Monthly Archives: March 2012

Kim Dolan Leto – Fitness Cover Model


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Someone asked me this week who my inspiration was. Honestly, I have many that inspire me but the one person I look up to most would have to be Fitness Cover Model Kim Dolan Leto.  She is a great role model who lives her life as a great example for women. I remember talking with her about how difficult it is sometimes to be a mom and an athlete. She had such compassionate words and amazingly helpful advice.  I love her positive attitude and outlook on life. 

 

To learn more about Kim visit her website at www.kimdolanleto.com

Voted Oxygen Magazine’s 2011: Fittest Mom

ISSA Director of Family Health and Wellness

 Internationally Published Writer & Cover Model

Author of Oxygen Magazine’s Yummy Mummy Blog

Fitness Champion

Professional Athlete & Fitness Expert

Devoted Christian Wife & Mother



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Emotional Times During Competition Prep


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The 2012 competition season is in full swing, and there are many people prepping, including myself. Competing is very hard, especially for first time competitors. The journey can get tough when you lack the right support system or if negativity is an issue, whether it comes from you or your family or friends.

Not only am I prepping for my next competition, I am training a group of first time competitors for the 2012 BCABBA Western Canadians in Kelowna, British Columbia. It is a huge bodybuilding event held every spring, becoming more and more popular, with close to 200 competitors.

It is interesting to chat with the girls that I train because they all go through the same feelings and emotions during prep time. They often think that they are the only ones who feel this way until they chat with another girl in the group, then they realize that they are not alone. Bonds are formed and friendships are often made in my groups, which is wonderful because they learn to lean on each other.

Unless you decide to pursue competitions as a career, which is very hard to do, you must ask yourself “why do I choose to compete?”

Competing is a great goal to pursue for many reasons, for example, getting back in shape after having a baby, getting over a fear of wearing a bikini in public or just something that is on your bucket list. A few problems that arise is the fact that diet and exercise can be time consuming and take up all of your thoughts, emotions and feelings, which can turn a happy person into a totally different person that loved ones do not recognize.

When you decide to commit to a competition, you have to keep things in perspective and your priorities in order. Do give 100%, but learn to balance your training with your personal life to keep things positive with you, your family and friends. This sounds easier said then done, but not impossible. You must realize you can still go out for dinner and have a good time if you can deal with the pressure of bad food or drinking alcohol. Its all in your mind, and if you can learn to say no, this can make even the weakest person into a very strong person mentally.

Competing should not define who you are. We are all successful, beautiful women and competing is another goal that we do for ourselves, but should not be the end-all be-all. Always remember who you are, what your goals are, and why you choose specific goals, and always remain positive and true to youself as much as you can during your journey.


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Kerri Bolen – Female Bodybuilder


Kerri has an amazine physique that she has showcased as a female bodybuilder, physique and figure competitor.  Read more about Kerri below:

Tell the readers a little bit about yourself:

I put God first in my life and then my family. I have a wonderful husband who not only works out with me, but supports me through all my competitions! He is a big help! I have a 20 year old son that is in the US Air Force and currently in Texas. I am very proud of him for choosing to serve his country. I also have a wonderful step son. He lives near us and keeps us laughing.  I am 44 years old and have been competing on and off for a while. My first competition was bodybuilding in 1989 and it was huge show – I didn’t place in the top five in that one.  I competed once in 2003 and then did not compete again until my soon was a lot older.  It takes dedication and hard work and that takes some away from family time.

What competitions have you done?

NPC Jr. USA –  05/21/2011

Physique Division, Class A – 8th place
This was the first EVER women’s physique show and I was THRILLED to come in 8th place out of 22 ladies. Dana Lynn Bailey actually won my class.
NPC Jen Hendershott’s All Womens’ Weekend/Big Shott Classic  – 10/21/2011
3rd place – Figure A, 5th place – Masters Figure
NPC Excalibur – 08/21/2010
2nd place – Masters Figure, 3rd place – Figure A
NPC Upstate Classic – 08/07/2010
1st place – Masters Figure, 2nd place – Figure A
NPC Palmetto Cup Bodybuilding – 03/2003
1st place –  Lightweight Division
SNBF Supernatural Bodybuilding – 04/2003

3rd place – Lightweight Division

What inspires/motivates you?

