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The birth of my son is one of the happiest memories of my life. However, the situation surrounding my relationship with his father leads to an abusive relationship and self-loathing. Already carrying extra mommy weight, the stress of this all did not help me, as my weight skyrocketed to 286lbs!

Leaving the relationship forced me into being a single mom trying to make it, with the help of my family. I was living in a travel trailer on my sister’s farm that she graciously let me park there with no running water but could access the house. I felt like a burden. I returned to construction again. I tried to eat healthier to lose weight and I was succeeding, but in a camp job, it was difficult. I tried, yet nothing seemed to help.

Just as everything was looking more promising, my mother found my father outside lying on the front lawn lifeless. I tried giving him CPR with assistance. When the paramedics arrived, they scooted him into the ambulance. He had passed away in front of all of us. The stress rocked us all, and I found myself gaining over 20 lbs in two weeks. My weight began to spiral, but through all this, I realized I had identified my trigger, stress eating. Our family life again had changed, but we all stuck together. I continued to try and lose weight even with a huge setback. I met an old friend and told him that I was curious about bodybuilding, he had introduced me to my first trainer. Going through many hardships, she could relate to my situation. She helped me lose a lot of weight and I started to feel good about myself again.

While working away, my mother had a heart attack. My son found her. He called me and the company I work for allowed me to go home. The future looked bleak. Covid hit and no one could go see her. My mother got worse. We all prayed. Then, miraculously she healed, she is still ill but we appreciate the gift of life even more, and gives me even more of a reason to try harder and be healthier.

Fast forward a few trials, errors, and coaches years later, I am in the best shape I have ever been. I have pursued professional wrestling with Lance Storm, modeling, and love bodybuilding. I have finally found a suitable fitness and nutrition coach that is a good fit for me (Shelby Starnes) and an amazing posing coach (Heidi Cannon). I want to be an inspiration to my son, to mentor and encourage others knowing that the key is that if you believe in yourself; you can achieve anything! It just took me to realize my mind is a powerful thing and make that one decision that changed my entire life. Here I am 160lbs less.

Training Plan:
Currently 5 days a week weight training with 2 days HIIT 30 mins and 3 days low impact cardio.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I love HIIT. It is so amazing! I use this as an extra in my back pocket when I need to pump up my game. TRX I love this unit, take it anywhere especially important for people that work out of the town or stay in hotels to keep fit, easily packed. Yoga, I really got into yoga when I trained for wrestling. My coach taught yoga at the beginning of class. At first, I was like, um, no! And then I realized just how good it made me feel. I love the bodybuilding community. It feels like I am in my place. It’s what I love doing. It’s a great goal and something to believe in. I want to be that strong, lay at 70!

Nutritional & Supplements:
Multivitamins, pre-workout, fish oil, calcium.

What does your coach mean to you?
I have two coaches:

Shelby Starnes – Nutrition and training – He has changed my life. He motivates me to continue. I want to be challenged. When I was lost and getting nowhere in my prep, he showed me the way. Laid it all out. I 100 percent trust and value him. I can’t wait to see where our journey takes us next. He tells it like it is and makes it achievable. He has encouraged me. I have honestly never been so into the programs as I am currently. Seeing the results speak for his authenticity.

Heidi Cannon – Posing Coach- She has stuck by my side, through thick and thin. I love her. She has guided me and given me such confidence. I have learned not only competition posing, but how to pose for modeling. I have never had a better posing coach. So descriptive, actually cares, and keeps me motivated. I actually look forward to our facetime posing sessions. She has kept me inspired through all the lockdowns and motivated me to be my best.

Special skills?
I am a professional wrestler trained by none other than Canadian WWE idol – Lance Storm. I wrestle in Alberta for PWA (Prairie Wrestling Alliance). I am also a red seal Hairstylist.

What do your parents mean to you?
Where do I start? My parents mean everything to me. Because of them, I am who I am today. They have sacrificed everything for me. What did they teach you? To love and respect others even when they don’t treat you well. I love them more than anyone in this world. They are the only people who love you unconditionally and truly without any greed. After I had my son, I came to realize what a child really means to a parent.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
The up-to-date, current, and most knowledge put into a magazine currently that I read. It has so much valuable information and real people that have succeeded. Status is a motivational tool that everyone should read.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
Could you only imagine? This would be the chance of a lifetime. I would represent the magazine with every ounce of effort and inspiration. This chance would give me the motivation I so deeply have been trying to spread to others. They say a picture is worth 100 words, it can not be truer. This is one of my main goals. Status is trustworthy and real. People need to be inspired by others so they can grow. If I could be on the cover, it would bring me to a new level and allow me to spread the word about living a healthier lifestyle. Show people that it can be done. Encourage people to keep going when times get tough or you want to give up. I speak from the heart. Trust me! Status has contributed to my success. The stories of other transformations encouraged me to keep going when I had no momentum.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
What is your best quality overall and how has it aided you in achieving what you have accomplished to date?

6 things people would not know about you.

  • I can pick up a man who weighs 275 lbs(wrestling).
  • I love fishing.
  • I love to dirt bike.
  • I didn’t have any top front teeth until grade 7.
  • I had a Staph infection when I was a baby which made my teeth rot when they came out because of medicine.
  • I have one tiny hidden tattoo and I love theatre popcorn with extra butter.

Who inspires you?
There are so many inspirational people out there, Heidi, Becky Overbeck, Anette Corvette, Markus Kaulius, and more. I could not tell you all the people that have contributed to my success by motivating me. There is one person; that is my son. He just turned 13. He is the most giving, understanding, and encouraging person I know. He helps my mom while she cares for him when I am away or is it the other way around? My mom has been ill for some time. He is so helpful with her. She has taught him to cook and he is homeschooling. He tries his very best with no complaining. We can all learn from our children.

Who do you wish to inspire?
Mostly inspire others to do what they want and dream of. They can do it! Anything is really possible. My son. The apple of my eye. He needs to know that dreams do come true to those who work hard for them. Stay consistent and never stop.

Life goals:
Further to my modeling career, one day I would love to compete in the Olympia or be on the cover of a magazine.


5 lessons you have learned:

  • Trust your gut.
  • Consistency pays off.
  • The only way to achieve is by doing; put your mind to it and work hard.
  • Always be grateful for what you already have, give, and teach without expecting anything in return.
  • Family including non-blood family means everything.

