Anh Lee



Relationship status:

Social worker and student

Fitness category?

The TNT Muscle promises to be an amazing show. What helped you decide to enter it? What were you looking most forward to?
After sustaining an injury while preparing for a powerlifting meet, I had decided to look into pursuing other goals. I’ve always wanted to try bodybuilding and figured that it was time to take a leap and give the sport a try. The TNT Showdown happened to be a viable option due to location and in terms of timeline. I was looking forward to meeting new people and seeing what I could achieve in terms of physique. How my body looked was never a very big focus while training for powerlifting, but it’s always been something that I thought about.

Your plans and fitness plans after the pandemic?
The plan at present is to prep for a show in the fall! I’m very excited to walk on the stage for the first time. I’m a very competitive person, so I’m looking forward to competing lots once the world re-opens.

Training Plan:
At present, I have been doing workouts at home 6 days a week. They alternate between lower and upper days, but my coach is saying that this will start to change as we enter a new block. 

Nutritional Plan:
I’ve been trying to diet flexibly within the macros that my coach has set out. It’s definitely been a struggle going from eating whatever I wanted to have to weigh and track everything I eat though.

Supplement Plan:
In terms of supplements, I don’t really take anything special. In the morning, I have multivitamins, fiber, greens with EAAs, and collagen. I also use various protein powders throughout the day.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
Status is one of the most popular fitness magazines in Canada! Being Canadian, it makes the magazine more appealing for sure! It makes the content feel more “real”.

What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”?
It would be surreal to become a “Status Symbol”. I’m a very ambitious person, so I feel like being a Status Symbol would just feel like such an achievement. I have this personal goal of making some sort of significant impact on people and I think becoming a symbol could help with that goal.

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status?
Being on the cover of a fitness magazine is something that I would have never considered possible for me. I’ve always struggled with self-confidence and body image, so to imagine being on the cover of Status seems crazy. One of the things that always held me back from competing in a bodybuilding show was the fact that I have a lot of scars down my arms and legs. Although I’ve personally come to accept them and recognize the significance that they have in my story, I know that not everyone understands and they do sometimes draw negative attention. When you think about someone on the cover of a magazine, you think of a sort of perfection. I am definitely the furthest thing from that; I’m very average looking and scars are usually not something you see on models.

Favorite Quotes:
I went through a rough period during university because I was so disappointed in myself for needing some extra support from my instructors. I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, so it was hard for me to admit that I needed help. The chair of my department came to talk to me one day and told me her favorite Brene Brown quote, “No matter how much I get done, or is left UNDONE, at the end of the day I am enough.” I think about it a lot. Another one of my favorite quotes is from a book I was recommended called Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; “The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.”

5 things people don’t know about you:

  • I graduated from high school in grade 11 because I wanted to finish that chapter of my life as soon as possible and begin the next.
  •  My favorite shows on Netflix are The Office and Suits. I’ve probably watched both series at least 3 times within the past year.
  •  I love food with such a passion that sometimes I window shop on Skip the Dishes or go for walks by restaurants just so I can smell food.
  •  Before I started powerlifting, I used to compete in martial arts called wushu for a few years. That’s how I met my best friend.
  • As a child, my parents enrolled me into a billion extracurriculars which happened to include private magic lessons. Why? I have absolutely no idea.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
As mentioned before, my goal is to make some sort of significant contribution to society. I have a passion for advocacy and feel very strongly about children’s rights and justice. I’d like to think that as long as I could inspire at least one person, I would be pretty happy regardless of who it was. I work for a mental health agency in the city and get the amazing opportunity to work with a variety of youth and young adults, so I think that it would be incredible for at least one of them to have been impacted by what I do.

Who inspires you? And why?
One person I really look up to is Sheldon Kennedy. His choice to use his experiences to positively make a change for children inspires me daily. The work he does now is so important and makes such a big difference for so many kids. It takes a lot of courage to disclose the information that he did and then to further use it to advocate for those like him is absolutely incredible.

I am a proud mother of two beautiful children and happily married to the man of dreams whom I met by accidentally crashing my car into him. My days are busy as a mom but my home gym helps keep my fitness goals on track and has been a lifesaver during this covid -19 pandemic. I enjoy cooking and baking and have always been a healthy eater. I love sharing my colorful nutritious meals and meal prep ideas on my social media.

I have always been athletic, looking back as far a my high school days, I was on every sports team my school offered. After having my two children, I started competing in bikini fitness, most recently placing 2nd place in my class at the CPA Northern Classic Naturals in 2019. Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine but it was kicked into high gear when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. My mother has beat cancer four times. But it was that first initial diagnosis that transformed me. I made it my mission to help her, I would lay awake at night reading and researching foods that fight cancer, foods to help boost immunity and energy, and most recently heart-healthy meals to combat heart disease. Both my mother and father have had cancer. I have made it my mission to do the best I can to provide my family with the tools we need to stay healthy and lessen our chances of developing hereditary disease through nutrition and regular physical fitness.


Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Fitness Goals:
I am currently building muscle and plan to compete when the world returns to normal.

Training Plan?
I am currently working out four to five days a week with two upper body workouts and three lower body workouts as well as two 30-40 minute cardio sessions. I am eating a high protein diet, eating 2200 calories a day.

