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  • Shapely Muscles of "Shannon Mackey"

    Shannon Mackey is a fitness model, bikini competitor, and personal trainer. She's very passionate about creating content that influences people to live a healthier lifestyle. Staying active is a must for her and she finds that when more people see her enthusiastic and motivated. It inspires them to do the same. As she starts to grow her brand and network with new people, they become more inspired to share ideas. The first thing that crosses her mind is what people want to see that will inspire them to become more motivated. 
  • Fitxplore with "Steff Someda"

    Steff Someda is an indoor cycling instructor in Perigon. She started taking indoor cycling classes in 2018 and has been hooked ever since, to the point that she became an instructor herself.

    Growing up as a dancer, she has always been drawn to fitness that involves music. She joined dance competitions back in college, as well as in medical school and residency, and developed a sense of discipline when it comes to training for dance routines. During medical school, she also got hooked with pole dance classes as her regular workout and “her time” to get away from all the studying.

    When the pandemic started in 2020, her daily workout routine consisted of YouTube videos. The strict lockdown implemented in the Philippines prevented everyone from going to gyms and fitness studios, so home workouts became very popular. It was July of 2020 when she got her indoor cycling bike as a birthday gift from her fiancé and parents and her first Zoom class with Perigon was, of course, on her birthday. Since then, she has taken cycling classes online almost every day. In 2021, Perigon announced their audition for new instructors and she signed up. The rest is history.
  • Body Basics of "Igor Anic"

    Igor Anic is a professional Handball player for the last 15 years. He's 34 years old and a former French national player, world and European champion. He's currently living and playing in Nagoya, Japan.

    He likes to share his life and experiences on social media. He uses Instagram and YouTube where he shares his journey about moving to Japan, living on the other side of the earth, and all the challenges his family and I are facing with coming from France and now living in Japan.

  • Cyr Wheel of Fortune of "Luke Dulac"

    Luke Dulac performs with his Cyr Wheel. He started doing it when it became apparent that the pandemic and lockdowns were going to close gyms and conventional sports for an unforeseen amount of time making his traditional fitness routines impossible. He was spending more time online than before and at one point he ended up going down a YouTube rabbit hole where he found out about a Cyr Wheel. It is a giant steel hoop that is used for circus acts. You get inside it and spin around similar to how a coin spins on its edge when it is dropped.

    As soon as he saw it, he knew that not only would it be a very intense workout and that he could continue to get stronger during quarantine, but also that it would be one of the few things that he would find more fun than pole vaulting. After a lot of convincing his parents, they have finally agreed to order the Cyr wheel. They ordered the wheel on Etsy. When the wheel arrived, they did some rearranging of the furniture. Their house had an addition put on and is bigger than it was originally, leading to a unique large open space. They cleared out this area of the house and it was big enough for him to do the wheel in. He's been using the wheel there ever since then.

  • Fitness Grind of "Shannon Mackey"

    Shannon Mackey is a personal trainer at Northern Illinois Combat Club and she also trains online! She loves helping her clients and she wouldn't trade this job for anything in the world. For her, being a fitness enthusiast not only helped change her life but others as well!

    In her teenage days, she made sure she stayed very active. She was in track, cheerleading, and she took multiple dance classes from hip hop, Latin, ballroom etc. She didn't get into bodybuilding until she was in her early 20s. She met a great coach that saw potential in her right from the start. She always had a very high metabolism so it was easy to maintain her weight. She started doing bodybuilding competitions and she raised a ton of eyebrows instantly. With her very first competition, she placed 2nd taking home 2 trophies. This was such a huge highlight of her life. She was hooked on competing and wanted to win so after that she kept moving until her next show came. Next competition, she won! She placed first in Greenbay Wisconsin in 2020. She can't explain how happy she was to have this achievement.

    The next thing she wanted to accomplish was passing a course for fitness instructing. She wanted to teach group classes aerobic dances. She went from various schools and gyms to teach elementary students and adults. Every time they came in, she just wanted them to enjoy themselves. For her, being fit is supposed to be enjoyable!

  • Fitness Grind of "Amanda Essen"

     

    Amanda Essen is 26 years old. She's an EHFA & FISAF Personal Trainer, model, blogger, and IFBB bikini fitness athlete. She lives in Finland but she has followers around the world. She blogs daily and is active on Instagram too. Right now, she has over 51,3k followers.

    Her Instagram username is @Svagtillstark which means from weak to strong in Swedish. She recovered from a weak and anorexic, sick, depressed, and burned out person, to a strong both mentally and physically, happy and inspired individual that wants to help and motivate people to get healthy. A lot of the recoveries that she does are with the great help of strength training that she found in 2012-2013, and the interest to start building herself up instead of breaking her down.

    She also won the Miss Model of the World 2013 in Finland, but after that, she decided to take a step back from the modeling industry because she understood that it is not the healthiest lifestyle after a couple of model trips to Japan, France, Turkey, the United States, and the Nordic countries.

    She's also been in Finnish radio, television, sports magazines, and even interviews, magazines, and media on the web. She also participated in the Swedish book. She became a Confidenza (a book to help and strengthen young women's confidence and self-esteem).

    For her, it has been a long road but it's been worth it. Today, she helps with the knowledge and experience and wants to be more than happy to inspire and convey a wholesome and healthy lifestyle. She also competes in the bikini fitness category, works as a Personal Trainer worldwide, Fitness model, and Social Media Influencer.

