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My name is Leia, yes I was named after Princess Leia from Star Wars. I am 27 years old and I’m a full-time fitness competitor. I like to embrace my geekier side as I am a big movie buff and love to make silly videos, anything for some laughs and a good time. I love to live my life to the fullest and experience as much as I can. I am a very extreme person which works great with my bodybuilding goals. You need to be a little extreme to compete in the world of bodybuilding.

Age:
27

City:
Seattle, Washington DC.

Occupation:
Fitness Competitor.

Relationship status:
Married.

Fitness goals:
Becoming an IFBB pro and bodybuilding coach would be the top 2. I’d love to have my own team and continue to teach and mold the younger generations of bodybuilding at the moment. I’m trying to learn and just take all the information I can from the original big-time bodybuilders.

Training plan:
My training plan consists of five days a week, separating muscle groups for each of those days lots of fresh food and water. Currently trying to compete in the new wellness class with the NPC so just trying to grow baby grow.

Supplements:
I am a natural competitor. Currently taking CLA daily Vitamins, Amino Acids, Fish Oil’s, a Probiotic, and a Thermogenic. A lot of my supplements can be found in total nutrition.

Special skill:
I have a main stage walk and lots of sass as far as a hidden talent goes. I can do a Shakira voice and impersonation.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents were very hard workers. And the punishment would include running, stairs, and lots of extra sports practice, so I guess you could say they taught me perseverance and to push through my workouts even when tired, which I’m definitely thankful for today considering the sport I chose!

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love that Status Fitness Magazine highlights female bodybuilders and doesn’t discourage the amount of muscle they obtain. They actually show muscular females when other magazines try to wash them down which is always a slap in the face to a fitness model: he’s worked really hard on abs and the airbrush him to look not as hard. I Appreciate that Status Fitness Magazine does not do that. I think it’s incredible!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
It would mean the world to be able to just say that I am a fitness model for Status Fitness Magazine! For the last couple of years, I’ve really been trying to get my foot in the door and pushing myself. I’ve had a lot of people doubt me, and I have even doubted myself before, but I know if I just keep going I can make this happen for me someday and I’d be honored if it was with Status Fitness Magazine. Amazing!

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
I would ask him how old he was when he started getting into fitness and or/ if he played sports growing up as well as when he decided to start the Fitness Magazine.

6 things people do not know about you: 

  • My dad actually named me after Princess Leia and I have a sister named after the Lord of the Rings Princess Arwen.
  • I have a recommendation letter from NASA.
  • I can impersonate Shakira’s singing voice.
  • I have 8 siblings.
  • I won baby beauty pageants.
  • I’ve lived in my car before.

Who Inspires you?
I guess I would not be able to name just one. The people who inspire me are the female bodybuilders and fitness models, who are breaking stereotypes that muscle is manly. Their transformation photos not only show a strong sexy female body but also a strong woman physically and mentally. Those transformations inspire me daily!

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire the young girls, the shy ones, the timid ones, who may not have a lot of confidence or believe in themselves. Working out builds a strong body and mind, I believe your whole demeanor and confidence just shoots through the roof, which in return makes you take more shots at your goals, taking better care of yourself, and standing up for yourself in situations that you need to be strong for. If I can inspire people the way others inspire me, I would be so honored.

Transformation story:
I played sports all through grade school. After high school, it was straight to the workforce to provide for me. I was so stressed and only ran back then with no sense of nutrition. I became anemic and lost about 30 pounds on my already small frame. I felt taken advantage of a lot of the time and not a lot of confidence. I started working at my local YMCA, looking around and seeing all the strong females, I missed having a sport so I started lifting eventually had a coach came up and asked if I’d like to compete. As soon as I stepped on stage, I fell in love, I finally found what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life.

Your life goals:
I only have one goal in life and it sounds so cool, we all know it’s not quite that easy but my life goal is just to be HAPPY. I want to be happy in my lifetime. I want to have a happy life.

5 lessons you’ve learned?

  • If it’s not a yes, it’s a no. Do not waste your time on people or things that do not make you happy.
  • Always love harder. Even if you get hurt, do not take love away from others or yourself.
  • Love is our reward, you want to know the meaning of life? It’s LOVE. To love, and to be loved in return.
  • I’ve never met a successful quitter. All successful people kept going. Doesn’t matter how long it took, they never stopped, and eventually, they all made it. So never give up. Keep going.
  • PMA – Positive Mental Attitude. Going into something with a positive attitude even if you don’t want to do it (work, homework, chores, etc) will have a better outcome than going into something already thinking negatively about it.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
My music depends on the workouts I’m doing that day. Music definitely affects my mood so I have to make sure I pick the perfect set. Uplifting motivational and even dancy music for running such as Sia, Imagine Dragons, and some Reggaeton! When lifting heavy, definitely have to go with some Eminem and My Darkest Days.

Favorite actors and movies:
One of my favorite actors would have to be Robin Williams, it’s just nostalgic for me such as the style fire. And that would be Jim Carrey with the Mask and in McGregor with Nicole Kidman. The one roof is my absolute favorite movie with some of my favorite versions of cover songs, shortly followed by the Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Favorite books and authors:
My favorite author would be Stephen King. You always know you’re in for an interesting read a little twisted and keeps you on your toes. I love sci-fi and horror. But I am a sucker for romance, even though I try to hide it. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has some of the most beautiful quotes in writing on every page written.

5 most important attributes you see in a person:

  • I love people being true to themselves and unapologetically them.
  • When people speak their mind, open communication and easy to speak to/straight forward.
  • Cheerful! Positive people give me life and are much needed in times like these (2021).
  • Genuine – real.
  • Consistent – reliable.

Favorite quotes:
“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that” – Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything” F Scott Fitzgerald.

“Don’t just exist. Live”.

Photographer: Dustin Raymond

My name is Mariann Ledee, born and raised in Puerto Rico. My family moved to the United States when I was eight years old in search of better opportunities for my sister and me. With that in mind, seeing my family working so hard in a new country only inspired me to be the best that I could be, and to seek opportunities academically. It also encouraged me to not be afraid of shooting for the stars. I recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Administration and I hope one day to have my own business and build an empire. Fitness has been the light through many tough times during my life, has always helped me to get through whatever it is that I’m going through (ups and downs), and has always left me feeling stronger and more empowered.

Age:
31

City:
Boston.

Occupation details:
Currently, I’m working in finance as an accountant.

