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Tahlia Christou: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

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Tahlia, you recently won your WBFF Bikini Pro card. What was it like being on stage and finally earning your pro card?
The feeling was indescribable. The whole weekend was the most amazing experience and I truly had the best time. All I wanted was to be better than my last show, and to be the strongest I have ever been (internally) – this was a win in itself. Winning my category was a bonus, however receiving my PRO status was a dream come true. I have such a strong love and passion for the stage and really performing at the moment.

Pro status means so much to me and I cannot wait to really grow as a professional athlete in this brand. It has so much to offer!

Australian WBFF stars are getting a lot of attention lately with Lauren Simpson, Hattie Boydle and so many more. How exciting is it to be apart of this great Australian movement?
It feels surreal to now be a professional in the same federation alongside such big names. I consider myself very lucky and feel honored to stand alongside them. It pushes me to want to do even better so that I can eventually be a title holder too like them. However, what I love most is that they are some of the most genuine kind hearted people I have met. I too would love to be even half as successful as those girls and become amazing role models like themselves.

How/when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I have always been active throughout my childhood and teenage years. I grew up riding and competitively showing horses and gave it away when I moved to the Gold Coast. I had been in the gym from age 18, however, when I made the move at 20 years old I decided I needed a new challenge – so competitive bodybuilding was next in line and I’m not giving that away any time soon!

I also decided to live a healthier lifestyle to help combat my anxiety and depression.

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
I think it is learning to love your body at all stages. As females, we have to look after our hormones and learn to embrace our curves. Especially if we are looking to make changes to our physiques there is definitely a process that we have to go through. It sure as hell doesn’t happen overnight. You have to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

What products and supplements do you swear by?
3 of the staples I use are by Victory Labs – Hydro Completed Protein, ‘Xenevar ‘ fat burner and the Native Greens. I also use Glutamine every day. I am really big on ensuring my digestion is functioning optimally so greens and glutamine are a must.

What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
Sumo Deadlifts Arnold Shoulder press and low bar squats.

Do you listen to music while you train? If so, what’s your favorite type of music you like working out to?
Music is a must! I am an RNB and Rap kind of girl.

Do you ever encounter stereotypes with the way you look?
I really enjoy my own company and when I go to the gym I am there to train with purpose and focus 100% on my session – I have in the past had messages from people telling me I looked “grumpy” or unapproachable. However, when I do engage with people they realize this isn’t the case! I do love engaging with people and making friends in this industry!

What is your current training style, routine or split?
Monday: Glutes and Hamstrings
Tuesday: Back and biceps
Wednesday: Quads and Glutes
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Shoulders, triceps, and abs
Saturday: Glutes and Hamstrings
Sunday: Rest
I currently do 40 mins fasted LISS on the stairs 4 x mornings a week, however, will be reversing out of this post my recent comp.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
I love salmon, asparagus, and sweet potato! My fave splurge would definitely have to be cookies!!!

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
phone, water, and dog to keep me company haha

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably the time I decided to jump on a plane and compete in America – I decided 4 weeks from the show date that I would fly in, compete and come home. Literally woke up one day, booked it all without even thinking about it haha. My only regret is that I didn’t stay to explore!!! So I’ll be back.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Do not be scared of the weights room or asking questions. Most people in gyms are more than encouraging and willing to offer tips.

Invest time and money into educating yourself. Hire a Personal Trainer or a coach, ASK questions! So that you can learn to do it on your own. Investing in yourself and learning about your body is one of life’s most valuable lessons/journey’s.

So, what’s next for you? Are you going to the WBFF Worlds next?
I really want to make an impact on my pro debut. I want to make some significant changes too, so I will be aiming for a Pro/Am show to debut at and then move onto worlds after that as I want to bring a competitive package to the (WBFF) World stage.

More about Tahlia Christou:
Height: 158cm / 5’2″
Weight: 52kg / 114 lbs.
Born In: Australia
Resides: Gold Coast, Australia
Website: www.tahliachristou.com
Facebook: facebook.com/tahliachristoupersonaltraining
Instagram: @tahliachristou
Photos by: ABC Creative / @abccreative
Swimwear by @kl_swimwear

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Tahnee Sheehan: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

11 Questions with the new “IT GURL” in the Australian Fitness Industry

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Tahnee Sheehan is. Becoming the new IT Gurl in the Australian fitness industry. The WBFF competitor and cheerleader for the Gold Coast Titans is making a name for herself with her girl next door looks, skills in front of the camera and world-class physique, we can’t wait to see more of her in the future as she takes this industry by storm. 11 Questions with the gorgeous and phenomenal Tahnee Sheehan.

Also, check out: Tahlia Christou: Fitness Influencer Spotlight

How and when did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?
I originally started my fitness journey through my love of dance. I was studying full time and using the gym as a means of keeping ‘show fit’ and feeling confident during my performances. This was only the beginning! I had no idea, just how important living a fit lifestyle would become to me!



What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?
Definitely, your offseason, especially if you’re a fitness competitor. It’s really easy to become disheartened knowing that you can’t stay competition lean all year (unfortunately). So it’s super important to remind yourself that without these periods, there’s no room for growth both physically and literally!

Do you listen to music while you train?
Absolutely! If I’m not dancing in between sets, then there’s something wrong with me. Music is crucial to my workouts and god forbid if my headphones die… the gym better have a banging playlist on.

What is your current training style, routine or split?
I’m in a growing phase at the moment so my training days are as follows:
Hamstrings, glutes & calves
Shoulders & abs
Quads (ouch)
Tris, bis & abs
Back & rear delts
Shoulders & glutes

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
My favorite clean meal would have to be the good old eggs and avo! I add spinach, asparagus and mushies to add some volume and I sneak some garlic in their too (one of my faves). As for my cheat meals, my weakness is definitely a burger and fries with a side of Kit Kat! I love chocolate so much that during my prep I’d often bargain with my coach to let me ‘skip’ my cheat meal and have a whole block instead.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I gave up caffeine for a week once. Right? Who in their right mind would do that!