Favorite actors/ movies:
My favorite movie 16 candles, Arnold Schwarzenegger one of my favorite all-time actors, Dolly Parton, Pamela Anderson, Roman Reigns.

Favorite books and authors:
Avalanche, J. Roth, Cassandra Beck, you are the chosen one

Music and artist you listen to while training:
Alicia Keys, Evol, like me one of my favorite, Culture Beat, Brittany Spears, Nickleback, Rihanna, Frank Sinatra, Billy Currington, Halestorm-all genres-whatever gets me going!

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Optimism, self-confidence, tenacity, communication, and trust.

Favorite Quotes:
Do yourself a favor, do it yourself. I love it!!

Photographer: Peter Michailidis

I’ve spent the last 8 years serving the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division – Vehicle Research Section of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C as a Mechanical Engineer, and has most recently joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) as an Assistant Professor. I have extensive experience in unmanned systems, deceptive devices (decoys), and biomechanics, with projects including Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV), Ion Tiger Fuel Cell Powered UAV, Ship-launched Electronic Warfare Extended Endurance Decoy, Omni-Directional Inflatable Radar Reflector, MK 59 Failure Review Board, Resistance Exercise Machine within Lower Body Negative Pressure for Counteracting Effects of Microgravity, and Biomechanical Responses of the Knee Complex in Response to a Non-Linear Spring-Loaded Knee Joint Orthosis. I currently serve as a primary investigator for the Embry-Riddle biomechanics analysis laboratory, using my expertise in biomechanics, computer science, imaging, and neuroscience to analyze muscle function, study human movement, enhance medical rehabilitation protocols, and optimize human performance. I’m also an active supporter of engineering and science for all. I promote STEM through educational opportunities. I’ve presented with host Ira Flatow from Science Friday and served 3 years as co-host for RoboNation TV; a program established by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation.

I am a French-Canadian who has always been into sports ever since I was a kid. I played soccer and hockey for a few years. I even tried baseball. I started lifting weights at the age of fourteen, but I did not take it seriously back then. I did Judo for a couple of years but switched to boxing at the age of sixteen. It was only at the age of seventeen that I took weight-lifting more seriously. Why you might ask? I met my first coach at Gym Max. His name is André Maillé, World Championships 1986- NABBA, Tall, 1st, Overall Winner (Pro Card). I wanted to learn more about training and take myself to the next level. So, I decided to compete for the first time. Around that age I was not hanging with the right crowd, I got into many fights and got into trouble a few times. Prepping to compete helped me keep quiet and focus, away from the wrong crowd. I could not allow myself to go out since I wanted to succeed in my competition. I hit the stage for the first time at eighteen in the André Maillé Classic competition in the junior culturist category weighing 163 lbs. I came in first. It became a passion, my drive. To this day, I have competed in approximately 10-12 culturist competitions and 6 classic physique competitions.

In my early twenties, I worked at a grocery store. But I decided to take a night job at the gym. Throughout the next four years, I learned as much as I could. People came to me for advice and many told me I should become a personal trainer. At that time, I did not have the guts. I can admit that I was worried because self-employment was risky, nothing was guaranteed. I also was not sure how working one-on-one with clients would be. One day, I simply went for it and I do not regret it. I went and got my certification through Coach Export. But I must admit most of my knowledge comes from my years of training alone, coaches and competitions. I am incredibly grateful for my coaches in the past for they have all taught me something. I trained for years alone and even competed without a coach. This has allowed me to become very aware of what my body needs and what it can achieve. All of this has made me the athlete and personal trainer I am today.

Today, I assist others when they are competing. I help others in their prepping especially in posing (I have been known to be good in posing and routine). Unfortunately, with everything going on due to Covid-19, I have been questioning myself a little bit. What can I do to stay motivated in times like these? Booking a photoshoot seemed like a good idea. It allowed me to stay focus, remain on a diet, and train as if I were going to compete. It gave me an objective to achieve. To do my absolute best; to look my absolute best. I like the idea that I was competing with myself and not others. There is no victor or any stress related to competing against other athletes. Booking that photoshoot was the best decision I could take during these times and I will be doing another one this summer guarantee. I will prep, in the same way, I would for competition. If I can work on my fitness, work on the best version of myself and maybe in the process inspire others to do the same, that is enough of me to be content in my life.

Age:
28

City:
Cantley, Gatineau

Occupation details:
Personal trainer.

Relationship status:
Single.

Fitness goals:
Bring my physique to its best while remaining aesthetic and balanced, although my legs will never be big enough.

Training plan:
I am a firm believer in sticking to the basics. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. Press, pull and legs are my way to train. I add an extra arms session in my week because that is my weak point. My training consists of six to twelve reps with a lot of tempo. The only time I do cardio is about two months before a competition for 30 minutes low intensity in the morning. I’ll do a full-body stretch as well for another half hour. I will also do abs every other day.

My training does not change on or off-season. It remains the same. I’ll change my diet depending on where my body is at and the body physique that I want to achieve (for example if I wish to build more volume). My training did not change either for the photoshoot. It remained the same. With the experience I’ve obtained throughout the years, I can train for ten days consecutively before taking a rest day. Personally, I choose my rest day when my sleep starts to diminish. It shows that something in my life might be tiring me down and that it is time to relax. In short, the number of times I will train in a week truly depends on my sleep hygiene. Knowing oneself and being able to listen to your own body are key attributes to be able to keep my energy constant.

Thoughts on: HIIT, Power-lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
Here are my thoughts briefly on each:

HIIT: It is highly effective in activating the metabolism. In short, it is good for weight loss.

POWER-LIFTING: I will add powerlifting to my workouts when I want to increase my muscle density.

TRX: As for TRX, with the quarantines and Covid-19 restrictions I had to learn how to use it. I include it in back workouts specifically.

YOGA: Yoga is a great way to work on mobility. It is like stretching and helping improve fluidity, mobility, and range of motion. It is useful for posing when competing or helping with gym efficiency. For example, some people lack mobility in their shoulders and that restrains them on executing the movement as it should be. To feel it properly in the right regions.

BODYBUILDING: All I have to say is this: usually people tend to say that bodybuilding is hard physically but truly it is hard psychologically. You must dedicate a lot of personal time to it.

Nutritionnal& supplements:
I start my day with green tea, a quarter lemon (if I do not have any, I may replace it with apple cider vinegar), and freshly chopped ginger. I believe this natural detox starts my day off pretty well.

