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Miesha Tate: Fitness Gurls Cover Model

The Most Beautiful Woman in MMA

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You started out wrestling in high school, why didn’t you pick softball or tennis? What drew you to wrestle?
Wrestling was the only sport offered winter quarter other than basketball and I just can’t play basketball at all I’m horrible at it so out of default I went out for wrestling and instantly fell in love.

Your nickname use to be take-down and now it’s cupcake. but you’re known for being a bad-ass in the cage, does cupcake really fit you?
It does if you know the story. For one, I love to bake and I’m obsessed with Cupcakes. But the story behind the name change was after my loss to Ronda I decided I wanted to have a more positive outlook on my MMA career again so I thought that Cupcake is funny and lighthearted not like “Killer” or “Terminator”. I used to hate it that girls would judge me for wearing makeup, dresses, heels and think that I was weak, like a cupcake based on my outer appearance. Now I embrace it. If you wanna think less of me because I’m feminine so be it, but once that cage door locks you better be ready.

Who are your top 3 favorite MMA fighters?
– Fedor
– Megumi Fujii
– Ben Henderson

Do you have any secret talents people don’t know about?
I don’t know if you would call it a talent but I can make weird shapes with my tongue that I’ve found most people can not do. I’ve heard it’s genetic, either you can or you can’t.

What do you think women’s MMA will look in 3 years?
I think WMMA is here to stay for sure I think it will be more developed, deeper divisions and hopefully we will have another weight class or two added to the UFC!

Do you think you dislike Ronda Rousey as much as she dislikes you?
Hard to say, but I think at this point she dislikes me more. She is by no means my favorite person, she gets on my nerves for sure but I am thankful to have a rival like her. It’s been good for both of us and WMMA so for that I appreciate her as a part of my life. I’ve tried to let go of any severe animosity towards her, life is too short to be bitter!

How much does training with men help you prepare for your fights in the cage?
Training with men and with women has its advantages. The men push you to be better faster stronger, while the women are like the reality check, there’s no excuse to lose to a female in training unless she’s just better so there’s more pressure and also I fight women so I do like to have women to train with as well!

How was your experience being a trainer on The Ultimate Fighter?
It was stressful, but I did my best to do right by my team. Not easy considering there was a wide range of needs with it being the first co-ed season. I think we had more on our plates as coaches than any season before. I enjoyed it and I miss it, but it was one of the more challenging things I’ve had to do in my life.

How do you stay motivated?
I just keep in mind my goals and I know there’s only one way to get there and thats hard work, no one can do it for me.

What does your diet consist of?
I like to juice a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I also make fresh fruit and veggie smoothies. I do eat meat but I could probably be pretty content as a vegetarian.

What’s your favorite music to workout to?
I like to listen to motivational speeches when I work out, weird right?

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?
– Glutamine
– Protein Isolate
– BCAA’s
– Vitamin B Complex
– Fish Oil

Top 5 tips for people who want to get in shape?
Find something you enjoy doing whether its hiking, biking, cardio kickboxing, jogging or even BJJ so you don’t lose interest.
– Change up your workouts
– Consistency
– Write your daily goals down and hang them up, check them daily
– Find a buddy to keep you accountable preferably someone who does the workout with you.
You’re on the UFC 168 card as the co-main event with the rematch between Chris Weidman and the former champ Anderson Silva, who you got in the rematch?
Honestly, l don’t know. I think the beautiful thing about MMA is that truly anything
can happen.

And do we have a prediction to how you’re going to beat Ronda Rousey on December 28th?
I want to knock her out!

Miesha Tate - Fitness Gurls Magazine Cover - Photo by LHGFX

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Heather Marsh Celebrates 1st Day of Summer

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Heather Marsh, Fitness Gurls Athlete, dropped a couple awesome photos of her and Hope Beel on IG to celebrate the first day of summer. We celebrate with Heather with her bikini celebration.

Also, check out: Heather Marsh Swimsuit Issue





Check out more Heather Marsh: IG @heathermarsh_fitness

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Women Crush Wednesday: Fitness Gurls Top Instagram Photos Of The Week

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Happy Women’s Crush Wednesday. We haven’t done one of these in a bit. Here’s a showcase of some of the best from Team Fitness Gurls Instagram post of the Week.

It’s Tuesday right? Make Tuesday Great Again

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To love, family, health, success and happiness 🥂. . Photographer @playmodephoto

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Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is only for the chosen few, for the superstars. The truth is, greatness is for us all. This is not about lowering expectations; it’s about raising them for every last one of us. Greatness is not in one special place, and it’s not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it. Don’t forget to find your greatness 👊🏼 @west_studio @prettymemakeup #shineon #staybright #doyou #motivateyourself #lifestyle #happy #healthy #alwayshungry #neversatisfied #workforit #lovethelifeyoulive #loveyourself #livelifetothefullest #smilemore #fitfam #sweat #fitness #girlswithmuscle #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgurls #magnumathlete #doyou #workhard #inspire #barbielife #dowhatyoulove #strongissexy #beyou

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Fasted cardio & @bambodynutrition this AM!🍩💪🏼 Both rocked my socks off! 🚧I have a volunteer hype-man that cheers me on every week day on my way to the gym. A construction worker. He noticed me eating my brownie on my walk home and exclaimed, “you eat brownies and you look like that?!”. I said, “yep!, I’m living my best life as you can see!” Which brings me to think: Are we all living our best lives? What is our best life? That brownie doesn’t significantly represent MY BEST LIFE, but it is a teeeeeenie tiny part of the bigger picture. My prep, my support, my mental space, and my energy!Are we completely happy 100% or is it graciously but strongly accepting any trouble that may weave in and out of our happiness every once in a while? Is it this harmony? Are we happy simply because we have experienced bad things? Is our happiness different? Is happiness as complicated as it seems sometimes? And where in the heck is my happiness meter…and how do I know if it’s full or not? Is a certain type of happiness more contagious than others? Three things that I can say make me very happy is: 1.) Growth: mentally, physically, business-wise, and the idea of time passing while experiencing it and working very hard for it! 2.) My Husband: the strongest person I know. He doesn’t understand 100% why I do what I do, why I use my time to do what I do, but he supports me 100% and that is what counts. To be completely honest, we have conversations all of the time about our lives and where we’re at and where we want to go. No judgement, just support, drive, and lots of love. 3.)My cats: I directly correlate my cats with relaxation, fun, a time away from chaos and talking. A quiet space in which I can appreciate them for their love, create fun for them, and always know that I am using my energy for something good. In fact, Gus is sitting in front of me right now to get off my dang phone! What are 3 things that you feel are part of your best life currently? I really want to know! Please share!💙🙌🏼

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Fitness & Fashion Model Paige Munroe

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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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