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Elspeth Dana – Interview & Photos



How and when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I grew up playing sports. I played softball for over 10 years and volleyball year round all the way through college, so being active is basically engrained in me. I spent the majority of my youth at practices, games, sports camps, or events surrounding fitness do it’s no surprise that it’s become such a huge part of my adult life.


What got you started in the fitness industry?
During cosmetology school I worked at a gym and began taking group fitness classes. I’d always played sports, but the weight room was foreign territory to me. One of the trainers took me under her wing and insisted that I sign up for her Fit Camp, which eventually led to me competing in my first fitness competition. I placed horribly, but was incredibly inspired by the women I saw that weekend. I knew this industry was something I wanted to be apart of so I dove in headfirst.


Along your fitness journey, have you ever felt like quitting… and if so what/who motivated you to keep going?
I have questioned myself a million times throughout this process, but I’ve also experienced a massive amount of emotional growth which keeps me going when my faith waivers. Rejection and criticism are the difficult reality of the journey, but its given me strength that I didn’t know I possessed. None is invincible, we all come with faults, but the more I experience (both achievements and failures) the more I’ve come to term with my weakness’s. Instead of being fearful and trying to hide them, I’ve learned to embrace them.


When I think of quitting I reflect on how far I’ve come. I think we ALL owe it to ourselves to fulfill our dreams or at the least, try. We weren’t put on this Earth to simply be, we need to truly LIVE, and live to our fullest potential.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?
-I’m one of those people who truly love cardio (I know, I know I’m one of ‘those’ people lol). I like to mix it up. I do a lot of HIIT using the prowler, jump rope, rower, battle ropes, sprints, bleachers, or stairs. But also include lots of dance, volleyball and the occasional long run.


How is it working with your sponsors Reebok and Dymatize?
Working with Dymatize and Reebok has been truly life changing. I remember writing “become a sponsored athlete” on my goal board 6 years ago when I first started in this industry and its almost surreal to think that it actually happened. I’m beyond grateful they took a chance on me and have continued to support my goals throughout this crazy journey. Both companies are brands that I stand behind – I believe in their mission and products and am so honored to represent them. Working with reebok and Dymatize I’ve also had the opportunity travel across the country and make friends (that now feel like family) all over the country. Getting to experience different cultures and interact with people from all types of backgrounds has been the best classroom I could ask for. I’m constantly learning because of the opportunities they’ve given me.

What supplements do you use… and what are some of your favorites you would recommend?
Dymatize BCAAs regularly throughout the day, generally between meals.
Dymatize Amino Pro with caffeine pre and Intra workout.
Dymatize ISO 100 Protein post workout.
Dymatize Casein Protein at night, generally last meal or snack at the end of the day.
Dymatize Multi vitamin daily.
Dymatize L-Carnatine during prep.


When you look back what do you think has been the key to achieving your goals?
I’d say the biggest key to achieving my goals has been persistence and faith in myself. If I had given up after hearing the word ‘no’ I would’ve been done a long time ago. Instead I turned my closed doors into lessons learned and fuel to keep me going. This industry can be very difficult to work in without a solid belief in yourself and your purpose. whenever I’m feeling down or helpless I try to take a step back and really focus on why I do what I do and what my focus is.

What’s one tip you would give to a person just starting their fitness journey?
Consistency. Changes don’t happen overnight, but with consistent hard work success will follow.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“Be so good they can’t ignore you”

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”

What’s next for you?
My goals are constantly changing as my life and career evolve. As of right now I’ve officially laid down some roots in northern Kentucky and am working full time as a hair and makeup artist and teach fitness classes locally during the week. I am also training to tryout for the Cincinnati Bengals NFL Cheerleading Team next spring and am excited to see how that goes- it would be a dream come true. And as always, I have a love for the stage and after a year off the heels are calling my name! I plan to continue to work and grow with my sponsors- new projects are always popping up! I feel like I’m finally coming into my own and am ready to embrace any and all opportunities that come my way.




Stacey Hayes Interview

TV personality/host Internationally published model



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



Photos by LHGFX

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



Photo by LHGFX

‭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!

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