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Avril Mathie: New Fitness Gurls Austrialia Sponsored Athlete

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What is the one thing you’re most excited about, being on Team Fitness Gurls Australia?
I love writing, so I’m really excited to have a platform to share my passion and knowledge of fitness through articles and features for the magazine with other girls (and guys)!

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How did you get started in fitness?
I’ve been into sport my whole life, particularly cross country /long distance running, though after high school there became less of that and more partying and drinking my way around the world. That, in combination with a lack of knowledge when it came to nutrition, led me return home from Europe (in 2008) nearly 10kg heavier (not muscle haha), and a sequence of unhealthy, desperate attempts to get rid of it. Around that time I thankfully met my husband Mark, who had been in the industry for around 15 years by then, working with elite sportspeople, celebrities and in some of the top gyms around the world. He took me under his wing and educated me on fitness and nutrition. How the body can completely change with different types of training, food, etc just completely amazed me (even still to this day), so I began to study it, and I guess I’m still studying it! You can never stop learning in this industry! I was so passionate about this new way of healthy living and wanted to help other clueless people like my former self, so Mark helped me make it my career. Today we own together the biggest and most exclusive gym in Surfers Paradise, WickedBodz Fitness Centre.

How do you stay motivated in your career?
I go traveling every 3 months to get away from it all. Haha, just kidding, but I guess it does help me to stay fresh and up to date with what’s going on around the world. I always train at other gyms and studios when traveling because you can always learn something from someone else and it’s good to meet other like-minded people.

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How do I stay motivated though?
Motivation is about having goals, but not just any goals, goals that really mean something to you for reasons that really resonate in you. (I talk a lot about this in BodyBAM – my online fitness program due for release soon). Whether it’s with my fitness, the gym, boxing, BodyBAM, modeling, or anything I do in life, every daily decision is part of the plan to reach my goals. I stick to the plan, because my goals are really important to me. Seeing the results of my hard work keeps my motivated.

Sometimes progress can be slow, especially if you’re relying on other people for things and so it does get hard. But this is when you just have to just every now and again take a step back and look at how far you’ve come, remind yourself of the plan and why, and its easy to push on.

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You’re a world traveler, what’s your favourite place you’ve visited this year?
So far this year I’ve been to Rio De Janeiro, Bali, Japan, LA, Vegas, and am actually just on my way back from Hawaii right now. I absolutely LOVE all of those places for different reasons; the food in Japan is hard to beat, Vegas is always so much fun, and Hawaii has everything to ensure a great holiday (weather, food, hiking, surfing, beaches)… But I’d have to say Rio takes the cake for me. It was my first time, I went during and after Carnival and stayed with a friend and her family who grew up there, so it was just an amazing experience. The Brazilian culture is just so much fun, the people I met were so friendly and welcoming even though I spoke no Portuguese, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and like something I had never seen before, and even though I didn’t really love the food (this is usually a determining factor on whether I like a place or not haha), it’s actually on the top of my list of places to get back to next year… along with the rest of South America!

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What was your biggest challenge in your fitness journey?
Every time I jump in the ring and I’ve got some girl staring me down and wanting to punch my head off? Haha, but to be honest I cant really think of too many… if I face an obstacle, I just work out how to fix it and go do it. Breaking my toe in training a few years ago when I was doing Muay Thai, and ongoing knee issues have slowed me down at times, but it also helped my to learn a lot about the body, different training and recovery techniques/methods, that I’ve used to help help clients and in my career. So as long as I stick to the regime and don’t do anything stupid, I am virtually pain-free now, and like I said, if something pops up, I just work out how to fix it and what I was doing wrong to prevent it for next time.

We’re going to be doing a ton of featured and articles with you, what are some of the things you want to cover?
Training techniques and diet to achieve different body compositions is a big thing I get asked about all the time; whether about mine or others’, and there are so many topics and factors to discuss within this! Motivation is another topic I have been studying a fair bit lately! And just anything and everything else anyone wants to know about; nutrition, injuries, gym clothing, supplements, career advice… I’m all about sharing the love. 😉

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What’s your favourite music to work out to?
It depends what kind of training I’m doing… When I run, I prefer to run in silence. When I box, I need something with a bit of a beat to help me move, and with weights and plyo training I love a bit of house music and party anthems.

What’s your favourite cheat meal?
Chocolate. And Ice-cream. And Indian food. And carrot cake. Oh, and cheesecake. Oh and cant forget Nutella, but I try not to buy it because then it’s sitting in the house.

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How does your typical week in the gym look?
It all depends on what I’m training for at the time. As a general rule I try to do 2 weights/plyo sessions, 2 boxing sessions, 2 runs, a remedial massage and a relaxing yoga session each week with lots of stretching in between sessions. But when I’m in fight mode (I’m taking a break at the moment), it becomes more boxing and if I’m screwed for time, then less weights and running.