Fitness Goals:
Fitness to me is more than just the physical aspect of it. For me, fitness represents a healthy lifestyle, mind-body, and soul. I hope to continue to become stronger not just physically but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Training Plan:
Today, I train 5 to 6 times a week. 3 days, I train the lower body (legs/glutes/hamstrings) and 3 days upper body (arms/chest/shoulders/back).

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I absolutely love switching up my fitness routine. HIIT is one of my favorites types of workouts. By the end of it, you feel exhausted but stronger at the same time. Love a good old sweaty workout!

Nutritional & Supplements:
I certainly take supplements every day such as Multivitamins, Vitamin C, B Complex. I also ensure that I am taking the proper amount of protein daily.

Special skills?
I would say I’m a pretty good boxer/“jump roper”. I speak fluent Spanish and understand some French, Italian and Portuguese.

What do your parents mean to you?
What did they teach you? My mom and my grandmother are my inspiration and motivation for everything I do in my life. They are the strongest individuals I know.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I think what stands out about Status magazine is how diverse it is and its willingness to share stories of athletes from all walks of life. I think that is incredible and so important during these times.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
It would mean an opportunity to inspire others in their own journeys to become the best version of themselves. Whether that is in fitness, emotionally, or spiritually.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
One thing I would ask him is, what is his vision for the magazine in the next year or so, and what is the message he wants to get across to his readers through the magazine?

Who inspires you?
My family.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I hope to inspire anyone out there who is fighting daily to stay afloat against all odds. You can do it!

Transformation story:
I began my fitness journey when I was going through a very difficult time emotionally and mentally. During this time, I was going through a really long slump of just feeling down. To snap out of it, I started reflecting and thinking about all the things that made me happy as a child, and that’s when I realized that playing sports was my happy place. I loved playing baseball/softball. I also loved watching boxing. So it was at that moment when I decided to become active and started training with boxers. And this is when I became addicted to working out. I loved the feeling of challenging myself and working hard for my results. When I started seeing results in the way I was feeling emotionally and the way I was looking physically, I began to expand my knowledge of fitness and began training with some amazing trainers in Boston. It is through them where I learned about the importance of clean eating and weight training to achieve maximum results. The most important thing throughout my fitness journey has been being able to learn about myself and learning how to take control of my life whether that is the food I eat or workouts. Most things in life are out of your control but taking care of your body and temple are not, and this in itself is powerful. We are powerful.

Life goals:
My goal is to have my own business.

5 lessons you have learned:
I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that loving yourself and doing things for your well-being does not make you a selfish person! Forgiveness is key to a happy life. The sky is the limit. You can achieve anything your heart desires, you just have to find the strength and courage within you to get after it.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
Depends but lately it’s EDM station on Pandora.

Favorite books and authors:
Maya Angelou.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Honesty.
  • Reliability
  • Kindness
  • Understanding
  • Loving

Favorite Quotes:
“Like air, I’ll rise”

Photographer: CJ Sena | Angelica Vlahos

I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and came to the United States when I was 10 years old in 1996. I speak 3 languages fluently: French, Haitian Creole, and English as my last. I graduated from Stroudsburg High School and currently attending St. Joseph’s College; a private college in New York; pursuing my Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. I am a professional bikini bodybuilder under the Natural Muscle Association. Now, competing in the NPC/IFBB organization. I published my first recipe book in 2019 titled, “Dieting Deliciously, “Crave-Killing Recipes For The Healthy Foodie.” My latest business is the creation of Designer Bag Exchange, a platform that connects buyers and sellers worldwide involving luxury/designer bags/Accessories. Launching April 2021.

Age:
35

City:
Manhattan, New York.

Occupation details:
Student.

Fitness Goals:
Acquiring control of balancing my overall health; physical, psychological, emotional, occupational, and social. I also would like to help others.

Training Plan?
It changes all the time. However, the basics are that I focus on two major muscle groups each day and finish with a few drop sets. I also work on parts I feel that need a little more work each day and finish off with abs.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, and others?
HIIT – A must, It saved my life when New York shut down all its gyms for 5 months!

Powerlifting– I believe it’s a sport that requires a lot of patience, and a strong mind/body! I believe it does wonders for bulking season, look what It did for my lower half!

Bodybuilding – an individual would never understand the amount of work, discipline, and overall consistency it takes to achieve being one of the greats in this industry! More emphasis on discipline and consistency, as much on the off-season as competition season.

TRX – Amazing for the overall score! I have a set myself but haven’t used it for quite a while. I actually did a feature using the TRX bands a few years ago for Inside Fitness.

Yoga– one of the most difficult and fulfilling tasks I have ever experienced! I used to attend a hot power yoga class ( 3x a week) that used to leave me drained and rejuvenated at the same time. The fat used to just melt off my body at an accelerated pace with dieting and additional training ( weights, cardio)! The first thing on my list post covid is to find a studio in NYC.

Others? 
I believe in a proper 3-day fast to initiate any diet and even a complete revamp of your eating habits a week prior to prepare for the fast. I believe in the keto diet minus most cheeses, bacon, and other unhealthy fats that contribute to high blood pressure/clogged arteries, etc.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Eat what grown from the earth and you’ll be more than halfway there.

Special skills?
I am a great cook, I guess. Nothing special. I do find it interesting how shocking it is to certain people when I talk about my love for cooking.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My father passed away when I was very young! I believe that a huge chunk of the overall development of a child is always altered or affected when he/she lacks a parental figure growing up. I learned how to cook and to always respect others the way I would want to be treated.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
In my opinion, what I love about Status Fitness Magazine is that it showcases all branches in health and fitness. It’s edgy, trendy, educational, and most of all mainstream! Its staff/editors are not afraid to showcase/embody bad@$$ aesthetics and beauty with a hint of desirability! At the same time, it still captures its readers/audience without limiting to only featuring a typical, perfect, cookie-cutter girl-next-door. I think it’s wonderful.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
If I were chosen as the cover model for Status Fitness, first I would probably cry as I always do when something extremely exciting happens to me; To tell you the truth it would be an honor. Especially after undergoing a 4.5 hr foot and ankle reconstruction surgery in 2019, which took me a year to recover and fully walk again. Then when I was improving in physical therapy to be able to train again, New York had gone into a full lockdown closing down all the training facilities. I remember trying to run outside and had to turn right back around to ice my swollen foot, even 10 months post-operation. Despite it all, I took myself out of the mental rabbit hole I was spiraling into and began HIIT training at home. I cleaned up my diet and stayed consistent until they opened the gyms back up again. I started feeling strong-minded and fulfilled again. The only thing I am craving more than anything is joining my fellow athletes on the stage doing what I love doing.

