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Kristi Winger Szudlo – WBFF Pro Fitness Model


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Beautiful mother of 2, Kristi Winger Szudlo just received her WBFF Pro Card last year and is very excited to hit the pro stage soon!

Please read more about Kristi.

Can you please share with us your background?

I am married to a wonderful man named Brian for almost 9 years, and we have 2 children, a son age 6 and a daughter age 2.5. We also have 2 Austrian Shepard Dogs. I have a full time job in the medical field working in biotech sales in immunology/neurology in the area of Multiple Sclerosis. I am also working toward becoming a personal trainer.   Our family time is always go, go, go! We love to be active together! We work out, swim, surf, golf, play soccer, dance, go to the park, hike, explore, do art, go to museums and we love to vacation!

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

I have had two personal mentors that have inspired me, and many whom I have met along the way who I look up to as athletes. My first mentor who got me started into Fitness competitions is the beautiful Melissa Hall Little. She is a former Miss Bikini Universe and she is amazing!  Melissa offered to train me and prepare me for my first fitness competition in June of 2010.  She is a still a wonderful mentor and friend.

My next awesome mentor who I just started with after earning my WBFF Pro Card is the current 2 time WBFF Bikini Diva World Champion and former overall Bikini champion of the Arnold Classic, the stunning Chady Dunmore. She is as amazing as her many accomplishments, and I am so blessed to be working together on some projects with her, learning from her, and have her mentoring my modeling and fitness competition career as well.

I have deep admiration for the incredible Kim Dolan Leto and her work and inspiration for highlighting Fit Moms and for being such a remarkable fit mom herself and so kind to everyone she speaks to. I also admire Jamie Eason and what I see as her ability to stay so marketable and beautiful while never losing her sweet and down to earth self. I aspire to be like these amazing women and many more who are unnamed here but in my mind who I admire and I have had the pleasure of meeting since my first competition in June of 2010.

What competitions have you made appearances in and from these, what were your placements?

 

2010 Fitness and Bikini Competitions

~6/2010 Fitness Universe (Nat’l) – Miami, FL Bikini-13th (FIRST SHOW EVER!)

~8/2010 Carolina Nationals, Fitness Universe- Charlotte, NC-Bikini Classic- WINNER

~10/2010– Midwest Classic, Fitness Universe- Chicago, IL- Bikini Classic- 3rd

~11/2010– Fitness America (Nat’l) – Las Vegas- Bikini Classic- 12th

2011 Fitness and Bikini Competitions

~6/2011 Fitness Universe (Nat’l) – Miami, FL- Bikini Classic- TOP 10, 6th Prelim

~6/2011 WBFF Boston Championship

1) Bikini Diva-Model Tall-3rd Place

2) Fitness Model Tall-7th place

3) Fitness Model 35 – 7th place

~10/2011 WBFF Edmonton Canada Championship-Bikini Diva Model Tall-6th Place

~11/2011 WBFF New England Championship

1) Fitness Model Tall-4th Place,

2) Fitness Model 35 – 1st Place-PRO CARD!!

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

I will next compete in the WBFF World competition in the Fitness Model Pro open division. As of now, there is not a Fitness Model 35 division, so unless a new age division is created before World’s, I will compete in the open division.

The amazing WBFF World competition has both an amateur and pro competition at World’s.  It is held in Toronto Canada on August 24 and 25, 2012. I am super pumped to go to compete against the other amazing Pro’s in my division! This year they are offering a pay per view option for those who want to watch their favorite competitor while on stage but cannot come to the show. I am glad that my family and friends can at
tune in live time to see me on stage! That feels great to know loved ones support will be there in many different ways.

Nutrition and Supplementation:

I use a variety, but I do really like Muscle Pharm products best

What’s your current Nutritional Plan in preparation for a Competition? What Supplements do you take when in contest prep?

I eat 60% protein, 20% veggies, and 20% clean carbs off season. I eat 70-75% protein 15-20% green veggies and the balance as clean carbs (or no
carbs) when in season. If I am eating no carbs, then I eat more protein.