Which female fit celebrity’s physique do you admire the most and why?
I admire all fit women, everyone has their own preference on what they want to look like and who am I to say whether they are right or wrong? The effort that goes into pursuing any fit physique is deserving of respect. For myself personally I prefer a softer, leaner, only “lightly” muscular look, because it’s more versatile with my modelling work, and it’s where I feel my best and most energetic. Also being lighter, I am often like a head taller than everyone in my weight category for boxing, which can be a big advantage at times. So I have to say Izabel Goulart… because she is a goddess, haha!

What does your supplement schedule look like?
I actually don’t really take any regular supplements. I’ll have the odd protein shake once in a blue moon, but that’s more to do with feeling like a chocolate milkshake than actually being part of my “schedule”. I drink a lot of Japanese tea though… Does that count?

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What’s next for you?
This year I’ve been spending every spare moment working on BodyBAM, my online fitness program. I’m aiming to launch it in September, which I’m so excited about! Once that’s up and running, I want to start doing a lot more blogging. Since I launched my blog (avrilmathie.com) back in 2012 I have had an incredible response, even though I have been very inconsistent with posting as life has got in the way. I regularly receive very positive feedback from girls all around the world who have been inspired by my posts, and that’s what keeps me motivated! My goal at the moment is one a month, but I would like to get to the stage where I can do 1-2 per week. I also plan to jump back in the ring again, hopefully a couple of times before then end of the year!

Height: 170cm / 5’7″
Weight: 59kg / 129 lbs
Born in: Sydney, Australia
Resides: Gold Coast, Australia
Website: www.avrilmathie.com
Twitter: @avrilmathie
Instagram: @avrilmathie

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Stacey Hayes Interview

TV personality/host Internationally published model

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We asked Stacey to share her fitness secrets and routine secrets with us:
I work out 7 days a week regardless of how busy I am. I’m a runner, I run about 5 miles per day. Living in LA I also take advantage of the long summers and swim daily when time permits. In the winter months, I also incorporate hiking, There’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying nature whilst you’re exercising because it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

So tell us about you?
I’m half British half American. Raised in London now living in LA. I am a former athlete (competitive Ice skater). Currently an internationally published Model and tv presenter. Being a former childhood athlete fitness is and always has been very important to me.

What foods do you like? What foods do you recommend for a perfect eating plan?
I have been a vegetarian my entire life, I was vegan for a couple years but now my diet consists mostly of organic fruits, vegetables, and salmon.

I start my day every day with 2 ounces of wheatgrass and half of an organic banana and I finish my day every night with a freshly juiced kale spinach celery red beet juice sprinkled with cayenne pepper. Also, my pomegranate tree is in bloom right now so I’m incorporating a lot of fresh pomegranate into my diet. Tastes so delicious and such a healthy wonderful antioxidant.

What other exercise classes do you like?
I also really enjoy Pilates it stretches and lengthens my muscles without bulking me up and it’s a nice low impact exercise as opposed to the running.

To fit in a workout when I don’t have time what exercise do you suggest?
If a person can just set aside 20 minutes a day that can make all the difference in the world! Even if it means getting up 20 minutes earlier or going to bed 20 minutes later. There are so many quick easy things you can do to get in a brief workout. I love jumping rope for instance also something as simple as jumping jacks, push-ups, leg lifts, sit-ups. I would say try your best to aim for 20 minutes a day doing some sort of activity.

For comfort food I definitely love?
Pizza pizza pizza LOL

What foods do I stay away from?
I don’t eat red meat, I never have and I use ghee instead of butter.

Have I always had a perfect shape?
I am lucky with my genetics in that I can definitely eat more than most people and maintain my weight but with that said I am also very active on a permanent daily basis.

How do you plan your day and your food diet?
I’m very regimented and I tend to stick to the same things as I’ve mentioned I always start my day with wheat grass and end my day with freshly juiced greens and maintain a vegetarian diet but when I cheat I definitely go for the pizza oh and also chocolate LOL

What would you like to say to our readers?
Health and fitness play such an important role in the quality of life, I commend anyone who tries to make it a priority and I too am learning every day from other like-minded people.

So tell us about your modeling and tv hosting career?
I have been an internationally published model and TV presenter for years as well as an actress. I can still be seen 7 days a week on America’s number one rated game show “lingo” The episodes were filmed years ago but it’s so popular it continues to run all over the world! And if you happen to be watching late-night tell you’re sure to see me in one of the many infomercials I host! I’m also co-starring in a movie coming out the end of the year.