I eat approximately 150g of lean meat each meal. I will eat mostly chicken breast, horse meat, and occasionally beef. My diet is also high carb since it helps my muscle appear bulkier. My first and last meal will contain more fat but not throughout the day because it tends to make me feel bloated. Having a high carb diet allows me to perform better during my training. The carbs I consume tend to be basmati rice, quinoa, oats, and occasionally sweet potatoes.

As for pre-workout, I have a cup of coffee. I rarely take pre-workout in powder. After my training is complete, I always have some oatmeal mixed with protein powder. I believe it is especially important to mix it with food because it is more consistent. Protein powder cannot replace a meal. But better to have that than to starve until your next meal. I will have this meal usually a second time when I do not have the time to eat between sessions with my clients or before bed. I will not have this meal more than twice a day. I will add BCAA or EAA when I lower my calory intake.

As for supplements goes, vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium and omega-3 are essential. The basics of what you should always have in your cupboard. Especially because these are often harder to find in your nutrition. Vitamin C must be taken immediately after training. Even if you are not training, taking supplements is important because many individuals have deficiencies in their diets. For example, taking supplements of vitamin D during wintertime is important and it is known to help with seasonal depression

Special skills:
I am very attentive to the biomechanics of movement. I notice angles and postures that need correction as much on myself or with my clients.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
Evidently, my parents mean a lot to me. They meet at a military base. I sincerely believe that I retain my sports discipline from my parents. I was always encouraged into sports and that was where my interest in training started. When I was a kid, I observed my father with admiration when he worked out with his bow flex or when he took his shake afterward. He would have a fitness magazine laying around. So, I was brought up in the world of fitness of a sort. It has always been around me and I naturally went towards training as well gradually.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
It offers interesting articles on fitness, bodybuilding, and MMA.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
I would most certainly have an accomplishment feeling. It would feel like I have succeeded in a sort. I must be doing something right if I made it here. I think it is a step forward for me.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
I’d ask him how he got the idea to start Status Fitness. How did he end up where he is today and how it all started basically.

What was it like working with your photographer?
It was a great experience. One that I want to do again. She made me 100% comfortable and she is renowned to be able to that. Her photos are a mix of artistic and athletic, which is another thing I appreciated from this photoshoot rather than usual fitness photography. She has a great eye for detail. I really do appreciate that from her since she shares the same ability that I have in fitness and I find it to be important. This was my best experience so far. She will ask about your music preferences to put you in the mood, what body type you like or dislike, your preferences, etc. She was the key factor in the overall experience.

6 things people would not know about you?

  • Usually, people would describe me as nonchalant but, I am quite open to the people that grow closer to me, friends, or clients. I care for them. Once you get to know me, I am a real jokester and adore sarcasm.
  • I am more thoughtful than I appear.
  • I analyze pretty much everything in general.
  • I am creative during my training session with my clients. If something does not work for them or I realize they are not reaching the maximum potential in the movement, I get creative and try to find new ways that might work for them.
  • I like things that are out of the ordinary.
  • I am honestly a “crazy cat lady”. I love cats.

Who inspires you?
People that are not afraid of what others think. People who do not stop themselves and go after what they want.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to largely inspire people who are not afraid of others. I want to encourage people, not to concerns themselves with the opinion of others. I wish on everyone to have an opinion of their own. I believe certain individuals lose their potential because they are restraining themselves on other’s opinions. They are afraid of judgment. I believe that this does not just apply to the world of fitness but in every aspect of life. I just wish to inspire people to be their true authentic selves. Know that you will never be able to please everybody in life. So just do what you love.

What is your life goal?
It is a bit cliché, but I simply want to be happy and to be able to make a living on what I love. As for now, that is being a personal trainer.

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Do not give out your trust easily. Have people prove themselves to you before.
  • Motivation does not last; it takes perseverance to keep going on.
  • If you want to improve in life, you must get out of your comfort zone to do so.
  • To have long terms goals as well as short terms goals.
  • To take care of oneself. To pay attention to your health if you wish to maintain your body. You do not have to always push it to failure.

Music and artist you listen to while training?
I listen to a lot of different types of metal. For example Architects, Shinedown, Lamb of God. They just get you in a mood you know!

Favorite actors/movies?
I admire Denzel Washington. He is a great actor. I personally enjoyed watching him in Training day. He really has the capacity to draw you in the character. Russell Crowe is another actor I admire, especially in the movie Gladiator. For the same reasons.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • I find it to be important for a person to be open-minded.
  • Somebody that has poise. To me that means somebody relax, has a head on their shoulders, and takes care of themselves.
  • I like when somebody can make me comfortable. I find that to be an important attribute.
  • ​I also find it important that the person is into fitness. The person does not have to be a high athlete. Simply someone that finds it important to stay active and healthy.
  • ​I enjoy someone with a dark sense of humor just like me or can have one from time to time.

Favorite quotes?
« Keep your squats low and your standards high. »

Photo By: Koko King

I’m a single mom to an 18-year-old, who I’ve raised alone since the age of two. I struggled with trying to hold up two jobs, legal battles for 12 years, and a child who at the age of 6 was diagnosed with mild Asperger. It was not easy, but I gained so much strength, and courage to get through the toughest times of my life. My goal is to teach others out there, that although we have struggles, and perhaps a lot more on our plate than expected, we can always get through adversity by believing in ourselves and finding the strength inside to know that there are better days ahead.

Age:
51

Location:
Montreal, Quebec

Relationship:
Single

Occupation:
Group Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer.

Share your methods and at least one inspirational story of a person you’ve trained:
My methods in training an individual are very simple. You put in the work, and you will receive the benefits and rewards that come with the results. One inspirational story of a person I trained is a lady by the name of Sabrina, who suffered from mild depression and had issues with her diets and her training. Where she would start religiously with her change of eating patterns and exercising, and then we hit a plateau and would just completely stop. I made sure to always be on top of her, and because of that, she made great accomplishments losing her body fat and gaining lean muscle strength. Her before and after pictures were really impressed me and she was very shocked to see the transition that can be made when you stick to a healthy lifestyle plan.

Fitness history:
I have had the privilege to teach group fitness classes for the past 34 years! I have taught in practically every fitness center in Montreal. I also had the privilege to teach in Jamaica for a 10-day contract which was phenomenal! I have always advocated the benefits of fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. I would not go as far as calling myself an athlete, at least not a competitive and professional athlete. However, I have competed in five obstacle courses, 4 years ago all in one summer. Three years ago, at 48 years old, I enrolled in a year and a half course in Pro Wrestling as well as 3 months of BJJ.