I had never taken supplements before for competition prep or any reason until July of 2011 after my first competition with the WBFF. It was
suggested by a trainer who had advised many of the use of supplements and he had years of experience and knowledge. I was curious to see if it would provide all the benefits I had heard supplements can provide.  I have a known low Thyroid condition, known as hypothyroidism. My thyroid disease can make training a struggle at times, but it can also make finding the best balance of supplements while training that can
be beneficial a challenge. After I started my suggested supplement plan, I was totally exhausted for weeks rather than benefiting at all.  I should have carefully checked with my doctor about the supplements and other vitamins I was taking so not to interfere with my medication that I needed to help my thyroid function. After I did consult with my physician I became better educated on what was really best for me and found the right balance.

My advice to others is that if you have any underlying medical condition or even if supplements are new to you, please take time to educate
yourself with a professionally educated and experienced resource so that the supplements you pick work in the best way to benefit and not hinder your training progress or your health.

Weight and Cardio Training Split:

Off season: I do one hour of weights and 30 minutes of cardio rotating cardio routines.  5 days a week

In season: I do 2 hours of weights and 45 minutes in the AM/PM, rotating cardio routines 7 days a week

Off Season

1) Arms/Shoulders/Abs/Upper Back

30 minutes-treadmill or stairs, mixed speeds/inclines/ HIT

2) Legs/Calves/Gluts/Abs/Conditioning points (includes lower back)

Cardio- 30 minutes or cardio class that would be acceptable like spinning or Kickboxing

3) Rest day

On Season

1) Arms/Shoulders/Abs/Upper Back, 45 AM Cardio/45 PM Cardio (switch up on treadmill, stair drills, Stairmaster, etc.)

2) Legs/Calves/Gluts/Abs/Conditioning points (includes lower back) 30 AM Cardio/ 30 PM Cardio (treadmill only-mix up speeds and incline, HIT)

3) Repeat

Where can fans find out more about you?

I have some irons in the fire, so publications are coming but I cannot comment!  Keep your eyes open for me; you never know where I will turn up! Smile!

My Athlete page is:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristi-Winger-Szudlo-Bikini-Competitor-Fitness-Model/204261569610292

My Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=568075354#!/profile.php?id=100003118795968

Be Blessed!

~Kristi Winger Szudlo, WBFF Fitness Model Pro


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Alicia Leombruni – Fitness Model/Entrepreneur


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I have known Alicia for a few years now and she is always an inspiration to me. When I need healthy advice, competition pep talks or just a friend she is there.  Not only is she a fitness model, competitor and personal trainer, she is now taking over the world of naturally, sugar-free products.  Read more about Alicia….

 

I grew up in Illinois and at the age of 15 started working at Bally’s Health Club. I started teaching aerobics, lifting weights and at that moment I knew this was a field that I wanted to be involved in. I was always active as a child involved in cheerleading, track, volleyball and many other sports in high school. I also started modeling at a young age in many of the Petite USA Pageants all over the States.  That is where my bug for fitness and modeling truly started.

I went to college at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and got my BA in Interpersonal Communications. After attending my first NPC Fitness and Bodybuilding show as a spectator, I said to myself next time I’ll be on stage and not sitting in the audience.  That led to the last 12 years of my life in which I competed in the NPC, FAP, and WBFF fitness federations. I started out competing in NPC figure then switched to the FAP & WBFF’s  figure, fitness model and bikini divisions.

Fitness, bikini & fashion modeling has also been a big part of my life. Once I started competing the fitness modeling began shortly after and has continued ever since. I have been featured in fitness calendars, on-line, ads, books, commercials, and fitness videos. I am also a certified personal trainer and provide nutritional/workout consultations on-line and locally.
You can say I live my life as a jack of all trades and love every minute of it as each day brings me new opportunities and much excitement. You may be wondering where all of my motivation comes from to stay in shape all the time and hit the gym everyday. I believe staying in shape and eating right is a lifestyle. It’s not just something you do part-time, it’s something you do everyday and not even think about. I truly enjoy going to the gym everyday, it starts my day off right and not to mention the results I have been able to maintain without a doubt makes it all worth while.

