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Brittney Palmer – April 2014 – Fitness Gurls Cover Model

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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: BrittneyPalmer.com/fitness

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 Brittneypalmer.com/fitness.

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: brittneypalmer.com/fitness . 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.

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11 Questions with Ali Lee

Interview with one of our newest Fitness Gurls Athlete stars

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Photos by ZABU Photography

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I was a professional ballet dancer growing up and through my early 20’s so that instilled a discipline within me for which I’m most thankful. I started really zeroing in on my physical details when I was around 20 and it’s been a lifestyle ever since.

Also check out: The Fitness Gurls Podcast with Holly Barker: Guest Ali Lee

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
The most challenging part is probably staying on point while I travel, but I sat down and designed some workouts that are easy to do on the go and keep me toned and tight with very little equipment. Problem solved.

Do you listen to music while you train?
If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to? I love EDM and rap, but as a music artist myself I can appreciate almost any time of jams to train to… other than super pop like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry… those jams tend to kill my vibe. No idea why.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Currently, I lift at least 5 days a week and I love working with resistance bands. I have an extended tailbone which makes training a lot harder and resistance bands reduce pain and help me keep my hips in place when lifting.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I eat organic and don’t really think much about it after that. My favorite splurge food is probably frozen yogurt or doughnuts and definitely cake but I don’t consider those splurges b/c I only eat a little at a time. My body is highly responsive to what I put into it so a few bits and I’m fully satisfied.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I think crazy is relative… I do out of the box stuff every day so I’m told, but I remember a fun time when I went streaking and got scooped up by the 5-0. They were very forgiving since it was all in good fun, fortunately, most of the crazy stuff I’ve done has to do with being nude in public I just realized.

What is your greatest strength?
I have an internal and unshakeable belief I myself, likely instilled in me as a child from my mommas deep, wonderful, consistent love.

How do you measure success?
How emotional well I am directly related to my perceived success. The happier I am, the more great things flow in my direction and the more I am able to capitalize on those vibes. The only goal in life is happiness bc when you’re happy and full of love you can literally change your reality and that of the collective consciousness… the whole world.





What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Just remember we are all beginners when we start to try out the equipment. Ask for help. Stay proud of yourself for getting in there even if you run into some fancy pants gym goers that give you a crooked eye. All your power comes from staying strong and understanding that training is as much a mental game as it is physical. Let no one deter you. Stick with it and create your new habits. Your mind and body will forever thank you.

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
I shot with Harry of LGHFX in LA and a homeless addict stole my wallet while we shot. Then Harry spent another 8 hours with me and a wonderful group of homeless ppl I can now easily call friends, searching for the girl that stole my wallet. We followed her on foot till 1 am and never got my wallet back. The next day, the homeless friends we made called Harry’s cell and said they got my wallet with my ID and credit cards still there totally wild.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
I’d bring my Unify water so I could stay hella hydrated, a handful of edibles so I could stay hella happy, and a jam box of sorts so I could blast sounds and dance about till an airplane flying overhead hears me and sends help. And my pen. I have to have a pen to write with or I’ll lose my mind.

For More about Ali Lee:
Follow her on IG: @therealalilee
Ali Lee is a Fitness Gurls Athlete
Photography by @zabumutua

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11 Questions with Tess Bonanni

Fitness Gurls talks with the gorgeous Australian-based Fitness Influencer

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Photos by @abccreative

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
Growing up in Alice Springs, Sport and being active was always a part of my upbringing. My parents always encouraged me to be involved in different sports. At the age of 5, I started Taekwondo, 10 years later l was the first female junior Black Belt in my hometown at the age of 15 to achieve this.

It taught me dedication and commitment and also how to focus on training for my goals in life, it is a great skill that l still hold with me today.

When I moved to Brisbane I signed up at a gym, not long after I did a 12-week challenge and stepped into the gym properly. Once that finished I set myself up to compete in my first fitness competition. After that, I was hooked… I knew I wanted to pursue the sport further.