Share your unique training/coaching methods:
My unique training and coaching methods include never using the same exercises in the same week, for the same body part. I like to change things up because I feel that this challenges the person. Keeps them on top of things, and it does not allow the muscle group to get used to the exercise. Shocking the muscle with different variations, different techniques, different positions is extremely beneficial in hitting different muscle fibers. One must always do what works for them.

Training plan:
Personally, I find that HITT exercises or also known as interval training is very beneficial since you are targeting the cardio as well as strength training exercises, which work well for me. I train 6 times a week. Alternating between teaching fitness classes, and weight training.

Your plans and fitness plans after the pandemic:
My fitness plans after the pandemic are to continue with providing virtual group fitness classes as well as personal training one-on-one. I also intend to teach group fitness classes & train with those who prefer face-to-face contact in a fitness center/studio. I would also like to possibly enter my first fitness competition.

Nutritional plan:
High protein, low carbs, good fats. I think it’s important to vary your meal plans and keep a good balance of your food intake.

Supplement plan:
Non-processed and sugary food. Vitamin B, D, Fish Oil, Multivitamin, Glucosamine, Collagen, Bcaa, and Glutamine.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
I feel that what separates Status from other fitness magazines is that it resonates with both the girl next door, as well as the athlete that has won multiple medals. It really inspires everyday people to want to get in shape, and there are tons of educational articles for any fitness level.

What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”:
To become a STATUS SYMBOL, would be a dream come true! This would be an amazing platform to encourage, inspire, and motivate both men and women who may feel that they are too old to get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. I would be honored to become a Status Symbol by demonstrating that you are never too old to start getting fit!

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status:
To grace the cover of Status, would definitely give me the ability to become a role model for those who doubt themselves and who may lack self-confidence. It would also mean that all the work that I have put in for the past 34 years, was meant to empower women and men of all ages to believe that they are capable of achieving any dream and goal they set for themselves.

Favorite Quotes:
If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

5 things people don’t know about you:

  1. I love a good debate.
  2. I love eating popcorn when I watch TV.
  3. I volunteered in the department of infectious disease at a hospital.
  4. I love to whistle.
  5. I worked in a bread factory for 3 summers in a row.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
If I can inspire one person, it would definitely be my sister. As a child, she was always overweight. She tried every diet out there and nothing seemed to work. She never likes exercising, even until today. She has had some health issues, as well as having a stomach staple surgery, which has helped her and losing over 150 lbs. I have tried to inspire her and last year she joined a gym. I am very proud of her to have changed her lifestyle both physically, and mentally.

Who inspires you? And why?
I am inspired by other single mothers out there such as myself for all the hard work they have to do, most often by themselves. I tip my hat off to all those who have done it all! My biggest inspiration, however, would have to be my son. He has such a positive mindset, filled with determination and aspirations as to where he wants to be in 10 years from now! My son inspires me to continue the journey, I have been blessed to be on at a young age.

Photographer: Carlos Montero – Le Capteur 101 Photographie 

…MY FRIEND ENCOURAGED ME TO COME TO A ZUMBA CLASS WITH HER. I STARTED FALLING IN LOVE WITH FITNESS AND SIMPLY STARTED ADDING A LITTLE BIT MORE INTO MY WORKOUTS EVERY WEEK.

Who is your trainer?
Cheyenne Weatherford

What makes him/her so special as a trainer?
I felt really confident training with him. He understands the science behind nutrition and building muscle and took the time to explain it to me. He allowed me to push myself harder than I would have training on my own, but also made sure I was doing it safely with all of my health issues.

Occupation details:
I own and operate a women’s boutique

Relationship status:
Married

Fitness Goals:
My goal has always been to take control of my health and be the strongest version of myself while battling MS. It’s hard to make long-term goals because MS is so unpredictable, but as long as I can I am going to focus on building muscle and just keep moving.

Bio:
I was somewhat athletic as a kid, participated in all the sports but was never a standout. I always seemed to be getting sick or injured, so around middle school, I decided to hang up my cleats. When I was 20 I married my high school boyfriend and moved to California. I started making really poor health choices at this point, drinking too much, and started a battle with emotional eating. The marriage fell apart and I was going through a divorce 3 years later. At that same time, I broke my back while sledding on vacation. Because of the injury, I spent almost 5 years in physical therapy and ended up having 2 major surgeries. I married my husband, Jason, in February 2011, a week before my second surgery. I had a complete fusion of my lumbar spine, making working out very difficult for me. Eight months after our wedding I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which suddenly explained why I was always sick as a kid. So, the emotional eating, the injury, and the MS started adding up and by 2017 I had gained 30 pounds. This is when I decided to take control of my health and just started by changing my eating habits. From there I started taking daily walks, and my friend encouraged me to come to a Zumba class with her. I started falling in love with fitness and simply started adding a little bit more into my workouts every week. Now I weight train on a regular basis, and as long as my body has the gift of movement I’m going to take full advantage of it. Staying physically strong helps me fight my MS; I have learned to use MS as my reason to be active instead of my excuse. It is empowering.

Training Plan:
I weight lift 4-5 times a week and try to do cardio 2-3 times a week.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I think if that’s what gets you moving and active, that’s great! HIIT and powerlifting are not for me though. I love yoga, although I am not great at it because of my limited spinal mobility, I try!

Nutritional & Supplements:
I keep track of my nutrition with Macros. I started using a few products from Magnum Nutraceuticals to help me get over a plateau. I really felt a difference in my energy and saw results pretty quickly!

I STARTED USING A FEW PRODUCTS FROM MAGNUM NUTRACEUTICALS TO HELP ME GET OVER A PLATEAU. I REALLY FELT A DIFFERENCE IN MY ENERGY AND SAW RESULTS PRETTY QUICKLY!

Special skills?
I am an extremely organized person which helps keep me calm in high-stress and emotional situations. And I have a vast knowledge of useless information and trivia, which rarely comes in handy, but reduces awkward silence at parties.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are by far two of my favorite people in the world. We live half a mile away from them and see them all the time. I am the middle of three children, and we’re all very different. Yet my parents knew how to love and encourage each of us exactly how we needed, and still do even though we are all in our 30s now. They taught me about hard work, dedication, integrity, kindness, and compassion. Most importantly they raised me in a house filled with faith and love, and that molded me into the person I am today.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I feel like I can relate to the athletes featured in Status; especially the features on non-professionals that are just working to live a healthier life!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
It would be mind-blowing, I can’t even imagine being on the cover of any magazine, let alone Status Fitness!