This year, besides going to school full time, I plan to compete in Pittsburgh on May 1st and continue on until I make it to the Olympia stage. This feature would not only be an honor but it would solidify that the light at the end of the tunnel is just another door being opened for more opportunities and challenges that come with them.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?

  1. What do you believe is the secret in keeping a magazine alive in a generation where so many others have perished?
  2. What do you look for in a model and, or athlete to be featured on the cover?

6 things people would not know about you?

  • I listen to Hans Zimmer; a Master Composer, when I’m stressed. My favorite piece “ The Way Of Life.”
  • I ride and own a Kawasaki Ninja 400! I drive a stick and I am obsessed with sports cars. My father died when I was young but I pretty much got it all from him.
  • I really don’t like trying on clothes when shopping. About 99% of the time I get the correct size.
  • Not only do I love to cook but I am pretty darn good. ( shoulder pat lol)
  • My favorite cartoons are Rick & Morty, & Dragon Ball Z.
  • I have 4 Yorkies: Scrappy, Charlie, Winston, Oliver.

Who inspires you?
It truly depends on what phase of my life I am in. However, I get my inspiration from the average person who has built him/herself up out of nothing. Those who work in silence, as they spend sleepless nights towards achieving a dream. Those who went from sleeping in their cars to run their own company. The single mother who puts herself through college as she raises a son or daughter; with all odds against her. Finally, the girl who worked tirelessly to prove to herself that the limits that are set before her are the limits that she places there herself.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I would hope to inspire anyone who has the will to do whatever it takes to pursue and fulfill what he or she is most passionate about. In my lifetime I had to learn on multiple occasions that some people just are blessed with a support system since childhood and others have had to rely upon themselves most of their lives and go through unspeakable obstacles to fulfill certain dreams they may have, and wanted to pursue.

Transformation story:
In February of 2019, I competed at the Arnold Classic and placed 4th. Though it was not my most proud moment, I was still pleased to have been in the top 5 contestants. Shortly after I had to get a complete foot and ankle reconstruction of which I needed almost all of 2019 to recover and go through a battery of physical therapy sessions. Still, I began to clean up my diet and work on losing the weight I have gained just through nutrition until I can actually get to the gym again. By December of 2019 I began training with minimal mobility; In other words, I could train my upper body and the only type of training I could do was on a stationary bike. This continued until about March when I could at least partially do cardio on an elliptical. Then suddenly Covid hit and the gyms in New York City were all shut down including the one in my building. Psychologically I felt helpless and unmotivated to train at home. My diet was just falling apart and I just gave up! Within 5 months I gained about 20 lbs and was more depressed than ever! Until one day I couldn’t handle being unhappy, depressed, and overall uncomfortable. I tried running outside and my healed foot and ankle swelled up for the next 3 days. I gave it another try but this time instead of attempting to jog, I just walked as much as I could and focused on completely cleaning up my diet. Each day, I took it as a new challenge until finally I began feeling stronger after about 3 weeks and lost 15 lbs. Within 7 weeks I dropped 5 inches in my waist and all of the sudden the gyms opened again. Though we were still in lockdown, each day I woke up I  had something to look forward to accomplishing. I went from being absolutely devastated, recovering from a year-long injury, and sitting at home all day in a state where we could not even leave our homes, to then focusing on being healthy and competing again in May 2021.

Life goals:
My goal is to look back one day and be proud of who I’ve become as a human being; a friend and maybe one day, a mom.

5 lessons you have learned:

  • I always measure the character of human beings by the way they feel about or treat animals. I don’t vibe on all levels with a human being who doesn’t love nor value animal life and well-being.
  • When feeling unmotivated, always start your day by making your bed, brushing your teeth, and immediately after, hitting the gym. Somehow, it has always worked for me psychologically.
  • School isn’t for everyone. However, education sure as hell teaches you many important elements and fundamentals of life that you may not have gotten growing up. Make yourself available to learn and understand different cultures, ideologies, and overall experiences.
  • I have learned to love who I am. Although I have struggled most of my youth figuring it out. I know that I am a free-spirited, fun-loving, judgment-free being, Yet, I am also viciously curious, impatient, and a little stubborn. However, I will give you the last 100 dollars in my wallet if I knew you truly needed it knowing that I will go without (only for a short time).
  • If I ever become a mother, to never walk away from my child; The regret will far outweigh my pride in the end; from both sides.

Music and artist you listen to while training?
Cardio or HIIT: House Music: Axwell n Ingrosso, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Benassi, Avicii, Kygo, Tiesto, Kaskade, Steve Aiko, Eleven, Hardwell, Skrillex, Martin Garix, Diplo, Zhu!

Weights: Rap or  Hip Hop: 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, DMX, Juvenile, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Tupac, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Here we go!

Actor: Jaime Foxx Michael B. Jordan – Movie:  Just Mercy

Actor: Bruce Willis –  Movie: Tears Of  The Sun, The Sixth Sense,

Actor: Chadwick Boseman – Movie: Marshall, Black Panther, Avengers

Actor: Gerard Butler – Movie: Gladiator

Actor: Viola Davis- Movie: The Help, Widows

Actor: Taraji P. Henson – Movie: Hidden Figures

Actors: Robert Deniro, Chazz Palminteri – Movie: A Bronx Tale

Actor: Robert Downey Jr. – Movie: Avengers

Actor: Tom Cruise –  Movie: The Last Samurai ( Hans Zimmer composer)

Actor: Denzel Washington- Movie: Malcolm X, Training Day, The Equalizer 2, American Gangster.

Actor: Jason Statham: Movie – Too many to count I just love him lol.

Favorite books and authors:

  • Animal Farm – Paul Orwell
  • The Power of Letting Go – John Purkiss
  • Whispers – Dean Koontz
  • PSYCH 101- Classical Conditioning- Ivan Pavlov- Learning by association.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Driven, hard-worker.
  • Passionate, exciting, loving, caring.
  • Intellectual, open-minded.
  • Reliable, personable.
  • Thoughtful.

Favorite Quotes:
“Energy and persistence conquer all things!”
“It’s the only quote that summarizes everything I aspire to do and to be”.

Photographer: Amir Marandi

My name is Marisa and for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. Growing up, I was always into sports and I spent a good portion of my adolescence competing in gymnastics, swimming, and diving. While I have always been athletic, I, unfortunately, suffered a serious knee injury when I was 10. This led to numerous knee surgeries and a few back injuries along the way. In my mid-late 20s, I found myself overweight and depressed. I didn’t know what to do or where to go to feel better, I felt so lost. I began to read books about food and how food can be used to heal. In August 2017, I had injured my back again and finally had enough. My doctor told me to strengthen my core and my back pain would likely go away. What started as a journey to heal my back quickly became a journey to lose a bit of fat and gain some confidence. While I took that journey much further, it made me realize how I can help others who feel lost just like I did.