I love sculpting my body and with each competition, I try to show up in better condition.  I compete with myself to see if I can surpass my last show as far as results and conditioning. Having a competition to look forward to is the ultimate goal I need to just stay in great shape all year long. Other people motivate me also. I can’t mention them all, but I have so many friends that compete and they truly inspire me also.

 

I have been interviewed by the following sites:

Rate My Arms – 2011
Fit Gems Nation, 2011 – Fit Gem of the Month
Promoting Women in Bodybuilding, Fitness and MMA – 2011
Real Feats of Strength – 2011
Sashay Magazine – Featured in July 2011 issue

 

Anything else to add:
I will be going back to my roots this year, back to bodybuilding and will be competing in several natural shows starting in July and continuing in August and September – shooting for my Natural Pro Card.  Wish me luck!  I won’t stop until I get it!
I would like to thank Muscle Bombshell for the interview!


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Spring Newsletter



In This Issue

  • Adventures of MsFitBC
  • Monthly Highlight
  • Benefits of Vitamin D
  • Are  You Over-Training?

Adventures of MsFitBC

On my recent travels to Thailand, I decided to start You Tube fitness videos called “Adventures of MsFitBC”, which is my twitter name. I wanted to make these videos to show everyone how easy it is to keep fit and healthy while traveling. Lots of hotels and resorts I stayed at offered free kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and also had small gyms. Thailand is so scenic, it was very easy to roll out of bed and go for a morning jog on the beach. There were also many hiking trails to explore, and lots of chances for an evening walk during the beautiful sunset. How could I not be active?

Prior to vacation, many people bust their butts in the gym to lose a few pounds before putting on their swimsuits, only to sacrifice all their hard work by eating poorly, drinking lots of alcohol and not staying active. Months of hard work can be undone in a matter of days. These videos are meant to inspire others to remain active on their vacations, and to show how fun it is to do so!

I still had my fun, drinking a few of Thailand’s popular beers under the hot sun and indulging in the rich curry dishes. But I still made healthy choices to avoid sabotaging my body on my month-long travels. It was so easy to eat healthy in Thailand! Fresh fruits, seafood and chicken were easily available everywhere we went, and yes I did eat from street vendors. I couldn’t help myself! Fresh chicken kabobs with pineapple, peppers and onions, they were so delicious! Then dessert would be a walk down the street to a fruit vendor with Thailand’s delicious fresh fruits like pineapple, mango and papaya.

Hope I have inspired a few of our readers!

Angelique Kronebusch – MB Writer


Monthly Highlight

Thanks for all the support! It is because of all of you we have gotten this far!

 

You have helped us succeed and we have decided to give this all back to “You” 100%!

100% of Proceeds after cost of ALL Gear & Apparel purchased online will go towards the “MB Foundation”, which will help give future sponsorships and scholarships to deserving athletes and competitors. Know that if someone is wearing MB, you are Supporting an Athlete! MBpromosLLC.com is our flagship business that is making this all possible. If you would like to be considered for 2013, you can apply here!.

Musclebombshell.com was founded to support female fitness competitors from all levels and backgrounds! Our mission is to impact the wider community to live healthier lives. We do this by showcasing interviews of successful athletes everyone can relate with. Our goal is to bring positive change to the fitness industry so that no one is left behind!

Sam Rivera, Founder of MB


Benefits of Vitamin D

Most of us are anticipating the arrival of spring, and not all of us are lucky enough to live in warm and sunny places all year around, and the lack of sunshine can affect our mood and even our energy levels.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1,000 IU of Vitamin D per day, while the current US Government recommends 600 IU for children and adults up to the age of 70, and seniors 70+ 800 IU per day. Studies are still being held on what is the most appropriate dosage. The Vitamin D supplement comes in pill or liquid form, and there is also a vegetarian form of the supplement containing the plant form D2 (ergocalciferol) and can be found at your local grocery store.