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
I love knowing how things get started, so I would want to know what went into getting the very first issue published.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren was amazing to work with. I was very nervous, but he put me at ease right away and I was able to really enjoy the experience.

6 things people would not know about you:
1. I am really shy; I seem more outgoing than I actually am. But it takes me weeks, if not months, to open up and feel comfortable in new situations.

2. I love challenging myself to try new things, especially if they scare me. Like rock climbing or public speaking.

3. I agreed to a first date with my husband because he owns a bakery, and won me over with desserts. Cheesecake brought us together!

4. I have an extra lumbar vertebrae.

5. We don’t have cable, and I don’t miss it at all.

6. I love planning events and parties. I get so much joy out of planning all the details and then seeing how special it makes the guests feel.

Who inspires you?
So many people… my husband (Jason) my Mom and Dad (Debbie and Robert) my Mother-in-Law (Rebekah), my sister (Jessica), my lifelong friend (Caty), my friends who keep me accountable with my health and help me challenge myself (Ashley, Caryn, Kayla, Kristina, Shawne). People that I do daily life with, that I see them hustling every day no matter what.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I want to be an inspiration to people who are fighting a battle with MS. It’s a terrible, strange disease that has a lot of hardships, but we can absolutely still live a healthy and active life. If I can inspire one person to fight their autoimmune disease with healthy life choices, that would mean the world to me.

STAYING ACTIVE AND FOCUSING ON NUTRITION HAS TAUGHT ME NATURAL WAYS TO HELP FIGHT AGAINST THE SIDE EFFECTS I FEEL FROM MY MS.

Transformation story:
During the first few years of my marriage (2011 to around 2015) I gained roughly 30 pounds due to injury and illness, but also poor health habits. When I decided to finally take my health into my own hands I slowly dropped the weight I had gained but also started noticing muscle definition. Starting in mid-2018 I started focusing on muscle growth and controlling my emotional eating. Staying active and focusing on nutrition has taught me natural ways to help fight against the side effects I feel from my MS.

Life goals:
I want to live a healthy life, where I find the good in each day, even the ones spent fighting the hard side effects of MS. I have a passion for sharing my faith and helping people in any way I can. It seems like a simple life goal, but I want to make a positive impact on the future, even if it just one person at a time.

5 lessons you have learned:
1. I am far stronger, physically and emotionally, than I ever imagined.

2. I learned to enjoy the process of working out. I used to do it as a punishment for my eating habits. Now I work out because I enjoy it.

3. Waking up at 4am to work out is not as hard as I thought it would be.

4. If I don’t want to do burpees, I don’t have to do them.

5. There is no end to the amount you can talk about fitness and food with your FitFam, and I never get tired of it

Music and artist you listen to while training:
It varies depending on my mood, anything from pop, rap (especially 90s), country, or worship music. Lately, I’ve been hooked on a Christian rap station.

Favorite actors/ movies:
I don’t really have any favorite actors. But my all-time favorite movies are Three Amigos and anything Monty Python.

Favorite books and authors:
I am always reading, so it’s surprising I don’t have a favorite author. I like autobiographies and motivational stories, mysteries, and of course all the nerdy fiction series like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness, Integrity, Generosity, Sense of humor, Tenacity

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Find a sport or activity you love that gets you moving! If you love a sport, team, or individual, go after it with all you’ve got. The earlier you start living a healthy lifestyle the easier it will be to carry into your adulthood. And I especially want to inspire girls to get to the gym and lift weights… don’t be scared to be the only girl in the gym, be proud to be there! I wish I had started earlier in my life. Oh, and eat your vegetables… they are actually pretty tasty!

Favorite Quotes:
“Don’t quit…Never Give Up” Taylor Haugen

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

IT TRULY IS AN AMAZING FEELING TO GET BACK IN THE GYM AND FEELING GOOD ABOUT MYSELF AGAIN,  I HOPE MY STORY WILL INSPIRE NOT ONLY OTHER CANCER WARRIORS AND SURVIVORS BUT BUSY MOMS AND WIVES AS WELL.

Who is your trainer?
Chrissy Tibodeau

What makes him/her so special as a trainer?
Crissy is an absolute gem.  She is down-to-earth and very positive.  She is a true coach who understands my strengths and weaknesses in a way that allows her to know what motivation I need.

Occupation details:
Real Estate Agent.

Relationship status: 
Married

Fitness Goals:
To push myself to the limit to see what is in the art of the possible.

Bio:
I am a wife to a retired Military officer and a mother to a very busy 12-year-old, who keeps me on the go with her many activities.  Seven years ago, I  was embarking on my fitness journey teaching Zumba® 3 days a week as well as working full time.  At the age of 29, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Throughout treatment, as my day-to-day health allowed, I continued to take Zumba® classes and after treatment, even certified in PiYo.  I found myself in the best shape of my life.  One month shy of my 3-year “cancer free” anniversary I learned my cancer was back.  I was devastated.  Since that time, I have struggled to keep any consistency in my approach to fitness.  Then six months ago, a close friend introduced me to Crissy at Thi Bod Fitness, where I learned she was offering coaching and mentoring.  With Crissy and Joe’s expertise and my family’s support, I decided to jump all in.  It truly is an amazing feeling to get back in the gym and feeling good about myself again,  I hope my story will inspire not only other cancer warriors and survivors but busy moms and wives as well.  I also hope to continue to be a positive, healthy influence for my family.

Training Plan: 
Cardio (Zumba®, rowing, and running) 5 days a week and weight training 5 days a week as well as accounting for my macros as directed by Crissy.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I feel that weight training changed my body physically, but collectively with Zumba® and yoga, I maximize my results.  Everybody is different, you have to find the workout plan that you can do consistently.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Counting Macros made a world of difference to me I learned how to fuel my body properly.  I used Magnum Products Heat, Opus, Pre-Fo, Drip dry, and Afterburn.