I researched the different federations and found the one that suited me the best l teamed up with current Coach Andre about 3 years ago and we have spent years building my body to fit the IFBB bikini criteria, He has helped me incredibly! but it’s a sport where I need to be extremely mentally and physically committed.

I know l have the passion and dedication to take it to the next level, My ultimate goal is to one day be a Professional Athlete and to live every day working and encouraging others to be the best they can possibly be in life.

Also Check Out: 11 Questions with Rochelle Wilson

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Self-doubt! I find this the most challenging especially when I’m getting ready for a show. It’s taken me a long time to stop comparing myself to how other fitness models look. It’s gotta be about you and how much you’ve progressed in you’re own journey.

What products and supplements do you swear by?
I don’t take a whole lot of supplements, But I have a thermogenic and L Carnitine first thing in the morning before cardio. At the moment I’m using MTS Drop Factor and Alca Pure.

A good Isolate protein powder which I mix in with my morning oats and a shake after my session. BCAAs during my workouts to help reduce muscle breakdown and increase muscle repair. And of corse all my vitamins, including ATP Science Alpha Venus and Cort RX – these two products are great for females!

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
All exercises that hit the shoulders are my favorite.
GLUTES! Hip thrusts, Kickbacks, Glute bridges – you can never stop perfecting your peach!
Abs – I don’t train them much anymore but I love having a strong core.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
YES! 99% of the time I train solo so my headphones are the first thing I make sure I have in my gym bag. I’m a Trance girl so it’s pretty much the only music I listen to. Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery.

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
No, I haven’t. In my opinion, l try to stay true to my natural self, The majority of my close friends and the industry that I work in are completely separate from my gym life.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
My training regime is always changing depending on what body parts I need to focus on. At the moment it’s:

Monday – Glutes and Hamstrings
Tuesday – Shoulders and Tris
Wednesday- Glutes and Hamstrings
Thursday- Back and Bis
Friday – Glutes & Hamstrings
Saturday – Shoulders
Sunday – Rest and Recovery

I also do 1hr of LISS cardio every morning to clear the mind.





What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
This is a hard question!! My favorite clean foods would have to be oats, I have them every morning when I’m on-season and off-season. A big healthy salad and a good steak! Splurge foods… PANCAKES! I’m a real sweet tooth so it has to have maple syrup and ice cream. And anything Italian!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
My fur baby (Lulu)
Music
And food!

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Find a good PT/Coach to guide you through different exercises until you get the hang of things yourself.
Set your GOALS!! Not just short term but long term too.

Throw yourself in the deep end and train on your own – I know there are some gyms out there that can be quite intimidating but it’s only going to build your confidence!

Work hard, stay consistent, be patient, enjoy the journey and always remain humble.

What’s next for you?
Well, I finished my last show of the season two weeks ago. So right now me and my coach are working out what shows to put in place for me next! So stay tuned haha 🙂

For more Tess Bonanni
Height: 166cm / 5’5″
Weight: 57kg / 125 lbs.
Born In: Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Resides: Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Facebook: Tess Bonanni
Instagram: @tessbonanni
Photos by: @abccreative

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Arianny Celeste March 2018 Cover Model

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Photo by LHGFX

Arianny Celeste is recognized as one of the most consistent personalities of the UFC where she has worked as an Octagon Girl since 2006. In addition, Arianny is also the Co-Host of the popular Velocity TV show, Overhaulin’. She is adored around the world for her exotic beauty and a great relationship with her fans. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arianny booked her first modeling job when she was just four months old. Growing up as a very athletic and hardworking young woman, she excelled in cheer, dance, and gymnastics before attending UNLV to pursue a degree in Fitness Management and Nutrition. Fluent in Spanish, Arianny has quickly become one of the most sought-after talents in the modeling world. Photos by LHGFX

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