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Haley Kate: Fitness Gurls Athlete Interview & Photos



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First off, huge congratulations on winning Fitness Gurls’ Physique of the Year Contest! How did you hear about our contest and what steps did you take to get all those votes?
I heard about fitness gurls just from being on Instagram and always looking at their page. It’s funny because I actually tried to connect with Fitness Gurls when I first started my fitness career and really wanted to become an official fitness Gurls athlete. It just goes to show what can happen if you put your mind to something! To get votes while competing for the physique of the year title I was promoting daily to not just my social media followers but to all of my family and friends. I was literally Snapchatting all day and messaging everyone I knew pretty much. I have never been one to enter into contests but I really wanted this and was so honored and excited to have won. I feel very blessed to have so many people supporting and cheering me on.

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We all know you can’t achieve the perfect physique in a short amount of time. How long have you been training and did you get started because of competing?
I have been involved in fitness my whole life starting with competitive horseback riding, to sports as well as martial arts. But when it comes to actual bodybuilding and training a certain way to build my physique I would say a year and a half now. I have not actually competed yet but my goal is to step on stage and compete in the bikini division this summer!

Were you a tomboy growing up or were you the cheerleader type?
I would call myself a girly tomboy! Haha.. Growing up I was doing both cheerleading and playing sports like basketball, soccer as well as martial arts. I have always been told that the way I look doesn’t fit my personality because I look and dress really girly but really enjoy playing sports, and definitely not afraid to get my hands dirty. I have always been the girl that can definitely hang with the guys!

You currently work as a trainer. What is one of your advice that you find hardest to keep?
I am a full-time personal trainer, and one of the hardest advice I give that is hard for me to follow would be and consistency with my training. I feel a lot of people think it should be easy for me to be consistent and focus on my own body as a trainer but when you are training quite a few people a day and so focused on helping them reach their goals it’s easy to run out of fuel for myself. There are days I’m just so tired I really don’t want to train but I always some How to find a way to make it to the gym. There have been times I’m there at 12 am, but any workout will always be better than no workout! I find the only way to keep myself on track is to always be setting certain goals and of course setting up shoots constantly, which really helps me to stay disciplined.

What kind of training do you do? Please tell us your splits if you adhere to that method.
The type of training I do is a combination of weight training and circuit training. I do a lot of weightlifting but I superset it with an actual circuit. My circuits almost always include an ab workout as well. It is all about keeping that heart rate up throughout the entire workout. I love this type of training because it allows you to build muscle and lean out at the same time. If you can consistently train like this it cuts down the amount of cardio time you have to do which I believe everyone can appreciate it!

For women, having a nice plump booty is like a guy having full pecs. What are your favorite exercises to make the booty grow?
I get asked all the time what is the most effective way to train glutes. Ladies, I don’t know how many times I can say it but it’s crucial you must eat for the booty gains. You can train your glutes all day long but if you aren’t feeding it correctly it’s not going to grow. I have many exercises I love to train glutes but my top picks would have to be lunges, bridges, and squats. And by squats, I don’t just mean normal squats but there are different techniques I use to really develop rounder glutes. It is extremely important to eat properly before and after the workout. I am on a low carb diet but on leg/glute day especially I will eat sweet potatoes, and oatmeal. This helps fuel my workouts so I can go heavier with the weights. I never really had a butt growing up and now it’s one of the most asked about body parts I have. If I could train mine to grow into what I currently have to trust me anyone can!

What do you normally eat every day?
My diet does stay pretty consistent for the most part. Every morning I have egg whites, turkey bacon, avocado, and cashews. This allows me to feel pretty full and gives me a ton of energy to kickstart my day. The rest of my day consists of chicken, salmon, veggies, and spinach. I eat five times a day and drink about a gallon of water as well.

What is one healthy food item that you can eat for a week straight and not get sick of it?
7. A healthy food item I could eat every day and not get sick of is definitely cashews and egg whites! Haha I know it may sound weird but I love both and literally eat cashews all day. They help me stay full and make it much easier for me to not eat a lot of carbs.

What is your favorite cheat food? Do you drink?
My favorite cheat meal would have to be a good old Cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. Mmm, I am obsessed with both. Once in a while, I will eat this on leg day to reward myself! As for alcohol, I’m not a big drinker. I don’t really enjoy alcohol and never really have. Once in a while, I will have a glass of white wine if I’m out with friends but I could easily not drink for months at a time.