So what do you say to others wanting to try and achieve a modeling career?
Modeling is fun yet a challenging field to get into but I believe there is room for everybody. I think it’s important to go into it with realistic expectations, a positive attitude and a bit of a thick skin as it’s extremely competitive and not tremendously forgiving… but with that said there is a lot of success and enjoyment to be had!

What are your thoughts on Playboy?
Playboy is a beautiful magazine as it uses to be with nudes and as it currently is Without. I did playboy USA several years ago in a non-nude feature and it was an honor to be in Playboy USA! RIP Mr. Hefner.

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Janna Breslin in Medellín Colombia

The gorgeous and stunning Janna Breslin is on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

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How and when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
JB: I’ve been active my whole life but I started taking my training and nutrition way more seriously starting in 2013. I got into it initially by deciding to train for my first NPC bikini competition. After that first show, I decided that fitness and nutrition became my absolute passion and my the choice to shift my career as a pharmaceutical rep to a personal trainer and nutritional therapist!

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What types of cardio have worked best for you and what’s a typical workout you do during the week?
I rarely do steady state cardio. The most I do is walking my dog every day and if I feel like doing the stair master that day then ill only do a few minutes. My favorite type is sprinting because it’s more time efficient and you naturally create more HGH. When you have more HGH in your system you gain muscle easier and look younger longer! I do sprint 2-3 times a week. If you look at pictures of Olympic sprinters versus cross country runners you’ll notice a massive difference in body types. All thanks to HGH! I typically work out only about 4-5 hours a week. I like to be as efficient with my time as possible so I do high intensity and also weight training. I choose not to overtrain to keep my body healthiest.





What supplements do you use… and what are some of your favorites you would recommend?

Oh gosh, I use tons of supplements! My husband jokes and calls me a pharmacy. I take handfuls every day of specific supplements but my favorites are creatine, probiotics, fish oil, vitamin D, digestive enzymes and NAC. I really focus on my gut health because I believe all disease begins in the gut! My goal is to not only look healthy but actually BE healthy and be a good representation of a healthy lifestyle.

When you look back what do you think has been the key to achieving your goals?

Setting goals and not giving up. Plain and simple! I would also have to say that keeping a positive mindset and showing that positivity outwardly.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?
My favorite quote is “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself”. This quote can be applied to any area of life and it personally inspires me to be my best self.

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Hope Beel in Medellín Colombia

The beautiful and incredible Hope Beel is on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

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‭Hope! We’re so glad to have you back for another interview! How has your 2017 been so far?‬ HB: ‭I really think 2017 has been my best year yet! My online website officially launched at the ‬‭beginning of the year, I just launched my first e-book, and so many great opportunities have ‬‭already crossed my path. ‬ ‭You were also one of the lucky few Fitness Gurls that got to go to Medellin Colombia! How ‬ ‭excited were you and was it what you expected? ‬
‭HB: Seriously, that trip is still my all-time favorite. A ‬‭lot of people warned me that it may not be safe, but when I arrived I had never felt more ‬welcomed to be in another country. The people there are so friendly and inviting. The food was ‬‭incredible and the entire country is all around incredible. I can’t wait to go back and visit. ‬ ‭

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You did some photo shoots, but did you get to do any tourist activities? If so, what did you do? What did we not do?
The entire fitness Gurls team got the VIP treatment. We visited the countryside, spent a day in the mountains shooting in a finca, which was incredibly beautiful. Got to ‬‭play around on the main soccer stadium. And my favorite fit to eat at some amazing restaurants.



‭Did you get any workouts in while you were there?‬ ‭Are your workouts the same as when you’re at home or are they shorter and super modified?
I never do the same workouts, no matter if I’m traveling or at home. I work with what I have. ‬‭Some places I’ve don’t have gym access so I’m that case I would take my workouts ‬‭outside. No excuses, I’m always getting it in. ‬

Do you bring any workout bands or anything when you travel?
I do! I love bands. It’s such a great addition to any workout. ‬





‭Are you a morning or evening workout type of person? Or whenever you can get it in type?
‭I typically like to train morning. It’s hard for me to find the energy in the evening to train plus, I’m ‬ ‭a morning person in general. ‬

‭How about supplements? Do you travel with supplements or protein powder?
‭Absolutely, I can’t live without my pre-workout. Also, when I travel protein is vital because you never know when ‬ ‭you’ll need a quick meal and I’d rather have that handy then choosing an unhealthy option. ‬

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‭How did you stay on track with your diet on your trip to Medellin? Did you eat local food?
The food there was so fresh so it was easy to eat super clean, and of course, I had a few treats here ‬ ‭and there but it’s all about balance. ‬

‭What are some things you must pack on your trips? ‬ ‭
You will always find a bikini, workout bands, ‬ ‭snacks, and my plane pillow and shaw. I always sleep on the plane and I like to be comfortable. ‬Haha!

Read the rest of Hope Beel’s Interview:
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