What is your greatest strength?
I think my greatest strength would have to be my determination. I know that there’s always going to be someone out there who’s stronger or leaner or more symmetrical when it comes to competing, but I’m determined to never give up; to keep pushing until I am the best possible version of myself. Then when I reach that, I’ll push again until I beat her.

What tips do you have for a beginner at the gym?
Just get started! Walk into the gym with your head held high and don’t get embarrassed because you think everybody else looking at you, because 9 times out of 10 I can guarantee they’re looking at themselves. Then once you’re feeling confident, you can fine-tune your workouts by finding a PT, working with a coach, even jumping on YouTube is a start!

You’re a WBFF competitor, how is it competing against some of the best physiques in the world?
I thrive off a challenge and that’s why I chose the WBFF. I knew that it was never going to be easy to compete, given that the standard was so high, but I’d much rather feel like I earnt my place amongst the best of the best than get lucky by half-assing it. I’m definitely a go hard or go home kind of girl and when it comes to competing, if you can add the glitz and glamour to a hard earnt bod, how could you not choose the WBFF?

You’re also a cheerleader for the Gold Coast Titans, how did you get started in cheerleading?
I originally auditioned for the GC Titans as I wanted to further develop my dancing through the use of stunts and tumbling. I fell in love with the close-knit family that you create each season in the squad! You train as a team putting in the hours of hard work and then you get to showcase it all by performing in front of thousands on the field. Such an adrenaline rush! I’ve been cheering with the Titans since 2013 and hopefully will continue to do so for a lot longer.

If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
Oooh, this is a toughie! I’d have to say:
1. Oscar (my puppy)
2. My toothbrush (obsessed with dental hygiene)
3. Tanning oil (if I’m stuck there, I may as well tan right 🤷🏼‍♀️)

For more of Tahnee Sheehan
Height: 163cm / 5’4″
Weight: 57kg / 125 lbs.
Follow her on IG @tahnee.sheehan
Incredible Photography by @abccreative



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Ashley Kaltwasser is a true Instacrush

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Ashley Kaltwasser is the winner of Ms. Bikini Olympia 3 different times. She has created ripples in the bodybuilding world. She is a professional athlete as well. She has been at bodybuilding for quite a long period of time. She started gymnastics when she was just 4 years old. She entered her first bikini competition at the age of 23. She was also able to get the Pro card within 2 years. Her accolades and achievements are not just limited to these.

Also, check out: Listen to Ashley Kaltwasser on The Fitness Gurls Podcast

Over the years there have been models and fitness enthusiasts who have been inspired by her. She is also popular on social media through which she keeps on inspiring other females to take up bodybuilding.

Her aim is to inspire as many people as possible to take up bodybuilding so that they lead a healthier life. That is why she constantly shares her photos and other accolades which she has won on social media to inspire others and make them understand that such achievements are actually possible as well. Ashley Kaltwasser has become a role model for almost all the models who are interested in the world of bodybuilding and need someone to look up to.





The Queen is back!! You are our favorite IFBB Bikini Pro of all time, what made you want to step back on stage?
Wow, I am your favorite? *Blush* I’m very flattered, thank you! Well, I never really announced that I was “done” just needed a lil break that’s all. The pressure at the top can be too much sometimes. I felt overwhelmed and felt the need to be perfect. This wasn’t because of anyone but myself. I am often too hard on myself and my competitive drive can be too much for my own good sometimes. I needed some time off to remember and realize WHY I LOVE THIS SPORT SO MUCH!

You have one of the most beautiful physiques to “ever” step on an IFBB stage, that first show back, did you feel at home, or did you have a few jitters?
Ah, this is such a complimentary and positive interview, I love it!! I definitely had the jitters. I was so shaky and nervous. But ya know, a lot of people associate nervous with negative. I’m nervous all the time, always have been and always probably will be! Being nervous means that I CARE. If I’m nervous it means it’s something that means a lot to me. I try to turn most of those negative jitters into EXCITEMENT!

You’ve been gone for a couple years, there’s a new champ on that Olympia stage, new challenges. Would you say you’re the underdog coming into the Olympia?
I’ve only missed a year at the Olympia (2017) but since then so much has changed! Lots of new faces and the talent pool just keeps growing each year. There are so many amazing and beautiful girls that I will be competing with. A lot of these girls are rookies just like I was when I first won. I would say YES I am one of the many underdogs that will be competing in this year’s Bikini Olympia.

After the Olympia, what’s next for Queen Ashley?
Queen? I like the sound of that lol! Well a day after the Olympia, I will be driving straight back to LA to catch a flight that leaves the following morning to Korea. That’s because I will be competing in the Asian Grand Prix the following weekend! It’s going to be a craaaaazy week I am tellin’ ya. The next show on my radar is the Japan Pro Show in November. I cannot wait for all of these exciting events! I love Asia, and I love Asians. They are just so awesome! It’s going to be a great year.

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Hope Beel Dropped a Gorgeous Bikini Photo

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Over the weekend, our good friend and 3x Fitness Gurls Magazine cover model, Hope Beel posted some awesome bikini photos on Instagram and IG Stories. One of taken at Hope Beel’s second favorite city, Tulum Mexico by Justin Martin.

Also, check out: Hope Beel is the Queen of the Beach

The IG Stories were epic! Hope Beel is on a floaty, showing off one of the most beautiful physiques in the world… and the other with her girl-friend Tina Nguyen.





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