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11 Questions with Heather Marsh

Interview with one of our newest Fitness Gurls Athlete stars

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Heather Marsh is one of the most inspiring women in fitness. She’s a mother, a WBFF Pro Competitor and one of the top up-and-coming fitness models today. We sat down with the Fitness Gurls Athlete for our 11 Questions interview feature. Enjoy.

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
Actually, I was just scrolling through Bodybuilding.com one day and came across an article on bikini competitions with NPC. At that point, I had been working out consistently for 2 years and just thought that would be a great way to test my limits and try something new. I competed with NPC a couple of times before switching over to WBFF. I competed in Vegas in August of 2015 with the WBFF, where I won my pro card. From there I’ve just learned the importance of balance through trial and error over the years.

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Time management, between spending time with my family, meal prepping, working out, traveling, training clients, and just life events, in general, it gets hard to keep my head on straight sometimes.



What products and supplements do you swear by?
Fish oil, daily vitamin, a B-Complex tablet, and a protein a powder. I take those on a daily basis and I’m also a big believer in buying a reputable brand.

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
Wide grip lat pulldowns, lunges, and lying hamstring curls.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
Absolutely! Hip Hop/Rap is my go to for a killer workout.

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
I definitely hear “oh I bet you workout 7 days a week!” or “you must have a super strict diet!” Those are two of the biggest misconceptions. You can still enjoy higher fat and carb foods, just eat them in moderation and workout hard 4 to 5 days a week just make sure you are taking some active rest days and full rest days to allow your body to recover and heal.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
I definitely love heavy weight training, that’s my usual go to however I do like to do lighter weight and higher rep workouts. I’m currently training 4 days a week with 3 rest days.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
Clean foods – mahi mahi, sweet potato, & zucchini
Splurge foods- burgers & cupcakes

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Dental floss, soap, and protein bars.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Choosing the largest show within WBFF, WBFF Worlds, as my first show to compete in with that federation. There were over 20 countries being represented at Worlds. The risk paid off though, I won first place in my division as well as my pro card.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Always start out with light weight so that you can learn how correct form of exercises look and feel. Do your research on how to live a healthy LIFESTYLE and not just how to follow a diet.

For more Heather Marsh:
Follow on Instagram @heathermarsh_fitness
Photos by @jmarsh_hd
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How did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I was always athletic growing up and in school, but in 2013 my body made drastic changes and I wasn’t happy with myself. Looking at Instagram fitness models Michelle Lewin, Ainsley Rodriguez and Paige Hathaway, I wanted to be like them, (like any other woman). So in 2013, I started what I thought would just be a not everyday thing, to jumping into what now is my career, passion, and lifestyle. No destination!

Also: 11 Questions with Heather Marsh

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
The most challenging thing about fitness would definitely be staying motivated! Some days I have no motivation to go to the gym or be on point with meals, but then I think about why I’m doing all of this and get back on track. If you have no motivation to do anything, you’ll get nowhere. Being motivated 100% is tough because it’s not always there. I do this for the love of the game and that motivates me.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
I do listen to music. It’s different every day. I listen to anything from 90’s pop and punk, country, rock, reggaeton and some metal. It all depends on what Tim training!

What is your current training style, routine or split?
I go to the gym at least six days a week. My rest day depends on the day I’m shooting and then of course on my travel days. I try to keep consistent with six days a week.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
My favorite clean food would definitely have to be chicken fajitas. I love peppers and chicken together. Also, I like to eat Roman lettuce with lime and a little bit of sugar. My “garbage” food would definitely be pasta and anything Mexican!





What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
Most memorable time would have to be shooting with @allenlhgfx and falling into a rose bush after a groundsman told us the pavers I was standing on were loose… And then, of course, Allen capturing my fall with epic photos haha!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Ugh, being trapped would be a nightmare! But if so, I’d definitely bring food, water, and a blanket.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done would probably have to be jumping out of a moving vehicle.

What is your greatest strength?
I had to think about this one because it’s honestly hard to answer a question like this about yourself. My greatest strength would have to be love. I’m a very loving person. If I truly love something, I’ll never give up on it. It’s a great strength I have.

