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Hope Beel: Fitness Gurls Cover Model – March 2015

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How does it feel getting your first cover with Fitness Gurls?
I am so excited this is a dream come true!

We know that getting a cover has had to have been a big goal for you. Now that you have accomplished that, what is your next big goal?
I just want to continue to build my brand and hopefully I will grace covers of other major magazines.

How long ago did you begin your fitness journey and what first got you started?
I have always been an athlete but three years ago I really started my journey. I started to compete in bikini fitness competitions and I’m currently trying to win my pro card. Two years ago at the Olympia I shot with the photographer Ludwig Araujo and he helped me get my first spread in Fitness Gurls magazine; from there things really took off and I started shooting more with other photographers that I loved and started partnering with some of my favorite brands.

Watch Hope Beel’s behind the scenes video for Fitness Gurls Magazine
Shot by LHGFX

What is the biggest change you had to make since beginning your fitness journey?
The biggest change would probably have to be my discipline. When you have to stay on top of your body 24/7 it’s important to stick to your goals. Also, I don’t really go out and party anymore just because it doesn’t pair well with my goals, I’m much happier this way because I’m always focused to stay on track.

So many people start a fitness program only to get frustrated with themselves and give up. What advice would you give someone who is struggling?
Have an accountability partner to help you stay on track, also start off with little small goals instead of one big goal because once you achieve something small it gives you confidence to go for something bigger.

How do you personally stay motivated?
I surround myself with people who have the same goals in mind as I do when my friends or family are achieving in their fitness goals or career goals it inspires me to do the same!

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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learn since you started getting serious about your fitness?
You have to find what works for you; there so many ways to get fit and healthy in the marketplace but if you always believe what someone else tells you is the right way then maybe you’re jeopardizing your own results! It’s definitely a learning process and everyone’s bodies work in different ways so I have found it’s all about balance. I once ate a very limited calorie diet and killed myself with cardio and almost ruined my metabolism but now that I follow my own personal plan I realize that I can still have my pizza and abs too!

How do you balance your fitness lifestyle with your personal life?
Fitness is my personal life, my boyfriend and I work out together every single day and I host free fit camps my community so I’m constantly surrounded by people who motivate me. Even when hanging out with my girlfriends we will do something like a yoga class instead of going out for drinks.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about fitness?
That there is a magic pill or people are just born with good genetics. I personally have achieved my results by hard work and dedication and I have seen huge changes in the way my body looks, if genetics were the case I would have no curves, ha and I have not taking any magic pills haha, I think supplementation is important but I don’t think that’s the only way that you can get results.

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What does your current weekly workout schedule look like?
I currently work out six days a week and take one rest day typically I do 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of high-intensity cardio I really like to mix up my workouts and I never do the same thing, by the end of my training session I like to be drenched in sweat and I don’t think it needs to take two hours to do so.

Give us a snapshot of your nutrition plan:
Meal 1, Time of day: 7:00am
4 oz protein, 4 oz carbs

Meal 2, Time of day: 9:30am-10:00am
High protein snack

Meal 3, Time of day:12-1pm
4 oz protein, 3 oz carb, 4 oz veggie

Meal 4, Time of day:3-4pm
Post workout shake

Meal 5, Time of day5-6pm
High protein snack

Meal 6, Time of day7-8pm
4 oz protein 4 oz veggie

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What is your favorite cheat meal?
Hamburger and sweet potato fries with carrot cake

What is your favorite body part to train and why?
Glutes, I hold the most fat in that area of my body so trying to build more muscle there is key.

Give us your favorite workout:
(Exercise, sets, reps)
Filthy fifty vol.1(do 50 reps of each exercise in any order you like)
Power clean
Step 360 burpee to shoulder press to a box jump
Squat jumps on TRX
Side squat with Arnold press
Step up One leg hop with lunge on bench
Step up Shoulder Press with kick back on bench
Single leg power squat with press using weighted ball
Drop set shoulder press
6 ways
Kettlebell side lunge

What is your other interests/hobbies/work besides being a fit model?
I like to cook, Bikram yoga, watch movies, and I’m guilty for watching too much reality TV.
I’m currently working for the Julie Freemon Agency so I travel a lot for a events for her, i’m also a Texas motor Speedway sweetheart so you can see me on the big screen at the NASCAR races!

