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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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What Do I Do Now?


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So you just finished a competition and now you don’t know what to do with yourself. You feel completely lost with your diet and training. Depending on your goals and what you did or didn’t do, post competition can be looked at in many different ways.

Most people get struck by post contest blues and cannot control their diet when show time is over. The discipline goes out the door and you basically are not able to say no to all the goodies you have been deprived of for long. When competitors go through this post-competition, They also noticed how fast the pounds come back even after only a few days of indulging. The head games start playing with us. We look in the mirror and wish we could look like the day of the show, and we start pinching at our stomachs and our butts. We try to go back on our diets, but that does not last long. Either the gym becomes an obsession or we cannot even drive by without wanting to cry at the thought of training.

What if you didn’t gain body fat? What if you just regained the normal few pounds? It’s not wise to stay lower with your calories just for the sake of staying at your pre-competition weight. Quite the opposite. You cannot think you are doing better because you are having less calories than your body actually can use. If your goal is to improve your physique and put on more muscle, you need to feed your body the adequate calories it needs in order to do so.

For those who don’t maintain a lean physique without cardio, then make sure you keep it up without over doing it, 4-5 times a week is great. But, if you didn’t need more than a few sessions per week to stay lean, then why not cut it down and do only 2-3 intense, short sessions? That way you can also have more energy for your weight training sessions.

If you have months to your next competition and you like how you look, maybe this is the time you need to experiment with other foods. Either you can add a bit more calories or choose some of your favorite foods and include them in your diet. What I personally like to do is a refeed day to fill up glycogen for better training and to prevent lethargy. This also helps our metabolism from hitting a “plateau”. Basically I eat more food and extra clean carbohydrates(always keep it clean!)

If you are just a few weeks between shows, make sure you reintroduce post workout carbs so  you don’t catabolize muscle. Pay attention to how you look so you can stop if your body starts to look smooth. Sometimes we end up looking even better a few weeks after our first show just by little diet changes.

Some people when they are really lean and have eaten too little and trained too much for a long time, the body can start to look soft. The natural response is to train more and diet harder. Most likely what needs to be done is……take a day off and eat more! It’s hard to wrap our heads around this concept when we have established a routine of 2 a day workouts and low calories.

Few things I like to do:

1. Eat a different breakfast
2. Have some peanut butter(or almond butter, or just nuts)
3. Have some fruit
4. Eat a fattier protein like salmon or bison
5. Eat different veggies like carrots or squash

Not only will you feel satisfied, you will most likely feel happier and more energized. Keep in mind sometimes the body may get a little bloated from food we are not used to, but I believe that this is probably a good thing for our metabolism.

Now it’s time to try to relax about the whole “what do I do now!” What you should do now is enjoy your food and training! Work hard and never stop reaching for your fitness goals, and come in more muscular and ready to kick butt at your next show!


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Toby Tannas – Figure Athlete


Successful business woman, CHBC News Anchor and a great mother, Toby Tannas is now taking on the figure world! All of Toby’s hard work and dedication to fitness and health paid off big time when she placed top 5 at her first figure show.

Please read more about Toby.

Could you please tell our readers your background and interests?

I am a 36 year old mother of two daughters.  Life is busy!  In addition to keeping up with my children, I am a Global Television News Anchor and I own a small clothing boutique.  I am also a wife to a loving and thankfully very supportive husband.

Who inspired you the most to become a figure competitor?

I am just at the beginning of my ‘figure competitor’ journey.  I have admired many women, some who I know and some who I see only in magazines.  I admire anyone with the discipline required of this sport and after completing my first competition am happy to count myself among these women.

What competitions have you made appearances in and what placements have you achieved?

I just competed in the 2012 Western Canadians in Kelowna.   I placed 5th in the Figure ‘D’ category.

What is your next upcoming show and competing class?

I am currently planning out my schedule.  I’m looking at the IDFA Show in Calgary this October, as well as the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic in Vancouver in November.  Beyond that, who knows…just one step at a time!  I am working at putting on some muscle right now!

Where can fans find out more about you?

You can find me on Facebook Toby Tannas CHBC, my blog tobyeats.blogspot.com, my health and fitness segment Smart Moves on chbcnews.ca, and if you live in the Okanagan, tune into CHBC News at 11 weeknights on Global Channel 211!


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