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is more than a new year. 2016 brings fitness and athleticism to the world stage. The summer Olympics and Paralympics will be celebrated this year in Cidade Maravilhosa, Rio De Janeiro. For many reasons Rio is considered The Marvelous City. The beaches, landmarks, night life, carnivals, all of these will be a part of the Olympic celebration, but none of the famous heartbeats of Rio will be more of a part of the Olympics than the Maracanã. This is one of the most well know stadiums in the world and will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies and of the most important football matches. As athletes from around the world prepare for the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics, we will join in the celebratory year and spotlight Olympians. Here at MOST Fitness we will be getting to know Olympians and finding out what it takes to be an Olympian. We will be shining our MOST torch on related Olympic stories as the Olympic torch is prepared to be lit. We want our readers learning and training in Olympic style. So join us on our journey to Rio and be inspired by athletes that push fitness to new levels and demonstrate Olympic spirit that is sure to bring out the best and healthiest you. e are honored to have superstar Ana Ivanovic on the cover to start out our Olympic year. Consistently ranked with the most elite tennis players of the world, not only is Ana one of the best tennis players in the world, she’s an all-around treat. We could not have asked for a better cover star for the New Year. Fitness coach and former gymnast, Elena Skinner has been hard at work since a very young age. Superstars like Elena are the reason we get up in the morning. After hearing about Elena’s lifelong journey with fitness, we knew we had to share her with MOST readers. This month we also bring you Steve Cook, who is no stranger to competitions. He has created a program that is sure to change your life, the Cook Effect. Steve’s combined years in the gym and numerous competition wins inspired us, and we’re sure he’ll do the same for you. Sundra Oakley should look familiar. As an actress, she’s had a number of credits under

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her belt. Most notably, Sundra competed on the 13th season of Survivor! We know many of our readers are aspiring photographers, or fitness enthusiasts that hope to get in front of or behind the camera. That’s why we have Mario Barberio, one of Los Angeles’ top fitness and fashion photographers. Joining our photographer ranks is the extraordinary Harry Grigsby and Don Bersano. Harry specializes in fashion and fitness and has over fifteen years of experience. From his studio in Chicago, Don is one of the best known fitness photographers in the industry. This month we also have IFBB Pro Shawn Hektor-Lewis; she is a photographer’s dream. Shawn is a Bikini Pro and we’ve brought her in this issue to share her expertise from within the industry. Returning to the pages of MOST is favorite Erin Coscarelli. Reporting and anchoring for major sports networks, Erin is our sports expert. With Superbowl 50 just around the corner, we rushed straight to Erin to get her insight on what to expect and some of the greatest moments in football. As the New Year brings the opportunity for a new you, we will help you meet and exceed your goals and dreams as we witness Olympians doing the same. As we introduce you to some of the best and most inspiring athletes, competitors and fitness experts we will be cheering “MOST” loudly for you and waiting with a congratulatory slap on the back and the dream of decorating you with a medal. But we also want to know who is your favorite Olympian or the athlete that you want to know more about or the one you want to show your hometown support for. Contact us at info@mostmag.com and we will do our best to cover them in our upcoming issues. So join us as we highlight Olympic story makers and introduce you to possibly the Olympian that will be a legend.

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By: Darcy Tharp

“I want everyone in my social community to look to me as an example of a guy who lives a happy, healthy lifestyle.” In talking about

what he wants his massive group of social media followers to know about him, Steve Cook is the prime example of someone who lives his life to the fullest and only desires to inspire others to follow suit. As an IFBB Physique Pro and winner of the 2011 Bodybuilding.com BodySpace Spokes Model Contest, Steve knows what it takes to accomplish one’s goals. His success in the bodybuilding and fitness world is a natural extension of the active lifestyle he has always enjoyed. While playing high school football in Boise, Idaho, Steve fell in love with weightlifting and body building exercises. He went on to play college football and eventually competed in a local bodybuilding show, which he ended up winning. This gave him the confidence boost he needed, and the rest is history, as he

devoted his life to this newfound sport. But beyond his good looks and perfectly sculpted physique is a man who has become a hero of sorts to those who don’t just want to look good but who want to live a healthier lifestyle. Author of the Cook Effect, a cookbook with over 40 recipes dedicated to either fat loss or muscle gain and offering workout videos, advice, and full transparency of his daily routines, Steve has something for everyone who needs a boost or inspiration. MOST Fitness had the opportunity to find out Steve’s future plans, what he keeps in his fridge, and just how many pushups he does in a typical day-hint, it’s probably at least 100 more than you could have guessed! MFM: Your father was a coach and an Athletic Director, what do you remember most about your father? SC: I remember my dad taking me and my six other siblings to the track, to the gym, and to all of his practices where he would coach high school basketball. It was so much fun to me to