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

  • Fitness level: 40
  • Health level:  60

Is weight loss more a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I think this depends on what fitness means to you and in what context you view it. I usually only try to lose weight when I am competing and ready for the stage so I personally would say in this context weight loss would be a fitness issue. Strict diet and increased cardio to cut weight for the stage. I would consider someone trying to lose weight because they are unhappy with their body or have troubles staying on track with healthy eating more of a health issue.

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 personally choose supplements naturally sweetened with stevia or monk fruit. I try to stay away from aspartame and Sucralose and typically choose all-natural no artificial flavours or colours. Many studies have shown a connection between cancers and artificial sweeteners. I have a strong family history of cancer and heart disease so choosing whole, natural, nutritious foods are the route I chose for our family to help lessen our chances of developing a hereditary disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Whey protein and I love sipping BCAAS while working out.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
HIIT is my favorite form of cardio, as a stay-at-home mom utilizing my time is a must. HIIT gets the job done with time to spare. I have competed in bikini fitness competitions, recently placing 2nd in my class at the CPA Northern Classic Naturals in 2019. Bodybuilding is a great fitness goal.

Special skills?
I am a great cook, some would say a healthy meal extraordinaire. I have a passion for meal prepping and have been helping others reach their goals through meal prepping and sharing my healthy recipes online through my social media. I am also extremely clean and organized.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean the world to me, both my parents are warriors. My mother has battled and beat cancer four times and has never complained about the hand she was dealt. My father also a warrior has survived skin cancer and recently drove himself to the hospital while having a heart attack. Both my parents have taught me to be strong, to fight, and to keep living even when all odds are against you.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
It would mean so much to make it a cover model. It’s a bit of a bucket list item for me approaching 40. Also coming from a small town, it would be so inspiring to see me on a cover, to inspire others to give it a shot and follow their path no matter how small the start.

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him?
What keeps you relevant? Your magazine has been around for a long time, what keeps it going?

Who inspires you?
My mother is my greatest inspiration. She has battled cancer four times and has beat it every time. She has been so sick that she could barely move but still rolled around and played with my children. She has been in the most pain but never told us. She never complained about the hand she was dealt health-wise and fights every day to live. She continues to stay positive and is an inspiration to so many especially me.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire my daughter and other women and mothers, especially those my age that it’s never too late to be fit and healthy, to set goals, and be proud.

6 things people would not know about you?

  • I am extremely clean/organized.
  • I am almost forty.
  • I met my husband in a car crash.
  • I am a crazy plant lady.
  • I attended university.
  • I hate flying.

Life goals:
I plan to take a holistic nutrition course when both my kids are in school full time. Maybe work on a meal prep business or create a cookbook.

5 lessons you have learned:

  • Never give up.
  • Health is wealth.
  • Nothing comes free.
  • The days are long but the years are short.
  • It doesn’t happen if you don’t try.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
I love to listen to 90’s hip hop and dance music while working out.

Favorite actors/ movies:
I love a good romance. Ps, I Love you and Gerald Butler are one of my favourites.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Authentic, Honest, Loyal, Accountable, Caring.

Favorite Quotes:
“Hard Work puts you where good luck can find you”.

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need”.

Photo By: Ali Sohr

Are you a trainer?

Yes, I’m a personal trainer and fitness and spinning instructor.

Who is your trainer?
My trainer is Dickens Lambert – bio3fitness


Occupation details:

Fit coach / personal trainer, fitness/spinning instructor. I teach everything from Bootcamp, aerobics, abs butt and thighs class, circuit training, swiss ball, muscle toning, strength training for seniors, pilates, and stretch classes.

Relationship status:
Mother of 2 children.

Fitness Goals:
My fitness goals are to train hard and be the best I can be, become strong, lean, and healthy and continue to compete in a competition, be an inspiration like others were to me, and model for fitness magazines, and fitness clothes and supplements.

I live and train in Montreal, I’ve been in sports since I was 10 years old. I’ve been in gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, field hockey running clubs, track, and field. In high school, I started to compete in 400 meters, 1800 meters races, then continued racing in 5 km races. I’ve been a personal trainer and fitness instructor for 18 years. In the past year, I wanted a bigger challenge and starting to compete in muscle mania fitness Canada, so in 10 months I’ve completed 3 transformation category and fitness model and now I’m proud to continue and pursue another big goal and dream that is to be in Status Fitness Magazine, and continue going strong.

Training Plan:
My training plan consists of training 6 days a week plus meditation and a few power naps.

Between 1.5 to 2 hours a day in the gym.
4 days of weight training and stretching. ( mon Tues Thurs Friday)

Cardio training between 5-6 times a week, 30 – 45 mins, circuit training alternate between jump rope training, spinning, or circuit training on a treadmill or running outside. Plus abs workout, and the odd pilates or yoga class.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I believe in different types of training and chasing it up to get good results. So besides bodybuilding and just cardio, yoga is a great compliment to this as well as adding TRX training, and also find it really affected to add some jump rope training and high-intensity training is very affected as well. I find changing up your routines in your workouts achieves greater results.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Eat clean, consist of protein, carbs, veggies, and good fats. Plenty of water every day. But still love my cup of coffee in moderation of course.
I use Protein gluten-free.
Omega 3 fish oil.