Over the last few years, I have worked hard at achieving the body of my dreams and the mentality to match! I now have multiple coaching certifications, health coach certifications, as well as becoming a certified energy healer. Because of this, I have quit my 9-5 job and created a special guided coaching service to help people who were just like me. It is my mission to help as many people as I can to get out of the “rut” they are in because if I can do it, so can you.

Age:
33

City:
North Salem, NY.

Occupation details:
Freelance IT Consultant, Holistic Fitness/Wellness Coach.

Relationship status:
Single.

Fitness Goals:
I always strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle while in prep or in the offseason. My current goal is to build more muscle to be competitive in the new wellness division, turn pro, and ultimately compete at the Olympia.

Training Plan?
This changes every three months or so (during prep I will lift and do cardio 6 days per week):

  • Day 1: Glutes/Hamstrings.
  • Day 2: Back and Biceps.
  • Day 3: Rest.
  • Day 4: Glutes and Quads.
  • Day 5: Chest and Shoulders.
  • Day 6: Rest.
  • Day 7: Rest or high volume day on a body part that isn’t sore.

Repeat for 3 months.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, Bodybuilding, others?

  • HIIT: HIIT workouts aren’t for everyone however, I love HIIT workouts for myself and some of my clients. I find it keeps the cardio interesting and fun.
  • TRX: TRX has been awesome to add to mine and other clients’ programs for at-home workouts. There is so much you can do with TRX training, especially for beginners, and learning pistol squats.
  • Yoga: I think yoga is underrated. I love yoga for stretching as well as pairing some poses with energy healing, I incorporate yoga stretches for myself and my clients and I recommend everyone do some type of yoga stretches as often as possible.
  • Powerlifting: Powerlifting is intense. Sometimes in my off-season, I feel like I should join a powerlifting meet, then realize how much dedication is involved here too. It’s just as important here to fuel your body correctly and lift safely to reach your max weight, and it’s really cool to see how far you can take your body with lifting.
  • Bodybuilding: I’m a bodybuilder, so I tend to prefer this lifting over everything else. Being able to lift heavy to build muscle and change it up a bit for prep to chisel away is one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed happen to my body. As a competitive bodybuilder, nutrition and lifting are very important but what we’re competing for is a look not overall strength like powerlifting. I commend every bodybuilder and powerlifter because of the dedication and discipline it takes to compete.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I am a fan of macro counting. I love finding the best way to make the foods you love fit your diet. I successfully created a macro-friendly Big Mac! As for supplementation, in my offseason, my supplements are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Turmeric
  • A cortisol reducer
  • Dandelion root
  • Probiotics

During prep I take the same supplements plus:

  • Fish oil
  • Fat burners
  • Digestive enzymes
  • A multi-vitamin packet

Special skills?
I have the ability to light up a room and make people believe in themselves again. I’ve also been known to walk near a computer or printer that is having technical issues and it magically starts working again!

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are very special and important to me. Not only did they give me great genetics, but also two sisters who are my everything. Our parents taught us from an early age about work ethic and sportsmanship. I was a competitive gymnast when I was in my early teens and my parents always showed me love, support and taught me how to work hard for something I truly wanted. This 100% created the discipline I have today.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I believe that what separates Status from other fitness magazines is doing things like this. Getting information out about the wide range of the fitness world that is out there. Fitness isn’t a one size fits all approach, and Status lets their community know that.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
I would be so grateful for that opportunity as it would mean so much to me to become the next Status Fitness cover model. Not even for myself, but for everyone else who looks to me for inspiration. My reach to others would be that much further. To be able to touch the lives of more people through health and fitness by being a cover model, I’m not sure there are words I could even say for the gratitude of that!

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
I would ask him if this is what he saw himself doing years ago. And if not, what did he see himself doing then, and how does that compare to the position he is in now?

6 things people would not know about you?

  • I’m a computer nerd – I can fix the majority of hardware/software issues.
  • I have my master’s degree in information technology/web design.
  • I quit my full-time IT job to pursue fitness coaching.
  • I used to coach gymnastics and diving.
  • I LOVE rocks – I have a serious rock and crystal collection.
  • I taught myself to play guitar in high school and had an all-girl band.

Who inspires you?
The men and women in the gym who I see, looking a bit timid/scared to have a full workout. I know what that feels like, I started in their shoes and I respect the hell out of that. They showed up and tried, and the inspiration I get from that fuels me to continue to be a better person in and out of the gym.

Who do you wish to inspire?
As many people as I can while on this beautiful planet. Regardless if I inspire one person or thousands of people, I want everyone to know they are unique, deserve love, and can do whatever they set their mind to.

Transformation story:
Back in 2017, I went to my doctor with a back injury. This wasn’t my first time with that injury. He told me, I could have surgery or hire a personal trainer to strengthen my core, but the choice was mine. I went to a local gym and did just that. I started out weighing 146lbs and not loving myself whatsoever. After a few months of training and eating better, I started to see results. Over the next two years, I learned so much about my body, my food, and my mind that I decided to compete. I won 1st place in my first bikini competition in March 2019! I competed several more times after this, each time doing pretty well. My last competition was in March 2020 at the Arnold Sports Festival. I placed 5th and was thrilled. I had come so far from where I started and was so proud of myself. Then COVID happened. I made the decision to take time off from the strict dieting and fix my mind because sadly, I still didn’t love myself or my body. After months of getting certifications, helping others, and doing some deep inner work, I am now 10lbs heavier than my original start of journey weight, with less body fat, SO much love for myself, and the entire world in front of me.

Life goals:
My life goals are to help as many men and women as possible find their inner confidence while guiding them with health and fitness. If I can go from 2017 me to 2021 me, anyone can!

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Not everyone is my friend.
  • People will only change (lifestyle/habits) when they truly want to.
  • To wait for recognition – not to go out and seek it.
  • The truth will hurt and piss you off, but it will ALWAYS be better than lying.
  • Everyone is different in their own way, and that is a beautiful thing.

Music and artist you listen to while training?
I listen to a variety of music during my lifts from Hip Hop to Rap to Rock to music from 2000. I do keep a theme with the music I listen to and the songs are mostly about overcoming hardships or winning, for example, Champion by Carrie Underwood!

