not only to myself but to others, too. Now, as I’m older, I realize success means so much more. It means you have the freedom to conduct your life the way you wish to. You have the ability to say “no”,  which can be scary for many people. Too many of us are “yes-men” type people when it comes to business; however, saying “no” sometimes can be the wisest thing you can do for your business. To be successful, you have to balance everything you want out of life – for me, that is. Last, success means financial stability, quality time with friends and family, and time for myself to decompress.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
“Whether you think you can or you can’t do it, you’re right”. This quote, when I first read it, didn’t make sense to me and I had to ask one of my clients what it meant exactly. This quote truly states the power that the mind has, and that if we aren’t practising its wisdom every day in a positive way, then the mind has the power to bring us down if we let it.

Connect with Taylor: IG 
Photos By: DIGITAL DUMPLING

Growing up in a small rural town, sports were everything to me, especially football. I started working out with the hope that it would help me become a better football player. However, soon after high school was over, I realized that my football career was also over. I found myself sticking to my routine and regularly went to the gym during my first year of college. I remember specifically that my brother, one of my closest friends and supporters, and I searched Bodybuilding.com for workouts. We discovered a workout plan by Cory Gregory called “Get Swole” and it quickly became our favourite. I remember having a moment where it felt like I had found my calling. After that day, there was no turning back and I was hooked. Hooked on working out AND the joy that came with setting a goal, achieving it and creating a new one. I went through workout plan after workout plan, learning everything I could about fitness, nutrition, and supplementation. I started watching Steve Cook, Christian Guzman, and various other fitness influencers on YouTube, as well. I suppose you could say I was obsessed. I loved everything about the fitness lifestyle and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was noticing a lot of progress with my own physique and had added over 20 lbs of muscle to my body. I was addicted to the way the gym made me feel and I knew I had found my passion and purpose. Later that year, I declared my major as Exercise, Sport, and Health Education with a specialization in Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning. I wanted to continue learning as much as I could and become a Personal Trainer. I knew I could show other people that they could also have the physique they always dreamed of. I started a fitness Instagram account and people started to follow along my journey. I had a vision for what I wanted to be and I refused to stop until I reached it. My page grew continuously and I ended up landing my first major sponsorship with EVL Nutrition, which showed me a side of fitness that I had yet to be a part of yet. I decided to take my own fitness to the next level and compete in a Natural Bodybuilding show, where I won all 4 classes that I competed in. I was awarded my ANBF Men’s Physique Pro Card. I remember the gruelling 12 weeks of prep and everything I learned during it, but it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. That fueled my passion for fitness even more. I graduated college with my Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education with a Specialization in Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning. I became a certified Personal Trainer through ACE and later became an ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist. I have further refined my abilities with Coaches Education and Lifting Certification through Totten Training Systems and becoming an ACE Sports Performance Specialist. I have competed in three other body-building shows and brought home 6 first-place trophies, along with the overall title at the NPC Virginia Natural. To this day, I have over 6 years of experience working in the fitness industry. I have coached two clients to their Men’s Physique Pro cards and helped hundreds of people take their fitness to a level they never thought possible. Completely changing their lives also changed mine, which is why I remain dedicated to my client’s success.

Today, I reside in New York City and I’m the Founder and CEO of Blake Holman Fitness where I have the privilege of training some of the world’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and high performers. My signature workouts are based on the principles of strength training, empowering my clients and producing massive results.

I have also had the pleasure of working with some of the top companies around the globe including Bodybuilding.com, C4 Energy, EVL Sports, MyProtein, BodyArmor, VADE Nutrition, and many more. In doing so, I’ve been able to travel across the country to fitness expos and have created an extensive network across the entire industry. I have also built my Instagram account to a community of over 130,000 followers where I share motivational content, fitness tips, and much more.

I have been featured in Muscle and Fitness, New York Weekly, AskMen, The American Reporter, Medium, and The Los Angeles Wire.

Age:
28

City, State/Province:
New York, New York

Country:
United States

Occupation:
Private & Virtual Trainer

In your opinion, weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
I think it’s more of a health issue. Being even slightly overweight can increase the risk of disease and cancer.

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

  • Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
As a personal trainer, I think it’s very important to incorporate different types of workouts/exercises/variations in your program, but ultimately it depends on your goals. Personally, I tend to focus more on weight training and bodybuilding to best support my overall fitness goals. However, I love a challenge and want to be the best I can be, physically

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey? The biggest challenge I have faced on my fitness journey was the pandemic. It was the first time I wasn’t able to go to the gym and it drastically impacted my life. I lost over 15 lbs of muscle and achieved a body fat percentage that was higher than one I’ve ever had. This also had me at one of the lowest points of my life, but I didn’t give up. I had very limited weights and a pull-up bar at home and did the best I could to keep pushing. Although this has been a difficult time for everyone, I feel like I came out a stronger person.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
As mentioned above, my workouts are based on the principles of strength training. I utilize the 7 fundamental movement patterns to build strength, keep clients functional, and empower.

Training Plan:
My current training plan consists of a 5-day split.