Adequate levels of vitamin D can help in the prevention of many conditions and illnesses including Cancer, Heart disease, Hypertension, Depression, Arthritis and Diabetes. Vitamin D can also help boost your immune system to keep you healthy. It’s also required for your body to absorb calcium. To say it’s an essential nutrient is an understatement. Time to stock up your cupboards!


Are you Over-Training?

As fitness athletes, we are obsessed with training and pushing our bodies to the max. This can be very rewarding for your body and your mind. But sometimes obsession can lead to over-training, which can be detrimental to the body, leading to injuries, illness and body dysmorphic disorder.

Over-training is something most of us do not think about. Over-training can be very negative for your body and overall fitness goals. Here is a list of signs that you may be over-training:


Prolonged muscle soreness
Insomnia
Elevated resting heart rate
Increased colds and flues
Loss of motivation
Increased injuries
Irritability
Depression
Decrease in training intensity
A compulsive need to exercise
Decreased appetite

Do any of these signs stand out to you? Chances are you may be over-training. Think about your usual habits in the gym. If you are only training 4-6 times per week for 1 hour, you are most likely not over-training. If you are never taking a break and training 2-3 hours per day, then over-training is probably what you are experiencing.

Use a training log and write down how you feel after every training session to keep yourself in check. Go back and read what you have written down, and look for signs in your own words of decreased enthusiasm and downward trends in your training. It is important to listen to your body signals and rest when you are tired.


Articles written by Angelique Kronebusch

Angelique Kronebusch is a BCRPA registered Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness and Bikini Model…and a Published Fitness Columnist for MuscleBombshell.com

To learn more about Angelique, read her featured columns on Musclebombshell.com or visiting her facebook page or her personal site here!


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Why Do You Compete?


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It’s a question that is asked so often: “Why do you compete”? I know why I do but I thought I’d put the question out there to see the responses.

To Challenge Myself (The most popular answer)

A lot of women who are already fit or bikini ready sometimes feel the need for a higher goal.  Deciding to compete is a way of taking them to the next level. Nothing shows dedication and strength like a fitness competition. They love watching their bodies change from ordinary to extraordinary!  One girl told me  “Win or lose, it didn’t matter. In my eyes I won as soon as I got on the stage”.

To Cross It Off My “Bucket List”

Many women answered that they wanted to do something to feel accomplished. They made the competitions a goal to achieve and then crossed it off their list. The ironic thing was, that they enjoyed competing so much that they became hooked after only one show!

To Defy the Aging Process

As time moves on, so does your strength and physical beauty.   Competitions have an interesting way of stopping that unflattering process. At 40 I could do more push ups that I could at the age of 20, simply because I wasn’t taking my health for granted anymore.  Competing is a great way to fight the aging process and feel confident again. Age shouldn’t define your physique, in fact some of the best bodies I have seen are on women over the age of 40!

A Weight Loss Goal

One girl I talked to had previously weighed 215 lbs before becoming a bikini competitor and you would never have believed it by looking at her now! These are the inspirational stories that move us into our own motivation.

“Competing is to show others that with enough dedication you can achieve ANYTHING! I competed the first time to prove to myself I could do it. I compete now because I love the process of changing my body through diet and exercise. I’m a competitive person, the stage is my carrot!” Kaylee Norton

To Show Off All My Hard Work

A lot of these women are nurses, teachers and moms. They are not interested in walking around town showing off their hard-earned abs. Competing is a perfect way for them to showcase their determination and commitment.  There is so much sacrifice and discipline that goes into this sport. It’s an amazing feeling to finally feel like your hard work is being displayed!

Because IT’S FUN!!!!

Ask any girl 4 weeks out from a competition if she is having fun. Usually you will get the answer “NO!”.  However, ask her again the day of the show and you will get a completely different answer. The pure adrenaline and thrill of the show are like no other feeling in the world. The glamour and sparkle of it all makes you feel beautiful. The lights and music make you feel like you are part of a spectacular Broadway Production for just one evening. A bonus to it all is the new friends you make and the experience that you will remember forever.


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