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compete with my brothers and sisters. From eating, to sports, everything was competition. I was a middle child, and I hated losing more than anyone else in my family. I had my fair share of tears and fights with my older brother because he would beat me most of the time. My father also taught me how to lose and win with dignity and that effort is more important than any trophy or championship. MFM: You described push-ups as one of the foundations that led you to bodybuilding-did you ever reach a plateau where you couldn’t do any more push-ups? How many push-ups is enough in a day? SC: My dad made me do push-ups to burn off all the extra energy that I had as a kid. If I wanted to watch TV or visit a friend’s house to play he would make me do push-ups first. I also love pushing my body and seeing how many I could do. I remember being able to do sets of 120 push-ups by the time I was 10. I always thought it was kind of fun and didn’t think about how he was setting the foundation that would allow me to bench 275 pounds as an 8th grader. I’ve never considered how many push-ups I think is enough in one day. I typically do between 300-500. MFM: What do you think is the correct head position and breathing during push-ups? SC: Head position should be neutral, and just like with weights you should exhale as you encounter resistance. MFM: In high school you played football, became an All State running back and earned your scholarship to college-what contributed the most to this success? SC: I think my early start with sports along with my natural competitive side contributed to the success that I had. My father saw this in me at an early age and helped me to develop the skills I needed to become the best athlete I could be. I would lift with the football team and then stay after school and work out like a bodybuilder because I loved the pump. Doing things like bicep curls and triceps extensions were the reward for doing the heavy compound movements. MFM: What was your fastest 40-yard dash time? SC: 4.62

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MFM: Which team is your favorite football team? SC: Although I enjoyed playing football, I really don’t keep up with teams like I used to. However, if I had to pick a team, it would be the Denver Broncos. MFM: How did you transition from football to bodybuilding? Is this where you envisioned you’d be when you started? SC: I didn’t consciously make the transition from football to bodybuilding. I always enjoyed doing bodybuilding movements on top of the heavy compound exercises. It wasn’t until I was done playing football that I started picking up on how to diet and tone, but I think it was a pretty seamless transition because I was always interested in bodybuilding. I contacted a local bodybuilder in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. He was somewhat successful, and I remember him having the biggest arms of any person I’ve ever seen. I picked his brain, and he helped me prepare for my first competition. After that I was hooked on competing. MFM: You mentioned “Arnold’s Bodybuilding Encyclopedia” was one of your guides to bodybuilding, do have any other titles you recommend? SC: I always enjoy reading bodybuilding articles. From different magazines, to books like Flawless, by Bob Paris. I also read a lot of articles on Bodybuilding.com. It’s fun for me to soak up as much knowledge as I can. I’m passionate about my new sport of choice, and want to know everything about it. MFM: You have listed over 40+ recipes in your Cook Effect nutrition guide, how long did it take you to come up with this list? How often do you cook and try different recipes? SC: It was a long, extensive process. I worked on the book with a chef that introduced me to a lot of different spices and showed me how to combine them in ways to create healthier and flavorful recipes: like Chia seed pudding and

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turkey meatloaf. I also had my Optimum Nutrition teammate Kelechi Opara share his knowledge of flexible dieting and nutrition in the book. He is one of the smartest guys I know, and he contributed a lot to the book as well. MFM: What are some of the contents you keep in your refrigerator? SC: Because I travel so much I have a pretty empty fridge these days. However, eggs, egg whites, spinach, kale, blueberries, raspberries and lean cuts of meat, are what you typically find in my refrigerator, if I’m home for an extended period of time. That said, what’s on the countertop beside my refrigerator is also important too. I always have Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey on hand, so I can make a quick protein shake on my way out the door, or have as a pre-workout snack at the gym. I love grabbing ON Gold Standard 100% Whey for my post workout, because it has 24 grams of protein per serving, to help with muscle recovery. And, because I frequently travel, I also use a meal prep service company when I am strapped for time. Products and services like these are really convenient for my lifestyle. MFM: Any tips for our readers on how to order healthy foods from restaurant menus? SC: If I know the type of restaurant I’m eating at I typically tell them what I want. Most restaurants will gladly accommodate dietary restrictions. You may get some odd looks from servers as you order plain dishes, but you can’t let the fear of looking different stop you from being healthy. MFM: In your guide book you also talked about macro-nutrients, what exactly are macronutrients? SC: Macro nutrients are simply carbs, fats, and proteins. This is important because without knowing where you are in regards to your nutrient levels, it’s hard to get to where you need to be.


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MFM: What type of food or supplements do you consume pre-workout and post-workout? SC: I typically have Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy, branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s), carnitine, and creatine before a workout. Post-workout, I reach for more glutamine, Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey, and some form of carbohydrate. MFM: What are your top 3 favorite bodybuilding exercises and why? SC: Pull ups, front squats, and incline bench. These three exercises directly and indirectly work the entire body. MFM: What is your training routine like? SC: I’m currently following a strength conditioning program that is designed to build strength through a series of functional movements – it’s similar to how a football player may train. For example, I’m doing a lot of compound lifts, like deadlifts and squats, combined with typical bodybuilding splits, through strength conditioning exercises. These movements allow me to work my entire body, instead of particular areas. That said, I also work bodybuilding training elements into my workouts, targeting specific areas like my chest and back. MFM: What’s the most challenging thing you feel people consistently struggle with when trying to stay in top shape, and why? SC: Staying in shape can be difficult for many people, for individual reasons. However, what I’ve observed throughout my career is that many people plateau at a particular weight or goal, and instead of pushing through to maintain or build on that goal, they simply give up. In addition, I’ve also observed that when certain people reach their goal, they develop a mindset of, “OK, I’ve reached my goal, so I don’t have to work as hard.” And as a result, they start

