Boss Babe: Temi Ojo

If you don't know who Temi is then.... YOU ARE WELCOME. We discovered this gorgeous Boss Babe a while ago and have been obsessed with her ever since. One quick look at her Instagram and YouTube got us motivated to get our a$$'s to the gym that's for sure. Here at Boss Babe Movement, we wanted to dig a little deeper and really discover how this babe stays motivated, her journey, and more. 

 

What are your biggest motivators? 


The first one would have to be my family, they have been super encouraging and supportive over the years. I truly don’t know where I would be without them! The other would have to be the fear of being average. It motivates me to take action, to grind day in and day out, to try my best with everything I do, and to just be the best version of myself. 


What is your why?


I just really like being able to help other girls out! I wasn’t always the girl that worked out 5 days a week and cared about the nutritional content of the food that I was eating; I used to be crazy obsessed with Oreos and pizza and pretty much all junk food in general, and would consume way more than I needed to on a weekly basis. At first I found it super difficult to get rid of the terrible eating habits and would constantly day dream of all the Perogie pizza’s with cheese stuffed crust that I was no longer able to eat on a regular basis. What made this easier for me was figuring out healthier alternatives to some of my favourite meals by just substituting more wholesome, nutritious, ingredients. Overtime i’ve managed to adapt healthy eating into my lifestyle and even began making youtube videos surrounding the topic so because of that I get quite a few questions on what my favourite healthy meals and recipes are and advice on how to stay on track. Even though I don’t always have a lot of disposable time on my hands I always like to put an effort into every response and offer whatever advice I might have. It’s just that I can totally relate when it comes to wanting to improve your eating habits, but having a ton of difficulty staying on track / hating the “boring” meals you make, which then causes you to eat what you shouldn’t be eating. 

 

How do you / plan on impacting your community by being a boss babe?

 

I plan on impacting the community by simply being myself and spreading the importance of self love and taking care of yourself and your body, as it’s the only one that you have! 
 

 

What does being a boss babe mean to you?


It means living life by your own rules, trying your best with everything that you do, and uplifting other women along the way! 


 

How did you start in the fitness industry?

 

I played a lot of club organized sports growing up and throughout high school, everything from soccer, to volleyball, to basketball but it wasn’t till I ran high level track that I ventured into a gym.  Not by personal choice but because it was required for track. I would have track workouts 3 days a week and then weight room workouts 3 times week and at that point I honestly and truly wasn’t a fan of lifting weights. It wasn’t until my first year of university (nearly 4 years ago) that I actually began to look forward to working out and hitting the gym. Around that same time is when I began to reevaluate my eating habits and my overall lifestyle. Eventually I got to the point where I enjoyed working out so much that I started going 5-6 times a week. I just loved how much energy I had, how great I felt, how great I looked and the fact that my immune system was stronger than ever. I haven't looked back since!



 

What is your favorite healthy recipe? 

My favourite recipe would have to be quinoa fried rice -It’s my healthy alternative to the traditional fried rice and it is super easy to toss together (typically takes me a half hour max) 

For this recipe (makes 4 servings) you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of quinoa 
  • 1 tbs ginger
  • 1 tbs garlic
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper (I love spicyyy food so you can modify this to your taste preference)
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of red onions
  • 1 tbsp of pepper
  • 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots)
  • 2 eggs (scrambled)
  • 2 green onions
  • source of protein: chicken breasts or shrimp 
  • I personally love both and sometimes ill combine the two of them but if i’m using chicken breast, ill typically cut up 3 breasts and toss it in and when i’m using shrimp i’ll usually one large bag worth!

 

Step o1. is to boil the quinoa (bring water to a boil first, then add quinoa)

Step o2. cut up the onion, ginger, garlic and green onions and set aside

Step o3. bake chicken breast (usually seasoned with cajun spice at 350degrees for 25-40 mins) and then cut up or I pan fry shrimp with some chopped garlic in the pan and set aside

Step o4. scramble the eggs, add s&p and then set aside

Step o5. add a table spoon of coconut oil to a pan and then toss in the red onions, garlic and ginger until the brown

Step o6. then toss in the mixed veggies and allow for them to brown as well

Step o7. create a circle in the middle of the pan and add in the egg 

Step o8. mix in the quinoa & chicken breast/ shrimp and let brown 

Step o9. garnish with green onions & enjoy! 



 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

 

I just understand that everyone is different and so therefore not every single person I come across is going to like me. Which is okay because I like me and that’s what really matters. I also realize that everyone is gonna have an opinion about you regardless of what you say or do so you might as well do what you want because either way people are going to think what they want and there’s not much you can do about that. But what you can do is focus on your self and what you put out into the world!

Insta: Yagirltem

Youtube: Temi Ojo 

 

Boss Babe: Nicci Lee

Internationally published model, proud mother of two amazing children, Mrs. Calgary 2017, owner of Iron Empire Gym (If you live in Calgary and haven't been.. YOU NEED TO GO!), certified personal trainer, competition coach, and co-owner of prize tribe bikinis... Is there ANYTHING this phenomenal woman can't do? If you don't know who Nicci Lee is yet, you are welcome. We hope you enjoy this inspirational read and that you fall in love with this powerhouse of a woman as much as we did. 

What are your biggest motivators in life?

I think this one is pretty obvious for anyone who knows me - My two daughters Mikayla and Payton :)

What is your WHY?

My girls, They are everything to me. I strive to be the absolute best I can be in all aspects of my life from being a business owner to the person I am on the inside. I am mom/dad to my kids and I believe children become who they are because of their parents. I want my girls to see hard work, dedication, persistence, overcoming all life struggles, learning from mistakes and staying true to the selves will get them to the top. I want them to see nothing in life comes easy but working your ass off to get to where they want to be is what is most rewarding!

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

I plan on impacting the community by just being me. Staying real and true to myself and showing others that doing things that make them happy, not letting others opinions of them affect them ( so many people tend to judge others without knowing their stories) and being real to others is what is inspiring. I plan on impacting the community by being open and talking about my story. I don't like when people have a picture painted that life has been perfect and easy for me and they got it rough. I'm always honest when im asked questions and im always real so people know life is a struggle but perceiving and pushing through, taking life's lessons and using them to better yourself is truly beautiful and inspiring.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

Being a boss babe is empowering others - especially other women for me.

How did you start in the fitness industry?

I started in the fitness industry as therapy during some of the hardest times of my life when I was leaving my ex-fiance. Raising my two babies alone and working multiple jobs had taken a toll on me so being able to train 1 hour - 3 x a week with my trainer really saved me mentally and helped me grow significantly as a person.

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

I do a nutritional keto friendly diet with a carb load once or twice a week and right now my favorite recipes are Spicy Jalapeno poppers 5 oz cream cheese

  • 1/4 cup mozzarella

  • 8 medium jalapenos

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1/2 tsp mrs dash table blend

  • 8 slices of bacon

pre heat over to 400F, Foil baking sheet and remove stems off of your peppers

slice peppers in half

scrape out all guts of peppers

in a bowl combine cream cheese, mozza, and spices

Pack cream cheese mixture into peppers creating a mound

press the other half of peppers in the cream cheese mixture

wrap each pepper in bacon

bake for 20-25 mins until bacon us crispy and ENJOY!

My fav dessert recipe which is also a Keto recipe is:

Keto coconut Fat bombs

  • 1 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup grass fed butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or vanilla bean powder
  • pinch of salt
  • optional 20-25 drops stevia extract

pre heat over to 350F

spread the shredded or flaked coconut on a baking sheet. Place in over and toast for 5-8 min until light golden. Mix once or twice to prevent burning.

Transfer into a blender and pulse until smooth. You will get a smooth runny consistency.

Add the softened butter chopped into pieces and softened coconut oil.

Add cinnamon or vanilla, stevia, salt and mix well.

Pour into a mini muffin form or an ice cube tray. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes until solid.

How do youkeep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

I am very confident with the mother, the motivator, the friend, the daughter and lover that I am. I am confident with myself in business and I am confident with my body no matter where my current physique is at. I think that is why I am able to not let any negativity from others affect me. I've worked very hard at everything that I have and am proud of who I have grown into and that I believe is the reason I do not let others affect me with negativity.