Day 1: Push Day (Chest, Shoulders, Triceps)

Day 2: Pull Day (Back, Biceps)

Day 3: Legs (Quad Focused)

Day 4: Upper Body (Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms)

Day 5: Legs (Hamstring Focused)

Nutritional Plan:
I am currently in a long off-season and haven’t had a return to the bodybuilding stage date yet so my nutrition has been more lenient than usual as I am not tracking macros. However, I still eat very healthy and always incorporate balance in my diet as I teach my clients the same. An example of a normal day:

Breakfast: 4 eggs, 1 cup of mixed berries

Lunch: 8 ounces ground beef, 1 cup of jasmine rice

Dinner: Chicken breast and mixed vegetables

Snacks: Granola, Protein Bar, Greek Yogurt & Granola

Post Workout: Protein Shake and banana

I always have a free meal (cheat meal) every week and always get whatever I have been craving throughout the week! (pizza, burger, etc.)

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 currently take supplements that are “all natural, but I do make sure the supplements I take and recommend are clean and are from a reputable company.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is extremely important and something has been at the forefront of headlines over the last few years. Mental health affects your overall well-being and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Men’s mental health has been a trending topic and something that I would like to get more involved in.

Take us through a typical day in life for you?
A typical day in life starts with grabbing coffee/energy drink and journaling. After that, I will read a chapter in a book and then write down my goals for the day. I then start tackling work, work out in the afternoon, my fiancée and I walk my two dogs at the park and then finish the day by spending time with friends. Most of my weekends are spent recovering/goal setting. I’ve found that when I build in time to prepare mentally for my week ahead I’m happier and more successful.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I have followed Status Fitness Magazine for years and have always loved the informative articles, interviews, and amazing content!

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What has been your most influential habit that contributed to your success?

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 had no idea I would be receiving an invitation to join the model search. I am extremely excited and very grateful! I’ve always wanted to represent Status Magazine and this opportunity means a lot to me.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
If it wasn’t for my first coach, Zane Perkins pushing me to do my first bodybuilding show I am not sure I would be in the position I am in today. He has had a monumental impact on my life and I can’t thank him enough for the knowledge, push, and role model he was for me early on in the fitness space.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
I collaborate with many brands but only work with brands that align with me and my goals. I don’t currently have any sponsorships but do have some in the works.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My goals for fitness and life are to change as many lives as possible through fitness and through my mantra and favourite quote “Better Every day”. I want to build my business to a point of training some of the most influential people in the world and be known as one of the best trainers around the globe. I have always dreamed of becoming an IFBB Pro and being on the cover of a magazine someday.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • From a very small town named Wytheville, Virginia
  • I am an introvert!
  • I enjoy a glass of wine or whiskey.
  • I have two small dogs Oliver (Maltipoo) and Otis (Toy Poodle).
  • I get my haircut every 2 weeks on the dot. Shoutout to my barber Arthur for keeping my fade on point!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is nothing in life worth having comes easy. The most rewarding things I’ve accomplished and been able to do have been after some of the toughest times.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Work ethic, character, trust, ambition, and compassion.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I would want to inspire someone that wants more out of life. Someone who might be from a small town but has big dreams to be somebody and to be able to help others.

Who inspires you? And why?
Ryan Serhant is a big inspiration of mine. I’ve read his book and listen to his podcast often. I’ve learned a lot from him about the business world that I’ve been able to put into my own business. He’s a huge inspiration for me because of his hard work ethic and “never give up, gets shit done” type of attitude.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Don’t give up. Even on the hard days when you want to eat a cupcake.

What does success look like for you?
Success to me is living life on my own terms while doing what I love.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
Better every day.

Connect with Blake: IG | Website | FB
Photos By: Michael Speed

I usually say I went from skinny as a kid, to teenage chubby, to celiac skinny, CrossFit fit, Olympic weightlifting bulky and now I’m competing in Bikini fitness so sticking to that.

I was very active as a kid growing up, living on a farm and playing soccer. When I got up in my teenage years, I stopped and had a break for a couple of years before I started to run and slowly get into weightlifting at the gym. It was when I was around 18 years old and I fell in love with it. I did a combination of traditional weightlifting and CrossFit for a couple of years, which helped me get through my celiac and Lyme disease diagnosis. When I was 23, I got into Crossfit and did that full-time for a couple of years and I loved it but fell in love with Olympic-style weightlifting even more so I transitioned over in order to focus on that and try to get really strong. I competed for a few years until I got a movie job as Mackenzie Davis trainer for the Terminator movie, transforming her into Grace. After that, I wanted to do my own transformation and that is when I got into bodybuilding, 2019, and won my first Bikini Fitness competition and I have been in love with the sport ever since then.

Age:
30

City, State/Province:
Los Angeles, CA

Country:
USA

Occupation:
Celebrity trainer and online fitness coach.

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue, and why?
It’s a combination of both in order to lose weight, it starts with your health but you need to be active, and move your body in order to be successful but doing so can also help you become healthier. For a successful weight loss journey, you need to make sure to look at all the aspects such as daily movement, nutrition, water, stress, sleep, gut health, inflammation, etc.

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: 25
  • Health level: 75
Photo By: Perra

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, Bodybuilding, others?
Personally, I’m all for bodybuilding/weightlifting and strengthening your body and adding muscle mass. Having more muscles increases your energy expenditure. All different modalities have their time and place and it all depends on the person’s preference. I’ve found what works best for me, my goals and my body is bodybuilding in combination with steady-state cardio. I can build the most amount of muscle while feeling good and not feel burnt out or run down. I should probably do more yoga as well because it has positive benefits.