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to slowly fall-off their fitness routines. Fitness is all about pushing yourself, and far too often I see people stop pushing. MFM: As the media landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years, how do you network and stay in touch with your social media followers? SC: You have to look for the latest trends. For example, Snapchat is hot right now, so you have to adopt things like this early and continue to be active on them as they develop and grow in popularity. It’s very tedious, but also a very rewarding way to connect with my community. I connect with my community by being completely transparent – I document my day, my lifestyle and go about it in a very real way. What you see is what you get. I like showing my community who I am – a down to earth guy that likes to inspire people. I think by being open and showing honest highlights of my life, makes me more approachable and relatable. My community sees the balance of my work and personal life on a daily basis, and it’s great to connect with them as often as possible by responding to a post, message, or conversation thread. MFM: You have a massive amount of social media followers, what do you like them to know the most about you? SC: I want to be completely transparent with my community at all times. I want everyone in my social community to look to me as an example of a guy who lives a happy, healthy lifestyle, and all of the elements that entails. You’ll see what I post is not about “looking a certain way,” but more about living a happier, healthy lifestyle and pushing through the tough stuff. I’m just like everyone else; I rise and fall, and everyone that follows me sees that. I lean on my community, and in turn, I know they lean on me.


But overall, I want to change the outlook of my followers from “I want to look a certain way,” to “I want to be happy and healthy, while being true to myself.” For example, just because you’re strong doesn’t mean that you have to put on a “macho guy” front. Be strong, but be who you are, and be OK with who you are. Just because you look a certain way, doesn’t mean you have to put on a “front.” I try to communicate this to my community as much as possible. MFM: What does the future hold for you? SC: I really want to broaden my brand and take on new challenges. For example, I just ran a half-

marathon, which something I’ve never done before and it was great! I want to expand upon that and challenge myself outside of what normal physique models do, such as obstacle course races, intense yoga sessions, etc. I’d really like to mix new activities into my routine to continue to strengthen my body and challenge myself, in between going on stage for physique competitions. In the short-term, I’d also like to grow my social community. But if we’re talking big aspirations, I’d really love to host a travel-fitness show – highlighting what fitness and nutrition looks like around the world.

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By: Darcy Tharp

ario Barberio is living “La Dolce Vita,” the sweet life as his photography blog is called. Uber talented and sought after fashion, lifestyle, and swimwear photographer, Mario revealed to MOST Magazine how a childhood passion eventually blossomed into a full time successful career. “I think clients should know that I LOVE what I do,” says Mario emphatically, and taking one look at any of his creative, gorgeous shots it’s easy to see he is telling the truth. Having good looking subjects never hurts either, and in the years since Mario started landing jobs in Southern California, he caught the eyes of editorial and advertising clients worldwide, resulting in an impressive A-list of fashion, celebrity, and beauty clients. From his first camera when he was five years old, to owning his Aunt Jo’s original Nikon F, to now using digital cameras, Mario has been on a journey of combining his love of photography along with subjects for which he is passionate about. His gift has been passed down to his daughter Skyler who has developed her own avenue for photography, already excelling at it just like her father. Although showcasing an already remarkable portfolio, Mario is always looking for new faces and to capture that next unique image, which means that we have ever more imaginative photos of his to inspire and excite us. MFM: You started experimenting with a camera at the age of 5, what made you interested the most about photography? MB: I received my first camera on my 5th birthday. I remember it was a Kodak camera that came in a big yellow box. I was so excited, and I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures. I guess I was really fascinated with the concept of capturing a moment in time. I would have to wait to get the pictures developed, and then I would just study them for hours. I still have some old photo albums with some of those early pictures of my childhood.

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MFM: What impact did your family have on your motivation and desire to pursue photography as a career? MB: Right after high school I applied and was accepted to the Art Center in Pasadena. The cost of tuition and the huge list of camera equipment was just too much for my financial situation at the time. My family expected me to work in the family construction business so I could not get any assistance from them. So I passed on the Art center and went to work with the family. I still tried to shoot whenever possible, but I was never able to fully commit to a career in photography until many years later. Once I finally made the leap to being a full time photographer my family has been fully supportive along this journey. MFM: Your aunt was a renowned photographer, what is the best advice you have ever gotten from her? MB: Unfortunately, my aunt passed away when I was pretty young. At that time I was pursuing other hobbies so we never had the chance to discuss photography and her experiences. My aunt was a wild hippie who drove a Volkswagen bus with tie dyed curtains and peace signs. She was the life of the party and lit up any room she entered. Years after she passed away I transferred to a new high school that had a photography program and my grandma gave me my aunt’s Nikon F camera and lenses. I still have all her equipment and the aluminum Halliburton case it came in. She also brought over a huge box of negatives, proof sheets, and slides. It was basically her complete photo library. There were so many amazing pictures, and I remember getting a glimpse into a piece of her life. MFM: When did you start working with a digital camera, and how did digital technology influence your photography career? MB: My first digital camera was the Fuji S2 Pro that I purchased in 2002 and then upgraded

