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Penny Higgs Interview and Bikini Photos

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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.

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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.

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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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It’s a Tuesday but we want to look back at the Top Fitness Gurls Athlete Instagram Photos Of The Week. One of the best things about our brand is that we have this incredible group of Fitness Gurls Athletes. Here’s a showcase of some of the best from Team Fitness Gurls Instagram post of the Week.

I wish I woke up hot like this daily 😂😂😂😂 @fitnessgurls @lee_lhgfx

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Happy 4th of July!! 🇺🇸 #DenimOnDenim

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HOLY *sugar-free* CANNOLI I WON THE @musclebeachvenice OVERALL BIKINI COMPETITION!!! 💙👙❤️🇺🇸 I’ve always wanted to compete in a straight up fitness comp, but to be honest, I’ve had some reservations about developing super hulkish arm muscles and spray tanning my skin a very vivid shade of Cheeto dust orange 😅😳 BUT, when I heard about this competition I had to compete- I miss the stage!! For the last few months I’ve worked my booty off eating clean, training hard, visualizing my success, and practicing my posing. I was pleased with my performance but absolutely blown away when I was announced the overall bikini champion! I’d like to say thank you to @erykbui_ifbbpro for answering any and all questions I had and giving me the tools I needed to feel confident on stage, Khay and the @sakuraswimwear team for this DYNAMITE bikini and all the laughs and love, and @butch.dennis and the champ @allswangfitness for adopting me backstage and lookin out for ur lil lone wolf!!! Yesterday wouldn’t have been nearly as special without my girls @ardencotoulas @carlyanneamos and @healthful_ev coming by to give me some hugs, high fives, and a list of junk food they just ate 😭🤦🏼‍♀️😂😂 or without @daggers80 who is always there for me when I need it, providing me with love, faith, and support. All around, it was a perfect day, and next to actually being a bald eagle, I don’t think I could have been any more American 😂😂🇺🇸🇺🇸👌🏼👌🏼💋💋💙💙🍿🍿🍿 #californiablonde #fourthofjuly #bikinicompetitor #musclebeach #musclebeachfitness #overallchampion #merica #letfreedomring #ifbbbikini #hurrayiwon @fitnessgurls

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Brooke Evers Bikini Dance Video is Incredible

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Superstar DJ and former Fitness Gurls cover model, Brooke Evers, shows she has dance moves in a bikini in Ibiza. Summer is now in full swing. The sun is out, it’s warm and that means it’s time for women to show off their bikini bodies. Brook has one of the best physiques in music!

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Happy Thursday! We’re putting together some amazing things for you guys on Fitness Gurls. One of the best things about our brand is that we have this incredible group of Fitness Gurls Athletes. Here’s a showcase of some of the best from Team Fitness Gurls Instagram post of the Week.

I spy something with my little eye…. something green 😉. . Photo @lee_lhgfx

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The strength of your mindset will determine your success❤️ ————————————————— Had fun this week shooting for my next workout program at @renegade_yyc for @the_cartelle app! Stay tuned for it…. it’ll be a gooder😝 ————————————————— Outfit: @ryderwear // loving their new Element Range and Power Trainers as you can tell! You can use Haley10 to get 10% off your order (crazy fast shipping btw). ————————————————— Thank you @thextensionist for keeping my hair on point!! Haley10 for savings there as well😘 ————————————————— Have an AMAZING Saturday everyone! And remember that YOU ARE Amazing! ❤️