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
It started when I realized how powerful and important movement was for me. I was in a mentally abusive relationship and started to go out on runs which really helped me to clear my head and think straight. It helped me to stay strong and get out of the relationship. The biggest challenge was the year I walked around with undiagnosed Lyme disease. I wanted to work out but my body was so tired at times so the only thing I could do was to get out on slow walks. Luckily I did get out on those slow walks and that is what really saved me and made me feel better.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I look at each client as a separate and unique individual, I always make sure to adapt to them because we are all unique individuals with different needs, wants, and life. My method is based on starting them at the level they are at and building from there. I look at all the aspects in order to create a plan for them, health, fitness levels, and lifestyle. It is important to know where they are right now health and fitness-wise but also so important to take into consideration what their day-to-day life looks like, with stress, family, work, etc.

I’m in the process of building a GritList which will consist of each client’s most important tasks for the day. The key aspects I use in my coaching are – Daily movement, Nutrition tracking or portion control and protein intake, Water intake, Sleep, Mindset, Breathing, and stress management.

Trainer Philosophy:
You only have ONE you, you only have ONE life, so make sure to live your life to the fullest in a body you absolutely love and feel confident in!

Photo By: Perra

Training Plan:
My training plan is specific to me and my goal to become a professional bikini fitness athlete. I do 5 days per week and upper/lower body split, 3 days of the lower body with a focus on glutes, and 2 days with the upper body, focusing on building shoulders.

Nutritional Plan:
I follow a flexible dieting approach so I have macros to follow, I do a pretty high carb diet, moderate fats, and high enough protein to add and sustain my muscle mass.

Supplement Plan:
I always take multivitamins, Vitamin D+K, Magnesium, Zinc, and Ashwagandha.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I try my best to stick to all-natural but I do use sweeteners etc in order to be able to stick to the plan and not have too many cravings.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is extremely important and it is an issue all over the world and even more in today’s society when we compare ourselves so much with each other. I fall for that too. What I do know is that moving my body really helps me and there is also a lot of studies out there showing how important it is, just walking outside has a huge positive impact on how you feel and your mental health. We have a scientist in Sweden who has written a book on this subject.

Take us through a typical day in the life for you?
I usually wake up around 4 am and my morning routine is to have a big glass of water, I do some core exercises in order to strengthen my abdominal muscles but it also helps my digestive system to stay healthy. I get to the gym by 5 am, I love to get the workout in early in the morning because it gives me so much energy. After that, I either train a couple of in-person clients or work online, creating programs, nutrition plans, answering client questions, etc.

The work online is what I do the rest of my day, such as mentioned above, posting on Instagram, making podcasts, and FB group posts in order to educate and give value to help people. In between, I have my meals which are usually breakfast, lunch, second lunch, and dinner. I make sure to get out on at least one walk outside but sometimes I do two, one before lunch and one before dinner. I find it really beneficial for my mental health and productivity. I also practice my posing and connect with friends and family. Connecting with loved ones daily is important to me. I try to shut off work after dinner and my evening routine is to plan the next day, I usually have 5 major tasks I want to get done, reflect on the day, what I did well and what I can improve. I go to bed really early, between 8 and 9 pm in order to get my 7 or 8 hours of sleep.

Photo By: Johnathon Michael

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
The magazine focuses a lot on all the important health and fitness aspects and brings their readers the real picture which I really like because it is so important. I also love that they focus on bodybuilding which personally is my favorite sport.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is one daily habit you wish you would have started earlier?

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 extremely excited and happy about this opportunity. It has always been a dream of mine to be a fitness model in order to inspire other girls growing up in a small town in a different country that you can do what you set your mind to.

Believe in order to achieve! Helping people has always been my main driver in life and helping girls to believe in themselves and believe that everything they dream of is possible, nothing is impossible. I feel really honored and lucky about this special opportunity.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I have had different coaches over the years and they have all had a huge impact on me and taught me so much. They have shaped the person I am today, gotten me stronger physically and mentally.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My goal for fitness and life is to be the healthiest and best version of myself so I can help and inspire as many people as possible around me. I also want to win my pro card and compete on a professional level.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I have always had this voice in my head telling me to push harder, do more, and do better.
  • I overthink and overanalyze things.
  • I have the most supportive parents in the world.
  • I have three certificates from UCLA extension in Fitness & nutrition, Real Estate, and Business Entertainment.
  • I was hit by a car when biking in LA (Not the most bike-friendly city)
Photo By: Perra

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
There are no secrets or shortcuts to success, it’s hard work, dedication, and discipline.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Loyalty, Kindness, Discipline, Patience, Communication.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
The person who wants to get started but doesn’t know where or how, who is intimidated by the gym and feels confused about everything they read about fitness and fad diets. That was me before getting started because it is a really confusing industry with lots of opinions, different modalities, and ways to do things. So I always want to inspire people to get started.

Who inspires you? And why?
Arnold Schwarzenegger – because of his bodybuilding background of course but also because he is such an amazing and inspiring person with such a big heart. He really wants to help and is helping so many people out there.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Just start with one thing that you can change today and stick to that one thing for the next 90 days and make it a habit. When it is a habit and you are ready, add in the next one and do the same. I always try to have 5 things that I do until they are a habit, when one thing becomes a habit I add in a new thing.

What does success look like for you?
Being the very best and healthiest version of myself so I can show up every day to inspire, motivate and help as many people around me as possible.