 

You can find more of Nicci: 

IG- @niccileefit

www.ironempirefitness.com

www.prizetribe.com

Facebook - Nicole Petraschuk

Boss Babe: Kendra McGowan

This Boss Babe is truly one of the kindest souls you will ever come across. This gorgeous lady has a background in functional kinesiology as well as; massage therapy, hormonal health, Gua Sha therapy, and more. Kendra also is an experienced Bikini competitor and coach.... CHECK OUT THIS INCREDIBLE INTERVIEW BELOW (Above are pictures of Kendra, her friends, boyfriend Elijah, and freaking adorable pup Kilo)

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

The biggest thing that motivates me is to show my parents I can do it on my own. I grew up with extremely good values and exceptionally close family and my motivation has always been to prove to them that I had made the right decision. I dropped out of your typical post grad education to pick the brains of the best of the best who I would also consider my motivators. Learning is definitely one of my biggest motivators to keep doing what I’m doing. It’s pretty cool to have people come up to me now and say “omg, you're the girl that does the thing with the muscles.” Oh body work? Yeah thats me. As for the people that motivate me, my family is number one, they've been by my side through it all, have picked me up when I have fallen down and have carried me across the finish line. Heck, I was at a point after I had first dropped out of school that my brother paid for my rent, I couldn't take my mom out for lunch, nothing. Now, through perseverance and showing this world what I’m made of I take them out now and I’m at the top of my game. My boyfriend motivates me too, his smile pushes me forward and most men wouldn't want a women who works all over the world. But he takes me with a grain of salt and loves me unconditionally, he is my rock and my sounding board. So I guess you could say, to not let these amazing people down is my BIGGEST MOTIVATOR. 

Why? 

The why to what I do is simple. I help people become the best versions of themselves and to see them shine is my why. “Designer Bodies by Kendra” and “Live you Designer Life,” were created as my coaching and bodywork platforms to resemble my why. Designer Bodies is obvious: Its your body, your design and Im the fire underneath working your muscles to unleash their full potential. “Live your Designer Life” on the other hand is lifestyle coaching platform. Why is living your designer life so important? Because I want all of my clients and the people I approach to live a life truly made of their dreams and passions. I want my clients to live the life they have always wanted. Why? because who doesn't want financial freedom, to wake up everyday with intention and love for what they're doing? That's why I do what I do. For goodness sake Im on a plane coming home from working on a client as I type this. I get to come home to my Range Rover, house, family and work from home because my passion has lead me to do so. I want all of my clients to reap this success! That is my WHY 

How do I impact my community by being a boss babe? 

I love to help people in all parts of my community. I’m still pretty new to Edmonton as a whole but I'm pretty integrated in the fitness industry. I like to help girls with posing, I let any of my female clients take from my clothes as I know the industry tightens up our budgets. I would eventually like to give a portion of my bodywork proceeds to the MS and or Alzheimer’s association. Or have a charity lift event. My family has always taught me that being charitable and humble is an extremely important part of success. As well as in the next couple of classes I take with the ANF Academy I would like to offer to fly one of my clients with me to have work done on them by one of my teachers or colleges. Being a boss babe and creating a career where I am now financially at ease allows me to also surprise one of the most influential women in my life by getting her competition glam done and getting one of my suits. This girl knows who she is and she knows how damn important she is to me! 

What does being a boss babe mean to me? 

Being a boss babe means working for what you want, succeeding with what you have in front of you and making the best of every situation. You take life by the horns and love to watch others succeed and grow with you. Being a boss babe to me means you fix everyones crown, not just your own. 

Favorite healthy recipe? 

https://liveyourdesignerlife.com On my blog “Have it your way” has a few of my fav. The 

Butternut Squash Brownies are legit my life... I make them and eat the whole pan to myself. Sorry. No Shame. 

What would I tell my younger self? 

That a judge does not determine your self worth. That you are beautiful no matter what and you shine brighter than any plastic trophy that will ever be handed to you. Don't let people get in your head, NEVER, you are unique and you are you, and thats special. Oh and Id definitely tell them the trick my mom taught me. Every time you get paid do this: get 31 envelopes and put $20 in each of them. That is your spending money for the day. Don't spend it one day? you have 40 the next... keep it going and therefore you will actually have the money to take care of yourself at the end of the month. You really don't understand how much money it costs to be beautiful until you have to balance it with your rent and other bills. Use this method to treat yourself and watch your stress decrease! 

How do I keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out? 

This is something I tell all of my clients and it stands as my easiest way to stay positive and block out the haters. “If someone is looking at you in the gym, making you feel uncomfortable, calling you ugly, not allowing you to be yourself... they aren't focussed on themselves and they truly don't know the importance of self-improvement and self-evolving. We are supposed to accept each other and lift each other up, not put them down.” When I first started training I was with a bad coach, I was extremely depleted and this put my hormones out of whack. I therefore got bad acne and parents of kids I graduated with claimed that it was because I moved to the city and did ecstasy... sorry what?... A) who are you to judge and B) you're supposed to be an adult. Either way I was very upset with this comment and cried to my brother on the phone, he told me this: “All talk is good talk and take it as a compliment, if you weren’t alive these people would be so bored they have nothing to talk about.” He was right, and too this day those are a couple simple sayings that keep my head above water and keep the haters out. 

Facebook: Designer Bodies by Kendra

Instagram: kendramcgowan

Website: https://liveyourdesignerlife.com

 

 

Boss Babe: Claire Buchanan

This lady is more than just a gorgeous face! Claire is a kick-ass animal rights activist, vegan, and boxer extraordinaire. You can check out more of Claire's incredible work on her blog where she shares amazing plant-based recipes, beauty, and fitness tips, as well as more information if you are interested in becoming vegan! 

What are your biggest motivators?

in life? I’m a big believer in being your own motivation! Continuously grow as an individual, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Whilst having outside sources of inspiration and motivation is great they're not always reliable and often not permanent. But if there is one thing that you can always rely on it's yourself. Having a good positive relationship with yourself is one of the most valuable things you can have. Of course, it's something that's so much easier said than done and it definitely takes time and constantly changes, but being able to count on and raise yourself up no matter the situation is incredibly important. Anyone that knew me 4+ years ago would tell you that I’ve done a complete 360. I was a BIG party girl, and don’t get me wrong I still like to get down if you know what I’m saying but now my health is number one priority. I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis from excessive drinking when I was 21 and had to make some serious changes to my life. It was then where my love for fitness and health was born. 

What is your WHY?

I went to a fundraiser yesterday and saw this quote by Marc Ching that resonated with me, it said, “When I die, I want to die knowing that I was the best person I could possibly be. That I reached out. That I did what I could. That with the hands I have and my time here, that I breathed life into those that could not breathe for themselves.” 

How do you plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

My main mission in life is to inspire people, and educate people on how to start making more kind decisions. 

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?  

Own your life, and be unapologetically you. 

When did you first go vegan? How has becoming an animal rights activist changed your life?

Well I’ve been an ethical vegan since October 27, 2014 – yes, I remember the date because it was one of the biggest and best life changing decisions I’ve ever made! I use to make excuses for eating, and wearing animals, and now I just feel really grateful that I’m armed with so much knowledge and awareness that I’m able to act on upon these values. I am now living according to my values of compassion and kindness, as well as being in the best physical, mental, and spiritual shape I’ve ever been in. In this research process I have also learned that by eliminating these products and practices that exploit animals you can help lessen your ecological footprint, take health into your hands, and experience the peace of mind that comes from making such a powerful and personal contribution towards peace. 

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

My favourite healthy recipe would be any type of buddha bowl, basically throw a bunch of healthy shit into a bowl and BOOM! ha ha ha but seriously… 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

Don’t compare yourself to others! No one is you, and that’s your power. 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

I use self-help books to overload my brain with positivity! I would also say that if you’re struggling with ‘haters’ you need to remember that majority of the time the reason they’re being that way has everything to do with them, and nothing to do with you.

 

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Boss Babe: Tea Cuk

What are your biggest motivators in life?

As cliché as it sounds, my parents have always been the driving force behind my motivation. I watched them overcome barriers most would never even imagine and come out stronger, more driven and focused on making the life they dreamed of a reality. My little family of four moved to Canada as refugees when I was only eight years old, not a word of English or a penny in our pockets. My parents made something out of nothing, never once gave up when life got tough and continued to build a life that was worth living! I promised myself I would never do what was required, that I would be more, work harder and contribute something special just like my parents did for my sister and I.

 

What is your WHY?

The sole purpose of my career and passion revolves around my clients. Watching those girls evolve into women, become empowered, gain confidence to follow their own dreams, there is just nothing like that feeling. Every day I wake up with a purpose, with the belief that if I can help just ONE woman live a better, fuller, more meaningful life, then I have done my job. This is enough to keep me going even on the most difficult of days.

 

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

Team Tight n Curvy is all about community! We are about empowering women, building them up, working together and lending a helping hand. We can do so much more as a team, we all benefit and we all win. Being a Boss Babe means continuing to set an example for young women, to show them they are capable, they are intelligent and they are enough. To teach them that big dreams and hard work mean success as long as you believe in yourself!

 

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

Boss Babe has become a trend, and I LOVE THAT! This term is all about empowering women. We can do everything men can do, if not more! Being a woman is one very powerful job and if done correctly, we have the ability to change the world. To me, a Boss Babe is someone who continuously hustles to make the life they dream of reality. Who builds up fellow females and is willing to get a little uncomfortable to make change happen!

 

How did you start in the fitness industry?