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to the Fuji S3 Pro in 2004. I chose the Fuji camera because they had a Nikon lens mount so I could use my Nikon lenses. Also, I felt the Fuji camera offered skin tones that were closest to the look of the film I used at the time. In 2007, I switched to the Canon system where I’ve continued to upgrade the camera bodies to this day. Like all technology in our daily lives, digital technology has made the photography process faster with immediate results and interaction. I don’t want to sound like one of those old farts reminiscing about the “good old days,” but I remember when we would have two

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camera setups. One camera would be loaded with film and the other would have a Polaroid back so we could do a test shot to check the lighting. You’d have to wait the 90 seconds to view the Polaroid so you could make any final adjustments before starting the real shoot with the film camera. Don’t even get me started about the number of trips driving back and forth to the photo labs to drop off the film, then to go back to review the test strips, and finally pick up the finished slides and proof sheets. Now the majority of my shoots have the camera tethered to the computer with the client


sitting by to review and approve the shots. I love the immediate results because we don’t waste a lot of time wondering if we “got the shot.” We can review the pictures, make the selections and move on to the next look. MFM: How long did it take you to develop your skills in digital photography? MB: I’m still developing my digital photography skills every day. I love the learning process and the freedom to experiment with new things. Technology is constantly changing, and it allows for new creative approaches and opportunities. MFM: What’s your favorite lens/camera combination today? MB: I use the Canon 5d Mark III with the Canon 24-70mm and the Canon 70-200mm lenses for most shoots. I love messing around with the Canon 14mm for the super wide angle look. MFM: How much time do you spend on post productions? MB: Way too much! Growing up I was never a computer person so that has been the biggest learning curve. I have a workflow that I am really comfortable with. It may not be the most efficient, but it works for me. My workflow usually consists of shooting tethered to Capture One because it is fast and allows for great color correction, easy picture selections, and final file output. Then we do any corrective editing in Photoshop. After Photoshop I import the shots to a light room because I have a large selection of presets I’ve created over the years. I use the presets to show the clients some other color/filter options that are different from normal everyday color. MFM: Where do you see photography technology heading in the next ten years? MB: I’m not a techie so I don’t really get caught up in the technical side of photography. I continue to upgrade my cameras because the clients have a need to have the best possible picture file to work with. I see the camera sensors continuing to improve to allow for better quality of pictures at high ISO. I’m sure the pro style cameras will have built in Wi-Fi capability soon, and I see the enhancements in the video systems as a thing to watch in the future. MFM: How do you describe your style? MB: I think my style would best be described as classic beauty. I’m inspired to always make people look beautiful so it brings out their best features. My pictures will always have nice lighting, even if we are going for a moody shot. MFM: Do you enjoy fashion or swimwear photography more? MB: That’s a tough one, kind of like picking a favorite child. I enjoy each for different reasons. I enjoy fashion shoots because the clothes create the look that brings the story to life. There is nothing better than a great model, with amazing hair and makeup, nailing a pose while she wears these incredible garments and accessories. Swimwear shoots are different because it really comes down to the model and her surroundings. The swimwear almost becomes secondary because you are usually focused on the model’s expression, pose, and the overall setting of the pictures.

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MFM: How do you select your models? MB: Models are selected based on the client and the look they are trying to create. Some clients want a natural looking model and some want a more glam model. We usually find models through the model agencies, or through referrals, and we’ve even booked models that have contacted us through social media. There is a constant turnover in models so we are always looking for the new girl. MFM: Characteristics of a good swimwear model? MB: Someone who takes care of their body, is in good shape, has healthy skin and hair, is confident, has a good personality, and is a team player. MFM: What are the most challenging aspects of swimwear photography? MB: The weather is usually the biggest challenge. It’s the one thing that you cannot control. You can prep and plan for weeks, but there’s not much you can do if it’s raining on the shoot day. MFM: Do you mentor or offer classes for beginners? MB: I’ve helped a photographer friend who has put together some seminars, but I’ve never held a class by myself. Please contact me if anyone is interested, as I would love to share some knowledge and experience with other photographers. MFM: What parts of your work do you enjoy the most, and also what are the greatest stresses at work? MB: I really enjoy the whole creative process of a shoot. I love the initial concept meetings, the planning, model selections, and working out the details. Then seeing all that hard work of the team come together at the shoot and result in the finished project is really cool. The greatest stress is managing “personalities.” I’m blessed to work with great clients and an amazing crew so we don’t have to deal with that

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too often. There have been times when we have sent models home from a shoot or did not book a model again because we just didn’t want to spend another day working with her. MFM: What is the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you? MB: I think clients should know that I LOVE what I do. I’m creative, and I love to collaborate and be part of the team that brings their visions to life. I’m hard working but have an easy going personality. I have no ego, and I treat everyone with respect. I mainly try to create a comfortable environment where our shoots never seem like WORK. MFM: What does fashion mean to you? MB: To me, fashion is a creative way for each person to express their individuality. I love people watching, and I’m inspired when I see people wearing something different.