What do you like to do when you’re not working, working out or anything work related?
When I’m not working out or training clients I really enjoy quite a time actually. My week is very hectic and noisy so I love hanging at home, going to movies and just spending time with my loved ones. But don’t get me wrong I also love going on adventures too, so hiking, rock climbing beach days are always something I’m up for! I prefer to get up early on the weekends so I can have a whole day for myself and do everything I can’t during the week. I’m that girl that will say yes to a million things at once when it’s probably not humanly possible… but then again I always think I’m invincible.

What can we expect more of from you in 2017?
For 2017 I really hope to make some huge accomplishments with my career. For starters, I would love to finally step on stage and compete at some larger fitness shows. I am also currently starting to work on my clothing line which is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. I will be making a ton more fitness videos and getting a lot of content for my followers to hopefully help them grow and reach their own fitness goals. Finding a way to really reach millions of people around the world and help them find happiness and self-love through fitness and being able to accomplish things they never thought they could always be on the top of my to-do list. This is why I love social media.. if I can make someone laugh, or help them gain the confidence I feel I have fulfilled my purpose. This exactly why I am a trainer and why I love what I do so much.

I am still so excited and feel blessed to start off the year with the title of Physique of the Year! I can’t wait to shoot and work on different projects with Fitness Gurls so everyone stay tuned, 2017 is going to be amazing!

For More about Haley Kate:
IG: @thehaleykate

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IG: @lee_lhgfx

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Tahnee Sheehan: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

11 Questions with the new “IT GURL” in the Australian Fitness Industry



Photography by @ABCCreative

Tahnee Sheehan is. Becoming the new IT Gurl in the Australian fitness industry. The WBFF competitor and cheerleader for the Gold Coast Titans is making a name for herself with her girl next door looks, skills in front of the camera and world-class physique, we can’t wait to see more of her in the future as she takes this industry by storm. 11 Questions with the gorgeous and phenomenal Tahnee Sheehan.

Also, check out: Tahlia Christou: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

How and when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I originally started my fitness journey through my love of dance. I was studying full time and using the gym as a means of keeping ‘show fit’ and feeling confident during my performances. This was only the beginning! I had no idea, just how important living a fit lifestyle would become to me!

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Definitely, your offseason, especially if you’re a fitness competitor. It’s really easy to become disheartened knowing that you can’t stay competition lean all year (unfortunately). So it’s super important to remind yourself that without these periods, there’s no room for growth both physically and literally!

Do you listen to music while you train?
Absolutely! If I’m not dancing in between sets, then there’s something wrong with me. Music is crucial to my workouts and god forbid if my headphones die… the gym better have a banging playlist on.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
I’m in a growing phase at the moment so my training days are as follows:
Hamstrings, glutes & calves
Shoulders & abs
Quads (ouch)
Tris, bis & abs
Back & rear delts
Shoulders & glutes

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
My favorite clean meal would have to be the good old eggs and avo! I add spinach, asparagus and mushies to add some volume and I sneak some garlic in their too (one of my faves). As for my cheat meals, my weakness is definitely a burger and fries with a side of Kit Kat! I love chocolate so much that during my prep I’d often bargain with my coach to let me ‘skip’ my cheat meal and have a whole block instead.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I gave up caffeine for a week once. Right? Who in their right mind would do that!

What is your greatest strength?
I think my greatest strength would have to be my determination. I know that there’s always going to be someone out there who’s stronger or leaner or more symmetrical when it comes to competing, but I’m determined to never give up; to keep pushing until I am the best possible version of myself. Then when I reach that, I’ll push again until I beat her.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Just get started! Walk into the gym with your head held high and don’t get embarrassed because you think everybody else looking at you, because 9 times out of 10 I can guarantee they’re looking at themselves. Then once you’re feeling confident, you can fine-tune your workouts by finding a PT, working with a coach, even jumping on YouTube is a start!

You’re a WBFF competitor, how is it competing against some of the best physiques in the world?
I thrive off a challenge and that’s why I chose the WBFF. I knew that it was never going to be easy to compete, given that the standard was so high, but I’d much rather feel like I earnt my place amongst the best of the best than get lucky by half-assing it. I’m definitely a go hard or go home kind of girl and when it comes to competing, if you can add the glitz and glamour to a hard earnt bod, how could you not choose the WBFF?

