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Robina Abramson

Muscle Bombshell had to opportunity of sitting down an interviewing this powerhouse fitness expert. Check out what she had to say.

I am a mom of three boys ages nine, seven, and five, a personal trainer, fitness model pro with the INBA (PNBA), Fitness & Lifestyle Expert, and Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Wholistic Body-Building & Wellness in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. I have a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nursing, which, as a personal trainer, helps me to better, understand the human body and its systems. I train people to push past their limits and celebrate their successes.   After having three difficult pregnancies and gaining 60lbs+ of weight, I really strived to find a balance between nutrition and fitness. I struggled for years to find that balance in life. It wasn’t until I decided to take my fitness regimen to the next level and compete did I really learn the key to this balance…food and fitness. I began to teach others that being healthy is not about dieting, or just going to the gym, but it’s about adapting a healthy lifestyle to maintain youthfulness and longevity. My belief is that your fitness is highly influenced by your inner health. If you are not healthy on the inside you will have a difficult time developing your outer fitness.   I started competing in fitness competitions in 2012 and accomplished a lot during that time, including becoming a Pro Sports Model. I have been featured in Inside Fitness Hot & Fit 100, Future of Fitness in Oxygen magazine, am a current contributor to WatchFit (a U.K. app), write articles for various blogs, and also help people prep for competition preparations with Ian Walling.   I believe that people want to be motivated and just need to be guided in the right direction. I train people in a “w”holistic manner, involving every facet of their life into their training regime. I believe that every day we are given a fresh start, which brings us one step closer to our dreams and passions; so we should live our lives to the fullest and work on accomplishing those dreams.   Follow her journey as she inspires the world to be real, fit and happy! http://robinaabramson.com/

Help I’m about to cheat….ON MY DIET

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By: Stephanie Joanne

This is always a popular topic around the gym! How do you keep yourself on track? Fitness trainers will have lots of tips and tricks that we use to make sure we stick to the plan! Of course it comes down to motivation. Really what fitness program is complete without sounds nutrition? Here are some tricks of the trade to keep you in check as far as your diet is concerned.

1.Schedule- Know exactly what time your meals will be for the day. This way you know that anything other than those set times are off limit and your body doesn’t really need it.

2.Stop emotional eating- Learn to deal with the pains in your life instead of searching for food to comfort. Find something else to do to occupy your mind…exercise!

3.Sauce- Ditch it all together. Get into the habit or ordering and preparing your food without sauce. Believe me you will get used to it and once you do it will actually start to gross you out when you see it again. New best friends…mustard and hot sauce…enjoy!

4.H20- Drink 2 huge glasses of water…often our bodies mistake hunger for thirst. Drink up!

5.Gum- Chew some gym!

6.Thoughts- Consider that you want what you can’t have because you know you “can’t” have it. Don’t let your mind play these games one you!

7.Let it pass- ask yourself “If I resist eating this, later won’t I feel this amazing sense of accomplishment?” Worth it!

Remember…nothing tastes better than fit feels! Stick to the plan and love it!


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Ditch the Fragile by Stephanie Joanne

Stephanie Joanne


To define the word fragile would be, easily broken, shattered, or damaged, delicate, brittle or frail. Are these the reasons why most ladies still steer far away from the weight room?

The fear of the weight room is so overwhelming for most of my female clients when they are starting out at the gym.

Fast forward a few months and they can’t get enough of it. I wish it were as simple as telling them to just not care what people think and stop thinking you’re going to embarrass yourself.

I must also address the nonsense idea that you are going to put on muscle. If your goal is to lose weight or tone up, realize that the only way to do this is to put on some good old lean muscle. So put your game face on and hit the weight room full force.

Be the powerful woman you know you are and strive for some strength within you. Once you peel away your shy self, and feel how empowering your body can make you feel, you will forever be addicted to using your muscle!