How do you measure success?
I measure success not by the luxury or things you have, but by how humble somebody is with all of their success. Being recognized for your hard work and being humble.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
NEVER be afraid to ask questions or help. I know when I started, I’d get discouraged when I couldn’t do something or didn’t know how. I was embarrassed to ask, so I’d “Google” what I needed to know. Even then, reading and watching videos during my gym time was taking up most of that time. If I knew then what I know now, I’d be a toddler asking a million questions! The great thing about getting started at the gym is, there’s ALWAYS improvement!


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11 Questions with Bec Giuliani

Fitness Gurls talks with WBFF Pro and gorgeous Australian-based Fitness Influencer

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How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I reached a stage in my early 20’s where I felt I had no hobbies or interests outside my studies, I was studying my bachelor of nursing degree at this time. I felt my life was consumed by university studies and part-time work. I had no other goals besides achieving my degree in 3 years time. I came to the realization I had no other goals to focus on in the interim. I also realized I did nothing for myself. And naturally being a quieter/shy person, confidence was always something I lacked in. Hence why I began training.

Also: 11 Questions with Rochelle Wilson

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
The most challenging thing about being a fitness model is the label attached to being a fitness model. I feel this title has an image attached to it, so to the pressure to maintain a certain look. For example, when I think of a fitness model I picture a lean physique all year round, 6-pack abs etc. And I will be the first to admit, I do not have lean abs all year round. Although, it is not expected by the wider community to literally uphold this ‘look’, but sometimes it is hard not to feel an expectation.

How was it being on the WBFF stage this year? You looked incredible!
It was an amazing feeling. I had accomplished what I had set out to, and nothing can beat the feeling of accomplishment. I had always had a negative belief in myself and that was, that I was not a ‘world’ class athlete. It had taken me some time to realize my potential and to confidently believe I deserve to be up against other WBFF pros on the world stage. That’s what I set out to achieve, and that’s exactly what I did. Next time, however, I’ll be expecting a Top 10 or even better Top 5 placing! 😉

What products and supplements do you swear by?
I love a good fat burner. If a product has scientifically proven ingredients to aid in increasing your metabolism, then why not get all the help you can get. Plus they’re tasty and helps you drink more water (which I am a big advocate for). I also highly recommend creatine. I believe it is underrated as a supplement for females, and more for males. But, it is one product I will consistently use and recommend.

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
I am a huge fan a compound movement. I love exercises that target multiple muscle groups and ones that are more taxing on the body. At the moment I am really loving cleans (gets the heart rate up and can go heavy too), walking dumbbell lunges (I strap up, so I can go hold a heavier weight and not have my grip giveaway before my legs do). I also love barbell Romanian deadlifts (I use a power band horizontally placed across the squat rack, for extra glute activation).

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
I love listening to anything that has a catchy beat, one I can sing along to. I love old school RNB, current mainstream music, even a like some old school Korn or Metalica. During prep, however, I do listen to a medley of motivational speeches. I find my mental focus increases massively.

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
Stereotypes can limit and often have negative ideas attached to them. I overall would say I have not experienced any negative stereotypes attached to my look. I am either oblivious or I chose to not internalize comments, looks, and actions as negative or harmful. I have been told by two photographers that when they met with me they were surprised in how quiet and softly spoken I am and that they were expecting me to have a strong deep voice hahaha. Which I found amusing!





What is your current training style, routine or split?
A benefit of completing a ‘cut’ is you are able to see where your physique lacks, needs improvement or is developed. I am happy with where my upper body is at. I have taken more focus on my abs, glutes, legs, and calves. I have only recently changed my training style. The beginning of my workouts still involves up to three single exercises with a focus on a repetition range no greater than 12 (so relatively heavy) with the remainder of the session involving circuit training/HIRT (high-intensity resistance training). Since finishing a competition, I find HIRT style training a more enjoyable way to train and I spend less time in the gym, yet still leave feeling accomplished and physically exhausted.

I still train 6 days a week, purely because I love being physically active. My current training splits looks a little like; Day 1: Quads and glutes. Day 2: HIRT style training focusing on shoulders, chest, and triceps, finishing with Abs. Day 3: Hammies and glutes. Day 4: HIRT style focusing on back and arms. Day 5: Leg and glutes (calves and abs included0. Day 6: Mix day. Crossfit style training. Full body circuit, abs, plyometrics. Day 7. REST. Actively recovery day. I tend to include a nonstrenuous walk, more for mental clarity.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I really love eating my veggies. love colorful roasted Mediterranean-type of vegetables, love eggplant, red peppers, zucchini. I admit I am strange and love broad beans and Brussel sprouts. I also love my oats! My splurge foods – I am definitely a savory gal over sweets. I love a great chicken parm or a pulled pork burger!