Special skills?
I love to dance,  I don’t know that you would call that a skill.  Zumba® is my favorite cardio.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are AMAZING!  My dad instilled in me to not give up and that I am capable of what I put my mind to.  My sweet mom taught me how to take care of the people I love.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love the fact that Status Magazine highlights the accomplishments of non-professional athletes. I find inspiration from non-professionals as well as professional athletes.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
I started the prep challenge with Crissy to better myself and to hopefully capture significant development during my photoshoot with Warren Craig.  If I were to be chosen for Status Fitness Cover-Model, would completely exceed my expectations.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What is the one common theme for success for each of your photographed athletes?

CRISSY IS A TRUE COACH WHO UNDERSTANDS MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS HER TO KNOW WHAT MOTIVATION I NEED.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
I had a great time working with Warren.  He made the shoot relaxing and fun.  We shared lots of laughs.  I truly walked away feeling like a million bucks even though I know I am not at the peak of my fitness journey.

6 things people would not know about you:
My ethnicity, I am half Filipino, I was born in Subic Bay Philippines.
I am a Military Brat.
Dogs are my favorite pets.
I am an introvert.
I have a soft spot for veterans.
I have an addiction to pens.

Who inspires you?
My Dad

Who do you wish to inspire? 
My Daughter

Life goals:
To grow old and live my best life.

5 lessons you have learned:
Counting macros really work.
To get physical results lift weights.
Consistency is key.
Never give up.
Follow the advice of your mentors they are where you aspire to be.

Music and artist you listen while training:
Lizzo, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Britney Spears, Pitbull.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts. I love Rom-Coms.

Favorite books and authors:
Nicholas Sparks books

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness, Honesty, Loyalty, Compassion, and Must love dogs.

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
You are capable of everything you think you are not and more.

Favorite Quotes:
Without struggle, there is no progress. ~Fredrick Douglas

Born and raised in Schomberg Ontario with my two older brothers. I love to travel and spend time with family and friends.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Her love and passion towards everyone as individuals.

Fitness Goals:
Maintain my weight loss and continue to get stronger every day.

Training Plan:
Continue attending classes at the Babecave on my days off work.

MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND TO ALWAYS STAND UP FOR MYSELF.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I use Becky’s meal plan as a guideline and take Magnum Acid, DNA and After Burner.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
Blondies Baking, Georgia Overbeck is my go-to for sneaky but healthy snacks!

Special skills?
No special skills here!

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are my rocks, my mom is truly my best friend and I wouldn’t be where I am today. They taught me how to be a strong and independent woman and to always stand up for myself.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
The pictures capture the personalities of the athletes.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
Why did you choose Fitness as a photography line?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren made it so easy and comfortable. He was so relaxed and it felt like I’d known him for a year. His sense of humor is amazing which helps.

Things people would not know about you:
I work at Toronto Pearson Airport doing K9 explosive detection.
I am an extremely picky eater (working on that).
My biggest fear is getting my blood taken.
I have 8 tattoos.

Who inspires you?
My mom

I BEGAN GOING TO CLASSES 2-3 TIMES A WEEK ON MY DAYS OFF WORK AND INSTANTLY SAW CHANGES. I WAS HAPPIER AND MY BODY WAS CHANGING. I’VE LOST 30LBS AND CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO BUILD MUSCLE AND TONE.

Who do you wish to inspire?
Those looking to change their life using fitness and healthy eating, to become a happier version of themselves.

Transformation story:
March 2018 I joined the BabeCave because I didn’t like who was looking back at me in the mirror. I began going to classes 2-3 times a week on my days off work and instantly saw changes. I was happier and my body was changing. I’ve lost 30lbs and continue to work hard to build muscle and tone.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I was uncomfortable with the way I felt in my body and knew it was time for a change. My own health and happiness keep me going on my fitness journey.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
My Fiance is my biggest supporter and he keeps me motivated and pushes me to stay on track and reminds me how far I’ve come.

Life goals:
To be as happy and healthy as I can be for my family and friends.

Lessons you have learned:
Everything happens for a reason and when things get tough or you are unhappy with something in your life it’s up to you to make that change.

Favorite books:
Then she was gone By: Lisa Jewell, The girl on the train By: Paula Hawkins

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Love for family and friends,
Kind to animals,
Polite,
Kind gestures without expecting anything back,
Smiles.

Favorite Quotes:
“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one” – Pocahontas
I was born in Montreal, QC. I moved to Barrie when I was 4 years old. I loved to play outdoors and draw as a kid. I also loved nature and bugs, can’t say the same now though, I hate bugs. I also grew up listening to a lot of Rock and Alternative music surprisingly, which I still do listen to.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
What makes Becky so special as a trainer is her energy. Like this girl literally teaches 3-5 classes 6 times a week. Having to get up to get to her 10 am classes in the morning is already tiring for me, but I feel so good and uplifted after every class of hers.

IN MY FIRST 2 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS THE MOST INSECURE OF MY BODY BECAUSE, DURING THAT TIME, EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT BODY IMAGE. I TRIED GOING VEGETARIAN, I TRIED GOING GLUTEN-FREE, I TRIED CUTTING OUT SUGARS, BUT I COULDN’T KEEP UP WITH THESE DIETS BECAUSE I DIDN’T SEE ANY RESULTS.

Fitness Goals: 
Tone and gain more muscle.

Training Plan:
I work out 1-2 times a day, mostly weight training.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I try to avoid carbs as much as possible. I’m also lactose-intolerant so I do avoid dairy as well. I used Drip Dry by Magnum Nutraceuticals for this photoshoot but other than that I do use their Pre-Fo and Opus for that extra pump during weight training. I also love Primer and their Quattro protein powders.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
My special go-to recipe for when I’m craving something sweet is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies by Georgia Overbeck. She posts the best recipes on her Instagram @blondiesbaking_ that are very low calorie and sooooooo good.

Special skills?
I can flare my nostrils. Apparently, not everyone can so I guess it’s special.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean so much to me and I am so grateful to have them. They’ve taught me pretty much everything that school hasn’t taught me. They taught me a lot of lessons on how to save money and you know the basic essentials in life like cooking and cleaning. Another thing that they also taught me is to not hold onto little that makes you upset which is really a really good lesson for me.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness isn’t only for the fittest people on earth. They include a variety of athletes of different sizes and colours which I find so inclusive and so inspiring for others.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What do you enjoy most about editing people’s stories?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren is so easy to work with. He doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable at all, especially since he is a guy. He’s so nice though and really good at helping with poses.

