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Q: What would you say is the most important part of your fitness routine?

Balance and having fun! Along with weight training often, I try to incorporate some other types of training to keep my body “guessing” like rope training, kettle bells, etc. Of course the most important part of maxing out my fitness routine is by keeping a clean diet as well!

Q: What is your favorite body part to workout?

Glutes and Hams! Who can’t get enough of that area! 

Q: You just competed at the Arnold 2012, it was your first show, when did you decide you wanted to compete?

About a year ago leading up to the 2011 Arnold Classic I decided I wanted to add a competition to my list of goals. With the year coming to and end and with the 2012 Arnold Classic quickly approaching, I decided I wanted to compete for sure. With the Arnold being a huge show, and a goal of mine, why not now and let it be during one of the biggest shows of the year! 

Q: How long did it take you to get ready for your first show?

I live a clean lifestyle, with good eating habits and workout routines to stay lean year round. With that being said… when I finally decided 6 weeks out that I was going to do the Arnold classic, I still had a lot of work I wanted to do for myself! My workout routines intensified and my diet changed to be more suited for a competition diet. It was my first show, and your body is all a science, I learned so much over these 6 weeks with closely monitoring changes and what changes to make in my routines and diet to alter certain things. 

Q: When competing what’s the best thing someone can do to support you?

There are so many things I could answer here. My schedule is hectic to anything to help with schedule conflicts and getting everything done throughout my daily routines. But more importantly leading up to the competition, offering motivation, support, and sharing the excitement with you. The best feeling is knowing you have those that care for you, there watching you do your show and providing their support cheering you on because they want to be there.

Q: What’s the best pick up line you have ever heard?

Oh I’ve got one alright and it even has to do with fitness! “Hey, Its your turn to spot me, because I spotted you from across the room when you walked in the gym.” 

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant and if so where is it and what would you order?

My go to spot is Marcella’s! I would order the Carrot Salmon Dish over arugula… and as a “cheat/treat” I order the Famous meatball to snack on before hand. It melts in your mouth!  

My favorite dining experience that took me out of the box a little was Nobu in New York City. They bring out each course in an order pertaining to your pallet so that each new course/dish compliments the one before. They say they are the innovator of new style Japanese food. Everything was delicious!

Q: What’s your favorite clean meal/recipe?

I Love to cook and have so many! My all time favorite are my protein pancakes! <3 that's a way to my heart alright!  Try these low carb, low fat Chicken Lettuce wraps!
In a medium bowl mix the following ingredients and place in the refrigerator to chill for 45 minutes.
1 Cup Cucumber (Diced)
1 Cup Red Onion (Diced)
1 Tbsp Honey (Optional)
1/4 cup Tomato (Diced)
1/2  Cup Brown Rice Vinegar
Pinch of sea salt (optional)

1 lb Chicken Breast- Grill, boil, or bake chicken until done. Chop into cubes (You can use ground chicken as well) 

Additional Ingredients:
1 Cup bean sprouts
2 Large Carrots (grated)
12 Bib Lettuce Leaves or “Living” lettuce head if available
Organic Peanut Sauce (optional, choose lowest in fat)

Fill Lettuce wraps with Chicken, Cucumber/red onion mixture, bean sprouts, and top with grated carrots! Try adding a small amount of organic, low fat peanut sauce.

Low fat, Carbs and Sugar and Under 170 calories each! Recipe serves 10-12 lettuce wraps.

Q: Why do you think Fitness Gurls Magazine is a good fit for you?

I am very excited to be a part of Fitness Gurls Magazine! This is a great fit for me because I have always believed that both men and women want to feel sexy & confident in their own skin! I love how Fitness Gurls Magazine features tasteful, hard working real people and I believe this is the ultimate confidence motivator for others! My goal is to be able to inspire/empower many others that are looking for motivation to live a healthy lifestyle, feel sexy/confident, all while living in balance!

Little bit more about me…
I am an enthusiast in the kitchen; Fitness and Gym Guru; Tom-boy at heart; Entrepreneurial minded; Hopeful with restoring youthful confidence emotionally and physically to many others along the way. 

Follow her and like her at >>>
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brittany-Walker-Fit-Fan-Page/251686308179934 

 

 

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Christmas Abbott Gym Crush

Featured in the 2017 Fitness Gurls Swimsuit Issue

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You can’t say tough without thinking of Christmas Abbott and the achievements under her belt. At 35 years of age, Abbott has become a household name within the fitness and entrepreneurial community. You may have seen her on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine or on popular TV shows such as Big Brother (last season), Big Brother: After Dark and a slew of intriguing and hilarious interviews. She’s our Gym Crush.

