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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.

>> 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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Sarah E. Evans Valentine’s Day Special

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We asked one of the most beautiful women in the world, Sarah E Evans, what is her ideal Valentine’s Day… oh yeah and we took some amazing photos of her in lingerie. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Also, check out Sarah’s last Valentine’s Day Special: Sarah E Evans – Valentine’s Day Lingerie




Since this is a Valentine’s Day special, what is the best Valentine’s gift you’ve ever been given?
A weekend getaway, which I have received a few times in the past several years. Spending time with him out of our normal element is always a nice gift rather it’s 18 hrs away or 45 mins from home.  

What’s one of the best gifts you’ve ever given on Valentine’s day?
That’s a tough one.. I’m not good at giving gifts or very romantic either. LOL However, my husband always picks out his favorite images from my shoots, so I once had them made into a calendar for just him. 




What’s better? Chocolates or lingerie for Valentine’s?
Lingerie. I’m always adding to my collection for photo shoots! LOL

What’s better? Do something romantic at home or beach vacation on Valentine’s day?
Definitely, the beach vacay for me. I’m an “on the go” kind of girl so a getaway to the beach is my favorite anytime! 




What’s the best thing about love?
Being able to experience life with your best friend, sharing unforgettable moments, and the adventures together. 

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Holly Barker Is Taking It To Another Level

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From being a fitness model/ businesswoman to training thousands of clients from the launch of your new app, it’s obvious (and inspiring) you’ve come a long way. How was your experience in hindsight regarding that?

Woah!! Loaded question and Thank you for that incredible recognition!! 

The experience has been both incredibly seamless as it has been led through passion every step of the way. Finding how I can scale passion and live every day through a get to mindset. Learning that life doesn’t have to suck. There may be shitty situations, but if decisions are backed with a goal of forwarding movement toward happiness, then really the relativity between horrible and amazing is only known through the experiences we are blessed.  With seamlessness comes incredible difficulty as there are obstacles every step of the way in the entrepreneur field I have chosen. 

It’s refreshing and humbling every day to know that it is so much yet I am about to learn. Living through leading in my own way has blessed me with experiences I could never have imagined. I do believe the best is continuously yet to come. This may be a harmful way of thinking as I know I never fully realize the accomplishments along the way, but I believe it eludes to my effervescent energy. To know that things can never be judged for what they are. They can only uniquely mean what you create them to mean. And that’s all within my own ability. This is my growth life.

Also, check out: Heidi Cannon A Woman On The Move

What’s the one aspect you’d say you enjoy the most about being a fitness model?

I love the ability to showcase the body I continuously build and to navigate myself through the many looks I have gone through. Healthy is beautiful. It’s taken me my whole life to accomplish the look I have and I love the ability to showcase my health t represent like-minded companies and products that help me get there. 

The choice to establish a career in both businesses, as well as modeling, really was awe-inspiring one. How did the decision to merge both come to you? And in hindsight, what would you say was the most challenging thing about it?

I believe that everything is business. And when we strategically plan our educated path to allow us to explore creative alternate avenues, in this case, fitness modeling, we can thrive and explore careers that will complement each other even though they may contradict at first thought. I am so passionate about business and I am equally passionate about my health and fitness. Everything I ultimately do is a byproduct of each by default. 

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Jumping up and down the floor My head is an animal And once there was an animal It had a son that mowed the lawn The son was an OK guy They had a pet dragonfly The dragonfly it ran away But it came back with a story to say . Her dirty paws and furry coat She ran down the forest slope The forest of talking trees They used to sing about the birds and the bees The bees had declared a war The sky wasn’t big enough for them all The birds, they got help from below From dirty paws and the creatures of snow . So for a while things were cold They were scared down in their holes The forest that once was green Was colored black by those killing machines But she and her furry friends Took down the queen bee and her men And that’s how the story goes The story of the beast with those four #dirtypaws . PC @milianeyes Muah @karenpangmua @arsenic . Getting ready for #Bahamas with @arsenic @kowatches 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼♥️ where I will have sandy dirty paws for 5 days!!!!

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Having grown up on a farm, being so close to animals and working hard since then, would you say fitness was in some way, shape, or form always part of your life? Or did you happen to discover your passion for it later in life?

I did grow up on a farm with horses and cows and bunnies, chickens, cats, peacocks and a tonne of land to be farmed… but farm work was far from my responsibility. My dad always let girls (me and my sisters) be girls. I played on the farm. But I did find my passion for fitness there as well. My dad always had a universal gym in the basement. I loved it and would do workouts and long distance runs with my cousin. I was involved in every team sport but didn’t truly find a passion for fitness until I found long distance running. The solo push drove me more than the competitive edge of a team opponent. I fell in love with running. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I got my first gym membership. From that moment I knew my play in the fitness game and had found a home in the gym.

As human beings, we all go through ups and downs and have moments of strength and weakness. As a fitness model, what inspires you when you’re down?

Honestly, fitness is always what helps me find my motivation when life seems to be knocking me down. If I’m tired, I take a day off, but if I’m sad, stressed, angry or frustrated, the gym is my saving grace.

On the days where I need a bit of motivation to get started or a push to rock an incredible workout, I search my resources for “yes I cans” – podcasts, music, motivational actors, leaders, influencers 

Do you ever draw any inspiration from the fiction of any sorts? What would be your favorite movie/book/TV show etc. that you’ve taken some inspiration from?

Reality is the most make-believe of all. I am proof that you can write your story to have as many chapters as you want. We grow up learning from impossible believers. They are the ones that create our paths. We can choose to lead amongst them. Once you decide that, all fiction you choose to believe can become your reality. Your story. 

What kind of music do you, yourself listen to while 
you train?

Dependent on the training day. 

Cardio is typically dance, electronic…

Lifting is new music, hip hop, alternative or show tunes

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Skydiving is up there. However, what I’ve done with my life this past 6 months is, without doubt, the craziest thing I’ve ever done. I’ll be able to elaborate as time passes. 

What is your greatest strength?

My mental fortitude. Belief. 

How do you measure success?

My happiness. 

What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?

My most memorable photo shoot is my very first one. It was a pivotal moment when opportunity met preparation. I was approached after my first fitness competition by an international photographer. He asked if I wanted to shoot the day after my competition to which I did not win. He saw something in me. This experience opened my eyes to what a great visionary and experienced influence in the industry could teach me. That photoshoot got me published three different times and increased my confidence and belief that in front of the camera was something I needed to pursue. Hundreds of published images later I still attribute who I believe I can become right now greatly to that moment. 

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?

Cell phone 

Music

Coffee

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PC @casiewndl 
Muah @lizziescissorhands 
Style @miskasykora 

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Nina Agdal Is A Stunning Goddess

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SI Swimsuit model Nina Agdal has been killing it lately on Instagram. Her physique has bounced back from 2017 and she’s back in her peak shape again.

Also, check out: WATCH: Nina Agdal returns to SI Swimsuit



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Felt skinny, might get fat later

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Didn’t see ya there

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