6 things people would not know about you: 
1. I can’t whistle.
2. I can play the Flute
3. I’m allergic to grass. Yes. Grass.
4. I’m actually really good at Algebra but I still don’t know what it’s going to be useful for in real life.
5. I’ve never had a pet; goldfish don’t count y’all
6. I took swimming lessons when I was younger and to this day, I’m still scared of jumping into the water.

Who inspires you?
My mom because I mean I wouldn’t be where I am now without the help and encouragement from her.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I want to inspire people my age and people of color because I know it’s not easy to have confidence in yourself when you so focused on body image and how people might look at you especially being a minority, but I want y’all to know that it’s okay to feel that way and if you want to change yourself, go ahead and don’t care about what others think.

Transformation story:
I was underweight a few years ago because I would barely eat anything. I was such a picky eater. I used to take Zumba classes during that time too and even though it was helping me stay active in a way, I still didn’t feel good about myself. When it got to a certain point, I knew I needed to change something. I started eating more however I stopped exercising. I just ate whatever I wanted. At this point, I started to gain so much weight. I was eating more than the average calorie intake for adults. I did feel better about myself knowing that I had grown a decent figure, but I still wasn’t happy with the way I looked. In my first 2 years of high school, I was the most insecure about my body because, during that time, everything was about body image. I tried going vegetarian, I tried going gluten-free, I tried cutting out sugars, but I couldn’t keep up with these diets because I didn’t see any results. It was because even though I was cutting out all these different food groups, I was still eating more calories than I should’ve been. When I started training with Becky about a year ago, I noticed that I was still gaining weight even while doing cardio. I couldn’t remember exactly what she told me cause my memory ain’t that good but it was along the lines that my cause for weight gain was because I was eating more than what my body burned. That had changed everything for me. I started going on a calorie deficit and I could instantly see a difference in how my body looked. Just that taught me so much about why I was gaining so much weight in the past.

WHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS THE FACT THAT NOW I CAN FEEL CONFIDENT IN MYSELF AND NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK CAUSE I KNOW THAT I AM DOING THIS FOR MYSELF.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I started this transformation because I was so insecure about my body and I always compare myself to others. What keeps me going is the fact that now I can feel confident in myself and not care about what others think cause I know that I am doing this for myself.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip? 
I think about the fact that I have been training for about a year and stopping now will just show how much money and time I had wasted for something I worked so hard for.

Life goals:  
-Start teaching Kangoo Dance Classes
-Go to school for Hairdressing
-Learn how to play Bass Guitar

Lessons you have learned:
Stop being too generous. Period.

Favorite books:
I don’t read lmao.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?  
1. Confidence
2. Humility
3. Determination
4. Genuine
5. Integrity

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Sis go for it. Don’t get caught up in how others might think of you. Set that goal and GET IT.

Favorite Quotes:
“Life is never completely without its challenges.” – Stan Lee

I was born and raised in Dahlonega, GA. I was raised by my mom and dad and have one younger sister. I attended Lumpkin County High School. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Brenau University. Shortly after graduating from college, I moved to Florida to pursue my career in fashion. I am married and we have an (LWD) little white dog, named Oscar.

Who is your trainer?
Joe and Crissy

What makes her so special as a trainer?
They care about you as a person. They care about your personal and fitness goals.

THE GOAL IS TO STAY COMMITTED TO MY GYM ROUTINE AND INCREASE MY WEIGHT OFTEN.

Can you talk about the Thibod community? What makes it so unique?
Thibod is like a family. I literally crave this gym and classes. The gym and being there is seriously my therapy or escape.

Occupation details:
I work for a clothing line called Judith March. I am customer service and sales.

Relationship status:
I have been married for 5 years.

MY PARENTS MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME! THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A YOUNG LADY AND SUCCEED AS AN ADULT.

Fitness Goals:
To be healthy, toned, lean, active, and strong.

Training Plan:
The goal is to stay committed to my gym routine and increase my weight often.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I attend the HIIT and fit camp weekly. I enjoy the 30 min HIIT class because of the intensity and it’s only 30 mins. Fit camp is an hour long and focuses more on form and strength

Nutritional & Supplements:
Protein, pre-workout, E brake, and acid.

How did you use Magnum products during your shoot prep?
I took 2 scoops of Quattro protein powder daily. I took 2 scoops daily of pre fo pre-workout.

What are your thoughts about Magnum and which products do you use from them?
I’ve never been committed to any other brand other than Magnum. So I would say I’m biased! But I enjoy the magnum products. On a daily basis, I consecutively use acid 3 times a day, 2 scoops of pre fo, and Quattro protein powder daily.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean everything to me! They taught me how to be a young lady and succeed as an adult.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover- model?
I would be flattered.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
How did you get into this line of work and why?

THIBOD IS LIKE A FAMILY. I LITERALLY CRAVE THIS GYM AND CLASSES. THE GYM AND BEING THERE IS SERIOUSLY MY THERAPY OR ESCAPE.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Everything was smooth and he makes you feel very comfortable.

6 things people would not know about you:
I go to bed at 8 pm.
I wake up at 3 am.
I do not cook.
I have traveled abroad multiple times.
I eat ice cream every night. I talk to my mother on the phone at least 10 times a day!
I took French from kindergarten thru college, by choice, and itʼs sad but I cannot speak a lick of it.

Who inspires you?
My parents.

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE FINALLY AT A POINT WHERE WE CAN SETTLE DOWN AND CAN FOCUS ON HEALTH.

Transformation story:
I’ve always been active. But my husband and I are finally at a point where we can settle down and can focus on health.

Life goals:
To be happy, successful, healthy, and fit.

Music and artist you listen while training:
Gangster rap.

Favorite actors/ movies:
I am obsessed with all law and order episodes! Especially law and order SVU! I love me some Bradley cooper and lady Gaga.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, humble, kind, happy, and genuine.

