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Candice Perfect – Rising Fitness Competitor & Bikini Sensation


Candice Perfect - Fitness and Bikini Competitor

Briefly share with us your background (Education, Interests, etc.)?

I am one of the most ambitious, dedicated, hardworking, reliable, go-getters you will ever meet. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it… and I do it right. I believe in putting your full effort into things, otherwise why waste your time?

Candice Perfect Bikini Competitor

I am a lifelong Alaskan resident but am moving to Los Angeles, California in July 2012 to pursue opportunities in the fitness industry and to obtain my Master’s of Public Health degree from UCLA. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Alaska Anchorage with various Honors such as: Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Leadership Honors, Seawolf Leader Award, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Sigma Alpha. I also managed to complete my Bachelor degree in 2 ½ years time!

I wrote my undergraduate senior thesis on the history of various public policies and the impact they have had on the food supply over the years which in turn has contributed to the increasing rates of obesity in the United States. My thesis also covered how various media influences and increasingly favorable portrayals of obesity have altered public perception of the epidemic. During my graduate studies at UCLA, I intend to conduct research similar to the topics in my undergraduate thesis.

My immediate goals in the fitness industry are to earn my IFBB Pro Card and make my pro debut before the end of 2012. Once I earn my Pro Card, I hope to qualify and compete at Olympia and the Arnold Classic. A couple of my longer term goals are to make a name for myself in the fitness industry as someone who is dedicated to helping people achieve their weight loss and fitness goals; I will be looking to build a clientele of people willing and motivated to make a healthy lifestyle change. I would also love the opportunity to become a spokesperson.

Although I’m still new to the industry, I am very creative and intend to own my own brand one day. I am all about self-promotion and have managed to earn several awards and titles within the last couple months.

Here are a couple of my most recent accomplishments:

  • FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search Finalist, June 2012
  • Team EDGE Timeline Cover Model, June 2012
  • “Girl of the Month” on MuscleProdigy.com, June 2012
  • “Kandy Girl of the Week” in Kandy Magazine, May 2012
  • 2nd place, Physique of the Week Contest

Candice Perfect Fitness Competitor

I have also been lucky enough to be interviewed as a featured fitness competitor and bikini model on several well know fitness resource websites such as DualFit, Directly Fitness, Six Pack Factory, Trimmed and Toned, Fit Body Hype, and Figure Bikini.

Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Fitness Competitor?

There are several people within the industry that I am inspired by and look to for motivation. The person who has inspired me the most however, is my coach from Team EDGE, Ingrid Romero.

I am a very driven, dedicated, and optimistic person with an excellent work ethic. It is rare that I find somebody with the same qualities that I can look to as a role model. Ingrid is not only a wonderful coach, but has become a great friend and someone that I admire as not only a force within the industry but also as a person.

What competitions have you made appearances in? From these, what were your
placements (titles won)?

  • 2nd place, 2012 NPC Los Angeles Amateur Grand Prix
  • 4th place, 2012 IRON MAN Magazine/LA FitExpo Naturally Bodybuilding Championships (my first show EVER!)

Candice Perfect Rising Fitness Competitor

When is your next upcoming show? What will be your competing class?

My next show will be nationals in pursuit of my IFBB Pro Card!! I am 5’4” so I am class C. My next competition is in July at the Jon Lindsay NPC USA National Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas!

I will also be competing in September at the FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search Finals in Las Vegas since I have secured a spot as the June 2012 Online Winner!

Where can fans find out more about you (website, published magazines, etc.)?

Candice Perfect Rising Star

Personal Website
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube


Photo Credits: Noel Daganta, Chaz Photographics, Nga Azarian/MuscleContest.com



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Christina Rico – Figure Athlete


Christina Rico - Figure Athlete

At the young age of 18 Christina has already accomplished so much in the fitness world. She is a fitness model, figure competitor and a full time student.

Read more about Christina,

Tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in a small town in the mountains– Pinetop, Arizona. I graduated from high school when I was 16 and moved to the city to attend school at Arizona State University, where I am currently studying Exercise and Wellness.  I am now 18, so this fall will be my third year here.  When I am not at school or doing homework, you can find me at the gym or doing some other physical activity (hiking, yoga) , experimenting in the kitchen with different foods trying to make healthier versions of my favorite dishes  or hanging out with my friends and family.  I truly have a passion for health and wellness  and I want people to be inspired by my actions to live a healthy life.

What inspired you to start competing?

I kind of just “fell” into competing.  I have always loved going to the gym and throwing around the weights, but my diet was never 100% clean. So, last year I started reading numerous articles about training and proper nutrition  and I made the decision to start eating 100% clean.  After choosing to do so, I immediately began seeing results, and friends from the gym started asking me if I was getting ready for a competition.  At the time, I had no idea what these “competitions” even were!  Coincidentally, there was a local show coming up and many people told me that I should at least try it out.  About a week before the show, I spontaneously decided that I should compete and see what the shows were like.  I learned the poses within a few days, gathered competition necessities and I jumped on stage that weekend!  It was a completely new experience for me, I loved it! 

What shows have you done and what was the outcome?

  • NPC Terminator- Tucson: 1st Teen Figure , 2nd Women’s Open Figure
  • NPC Arizona Open- 1st Teen Figure, 2nd Women’s Open Figure
  • NPC Pacific USA’s 2011- 1st Women’s Open Figure, Overall Winner

Anything else to add:

If you are interested in following me and my progress, please check out my: 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christina-Rico-NPC-Figure-Competitor/212275032150524 
Bodyspace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/christinarico/
Blog: http://christinarico.blogspot.com/


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