As to my latest creation which is my new product line at Ali’s All Natural. I have been working in the last year and a half developing a line of all natural, sugar-free syrups that are sweetened with Stevia and low sugar BBQ sauces. My product line launched a few months ago & all of my products, information and recipes can be found on my website atwww.alisallnatural.com.

This project has been my passion to be able to develop such a healthy line of sugar-free and low sugar products that are not only healthy but taste amazing without all the guilt. Fitness & healthy eating go hand in hand which is why I created the products. I believe living a healthy lifestyle heavily depends on the food choices that we make daily & our dedication to the gym. I have truly been blessed and give thanks to God everyday for giving me the ability to workout, create healthy products & help others achieve their goals towards leading a healthy fit lifestyle.


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Crystal West – Fitness Model & Competitor


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Crystal West is one amazing woman! A fitness model, competitor and attorney.  Not only is she gorgeous and smart…  she is strong!!!! She currently holds 3 world records and can perform 1,210 multi  grip pull ups and chin ups in 80 minutes! Read more about this incredible lady……

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended college at the University of Washington.  I was always into sports and was actually voted most athletic in my high school class.  I was introduced to weight training when I was just 18.  I fell in love with the weights and have been training ever since.  I did do one show in 1986 but at that time the only type of competition available for women was bodybuilding and that just wasn’t for me.  However, I did continue training and have reaped the benefits now for the past 28 years.

After college I attended law school at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduated with my Juris Doctorate, and ended up practicing law in New York City for ten years as a criminal trial lawyer. I loved my job in New York and worked my way up the ladder so that towards the end of my stint in New York I was able to accomplish my goal of handling homicide cases.

When I was 41 I was looking for some new challenges and decided to become a full time personal trainer.  I also decided to do some fitness modeling and some figure and bikini competitions.  In the mean time I started doing pull-ups at the gym and eventually set my sites on breaking World Records in pull-ups.

I have been in various fitness publications, including a ten page spread in Ironman and also have gotten one magazine cover (Ironman) which I am very proud of.  Additionally, I hold three current World Records in pull-ups, so I definitely consider myself a strength athlete.  Because of the goals I have set and the things I have been able to accomplish through hard work and lots of determination, I have also been given the opportunity to do some motivational speaking which I enjoy.

 

What inspires you?

I have always been driven to be the best possible me I can be.  To that end, I believe that if you can envision a goal and if you work toward it consistently and with focus you can reach it.

Different things inspire me.  This year I am focusing on my friend Linda who recently passed away.  She had MS and was in a wheel chair with extremely limited mobility, but had a beautiful spirit and an amazingly positive attitude.  I am dedicating this year to Linda and will try and raise money for the local Act for MS chapter here in the Coachella Valley.  Linda’s body gave up but Linda never gave up on life.  That inspires me.

 

What shows have you done and what was the outcome?

I have competed in five shows two figure comps and three bikini comps.  I have received anywhere from 2nd place to 8th place (I think) in those shows and I always try to compete in both my age division category and the open category as I get a kick out of standing next to gals half my age.

 

What is your favorite part about competing?

I think it is just showing that you can look good and stay in shape as you get older, (I am 46 turning 47 in May). For me, the shows are also an outlet to be on stage which I adore, and just to do something fun with no expectations.

I also think it is important if you are a personal trainer to walk the walk.  If I am going to tell someone how to get ready for the summer weather (swimsuit season), my feeling is I better be prepared to get ready myself.  I am actually starting a lean down diet today.

What has been your biggest struggle?

My true love is my pull-ups and endurance training.  The bikini competitions are really outside of my comfort zone and not something I am naturally great at.  The challenge for me is to accept that when I do the bikini competitions and such it is really just for fun.  It is hard for me to do something just for fun because I am so competitive, but I think it is valuable for me because it allows me to experience a different part of the fitness world and to just relax and have a great time.

Photgraphy by Mike Neveux


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Mandy Stafford – Fitness Model and Athlete


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I have met a lot of girls through my networking in the Fitness Industry but none have inspired me quite like Mandy. She is what I think of when I hear the words Muscle Bombshell. Read more about Mandy below…… 

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Natalie Lerma – Fitness Model and Bikini Competitor


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A rising star in the fitness world, Natalie is one to watch in 2012!! Read more about her…..

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