What is your favorite quote to live by?
Believe in yourself (I have a tattoo saying that on my ribcage that I got in NYC 2012)

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Cover Photo By: Johnathon Michael

I am a 30-year-old woman who moved to the US when I was 8 years old with my little family to create a better life for myself. As a kid, I loved the stage and anything having to do with performing and being in front of an audience. Moving to the United States discouraged those childhood aspirations because as an immigrant you are told that your sole focus should be school. I went to college for Architecture and got a Masters in that field. However, as an undergrad, I gained a lot of weight, and I began my fitness journey during grad school. Making a body transformation changed my life, and over the years it made me develop a newfound passion for health and fitness. It only took a few years to realize that Architecture wasn’t something that brought me joy and that changing other people’s lives through health and fitness was a much more rewarding life for me. I recently opened a private 1 on 1 Personal Training Gym this past January and absolutely love the life I have created for myself.

Age:
30 years old.

City, State/Province:
I live in Houston, Texas. In the United States of America.

Country:
USA

Occupation?
Gym Owner/ Personal Trainer.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I think weight loss isn’t necessarily an “issue”. Weight loss is a goal that one can set for themselves if they aim to live a healthier life. You can attain this goal without necessarily being “fit” and just adjusting your nutrition. However, having a healthy of both is ideal in any scenario.

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: 25%
  • Health level: 75%

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT is my preferred type of cardio when I am in a rush and need to get somewhere on time. I incorporate HIT in my client’s workouts so that I make sure their stamina is on track. I don’t personally have any experience with powerlifting, but have respect for people who do. I love TRX training and use it on my clients. Not the biggest fan of Yoga, but I know for several of my clients it can be very relaxing and good for their joints. I’ve been bodybuilding for almost 2 years now and have fallen deeply in love with the sport itself and the incredible life and journey it has brought to my life. It has provided an outlet for my discipline, dedication, and my business goals.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I think I am different in that I insist on training the mind before the body. Sitting down and having a personal conversation with someone before touching a single piece of equipment is vital to building a relationship with a client and a mindset that will help them embark on this new journey of theirs. I primarily work with supersets and circuits, depending on the stamina and needs of the client. One thing for sure about me is that you will never do the same workout over again. I try to find creative ways to work the same body parts every session.

Trainer Philosophy:
Like I mentioned above, “Train the Mind, and the Body will Follow” is something I hold very high in my techniques.

Training Plan:
I train 6xs a week in the gym, weights and cardio. My split pretty much stays the same every week, 3 leg & glute days, 1 full shoulder day, 1 shoulder/back day, and 1 shoulder/arms day.

Nutritional Plan:
I am pretty much on a maintenance macronutrient plan at the moment, until I get on a coached offseason next month. My goal is to grow all around before I step on a stage again.Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I think “all-natural” supplement labels can be deceiving. Of course, I recommend taking as low sugar as possible for anything, but I don’t particularly have anything against artificial flavours or sweeteners.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
From what I can see is that this magazine really wants to highlight actual people and not just pretty photo-shopped pictures on the internet. They care about the person behind the pictures.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I only have one competition prep coach, and he has always spoken life to me. He never questions whether we can achieve something or not, he just writes the plan, expects that I follow it, and that’s it. No sugar coating, and no doubt that we will be ready for game time because the work should have already been done.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What was your reasoning behind a fitness magazine out of all the things that the industry has to offer?

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 honest to God had no idea this was even a possibility, and that is very exciting indeed. Exposure as a business owner means the world to me!

Future fitness goals and plans?
I plan to compete in my 2nd NPC Bikini competition late next year and win an overall show so that I can qualify for a National show.

Life goal?
To be honest, I have plenty of those. But overall, I want to make an impact in my community in terms of health and fitness. I come from a culture that has 0 focus on health, and that has been impacting our families for generations.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I am pretty open about myself, so I don’t know if they already know these things, but I can dance and sing pretty well because of my childhood endeavours.
  • I am a great volleyball player and can jump serve pretty damn good.
  • I am a black belt in Karate.
  • I have scoliosis which leads me to lift lighter than my full potential because of preventative measures.
  • I have a younger brother who was born on my birthday!

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Failing at anything can create more opportunities than you may think.
  • Not everyone will want the best for you, and that is just life.
  • Starting a business may not be the easiest thing to do in life, but it will be the most rewarding.
  • Working hard and overtime for your dreams is a million times better than overworking yourself to achieve someone else’s dreams.
  • A fitness journey is more mental than it is physical.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Work ethic, Honesty, Humility, Strong communication skills, and Compassion.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
100% myself. I used to have other women in the fitness world as my phone lock screen and aspire to BE them. Little did I know that my best self will always be and should always be my inspiration? I had to believe that first in order to inspire others.

Who inspires you? And why?
My father. He is the most selfless, humble, caring and hardworking person I know. I am the most like him out of my family and I aspire to be half the person that he is.

Favourite quotes?
I have a ton, but “Fall down 9, Get up 10” is my way to summarize how relentless I am about my goals, so that became the Motto for my business.

Connect with Itzel: IG | Website
Photos By: James Allen | Thai Le

I have a reputation for being way too fun, spreading confidence, and empowering others to feel their best! I truly love encouraging others to see and feel the best in themselves. And I know first-hand how challenging it can be to love yourself the same as you love others. Our experiences mould and shape who we are and who we’re continuing to become, and THAT’S the journey that’s so darn uplifting to me. I was active in cheerleading, cross country, track & field and earned a brown belt in Taekwondo throughout grade school. I grew up in an active community and my family was a big part of it. My parents and two older brothers enjoyed an active lifestyle and we were well nourished by Mom’s homemade cooking! By 20 years old, I was a certified group instructor and continued my education and experience to lead me to today; working within my passion as Owner and Coach at For the Love of Sweat Fitness & Activewear.