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Forgot my name? Read it and weep!!! 😋🐆💫 @shopnoxlife 🍒🍒I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally snag a Lynx necklace😭 I’ve always wanted a sleek, sophisticated, sexy name plate but every time I looked online the fonts were just not happening. And then, a miracle happened. My talented, inspirational, fierce, gorgeous friend *and former Miss Teen USA sista and BET co-star** @therealkamie just so happened to start her own line of customizable #noxplates and the deal was doneeeee💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ don’t get me wrong, I’m always gonna support my friends’ dreams…but that doesn’t always mean they’re gonna look so fresh 😅😅 Get lynxy and make your own customizable Noxplate (no you don’t have to put lynx if you don’t want 😂). Also not to mention, supporting my girl Kamie is a good thing all around: this woman is not only brilliant and one of the hardest workers I know, but she’s on a mission to change the fashion industry with her body positive message and is all around one of the best people I’ve ever met (plus she’s really pretty). @shopnoxlife @shopnoxlife @shopnoxlife @shopnoxlife Yay!! #womenempowerment #girlswhosupportgirls #besties #missteenusa #BET #FInFabulous #lovemyfriends @shopnoxlife #noxbabes #loveyoubabe!!!

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Pre leg day workout because after I won’t be able to do this! 😆 It amazes me how once a certain body part, (my legs) used to be my least favorite body part then becomes your favorite. 🤷🏻‍♀️ That concept has definitely taught me to love every inch of myself even when I’m not my fittest or toned to my “comfortable standards.” Too many times scrolling I see women altering their body’s via apps or filters. Now a blemish that’s not normally there, I get that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But I wish more women were truly confident and loved their body. I feel one way to start doing that is feed your body the food that fuels your body. When you eat well, you feel well and then those changes are on the horizon. It’s time to start loving your true self and all the flaws that you see and others do not. 💚 • • Socks – @fuelclothing • #saraheevans #fitspo #fitmomsofig #fitmom #fitnessmotivation #fitchick #fitmominspire #legs #fuelclothing #bodypositive #confidence #bodypositivity #loveyourbody

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Hey Guys👋 Been slacking lately on social media because of a lot going on. But one thing that has always helped me get through hard times is a good workout. The gym is my escape. The gym is where I can blast my music, forget everyone around me, push, scream, sweat and let it all out 💪🏼. – Everyone goes through rough patches.. it’s a part of life. But when people and circumstances knock you down and you feel hurt, confused, betrayed, drained, stressed and overwhelmed… don’t give up! Take a few days to shut off social media, pray, surround yourself with positivity and get back on your feet. You got this!! I believe it you 🙏🏼 – – Wearing the new @ryderwear element collection and @ryderwearshoes . I’m size S top and XS bottom. Suuuuuper stretchy and comfortable! Code Rachel10 saves you $ #TeamRyderwear #Ryderwear #Fit #fitness #fitspo #motivation #inspiration #fitfam #inspire #gym

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**LIFE UPDATE** 1. Still pinching myself over the release of my cover of @fitnessmagsa. I’m still getting to all the comments and texts! Thank you all for the support- some of you for my entire life (heyyy Seis), some for the last several years, and some for a few weeks! No matter how long or how I know you – I APPRECIATE YOU. 2. I’m currently dying on the stair master 😅 3. I’m officially a resident of the South Bay!!! The last few weeks have been a little stressful with packing, moving, and unpacking, but I already feel at home and love my roomieee 🙃. 4. The Tiffany’s box from my story a few weeks ago was not from a man 😂 I don’t know if I’ve ever got so many DM inquires 😂😂 your girl is still single 💁🏼‍♀️ 5. I had two H2H conversations yesterday and was reminded how important it is to PAUSE and smell the freaking roses. (Anyone else not good at this?! 🙄🙋🏼‍♀️) 6. It’s #Humpday so here’s a “Humpday-esque” photo. Oldie but a goodie by @lee_lhgfx Cardio is over so now my caption is too 😆. Crush the rest of your week! . . . . . #teambbcom #Teambodybuildingcom #fitspo #fitgirls #fitglam #earnednotgiven #noexcuses #Ifbb #npc #npcbikini #musclecontest #fitnessmodel #aesthetics #fitnessgurls #booty #strongissexy #sexy #girlswholift #bootygains #squats #growbootygrow #progressnotperfection

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