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Brittney Palmer – April 2014 – Fitness Gurls Cover Model



Welcome back Brittney! We’re so glad to have you back from your 2nd cover of Fitness Gurls… we hope it’s not your last. One of the things we’ve notice from your last shoot, is your physique! You’ve been hitting the gym hard! What kinds of workouts have you been doing?
Thank you so much for having me back! You’re right a lot has changed this past few years. Me losing my baby fat is one. I’ve only just turned 26 and I started working in dance shows on the Vegas Strip and the WEC when I was 19. So seven years have gone by as I’ve grown up in front of the camera. Also, I feel like I’ve just figured out the formula to my body type. I know what works, what doesn’t and what to do to maintain. You can read all about it in my fitness blog:

How did you get started in fitness?
I think being a part of the UFC – a mainstream sport where everyone is so well conditioned, keeps you on your toes. I feel like if I wasn’t into fitness I wouldn’t have a job.

How do you stay motivated in your career?
I think being one of the few girls that are spokes-models for the UFC is such an honor. I take my job very seriously, people may think all our job is to tell you which round it is… but there’s so much more to it. We’re ambassadors of the sport. Before every big event we are doing a full day of media – local TV and Radio shows – to promote the sport and the event. We’re not only have to look good, we have to be very media friendly and able to communicate what incredible athletes the UFC showcases and to know what we are talking about when it comes to the sport.

What does your diet consist of?
I’m really big into the super foods, green drinks, chai seeds, protein shakes, salmon from sushi and tapas.

But, to be honest, I don’t really restrict my diet too much. If you know what I know you will understand how I can eat what I want. There is never a moment of the day when I am hungry – ever. You can read more about it at

Does being around professional athletes in the UFC motivate you to be more fit in your own life?
I think it definitely motivates me on my workouts. Obviously I have to look hopefully as good as the people I represent.

What body part are you most proud of?
I think I’m most proud of my hips right now… it’s been very hard for me to have a butt without really big hips… I think I’ve figured out the secret.. Spin.

You work with fellow fitness goddess Arianny Celeste, do you two ever train together?
We have trained together a few times. Mostly when we travel. It’s always fun for her and I to push each other different strokes for different folks! Ha.

Which female celebrity’s physique do you admire the most?
I really love a girl with curves, so probably Jessica Biel.

What celebrity male’s physique do you find idea on guys?
I would have to say David Beckham. Long, lean, not too big, but strong.

What are your 3 favorite exercises?
Spin, Vinyasa yoga, Muay Thai, these workouts just work for my body type. Cardio based and they keep my heart rate up which burns more calories.. most important, enjoy your workouts! I promise it makes it a whole lot easier.

How do you balance your petite physique, while still having good muscle on your frame?
The muscle is not the issue. The “petite” is the issue for me. My body type is a combination mesomorph/endomorph. You have to understand you are who you are. It’s very hard to completely change your frame. The key is knowing your body type and doing everything you can to be the best possible YOU. I did the wrong workouts for my body type for years (under the guidance of so called expert trainers). This is amongst the most important information anyone can learn if they want to look their best without being on an endless restrictive diet and exercise program. I think the change in my body over the last three years show that this stuff works. See my blog for body type info!

What supplements would you use or recommend?
Super Greens and Natures Fuel are a must for getting your vitamins in.

Top 5 tips for people who want to get in shape?
Honestly, you should just read my fitness blog: . It explains everything you need to know and the science behind it. I will say, it’s a lifestyle change. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. You’re in it for the long haul.

You’re also a great artist. What art piece you’ve finished lately, you’re most proud of?
I just finished a self portrait and am selling out of the prints ALREADY!!!
I’m so lucky to do what I love in every arena. Art, UFC, Hosting, Modeling, all of it. Pretty sick!

One again, thank you for being our cover model again! We have to get you back in the few months, but for now, what’s next for you?
Next for me is exactly what I’m doing now. Living every minute like it counts and to the fullest.


Heather Marsh Celebrates 1st Day of Summer



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Heather Marsh, Fitness Gurls Athlete, dropped a couple awesome photos of her and Hope Beel on IG to celebrate the first day of summer. We celebrate with Heather with her bikini celebration.

Also, check out: Heather Marsh Swimsuit Issue

Check out more Heather Marsh: IG @heathermarsh_fitness

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Women Crush Wednesday: Fitness Gurls Top Instagram Photos Of The Week



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Happy Women’s Crush Wednesday. We haven’t done one of these in a bit. Here’s a showcase of some of the best from Team Fitness Gurls Instagram post of the Week.