Age:
36

City, State/Province:
Somerville NJ

Country:
USA

Occupation
Lifestyle Coach &Zyia Active Representative

Photo By: Erik Renninger

In your opinion weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
Weight loss doesn’t have to be either or… fitness and health work together to build the best you. I think reaching a weight loss goal or a “health goal” in general means you’ve gained, maybe even mastered, many skills. Yes SKILLS, which to me means you’ve built and created better LIFESTYLE HABITS. Adjusting and practising as you continue living life to the fullest.

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: 100
  • Health level: 100

I’d want it all! It’s truly helpful to have an awareness of the differences and connections between health and fitness and understanding aspects of both. I personally love to promote overall well-being and mental health importance through physical fitness and nutrition.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I’m a bodybuilder by heart – as you can see – but I enjoy variety in training. Whatever style of training I choose, it’s a time to experiment and see all that my body and mind can accomplish. It’s a lot of fun!

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you’ve faced on your journey?
I remember reading anything and everything that had to do with fitness and bodybuilding competitions in the early 90s – my teenage years! Following icons: Jenny Lynn, Jen Hendershott, Monica Brant, Elaine Goodlad, Adela Garcia, and Nicole Wilkins. Classic figure made my heartthrob. I feel like bodybuilding is in my blood really. And there are so many joys yet so many challenges that you encounter throughout life’s journey. That’s what my fitness journey is to me, my life’s journey because it’s so much more than muscles and sweat. For the love of sweat! One of my biggest challenges is self-sabotage. So self-reflection is huge to me – recognizing where you are and what you need to be happy, successful and fulfilled. Not beating yourself up with weaknesses and self-doubt. It seems unlikely that anyone would intentionally sabotage themselves, yet they do, and I have many times. I practice self-compassion and healing methods regularly.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I like to dig deep. With your permission, of course. My methods are practice-based meaning there’s no shortcuts or all-or-nothing approaches, rather daily doable decisions. So if you’re working with me then you’re becoming more aware and more powerful in your brain AND body.

Trainer Philosophy:
I’m faith-filled, relatable, and compassionate. I’ve been blessed to inspire others with healthier opportunities through mastering myself.

Training Plan:
Details depend on the phase I’m in, but I love to focus on the feeling of every movement in each exercise. I like to strength train at least 5 days per week, whether in season or not, but my split will vary. I like incorporating compound movements toward the beginning of my workouts then tapering into intensity techniques to really wring it out; nice and sweaty!

Nutritional Plan:
Details depend on the phase I’m in, but health is first!

Supplement Plan:
Protein powder, creatine, multi-vitamin, Vitamin D, ice cream… only the staples for longevity.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I like all natty as much as possible because I perform better, and also feel better mentally knowing I’m consuming the best for me.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
It’s complex like our brains and our bodies. So I think that limiting nutritional deficiencies may boost mental health. Feeding our brains with knowledge and nutrients is the ultimate superfood.

Take us through a typical day in life for you? 
Well, my typical day lately begins with a spiritual podcast or video I can listen in and set the tone for the day, followed by something educational and inspiring. I’m either doing cardio while listening or making my first meal. I have my best productivity and focus between 8-2 pm so I try to prioritize my online workday accordingly. Depending on the day, I meet with hybrid client’s morning and evening and teach a couple of fitness classes a week. Owning 2 online businesses gives me the freedom to make my own hours, but man is it so important to prioritize your time!! I fill in the gaps with training, cooking, eating, studying, time with my dogs, friends, family, and the responsibilities of living my happiest lifestyle.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
SFM has great content for any person, bodybuilding or not, at any level of fitness or stage in their lives. It screams GOAL GETTER!

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Would you help me build and promote natural bodybuilding to the STATUS it so much deserves?

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?
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! And the back one!! Can you hear me screaming that with a smile!? An opportunity to showcase my gifts, inspire others, and promote natural bodybuilding at the same time is an honour with SFM.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
Coach Barakat is superhuman in every way. Over the years together we’ve built an undeniable bond both in and out of competing; we are a chosen family and I’m so grateful for our relationship.

Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
LiveScience Supplements and Eat Clean Bro meal service. Both sponsors are fueled by providing individuals with the most natural ingredients and products out there. I’m so happy to represent companies that stick to their core values in natural ingredients and passion for healthy living.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
WNBF World Figure Champion 2021 is the ultimate goal this year. I want to set the standard for our natty figure athletes and be the legacy; live up to it and keep setting the bar higher for as long I can – God willing. Longevity is my life’s goal. Personal development and improvement in all areas of life are what’s on my mind when I wake up every day. Life can be a little less stressful if you handle it with better strength and deeper meaning. You set goals, and then achieve them… on repeat!

5 things people don’t know about you? 

  • I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian – love animals!
  • I love horses and want a farm in my future
  • I’m a total ambivert which comes as a surprise to most people
  • I could spend all day in the sunshine (protected of course)
  • I suffer from a form of psoriasis

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Get out of your own way.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Sense of humour, Authenticity, Integrity, Creativity, Driven.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I’d want to inspire the person who has little faith in themselves. Who questions their gifts or potential but knows deep inside what they’re capable of. Your faith will carry you to and through!!