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What has been your most awkward gym moment?
I don’t really get embarrassed easily but I have had a major trip up where I fell in the middle of a work out while I was doing box jumps. I wouldn’t say it was embarrassing but it was definitely awkward.

What attributes do you have that contribute to your success?
I would say that I am extremely driven and motivated to succeed. Anyone can use their excuses to why they are not successful but I just use mine to be the reason why I am.

How would you describe your personal style?
Majority of the time I’m extremely casual but I like to get dressed up weekly. I mostly only wear black and neutral colors it’s very rare to see me and something bright.

What do we have to look forward from you in 2015?
I really do feel like 2015 is my year I have a lot of great things in the works with building my brand. I can’t wait to see what Fitness Gurls and I do together as well as my Herbalife business and my personal brand Hope Beel.


Photo by LHGFX Photography | Shot outside Las Vegas, NV

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Fitness & Fashion Model Paige Munroe

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Photos by Eric Snyder Photography

She’s gone from IFPA Professional Bikini competitor to New York fashion model, Paige Munroe is one of the hottest name on Instagram and in fashion. We talk to this phenomenal woman.

Also check out: Penny Higgs Interview and Bikini Photos

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle? 
I grew up in a small town, farm style living with animals and a big family. Physical activity, sports, outdoor adventures …it was how we stayed occupied. Before the age of cell phones and social media. I have always had an active and fit lifestyle. 

What is the most challenging thing about moving from fitness competitor to fashion model?
When I decided to make the shift from IFPA Professional Bikini competitor to New York fashion model, I had to work a lot on my body. To adjust to a more “model body type” which tends to be lean and less muscular. I changed my diet, workouts, routine, lifestyle, basically everything. Essentially more cardio with only lightweight or just bodyweight exercises paired with a very low carb diet.

When did Krav Maga start becoming a bigger part of your life?
For people who aren’t that familiar with Krav Maga, what principals does it teach?

First developed by the Israeli army in the 1940s, Krav Maga is a form of self-defense and physical training.

I have been training at the Krav Maga Academy in New York City under Matan Gavish for about 6months. Matan is a one of a kind in coach and training with him has been life-changing. He is former special forces and knows exactly how far to push you so you get the maximum but stay safe.

Before that, I trained in Muay Thai as well as boxing. My favorite style of martial arts has been Krav Maga by far. I love it because it teaches you to be strong and aware of any situation. Builds self-confidence through physical training. You use your entire body with every punch, kick, elbow and knees. The workout is amazing!

Because Krav Maga has no rules you are encouraged to think creatively. To figure out your way out of problems using proven concepts. And when in doubt always go for the balls!

They just announced they are opening a new lux facility called Fit Hit which will take this training to an entirely new level with human-like punching bags and a unique training experience.

His vision to give women all the tools they need to fend off bad guys in a fun, safe sophisticated facility is something I really get behind because I believe we can really make a difference and work to eliminate sexual victimization. No more women tagging #metoo.





Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
Yes, music is essential! I work out hard, so I need hard and powerful music. Usually, it’s metal/rock or clubhouse music. Face paced, strong lyrics, heavy beats! 

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Now my typical workouts are high-intensity interval training, cardio and body weights. I do everything that peaks my interest. Yoga, cycling, boot camps, rock climbing, martial arts, surfing, it’s endless.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I love nuts! Almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, all of them! That’s my favorite healthy food to snack. I’m also obsessed with kale. 

Splurge? Bacon cheeseburger deluxe or anything smoked! Ribs, wings, and other country styled cooking.  

My daily diet includes fish/meat and vegetables. Grain and dairy-free! Very limited fruit and sugar as well. …but I’m also a person who believes in having anything in moderation. I don’t torture myself. If I crave it, I’ll have it. Anything within reason. 