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MFM: Are you passing the family tradition on to your daughter? Is she interested in photography? MB: My daughter’s interest in photography is for different purposes than being a professional photographer. At 16 she started an online store so she uses the studio to shoot all her product shots, and then she shoots all her lifestyle pictures for her social media. It’s really fun to shoot some behind the scenes pictures of her shooting her models. It makes me smile, and I’m really proud of her for pursing her passion. MFM: Where can we find you online? MB: My website is MarioBarberio.com and my Instagram is @mariobarberio


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“I feel you miss out on what I call the Tootsie Roll center of the Tootsie Pop if you just focus on whether your biceps are getting bigger when you step onto the dojo training floor.” Discussing why she believes in the all-encompassing aspects

of martial arts, actress Sundra Oakley always goes for the Tootsie Roll center, getting the most out of everything she does. Linguist, martial artist, professional dancer, and actress are only some of the abilities and jobs that speak to her commitment to going the extra mile to master any craft. MOST Magazine caught up with Sundra to find out how she does it all and what it’s like portraying Nisco Rice on the show Legends, a crime drama television series which premiered on TNT and is currently in its second season. The multitalented Jamaican, who is a native New Yorker, got her start after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University’s Tosh School of the Arts. She then guest starred in such shows as HBO’s Sex and the City, As the World Turns, CSI: Miami and Strong Medicine. Finding out she was even more resilient than she ever imagined, Sundra had the opportunity to participate in the 2006 season of the hit TV CBS series, Survivor and used the show to test her limits as a human. Sundra now resides in L.A. where she

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has carved out a career portraying memorable characters on such shows as: Girlfriends, Heartland, Lost, CSI, Parenthood, Days of Our Lives, Touch and House of Lies. Always looking for something interesting and never afraid of a challenge, she has also appeared in films, Big Hero 6 and Indian Cowboy and can next been seen in the upcoming thriller, Magnum Opus.

and personal circle of friends, I do get to speak French and Spanish; I make it a point to force myself to not only speak but to watch programs in the languages. ASL was something that was introduced to me in high school, and I fell in love with it. I even became certified and teach ASL words and phrases to children and their families. It is such a joy!

MFM: You are 100% Jamaican-What does it mean to you to be Jamaican and does your culture play a big part of your daily life? SO: I am fiercely proud of my culture and heritage and always have been. That little island in the Caribbean just 145 miles wide just has an indescribable magic of its own. I would say my culture does play a big part in my daily life because the values I grew up with, my upbringing, I feel has served me incredibly well to become the woman I am today. Plus, if you ask my kids, they would say I am very much a Jamaican mother with them!

MFM: Will your sons grow up speaking multiple languages as well? SO: They are in an international/bilingual school; so, yes, they will definitely grow up with that as part of their lives.

MFM: Do you visit there often or have family there? SO: I do have loads of family there and definitely try to go back as often as possible, although it never feels like often enough. MFM: You are fluent in multiple languages-French, Spanish, ASL,What made you want to learn each of them and do you have opportunities for speaking them all regularly? SO: Well I certainly hesitate to use the word ‘fluent’ because I am still a work in progress on those fronts! From as far back as I can remember, I have had a love of languages. It was one of my little girl fantasies to speak any and every language imaginable! Luckily, within my neighborhood

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MFM: You participated in the Miss Jamaica Universe and World pageants and placed 2nd and 4th respectively-What did you love about the pageant world and what would you change? SO: I absolutely loved that throughout the pageant process, you are basically practicing putting your best ‘you’ forward in front of a wide (and sometimes greatly critical) audience. Of course the key to that, in my opinion, is to still be your authentic self and not some mannequin void of personality while you are up on the stage. I entered not because it was ever a dream of mine to be in a pageant but because I was excited at the thought of being able to represent Jamaica, the home of my blood and spirit, on an international platform. As to what I