Who inspires you? And why?
Gosh, a question with a loaded answer! I’m inspired by so many real and these people know it because I express it. I also know how many people I’ve yet to meet in this life and the inspiration is limitless.

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Think of it as a long road trip. You will have to stop for food and bathroom breaks, you will probably experience some traffic jams and detours. So mentally preparing yourself for revisions and some rebooting will help you stay the course and achieve your true goals.

What does success look like for you?
Success is knowing that my life is filled with abundance; love of family, friends, having fun, challenging myself, serving others, and overcoming fears. There’s no right or wrong way to define success you know… but I know it means self-respect to me.

What is your favourite quote to live by?
I have two that have stuck with me for years and I do not recall the origin… “Love never ceases or diminishes, it’s always within you.” I have a tattoo that represents this.  And “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” That’s been on my email signature since day 1.

Connect with Shannon: IG | Website
Photos By: Erik Renninger | Tommy Von Spreckelsen

Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Funk Roberts to the Status team

By Status Fitness Magazine
November 4, 2021

Toronto – Status Fitness Magazine has signed Funk Roberts to join the Status editorial team. Funk’s dedicated mission is to help over one million men in their 40s,50s, 60s and beyond to regain their manhood, boost testosterone, build their best body and live a healthy happy and productive life. Funk will have his own expect column in Status where will share his health and fitness insights.

Funk Roberts shares his thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
This means the world to me, because Rodney Jang and the team have provided me with a platform to spread results-driven fitness information, workouts, and expertise that I have enables to change millions of lives around the world.  Having my own Expert column is nothing but amazing and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity…Thank you, Rodney and Status Fitness Magazine for everything you do.

I LOVE Status Magazine and for over 10 years, I’ve always wanted to contribute to the magazine, and I am now both honoured and elated with this opportunity.

Funk Roberts shares his plan on bringing to the team and audience.
I am excited to share my knowledge in metabolic training, strength & conditioning, nutrition, kettlebell training, testosterone optimization and health and fitness for men over 40.  I’ve helped millions of men, women and high-level athletes change their lives and I cannot wait to help readers of the magazine improve their health and fitness.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Funk
Funk is an incredible fitness mind who leads by example.  His MMA and circuit training experience is a huge benefit to anyone, especially middle-aged men. We are ecstatic to have Funk on our editorial team.

About Funk Roberts
Funk Roberts is a former Professional Beach and Indoor Volleyball Player and has fought professional Muay Thai in Thailand and knows how to train at the highest level. Funk is also a Certified Master Metabolic Trainer, Certified MMA Conditioning Coach (MMACA) NESTA, Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, Core Conditioning Specialist- NESTA, Kettlebell Training Specialist, Pain-Free Performance Specialist and Mindset Coach.

Funk Roberts is known around the fitness industry and world as the guy who helps MEN over 40 get into the best shape of their lives. With over 20 years of experience he has helped over 1 million fitness enthusiasts, combat fighters, trainers and coaches reach their fitness goals and improve athletic performance through his over 100 online metabolic workout programs.

Learn more about Funk: IG | FB | Website | Status Featured Interview

About Status Fitness Magazine
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favourite since it hit newsstands in 2006. Known for industry-changing covers, Status has featured the likes of George St. Pierre, Brock Lesner, Vernon Davis, Cass Martin, Ashley Kaltwasser among others. Geared to everyone from the general health and weight loss person to the extreme 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:
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SUCCESS TRANSFORMATION STORY – JAMES HANTON’S GOT EM FIT PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS ANTHONY MARALDO!

I was born and raised in NYC. I worked for the NYC Board of Ed from November 1979 to September 1994. I left the Bd. of Ed as an Associate School Food Service Supervisor to relocate to KC Area. I was in charge of overseeing 32 schools in lower Manhattan.  Responsibilities included overseeing food sanitation, inventory control, supervising eight managers, meeting with principals, PTA members and students. This was done to increase student participation in the Food Service Program.  Relocated to Kansas and worked for the United States Postal Service for 23 years in a variety of different crafts. Retired, May 31, 2020. In my spare time I enjoy playing records, biking, running, travelling and socializing with family and friends.

Age: 63

City: Lenexa

Relationship Status: Married

Occupation: Retired

Fitness Category: Transformation

Transformation Story:
On April 26, 2016, I made a life-altering decision to change my entire lifestyle.  I stopped drinking alcohol and have remained sober since.  I started working out with James Hanton three times per week to increase my muscle mass, grow stronger and get lean.  In addition, I attended half-hour group sessions twice a day, five times per week. I was also introduced to OCR’s, (Obstacle Course Races), which have greatly improved my confidence, cardiac endurance and taught me team camaraderie.  My eating habits changed dramatically. I followed a meal plan provided by James, with recorded macros and goals to attain on a daily basis.  The plan consisted of six small meals throughout the course of the day with a total number of calories per meal. Within six months I lost 60 pounds and 22% body fat.

In your opinion, weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue, and why?
Weight loss and fitness go hand in hand.  Losing weight decreases your chances for a variety of diseases later in life.  Examples would be heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint diseases and even cancer.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness in life?
To make attainable goals and stick with them.  Examples:  Workout 3-5 times a week and eat very healthy 80% or more of the time for life.

I had the privilege of speaking with Anthony and James on a Zoom call. I was so impressed with his commitment, determination and perseverance it became clear to me how he turned his life around. Superman has nothing on him… Anthony is an inspirational Super Hero.

