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Lindsay Orange – Gym Crush – Interview & Photos

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How and when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I have been active all my life. As a teenager, I participated in every sport I could possibly fit into my schedule: volleyball, basketball, rugby, track and field. Volleyball was probably my favorite and best, skill-wise. Running became a great passion of mine when I vowed to stay in shape following high school and well into university. My Dad took me to my very first gym when I was 14. I definitely owe my devotion to training to him. He put great emphasis on physical fitness in my youth, and it has carried forward well into my adulthood.

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What got you started in the fitness industry?
After I finished my nursing degree, I felt I was in need of another goal. I had already been training at the gym quite consistently, and mastered working in a 5-day split within my 12-hour shifts. I started buying fitness magazines for inspiration and advice. The back of the magazines would always feature pictures of the pro fitness contests, and I thought “I wanna try that!” I set myself up with a trainer at my gym, we picked a show for me to enter in and the rest is history. I place 2nd in my first figure show and I was completely hooked.

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Along your fitness journey, have you ever felt like quitting… and if so what/who motivated you to keep going?
Oh goodness, yes!! There’s always moments of self-doubt, especially during times of adversity. I have experienced many adverse incidences when training/prepping for shows/shoots- that’s life. But once I’ve committed to something, I will never quit. When things get real tough, I think to myself how great it will feel to overcome that obstacle in spite of everything. Sometimes I WANT the challenge to be more difficult. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.

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What types of cardio have worked best for you?
My favorite type of cardio is running- I know it’s an acquired taste. Outdoor running is by far my most favorite, as nothing compares to breathing in that fresh air and taking in some scenery! The endorphin rush is like no other. If I’m resorted to running indoors (which is frequent in our Canadian climate) I will run intervals: changing up my speed, as well as the incline. Running has given me some very shapely and powerful stems (legs)! If I’m really sore, or my joints need a break, I will go on the Stepmill or Arc Trainer.

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What supplements do you use… and what are some of your favorites you would recommend?
I am so fortunate to be a sponsored Magnum Nutraceuticals athlete as I LOVE all of their products! They have many useful products for any athlete and purpose. Currently, my stack includes:
Quattro Protein: in either Chocolate Love or Half-Baked Cookies and Cream (taken post-workout or before bed)
Acid: a potent pharmaceutical-grade CLA supplement, taken 3x/day before a meal
Primer Performance Pack: a matrix of vitamins to support brain function, joint mobility, metabolic efficiency, and recovery
Opus: a stimulant-free concoction of BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) and vasodilators to promote muscle endurance and recovery (taken either pre or intra-workout)
Hi5: an intraworkout drink, potent in BCAAs, aiding in muscle endurance and recovery (blue raspberry is my favorite!!)

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When you look back what do you think has been the key to achieving your goals?
I think what has been key for me is my drive. I grew up in a disciplined household where you had to earn everything. I will literally do everything in my power to make something happen if I want it that badly. I think that will comes from true passion. The task doesn’t seem all that arduous when it’s a labor of love.That kind of mindset is what I believe separates a champion from a participant.

What’s one tip you would give to a person just starting their fitness journey?
The best advice that I could give is take it one step at a time. When you think of the end result of the goal in its entirety and put so much pressure on the result, it takes the joy of the process away. You MUST learn to love the process. So take it one day, one workout at a time. Keep track of your efforts (nutrition, workouts, measurements) so you yourself can see the progress you are making. Besting yourself is the greatest motivation!

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What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”- Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

What’s next for you?
I am currently undergoing some big changes in my fitness career. I took a year off from competing in figure competitions and focused on some modelling projects. I recently decided to step away from the stage entirely and embrace my inner athlete! This upcoming May I will be competing in my first full length triathlon, and I’m so excited. I have been preparing for two weeks so far, and the challenge has been both humbling and rewarding. I plan on being fit for the rest of my life. To me actual physical fitness is so much more important than how you look in the mirror. Train like an athlete, eat like an athlete, sleep like an athlete- the rest will follow.

For More Lindsay Orange:
IG @orangezilla
www.orangezilla.ca
Photos by IG @ronperronfitography

That wine pump tho ??? Reppin' @hardmagnum this morning for a progression workout involving shoulders and quads- random right? I love it. It doesn't have to make sense. This was followed by 35 min intervals on the spin bike. . I have been tweaking my nutrition (tweaking is an UNDERSTATEMENT) and I'm still only eating 75% of the MINIMUM carbs I should be… But it's coming. When you've been living life believing the sky is blue, and then someone tells you after 32 years it's green- it takes time to adjust ? Striving to be better, not perfect ? . #hardmagnum #athlete #training #lifestyle #lifestylechange #lifestyleblog #yeg #orangezilla #selfie #selfiesaturday #delts #pump #thatpumptho #thickfit #flexin #carbed #nofilter #stronger #better #igfitness #shebeast #fitspo #fitfam #inspire #aspire #progress

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Stacey Hayes Interview

TV personality/host Internationally published model

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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

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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.

Read the rest of Janna Breslin’s Interview:
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Hope Beel in Medellín Colombia

The beautiful and incredible Hope Beel is on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

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‭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!

Read the rest of Hope Beel’s Interview:
Buy the New Travel Issue with Hope Beel as the cover girl

Follow Hope Beel at: @HopeBeel
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