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Steph Marques – NPAA Figure Athlete and Fitness Model

Ambassador to the NPAA(Natural Physique & Athletics Association), Steph has had great success on the stage as a figure athlete and fitness model.

Please read more about Steph.

Please share with our readers your background and interests.

I’m currently enrolled in at University of Calgary Executive MBA program. This program is designed for business professionals, and allows us to maintain our full time jobs while studying through the 2 year program.

I own a horse and 2 dogs and love to be outside all year round. I try to incorporate my love for the outdoors into my fitness !

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

I’m inspired my Wendy Ashby who is tremendously hard working woman. Both professionally, physically (as a successful figure model), and now as a new mom. She truly does it all!

What competitions have you participated in and what are your placements?

Novice Fitness Model IDFA may 2010- 1st place Tall Class, and overall champion
Novice Figure Model IDFA Oct 2010 – 2nd place tall class
Open Fitness Model IDFA Oct 2010- 2nd place Overall
Open Fitness Model IDFA April 2011- Overall Champion
Novice Figure Model IDFA April 2011- 4th Place overall
Pro division Fitness Model IDFA world championships Nov 2012- 4th place overall

What is your next competition and competing class?

I”m hoping to compete at the IFPA World Championships a the Yorton Cup in the PRO BIKINI model division  (OCT 2012)

Where can fans find out more about you?

www.npaa.ca  (athletes ambassador)
www.dynamisonline.ca  ( sponsor)

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Kim Dolan Leto – Fitness Cover Model


Someone asked me this week who my inspiration was. Honestly, I have many that inspire me but the one person I look up to most would have to be Fitness Cover Model Kim Dolan Leto.  She is a great role model who lives her life as a great example for women. I remember talking with her about how difficult it is sometimes to be a mom and an athlete. She had such compassionate words and amazingly helpful advice.  I love her positive attitude and outlook on life. 


To learn more about Kim visit her website at www.kimdolanleto.com

Voted Oxygen Magazine’s 2011: Fittest Mom

ISSA Director of Family Health and Wellness

 Internationally Published Writer & Cover Model

Author of Oxygen Magazine’s Yummy Mummy Blog

Fitness Champion

Professional Athlete & Fitness Expert

Devoted Christian Wife & Mother

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Kristi Winger Szudlo – WBFF Pro Fitness Model


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:


My Facebook page is:


Be Blessed!

~Kristi Winger Szudlo, WBFF Fitness Model Pro

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Stacey Naito – Bikini Athlete


Stacey is burning up the bikini world with all her success, and this beauty is also a doctor and has a Bachelors degree in exercise science.

Please read more about Stacey.

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

I am a board certified family practice physician. I am also highly trained and experienced in cosmetic dermatology (lasers, Botox, fillers) and weight management. I hold a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Occidental College and have also worked as a fitness trainer for over 20 years. I have weight trained my entire adult life so I fell into the world of competition in 2009 quite easily. To date I have been in 15 competitions, with three national-level first place finishes in the Bikini Division of the NPC.

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

My mother has always been my greatest inspiration to succeed in everything I endeavor to do, whether it be a medical degree, medical research, artistic excellence or competing. Ultimately I would love to have my mother watch me on my own television show since I strive to become the female version of Dr. Oz.

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

I have competed in ten national NPC shows since 2009 with the following highlights:

IFBB North American September 2010 (Cleveland, OH) – 1st place Masters Bikini C, 3rd place Open Bikini C

NPC Masters Nationals July 2011 (Pittsburgh, PA) – 1st place Masters Bikini C

IFBB North American September 2010 (Cleveland, OH) – 1st place Open Bikini C, 2nd place Masters Bikini C

When is your next upcoming show and your competing class?

My next competition is the NPC Pittsburgh, where I will compete as a Masters and Open competitor in Bikini.

Where can fans find out more about you?

Visit me on Facebook! You can also check out my websites:




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Mandy Stafford – Fitness Model and Athlete


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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