What does your coach James mean to you?
James is my mentor, my trainer, my inspiration and he is the reason I am where I am today. He has shown me through hard work, dedication and determination, that all goals are attainable.

What’s it like being part of the “Got Em Fit” family? What impact does a positive community have on your life?
This gym is like no other I’ve seen.  My team members are supportive and we all help out one another.  There is no jealousy, only praise.  Having this positive community, makes you want to push forward and succeed. It also makes you want to see others achieve their goals as well.

What is the biggest lesson you have ever learned?
That a person’s strengths lie in admitting his weaknesses.  This creates a well-rounded individual who believes in humility and remaining humble at all times. It also lets us know we are all human.

What is your number one tip for people on their finest journey?
Strive to be and do the best you can, while keeping it real for yourself and your bodies limitations.  Modifying exercises does not make you any weaker than others.  It lets your body know what you can handle and won’t hurt yourself in the process.  Keeping good form and doing any exercise correctly, will strongly lessen your chances of getting hurt.  So modify whenever you need to. Your body won’t regret it!

What does success mean to you?
Performing any job you do to the best of your ability.  The trick to being successful and moving forward is to make that job, including working out, part of your daily routine and sticking with it.  Setting up a common day, date and time makes the routine, truly become a ritual.  This will become second nature and will instil a positive outcome both mentally and physically.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
What has worked for me over the course of the years is to divide different workouts utilizing different body parts on different days. Working out three times a week with my trainer, we cover different muscle groups on different days. Some days it can be chest and shoulders, triceps and legs, biceps and back. Other days may involve total body workouts.  Working out this way allows for all muscles to receive proper attention while allowing them to rest on alternating days.  Resting your muscles is extremely important for recuperating purposes.

Training Plan:
As stated above, this is a particular pattern my trainer uses.  There are days that certain sets are timed, maybe super-sets, drop-sets and cardio added for HIIT.

Nutritional Plan:
Eating healthy and clean are 80% of getting lean, reducing body fat %, visceral fat, maintaining an appropriate weight for your height/age and increasing muscle mass.  KISS!  Keep it simple stupid!  Lean proteins, lots of leafy green veggies, other steamed veggies too, limited fresh fruit, good carbs, (beans, sweet potato, quinoa, tabbouleh, etc.) and good fats, high in omega 3’s. avocado, nuts, and salmon.  Watch your salt intake and try to buy items that are reduced salt or low salt, as they retain water and elevate blood pressure.  There’s enough salt in almost everything we eat.  Try and keep it under 1500mg a day.  Sugar, truly plays no part in our bodies, at least not in a good way.  Simple sugars like fruit, dates, figs, prunes and raisins are better than complex sugars found in cakes, pies, cookies, etc.  Also, watch out for the chips and snick-snack foods. Try to avoid them MOST of the time, but also remember it’s ok to have a cheat meal every now and then. We are all human!

Supplement Plan:
Supplements are very personal and are taking at times in lieu of not getting certain vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods or your body may be deficient in producing.  I myself take a daily probiotic + prebiotic, 3.4 billion live bacteria cultures.  They also contain 6 different strains.  This is good for maintaining a healthier digestive tract.  I take CoQ10 to raise my HDL, which has worked very well.  I also take Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Baby Aspirin and multivitamin men 50+. My labs have been stellar for 5 years.  Again, this is very personal and based on one’s needs.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours? And why?
Again, very personal based on every individual.  All-natural can be deceiving and the FDA gets around certain things regarding it.  I way this out on an individual basis and it depends on the product.  Sometimes, we have to cut our losses and try to do a balancing act.  Yes, I would prefer products clean and free from artificial flavours, colours, etc., but I sometimes yield depending on the product.  I am a fan of Nutra Bío Products.  They may have some sweeteners in them, but they are listed as one of the best with no added fillers or ingredients that can’t and don’t have to be explained.  It’s one of the few companies that can say this.  I stay away from anything with aspartame and certain other sweeteners.  I am not a big sugar person most of the time.  My coffee is black, no milk, no sugar, just cinnamon at times.  If I were to use a sweetener, I use Stevia or Truvia.  I enjoy it in my plain Greek yoghurt, one of the few dairy products I eat. I make my own decaf iced tea, no sugar, just lemon and drink LOTS of water.  Sometimes with lemon and sometimes without.  I do not drink any other beverage including alcohol.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • Although I am a social person, I am basically a shy person.
  • I’m a tad camera shy.
  • I am a very giving person.
  • I don’t like to be the centre of attention.
  • I am very modest about my accomplishments.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
The newbie that comes into the gym, who looks scared, insecure and lost. I would go up to them and do my best to make them feel comfortable.

Who inspires you?  And why?
The underdog, a physically or mentally challenged person who competes and achieves in their life should be an inspiration to everyone.  If they are successful with their limitations, there is no reason why I shouldn’t push myself to the limits.

Photos By: James Hanton

Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Rachel Pinti to the Status team

By Status Fitness Magazine
October 27, 2021

Ohio – Status Fitness Magazine has signed Rachel Pinti to join the Status editorial team. Rachel’s goal is to help and inspire people to be the best version of themselves. Rachel will have her own expect column in Status where will share her health and fitness insights.

Rachel Pinti shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
Joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team means the absolute world to me. I will be able to share my knowledge, learning lessons, and education with people to help them succeed in their fitness journies. My passion truly lies in helping people create the best version of themselves.