Favorite actors/ movies:
Chris Evans and all of the Marvel/Avenger movies. I love watching the final battle scene in End Game while doing fasted morning cardio. Nothing sets you up better for the day than some inspirational heroes saving the world! Also – I love Wonder Woman.

Favorite books and authors:
I love all of the Harry Potter books and any book that has to do with astrophotography; as well as a few books by Dr. Joe Dispenza, especially Becoming Supernatural.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Integrity
  • Work ethic
  • Family values
  • Self-care/love
  • Intelligence

Favorite Quotes:
“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford.

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz.

Photo By: Kayla Goff Chris Hayden Darren Burns

I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the US when I was 22 years old. I lived in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida before moving to Nevada. I’ve been in Nevada for about 6 years now. I was pursuing a degree in Computer Science before I found my calling as a first responder. I have no children but I have two dogs that keep me busy.

Age:
36

City:
Las Vegas, NV.

Occupation details:
First responder.

Relationship status:
Single.

Fitness Goals:
Due to the nature of my job staying fit and healthy is important to me. My life or the life of others could depend on it.

Training Plan:
My goal is to run 10 miles a week. I normally divide this into three sessions. I have a little gym with weights at my house. Ever since Covid 19, I try to work out at home as much as I can.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I do not take supplements, however, I do meal prepping. I prep my meals and freeze the meals so I’m able to eat healthy, quick dinners on a daily basis. This way, I stay away from junk food. I take videos of me prepping my recipes and upload them onto youtube (Freezerfitmeals), to share them with others.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, Bodybuilding, others?
I love doing group classes like HIIT or quick predetermined workouts. I’ve also done some Yoga classes. I would really love to try Yoga with goats.

Special skills?
I’m skilled with any home improvement project. I can lay tiles, pour cement, and even do light electrical work.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are very important to me. My parents taught me everything while growing up, from cooking to cleaning, to how to use a hammer and saw, to how to plant food and care for pets, and how to be a good and loyal person. They taught me to never hesitate to get my hands dirty.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love how Status Magazine can be my one-stop shop for fitness-related news, training, and nutrition. I also like the approach from first-hand experiences and people I can relate to.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
I have never thought of myself as a fitness model. I just like being healthy, staying fit, and in turn, feeling good about myself. Being on a magazine cover is every girl’s dream, it would be awesome to show that if you are passionate about something, such as fitness, this dream could become a reality.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
Status is a huge platform that many of us read and value. Who is the person that inspired you most to create the magazine?

6 things people would not know about you:

  • I own more tools than makeup.
  • I gutted and remodeled my house by myself.
  • I own firearms and I know how to shoot them.
  • I speak two different languages.
  • I eat Nutella out of 5kg buckets.
  • I don’t like to wear makeup.

Who inspires you?
My dad. Because he is a hard worker that builds many businesses from the ground up. He is not scared of getting his hands dirty and he never forgets about the people that are not so fortunate in life.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire the little girl who believes that she must fit into the stereotype picture of a woman. I’d like to see more women succeed in male-dominated professions.

Transformation story:
From very young, I’ve always liked eating healthy and staying active. Obviously, there have been periods in my life where I wasn’t staying as active as I wanted to but pretty soon got right back into it whether it was hitting the gym or joining friends for rock climbing sessions.

Life goals:
To live a healthy and to live a long life.

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Don’t put your hand in the cookie jar.
  • You can never get enough sleep.
  • There is nothing a woman can’t do.
  • Hard work always pays off.
  • Never forget where you came from.

Music and artist you listen to while training?
I like to listen to Latin Pop like J.Balvin and Hawaiin reggae.

Favorite actors/ movies:
I like Cameron Diaz and my all-time favourite movie is “The Notebook”

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Honesty
  • Efficiency
  • Caring
  • Strong
  • Loyalty

Favorite Quotes:
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Photographer: Taylor Cifuentes.

Age:
24

City:
Chandler, AZ

​Occupation?
Stay at home mom.

Share your methods and at least one inspirational story of a person you trained?
I find consistency to be the most important method to success. While training a friend of mine, I was approached by a random gym goer. She explained to me that seeing me push myself and my friend so hard, I had encouraged her to do 5 more minutes of cardio. It’s little moments like that, make big impacts. Little moments that compound and remind us that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing.

Fitness history:
Basketball, softball, cross country and track running, and weightlifting.

Share your unique training/coaching methods.
Push yourself just as hard as you push others. Again, consistency is key in the fitness world.

Training Plan:
Currently in a bikini prep.

Your plans and fitness plans after the pandemic?
Continue to compete and lift weights.

Nutritional Plan:
High Protein and moderate carb with low fat.

Supplement Plan:
Iron Supps and Digestive enzymes.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
I feel like some magazines are afraid to show what it takes to be a pro and Status is not.

What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”?
It would mean the world to me to see a magazine like Status promoting someone who is not the “cookie-cutter” image most magazines show. Being an individual is something I refuse to sacrifice to “fit in” and having a brand back that idea would be such an amazing feeling.

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status?
It would be amazing!! I could continue to prove that hard work and dedication will get you where you want to be if you refuse to give up!

Favorite Quotes:
“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain” – Bob Dylan.

4 things people don’t know about you:
​​I love art and video games.

I can lick my elbow.

I can’t do a cartwheel.

I have a slight fear of heights.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
Any female who wavers in her confidence. I know that struggle, especially after having my son. I want to encourage women to push themselves towards goals and achieve unexpected things.

Who inspires you? And why?
Olympians. Watching athletes of that magnitude get on stage and own it is so exciting. It makes me want to go so far in the bodybuilding world.

Photographer:  Luis E Torres

WHO AM I? NATHALIE CHOPIN – A PRO FITNESS ATHLETE. Mom of 2. Freelancer Model, Certified Personal Trainer, Functional Trainer, Group Class, Fitness Coach, Post Partum Coach, Nutrition Coach, and Transformation Body Motivational.

My fitness journey began years ago as a simple healthy journey then grown into a competitive athlete. That lifestyle taught me about perseverance, discipline, and hard work. It also revealed to me that our bodies are capable of amazing things. This is when my love for body-sculpting began. I started teaching boot camp classes, cycling classes in France, Switzerland, and Germany building My Fitness Journey’ from the ground up to lead and launch my brand. For the first time, I witnessed how men and women all around me were embracing health and fitness. I wanted to dedicate myself to help as many people as I could! Especially women. This led me to move into online training, investing every part of myself into making my fitness brand the best online community possible! My philosophy is simple; become and build your own body goals first! This will transform and unlock the happiest, healthiest, and confident version of yourself.