I also use different pre-workouts from time to time.

Special skills?
Personal trainer / Fitness coach /modeling
Fitness instructor / Reebok spinning instructor
Circuit training
Body toning
Stretch class
Strength training for seniors

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean a lot to me. I was brought up in church and taught me to trust in God and he will provide for our needs. I was always taught to love one another, my parents taught me good values.


What separates Status from other fitness magazines?

The thing that separates status from other magazines is, you have a fantastic set-up with such great photos of men and women that just come alive from page to page and your focus isn’t pages and pages of supplements photos. And you focus much, much more on interesting articles, from success stories, nutrition tips exercises, workouts, and recipes, and different supplements and tips. I just love status and so honoured to be part of it, it’s my dream come true.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover model?
It would mean a lot to me and feel, a great accomplishment to have achieved a great goal and being an example and great inspiration to our, that anyone reaches for the stars.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
How can I become an employee at your status magazine?

What was it like working with Healthy Vision Photography?
The photo shoot went really well,  it was so professional, made me feel very comfortable, and believe in myself, even more, the setting was so natural. Great communication and made me feel so special. And thanks to everyone who is making this happen for me. My dream is to be a model in the fitness industry.

6 things people would not know about you:

Who inspires you?
My coach and friend Dickens Lambert was my great inspiration who believed so much in me, when he told me about the new category transformation in the fitness Canada completion and ask if I was really to compete and share my story with the world.


Who do you wish to inspire?

I hope to inspire anyone who needs help to get healthy and in shape, including seniors and youth. And especially women who feel when they reach a certain age as early as their 40’s and feel that can’t get in shape or lose weight, cause of eating habits and hormone pills. At 56 yrs old I am the living example that I can help them through food plan exercise plan and way of life and proper mindset.

Transformation story:
After being extremely sick with an unexplainable weight gain and a bloated stomach looking 5 months pregnant and gastro every day, bend over with stomach pains and 3 trips to the emergency by ambulance with blood pressure over 200 and being undiagnosed each time lead me to go see a naturopath who took 2 different test to send them to a lab in the states for testing and to discover, I was intolerant to gluten and extremely allergic to garlic and penicillin, and also infested with parasites in my intestine. After 5 months of treatment, I was cured of parasites and this is what lead me to my transformation journey in health and fitness. In competing in Fitness Canada in October 2016 for the first time and in 12 weeks I lost over 30 pounds and 20 percent body fat. I want to encourage and inspire everyone to share their experience and follow their dream and never give up. When we change our thought we change our life. I’m happy to announce in may, 2017 I did a second transformation in Toronto and still going strong and healthier than ever. All of my health issues have been cured, due to healthy eating, proper food plan, exercise, and good sleep. My next challenge is to rock the stage in Montreal in the fitness model category. Going from 159 lbs to 120 in 10 mths. Strong is the new sexy. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I will continue to compete and my dream is to be a fitness model for status fitness one day.

Life goals:
To inspire others, remain healthy, keep training hard, meditate every day, enjoy life and love everyone, make a difference in peoples’ lives, and do work that empowers and fuels me and makes me happy.

5 lessons you have learned:
Love myself / trust in god
Be motivated
Have confidence
Have strength
Have a good mindset


Music and artist you listen to while training:
Bon Jovi

Lady Gaga

Favorite actors/ movies:
Fast and the furious
Wonder woman

Favorite books and authors:
Secret the power  by Rhonda Byrne
The power of intention / change your thoughts change your life by Dr. Wayne Dyer
The power is within you / and You can heal your life.  By Louise Hay
The four agreements.  By Don Miguel Ruiz
Ask and it is Given , Learning to manifest your desire By; Esther and Jerry Hicks, the
The teaching of Abraham.  I love the inspiring video recording.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Love yourself, and whether it is a team sport or training in the gym, set goals for yourself and just believe in yourself and have fun in all you do.


Favorite Quotes:
What doesn’t challenge you won’t change you
Strong is the new sexy
If you can dream it you can do it
What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger


Who is your trainer?
Joe Thibodeau

What makes him/her so special as a trainer?
I had never trained before my first session with Joe. I was nervous and had no idea what I was doing but Joe was patient and has taught me so much. He is constantly pushing me and has helped to build my confidence.

Occupation details:
Revenue Manager

Relationship status:

Fitness Goals:
I’d like to continue to build muscle and lower my body fat percentage.

Complete Bio:
I am a 35 year old female and work as a revenue manager for a vacation rental company in Destin, FL. I moved here 5 years ago from Indianapolis. I graduated from IU.

Training Plan:
I do HIIT three days a week, train with Joe three days a week, lift on my own 2-3 days a week and dance 3 days a week.

Thoughts on HIIT, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I love lifting and training with Joe. It’s been amazing to see the progress that I have made over the last year and a half. I couldn’t believe the results and changes in my body composition when I added HIIT classes to my routine.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I use Magnum Heat, Magnum E-Brake, and Magnum Pre Fo. Crissy introduced me to macros and it has helped me keep my nutrition on track.