I began my fitness journey when I was 17 years old, a desperate attempt to lose weight for my high school grad. I was tired of being the “fat” friend so I hit the cardio machines and cut my food. After losing some weight, the wrong way, but the only way I knew how at the time,  my interest for fitness grew. I wanted to learn and I wanted to help others who felt the way that I did. I picked up a job at a local gym and learnt the ins and out of weight training and began my certification process. I learnt what it meant to eat and train for your health and your goals and I became fascinated with the potential of the body. In the mean time, I was in university completing my Psychology degree. I continuously told myself that fitness was just “something on the side” never taking the idea of making it a career too seriously. After completing my degree, entering several fitness competitions and continuing to work with my own clients, I came to a pivotal point in my career where it was time to take the leap. To quit my “big girl job” and to pursue my passion in fitness as a full time career. Although it be the most terrifying decision I have made to date, it proved to be well worth the fear. My business propelled, my fitness career grew and my love for coaching grew ten sizes bigger. I am blessed to do what I love every single day and to be a small part of the big picture in someone else’s journey.

 

What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness industry?

The number one thing I would change in the fitness industry is the extreme focus on vanity and the perfect body. I believe there is no such thing. To me, fitness is about health. It is about training for fun, for sport and for a long life. It is about eating to fuel your body and enjoying a treat here and there because I promise, it will not kill you! Fit looks different on every BODY and the sooner we accept that, the sooner we can move on to the path of self love and acceptance.

 

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

I will be honest; my husbands cooking keeps me alive. With my ever evolving schedule, he is kind enough to food prep for us every week to ensure I get my fuel;) He makes the BEST clean Turkey Bolognese that I add to rice, pasta, veggies.. pretty much anything.. as a great source of protein with a huge hit of flavor! We have the recipe posted on our YouTube channel if anyone want to try it out. It requires a little patience but is well worth it, I promise!

 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

All those big dreams you have, they will become a reality. It is up to you. You have to work at it. Every damn day you have to work harder than the day before. But if you do that, if you work and you believe in your potential, you are going to make it!

 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

Honestly, this used to affect me more than it should. I would get a nasty comment on a video or an Instagram post and it would put me out for a few days. I struggle with anxiety to begin with and these types of situations tend to become escalated for me. It took me a long time to understand that there are always going to be people who disagree with you, people who have no manners and people who are outright cruel. That is ok. For every person who makes you feel shitty- there are ten who make you feel amazing- that makes it worthwhile. When things get too rough or I have a bad day, when I want to quit the social media world, I look back at all the people who have sent wonderful messages telling me how their lives have improved, how I somehow made a difference to them and it brings me right back to reality, right back to what matters. I refuse to let negative people drain the good energy that could be delivered to those who deserve it, I stay positive for all those people who believe in me, support me and count on me<3

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Boss Babe: Nicolette Jones

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

For the most part, I think motivation can be overrated. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues my whole life, motivation isn’t always possible to conjure up. One common quality of depression is “adhedonia” which means the inability to find enjoyment in regularly pleasurable activities. How can you find motivation if you’re too worn down to give a fuck? Replace motivation with discipline. You aren’t always going to feel motivated, you aren’t always going to want to do the thing – do it anyways! You can’t rely on external factors. The impetus comes from within. I’m motivated by wanting to be the best version of myself. And I can’t be that if I’m lying in bed. I am motivated by the assholes who have confused my depressive-episodes with laziness. I am motivated by people putting limits on me. Thinking they need to talk to me in a certain way, looking down on me with fragility. Tip toeing around my brain chemistry – it drives me to prove them wrong. More so to prove it to myself that they’re wrong because it’s so difficult not to internalize other people’s opinions of you. Another great motivator has been my time spent around the an ‘aging population’ where I’ve seen suffering, dementia and just poor quality of life. I want to optimize my human experience; it motivates me to look into the future and know that movement, eating fresh whole foods, tending to my mental well-beingand mitigating illness will allow me to get older, but continue to thrive. I’m mostly motivated by a deep self-love, not to be confused with egoism. I respect myself too much to succumb to mediocrity. In terms of work, I am motivated extrinsically, by wanting to help others; plain and simple. It always keeps me going to know that what I do may better someone’s life.

 

What has your fitness journey been like? 

It’s been a rollercoaster – I found fitness on my nineteenth birthday. I had never exercised aside from mandatory gym classes, and I was eating fast food almost daily. But I was under 100 pounds so I thought I was fine! I was walking passed World Health, on my way to McDonald’s on MacLeod and the “$20 bi-weekly, no enrollment fees!” sign jumped at me. I had been feeling like garbage, so I thought “Why not?” I signed up, got a trainer and never looked back. I fell off a few times, I slacked through a few workouts, I said fuck this more than once or twice. But holy shit, it makes me feel so good! Of course, building a physique you’re proud of feels good, but I mean the neurotransmitter and endogenous high is unparalleled. We all love the endorphin rush, but if you’re struggling with anxiety or depression (etc.) especially, you need to be exercising – take your medication, eat a diet of brain supportive food, go to counselling – whatever else you need, but exercising is non-negotiable in the treatment plan. It changed my life, rid me of panic attacks, allows me an hour or more where I can’t ruminate or worry, and then the after effects carry me through the day. I started off just doing your standard body-building splits with a trainer, then moved to Olympic lifting, then to CrossFit and now I incorporate spin, hot yoga and the oh-so-trendy boxing fad when I can, too. Weight-lifting empowered me, gave me a confidence I never had. Honestly, doing a clean and jerk, a weighted pull up or a heavy ass deadlift just makes me feel superhuman. And so grateful that my body is able to perform these movements. It is my therapy, my catharsis.

Hand-in-hand with fitness, I went on to pursue an education in Holistic Nutrition. It was amazing to learn the effects that food can have on your physical and mental health. I was attempting to out-train a bad diet, but a few days into my course, I cleaned my act right up! If you need some inspiration that you can change bad habits, believe me when I say my diet consisted of five cent candies, chips, Wendy’s/McDonald’s, Coca-Cola in disturbing amounts, Tim Horton’s donuts and tubs of Ben and Jerry’s. Now, I treat those things as just that – treats! I love having a burger or some ice cream now and then, but at least now I know how to incorporate them into a flexible diet and I genuinely crave whole foods. If you need to improve your mental health, look at what you’re eating (or nutrients you’re not eating). It is incredible how drastically it can affect the brain.

 

What is your WHY?

To heal others. I know that is my purpose in this crazy, wild life. I have experienced some truly fucked up things; I have been hurt, manipulated, heartbroken and abused. I have struggled with mental health issues, I’ve stood on the edge of questioning my own existence. I know I have been put through the ringer so that I can empower others to rise above their circumstances. To teach and to lead by experience. No matter what cards you’re dealt, you still have to play  – taking ownership of my life and ditching the victim mentality has opened me up to being transparent with my experiences so that others can say “She did it, so can I.” I don’t want anyone to feel limited, to feel hopeless. Every day I have a message from someone thanking me for my honesty about my experiences and my struggles; I am humbled that people come to me for advice, for help or to tell me something they never felt courageous enough to tell anyone else. I remember reading that Nicolette means “The people’s victory” and that has always stayed with me. I want everyone to be a victor in their life. I love watching people thrive in spite of it all, I love watching people grow, become better, stronger, happier, healthier versions of themselves. I never even know what to call myself. A coach? Sure. I’m just someone who is compelled to lead people on the rocky paths I’ve already travelled, and help them find the always-present light in the darkest of times.

 

How do you plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

I love Calgary’s community! It is so supportive and collaborative. Right now, I’m in the process of launching The Comeback Club – a four week program combining nutrition, fitness, self-care and mental health. Each week will have it’s own relevant meet-up component in collaboration with another local business or entrepreneur. The meet up will allow everyone to meet offline, in person where real connections are formed. I just want everyone to feel so supported, accountable, to feel seen and heard on their journey towards self-improvement. I hope this only furthers the Calgary bond! Eventually I’d love to extend this program globally, because we’re all just one big community at the end of the day! I want my impact to be that I leave people better than I found them.

 

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

It means being a supportive woman that builds others up, and doesn’t subscribe to a scarcity mentality. There’s no competition, there’s room for everyone and I want to see us all kick ass and take names! Being a Boss Babe means unwavering integrity, it means never losing sight of what really matters; my business is people driven, not money driven. I want to genuinely help others! I want to spread a message, start a movement, end a stigma, instill empowerment, watch people rise. It means knowing I can’t do it alone. Not getting carried away by this strong, independent woman mentality. I need help, from men and women alike. That is why we have collaboration, community, tribe. It means knowing that happiness is an inside job. No paycheck, person or plane ticket will fulfill you. It means adhering to my core values, even when it might be easier to abandon them. To speak up even if my voice shakes. Being a leader, not a “boss” (in the traditional sense of the word). One ruthlessly dictates, the other gets in the trenches alongside the troops. It means being someone I would want to meet, someone I would want to work with, someone I would be proud to stand by.

 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting out?

Just start, dammit! You make a lot of excuses, you doubt yourself, you think you aren’t worthy, you think people are judging you. Everything you’re afraid of is a narrative you made up. You’re scared of a paper tiger, as the old adage says. You don’t need to wait for more education, more money, better circumstances, the right time – the right time never comes! Just start where you are, with what you have. OH! And for God’s sake, stop placing your self-worth in other people’s hands.