Since the beginning of my journey, I had a love relationship with the gym. I was always consistent and when I worked out, I gave my everything to get by. Then one day, I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I wanted more for myself. My commitment to change and hard work allowed me to transform my body. I was eating cleaner, looking good, and feeling better from the inside out. My biggest transformation was actually the transformation of my mind! I always knew training and exercising would make me physically strong and fit, but I had no idea what it would do for me mentally. Fitness showed me, I have the mental capacity to push my body past the limits I never imagined. Today, I am where I am at 40 years old, and the growth in my journey has never stopped!

My mission is to empower and inspire lifestyle changes, either by my training, my nutrition, or my modeling. I have in my heart the mission to see everyone healthy but mostly to know what healthy feels like and to understand that our body image is a direct reflection of our habits and priorities, both of which are receptive to change at any given moment. 365 FitLife starts with the mind, so let’s take a look into the healthier side of life and uncover the person you’ve been hoping too. Creating my brand to help others get inspired, showing that it is possible to create the body of your dreams through balance, healthy eating, and strategically oriented workouts. Genetics for me is no longer the ultimate deciding factor in regards to your shape or physique.

SO THE QUESTION IS:

  • Do you want to feel Beautiful, Healthy, Fit, Strong, and Sexy?
  • Do you want to feel confident in your skin and proud of yourself?
  • Are you ready to become your own body Built goals?

IF YES?

Let me guide you on your fitness journey and help you achieve your desired results! The 365 FitLife personalized program is a workout and meal program tailored to you and your goals – which means you’re guaranteed to get results! I’ve helped many many people especially women to get in shape – but the biggest transformation that most of my members experience is the transformation of their minds. The 365FitLife program not only promises you the body you dream to build, but it’ll also leave you feeling more confident, empowered, and the best version of yourself, because of YOU! I customized the perfect workout for either home or gym to get you in the best shape of your life.

My program is designed for women like YOU who are ready to become the best version of themselves. Through taking control of your mental and physical strength, it is my goal to empower you and introduce you to the idea that working out and eating healthy does not have to be boring and routine.

My training style incorporates various techniques including resistance training, calisthenics, high-intensity interval training, and weight training. The variety embedded into the workout routines that I customize for you keep workouts exciting, fun, and fresh, encouraging you to adopt health and fitness as a lifestyle. With my personalized meal plans, workouts, and lifestyle hacks, youll be able to achieve a toned feminine shape while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. I will teach you how to train your mind to believe that your body can become whatever you want it to be! All I need from you is YOUR DEDICATIONS, FAITH, AND TRUST throughout the process.

My philosophy is simple: BE YOUR OWN BODY GOALS!

Me as a mom of 2, I can do it, then you can do it too!

From the moment I decided to stop fighting against the things that I disliked about myself and instead channeled this energy as motivation, I evolved into a strong, fearless, and confident woman. This is when I learned that a large portion of my motivation stems from within. Living a healthy lifestyle became more than just looking good on the outside. It quickly transformed into feeling good on the inside too. Knowing this for myself, I was encouraged to help others feel this too. When I learned how much I could impact thousands of women and men across the world to reshape their bodies and shift their minds, this changed my mind forever. Just imagine what you could achieve if you fulfill your true potential!

Training Plan?
I use old-school training incorporating new bikini exercises to shapes! I enjoy power training as much as strength training, Hiit, Plyometric, TRX, Yoga, etc…

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I enjoy the balance that HIIT is offering between heart going up and down.

TRX is great as it’s working on our balance, strengthening the core muscle, forcing us to use our body weight which is great.

Powerlifting is a great sport that consists of a strength sport, that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts. I’ve lots of admiration for Thule of training.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I keep it very simple: – multivitamin/ VitC/ iron/ Zma/ Bcaa / Créatine/ whey- casein protein.

Special skills?
Part of my Brand consists of helping women strengthening their Pelvic Floor.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
They mean the world to me. They taught me to always values each individual and respect them, been down to earth, but always remains wise and aware.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?

Status Fitness Magazine is continually building industry with a leading team in those fields: bodybuilding, fitness, training, nutrition, sports supplementation, science, publication. I believe Status Magazine has seen a huge growth in terms of traffics, publishing, size, circulation, distribution, editorial, and public awareness. I enjoy the diversity when it’s come to body culture sport, differents approach, différents techniques.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?

Oh wow! It would be an honor! An honor for the trust, the opportunity to empower at some level women around the world that are my age, over 40, mom, entrepreneurs wife’s with a vision of living a healthy long life.
If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
What makes you along the road have such passions for Culture of bodies/ nutrition etc?

6 things people would not know about you?
  • I grew up in Cameroon (in Africa) in my very first 19 years before moving to France.
  • I’m a Tomboy.
  • I speak 4 languages fluently: French / English 70% / German 40% / Cameroon dialect 40%.
  • I’m a single mom of 2.
  • I love traveling.
  • I love Soccer.
Who inspires you?
When I first started, I had zero inspiration other than staying fit and healthy. At the time, fitness wasn’t as big in my town back in France as it was in the USA. Then, I have baby fitness models such as Andriea Brazier/ Stephanie Ayala/ Candice/ Hattie/ etc.

Who do you wish to inspire?
Wishing to inspire all women, moms, everyone that wants pushing, supporting, lifting by showing them it’s possible if we really want to be the best healthy version of themselves.

Transformation story:
My transformation was steady and graduate, over the years my goals changed, evolved, grew. When I was younger, I wanted to always stay petite then I fall in love with fitness and decide to build a féminin soft muscular physique.

Life goals:
Becoming a Motivational Speaker as soon as my Brand is finally launching.
5 lessons you have learned:

  • Believing in ourselves first.
  • Must keep the drive, the hope, the faith.
  • Stay and remains authentic.
  • Follow your dream no matter what.
  • Also making sure to make your presence noticed, but mostly your absence felt, that’s the key.​


Music and artist you listen to while training:

African Beat / ADM /  French music/ American Music. I’m diverse when it’s come to music.

Favorite books and authors:

Greek Philosophy. Books about entrepreneurship/business mind.

6 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Kindness.
  • Respectful.
  • Energy.
  • Drive.
  • Motivation.
  • Positivity.


Favorite Quotes:

“Be kind whenever possible, but don’t be naïve.”