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
The most memorable photo shoot was when I got badly stung by a big blue Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish. I was in Ibiza in an ocean inlet, on top of a float. As I swam back to the shore I felt a very sharp sensation strike my hand. I was confused and hurt. By the time I got to shore we looked at the photos and saw the jellyfish was right next to me as clear as day in the photograph. Now I have a scar on my left hand!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Matches, knife & chocolate. 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
Hmm… Jumping from the tallest free falling drop in the world by myself. Driving in Thailand. Swimming with barracudas in the British Virgin Islands. Not sure which is the craziest, I love a good crazy adventure.
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For more Paige Munroe: IG @paige_munroe
Photos by Eric Snyder Photography: IG @ericsnyderphotography


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Penny Higgs Interview and Bikini Photos

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Photos by White Six

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I’ve pretty much grown into this lifestyle since being introduced to dancing as a kid. Living a very demanding athletic life, choosing dance as a career has meant I’ve had to be the healthiest version I can be. I’ve always been thicker/muscly, even growing up I was learning how to eat right for fuel, whilst the other kids were eating chips and lollies, (I envied them of course). I’ve always been able to put on weight super easy, not a great trait to have, but because of this, I’ve lived a very healthy lifestyle which can only be a positive thing.

>> Buy the issue that Penny Higgs is in below.

You’re like a triple threat, you’re a model, a photographer, a dancer… what is the most challenging thing about being in the fitness lifestyle industry?
I’ve never thought of myself as a triple threat, but I like that, I’ll take it I feel it’s not enough to be one thing, I have so much to add to my skill set, I have a creative brain in an impatient body, my most challenging thing is prioritising what needs my attention each day, balancing and fitting in everything I can, whilst also putting my personal training and health as a priority. Learning to say “no” to something in order to fit in my own training, conditioning and meal prep. I can’t let myself go whilst taking care of business, I come first, I am the business and there is no business if I’m out of the game.

Tell us when did you first fall in love with dance?
Sounds cliché, but from the moment I started. I did my first class as a kid at 12yrs old, I was a late starter. From my first class, I knew I found my “thing”. And then it shaped my life from there.

Also check out: Tahlia Christou: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
I have to listen to music when I train, there have been times I’ve forgotten my headphones and I’ve had to call it a day. Music is my motivator whilst I train if I’m lifting I’ll be listening to gangsta hip-hop tunes. Every time.

We know you train fitness classes.  What is your current “personal” training style, routine or split?
My training is a combination of compound strength training and functional fitness. I love weights, but also using just my own body weight can be an absolute killer workout. And of course, keeping flexible is essential for what I do, so I always stretch for a good 10-15mins at the end of a weights/body weight session.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
My every day clean food obsessions are – avocado, eggs, peanut butter, kind of clean, but could also be my splurges at the same time given the calorie density. And my splurge hands down, hot chips. Because carbs are life.

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
Aaah, that’s a hard one, I’ve had many outfit malfunctions on shoots, but no one batters an eyelid when a boob pops out on shoots, it’s always so professional, everyone is about the job. So with that being said, I have to say my most memorable shoots have been about the locations, so dreamy you can’t even put into words. Shooting in Fiji and Maldives are at the top until I tick Mexico off the list.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Music, a good sports bra and a good pair of kicks. I’ll find coffee, pants, and coconuts on the island. Coz I’m resourceful like that.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably going on Big Brother the reality show, not sure if it’s crazy to me, but to the average person, bearing your soul without a filter to your whole country for judgment could be slightly crazy. I say its lit.

What is your greatest strength?
Being able to keep going, picking myself up and never giving up. No matter my circumstances, with all odds against me and little support, I’ve never given up. And I won’t. I won’t settle for a mediocre life and that means never giving up when you get told no.

How do you measure success?
Success is different for everyone, my success lies in the experiences I’ve had, personal achievements in my industry and my health. I’ve created a lifestyle for myself that I love, I wake up every day with things I look forward to and it’s simple things, not a measure of money and material possessions. Happiness and health is the success.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of the gym?
I love anything that involves a good late breakfast and coffee when I have the time I also love to get in the kitchen and make raw cakes and healthy snacks.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Don’t be afraid of venturing into the weights section, there’s a huge misconception that women will bulk up from weight training, when in fact I believe it’s the best way to shape your body. And don’t be too hard on yourself, a shocking workout is still a workout, we’re still lapping those sitting on the couch. I also believe stretching isn’t talked about enough, so lift, and then stretch. It’s essential for injury prevention and keeps you agile. We want to build long lean muscle, not short bulky muscles, well that’s me anyway.


