Athlete Journals

Apprime Fit by Michelle Blank Blog #6

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“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way.  Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don’t overlook it.” - Unknown Source

I had a great trip to Toronto.  I placed 6th, but was the first American.  I was much happier with the package I presented in Toronto versus New York, but still have some improvements to make in my physique and posing.  The best part of the trip were the people and the experiences I got to share with them.  The two biggest highlights were walking on the edge of the CN Tower with my friend Derek and Gillian Kovack and getting to spend time with an individual that has provided great inspiration for me over this past year, Brian Smith.


IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa’s Fit & Fabulous Lifestyle #7


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Hello Lovelies,

This past week has been busy with our two projects finally starting to come together. As many of you have realized, I have taken this year off from competing in order to focus completely on my business with my partner/husband. We have two new ventures in the works that will launch in July/August.


Fit! Fun! And 21!!! Journal 1: Balance

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My name is Darrian Tissenbaum and I’m a 21-year-old IFBB fitness pro from Pittsburgh, PA.  Choosing a healthy, fit lifestyle at any age comes with its fair share of challenges, but choosing it at a younger age, when most of my friends hit the bar for drinks instead of the barbell, leaves me with a few different issues.  You’ll learn more about me week by week, but in this first blog I’d like to talk about balance. 


IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa’s Fit and Fabulous Lifestyle #6

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Hello everyone! I hope your summer is going well. As for me I can’t believe it is almost July. Pretty soon we all will be watching the 4th of July fireworks and barbequing asparagus, chicken breast, and maybe for some, even yams.


Helle Hits Hartford!

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Hi friends, fans, supporters of our beloved sport!

Just a quick hello here from Portland. I'm currently staying with my coach Noel Fuller. We are working on presenting a new and improved package at the Europa Battle of Champions June 29-30. I'm very very excited. I've been working very hard on improving my physique ever since my disappointing 14th place finish at the Olympia last year.


Canuck Corner Installment #8

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Hi Everyone!

In fitness, as in life, it is so important to have an 'idea' of what would make you happy, and to work towards that. My goal going into the Toronto Pro Supershow this past weekend was to make the top 5 -- and not only did I meet that goal, but there was only a 1 point differential between 3rd, 4th and 5th place -- whohoo! After a baker's dozen '13th' placing last year In Toronto, I was more than happy to take home 5th place, along with another point towards the Olympia Qualification Series (I am currently tied for 4th overall), and a fabulous weekend of memories :-)


IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa’s Fit & Fab Blog #5


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WoooooHooooo!!! Yes this week was that good! My husband surprised me when we went to Las Vegas on a trip to Area 51 and the Black mailbox. It was an alien tour that hit all of the Hot Spots. It was fun to watch everyone geek-out all X-Files style. You all remember The X-Files, Right?


IFBB Bikini Pro: VaVa Vanessa’s Fit and Fab Lifestyle: Journal #4

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A BIG HELLO to all you superstars out there!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I know I did….and it all started when I received my Battle For The Olympia 2011 DVD in the mail.  I love watching training DVD’s!  It gets me pumped and I learn a lot of new tricks.


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