Photo by: John Harvell

Mother of 2 beautiful children Matthew 22 and Marcella 18, and an IFBB Pro Bikini competitor. I enjoy traveling, lifting weights, watching my daughter’s soccer games, hang out with friends.
I began competing in my mid-20s. At that time, the Figure and Bikini divisions had not yet been introduced so I had to enter the Fitness division which included performing a fitness routine. Having no gymnastic or dance background, but through perseverance and determination, I was still able to compete and take it to the next level. I quickly switched to the Figure division once it was introduced. I started out without having a training coach for the first couple of years, only worked with the owner of Beverly International for nutritional guidance. Since I wanted to compete at the highest level, I contacted Mike Davies (my coach) in 2004 to work with me and to help me attain my goal. I went from placing in the top 5 to dead last from one show to the next at the Nationals level but I didn’t get discouraged. I continued to work to build a better physique each time I stepped on stage but couldn’t seem to be able to put on enough muscle without having to use enhancement drugs. Not having the success that I was hoping for in Figure, shortly after the Bikini division came out, Mike suggested me to switch over. Three years later, I earned my IFBB Pro card at age 45. I competed at the Pro level for a couple of years and decided to take some time off to focus on my children.
Age:
51
City:
Beavercreek (OH)
Occupation?
IT Professional – Business System Analyst.
Fitness category:
Bikini division.
Training Plan:
I train early in the morning (5 am)as a good way to begin my day and to get it out of the way so that I have time for my children in the evening. I always start out with a fasted cardio before lifting because I often finish a gallon of water during training so there’s no way that I’m able to do cardio for 20-30 mins without having multiple stops to empty my bladder. As far as cardio goes, I refuse to do ‘steady state’ cardio because I get bored too easily. Interval cardio training either on the treadmill or the step mill and HIIT twice a week is my go-to. I have a one-off lifting day each week.
Building season:
  • 20 mins fasted cardio in the morning – 3 days a week. 20 mins HIIT twice a week.
  • Legs, Shoulders, Back – each twice a week alternating heavy day, light day – heavy day 6-10 reps max / light day 12-15 reps.
  • Glutes and Hamstrings – twice a week – heavy day / light day.
  • Chest / Triceps / Biceps – once a week – heavy one week and light / high volume the next.
  • Abs / Core work – mostly in between set on shoulders, back, and chest days.

On season:

  • 30-45 mins fasted cardio in the morning – 4 days a week and HIIT for 20 mins twice a week.
  • 20-30 mins cardio in the evening – 5 days a week.
  • Lifting remains the same as in the Building season.  My strength usually remains the same during the on-season.
  • Abs / Core work – same as in the building season but also add twice a week 20 mins session in the evening only focusing on abs/core work.

Your plans and fitness plans after the pandemic?
Continue to work on building a physique that will allow me to step back on the Pro stage again this year.

Nutritional Plan:
Here’s a sample of my nutrition plan for show prep:
  • Meal 1 – ½ cup oat, 3 egg whites, 2 oz flank steak
  • Meal 2 – 4-6 oz of orange roughy, 6 asparagus, 2 Brussel sprouts
  • Meal 3 – Spinach salad with ½ cup broccoli, ½ cup red bell pepper, 6 oz chicken, balsamic vinegar
  • Meal 4 – 3 oz tuna mixed with ½ cup diced avocado and 1/3 cup of roasted red pepper, spread on top of 2 plain rice cakes
  • Meal 5 – 1 serving cream of rice and 1 scoop of Muscle Provider.

Supplement Plan:
  • Vitamins C, B-100, E, D. Milk Thistle, St. John’s Wort.
  • Advocare Spark and Arginine Extreme – Pre-workout.  During on-season, add a fat burner.
  • Glutamine – Post-workout and before bedtime.
  • Muscle Provider by Beverly International – meal replacement once a day or late-night snack.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
I love the layouts, the articles, and the photos. It’s so nice to see Status as one of the few print publications that are still devoted to fitness, showcased hard-working fit people.
What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”:
It reflects the discipline, dedication, and hard work that I’ve put in to build my physique over all these years.
What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status?
It would be such an honor and I would feel so humbled to grace the cover of Status at my age, considering all the years I’ve dedicated to my personal fitness.
Favorite Quotes:
  • “Work hard, stay humble, smile often, never stop learning”.
  • “Dream it. Believe it. Build it”.
  • “Aim for the moon and if you miss it you may hit the star”.
  • “Your limitation is only your imagination”.

5 things people don’t know about you:
  • At the age of 16, I performed as a piano soloist with the Everett Symphony Orchestra.
  • I was born and raised in Vietnam, lived there until 12 years old.
  • Top 10 at the Miss Washington State America Scholarship Pageant and of course my talent was piano.
  • I have a kick-ass sense of humor.
  • I love to wear boots around the house.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?

My daughter – as a child, she appeared to never be afraid to try anything. I want to instill in her that she can do anything if she sets her mind to. The mind is a powerful thing! I often remind her of my 4 favorite quotes.
Who inspires you? And why?
My mother – As a widow, she raised 5 children on her own in a Communist country and later brought them to America to build them a better life. Despite the many hardships that she endured, she continued to stay strong and not let anything get her down. She fought through many obstacles to achieve her dream of becoming an RN. I have always looked up to my mother. She was and still is at 82 the hardest working woman I’ve ever known. Kind, and compassionate. She has instilled in me a hard work ethic and always has compassion for others. She has always encouraged me to go after my dreams, never give up, and overcome any obstacles that come my way. She has taught me to be strong and to make wise choices in uncertain situations. She has instilled in me the same thing I want to instill in my daughter, which is I can do anything if I set my mind to.
Photographer: Amir Marandi

I grew up in a small town in Alberta and had a simple life growing up. I was competitive by nature so quickly fell in love with track and field. The challenge, discipline, and dedication were a driving force for me through my teenage years and transitioned to the fitness competition world, where I won my first Bikini show in 2014 and received my pro card with the WBFF. My passion for training and pushing myself continued after the birth of my son. The gym became an outlet for me as a new mom, even if it was only a short time every day. I enjoy learning and educating myself to be the healthiest I can be for not only myself but also for my family. I am a certified sports nutrition coach and in the process of starting my own little food prep company so I can help others reach their goals too.

Age:
38

Location:
Calgary, CA.

Occupation Details:
Mother & Nutrition Coach.

Fitness Goals:
To remain healthy and strong. Continue to learn and grow.

Training plan:
Resistance training with weights and bands: 5 days a week. Functional mobility, balance, and stability: 1 day a week.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Multivitamins, Greens, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Digestive Enzymes, Magnesium, BCAA’s, Aloe Vera Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, and 3-4 Liters of water a day.

