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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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Nikki Bigger – A Rising Star!


I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Nikki Bigger, an up and coming Fitness Competitor. This Fitness Athlete has all the right ingredients in line for future Success….she’s making waves and starting off on the right track.

Here’s a bit about Nikki Bigger in her own words (thanks for sharing with us Nikki!)….

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

I’m 20 years old, I live in good old Canada. I’m a fitness freak. Always looking for new ways to eat clean, and to improve my physique. I love to read, cook and do yoga, but most of all I like to push myself to new levels!

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

Jamie Eason has always been a huge motivator in my life, seeing her on every magazine and always promoting a healthy lifestlye has been very inspirational. But the most influential person has to be my mentor and coach, Alex Liska. She has been such a huge support and motivator over the past and without her guidance, it would have taken me twice the time to get to where I am now.

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

I’ve only competed in one show, it was a huge goal for me! OPA Mississauga Bikini Short Division, May 2011. I placed 4th! I was very happy with the results, seeing as I had been 30lbs heavier 1 year previous.

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

I was hoping to compete in the Ontario Naturals in Hamilton September 2011, but my financial issues at the moment are overwhelming, and I can’t afford it. I know that 2012 will be my year! So look for me then!

Something cool to add, I was June Bikini Body of the month on a BikiniBody Blog http://bikinibodies.blogspot.com/

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

My personal website is http://FitnessNikki.com I have a bodybuilding.com account – http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/nbigger18

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nikki_fit

Facebook: https://Facebook.com/pages/Nikki-Bigger

I’m everywhere! 🙂


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