My gypsy heart keeps me forever rooted in Wanderlust. I’ve never met a stranger…. strange people sometimes, but there’s always a connective thread. My grown-up life responsibilities have been primarily supported in different forms of the service industry…. currently manifested as a restaurant owner and massage therapist. I love all animals and insects. I appreciate a minimal lifestyle and look forward to expanding into more sustainable efforts.  I’ve developed expertise in stopping to smell the roses. I Love Life…. the good, the bad, and the ugly… .it is a beautiful tapestry.  I’ve enjoyed extraordinary experiences…. my favorite has involved food and sharing food with others, the wild existence and socialization of animals, and the incredible diversity of nature. (I’m sorry, not sorry if this sounds esoteric. I think “bios” are strange ways to identify ourselves. Lol )

THE STRONG, VIBRANT WOMEN AND MEN OF THIBOD COMMUNITY ARE ARTISTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, MOMS, DADS, HEALTHCARE WORKERS, WORLD TRAVELERS, PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS, SERVICE PEOPLE…..BUT BEYOND THAT, THEY ARE A FITFAM THAT REALLY CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER AND UPLIFTING EACH OTHER.

Who is your trainer?
Crissy Thibodeau

What makes her so special as a trainer?
She personally cares about her fit fam and is passionate about guiding through personal transformation. She’s also a fantastic dance choreographer!

Can you talk about the Thibod community? What makes it so unique?
The strong, vibrant women and men of Thibod community are artists, business people, moms, dads, healthcare workers, world travelers, philanthropic leaders, service people…..but beyond that, they are a fit fam that really cares about each other and uplifting each other. There are a lot of radiant smiles and laughter in Thibod community!

Occupation details:
Restaurant owner (own “Barefoot BBQ”…. restaurant based out of an Airstream trailer in the quaint beachside community called Seaside, FL on Scenic 30A) and massage therapist specializing in connective tissue, Thai, and Lomi Lomi techniques for over 10 years.

Relationship status:
Happily divorced, and co-own Barefoot BBQ with my ex-husband

Fitness Goals:
Now that I’m at my ideal, healthy weight again, I’d like #1 to maintain for the duration of my long, healthy life healthy weight/fat percentage, and furthermore to lean out/cut a bit more.

Training Plan:
Yoga, weight lifting, balancing macros.

Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other: 
For me, yoga is the best tool for overall fitness. I love that it’s head to toe, long & lean toning and a balance of flexibility…not to mention the mental/emotional/spiritual/lifestyle benefits. Yoga pairs perfectly with weight lifting for the ultimate combination of bone density health, cardiovascular benefits, strength, and flexibility.

Nutritional & Supplements: 
High-grade probiotics, niacin, vitamin d, spirulina, vegan digestive enzymes, vitamin b-12 (including nutritional yeast), and CBD oil

How did you use Magnum products during your shoot prep?
I used Ebrake, Afterburner, and Heat throughout the duration of training to boost metabolism, and for quality sleep and muscle repair overnight.

What are your thoughts about Magnum and which products do you use from them?
Magnum is a well-reputed and scientifically backed line of supplements.

FOR ME, YOGA IS THE BEST TOOL FOR OVERALL FITNESS. I LOVE THAT IT’S HEAD TO TOE, LONG & LEAN TONING, AND A BALANCE OF FLEXIBILITY…NOT TO MENTION THE MENTAL/EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL/LIFESTYLE BENEFITS.

Special skills?
World traveling ;), writing well, ability to adapt to new circumstances and surroundings easily, resilience

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
I am blessed with incredibly supportive, unconditionally loving parents! They raised me with the confidence to believe that there is truly nothing I couldn’t do or achieve. The thought never crossed my mind until the seeds of an abusive relationship took a foothold in my late 30s. However, I had the tools and the strength to know my soul from the inside. Because of their love in my formative years, I was able to remove myself from that destructive environment and heal. My parents, also, raised me to not participate in any –isms….racism, sexism, etc….and to live with compassion and an altruistic outlook.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I like the cross-over with emphasis on “real” people’s stories about their journey.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
It would, of course, be flattering, but, furthermore, it would be re-inspiring for me. I’m just an (extra)ordinary Jane who committed to two significant lifestyle changes, and to see it manifest on the cover of Status Fitness would be vegan icing on the cake! I would hope it would inspire other Joes and Janes to follow their own path to authenticity and to recognize that there are multiple ways to get there.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What was the most pivotal moment that led you to your passionate pursuit of health and this venue to inspire others?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren strips any internal preconceived concerns of what the photoshoot is “supposed to be.” Through his laughter and natural projection, he gives you the latitude to shine authentically, playfully, and yet still captures the best aesthetics of the moments.

6 things people would not know about you:
Sign language was my foreign language in college.
I’ve explored all 7 continents and 70+ countries.
If I could have one wish, I’d wish to fully know every language on the planet…including animals and plants.
I intend to someday teach/lead meditation in prisons.
I was given 5 years to live and 27 years later, I’m more than fine!
I live in a 1952 Spartanette.

Who inspires you?
Einstein, comedians such as Robin Williams and George Carlin, anyone who has “failed” countless times and keeps trying, Malala Yousafzai

Who do you wish to inspire? 
Anyone who feels “unworthy” or that “they just couldn’t do ‘it”

Transformation story:
I maintained a healthy weight through my early 20s. Slowly, over the next 2 decades, I topped out at about 40# overweight. In 2014/2015, I made a commitment to a Keto-esque program, and lost 35# and 35” in 40 days. I committed to maintaining that with a recent decision to begin to refine with more definition. My goal now is to truly maintain my weight within 3% of ideal body weight and fat percentage with only small fluctuations.

Life goals:
I’ve always said when I grow up, I will to be a philanthropist. I, also, hope to inspire self-love, positivity, sustainability, animal welfare, and compassion in others.

5 lessons you have learned:
Be true to yourself and you will manifest your best self.
Believe you can, because you can!
The only constant is change.
Fear and Love are both powerful driving forces, but Love burns longer and ultimately does win.  I am enough.

Music and artist you listen while training:
I listen to podcasts about nutrition, broad-spectrum wellness, and dietary lifestyle.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Documentaries, Action films. However, my Favorite show ever, Newsroom

Favorite books and authors:
Jitterbug Perfume, Love Poems from God, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Four Agreements

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Compassion….ability to recognize that we really are all in this together. Resilience….ability to handle stress and redirect with minimal casualties to self or others. Being able to think outside the box. Authenticity/Self Honesty. Humor….being able to always find joy and laughter in life through all circumstances, because at some point, we do have an opportunity to tilt our heads back and laugh at the perfection of it all if we allow ourselves to see it.

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Create habits now that will create a healthy body and mind for yourself….and keep it fun! You’ll save a lot of time and trouble for yourself over having to unravel and redirect from bad lifestyle habits.

Favorite Quotes:
“If you ever want to see God laugh, tell Him your plans.”