Here are some ways to “peel away the fragile” of the weight room today:

Step one- Ask for help! Trainers, members, anyone…we love talking fitness. I personally love when someone asks me for help with an exercise they are unsure of on the gym floor. Most trainers come with Egos, feed those slightly and we’re all yours.

Step two- Believe that you will not bulk up. It is actually impossible to do so as our bodies just do not have the genetic makeup. If you want to be lean and toned, you must lift weights and yes heavy weights.

Step three- Educated yourself. take time to learn about your body. There are a ton of resources online to help you. The amounts of time you spend thinking about what you wish you had could be converted into time well spend researching some new moves.

Step four- Just go! Start today..stop thinking about it. The sooner you grab that dumbbell and enter that dreaded weight room zone the sooner you will feel like the Muscle Bombshell that you already are.

 Lose the fragile and I’ll see you in the weight room!


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ELIZABETH CRISANTE – MUSCLE BOMBSHELL

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Muscle Bombshell caught up with the beautiful Elizabeth Crisante today, we had the pleasure of asking her about the much hyped Lingerie Football league. The fitness world will most certainly tune in to watch this Bombshell on the field. When she is not with her team, she is also a personal trainer at Extreme Fitness in Toronto.

Here is more on our newest Bombshell…

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

I have a BA with a major in religious studies and minor in sociology, I studied at St. Francis Xavier University and Ryerson University.  I love horseback ridding, swimming, wake-boarding, football, and working out.  Weight training can be very addictive for me and is a fantastic outlet for me to clear my mind.

I currently play football; I am middle Linebacker for The Toronto Triumph, an expansion team in the Lingerie Football League.  It is new to Canada as well as new to me. I have never played football before but I have now become obsessed.

I am also a personal trainer so my introduction to football has also spiced up my own workout routine as well as my clients.

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

I have been inspired by friends who play football, watching the dedication and focus they had on and off season was remarkable to me, leaving such an impact that when I had the opportunity to play football I knew it was the next challenge I needed to prove to myself the level of dedication and focus I was capable of.

My teammates now currently inspire me everyday, they are extremely hard working, funny, and driven women!

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

Our first home game is this September 17th, 2011 at the Richo coliseum, Toronto Triumph vs. Tampa Breeze.

You will see me #5 as well as my other very lovely teammates tearing up the gridiron. It is definitely an event you must attend!

Fans can find more of me on my Facebook page and more about The Toronto Triumph on our Facebook Fanpage Toronto Triumph , or the Lingerie Football League website www.lflus.com.


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CAREY KASTNER – IFBB PRO


Carey Kastner is Toronto’s newest IFBB Pro! Expect great things from her in the future of this industry. She spends her busy days as a trainer in Toronto’s Extreme Fitness gyms. We had a chance to catch up with her to get the scoop on this bombshell.

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

I went to Humber College I studied industrial design actually! My love for training redirected me into my current occupation (Personal Trainer). I have a ton of interests, mainly sports. Top 3 would have to be (besides training) 1. Horse back riding 2. Snowboarding 3. Basket-ball.

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

My biggest inspiration is my trainer Mike Van Wyck. Just watching him going though his contest preps alone just makes you want to go harder! He puts everything he is into being a bodybuilder and handles all obstacles with class. He is also extremely humble and brilliant. I’m very lucky to have him on my team.

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

  •  2009 festival city body building fitness and figure championships (3rd place)
  •  2009 south central bodybuilding fitness and figure championships (2nd place)
  •  2010 Ontario body building fitness And figure championships (2nd place)
  •  2011 Canadian nationals Fitness figure And bikini championships (1st place/pro-card)
  •  I will also be handing out awards at the next OPA show in Hamilton.

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

I’m planning on doing the New York Pro in May then the Toronto Pro in June! I’m beyond excited!! I will be competing in “Figure”

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

Working on a website. Right now Facebook is the best way to follow me. I was in Inside Fitness “Top 100 Hot and Fit 2010”


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