would change, I would like to see more welcoming and celebration of different types of beauty and not just what has been accepted by European standards. There is so much beauty out there in the world if we just open our eyes and minds. MFM: You were a dancer growing up-does dance still play a major role in your life? What kind did you/do you specialize in? SO: Once you are a dancer, you are always a dancer! There is something spiritual that happens when you dance; I believe that with every fiber of my being. I could not imagine my life without the gift of being able to express so much through movement. At age four, I started off with the basics as most dancers do--ballet and tap. Then I progressed to jazz, modern, hip hop, and then African and Afro-Haitian. When I danced professionally, it was primarily in hip hop and jazz performance. A little over a year ago, I started taking Tahitian dance which I absolutely LOVE--I swear I may have been Polynesian in another life-true story! MFM: I heard that you traveled a lot as a kid-why was this? What is your favorite place to date that you would want to return to again and again? SO: All thanks to my mom who worked for American Airlines for almost 40 years! Because of her and that job, I took airplanes like they were taxis, as my family used to joke with me and say! It was such an incredible blessing to have had access like that; to be honest I remember thinking that was what everyone did. I thought summer vacation meant you used your passport. When I was really young, one day at the beginning of the school year, a classmate said he stayed in town for the whole summer, and I remember feeling so sad because he did not use his passport. I honestly did not know any better! I also remember one time when I was, again, very young and in school and our teacher asked each of us what we did for the weekend, and I said that we had gone to San Francisco (or Florida, I cannot quite remember). The quizzical and shocked look on her face, followed by a “You went where” made me think I was going to be in trouble because people were not supposed to leave the state for the weekends!

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What goes through kids’ minds, I tell you! Jamaica is without a doubt my most visited country and is still one of my favorite places to return to--I still get that excited feeling of familiarity in my stomach when we are about to approach and the turquoise water and white sands come into view. To name some other places that I will never tire of visiting, I would say London, Paris, and Hawaii. MFM: You play Nisco Rice on Legends-tell us about your character? Are you alike her in any way? SO: Nisco is a completely devoted wife and mother (Morris Chesnut plays my husband in the show) who will not let anything come in between her family. I will say that we are alike in that way for sure. MFM: What is one behind the scenes funny story from on the set of Legends that you can share with our readers? SO: Hmmm, I cannot recall a funny story off the top of my head, but I do have a ‘pinch me because I might be dreaming’ moment. It was actually in a

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scene from episode 1 that ended up being cut. It was on my first day of shooting in London. Since I was a teenager and knew I wanted to be an actor, I always said that I have wanted to work in film in London. On my first day of taping, it turned out that we were filming in a pub that I had been to just two years prior with a friend of mine--the only pub that I would have been able to actually name if you asked me to name a pub over there! Then as I was looking out over the plaza in Covent Garden where we were seated to shoot, I noticed a slew of scaffolding in front of all the stores below. The only store that had a huge sign outside of the scaffolding within my eye line was the Oakley sunglasses store---my last name! I


immediately got chills all over my body; it felt like the Universe was telling me I was exactly where I was supposed to be! MFM: When you were on Survivor, what did you learn about yourself that you never knew? SO: That I was stronger than I ever knew I could be or had given myself credit for. And by stronger, I mean mentally and emotionally. MFM: Did you develop any abilities that you still have that you wouldn’t had you not been on that show? SO: Wow, good question. Well I clearly had an, uh, issue with making a fire that last day, but I would say prior to that, I would not have had the slightest idea of even where to start to make a fire with flint! LOL MFM: What was the impetus for you first moving to LA after attending school in New York and Georgetown? Did you have an agent when you relocated there? Do you identify as a New Yorker still? SO: I had been working in New York for a few years and something just told me it was time to check out L.A. It really was as organic as that. So I followed my instinct. I did have an agent and manager which was a huge blessing. Even though I have been out here many years and God knows L.A. has been very, very good to me and my family, to quote Peter Gunz, I’m New York to the heart but got love for all! I was born and groomed in NYC, and it will always have a piece of my heart. Every time I am back, a wave of nostalgia plus an electric surge in anticipation of what is to come, takes over me like nothing else. Hell yeah, I still identify as a New Yorker! MFM: You train in martial arts in Kung Fu, capoeira, and boxing-What is your main specialty? Do you do it for purely good physical exercise and body development or do you really practice the principles of each and apply them to your everyday life? What made you first interested in these sports/activities? SO: My main focus is the Ijo Ija expression of Wun Hop Kuen Do Kung Fu. I was actually looking for classes for my son when I came across the

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academy where we train. Our Sifu encouraged me to try it, too, and being a dancer, the martial arts felt familiar in my body, so I did. And I have been hooked ever since! I do it for the all- encompassing aspects of the system. In my opinion, if you want to just work on the physical, then you could just go to the gym and run on a treadmill, but the martial arts are special. There is a reason they have been around for hundreds of years. I feel you miss out on what I call the Tootsie Roll center of the Tootsie Pop if you just focus on whether your biceps are getting bigger when you step onto the dojo training floor. Sure, your body will change for the better; that is a given, but there is so much more to gain! MFM: What was the most challenging role you have ever had and why? SO: One of my most challenging roles was also one of my most rewarding (funny how those two concepts are inextricably linked at times, eh?). A role I played on the show ‘Touch’ where I was a Jamaican transgender woman. Talk about some

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interesting layers! The times where I get to play a character from my own culture and get to speak with the accent that I do at home are rare to none. Then to layer that with portraying a member of the transgender community (a hot button issue in Jamaica by the way) was definitely an honor. Plus I had to lip sync during the episode, but during taping they asked me to really sing, and lo and behold, guess who got sick with a sore throat the day before filming? You guessed it, this girl right here! Ay yi yi But, alas, I made it through and was very proud when it was completed.