It’s Tuesday right? Make Tuesday Great Again

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To love, family, health, success and happiness 🥂. . Photographer @playmodephoto

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Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is only for the chosen few, for the superstars. The truth is, greatness is for us all. This is not about lowering expectations; it’s about raising them for every last one of us. Greatness is not in one special place, and it’s not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it. Don’t forget to find your greatness 👊🏼 @west_studio @prettymemakeup #shineon #staybright #doyou #motivateyourself #lifestyle #happy #healthy #alwayshungry #neversatisfied #workforit #lovethelifeyoulive #loveyourself #livelifetothefullest #smilemore #fitfam #sweat #fitness #girlswithmuscle #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgurls #magnumathlete #doyou #workhard #inspire #barbielife #dowhatyoulove #strongissexy #beyou

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Fasted cardio & @bambodynutrition this AM!🍩💪🏼 Both rocked my socks off! 🚧I have a volunteer hype-man that cheers me on every week day on my way to the gym. A construction worker. He noticed me eating my brownie on my walk home and exclaimed, “you eat brownies and you look like that?!”. I said, “yep!, I’m living my best life as you can see!” Which brings me to think: Are we all living our best lives? What is our best life? That brownie doesn’t significantly represent MY BEST LIFE, but it is a teeeeeenie tiny part of the bigger picture. My prep, my support, my mental space, and my energy!Are we completely happy 100% or is it graciously but strongly accepting any trouble that may weave in and out of our happiness every once in a while? Is it this harmony? Are we happy simply because we have experienced bad things? Is our happiness different? Is happiness as complicated as it seems sometimes? And where in the heck is my happiness meter…and how do I know if it’s full or not? Is a certain type of happiness more contagious than others? Three things that I can say make me very happy is: 1.) Growth: mentally, physically, business-wise, and the idea of time passing while experiencing it and working very hard for it! 2.) My Husband: the strongest person I know. He doesn’t understand 100% why I do what I do, why I use my time to do what I do, but he supports me 100% and that is what counts. To be completely honest, we have conversations all of the time about our lives and where we’re at and where we want to go. No judgement, just support, drive, and lots of love. 3.)My cats: I directly correlate my cats with relaxation, fun, a time away from chaos and talking. A quiet space in which I can appreciate them for their love, create fun for them, and always know that I am using my energy for something good. In fact, Gus is sitting in front of me right now to get off my dang phone! What are 3 things that you feel are part of your best life currently? I really want to know! Please share!💙🙌🏼

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Fitness & Fashion Model Paige Munroe



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She’s gone from IFPA Professional Bikini competitor to New York fashion model, Paige Munroe is one of the hottest name on Instagram and in fashion. We talk to this phenomenal woman.

Also check out: Penny Higgs Interview and Bikini Photos

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle? 
I grew up in a small town, farm style living with animals and a big family. Physical activity, sports, outdoor adventures …it was how we stayed occupied. Before the age of cell phones and social media. I have always had an active and fit lifestyle. 

What is the most challenging thing about moving from fitness competitor to fashion model?
When I decided to make the shift from IFPA Professional Bikini competitor to New York fashion model, I had to work a lot on my body. To adjust to a more “model body type” which tends to be lean and less muscular. I changed my diet, workouts, routine, lifestyle, basically everything. Essentially more cardio with only lightweight or just bodyweight exercises paired with a very low carb diet.

When did Krav Maga start becoming a bigger part of your life?
For people who aren’t that familiar with Krav Maga, what principals does it teach?

First developed by the Israeli army in the 1940s, Krav Maga is a form of self-defense and physical training.

I have been training at the Krav Maga Academy in New York City under Matan Gavish for about 6months. Matan is a one of a kind in coach and training with him has been life-changing. He is former special forces and knows exactly how far to push you so you get the maximum but stay safe.

Before that, I trained in Muay Thai as well as boxing. My favorite style of martial arts has been Krav Maga by far. I love it because it teaches you to be strong and aware of any situation. Builds self-confidence through physical training. You use your entire body with every punch, kick, elbow and knees. The workout is amazing!

Because Krav Maga has no rules you are encouraged to think creatively. To figure out your way out of problems using proven concepts. And when in doubt always go for the balls!

They just announced they are opening a new lux facility called Fit Hit which will take this training to an entirely new level with human-like punching bags and a unique training experience.

His vision to give women all the tools they need to fend off bad guys in a fun, safe sophisticated facility is something I really get behind because I believe we can really make a difference and work to eliminate sexual victimization. No more women tagging #metoo.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
Yes, music is essential! I work out hard, so I need hard and powerful music. Usually, it’s metal/rock or clubhouse music. Face paced, strong lyrics, heavy beats! 

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Now my typical workouts are high-intensity interval training, cardio and body weights. I do everything that peaks my interest. Yoga, cycling, boot camps, rock climbing, martial arts, surfing, it’s endless.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I love nuts! Almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, all of them! That’s my favorite healthy food to snack. I’m also obsessed with kale. 

Splurge? Bacon cheeseburger deluxe or anything smoked! Ribs, wings, and other country styled cooking.  

My daily diet includes fish/meat and vegetables. Grain and dairy-free! Very limited fruit and sugar as well. …but I’m also a person who believes in having anything in moderation. I don’t torture myself. If I crave it, I’ll have it. Anything within reason. 

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
The most memorable photo shoot was when I got badly stung by a big blue Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish. I was in Ibiza in an ocean inlet, on top of a float. As I swam back to the shore I felt a very sharp sensation strike my hand. I was confused and hurt. By the time I got to shore we looked at the photos and saw the jellyfish was right next to me as clear as day in the photograph. Now I have a scar on my left hand!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Matches, knife & chocolate. 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
Hmm… Jumping from the tallest free falling drop in the world by myself. Driving in Thailand. Swimming with barracudas in the British Virgin Islands. Not sure which is the craziest, I love a good crazy adventure.

For more Paige Munroe: IG @paige_munroe
Photos by Eric Snyder Photography: IG @ericsnyderphotography

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