Also: See Christmas Abbott on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

You were on our cover this year as our Most Inspiring Physique in Sports because you were mostly known for Crossfit. But you also are known for Nascar and now Big Brother! What gives you that confidence that no matter what you do, you’re going to be pretty awesome at it?
First, THANK YOU!!! That was such an amazing award! Confidence is a muscle that needs to be trained and worked at consistently and I have been working on it for a long time. While doing that I committed to try new things and be willing to “fail” as most people perceive. I don’t know what the outcome of my ventures will result in but I do know that I would rather try my hardest and prepare for my best and stumble than not try at all! So if that means that I am pretty awesome at what I take on, then I’ll take it!

Starting so many new projects, are you afraid of making rookie mistakes?
I have always enjoyed creating things and seeing their growth and potential; from businesses to people. It’s a beautiful thing to watch something you imagine come to life. I try my best to do my due diligence on any project that I approach to ensure it is as successful as I can make it within my ability. I often reach out to mentors, friends, and associates to get ruthless feedback in hopes to prevent any “rookie” mistakes. If it does happen, it’s a learning experience!

How was it staying at the Big Brother house… and how’s your foot?
The BB House was like adult summer camp with no phones and no contact with the outside world. It was such a unique and fun experience collectively that I feel really special to have it. The foot is healing. I have surgery soon to take out the hardware from the first surgery and after that, I am on the official road to recovery. It has been a slow and frustrating process but I am keeping positive about it and hopefully showing the world that you can have something tragic happen and still accomplish big things!

Another thing that you’re recently started is your online training platforms, what kind of shape do you need to be in to do your workouts?
BBX is an awesome combination of my workouts that can be done anywhere and for anyone! I know it sounds cliche but its true. All of my BBX’ers get workout videos, online community, downloadable e-books, and exclusive access to my other projects and offers. What I love MOST about the BBX program is that people sign up for a body transformation and they get major results along with a complete confidence transformation! They are such incredible people!

You seem like you’re even busier than ever, do you still have time to train as much as you use to?
Now that I am out of the BB House and getting to use my foot more I am back on a regiment. Even when I couldn’t put weight on my foot I was doing some sort of training to keep my sanity in check but also let my body know I still loved it. Body’s are meant to move! I am not training competition style right now and it looks like that won’t happen until the summer. I am loving my mix of CrossFit Invoke (my gym), spin class, and hot yoga. The combination is so good for my body and spirit.

Tell me what you have going on with Dick’s Sporting good and Second Skin Apparel?
Dick’s Sporting Goods launched their own apparel line, Second Skin. Second Skin is absolutely appropriately named!! They have a compression line and a training line. So I don’t have to go to two different companies for all of my needs! They have been an incredible company to work with and really take my input seriously. The clothes keep up with me, my demands for my body, and feel so darn good!!

Where did you learn so much about business?
HA! I have always been interested in business but it takes a lot of discipline. I didn’t graduate from college and went to work in Iraq as a civilian contractor instead which ultimately became my life college. In Iraq I learned how to be organized, detailed, commitment, and of course CrossFit! Those key skills aligned with passion can create a potent product. I have done a lot of research on whatever I venture into and when possible I leaned on mentors or sought out professional advice. Ultimately, I learned as I went but it wasn’t a “go with the flow” approach. I prepared for all of my projects as much as possible and as they were executed I learned more and more about business over the years.

You’re also an incredible model. How do you stay in such great shape year round?
Ha! Well, thank you again! I don’t consider myself a model rather than an athlete. I workout to help my journey with myself, it fuels me in such a positive way that I cannot get any other way. A healthy combination of fitness, nutrition, and enjoying life can keep you in the best, most positive shape possible. I love the balance it provides and I’m cautious not to get too far into body image that it affects my balance, meaning I enjoy drinks with my girls and holiday foods guilt free!

What’s next for Christmas Abbott? What should we be watching out for next?
I have just launched an amazing supplement company called Bourn Relentless! I wanted to create a line that I loved with all of the things that I would use with the ingredients I would put into my body, so I DID! I am really excited about this launch and the products that I have created so far. Check it out at BOURNRELENTLESS.com

Also, I am in the final phases of a project that has been in the works one way or another for almost five years! CAN is an online coaching nutrition program that is education driven and a one-stop shop for macro calculating, goal tracking, meal resources, workout regiments, and supplements suggestions. It is super user-friendly and will have a ton of support for the client so they feel empowered and educated throughout their entire lifestyle change. I am so proud of this project and what it will do to help people truly understand the fundamentals of nutrition within their lifestyle without feeling helpless, confused, or restricted. CAN will help people make the lifestyle changes they have been wanting! People can sign up through my website ChristmasAbbott.com to get in the know for when it will launch and even an early bird discount for sign ups!

As for life, I am enjoying time with family and friends as much as possible and leaning into an adventure. I have had a lot of personal growth this year and I want to be sure I reflect on it and not take it for granted.
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Find more about Christmas Abbott at: @christmasabott
Photos by Ohrangutang @ohrangutang / Makeup by Cristina Pilo @cristinapilo

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