MFM: What is your dream role or character to portray one day? Are you interested more in television or doing more film? SO: I am interested in great and interesting work, period! I would never want to limit myself to just one medium. I have expressed quite a bit that it has become a bit of an obsession of mine to be a female version of what we have seen in Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes, Michael Jai White, and of course Bruce Lee. You can actually see a little snippet of me in action at https://youtu.be/kO7jxhQWGwA (it was truly an experimental piece!) Combined with my love of languages (in addition to French and Spanish I

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have been studying Russian) and accents, I would absolutely love to do a role being able to combine all those elements. MFM: Guilty pleasure? SO: Cake (usually but not limited to red velvet) and ice cream (usually but not limited to salted caramel)! I find it SO hard to resist both so I do not even try! MFM: Do you do anything special for the holidays coming up or have anything special planned? SO: Simply being with family and surrounded by food!

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MFM: What is your character in the upcoming thriller film Magnum Opus? When does it come out? SO: I play the SWAT team commander which was pretty cool! We have not been given an official release date, but I will be sure to let everyone know! MFM: Where can MOST Magazine readers find you on social media? SO: On Twitter and Instagram, both under @ SundraOakley


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By: Darcy Tharp MOST Magazine nabbed professional model, Summer Crosely, who is at the height of her career for a chat about modeling, fitness, and how she gets those sexy abs. With a passion for beauty and fashion at a young age, Summer went from being a small town girl not knowing exactly what she would do in those fields, to becoming a top model featured in all the biggest magazines and traveling the world represented by the best agencies. She was discovered in Miami, where she moved after college and from there went on to South Africa and has now appeared in over 100 magazines worldwide. Outside of modeling she has also appeared in a few TV shows, and throughout her travels, developed an interest in ocean conservation and clean water groups and works to help these organizations. We asked Summer what are the most common misconceptions about models, and she answered, “that they are into themselves and stuck up. It’s not true; most of the models I know are so low key actually.” Well we know that Summer is like that, and is also as bright, beautiful, and fun as her name implies!

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MFM: What first got you interested in modeling? SC: From a very young age I was always intrigued by models in the fashion magazines. I think most girls are. But I never thought I would become a successful model! I never pursued it, and it actually pursued me! I was scouted in Miami and everything took off from there. MFM: Would you classify yourself as a tomboy or sophisticated, or little of both? SC: A little bit of both; I am defiantly low maintenance. I can get ready in less than 15 minutes with hair and makeup and clothing! But I do still like to keep it classy. MFM: Have your parents been supportive throughout your modeling career? SC: Yes they have for sure; they are my biggest supporters. Without them, I do not think I would have stuck with it. Confidence is the key for sure and being secure with yourself. MFM: When do you feel most beautiful? SC: Usually when I am in a foreign country, out of my own element, and somewhere in nature where I feel the most connected with myself mentally and physically. MFM: You have done some acting-Nip Tuck and Californication, are you working on securing more acting roles or are you concentrating more on modeling? What was the hardest part of your first acting role? SC: I model more than I act. I am on photo shoots weekly,

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however I still love acting and would be open to doing more TV roles or movies. The hardest part of acting is probably actually getting the part. In Los Angeles it is almost like winning the lottery; there are thousands of other people who attend the same audition for the same role, so it’s pure luck getting that part. MFM: You worked for many top agencies- Elite Models, 3D Model Agency in Cape Town, Next Models, and Wilhelmina-How did your big break happen? SC: It all happened while I was living in Miami (lots of top models are scouted from Miami) as it is a fashion mecca, and I signed up with an agency who then sent me to South Africa. From there is just took off, and before I knew it I was shooting for GQ, Elle, Esquire, and many other

magazines. Other agents in other countries started contacting me, and now I have agents worldwide, which is important. MFM: You are devoted to conservation, especially oceans and rainforests-What drew you to focus on these areas specifically? What is one thing or lifestyle change that the average person can do to make a difference? SC: I started getting into ocean conservation while on a trip to Bali, Indonesia. I observed that the water source of the local drinking water was of poor quality, which is due to all the garbage and pollution they throw into their drinking water stream. So I started getting involved in ocean conservation groups and started a mission on ways to protect our oceans and water sources.

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MFM: What advice would you give the aspiring model? SC: Defiantly to stay confident- there is always someone out there who is going to criticize you, say you are not pretty, or cut you down, and you cannot take it personally! If you do, you will never succeed. Have thick skin and keep your chin up! MFM: Are you now at the height of your career? What does this moment feel like? SC: I feel great, and I just want to help other people at this point. I want to offer my advice and support to younger girls and guys who are getting into modeling. MFM: Now onto some fitness questions for you. My Favorite part of my body is: SC: My legs, who does not like long legs?! Legs for days! My secret to a healthy diet is: SC: Lots of sleep-at least 8-10 hours a day The best & worst health advice you have ever gotten? SC: The best was to eat several small meals a day versus three big meals. The worst advice ever given to me is that drinking alcohol will cure the common cold or flu! Lol, yeah right! Living healthy and regular exercise spike my sex drive-true or false? SC: True. When you look good, you feel good sexually. Everyone wants to look good naked right? Secret to my sexy abs? SC: 300 sit ups a day at home. People don’t realize how easy it is to work out at home. Favorite sports and why? SC: Hiking tones the overall body, and you are in nature. My genius beauty tips? SC: coconut oil for moisturizer MFM: Are you a big social media participant? SC: Somewhat-I maybe post one picture every other day. MFM: Where do we find you on social media? SC: @summercrosley