 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

Reading The Four Agreements helped me so much. It basically reminds you that most of your suffering is self-inflicted, based on fictional assumed circumstances you ruminate in your mind. I also stay positive by reminding myself of the law of attraction (listening to Alan Watts, Ester Hicks, Lisa Nichols) – call it “hokey, new age spiritual bullshit” but for all you logical minded readers, it’s just quantum physics. You simply cannot get a positive outcome from a negative thought. Be picky with your thoughts! It’s hard, it’s so hard and believe me, I am NOT always positive. It’s difficult, but what’s the price you pay? You become happier because you had to try a little harder to reach for a better feeling thought than the one you’re torturing yourself with? Seems worth the effort to me! You’ll slip. But, just keep resetting. You can have everything you want, it’s just that your mind tends to lie to you about that. Remember that the human brain, from an evolutionary standpoint, is wired to find the danger (negativity) in every situation. It’s survival instincts! So, it’s not your fault. But it is your responsibility to override that setting. You can’t leap from depressed to ecstatic, so just try to feel better. Does anger feel better than sadness? Go there for now then. Be kind to yourself, ease your way up the happiness ladder. And always look for something to be appreciative of, it really does shift your perspective. Even when you’re swimming in debt, your heart Is broken, your GPA is plummeting remember you’re reading this from a device that’s worth someone’s yearly salary in another country. Don’t take this all too seriously, life is meant to be fun. As for haters, I’m pretty fortunate not to have any (and if I do, they are not outspoken), but here is my advice. Nothing other people do or say is because of you – it’s all a projection, a reflection of their own reality, their perspective. Like I said previously, you can’t internalize people’s bullshit. What others think of you isn’t fact, it’s opinion. Just meet your “haters” with compassion – people who are shitting on other people’s lives are obviously fighting a hard internal battle they need to unleash on others because keeping it in is burden somely excruciating. Pour love their way, and then block them haha!

Xoxo

Boss Babe: Courtney Ustrzycki

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

My biggest motivator is the person I know I am capable of becoming. Sure, I have other women who I admire for their strength and positive outlook on life, but I believe that comparing myself to others will get me nowhere in life. I am motivated by knowing that I can continually improve, whether it be with the weight on the bar, my thriving online coaching business, or with my mental well being and self-love.

What has your fitness journey been like? 

My fitness journey started (I’m sure) like many women; inspired by the women who graced fitness magazine covers and thought that more cardio and light weights meant carving out a shredded physique. I didn’t want to get big and bulky, because at one point, I too thought that was what happened when you lifted big weights. Although I am what I like to call a “powerbuilder” right now (a mix between a powerlifter and a bodybuilder) I feel like my fitness mindset and focus is based upon building a well-rounded and functional physique. It’s more than just what I look like. I want to be able to move well, have a strong body that can push big weights, but also be explosive with heavy Kettlebell swings and be able to perform push ups with grace and ease.  Although I did have a lot of trial and error in my past fitness journey, it’s all lead me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change anything.

 

Can you share with our readers a little bit more about powerlifting and how you got into the sport?

Powerlifting consists of the three most optimal lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. There are many variations of each movement (ie. high bar or low bar squat; sumo or conventional deadlift) and that variation is going to depend on the person and their body mechanics.

I spent years trying different workout routines and got bored of going into the gym day after day without any real purpose or definitive goal to strive towards. I spent a few months really trying to get into Olympic Weightlifting (moves like the clean and jerk and the snatch), but unfortunately it caused more emotional stress than enjoyment. It’s an extremely technical sport that requires strength, mobility and exact timing. I dabbled around in some powerlifting programming during that time as well and really took a liking to it. Although I am passionate about powerlifting, it’s not my only fitness passion, so I like to incorporate quite a bit of bodybuilding accessory work as well, so I can build a very functional aesthetic physique.

The powerlifting community, especially women, is so unbelievably empowering. Finding likeminded ladies on social emdia and in my surrounding cities to workout with and share stories and to build each other up, is more than I could have ever imagined it be. Everyone is so positive, and although it is a competitive sport, most of the members really just want to see everyone do their best and hit their lifts. In competitions, everyone is cheering, and it’s really motivating!

What is your WHY?

This is the perfect question. Just recently I create a YouTube video (youtube.com/courtneyforlife) explaining exactly what my WHY is.

My WHY is all about helping others, which is what my online business is based on (online nutrition and fitness coaching.) I thrive on helping others unlock their goals through nutrition and fitness. I do this in the healthiest way possible, ensuring that their mental well being is maintained at the highest level possible during their journey. I provide clients with the emotional support that they may need during challenging weeks. My WHY has grown over the last couple years and is always pushing me to pursue more opportunities to not only grow myself but to help my clients grow as well. When they win, then I win. And to me, there isn’t much more rewarding then that feeling; knowing that I have truly changed the lives of others for the better.

 

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

By being a Boss Babe I plan to impact my community by opening up and sharing my struggles along my journey. I have been through the ups and downs of body dysmorphic disorder, yo-yo dieting, name-calling, body shaming, weight fluctuations and some of the biggest personal challenges I have ever had to face. Once I learned the importance of a healthy personal relationship (including with both food and exercise) I really became empowered, making me feel like a true Boss Babe. I still experience many challenging situations and by being real, raw and vulnerable, I have been able to connect with so many other women across social media. I plan to continue to share my experiences so that together, we can build up even more Boss Babes into a thriving community.

 

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

Being a Boss Babe is so much more than physical strength and being strong. Being strong is about empowering others around you, so that you can also feel empowered yourself. It’s about having a healthy relationship with your inner self and learning the importance of self-love; because you need to love yourself before you can let others love you. It’s about having a healthy rounded well being, for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Being a Boss Babe to me isn’t about owning a business; it’s about owning your life and everything that you stand for. It’s about being vulnerable and raw, yet not being afraid of the opinions of others, because that’s just what they are: their own opinion. Being a Boss Babe is truly uplifting and I want to show ladies that anyone can be a Boss Babe!

 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting out?

Anything you really want, you can have; you just have to put in the work and believe you are worth of it. It’s like manifesting success; you need to truly believe wholeheartedly that you are capable of anything and everything that you set your mind to. Too often when I was younger I would question myself and settle for less, because I didn’t want to make waves. Well ‘younger Courtney,’ I’ve got news for you: you’re a fierce ocean and you NEED to make waves!

 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

I keep a positive mindset when dealing with negative people through practice. It wasn’t always easy for me to brush off rude comments on social media, especially when my entire focus of my platform is to create a positive atmosphere. My personal mantra is, “I know my truth and that is my power.” Once I developed that mantra, I understood that those comments could not affect me in any way, no matter what. They are the opinions of others and their opinions should not and cannot change my truth and what I believe to be true of myself. I try to help these people understand why they may be questioning something that I share on social media, but if they don’t want to take the time to learn about me and the reason why I do things, then I cannot let their choices impact my life.

Find Courtney Here: 

  • Website: www.courtneyforlife.com*
  • Instagram: @courtneyustrzycki
  • YouTube: Courtney For Life
  • Facebook: Courtney For Life
  • Twitter: @courtney_u
  • Email: courtney.u@live.ca
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Boss Babe: Maria Koutsogiannis

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

My biggest motivator in life is knowing that I only get one chance to make my mark on the world.

What has your fitness journey been like? 

My fitness journey has been interesting but far from simple.  Although I have been an athlete my whole life that doesn't mean I was the healthiest one. From cardio bunny to strong weight lifting foodie, the journey was filled with ups and downs but every hurdle proved to shape the strong, confident woman I am now.

Can you share with us some the ways you helped mend your relationship with food?*

 Well there are a few ways I did this but I guess the most important way was over coming my 6 year eating disorder.  I did more research, educated myself and used trial and error to learn which foods agreed with my body and further understood just how useful food was for my soul and healthy.  It wasn't long after that @foodbymaria was born and where our slogan "Fear not. Food is your Friend." surfaced.  

What is your WHY?

My why is being able to help people.  If I can help change the life of one person every day I will be a much more happy person.  There is nothing more satisfying than telling my story and inspiring the lives of thousands of people.

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe? & What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

Oh dear, Boss Babe, something I am not.  I am a Boss, and a beast of one at that.  Being a boss to me means waking up, owning your life and going to bed a better person than you were when you woke up.  It means guiding.  It means being a leader.  It means being the real me and living my life in the pursuit of my successful future in mind.   I eat, live and breathe FoodByMaria and I owe it to myself to make the most of her, after all, she saved my life. 

How did you start in the healthy and cooking industry?

I started in the health and cooking industry long before I even knew but I guess it all started 3 years ago.  FoodByMaria was born in a flat in Bromley, London.  She was created to help Maria (me) finally rid herself of her past and "document" her recipes to the world.  

 What is one thing you would like to see change in the industry? 

I want to see people less afraid of food.  I want to watch people eat carbs again.  I want there to be less confusion and sadness around it all.  Food is a happy thing.  Food is what nourishes us, it's really incredible when you think about it.  

