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Niki Bryant – WNBF Fit Body Pro & Master Fitness Professional

A master trainer and recent pro card winner, Niki is the picture of health and wellness.

Please read more about Niki.

Can you please share with our readers your background and interests? 

I am an awarding winning ISSA Certified Fitness Professional, Master Trainer with NY Strength, recently awarded WNBF Fit Body Pro, Educator and Coach to many, and my business was awarded Best New Fitness Studio in 2010!!

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

This one is challenging to complete because it depends on what part of my life people have influenced it the most.  First, Monica Brant!  She has been my idol from the beginning…well actually my hubby has always liked her and I fell in love too!  She is just your perfect example of fitness in a woman.

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

INBF Midwest Championships  Oct 13th 2012
           1st place & Overall earning WNBF Fit Body Pro Card
INBF Midwest Championships Oct 2011 1st place Tall Fit Body
NABBA Sept 2011 1st place & Overall Figure
NABBA June 2011 1st place Tall Figure
NPC April 2010 3rd place Figure Tall

When is your next upcoming show and what will be your competing class?

I’m actually not certain on this yet.  I’m not all to familiar with the pro world and when the shows are.  Soon I hope!!  I’d like to keep the fire going within me.

Where can fans find out more about you?

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Laura Dyck – National Figure Athlete

Busy working mom of two, Laura always has time to fit in a workout. All her hard work has paid off this year to get all the way to the Canadian National Figure stage!

Please read more about Laura.

Can you please share with the readers your background and interests?

I am a 40 year old mother of two beautiful girls, Madison (10) and Sophie (8).  On top of being a full-time Mom, I am also a part-time physiotherapist at Kelowna General Hospital.  I have always enjoyed leading a healthy and active lifestyle. I figure skated competitively for 12 years which consumed most of my childhood but taught me self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to laugh at myself.  Watching old videos of yourself will do that!!  My most current passions involve lifting weights, playing hockey, snowboarding, skate skiing, rock climbing as well as biking, hiking and running.  I am also helping to coach my daughter’s triathlon club and am always amazed and inspired by my girls strength, determination and energy.  They keep me young and make me want to be a mom that they can look up to and be proud of.

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

The amazing women like Monica Brant and Jamie Eason who grace the covers of Oxygen magazine.  I have had the privilege to train with Monica Brant at her F.E.M. Camps last September in Marina Del Rey and again in Kelowna this July.  This woman is so extremely passionate and motivating about fitness and reaching your goals. Her drive, dedication and discipline are contagious and she is not only beautiful on the outside but radiates pure joy and strength from the inside as well.  My other source of inspiration is my husband.  He sees all of the things in me that I can’t and believes in me on the days that I can’t believe in myself.  He always builds me up and never lets me quit.  He is my rock!

What competitions have you made appearances in, and what titles have you won?

Nov 2011 –     Sandra Wickham Fall Classic –         

Open Figure Short 6th place

May 2012 –     Western Canadian Championships – 

Open Figure A 1st place

June 2012 –      B.C. Provincial Championships –     

Open Figure A 2nd place

Masters Figure A 1st place

Aug 2012 –     CBBF National Bikini, Figure, Fitness, Physique and Elite Bodybuilding Championships –                                

Open Figure A 5th place

Masters Figure A 6th place                                                 

When is your next upcoming show and what will be your competing class?

I started training for my first show less than a year ago and I never expected  to do more than one show let alone make it all the way to Nationals!  Right now it is time to digest all that has happened in the last year, spend time enjoying these last lazy days of summer with my wonderful husband and kids and enjoy my training for the pure joy it brings me.  Never say never though, you might just see my smiling face back on the National stage next year.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

C.S. Lewis

Where can fans find out more about you?

You can find me on facebook under Laura Lynn Dyck.

 

 

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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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Sally Rotlisberger – NPAA Figure Athlete


After just 3 competitions, Sally received her Pro Card in Figure through the IDFA. She will be continuing her figure career with the new NPAA Organization (Natural Physique and Athletic Organization)

Please read more about Sally.

Can you share with our readers your background and interests?

I am an executive assistant at an oil and gas company in Calgary, AB. When I’m not at work, you can find me at the gym, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking or keeping up with at very rambunctious pug. I enjoy being active and living a healthy lifestyle.

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

I was looking for a new challenge but didn’t know what I wanted to do. While at a mountain bike camp I discovered that my coach had entered a fitness competition a few months before the camp. She told me all about the experience and encouraged me to give it a try. After some research, I found a trainer, Dr. Wendy Ashby. Wendy guided me through the process, making it a really fun experience. After my first competition I was hooked. Wendy has been a great inspiration and has always believed in me, even when at times, I doubted myself.

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

2010 – May, IDFA, Calgary – Novice Figure 2nd place

2011 – May, IDFA, Calgary – Open Figure 3rd place

2011 – October, IDFA, Calgary – Open Figure 1st place Overall (received Pro Card)

When is your next upcoming show and what will be your competing class?

I will compete in two competitions this year:

May 12, INBF. Category – Ms Fit

Sept 30, NPAA. Category – Figure

What is your current nutritional plan in preparation for a competition, and what supplements do you take when in contest prep?

I’m sure my nutrition plan is similar to other competitors. I eat several small meals spread throughout the day. I supplement with BCAA and multi vitamins. I try to keep it simple.

What’s your weekly Training Split like?

I lift weights approx 5 days per week.

What’s your Cardio Schedule like during competition prep?

I generally do cardio (30-45 min) in the morning. This is when I practice my posing as well.

What techniques do you employ to best prepare you for a competition?

Stage presence is really important. I have two left feet so I really need to practice until I’m comfortable with everything. Its one less thing to worry about when you’re on stage and you can just have fun and enjoy the moment. As for carb cutting and drying out … I leave that up to my trainer to tell me what’s best. I think that the last week should be really personalized to each individual.

Where can fans find out more about you?

sallyrotlisberger@gmail.com


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