Special skills?
I have attempted to think of an answer for this question for a few days and I keep coming back to nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills…I can’t get Napoleon Dynamite out of my head (now my answer for #10 makes sense).

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are a huge part of my support system and have encouraged me throughout my fitness journey. They call daily to see how my workouts are going!

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status doesn’t just cater to competitive athletes. It is inclusive of all levels of fitness!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
It would be amazing but I would wonder if they ran out of other candidates.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
I would ask him what made him decide to get involved in the fitness industry and what he enjoys most about his job.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
I was extremely nervous about the photoshoot but Warren made me feel at ease. He made it fun but was very professional. I just listened to everything he told me to do and I appreciated the guidance.

6 things people would not know about you:  
-I had a poem published when I was in elementary school.
-I had the mumps in 2007 (despite being vaccinated).
-I must have my music and TV volume on an even number.
-I do a great Cookie Monster impression.
-I have some hippie tendencies.
-I’m a bit of a clean freak.

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired on a daily basis by the people that I come into contact with at Thi Bod. Everyone has a different story and is in a different place on their journey to fitness.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I wish to inspire anyone that is on their fitness journey and offer them the same support I have received from our Fit Fam.


Transformation story:
I had always been in decent shape but had put on some weight and didn’t feel good about myself. I joined the gym last year and began training with Joe. I never expected to enjoy working out so much. I took it to a new level this year and decided to participate in the photoshoot. I lost the weight I had gained but more importantly, I feel great!

Life goals:
I want to continue to grow in my career and maybe try something new! I’d like to travel as much as possible.

5 lessons you have learned: 
-Never give up.
-Set goals.
-Family and friends are the most important things in the world.
-Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
-A strong support group makes a huge difference.

Music and artist you listen while training:
I tend to listen to a little bit of everything from Cardi B to Disturbed.

Favorite books and authors:
I prefer to read Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson. I’m a little bit of a nerd and could read all day long.

5 most important attributes you see in a person? 

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
My nieces constantly tell me that I don’t HAVE to go to the gym when they ask what I’m doing and I say I have to go work out. I explain to them that they are right, I don’t HAVE to go but I WANT to go. I try to support positive body images so I make a point to let them know that I want to be strong and healthy as opposed to saying I want to lose weight.

Favorite Quotes:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

Kelowna, BC. The 2016 Kelowna Classic saw well over 200 competitors take to the stage at the Kelowna Community Theatre in front of a full house at the evening show. Ian Tomlin has promoted this show (formerly the Western Canada Tested) for the past 17 years and despite the number of competitors, his expertise showed as the show ran smoothly through pre-judging and finals. Congratulations goes to Ian, the British Columbia Amateur Body Building Association executive, the judging panel, the team of volunteers and the competitors.

Tested shows are nothing new in Canada, however, WADA compliant tested shows are and the British Columbia Body Building Association has recognized the need to offer the competitors of the province an Olympic level tested avenue where competitors can truly pursue their respective goals against like minded competition.

BCABBA Official photographer David Aboody was front and center photographing all the action for the competitors and as well Status Fitness Magazine. He shares, “From this reporter/photographer’s perspective, I can safely say that this show will continue to be a popular destination event on the BCABBA calendar. It has been a pleasure to have attended/covered it regularly since 2001”. Each of the winners looked great as did the entire group for that matter. What an amazing group of competitors! Very well done. Check out David Aboody’s photos below.

Industry expert David Ford caught up with a number of the competitors after the show and in this show review he goes into some detail about several of those that stood out to him.

I lasted attended the Kelowna show in 2007 and have to say I am very impressed with the growth of the tested shows, including this Kelowna event. Across Canada I am seeing more and more shows pop up. What I especially like about the direction the BCABBA is going, is that this truly is a tested event – 100% WADA compliant which is a game changer in the industry. I had a chance to view the top competitors in this show and approached a number of them to ask about their experience as a whole – including the show, meeting fellow competitors as well as the significance of doing a WADA compliant tested show. Check out several in the next section. 

[Joanna Dziedzic – Kelowna Classic Bikini Overall Winner]

Joanna Dziedzic took the Bikini Overall and for good reason. I have been at hundreds of shows and know potential when I see it. She is definitely someone to watch! Joanna has an incredibly marketable look. In fact, I expect to see Joanna on the pages of industry magazines within the next year. A combination of beauty, great genetics teamed with hard work and heavy lifting over the years has helped her develop a physique suitable for Bikini on the next level.


When asked about the show Joanna shares, “The Kelowna Classic was my first bikini competition so I had no idea what to expect come show day. Looking back, I can say that the show overall was coordinated very efficiently by the BCABBA. I had a great time both backstage and on stage with the other competitors, who all share a zeal for fitness and bodybuilding. I loved being surrounded by people with the same mindset, struggle, dedication, and will-power in preparation for the show, and I definitely know now in my heart that this is my true passion.”

[Joanna Dziedzic – Back Pose – Kelowna Classic Bikini Overall Winner]

I asked Joanna about her experience with the other competitors and she elaborates, “All of the competitors I met backstage were so kind and supportive! I only heard compliments on one another’s conditioning, tan, and suits during prejudging and finals – which was the opposite of the jealous cattiness I assumed. Some girls were helping others out on their posing, while others generously shared their peanut butter to those like me who forgot! I met so many wonderful, strong women who each have a story beyond their 12-week transformation, and who motivate me even more to reach my full potential both on and off the stage.”