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting out?

I would tell my younger self that you are stronger than you can even imagine.  I would tell her that these little dreams of yours are going to come true and that this is only the beginning because the universe has a lot in store for you. 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

Well I keep things positive by surrounding myself with like minded people.   I also have the ability to shut myself out of situations when I know they are not going to better myself or FoodByMaria.  In terms of shutting haters out, well, I am still working on that.  Quite honestly, I don't give a shit  what people think of me; that's sort of a thing of the past.  So when shade is thrown I simply remind myself "you can only see shade where there is light".  People always come around because at the end of the day they don't have a problem with you, they just have a problem with themselves.

Boss Babe: Sarsha Simone

 

What are your biggest motivators in life?

My biggest motivators are the people closest to me

What is your WHY?

Because the way we interact and inspire each other keeps me pushing to be the best for myself as corny as that sounds.

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

I want to make sure i am as informed as i can about my surroundings and decisions i make to create a better start for the generations to come. As a female artist that started a label with my management (also female), we want to create a stepping stone for other women who want to make their mark in music. It’s hard work and not much reward sometimes but we need to create the change we want to see. 

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

Ignoring the BS and doing you. 

What is one thing you would like to see change in the modelling industry? 

I think more diversity is the way to go but it's already happening which is great to see.  

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

Any type of veggie loaded salad and I’m happy. Bring on the sweet potato, Chinese cabbage, some tofu and I’m good. 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness/music industry?

Just keep being inspired by those around you and push for yourself to be great. Competing against yourself is way more rewarding then trying to be better than someone next to you. 

 How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

Over time I’ve come to realize that no one really cares. Everyone likes to talk and have their say but if you’re doing you, just ignore. If they want to talk it’s their business not yours.

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Boss Babe: Randi Kennedy

What are your biggest motivators in life?

My biggest motivator is knowing that I can be more, do more, and accomplish more than I currently have. I know that I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind too because I am willing to work hard for it. I hold a very high standard for myself and making myself proud is something I strive to do every day and take pride in.

What is your WHY?

WHY I have a desire to reach my goals, work hard, do more, see more and BE more is because I want to do more than just exist. For me, this lifestyle is much more than physical, it's been a mental transformation as well. My life has been completely changed for the better since I have been introduced to this fitness lifestyle in 2012, going to the gym has helped me cope with some of the toughest challenges in my life and continues to do so. I know how powerful self love and confidence is and both of these things I continue to find through my workouts. I want to become the absolute best version of myself and make the most out of my life. I want to help as many people in my life time discover the same things.

How do you/plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

I plan to share my struggles, triumphs and everything in-between with the community around me in hopes of showing them that they aren't alone on any walk of life. We all face our own struggles, some of which we feel extremely isolated from the rest of the world. I want to be the voice telling them they are NOT alone and they can overcome their biggest struggles. I want to inspire and motivate them to aim high and chase after their goals - to BELIEVE in themselves. Aiming for progress, not perfection and the power of self love is something I am a huge advocate for. I want to give women around the world the tools, courage, and knowledge to create a life they LOVE.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

Being a boss babe means handling your business even when you least feel like it - aka getting the job done. Making yourself proud, not taking "no" for an answer and being a woman that is driven with a purpose and works hard.

 

How did you start in the industry?

I started my journey working out to Beach Body DVDS in my bedroom in 2011/2012. I started with Insanity, Les Mills Pump and then P90x. Once I started lifting weights, I joined a gym and completely fell in love with this lifestyle. I started documenting my progress and doing "Fun Facts" on how to workout and eat right on my Instagram and eventually it picked up traction. I was so in love with this lifestyle, how it challenged me every day and transformed my life/values. In 2013 I committed to my first bikini competition and become a certified personal trainer to pursue making my passion my career! Passion, determination and a love for health & fitness has gotten me to where I am today.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness industry? 

This is not necessarily directed solely to the fitness industry, but this applies to everyone that is consistently working towards a physical goal to alter their physical appearance. I want to encourage others to work on improving their MINDSET just as much as they work to improve their physique. Fitness and being healthy is so much more than a shredded physique. A lot of people seem to forget about that because our generation is so obsessed with getting the perfect selfie for Instagram.

What is your favorite healthy recipe? 

I absolutely love oatmeal! Like an obsessive amount. I like putting 12g chia seeds and frozen blueberries in my oats every day! But if that doesn't count as a recipe, I like to make protein pancakes! I'm proud to say I have finally mastered the perfect recipe and ratios haha!

  • 1 serving 1Up Nutrition Cinnamon French Toast Whey
  • 1 Egg
  • 80g Almond Milk
  • 20g Oat Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Mix and cook like a pancake! 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry? 

It's ok to look up to people for inspiration, but your #1 motivator in life should be yourself. Aim to be better than the person you were yesterday and be selective/wise with who you decide to idolize.

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

The only people's opinion I can really let affect me is from those that I love and that actually know me. People will always have an opinion. Just because someone follows me on Instagram or watches two of my YouTube videos doesn't mean they know me, so if they have hurtful and mean things to say I remind myself I can't take it personally. I know the people I am trying to reach and I know the value in the things I say and want to share. Let's say 1/10 comments are rude but the other 9 are extremely supportive, sweet, uplifting and humbling - it was worth getting the rude comment. Of course sometimes it can hurt but all I can do is block and delete, there is no use in responding or giving energy to negativity when there is so many more positive people to connect with. 

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Boss Babe: Vania Guevarra

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

 My biggest motivators come from within and the people around me. But at the end of the day, it always comes down to a mental game. That drive and desire of my willingness to learn and experience more. I motivate myself by striving to improve, grow and challenge myself in many ways. Also, help others succeed and practice leading a positive life. It is so important to surround yourself with like-minded people and who uplift your mind and soul on a deeper level. That is what keeps me driven.

What is your WHY?

Passion fuels my purpose and from that purpose drives performance, performance which leads to results, and results inspire hope. Inspiring everyone… When you are passionate about something it is contagious and it sets a fire within people.

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

It all starts with one person. Sharing my story, experience, and knowledge.  I am still learning and a work in progress so by staying true to myself and empowering the women in my life, that is how I will make my impact. Every day and every experience adds more value and through that, I hope to have an influence starting with one.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

Being a Boss Babe to me means being a fighter, a believer, and an inspiration. We are all unique, we create our own opportunities and aspire to empower women. Boss Babes motivate and support each other to grow and build together.

How did you start in the fitness industry?

It all started when I fell in love with health and fitness about 4-5 years ago. I never thought I would be in this industry. I am a Water and Wastewater Technician by trade and 5 years later I am competing in a bikini competition! I love how fitness has changed my lifestyle. It has opened so many new opportunities for me and have met incredible people through my journey. I got certified about a year ago because I wanted to learn more and help people around me achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. 

What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness  industry? 

Women’s perception of lifting weights.

For women who think “I’m afraid of lifting weights because I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder” – This is a big insult to the bodybuilding industry and I had someone say this to me. 

It takes so much dedication to have that body. Respect the TIME, EFFORT and the discipline. They will tell you, just as I am telling you… it really isn’t as simple as lifting weights.  There are so many benefits to adding weights to your workout and no you will not turn into a body builder. It just like saying “you don’t want to drive your car because you are afraid of turning into a NASCAR driver.” Don’t be afraid of adding weights to your workout, they are amazing! <3

What is your favorite healthy recipe? 

Banana Walnut Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein
  • ½ ripe banana
  • Handful of walnuts – I like to add a tsp of peanut butter
  • Cup of almond milk
  • Add ice and blend

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry? 

EAT MORE FOOD and too much cardio is no good for gains!! Hahah! When I first started, I did a lot of that fad tea cleanses and different types of dieting while training 2.5 hrs at the gym every day. I hit a plateau and almost gave up.  But I started reading about all the proper foods, exercises and talking to people who had the knowledge and helped me. I would say stay focused and use all the different reliable and honest resources available. 

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

“They didn’t see all the hard work you put in, so when they criticize you don’t give in” – Brendon Buchard

The first rule is to love yourself. I have conditioned my mind to not let outsiders determine how I will react to their comments, remarks or actions.  It took a lot for me to get where I am now mentally. I am very self- conscious and I criticize myself daily. But It all starts with loving and trusting yourself and your own path. Visualize and focus on all the positive energy around me, that is how I keep a positive mindset. With that you are invincible. I am a work in progress and will always be. Inner peace is the new success

Find Vania Here: 

  • @vnvigor  - the evolution 
  • @fullforcefitness

Thank you bbmovement! I am very honered. 

- Thank you for being our Boss Babe of the Week! You are truly an insiprtation and we are so happy to be able to have you apart of our movement & commuinity!

Boss Babe Blogger: Lauren Hedley

I am so honored and stoked to introduce you guys to our #bbotw and our first Boss Babe Blogger! Welcome to the team Lauren we are so exicted to have you! 

What are your biggest motivators in life?