Penny Higgs’ Workout Routine:

10 x overhead shoulder press 20kg bar
10 x bent over row with 20kg bar
Repeat twice.

10 x bent over row with 30kgs
10 x leg raises on dip bar (second set leg raises with oblique variation)
Repeat twice
10 x chest crossover on cable machine
10 x lat pulls on cable machine
Add holds in contracted positions and controlled slow release.
Repeat twice.

10 x lat pulldown narrow grip (second set wide grip)
10 x seated dip 40kgs
Repeat twice.

20 x weighted plie with 60kgs (plie also known as sumo squat)
Stretch, then repeat.
Core work on the decline bench for 5 mins.
20 x Decline Leg press with different weight variations.
Stretch then repeat.
10 min stretch on mats.
Finished.

Follow Penny Higgs on social media: @dancinpenny


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Taylor Brown Model of the Moment

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Photo by Aleco Photography

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I have always been active and used to competitively cheer throughout grade school. Then when I started college at the University of South Florida, I coincidentally became great friends with a bunch of meatheads and quickly became addicted to the gym. 

>> Buy the issue that Taylor Brown is in below.

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Comparing yourself to so many others and the occasional self-doubt. It’s important to focus on yourself and your accomplishments and unfortunately, sometimes it’s inevitable to compare your journey to others, which isn’t fair to yourself. 

We LOVE your physique, what can customers get out of your Personal & Online Training Programs?
Wow, thank you! I offer a very wide variety of programs and training! I currently offer a 12-week program for both men and women which comes with step by step workouts with photos, nutrition tips, cardio, and full access to me throughout the entirety of the program. I also customize programs for individuals that want more of a personal online coaching relationship as well as train a limited amount of clients in Tampa, Florida! 

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to? 
ALWAYS. I actually listen to a wide variety of music, depending on my mood. Some days I’ll listen to a lot of rap, hip-hop, trap, and EDM. Other days I listen to heavy metal. It just depends on how I’m feeling walking into the gym that day! 

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Currently, I switch up my routine often. I do have a training split which always includes 2-3 leg days/week, 2-3 upper body days and either fasted cardio or post-workout HIIT. I have recently been adding a lot more circuit style training and full-body workouts into my routine to step it up a bit and lean out for the summer!





What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
Favorite clean foods? Eggs and fruit! Splurge? Pizza, sushi, anything with bread, pasta and cheese! 

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
Probably the looks and stares I received doing a bikini shoot one day by a very large group of elderly people that must have been on some kind of trip together. There were probably 15-20 of them and they all just stopped and stared, I really didn’t know how to react! Haha.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
FOOD (water). My pillow and blanket. And, let’s be honest I’d try to have my phone so I could call and get a lot more necessities. 

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What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I feel like most of the “crazy” things I’ve done were when I was younger. Young & dumb. Streaking around the neighborhood, skinny dipping in pools and rivers.

What is your greatest strength?
Making people smile. I always try to be a light walking into a room, you never know what kind of day someone may be having or what they’re going through. I love to just be funny and weird and make people laugh. Laughing is so important (and contagious) and a lot of people don’t do it enough!


Taylor Brown’s HIIT Circuit Routine:

Check out Taylor Brown’s HIIT circuit routine she uses to keep her incredible physique in world-class shape all year long.

1Circuit 1

25 Squat Jumps
15 Burpees
20 Backward Duck Walks

1Circuit 2

30 High Knees
30 Low Jacks
30 Mountain Climbers

Go through each circuit THREE times. You can do 1, 2, 1, 2, etc. or 1 3x through and then 2 3x through. REST 1-2 minutes MINIMUM between each set.

Tabata

20 seconds ON. 10 secends rest.
Go through 4:00 of each sets 1, 2 & 3.
Repeat 3 times total.

3 Rounds

1. Frog jumps & mountain climbers
2. Lunge pops & box jumps
3. Rope jump & V-ups

The “seconds” app is AMAZING for timing workouts. You can set it up however you want and it will tell you when to go, rest, etc.


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