I think Status Fitness Magazine is one of the top platforms for health and fitness. They feature many different kinds of athletes and have columns that not only are informative but are also interesting reads.

Rachel Pinti shares her plan on bringing to the team and audience.
I plan on bringing tips, tricks, and knowledge that I’ve learned over the years from my education and experience within the fitness industry.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Rachel
Rachel is living proof that Health & Fitness will change your life. Rachel has some incredible experiences growing up that really shaped who she has become. These experiences have helped her create a pro-level physique and an attitude of compassion for others. Her “Tying Shoes” story gave me goosebumps. I cannot wait for Rachel to share her stories and wisdom with everyone through Status Fitness Magazine. Welcome to our team Rachel!

About Rachel Pinti
Rachel currently lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2018 and been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2014. Rachel is a Nationally Qualified NPC Bikini Competitor and has been competing since 2016.

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

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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

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Status Fitness Magazine adds Fitness Expert Christina Larson to the Status team
By Status Fitness Magazine
Oct 26, 2021

Kansas – Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Christina Larson to its all-star fitness and editorial lineup. Her mission is to make others feel good by living a balanced and healthy lifestyle and instilling these healthy habits into them! Christina will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep in her own column in Status Fitness Magazine.

Christina Larson shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
I was absolutely speechless when I was talking with Rodney. Being a fitness expert on Fox4, KCTV5, and the radio has always been an amazing experience for me. The opportunity to write to individuals in magazines, experiencing health and fitness, and meeting and connecting gives me goosebumps. Honoured, grateful, and blessed are probably the only words that can describe what I feel. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

I absolutely love that Status Magazine focuses on overall health! I’m glad it’s dialed into inspiring individuals in the health and wellness industry, as well as fitness experts.

Christina Larson shares her plan on bringing to the team and audience
I plan on inspiring a variety of individuals using any means I can. I’ll show inspiring articles of previous clients or maybe even share personal experiences. I want people to love being healthy as much as I do, and I will try my best to make this happen. As a trainer, a huge part of my job is motivating my clients, so if I’m not motivated they are not either. I’m always full of energy and ready to motivate or push anyone that needs it.  I hope this part of me comes off in my writing, but also in a professional way.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Christina Larson
Christina is the pure definition of authentic fitness inspiration. She has spent half her life-changing people’s lives for the better.  We are thrilled to have Christina as part of the Status family.

About Christina Larson
Since 2001, Christina has worked as a full-time personal trainer. Through these years she has put a lot of emphasis on building a strong foundation in the community. She has trained CEOs, CFO’s, family members, athletes (casual and professional), kids, people that want more confidence, people that don’t have sufficient gym knowledge, and more.  Christina stick by the quote “Helping one person at a time live a healthy life”.

Learn more about Christina: IG | Website | Status Featured Interview

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

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

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Growing up, I was bullied for being overweight. This mentally destroyed me from a young age. I began to eat healthily and exercise to try to feel better about myself. However, this eventually turned into a downward spiral which later developed into an eating disorder at the age of 16. After overcoming this disorder by the age of 18, I began to spiral down again, which led me back to the gym. I knew what I wanted, but this time I wanted to do it the right way. Bodybuilding then came into my life, which I believe is what truly saved me. It was a sport that forced me to fuel my body in order to get maximum results. By the time I was 20, I competed in my first NPC competition, placing top 5. Needless to say, I became hooked, and I have been competing now for the last 5 years as a Nationally Qualified Bikini Competitor. I’m also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, BSAS Exercise Science.
Age:
25

Location:
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Occupation?
Professional Makeup Artist/ Personal Trainer.

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

  •  Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
They all have a time and place. Depending on your goals, each can be utilized to get maximum results.
Trainer philosophy:
Don’t go through the motions- hit every rep and set with the intent.

Training Plan:
Shoulders/Legs/Back/Rest.

Nutritional Plan:
1700 calories currently/ 1-2 refeeds per week.

Supplement Plan:
Multi-Vitamin, DIM, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Nitric oxide pre-workout, EAAs intra workout, Plant Protein post-workout.

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 always opt for natural supplements, but if something has artificial sweeteners, I will try it to see how my body responds.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love the fact that Status highlights athletes and gives them the opportunity to have a profile to tell their own individual stories!

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My boyfriend coached me for the first time this season, and it was the best prep I have ever had. He was the second pair of eyes I needed, pushed me on the days I had no energy left, and helped me have the confidence I did with the package I was bringing to the stage. I couldn’t have done it without him.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is your biggest advice to someone trying to make a name for themselves in the fitness industry?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I am absolutely thrilled about this opportunity, and hope I am able to compete!
Future fitness goals and plans?
Become an IFBB Bikini Pro and expand my online client base.

Life goal?
Live a happy, healthy and comfortable life.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I danced competitively for 10 years
  • I sang the National Anthem for my high school’s football games
  • I battled and defeated an eating disorder
  • I’m a homebody
  • I love travelling

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Discipline is greater than motivation.
  • You get the level of results with the level of effort you put in.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Self care=Self Confidence= Success.
  • Make your decisions based on what will make you the happiest

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Hard Working
  • Internally Motivated
  • Kind
  • Honest
  • Patient

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My niece. I want her to know growing up that she can do anything she truly wants and is passionate about, even if it seems impossible.

Who inspires you? And why?
My father. He is the most hard-working, patient person I have ever come across. He has taught me to work hard for everything I have, along with never settling to be average.

Favourite quotes?
“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” And “Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”

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