[Joanna Dziedzic – Kelowna Classic Bikini Overall Winner – Receiving Trophy from BCABBA President Ross Duncan]

What did it mean to Joanna to compete in a WADA compliant event, she states, “Knowing that I am competing in a doping-free sporting environment makes me feel a sense of ease due to the fact that I am on equal grounds against other competitors. I am confident in knowing that I will not be judged at a disadvantage if another athlete has taken a substance to boost her proportions or tightness. Clean bodybuilding is a core value to me because I believe in the patience, hard-work, and perseverance needed to sculpt an aesthetically-pleasing physique of which the human body is naturally capable of. I find it amazing that the BCABBA has introduced this Traditional stream of competition for those who would like to stay free of banned substances and to walk on stage as a reflection of their passion for justice, equality, and integrity to the sport.”


Keep an eye on Joanna as she steps on stage at the BC Cup in early June. I expect we will see her qualify for the 2016 World International Events Qualifier on June 25 in Moncton, NB.


Over the past few years there has been a few Figure competitors that stand out not only because of their shape and muscularity, but also because of their stage presence and overall marketable look. In this show it was great to see Jennifer Weintz make the switch from Bikini to Figure. I have known Jennifer for a number of years and photographed her back in 2012. It is evident she has been working hard as her shape continues to improve to impressive levels.

[Jennifer Weintz – Kelowna Classic – Figure Overall Winner]

I asked Jennifer about her experience at this year’s show. She shares, “The Kelowna Classic is one of my most favourite shows to compete in. There were tons of helpful and friendly volunteers making sure our day ran smoothly. Everyone looked beautiful and has something special about them. It was interesting to hear people’s different stories and how much they’ve had to endure to get to that stage. YOU all are champions in my book.”


Competing under WADA compliant rules is an awesome opportunity for every drug free athlete regardless of the sport. I have known many genetically gifted competitors opt to do a legitimately tested show for multiple reasons. One to compete on the fairest levels possible and two, to simply prove they are clean athletes. I posed the question to Jennifer and she offers, “It feels good, however, I normally don’t pay too much attention or compare myself to other competitors as I believe that just robs your self of your own precious energy and power.”

What does Jennifer have planned next? She states, “I will be competing in the BC up on June 4, which is just 3 short weeks away. After that, it’s time to focus on my boyfriend who will be competing in July. Again, thank you everyone for all the love and support. It means more then you know.”


[Sasha Alaniemi – Figure D Winner]

Sasha Alaniemi is another very marketable Figure competitor to keep an eye on in the next few shows. Sasha shares, “The Kelowna Classic was my first show and I had an amazing experience. I had no idea what to expect, but I thought it ran quite smoothly and the volunteers were extremely helpful and great at organizing the athletes. I had so much fun and it was an unforgettable first competition. It was also great to be able to showcase all the hard work I had accomplished in the last 4 months on stage!” What was Sasha’s experience like around the other competitors? She says, “It was truly an honour to share the stage with so many other motivating and inspiring people who share the same passion as myself. I made friends with a lot of competitors over Instagram first, so meeting them in person was awesome! I also made friends with so many women back stage, and everyone was so supportive and positive that it made the experience much less stressful and nerve wracking.” Regarding stepping on stage in a WADA compliant show, Sasha offers, “It felt great knowing the competition I had at this show was fair, as I intend to only compete in the natural stream, I am glad that there is a whole stream dedicated to natural bodybuilding.”


Where can we expect to see Sasha next? “I placed first in my class and was able to qualify for provincials, so I will be at the BC Cup in New Westminster on June 4, 2016 to compete once again this season. My goal is to qualify for Nationals, and from there I want to continue to work my way up, eventually earning my Pro Card. I really fell in love with the sport of body building and becoming a figure athlete has become a passion for me now. Aside from competing, I would like to get educated to become a personal trainer/nutritionist and help others reach their health and fitness goals.” It will be great to see Sasha on stage at the BC Cup. Be sure to join us in cheering her on!


[Krysten Novak – Bikini C Winner]

Going into the Kelowna show, I knew Krysten Novak was one girl to watch in Bikini. She is great on stage and possesses a nicely toned physique with great shape. What was her experience like at this show, Krysten shares, “It was a rewarding experience. I just wanted to step on stage to get out of my comfort zone. I completely exceeded my original goal.” When asked about her plans going forward, she states, “I definitely want to do the BC Cup in June. I’m looking forward to taking a long offseason to put on size, focus on strength and coming back with a better package next year.” That is always a great strategy. Too many competitors rush shows and don’t give their bodies time to heal and grow so of course the results will continue to be similar. This off season will definitely see Krysten come back in 2017 and be a threat for an overall title.

Let’s take a look at some of the other winners from the show.