I would have to say my two biggest motivators in life are being able to better myself and being able to help others achieve their amazing goals.

I found that when I was younger and a competitive swimmer, it was hard for me to truly see myself as anything more than that. Swimming everyday twice a day took a toll on me which resulted in me having a pretty negative mindset. When I began working out with my mom who is a former figure competitor, I saw that fitness is like an escape. It’s something that can make all your issues go away and you can just focus on that two-hour lift session or that meal prep that you know is going to make you feel better and feel more accomplished. Fitness became my new addiction. It became something more than just picking up weights it became my life. Setting goals for myself everyday helped me grow into the person I'm today. Fitness has introduced me to such a wide scope of people throughout Calgary and many other places. It is so important to surround yourself with people who are going to help you better yourself and better them as well. I love being able to encourage and help others throughout their fitness journey because it gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing I could part take in them achieving their goals. Having other people in my fitness journey has made me realize that others out there are just like me trying to better themselves and make a life out of something they love doing.

What is your why?

Feeling great, looking great, and being healthy. I do what I love because it is my true passion. It took me years to figure this out, but since I have nothing has stopped me from achieving what I’ve achieved. I have been skinny all my life. Struggling to put on 5-10 pounds but since I focused so hard and had fun while doing it, I have been able to put on a total of 30 pounds now since I started taking fitness seriously. I invest so much more time into myself now and truly love myself and because of that I can achieve anything. Anybody can.

How do you plan to impact the community by being a Boss Babe?

I'm all about sharing my story and sharing my knowledge with others. I may have only been working out and communicating my story for a few months now, but I plan to expand that as largely as I can. Having friends and family who support me has made me realize how much I can help others through their journeys. I want to help others achieve greatness and make them feel as confident as I do now to be who they are. Whether it’s one person, or twenty, I will do anything in my power to make other ladies feel as empowered as I do.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

I think being a Boss Babe means overall confidence. Striving to achieve that confidence every day even when there's going to be bad days. It means striving to reach your goals, stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people. Being a Boss Babe means not letting others bring you down, standing up for yourself, being who you truly want to be in life. Take control of your life; see what’s out there past your boundaries. It means being a role model to so many other people and showing them it's okay to be different.

How did you start in the fitness industry?

I was just ending my last season as a competitive swimmer and I realized I wanted to start taking fitness more seriously. I wanted to prove to myself and prove to others that I was more than just a self-conscious swimmer, but I was a confident, healthy and happy.

What is one thing you would like to see changed in the fitness industry?

The hate and judging. Women should be empowering each other and helping each other grow. It is so much nicer and so much more positive when you’re not judging others and really trying to help others succeed alongside yourself. I have met numerous amounts of amazing ladies and I would love if everybody would encourage each-other to be better.

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

To be honest for me it’s a big bowl of pasta. Carbs for me are so good and go super well on my body. Also, adding Italian sausage. If I had to choose a healthier recipe it would be skillet tomato and mozzarella chicken with crispy basil.

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

Do not compare yourself to others. You are your own person, your own body, your own mind. You control how you feel and what you work for. It took me until this year to realize I need to be confident about my body even though I have things to grow on. That’s a part of learning and succeeding. I can’t let people drag me down, nobody should ever feel dragged down by others. Focusing on myself helped me achieve what I have so far and I don’t tend on stopping anytime soon.

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

I choose who I’m around. I choose who I think truly value and appreciate what I’m doing for myself. I like to prove myself to others whether they are haters or lovers. As long as I continue to grow and achieve my goals, nobody can stop me. I run off drive and accomplishment. If I remember to enjoy myself I will always succeed. Not everybody has to like you, it’s all about what you like doing.

BEING A BOSS BABE TO ME, MEANS...

Being a badass who works hard for her achievements. 

Thanks to the amazing group of ladies who I get to share this with! So lucky to be working alongside you guys!

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XOXO

Boss Babe: Katrina Kindrat

 

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

My biggest motivator I have found is from within myself, having the desire to flourish into the kind of person I want to become.

I know I am very focused and a driven individual when I have a purpose and a reason to do something. I recently set a huge goal for myself, to compete in my first bikini competition. I definitely did not know every single step of the journey or how I was going to get from 140 lbs to under 120 lbs in 22 weeks, however; I put all of my trust into my coach who helped me every step of the way. He made my prep run smoothly providing me with a ton of information, answered all of my questions very quickly, kept me motivated, and taught me the proper mindset to accomplish my goal.

Fitness has become my new addiction.

Some days are better than others, of course, not every day I find myself motivated. On the days I am unmotivated listen to different motivational podcasts like Amanda Bucci Radio & The Life Coach School Podcast with Brook Castillo. I follow Amanda Bucci’s YouTube channel and Abby Pollock who goes by “Ampollo” on Snapchat. These ladies were the first female fitness role models I looked up to a year ago before I started my own fitness journey. Hearing their stories and watching it every day through social media has really helped me find motivation to do my first bikini competition and to start living a healthy fitness lifestyle.

I find motivation from others who I have met within the industry that have similar goals and interests by hearing where they have come from to where they are now. Everyone has a story and I am very curious to how others got started while I enjoy sharing my experience, struggles and what motivates me.

My biggest motivator to do a bikini competition was not to prove to anyone else but to myself that I could stick to a fitness goal and do whatever it takes to accomplish it. I have always been known to start on a new diet plan or go to the gym for a few months and see no changes, then I quit eventually quit and go back to my old unhealthy eating habits and become lazy. I have always dreamed of becoming a bikini competitor and in September of 2016 was the right time in my life to change my lifestyle and put in the effort to do it. I know I had to put in 100% effort to get the results I wanted. I have an amazing coach, Mega Marty, who has taught me so much already, more than I could imagine of what goes into a prep. There is a lot more than hitting your macros and lifting heavy objects. I would not have been able to coach myself from starting out in September like a lost little puppy to taking first place in my height class over a span of 22 weeks. I will admit I wasn’t perfect following my nutrition and workout plan on some days and other days it became a part of my regular routine. Starting out wasn’t easy however as I felt more confident in myself it got easier as time went by. My decision to compete wasn’t for anyone else but myself. I wanted to change my lifestyle, it was never just about the competition day or how I would look on stage. It was the entire process and the journey to get there. I loved every step of it. The steps I took to become successful were to hire a knowledgeable, well-respected coach, sacrifice drinking and partying every other weekend (although it wasn’t that much of a sacrifice as I was getting really tired of that lifestyle), and spending the time with my friends went towards the gym. I had to completely change my lifestyle and I was okay with that. It was well worth it and the best decision I’ve made. Throughout this process, I have learned so much about myself, who I can count on, have a close group of friends and family to lean on for support, how my body works and how it reacts to what I feed it, and how incredibly strong I am now not just physically but mentally.

What motivates me is the feeling I get when I am able to lift heavier weights in the gym or stay on a cardio machine for a minute longer. I love pushing myself.  I really enjoy how I feel when I’m in great shape, I’m happier and more confident. I love how my body looks. Thinking about what I could be capable of helps motivate me to get through a really tough workout. I had lots of help from Marty to coach me to a mindset where I am now able to push myself by lifting another couple of reps, or to not add so much weight but to nail my form.

I only have one body and I want to be able to stay healthy and fit for a very long time. Incorporating fitness into my lifestyle has been the best decision I have ever made. I find new motivation every day by some amazing new friendships and through others who have also have fallen in love with fitness.

What is your WHY?

Getting healthy, looking great, and feeling truly amazing is enough of a reason for my WHY. I have been putting off working out and taking care of myself for way too long. Once I started working out on a regular basis and eating healthy, nutritious food, it was life changing. I felt great, looked great and loved every benefit that comes with working out and eating healthy. I am very driven to maintain a healthy lifestyle and motivate others around me to do the same. I believe the ultimate failure in life is having dreams but never taking the action to start to achieve those dreams. I only get once life to live so I want to make the best of it.

 How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

By sharing my story through social media and word of mouth. I started sharing my fitness story in October of 2016 on Instagram and Snapchat and I have had a tremendous amount of support from my family, friends and new supporters who have been following me. I want to show others that it is possible to achieve their fitness goals too. By putting in the work and sticking to a goal whether that be following a meal plan or training in the gym or both, you will be able to achieve that body you’ve always wanted.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

“I think the term “boss babe” means something different to everyone. For me, being a boss babe means striving towards your goals, having confidence, putting yourself out there and going out of your comfort zone to work towards what you truly want in life. You are the boss of your own life. Do not let others opinions overrule what you truly desire. Taking control and action of your life. Not worrying about what others think, (this is huge). As I recently have been living my life the way I want to, and not the way I think I should be based on what others have been doing is the best feeling. Being a Boss Babe within the community to me means Being a positive role model and having others look up to you. Respecting your body and having self-awareness plays a huge role in this as well. Having self-awareness of what you post online, and how you carry yourself in the real world. How you treat others should reflect how you would want to be treated. I believe that you should be the change you want to be in the world by being a Boss Babe.

 How did you start in the fitness industry?