  • Sweat it Out with "Victoria Tapp"

     

    Victoria Tapp is a NASM certified personal trainer. She's always been active. She grew up playing tennis, basketball, track, cheerleading, volleyball, etc. Once in college and graduate school, her athletic life slowed down like most. She needed to find something to keep her active and something that she also loves. That's where bodybuilding came into her play.

    These days, she is traveling around the world a lot. Due to that, she only does online training now. It is a blessing for her to be in this digital age. She's able to obtain more clients and work with people from all around the world. She's also pursuing fitness modeling which is her other passion.

  • Energetic Vigor of "Nikki Bowman"

     

    Nikki Bowman is a self-proclaimed athlete and women's nutrition specialist. She loves all things related to fitness, food, and spirituality. Growing up as a kid, she didn't always have the best approach to a healthy lifestyle and as a result, she struggled with many body image issues. When she was 13, her dad introduced her to the gym and began taking her on the weekends with him. Instantly, she fell in love with how weight training made her feel and how it was beginning to change my body. She also began to look at her nutrition more closely and educated herself on the constituents of a good diet so she could support her training. By 15, she made up her mind that the health and fitness field was where she belonged and where she should establish her career. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in human nutrition from the University of Guelph in 2018 and currently working in a health food store where she assists customers with nutritional guidance and supplementary support. She loves her job because it is so rewarding to help someone find empowerment in their own health. According to her, it also allows you to see the incredible impact that good nutrition and natural health supplements can truly have on one's life. She hopes to continue building her knowledge of nutrition and eventually open her own practice to assist individuals who may struggle with their body image or who wish to improve their relationship with food and exercise as this is a matter very close to her heart. 

  • Grit and Fitness of "Tara Jenkins"

     

    Tara Jenkins is from Melbourne and has been in the health & fitness industry for the past 8 years & has been a high-level athlete since the age of 10.

    She began her fitness career in track & field. She traveled all over Australia competing in 400m, 800m, discus, race walking & the odd pentathlon. She realized at the age of 10 that if she works really hard at something & dedicates herself to it, she can go places & achieve some great things. This cemented her mindset in life & still has that same work ethic to this day.

    Once she became tired of track & field, she learned Gridiron & bodybuilding simultaneously as they complemented one another. She represented her state as a full back & running back & also gained sponsors within the bodybuilding industry as her athleticism & physique were in good shape to help promote these companies.

    Towards the end of her gridiron career (she was about 28), she dived headfirst into CrossFit as she loved that it was so hard and there's so much to learn. She became obsessed with getting fitter, stronger & perfecting the movements. She focused all of my energy on becoming a better athlete every day and by the age of 31. She also represented Australia in the CrossFit Games.

    She has been working on her strength & mindset every day in my garage & holding back until we get it all clear and she can refocus on competing again.  

     

  • Ultimate Guide to Fitness of "Ashten Buck"

     

    Ashten Buck is a previous gold-winning competitive bodybuilder. But then, she has decided to give up the sport for something that's a little more... slow. She realized that the prep work of the sport was putting a lot of stress on her body. The overtraining and undereating were causing her hormonal imbalances and chronically elevated cortisol. Over the last few years, she has been incorporating Pilates and HIIT training throughout the week. Slowing down with pilates did not overstimulate her nervous system, and the HIIT training keeps her blood sugars regulated for the week. Even though she doesn't physically feel like she's pushing herself to the limit, her body composition is the best it has been since her competitions.


    She is a Naturopathic Medical Student and her daily life is very busy. She has 11-course semesters with practicals. Aside from school, she also works for Healthy Planet, doing product education and creating educational content for their social media. Pilates has become a saving grace for her because she can do them from the comfort of her own home and choose the length/intensity of her workout. In her downtime, she likes to spend it with her partner and her dog Maverick. They usually go hiking, camping, or just hang out at home and do absolutely nothing.

     

  • Sweating Truth of "Alyssa Lombardi"

     

    Alyssa Lombardi is a Certified Running Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She has been involved in sports all her life and has been at every level from beginner to college stand out and conference champion and this is how she did it. She started out playing soccer as a young child and loved it but found herself loving the running part of it the most. When she got to high school, she did both soccer and track but had a clear love for running. Even though she had a love for running, she wasn’t always the best. She started out running 2-3 miles at a time around 12 minutes per mile during practice, but she always raced pretty fast. She got down to running 5:15 for the mile and under 19 for a 5k.

    She then decided to quit soccer and just focus on running so that is what she did. She got to college and she focused only on running. She started out her freshmen year one of the slowest ones on the team, barely being able to keep up with the team on practice runs.

    Social media started as her own journal. For the first 2 years, she didn’t tell anyone she had a fitness profile. She felt a little embarrassed by it. But, as time went on, she saw she was connecting with more people so she thought of using her growing platform to help people just like she wanted to from the beginning.

    From then, she started posting more educational posts. She has found that many people have learned a lot from her posts so her small social media page that she was keeping a secret has turned into a page where she helps runners succeed and hit goals they never thought they would.

  • 10 Best Exercises To Do At Home For Men

    Are you too busy to exercise?

    You don’t have to spend hours at the gym or go on a strenuous hike to get your daily dose of exercise. There are plenty of exercises that can be done right from your home, without any equipment, and within a short period. These exercises will help you stay fit and healthy while also saving you precious time for other activities like spending quality time with family members or friends.

    It doesn’t matter how old or young you are – these exercises will get results fast! So whether this is your first time working out or not, these simple exercises will give you an amazing workout. They don’t require any equipment either – just use your body weight as resistance and get ready to see some serious changes in your body composition! Why wait another minute when getting started today can make such a big difference tomorrow?