[Aidan Brow – Junior Bodybuilding]

[David Gilks – Grandmaster Bodybuilding]

[Dayna Sharkey – Master Bodybuilding]

[Dan Murray – Lightweight Bodybuilding]

[Ivan Petrov – Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding]

[Jennifer Butts – Grandmaster Women’s Physique – Best Poser]

[Susan Coderre – Women’s Physique A Class]

[Heidi Gawehns – Women’s Physique B Class]

[Claude Rey – Classic Physique A Class]

[Aaron Prevost – Classic Physique B Class]

[Darren Maywood – Classic Physique C Class]

[Denise Riley – Figure A]

[Gillian Nolan – Figure B]

[Gord Broderick – Master Men’s Physique]

[Kamalpreet Gosal – Men’s Physique A]

[Robbie Stainton – Men’s Physique B]

[Eric Yip – Men’s Physique C]

[Chris Rutherford – Men’s Physique D]

[Sumita Kolppa – Grand Master Bikini A]

[Shirley Mitrou – Grand Master Bikini B]

[Ami Mills – Master Bikini A]

[Kristy MacLeod – Master Bikini B]

[Sue Heikkila – Master Bikini C]

[Claudia Lopez – Bikini A]

[Sheri Amendt – Bikini B]

[Kezzi Loewen – Bikini D]

[Tyme Wharton – Bikini E]

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Marlene Suarez


What does being part of the ThiBod Fitness Community mean to you?
It is my daily medicine, physically and mentally!  It makes me feel the best I can at 61. It is my fitness family, a welcoming friendly place that keeps you coming back for more every day and it never gets old!  I am so grateful I found it 7 years ago, it was the gym community we were looking to find no intimidation. It has taken me to my present fitness level at 61 years old and reinforces my future fitness goals.  It keeps me motivated to keep working out daily and wanting to work out to maintain what I have developed!
It keeps me feeling young it truly does! It energizes and inspires me to stay in shape.  I have been 100% involved in workouts since mid-May 2012. We were empty nesters at the time, thinking about retirement, and wanted to seriously take our fitness to the next level.  I was closely approaching my 55th Birthday and my husband and I wanted to find a gym to join and even get involved with Boot Camp workouts and really focus on working out more and consistently.  We found Crissy at a local gym, it was a miracle and her energy and welcoming personality, made you feel comfortable, along with all the others in the class, it was so addictive, everyone was friendly and encouraging, it radiated during every class!  I started doing her Zumba classes on a regular schedule and haven’t stopped in 7 years.  I took her class as often as I could after work which was about 3-5 days a week including Saturday classes and blended in Yoga and Body Pump classes.  A few years later I added Joe’s Boot Camp 3 times a week and it was about that time that Thibod Fitness was born and basically bumped up my workout routine to 6x a week with Boot Camps, Zumba, Yoga.
Now that I have retired I work out at least 6x a week what I always dreamed of doing when I had the time available.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I do Crissy’s personal fitness 3x week, followed by the 24/7 on my own 2x week, Zumba 6x, Yoga and Stretch 3x. I have kept this schedule for about 2 years now.  Working out at Thibod is my daily preventive dose of medicine to combat the ills of aging.  Thibod Fitness Community is my inspiration to maintain a healthy fitness lifestyle even at 61, I have fitness friends 30, 20, 10 years younger but we all have the same fitness goals!!!

What are your 1 and 2-year fitness goals?
1 Year Goal:  Continue to stay on track from the 2018 photoshoot prep and maintain a base level. Even on vacation enjoy some free time but always work out in another gym and stay in check with macro counting. My goal this year is to do another photoshoot prep and plan on even more transformation results.  I am excited about this year’s Status photoshoot because I will be starting at a different fitness level. I really want to step out of my comfort zone and have even more visible definition in my muscles and be more natural in my photoshoot since it will be more familiar.

Since I am retired I have a weekly fitness schedule that I follow every day along with macro planning.  I have traded my daily commitment to going to work every day to working out!

2 Year Goal: Continue working out and maintaining the base from the previous year’s success.  I just want to feel good and look good at 62.  Age is just a number and I want to step beyond that number and continue to feel as good as I did when I was in my 20s/30s/40s!


What do you feel Crissy and Joe do that sets them apart from all other trainers?
They are both just the best, truly genuine, and dedicated fitness trainers and professionals. They love what they do and their passion is visible every day. They truly care about all their clients individually and want us all to succeed in our fitness journey, training and advising. They make everyone feel like family, push us to our limits, making it fun and committed. I love how their classes are a balance of training and camaraderie. I have known Crissy & Joe for the past 7 years and their love for fitness radiates every single day.  Every day is an exact fitness repeat at the top energy level!!!

How did you feel about being a part of the Stats Fitness Magazine Team Feature shoot?
I am excited to have this great opportunity and feel like it’s an accumulation of all my fitness goals in the last 7 years. Definitely a rewarding and awesome experience for someone who is approaching 62.

What was it like working and shooting with Warren?
It was an amazing experience working with Warren, I have never done a personal photoshoot before and was a little scared.  I didn’t know if I could be natural and if it would show that I was nervous.  My husband and I both did 1-hour shoots and we blended a few pictures together with a theme.  Warren worked with both of us at the same time and it was a great experience.  Warren makes it such a comfortable natural experience.  He really makes you feel special for that 1 hour of your life!  Warren is really great, I can’t find the words to describe his genuine love for what he does!  He must change lives daily, every time he shoots.  He loves what he does and it shows in his work!!!