I was introduced into the fitness industry by my coach he goes by “Mega Marty” when I first met him in September 2016. There is so much to learn about an entire industry however I do believe he has shown me a wide range of the type of people that make up this industry. I have done a bit of social media research myself and I am very aware of who people are by what they post online to how they treat others. I am very grateful to have Marty who has been in the industry for several years, guide me through and show me who is a part of the industry. I have asked him a ton of questions about the industry and he is very detailed and quick to respond to all of my questions. I am just starting out in the industry myself and I hope I can be a positive influence/motivator to others.

 What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness industry? 

I would like more people to be honest with themselves when sharing about themselves. On Instagram, we see mostly the highlights of the industry, where people are at their very best. I would like to see more ‘real life’ posts and sharing what they really struggle with, and how they have overcome these struggles. To me, this shows the true strength of a person when they are honest and real with themselves.

What is your favorite healthy recipe? 

I eat very simple foods, lean meats, rice/ sweet potato, beans/broccoli/asparagus. I like to add Flavour God to my meats. One recipe I love to make is my breakfast omelets:

-    1 Cup of egg whites

-    2-3 cut up mushrooms

-    ½ onion

-    1 cup of spinach

-    ½ - whole bell pepper (red, orange, yellow, green)

I a frying pan, cook the vegetables for 3-4 minutes until they are soft and to your liking. Then add your egg whites. Cook on each side until golden brown. Add Walden Farms Maple Syrup & Enjoy!!

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry? 

Others are not judging you when you are in the gym, they really don’t care what you look like or what you’re wearing or how much you can lift. They are there for themselves, and so should you.

1. Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself.

2. Embrace who you are and who you are meant to become.

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

By not paying attention to them, or not giving into them when they seek attention. I surround myself with others who add value to my life, who are go-getters & who also have a positive mindset. It is refreshing to spend time or talk to someone who is positive and full of energy.

Thank you Boss Babes for letting me share my story and look forward to being a part of your community.

  • Instagram: Katrinak.fitness
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Thank you for having me as a Boss Babe!

Much love,

Katrina

 

 

Boss Babe: Shantelle Jonassen

What are you biggest motivators in life?

  • Self of accomplishment
  • Helping others succeed

Why?

I am the type of person that always has to be doing something, I hate feeling lazy. I don’t think there is a better  feeling then accomplishing something you have put your time and mind too, it’s the most rewarding thing you could experience. When I die, I want people to remember me, not in the fact that I had money, or I looked cool. I want to be remembered as someone who never settled, who always was helping others to be better and someone who they could always rely on. I think for me my biggest motivation is living life to the fullest and for me, to do that, that means helping others and accomplishing goals. 

How do you plan to impact your community being a boss babe?

I am all about leading by empowerment, that is my motto. I just want little girls out there to look at me and feel empowered to start doing there own thing, to embrace their unique qualities and never settle. I want them to understand that they are capable of every wild dream they have and that they should never be afraid to step out of their comfort zone to achieve that. It means empowering others, rather than intimidating others.

What does being a boss babe mean to you?

I think just being apart of something that is bringing people together rather than pushing them apart is so beautiful and genuine. I don’t think that we as individuals realize how much we are capable of because all we do is compare ourselves to others. I love the message boss babe movement sends, because it’s spreading love rather than focusing on the negative.

How did you start in the fitness Industry?

I was in my second year of college volleyball when I really just felt like I needed to express my message of empowerment. I began with a few hundred followers and no connections, but managed to slowly empower others to believe in themselves. Sometimes all it takes is one voice to help those in need.

What is one thing you would like to see changed in the fitness industry?

The hate, the judging, the stereotypes and the negativity. I see women doing the same thing I am, all over the world, and I just look at them and I am so proud. I am so proud to be apart of something so beautiful, something that is making such a positive impact in the world. Yes as much as we are “competing on a business level” I would never ever in my life try to knock them down to build me up. If I did that, I would be a pretty big hypocrite and relaying the total opposite message I am trying to spread. I wish, that we could all see beauty in each other, and start building each other up rather than knocking each other down.

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

Posted on one of my last Instagram posts, bbq chicken and roasted sweet potatoes.  Mmmmm, so good!

What is one thing yo would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

Don’t be discouraged and don’t ever compare yourself to others. It took me a long time to get confidence in myself, and it’s still a work in process, but I am a person that love to please people, I am not happy until everyone's happy and in this business sometimes that doesn’t work. When there is hate, I have to realize it’s not me, it’s the people being negative and I can’t let that get me down. Just like it should never get anyone down.

How do you keep positive mindset and keep haters out

I think the biggest thing is realizing, you are you, nothing will change that and there is something so raw and real about that. I think the more we realize our worth, the more we start to live in a positive environment. You can’t love anything else until you love yourself, and I think self-love is the key to a positive mindset. When you judge others, your doing that because of an internal insecurity, which means you are the creator of your happiness. Its always hard at the same time, because you will always have those negative people that find joy in cutting others down but you have to remember, that they are doing that because they are insecure. Focus on yourself and being a kind & genuine person, nothing but greatness will come from that

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Boss Babe: Mackenzie Burge

If you looked in the urban dictionary under boss babe you would find Mackenzie Burge. From being a boxing bad-ass to truly living her life to be the most honest person she can be, she is what embodies a boss babe. 

What are your biggest motivations? 

This is kind of a funny question because of how often I explain motivation not being the reason behind doing what I do. Of course I have motivational bursts like most people but I don't depend on them. I almost *hate* when people ask me this because if I depended on it, I'd probably never get out of bed. Instead I strive to do things because I know I need to for my own sanity. If I had to pin point what gives me motivation it'd be the results I see in the people I train and my self development.

What is your why?

I do what I do because it's my passion. I love learning and everyone has something to teach you whether you believe that or not. 


How do I plan to impact you community?

One person at a time. As long as I can help people, I will. Making a difference doesn't have to be an off the charts thing..it starts with one.

What does being a boss babe mean to you?

Being yourself. There's so many easily accessible influences to change who you are these days it's hard to follow a path on your own. Trust your intuition, the rest will follow! 

How did you start in the industry?

I was an athletic kid growing up and kinda took a rebel path in my teens and moved out at 15. I still remember hearing the words "you won't make it," and used that as my reason to stay level headed. I found my way into hot yoga/running, bodybuilding/spin and finally boxing where my heart lays. My life has always been a serious roller coaster of events and boxing is my training for my mental and physical health. 

What is the one thing you'd like to see change in the industry?

There's a lot to be honest.. it's so flawed. I really hate the phoney crap a lot of places give out like it's candy. They pump you up like they're your best friend but it's like.. I know some of these people outside of their fitness journeys and they're completely different people. Be kind, there's no reason to treat me like I'm a puppy and feed me these "inspirational" quotes in your best 'you can do it' voice. I'm here, I'm doing it, I don't need your validation. I love the community but at what point is it lost in the facade? 

Favorite recipe? 

I'm obsessed with trail mix and granola bars to the point where having them in the house is DANGEROUS. I can't stop (and refuse to stop) eating them. You can check out my go to granola bar recipe on my website that'll be live June 15th! 

What I'd tell my younger self?

Honestly? Nothing. Life take you places based  on the decisions you make in the moment. I guess if I *had* to tell my younger self anything it'd be to worry less about what else is going on and focus on you. I could've saved a couple years trying to impress people less before I figured out others opinions don't really matter to me.

How do I keep the haters out?

This would have to go back to moving out young. I had so many more people doubting me than cheering me on that I became extremely confident. I was torn up as a kid by other kids and adults too but from bullying I became myself. Without being picked on at least a little how will you ever learn to deal with being hated on? Now days I laugh it off. People pick on others because they see your potential and it intimidates them, or because of heir own insecurities. Don't focus on them, focus on you!

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Boss Babe: Holly Barker

·Holly Barker is our next #BBOTW and she defines what a Boss Babe is! From being an entrepreneurial success to having a banging body and promoting healthy body goals she is one of the many women that we look up to here at BBM. 

Here's Holly!

What are your biggest motivators in life? 

My biggest motivators are myself and the ability I have to reach others and inspire them forward.  I am truly motivated by the simplicity of choice and the fact that we can choose how we think, we can choose what information we believe, we can choose how we react to the external forces that we face each day….we can choose our results by choosing to ask ourselves the right questions.

I have learnt through experience that there is no luck.  Others may seem to be dealt a lucky hand from time to time, but it is within each of us to create our own luck and to create more luck through that.  Being prepared for an opportunity that may come now or later motivates me.  The more I prepare, the more it is actually me who is creating the opportunities and becoming an authority in the fields I want to be a part of. 

I am most motivated by my shift since entering into the realm of entrepreneurship, health, fitness and mentorship.  What I once wished I knew and sought information for, I now possess.  With this information and experience I am now confident in assuming a position of leadership and educating and inspiring these lessons and adventures forward.

What is your WHY?

My why is because I believe that ignorance should be educated.  We are all in a position to teach, to not judge, to educate and assist others towards their full potential. 

