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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.


Christmas Abbott Gym Crush

Featured in the 2017 Fitness Gurls Swimsuit Issue



You can’t say tough without thinking of Christmas Abbott and the achievements under her belt. At 35 years of age, Abbott has become a household name within the fitness and entrepreneurial community. You may have seen her on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine or on popular TV shows such as Big Brother (last season), Big Brother: After Dark and a slew of intriguing and hilarious interviews. She’s our Gym Crush.

Also: See Christmas Abbott on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

You were on our cover this year as our Most Inspiring Physique in Sports because you were mostly known for Crossfit. But you also are known for Nascar and now Big Brother! What gives you that confidence that no matter what you do, you’re going to be pretty awesome at it?
First, THANK YOU!!! That was such an amazing award! Confidence is a muscle that needs to be trained and worked at consistently and I have been working on it for a long time. While doing that I committed to try new things and be willing to “fail” as most people perceive. I don’t know what the outcome of my ventures will result in but I do know that I would rather try my hardest and prepare for my best and stumble than not try at all! So if that means that I am pretty awesome at what I take on, then I’ll take it!

Starting so many new projects, are you afraid of making rookie mistakes?
I have always enjoyed creating things and seeing their growth and potential; from businesses to people. It’s a beautiful thing to watch something you imagine come to life. I try my best to do my due diligence on any project that I approach to ensure it is as successful as I can make it within my ability. I often reach out to mentors, friends, and associates to get ruthless feedback in hopes to prevent any “rookie” mistakes. If it does happen, it’s a learning experience!

How was it staying at the Big Brother house… and how’s your foot?
The BB House was like adult summer camp with no phones and no contact with the outside world. It was such a unique and fun experience collectively that I feel really special to have it. The foot is healing. I have surgery soon to take out the hardware from the first surgery and after that, I am on the official road to recovery. It has been a slow and frustrating process but I am keeping positive about it and hopefully showing the world that you can have something tragic happen and still accomplish big things!

Another thing that you’re recently started is your online training platforms, what kind of shape do you need to be in to do your workouts?
BBX is an awesome combination of my workouts that can be done anywhere and for anyone! I know it sounds cliche but its true. All of my BBX’ers get workout videos, online community, downloadable e-books, and exclusive access to my other projects and offers. What I love MOST about the BBX program is that people sign up for a body transformation and they get major results along with a complete confidence transformation! They are such incredible people!

You seem like you’re even busier than ever, do you still have time to train as much as you use to?
Now that I am out of the BB House and getting to use my foot more I am back on a regiment. Even when I couldn’t put weight on my foot I was doing some sort of training to keep my sanity in check but also let my body know I still loved it. Body’s are meant to move! I am not training competition style right now and it looks like that won’t happen until the summer. I am loving my mix of CrossFit Invoke (my gym), spin class, and hot yoga. The combination is so good for my body and spirit.

Tell me what you have going on with Dick’s Sporting good and Second Skin Apparel?
Dick’s Sporting Goods launched their own apparel line, Second Skin. Second Skin is absolutely appropriately named!! They have a compression line and a training line. So I don’t have to go to two different companies for all of my needs! They have been an incredible company to work with and really take my input seriously. The clothes keep up with me, my demands for my body, and feel so darn good!!

Where did you learn so much about business?
HA! I have always been interested in business but it takes a lot of discipline. I didn’t graduate from college and went to work in Iraq as a civilian contractor instead which ultimately became my life college. In Iraq I learned how to be organized, detailed, commitment, and of course CrossFit! Those key skills aligned with passion can create a potent product. I have done a lot of research on whatever I venture into and when possible I leaned on mentors or sought out professional advice. Ultimately, I learned as I went but it wasn’t a “go with the flow” approach. I prepared for all of my projects as much as possible and as they were executed I learned more and more about business over the years.

You’re also an incredible model. How do you stay in such great shape year round?
Ha! Well, thank you again! I don’t consider myself a model rather than an athlete. I workout to help my journey with myself, it fuels me in such a positive way that I cannot get any other way. A healthy combination of fitness, nutrition, and enjoying life can keep you in the best, most positive shape possible. I love the balance it provides and I’m cautious not to get too far into body image that it affects my balance, meaning I enjoy drinks with my girls and holiday foods guilt free!

What’s next for Christmas Abbott? What should we be watching out for next?
I have just launched an amazing supplement company called Bourn Relentless! I wanted to create a line that I loved with all of the things that I would use with the ingredients I would put into my body, so I DID! I am really excited about this launch and the products that I have created so far. Check it out at

Also, I am in the final phases of a project that has been in the works one way or another for almost five years! CAN is an online coaching nutrition program that is education driven and a one-stop shop for macro calculating, goal tracking, meal resources, workout regiments, and supplements suggestions. It is super user-friendly and will have a ton of support for the client so they feel empowered and educated throughout their entire lifestyle change. I am so proud of this project and what it will do to help people truly understand the fundamentals of nutrition within their lifestyle without feeling helpless, confused, or restricted. CAN will help people make the lifestyle changes they have been wanting! People can sign up through my website to get in the know for when it will launch and even an early bird discount for sign ups!

As for life, I am enjoying time with family and friends as much as possible and leaning into an adventure. I have had a lot of personal growth this year and I want to be sure I reflect on it and not take it for granted.

Find more about Christmas Abbott at: @christmasabott
Photos by Ohrangutang @ohrangutang / Makeup by Cristina Pilo @cristinapilo

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