Transformation Story:
I needed a lifestyle change. A challenge. I had been working late nights and up early mornings. I was very tiny. I felt exhausted and weak. I started seeing all these fitness models everywhere online, they were so inspiring. Specifically, Annette Milbers and Heather Robertson. Having little to no experience with weight lifting, I knew I needed a trainer. I met with Paul Anthony in 2013. He asked me what my goals were. I looked him straight in the eye and very seriously said – Two things:

  1. I want my WBFF Pro Card.
  2. I want to look like Heather and Annette.

He laughed. (His loud infectious laugh) I laughed. We all laughed, and then we got to work. I continued working nights. I trained consistently with Paul. A year later, I stepped on the stage and won my Pro Card! And funny enough, Annette is now one of my closest friends.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Health issue. For the average person, being able to move and live through your typical day at a weight you are comfortable with means everything. Sustainable health means being able to maintain your healthy habits and weight with little work. Dropping weight in a healthy manner will keep the weight stay off. This helps your overall health at home, at work, and at play.

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: 20
  • Health level:  80

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 open to either. Whatever tastes great, agrees with my body, and gives me the best results.

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover.  As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you about this opportunity?
It would be an absolute honour to represent Status at such a prestigious event.

What separates Status from other Fitness Magazines?
Status covers so much of the Fitness Industry, from Competitions to Bodybuilders to MMA.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Cover-Model?
It would be an honour. A dream come true.

If you meet Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
Who was the most interesting athlete you’ve met?

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by anyone who puts in the effort and work. Anyone who chooses to take that first step and just start. It doesn’t have to be the person lifting 400lbs. It can be the person who has never stepped foot in a gym before but is choosing to start now. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to be there.

Who do you wish to inspire?
Other Mothers. I want them to know it’s possible to get your body back after having a baby. It’s ok to wear a bikini. It’s ok to feel sexy. The constant judging and shaming that comes with motherhood need to end. Anything is possible if you work hard and commit to it.

6 things people would not know about you:

  • I’m a Graphic Designer.
  • I’m a Lash Artist.
  • I’m a homebody.
  • I love to cook and bake.
  • I love fishing.
  • I’m a country girl at heart.

Life goals:
Maintain a happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle. Be the best mother that I can be.

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Be kind.
  • Do not compare yourself to others.
  • Consistency is key.
  • Everything in moderation.
  • The number on the scale does not matter.

Music and Artist you listen to while training?
Country, Rock, House, Hip Hop.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, kindness, loyalty, integrity, respect.

Favorite Quotes:
“Progress over Perfection”

“Do what you can with what you have”.

Photographer: Cherie Cymbalisty

Having enough of being sick and tired, I resolved to change my life for the better at the start of 2015 and stuck with it. Got a gym membership at Fit For Life and the feel-good endorphins I got from exercise helped change my outlook and forge a healthy lifestyle. I lost 15lbs in the first three months by cardio. After finding a smarter way to eat and train (thanks to my coach Corey Pedri) I NEVER LOOKED BACK. Five years later, earning my IPE pro card, being able to slash my body fat to 14% and lose more than 40 lbs, and take on the stage I mentally feel like I can take on anything. Bodybuilding is more than just a sport or hobby; it is also a life-changing activity.

I started out competing in NPC shows. That federation doesn’t test for steroids. I did good being a natty bodybuilder with local shows but National shows were a whole different story. I decided to compete in Natural Bodybuilding in 2020 and won my pro card the very first show! Now my goal is to step on that pro stage this year.

Here is my journey:

2015- Started strength training.

2016- Competed in my first bodybuilding show. Figure division. Med City Muscle Classic in Rochester, MN. I won 1st place took overall in the figure Division.

2017- NPC USA Championships (Nationals) in Nevada, Las Vegas on July 28th. I won 2nd call outs 9th place.

2017- NPC North Star Championships in Burnsville, MN on October 8th. I won 1st place Figure Division.

2018- NPC  North Americans Championships (Nationals) in Pittsburgh, PA, on August 30th. Unfortunately, I didn’t place.

2019- Took a year off to build muscle.

2020- Mr. and Ms. Natural Minnesota in Burnsville, MN on June 27th. I won 1st Open Figure Division, 1st Masters Division. Overall Champion in Figure. Won my IPE PRO Card.

Age:
37

City:
Faribault, Minnesota.

Occupation details:
Supervisor at Aldi / Bodybuilder.

Fitness goal:
Step on stage for my pro debut this fall, October 2nd at NANBF Clash of The Titans.

Who is your trainer? What makes him/her so special to you?
Corey Pedri – We have a love-hate relationship. He’s pushed me to the max! There have been many tears shed. He is so supportive, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant. He means the world to me. If it weren’t for his push every day, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He has trained me for 6 years. He knows exactly how far to push me.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean the world to me. They have supported me through this journey.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love that I can relate to articles in Status and learn from other hardcore competitive athletes. I’m always learning bodybuilding. I know what it means to put in the work, so reading some of the bodybuilder articles makes me happy that they get a chance to talk about their journey. It’s a lifestyle. It takes time, a lot of time!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
It would mean the world to me if I become the next Status Fitness Cover. It’s hard to put into words. I’m from a small town and not a lot of people understand my lifestyle. It’s hard to get noticed in the bodybuilder world. I’m not looking for fame. I’m just simply saying to “fit in” the group of bodybuilding is hard. I have the town of Faribault behind me. They all know how hard I work. I would love to tell my story. All the sacrifices it takes to become the best version of yourself. The deep into prep mind, getting down to 10% body fat, nutrition, late-night meal prepping, so fatigued but still have to do cardio. Trying to lift so heavy all the way up to show day. To be flexible in a magazine would be a dream come true. Show my town that never gives up on your dreams. Even for the small-town girl, you just never know!

Special skills?
They call me “Ali” at the gym! BB walking lunges would be my freakish skill. My PR is 250 × 8, 4 sets of 8.

3 things people would not know about you:

  • Three-time State Champ for dance line.
  • Wanted to go to College for radio broadcasting.
  • Wanted to be a WWE Diva.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I want to inspire the young generation. You got to work for it. It’s not going to just fall on your lap. Work hard!

5 lessons you have learned?

  • NEVER GIVE UP.
  • Be around people that support you.
  • You are stronger than you think.
  • During the process of trying to master one thing, you’ll learn to master other things.
  • Quit telling yourself that you are not good enough.

Photographer: Jeff Binns