Roy Suarez


What does being a part of the Thibod Fitness Community mean to you?
Keeping one’s feet on terra firma is what defines being part of the Thibod Fitness family. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “Terra Firma” as dry or solid land when compared with the sea or air. Carl Jung wrote in more poetic terms that it is the ease with which wind can carry us off of solid earth and onto uncertain waves and that it is, therefore, good to keep one foot upon terra firma. I couldn’t agree more.
The Thibod Fitness Community is where most of my friends are and where my social, physical, and mental health is moored. It’s where I go to get a dose of a reality check or to a shot of encouragement on those days that I feel threaten by the forces of gluttony, laziness, and apathy. It’s also where I go when I start believing in myself too much. Because having one’s foot in terra firma means that I understand that while I might be able to reach a goal by myself, that doesn’t mean it’s the best or easiest way to achieve a goal. Friends help.
Knowing that there are others who are fighting the same fight is often the only encouragement I need to not give up on myself and those words of encouragement are often all the inspiration I need to be there with a few words of encouragements for others when I feel they may need a short respite from the rigors of the fighting their own demons. Thibod Fitness is a building but it’s the Thibod family that keeps my feet firmly set in terra firma.

What are your 1 and 2-year fitness goals?
My fitness goals? That’s a question that would have been so easy to answer in my younger years. At one time that my answer to that question would be to lose weight and fit back into size 36 pants. But that was then and this is now, and I know today that it’s not just about fitting into a pair of pants. If my fitness goals were merely about losing weight and I achieved that goal but lost my health would that have been a worthwhile endeavor?

Today at my age it’s so much more complicated. I really only have one goal and that is to live a long and active life as I can and to achieve that goal I have had to add many objectives. Currently, my goal has been about increasing muscle mass but for me, it’s not so much about how I look as much as it is about the physical strength that comes with that. There’s an old saying that getting old is not faint of heart and while there is no cure for aging it has been shown that muscle mass and strength do enhance the life we live.
For me, this has been as much of a mental voyage as it has been a physical one. If I could reach a goal quickly then I’m likely to not appreciate or value that accomplishment fully enough to recognize its true worth. And I know my body well enough to know that accomplishments come slowly for me and that I have to be in it for the long haul.

With all that being said, my second fitness goal is to balance my physical health and fitness with all the other aspects of my life. I don’t work out just to look good, I work out so that that I live a full life and that means that I have to nurture my social life as well. I don’t live just to live. What’s the point of living a long life if you’re confined to live at the gym? So, it’s not about the length of life but the quality of the life. If my fitness goals have had to evolve to accommodate a correlation between what I do at the gym to what that gains me in all the other aspects of my life. Put into simpler terms, it’s not just about fitting into a size 36 pants anymore but where I go and what I do in those size 36 pants.


What do you feel Crissy and Joe do that sets them apart from all other trainers?
I recognized a long time ago that everyone needs to exercise and for the most part I tried and tried but gym memberships were expensive and personal training was even more expensive. My objective was always the same, to lose weight. In between bouts of running I purchased and used most of the popular exercise equipment sold on TV from rowing machines, to NordicTrack ski exercisers, to various types of weight training benches and of course a Step Master. I had varying degrees of success with each, and of course, the weight always came back.

Then in May of 2012, my wife and I joined a gym and walked into one of Crissy’s Zumba classes. We had decided to take a week off and dedicate that time to exercise and fitness in order to kick ourselves into fitness mode for the summer. One hour later we left that class and our old lives behind. A short while later Crissy and Joe opened Thibod fitness and we changed gyms, even though it meant leaving behind a sizeable deposit. We wanted no part of our former life and we knew that with Crissy’s and Joe’s help fitness would become a new way of life for us.

It’s hard to explain what they do but whatever it is that they have, it is infectious. They pass it on to everyone in the Thibod family and it goes viral from there. It’s carried from one person in the family to another until eventually everyone is infected by this motivational force. Eventually, it develops into an epidemic of positive thinking. Soon it’s not just Crissy and Joe but the whole social network of positive thinkers that they created who become this force. In the time that positive energy becomes the panacea, you need to make it through another day at the gym and it’s the thing that keeps you coming back for more. What they have is like an infectious disease. I don’t know how they do what they do, but if I could, I would bottle and sell it.

How did you feel about being a part of the Stats Fitness Magazine Team Feature shoot?
When I first learned that I was going to be in Stats Fitness Magazine Team Feature shoot, I thought about a line from the 1986 comedy called Short Circuit. In that movie, a scientist who speaks English with a thick accent sees something shocking and says to his partner, “I am standing here, besides myself.”

And that pretty much sums up my reaction. I am beside myself. I honestly never believed that I would ever be involved in a fitness program for as long as I have, much less be featured in a fitness magazine. I was always the slowest runner and I had the reflexes to match. My tortoise-like sprints could only be matched by my total lack of coordination. When I played baseball I was always the pitcher because I couldn’t catch or hit and even as a pitcher I sucked. I was basically the go-to guy when a team desperately needed a ninth player.