You’re also a cheerleader for the Gold Coast Titans, how did you get started in cheerleading?
I originally auditioned for the GC Titans as I wanted to further develop my dancing through the use of stunts and tumbling. I fell in love with the close-knit family that you create each season in the squad! You train as a team putting in the hours of hard work and then you get to showcase it all by performing in front of thousands on the field. Such an adrenaline rush! I’ve been cheering with the Titans since 2013 and hopefully will continue to do so for a lot longer.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Oooh, this is a toughie! I’d have to say:
1. Oscar (my puppy)
2. My toothbrush (obsessed with dental hygiene)
3. Tanning oil (if I’m stuck there, I may as well tan right 🤷🏼‍♀️)

For more of Tahnee Sheehan
Height: 163cm / 5’4″
Weight: 57kg / 125 lbs.
Follow her on IG @tahnee.sheehan
Incredible Photography by @abccreative

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Ashley Kaltwasser is a true Instacrush



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Ashley Kaltwasser is the winner of Ms. Bikini Olympia 3 different times. She has created ripples in the bodybuilding world. She is a professional athlete as well. She has been at bodybuilding for quite a long period of time. She started gymnastics when she was just 4 years old. She entered her first bikini competition at the age of 23. She was also able to get the Pro card within 2 years. Her accolades and achievements are not just limited to these.

Also, check out: Listen to Ashley Kaltwasser on The Fitness Gurls Podcast

Over the years there have been models and fitness enthusiasts who have been inspired by her. She is also popular on social media through which she keeps on inspiring other females to take up bodybuilding.

Her aim is to inspire as many people as possible to take up bodybuilding so that they lead a healthier life. That is why she constantly shares her photos and other accolades which she has won on social media to inspire others and make them understand that such achievements are actually possible as well. Ashley Kaltwasser has become a role model for almost all the models who are interested in the world of bodybuilding and need someone to look up to.

The Queen is back!! You are our favorite IFBB Bikini Pro of all time, what made you want to step back on stage?
Wow, I am your favorite? *Blush* I’m very flattered, thank you! Well, I never really announced that I was “done” just needed a lil break that’s all. The pressure at the top can be too much sometimes. I felt overwhelmed and felt the need to be perfect. This wasn’t because of anyone but myself. I am often too hard on myself and my competitive drive can be too much for my own good sometimes. I needed some time off to remember and realize WHY I LOVE THIS SPORT SO MUCH!

You have one of the most beautiful physiques to “ever” step on an IFBB stage, that first show back, did you feel at home, or did you have a few jitters?
Ah, this is such a complimentary and positive interview, I love it!! I definitely had the jitters. I was so shaky and nervous. But ya know, a lot of people associate nervous with negative. I’m nervous all the time, always have been and always probably will be! Being nervous means that I CARE. If I’m nervous it means it’s something that means a lot to me. I try to turn most of those negative jitters into EXCITEMENT!

You’ve been gone for a couple years, there’s a new champ on that Olympia stage, new challenges. Would you say you’re the underdog coming into the Olympia?
I’ve only missed a year at the Olympia (2017) but since then so much has changed! Lots of new faces and the talent pool just keeps growing each year. There are so many amazing and beautiful girls that I will be competing with. A lot of these girls are rookies just like I was when I first won. I would say YES I am one of the many underdogs that will be competing in this year’s Bikini Olympia.

After the Olympia, what’s next for Queen Ashley?
Queen? I like the sound of that lol! Well a day after the Olympia, I will be driving straight back to LA to catch a flight that leaves the following morning to Korea. That’s because I will be competing in the Asian Grand Prix the following weekend! It’s going to be a craaaaazy week I am tellin’ ya. The next show on my radar is the Japan Pro Show in November. I cannot wait for all of these exciting events! I love Asia, and I love Asians. They are just so awesome! It’s going to be a great year.

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Hope Beel Dropped a Gorgeous Bikini Photo



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Over the weekend, our good friend and 3x Fitness Gurls Magazine cover model, Hope Beel posted some awesome bikini photos on Instagram and IG Stories. One of taken at Hope Beel’s second favorite city, Tulum Mexico by Justin Martin.

Also, check out: Hope Beel is the Queen of the Beach

The IG Stories were epic! Hope Beel is on a floaty, showing off one of the most beautiful physiques in the world… and the other with her girl-friend Tina Nguyen.

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