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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

11 Questions

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

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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