To make matters worse, I grew up at a time when people actually believed that “Muscle Binding” was an actual thing and kids my age were cautioned not to take up weight training or to use extreme caution with weights because we might end up as a tragic tale of the crippling effects of muscle binding.

So to have survived all that and be a part of a fitness magazine photoshoot is simply shocking and it has inspired me to work even harder on myself. I’m seven years into this health and fitness experiment and I’m still going strong. Being in Stat Fitness Magazine’s Team Feature shoot just proved that the results can come at any age if you put in the time and effort.

What was it like working and shooting with Warren?
I loved working with Warren. Like most people, I had never been a part of a professional photoshoot, especially one for a fitness magazine. So naturally, I was a bit excited and nervous. Fortunately, Warren has a professional laid-back way of shooting and an eye for getting just the right shot that can hide the imperfections while accentuating the positives. And at my age that’s important. The results were more than I expected.


What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky’s energy is indescribable, she provides an amazing atmosphere to enjoy attending the gym. She is incredibly motivating, and I love that she’s working out alongside us.

Fitness Goals: 
To continue to grow stronger and get leaner with more definition.

Training Plan: 
I train every day.  My goal is to do 45 mins cardio a day as well as weight training 4-5x a week.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I am currently not taking any supplements other than BCAAs. I eat lean meats, and always have a constant supply of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Special skills?
I professionally braid horses.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents were a strong influence on my development of a hard-working attitude.  They taught me to never give up, and always follow my heart.


What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness magazine is very diverse and accepts people in all different parts of their fitness journey creating a more obtainable inspiration for the readers.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
He was amazing, he really helped me control my nerves.  I had a blast

Things people would not know about you:
Scared of the dark.
Struggled with self-confidence and anxiety my whole life.
I was bullied all of public school.
I wanted to be a quarterback.

Who inspires you?
My mom was always my biggest inspiration, she was so well-loved and known in the community.  She was always upbeat and driven.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I wish to inspire my future children and the troubled teens I will be working with throughout my career.

Transformation story:
Since beginning living a healthier lifestyle at 18, I have lost 85lbs.  It has been a long process but it all started from changing my diet and becoming more active.  I started working at a horse farm and joined the gym.  It is an essential part of my day and without my mental health begins to lack.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I started my transformation when I was 18, I had gained significant weight after my mom passed away when I was 15.  I woke up one morning and wasn’t happy with myself and I knew I needed to do something to change that to begin to improve my mental health.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I look back at pictures before I started my weight loss journey.


Life goals:
Graduate with my bachelors in child and youth care has a family.

Lessons you have learned:
It’s ok to put yourself first.  If there’s something you want, you have to make it happen as it will not come to you.

Favorite books:
Can’t Hurt Me- David Goggins

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Integrity, honesty, motivation, good sense of humor,

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Even if you’re having a bad day doing something physical is better than nothing.

Favorite Quotes:
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination is strong enough to succeed.” Og Mandino


Landscaper and Skating Coach

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
She sees everyone’s potential and wants everyone to succeed.  She makes you feel like family

Fitness Goals:
To be healthy and toned

Training Plan:
Kangoo and weights

Nutritional & Supplements: 
Magnum Primer, Fixation, Acid and E-Brake

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
Overnight Oats with Source yogurt and fruit

Special skills?
Helping others/volunteering

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean the world to me and they have taught me that anything is possible, you just have to work for it.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Real everyday people

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What’s the best part of your job??


What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Awesome, he makes it easier when you are doing something out of your comfort zone

6 things people would not know about you: 
I don’t like being in the spot light.
Not crazy about heights.
Love team sports.
Love to travel.
Don’t like large crowds.
Would like a motorcycle someday.

Who inspires you?
My family

Who do you wish to inspire? 
Younger people

Transformation story:
In 2014 I decide it was time for change….in the last 5 years I have lost 112 lbs and have learnt a new way to enjoy life.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
My mom’s hip replacement…I decided I wanted to do something that my prevent myself  from having this done to me in the future.  Losing weight and getting healthy(relieving my joints from the extra weight) seemed to be the best way to start

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
Old pictures…..I don’t ever want to go back

Life goals:
To stay healthy and embrace “my new way of life”

Lessons you have learned:
Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and have the right support team around you.

Favorite books:
Sophie Kinsella

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, integrity, being genuine and true, selfless and trustworthy

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Start with small goals and don’t get discouraged if don’t see the results as fast as you thought….it takes time and dedication

Favorite Quotes:
Anything is possible

Very common question that I get asked is the relationship between muscles and fat.  Are they the same? Can they convert into each other? If I stop training will my muscle turn into fat?  If I train will my fat turn into muscle? All good questions.  There is a simple and scientifly based answer.

Muscles cannot turn to fat. When you exercise, your muscles become larger and stronger because exercise causes extra protein building blocks (amino acids), to deposit in muscles. All day long, amino acids pass from your muscles into your bloodstream and then back into muscles. Exercise forces amino acids back into muscles.

If you stop exercising, a reduction of amino acids go into your muscles. The results of this is your muscles get smaller. Your body is unable to store extra protein, so amino acids that are not moved to your muscles move to your liver, which uses them for energy or converts them into fat for storage. So if you stop exercising, you have to eat less or you will gain weight, likely fat.