I continuously invest in myself.  I invest in myself as a model, as an athlete, as a business owner, as an influencer, as a writer, as a mentor.  This investment provides me with many adventures and experiences that help me be better, to know better and to learn who I am meant to be.  With this constant investment and lessons learnt, the ‘why’ fully becomes the ability to teach it forward.  To give those lessons away and to continue this full circle until I am no longer here, but my lessons can live on forever.

How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

By leading through my adventure.  I don’t pretend to know it all, I am not shamed in trying something new and realizing it does not work.  I am learning each step of the way.  But being able to learn, to pivot to grow with each step, I can successful continue to build my value.  Each day I am my most valuable asset and leading through lessons learnt each day, I become more and more valuable throughout it all.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you? 

This means inspiring others, without judgement, just support.  Being a Boss Babe means that I believe success is abundant.  I believe that my value is stronger if I share it with others.  I believe in the power of building your unique value.  I believe that we create our own opportunities and our own success and that we are stronger as a community.

How did you start in the fitness industry? 

I entered the industry officially when my husband and I opened our first Anytime Fitness Franchise location.  We were first officially business owners in the industry, then I decided to sign up for my first bikini competition.  From that competition I did my first photoshoot and was published multiple times.  I was hooked to the lights, camera, action, prep, photoshoot glam of it all and continued to compete and work with photographers.  I applied for sponsorship with Magnum soon into my fitness career and began retailing the awesome line in my Anytime Fitness club.  Since that first entrance I have 3 open Anytime Fitness Clubs, I still exclusively retail Magnum in all of them, I will be opening my 4th Anytime Fitness location this fall with my husband, I have competed on 9 different stages and I have had the opportunity to adventure every Olympia and Arnold with my team since signing in 2012.  I love the industry and the multitude of avenues, opportunities and networks it can provide.  I’m blessed to call many in this industry true friends.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness industry? 

I would love the industry to represent lifestyles and daily achievements rather than focusing so much on preparing for one day or a fake trophy.  I have had the chance to work as head judge for the FMC Federation which I believe is at the forefront to an industry change.  It is more about supporting local brands, rewarding the athletes with sponsorships and great prize values.  Many people in the industry want to get to the top or to win, but they don’t know what they would use the platform for. It’s very political.  I love seeing industry leaders working with multiple federations and publications and being at the cutting edge of their industry, instead of being at the mercy of “the” industry and just trying to not ruffle feathers…that’s when things become superficial and you just can’t trust or take some people serious. 

What is your favorite healthy recipe? 

  • I truly love boring, healthy food…Nothing is better to me than ground turkey or chicken and rice and broccoli….or a HUUUUGE salad…..I am also loving my post workout smoothie:
    • Recipe: PB Chocolate Espress:
      • 1 scoop Magnum Nutraceutical PB Choc Quattro
      • 1 handful baby spinach
      • 1 handful arugula
      • 1 squirt dark choc stevia
      • 3 shots espresso
      • Cinnamon
      • Ice/Water for consistency you desire
      • ***Blend and Enjoy***

What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry? 

You can.  Anything you wish can come true.  Follow what you are passionate about and share your different.  You are different and valuable and genuine.  Stay true to your roots, wear your heart on your sleeve and work like a BOSS to make your dreams come true! <3

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

    • I choose my influencers.  I choose to continue to educate and surround myself with others that are smart, that go after their dreams, that can provide value to me and opportunities for my adventure.  As long as I continue to build my value and provide value to others, I will continue to build meaningful win win relationships.  Haters can com and go, and not everyone will wish to see you succeed, but lead with education and teach others how they can achieve, that is all you can do.  A quote that I heard at the beginning of my fitness adventure went something like this “All hate is formed through unrealized potential” This has stuck with me and has impacted my approach to others that do not support.  It’s ok to not be understood by others.  It’s ok to go after something, a dream that holds zero promises, it’s ok to help someone without getting paid…..as long as you continue to love the adventure and build you ultimate value, clarity of your purpose will come. 

Thank-you so much for having me as a guest.  I’m excited to be a part of your creation and I’m honored to be a voice in your movement. 

Rock this day everyone!!!

Xoxo

Holly Barker

 

Boss Babe: Alicia Chiesa

Alicia is a marketing professional, fitness model and bikini competitor in Calgary, AB. She currently works as a Marketing Coordinator for Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and as a personal trainer for TayC Fitness. Alicia is a sponsored athlete with Magnum Nutraceuticals, MuscleRich Apparel, Reflex Supplements and Performance Panties. She has been published in Oxygen, Natural Muscle Magazine and most recently, Inside Fitness Hot & Fit 100. Outside of the gym, she loves being outdoors, travelling, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Alicia is currently prepping for her fourth fitness competition, upcoming photoshoots and the Olympia Expo.

What are your biggest motivations in life?

My biggest motivators in life are the people around me and myself. It is so important to surround yourself with positive, like-minded people that support and encourage you to reach your goals. Having mentors in my life such as my coach, Tea Cuk and my Magnum teammate, Holly Barker has motivated and encouraged me to always strive to be better. I also motivate myself in that I always want to keep improving, growing and pushing myself. As they say: “You are the only thing standing in your way”. You have to believe in yourself and ultimately find motivation and strength from within in order to accomplish everything you want to.

How are you going to impact your community with being a Boss Babe?

As a Boss Babe, I truly just want to inspire others to live a healthier, happier life and feel good both inside and outside. I want to be a source of inspiration for women and show them that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. I also want to be an example that you can achieve the body you want in a healthy way – no two hours of a cardio a day, gimmick products or performance enhancing drugs needed. If I can encourage or inspire just one person to make healthy changes in their life, that means the world to me. I don’t plan on ever giving up this lifestyle and when I have a family, I want to inspire them to also be healthy and set a good precedent.

What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

To me being a boss babe means relentlessly pursuing your passions and goals, while supporting, empowering and encouraging others to pursue theirs. I’m all about women empowering women and believe there is room for us all to shine. A boss babe is constantly growing, learning and working hard to achieve everything she wants in life. She believes there are no obstacles in which she cannot overcome and will never give up on her hopes and dreams. A boss babe is driven, passionate, kind and humble and never forgets where she started.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I have gone to the gym for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I became a personal trainer at an all ladies gym, that I really started to take it seriously. I started to put on muscle, train consistently and eat right. Then I found my coach, Tea Cuk of TayC Fitness and worked with her for years to transform my body. Once I felt that I had built enough muscle, I decided it was time to compete. Competing in my first show opened so many doors for me and really introduced me to the fitness industry. I didn’t even know what a sponsorship was or know much about this industry until after my first competition. Competing can get a bad rep, but if you do it properly in a healthy way, it can really help get your foot in the door in the fitness industry. It is the hardest thing I have done both mentally and physically, but so worth it to see your body change weekly and to prove to yourself that you can do it and be that disciplined.

Name one thing about the fitness industry you would like to see change?

I think the only thing I would like to see change in this industry is less ego. Being in this industry, being shredded, having Instagram followers etc. doesn’t make you better than anyone else. I don’t stand for big egos, bullying or publicly shaming others bodies. This is why I absolutely love what you’re doing with the Boss Babe Movement. Our community should be supporting each other and lifting each other up, which is usually the case!

What’s your favorite healthy recipe?

To be honest with you, I’m not much of a cook. I eat the plainest meals and I’m okay with that! One thing that saves me during my prep though is protein mug cake.

What would you tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

I got more involved in the fitness industry when I was a bit older (my 20s). What I would tell younger people getting into the industry is to just stay grounded, be humble and know that you can always improve. Also, believe that your dreams will come true, visualize them coming true and you’ll be surprised what can happen. Never give up!

How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

I’m really just a positive person and I surround myself with positive, happy, motivating people as well. I did deal with a lot of hate in high school and my biggest advice would be to rise above it. Don’t let negativity, rumors or put downs get to you. If anything, the negativity and hate I dealt with in high school motivated me to do something with my life and push myself harder. Know that usually anyone who hates, bullies etc. likely has things going on in their life and insecurities that cause them to be the way they are. Show them love and they won’t know what to do. ;)

Favorite booty exercise?

Where do I start!? Glutes are one of my favorite parts to train. I love cable kickbacks, banded kickbacks, cable pull throughs, single leg hack squats, curtsey lunges and barbell hip thrusts.

How did you become a sponsored athlete?

Social media! Social media is huge for marketing yourself and connecting with the brands you love. Pay attention to who is following you and commenting on your posts. Also, just be yourself and be real on social media! One of the things that Markus Kaulius, the president of Magnum, told me he liked about my social media is that I was smiling in pictures, showing my personality and dressing up as a princess for my niece’s birthday party etc. You need to build your own brand and establish yourself before reaching out to sponsors. If you love a company and their products, promote them on social media and make sure you tag them in your posts. Once you’ve established your own brand, then you can write a letter, almost like a cover letter/resume, to the brands you love to request sponsorship. Make sure you tell the company you are approaching what YOU can do for them and what you love about their products.

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