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Holly Barker Spotlight Interview



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Ever since Holly was a kid, she has always been an overachiever. This carried into her adult life and not only is she a super successful businesswoman, she wants to help others achieve the success she has had! Oh, not to mention she’s super hot while juggling her career and staying on top of her fitness!

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of knowing you yet, please give a little background about yourself such as where you’re from and how you were as a kid growing up?
I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and loved being outdoors while taking part in all sports and being active. I also loved everything that school had to offer from music to student exchange programs. Then in university, I discovered my passion for business as well as fitness which I fell in love with the art of transforming myself.

Your fitness career seemed to catapult when you decided to compete. But in hindsight, was there anything you would do differently?
I’m not sure I would do anything differently. There is no goal I have set that I have regretted. Every dream I’ve wished and goal I have set has brought me to this moment. This moment is sweet and I am more excited than ever to ride the peaks and valleys that are along the way to my continued optimal self. The fitness industry currently seems to have an over saturation of fitness models and trainers.

What advice would you give to someone new or already in the business to set themselves apart?
There is continued opportunity, I believe especially in the fitness field, to continue to promote your lifestyle. What will always add to your success, no matter how saturated your market, is your ability to provide consistent value, to be genuine, to listen to your audience and provide a service they are asking you for. Stay true to your values and what makes you shine and then continue to invest in yourself, learn and teach it forward.

With so many fitness models coming and going throughout the years, who in your opinion has withstood the test of time?
I love Larissa Reis and believe she just gets better. She is an incredible entrepreneur, genuine and incredibly strong and beautiful. I also love Emily Skye! She is beautiful and predictably consistent.

We all know that weight training is a fundamental part of fitness modeling, do you incorporate other types of training methods such as Pilates or boxing in your exercise routine?
I love incorporating amazing hikes!! I live in a trail system and love the ability to head out and hit the trails literally across the street for miles on end. I also love including Spin classes and hot yoga sessions as well as Float therapy and Cryotherapy for optimal mind-body connection and repair.

Do you have any fitness competitions on the agenda or are you taking a break or retired?
The “want” to compete at this time is not a priority of mine, but I won’t say I will never compete again. If it lines up with a goal I set in the future, then I will. But currently, I am focusing on my optimal self and creating opportunities that align with optimal fitness and business as a FitnessPreneur. When you say yes to one thing, you say no to everything else.

You’ve been sponsored by Magnum for quite some time now. What are your favorite products you use from them?
Gosh… I love them all!! Depending on my goals and timing towards them, my stack continually grows with me…but right at this moment, my favorite products are Quattro – the taste and recipes you can make with the different flavors allow me to feel like I’m never missing out or having to say ‘no’ to treats. I also love Hi5 for optimal hydration and energy and Carne Diem and After Burner for effective fat loss without stimulants.

For More Holly Barker
IG @hollsbarksfitness

11 Questions

11 Questions with Ali Lee

Interview with one of our newest Fitness Gurls Athlete stars



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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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The 20 Most Beautiful Women in WWE History

From Attitude Era to Today’s WWE Stars | Special Thanks to DivaBible



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Wrestlemania 34 is this weekend. The biggest wrestling event of the year. And with the WWE looking back to yesteryear with RAW 25 bringing back some of the biggest names in WWE’s Attitude Era to today, we wanted to take a look at the 20 Most Beautiful & Sexiest Female Superstars in WWE history. For this list, we teamed up with DivaBible. Thank you so much for your help. Check out our list below, and let us know if we missed somebody in the comments below.

Also check out last years list: Top 10 Most Beautiful WWE Female Stars Today

20. AJ Lee

AJ Lee was the Queen of the ring when she was at the WWE. She was a 3-time Divas Champion and held that title for over 406 consecutive days. She also won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 2012 to 2014. We love AJ, cause she was like the hot ex-girlfriend that’s a little on the crazy side. Beautiful and crazy is a hella good combo.

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11 Questions

11 Questions with Tess Bonanni

Fitness Gurls talks with the gorgeous Australian-based Fitness Influencer



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)
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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