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I was in Vegas with my brother. I had agreed that we would go skydiving sometime during our trip, after having a few wines or two. The following morning I had woken to my brother on the phone to a company enquiring for the both of us. He said we had 30 minutes to make it to the airport for our reservation. Afraid of coming across as sad, I nodded my head, got changed and headed into our uber ride. I remember having no thoughts, I didn’t even want to contemplate the idea of jumping out of a plane. I feared the more I thought about it, the higher chance I would refuse to step out of the Uber, let alone a plane. Well, needless to say, I did it. Screamed a lot. Laughed a lot I nearly cried. It was an experience that’s for sure!

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
One thing I remember most when I first started, was the lack of confidence to walk into the gym and use the equipment (particularly when other members were in the gym). It took many solo sessions (each with the hope the gym would be empty) and many YouTube clips explaining how to perform exercises. I have a clear memory of myself playing around at my local gym, trying to perform a deadlift. I was the only person in the gym. The moment I heard someone enter I remember fumbling around to grab my things and leave straight for the stretch area as if to give the impression I was at the end of my workout. Too embarrassed and self-conscious. If I could speak to the beginner else, that would be to invest in a trainer or a gym buddy to educate you how to perform exercises correctly. As I found, with competence, comes confidence.

More about Bec Giuliani
IG: @bec_giuliani
Photography by @abccreative

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11 Questions with Rochelle Wilson

Fitness Gurls talks with one of the most gorgeous stars in Australian fitness

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Photos by @abccreative

How did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I’ve always trained from a very young age. I grew up doing competitive swimming. When I stopped swimming I turned into a bit of a cardio junky. But didn’t start my “weight training” journey till 2013. Everything else fell into place and I have never looked back!

Also: 11 Questions with Heather Marsh

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
I haven’t yet found anything challenging about being a fitness model. I live a very relaxed & balanced lifestyle. Especially when it comes to food and drink. When I started my journey that was my goal. To live a life with no restrictions & to be able to switch it on whenever I want.

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
Double pulse barbell lunges
Triple head raises
T-bar row

Do you listen to music while you train? And what’s are your favorite types of music you like working out to?
Hahaha yes, I listen to music… a lot of people laugh at me when I tell them but it’s the only thing that gets me going & pushing through sets. I’ve been listening to the same albums for the past 3 years. Korn & Limp Bizkit. I can’t do anything else. I’ve tried & sessions aren’t as good!

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
I pride myself on my personality, therefore, I don’t attract a typical stereo type, so no. In fact, I love people outside of the fitness industry. Anyone different, quirky & funny. At the end of the day, muscle is muscle and everyone has it. I believe it shouldn’t change you as a person just because you may have more.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
I don’t really have a routine. I just try and train legs 3-4 x times a week. 1 x back, 1 x shoulders & 2 x abs with HIIT every now and then to clear my mind.

What are your favorite clean foods?
Ahhhh foooood! Let me see. At the moment I love this salad I created. Turkey mince, rice, 1/2 avo, cottage cheese, tomato, capsicum, coriander & Tabasco sauce! It’s the bomb diggidy! Tabouli & hot chook. Rib on the bone & vegetables.

Splurge foods?
I currently have an addiction to 4 x hash browns from McDonald’s. Salt & vinegar chips & hazel nut chocolate never gets old.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
A sexy man that knows how to have fun, beats & beer 👌🏽





What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Hmmmmmmm I dunno. A few. 😉

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Weights weights weights! Eat more & train less! If you don’t know what to do in the gym invest in a PT!

Also… Don’t set an 8-12 week goal. Set a 2-3 year goal! Make it a lifestyle, not a quick fix! So many people set these small unrealistic goals. Look at the bigger picture & go for it! Trial and error all the way! Find what works FOR YOU!

More about Rochelle Wilson
Height: 172cm / 5’8″
Weight: 65kg
Birth Year: 1987
Resides: Brisbane Australia
IG: @rochellewilson_
Photography by @abccreative

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