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Elspeth Polt – Bikini Athlete


This blonde beauty has a lot going for her on and off the stage, and she just placed 2nd at the 2012 Arnold International Amateur Bikini competition! What a great accomplishment!

Please read more about Elspeth.

Can you please share with us your background and interests?

My name is Elspeth, or simply just Elle, and I am a fitness and beauty entrepreneur. These two fields encompass two of my greatest passions in life and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to pursue what I love. I am a licensed ISSA personal trainer, AFAA certified aerobic instructor, and TIGI trained cosmetologist, and an NPC Bikini Competitor. Through my work I have the privilege of positively affecting my clients’ lives. Watching them evolve both physically and mentally makes every day of work exciting and fulfilling. In addition to helping others achieve their goals, I have also begun and a modeling and fitness competition career of my own. It was a natural step to cross over into this Industry, and I have enjoyed every minute of it! Modeling has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I feel I am at a place in my life where I can translate this passion in front of the camera.

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

There are many people I am inspired by and admire in the fitness industry, but Jamie Eason is the first person that comes to mind. I don’t know her personally, but I admire her work and she seems to obtain all the qualities I admire in a person. Not only is she in incredible shape, but she takes the time to truly help people achieve their goals through her column and advice. Also, I feel very fortunate to have very supportive friends, family, and trainer in my life that inspire and support me to do my best and always work hard towards my goals.

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

Arnold Amateur Bikini, March 2012: 2nd place Bikini

NPC Kentucky Muscle, November 2011: 1st place Bikini

NPC Ohio and Great Lakes September 2011: 5th place Bikini

NPC IFBB North Americans Cleveland, Ohio Nationals September 2011: 12th Bikini

NPC Mike Francois Class May 2011: Top 10 Bikini

NPC Paradise Cup, October 2010: 3rd Place Bikini

INBA Hawaiian Classic, June 2010: 2nd Place Bikini

NPC Stingrey Classic, April 2010: 2nd Place Bikini

When will be your next show and competing class? I plan to compete at Jr Nationals in June or Team Universe in July, where I will be competing for my IFBB Bikini Pro Card!

Where can fans find out more about you?

Website: www.elspethpolt.com (Links to my Blog, Twitter, and YouTube are on my website)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Elspeth-Dana-Polt/129017703803999

Words of Advice: Whether you are just beginning on your health and fitness journey, or you’ve been living the lifestyle for quite some time my biggest advice is to always have faith in yourself. We will all have good days and bad ones, but its how we deal our obstacles that molds who we are. For me, I often ‘fall before I fly”, but I always learn, keep my faith, and push on. So work hard, be persistent, and your goals will be achieved! And a special thank you to my sponsor Dymatize and my Trainer and Coach Tim Rice for all their help and support!

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Heather Nappi – IFBB Bikini Pro


Heather is a new IFBB bikini pro on Team Bombshell(not to be confused with us!). She has the whole package with her great body and exotic looks. Heather will do amazing in the Pro League!

Please read Heather’s story.

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Karen Pang – Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model


Karen is an amazing athlete, and no matter what division she competes in, she always seems to dominate the stage!

A S.A.N. Nutrition sponsored athlete and personal trainer, Karen has so much going on for herself in the fitness world. 

Karen also made it into 2010 Hot and Fit 100 for Inside Fitness Magazine.

Continue reading to find out more about Karen Pang…

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Tanis Tzavaras – IFBB Fitness Pro

Tanis Tzavaras - IFBB Fitness Pro

Tanis Tzavaras, an IFBB Fitness Pro, Mom, Gymnastics Coach and Trainer took the time to share some of her fitness background, accomplishments and future goals with MuscleBombshell.com.

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Sandy Avelar – Competition Prep

Sandy Avelar - Competition Prep

Sandy Avelar, a new IFBB Pro out of Canada, took the time to share some inside information on Competition Prep!

A very intriguing article! Here’s what Sandy had to share with us…

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

I leave my contest prep in the hands of my trainer, Darren Mehling of Freak Fitness. I have been working with him for almost a year now, but my last prep was only 7 weeks for my Provincial Championships win and 1 week later for the Nationals, where I turned Pro. It was an intense and focused 2 months but it was well worth the effort!

My current plan is well-balanced and has me eating every 2-3 hours. Lean meats, vegetables, fruit, fats, oats, rice, yams, egg whites and protein shakes are my staples. Real food, not shakes, is the basis.

My supplements are simple. Multi-Vitamins, CLA, BCAAs, NO2, Creatine and fat burners when I need an extra morning “pick me up” during those last few weeks leading up to a show.

2. What’s your weekly Training Split like (i.e. Doubles, Rest Days, etc.)?

My training is based on a 7 day week, with weights 5 days a week.

3. What’s your Cardio Schedule like (i.e. Morning Sessions, Double Sessions, etc)?

My cardio is short and I like to try and do it in the morning. I go home, eat and go back to the gym for weights after. If I don’t have time, I’ll do cardio right after lifting.

4. What techniques do you employ to best prepare you for a Competition (i.e. Posing Routines, Drying Out, Carb Cutting, etc.)?

During contest prep, I leave everything in the hands of my trainer. He makes the judgement call on what I need and this can change from show to show. Before I worked with Darren, I had tried excessive water loading and sodium depletion which only made me sick in the past (even including a hospital visit).

My health is my (and my coach’s) priority so we don’t do any of those last minute “guru” tricks. There’s just no need for anything drastic if you’ve prepared properly.

I pose every single day. Stage presence is such a huge factor. Why ruin all the hard work without great stage presence??!

5. What were your goals leading up to the competition and how did they help prepare you on stage?

I decided to return to the stage this past summer, with the encouragement of close friends and my trainer. I took 2 years off and I really wanted to showcase my changes and make a sort-of “comeback”.

In the end, I wanted to show my best me that I could create.

Evidently it worked, since I won Provincial and National titles, and earned IFBB Pro status at the Canadian National Championships in July!

6. Looking back, how did you maintain balance in your life while in competition prep? Did you experience any post-comp blues? If so, how did you deal with them?

The life-balance is a hard one for me. I’m still learning.

My job as a police officer is both physically and mentally demanding. We have to give more and more of ourselves to people everyday.

This is the complete opposite of what I’ve found contest prep to be for me. I find I have to be very selfish during prep. I’m referring to the training schedule, meal prep, and sleep pattern.

I don’t have much of a social life because of the juggling of my career, training and home life. I’m always finding new ways to better balance it and to ask for help (very difficult for me) when I need it.

I’m very conscious of my attitude during prep and try not to let my emotions run me!

As far as post-contest “blues”, I have had them in the past. It can be hard to focus weeks on one day and then have it all stop. It can also be hard to be the center of attention for a week and then have it all stop. And in the past, the post-comp bloat and rebound was hard to experience.

This time around I didn’t suffer any rebound, and now that I’m an IFBB Pro I have a lot more doors that have opened, and many more opportunities coming my way. This is great for me because I like to have something to focus on.

Aside from future competition goals, I am looking forward to a great vacation, a work related course, and simply being with friends and family now that I spend less time in the gym.

Its very important to remind yourself of all the other important things in life and how lucky we are to be able to have the choice to compete.

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