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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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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.

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Heidi Cannon A Woman On The Move

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When did you get started in training and living a fit lifestyle?

I have always been active my entire life; From karate, motocross to dance I’ve always been involved in some sport but it wasn’t until I got engaged and was prepping for my wedding day that I really got involved into fitness. I had a friend that was a trainer who I hired to whip me into the best shape of my life. I had no clue about nutrition 7 years ago, I ate pretty much anything I wanted to and lived on pizza and coffee (I still do enjoy these things but not every day lol) When he gave me a meal plan and taught me about what foods to eat to fuel my body I was blown away. I had more energy than before I learned what foods were good for me and what foods I had thought were so-called low cal.

I started to lift regularly and fell in love with the process of seeing my body change before my eyes. I was hooked! In the first year of marriage, I did three fitness shows lol now there’s a test on the marriage haha! 

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You recently placed Top 5 at the WBFF Worlds this year, how amazing was it being on stage at
the Worlds?

I can’t tell you how much I’m still over the moon happy about my placing at worlds! It was an incredible line up of women! As always the WBFF stage was top notch! Hosting at the Bellagio it was a beautiful location and 4 days of getting super glamorous! I found out after the show was done and they posted the official standings I actually ended up coming in 4th ! I’m so excited to start training for the LA pro show my plans are to get that crown.

Are you still planning to compete again in the future?
Most defiantly! I’m going to be doing the WBFF LA Pro show in April 2019, I
can’t wait! 

Photo by Liz Rosa for Fitness Gurls Magazine

What is the most challenging thing about being a fitness model?

I think for me one of the hardest things is feeling like- “Am I not lean enough? Am I too fluffy?” That sometimes self-doubt that everyone has at times but is amplified if I have an upcoming shoot. Again something that I continually work on. 

Do you listen to music while you train? 

I’m a huge Rap and R&B girl new school for sure but old school is my favorite! I can rhyme pretty much every 2pac and Bone Thugs and harmony song you can think of lol and on the total flip side I will definitely jam out to Metallica or Pantara depending on the day lol Leg day for sure some heavy metal.

Do you enjoy cooking?

To begin with I actually hated the thought of cooking or baking and steered clear of the kitchen as both my grandmas and mother were great cooks.  It wasn’t until the night that I met my future husband who asked if I could cook, and I said “yes” to impress him, and totally faked it for the first 6 months.  I had to learn quickly on my own and got into watching programs on the Food Network to get inspiration.  Now, as I’m writing this, I’m hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 42 people and couldn’t be happier being in the kitchen.  So, the moral of my story is:  “don’t mock it until you try it”.  

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What is your current training style, routine or split?

Right now I’m 5 day training with 5-6 days cardio followed with typically 2 days of dance gigs. 

Monday – Leg Day & Cardio 

Tuesday  – Shoulders & Back /Cardio Plus
       1 hour dance practice 

Wednesday  – Legs & Abs /Cardio 

Thursday – HITT training 

Friday – Shoulders & Abs Cardio –
       Belly dancing gigs 

Saturday – Cardio Bellydance gigs 

Sunday – Off, or if the weather is nice up
       here in Canada I will typically ride my
       dirt bike.

What are your favorite clean foods and splurge foods?
Clean foods it has to be Halibut or Cod I looove fish with a side of basmati rice and broccoli is a staple for me. And a big surprise for my splurge meal is PIZZA , I literally have a small pizza slice tattoo on my foot just to solidify my love for the little triangle of goodness.

We love your Cannon Balls, tell us about your new project?

I’m so excited about my newest adventure! Since creating my app, Mrs. Cannon’s Kitchen, which I’m proud to say is selling in over 44 countries all over the world.  With the response of people looking for healthy options and recipe ideas, I have found the most common-asked recipe was protein balls.  I know people like easy, quick recipes, so I created my own protein ball dry mix and called it Cannon Balls (my last name being Cannon LOL).  The recipe is simple and easy:  you add 1 cup of peanut butter or almond butter if you’re allergic to peanut butter, and l/4 cup of coconut oil.  The recipe makes 24 protein balls with over 6 grams of protein per ball.  I wanted to create this recipe to help busy moms and people on the go to give them a healthier option rather than a granola bar which is chalked full of sugar.  I launched the product in July of this year and I’m presently selling them at Popeye’s Supplement Stores and branching into local grocery stores.  I plan on taking my Cannon Balls everywhere!

Read more of Heidi’s interview in the Print or Digital Edition of Fitness Gurls – Feb 2019 issue.

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Ali Lee Fitness Gurls Athlete

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Photo by @lymandvmphoto

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

I love getting to travel and see different places, meet all the different humans and ideally bring something positive from my experience to theirs. That’s what it’s all about for me, getting to connect, share and learn from all the different people and stories. 

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Between putting in time at the gym, getting ready for photo shoots and giving time to your family, how would you say you manage your time? And what would be some advice you can give to others to get the most outta their day? 

I love having my routine and sticking to it. I like to wake up first thing in the morning and cuddle my babies, drinking my BSN Endorush and planning my day before I get outa bed so I can stick to my routine more easily. To me, time management starts with knowing your worth, bc when you know your worth, you won’t give your time to things that don’t feel you or give back to you with interest. Vertically integrate everything. Take yourself seriously even when other ppl think your ambitions are too large, and stay true to your vision. 

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? Coming out of a pretty hard divorce actually inspired me a lot. It reminded me of who I am, the amount of strength I have internally, and that nothing is really negative, everything is just energy meant to be learned from. Once you learn from it, you get to release it. I meditate and write a lot and going into my own core spirit that way keeps me inspired and pulls me up pretty quickly if I ever get down. I’m more of a “go sideways” than a “go down” type of human though.. it’s all a matter of perspective and when you stay humble, the world around you don’t really have the power to sway you too terribly much. 

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? 

I don’t really watch a lot of tv or fiction, but comedy is something I studied when I studied acting and I watch stand up to keep me light of heart which steps one to keeping my mind open, and keeping me inspired. I do love house of cards and bloodline and will watch friends and everybody loves Raymond as comfort tv though.



Aside from being a fitness model, you’re also a singer. How did you discover your passion for that?

 I discovered I would be a singer, writer, performer when I was just a tiny thing and I couldn’t help myself but to get on stage. I used to sit in my room when I was really young and face the wall, turn on my cassette tapes of 60’s music and SEE the music against my blank wall. I’d learn the songs inside and out and makeup dances to them and I just knew it made me so happy. Happiness has always been my underlying goal. My dad sexually abused me at a young age and I think I used Music as a way to escape into my own mind and it became somewhat of a healing mechanism. I would also use writing as a form of therapy and would write stories and music as a way to relieve the anxiety I felt that I instinctively knew wasn’t healthy for me to carry around inside me. Bob Marley was right when he said: “when the music hits, you feel no pain” and that’s always been true for me. 

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