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ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW WITH Nationally Published Photographer

DON BERSANO bersanophotography.com bersanophotography@gmail.com Instagram @bersanophotography

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By: Darcy Tharp OST Fitness had the pleasure of interviewing Chicago based professional photographer, Don Bersano. We actually published his images of Ashley Kaltwasser in our December issue, and so this time we feature him directly. Don brings over thirty years of combined experience in the field of photography. His ability to blend fitness and glamour along with his imaginative use of lighting, color, and warmth in his images has made Don’s work instantly recognizable throughout the industry for years. His images have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and abroad including Oxygen, Planet Muscle, Muscular Development, Maxim, FHM, Fitnorama Magazine United Kingdom, Muscle and Fitness, and Playboy to name a few. He has also produced ads for numerous supplement companies, fitness apparel, and swimwear companies. Don has worked with many of the top names in the fitness industry and continues to always

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challenge himself creatively, photographing both professionals and beginners who are seeking amazing images to add to their portfolios. MFM: How did you get started and what first interested you about photography in the first place? DB: I attended a private grade school in the late 60’s early 70’s where we did not have extracurricular classes such as photography. When I was in 8th grade one of our science teachers offered to teach a photography class after school to students in our grade that had an interest in learning how to use a camera. I started attending the classes with about 7 other classmates using my parents’ only camera, a Kodak Instamatic 126 film cartridge camera (which by the way I still have and proudly display on a shelf in my studio that contains various antique camera’s from family and friends). The classes only lasted a few weeks, but at the age of 14 I fell in love with photography and all the creative things I could do with it.


MFM: Are you a self-taught photographer? DB: Yes and no. When I first started using a camera in my early teens, I was just getting my feet wet, learning as much as I could on my own about the inner workings of the camera, light, film, etc. In high school I took night classes in photography where I learned how to develop black and white film and how to print using an enlarger and darkroom. During that same time in high school I was fortunate enough to work as an assistant with one of the best photojournalists in the Chicago area, Lyal Lauth who left the newspaper industry to start his own photography business. I tried to absorb and learn all I could working with Lyal as an assistant on and off throughout high school and college. I attended Columbia College in Chicago. MFM: Do you remember your first camera and lens? What do you use today? DB: Absolutely! When I finally saved up enough money my freshman year of high school, I bought

my first 35mm camera, a Canon TLB with a 50mm 1.8 lens. Today, I still continue to shoot with Canon products and have so for the past 40 years. I use a 5D Mark II and a 5D Mark III. Two of my favorite go to lenses are the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the Canon EF 24105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens MFM: How do you describe your style? DB: Having a background in Fashion, Editorial, Commercial, Glamour, and Fitness, I combine a little of every medium that I have worked with over the years into my images which I think gives them a distinct style and look. www.MOST mag.com || FITNESS

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MFM: Fitness or Fashion? Do you have a favorite? DB: That is a great question! At the moment I would have to say fitness as it’s the majority of my work, day in and day out. However, I started out shooting fashion working with many of the modeling agencies in Chicago for years! I do enjoy both, and it’s fun to intertwine both looks at times during shoots depending on the look we are trying to achieve. MFM: Tell us about your first big break in the fitness industry? DB: It’s interesting, and I share this story with many of the clients I shoot for as well as college students that come for visits with their classes and professors as you never want to pass up an opportunity in this industry. I have been in the photography field for well over 30 years, and I have been shooting fitness clients and models since 2006. I began speaking with a fitness competitor back in the summer of 2006 that mentioned she was coming to Chicago to compete in a fitness competition called Jr. Nationals. At the time, I was

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shooting a lot of fashion and glamour style images including work that was published in Maxim and FHM so I really wasn’t familiar with the fitness competitions and had no clue what Jr. Nationals even was. The fitness model that I spoke to was extremely kind, energetic, and down to earth, and we developed a great rapport through e-mails and phone calls discussing themes and ideas we wanted to shoot when she was in Chicago for her competition. We had a great day shooting a variety of outfits and looks and a few weeks after the shoot when she received her images, she contacted me saying there was a magazine that wanted to do a 16 page layout on her and they were interested in running some of the photos. The model, magazine, and I came to an agreement, and the magazine published 6 of my images out of a 16 page layout. What made it more exciting, was that the kind, energetic, and humble young lady that I was fortunate to shoot with when she was just starting out was none other than Jamie Eason, who turned out to be and still is one of the most respected names in the fitness industry and


a name that’s known and followed throughout the world. To this day, I always have to thank Jamie Eason for getting me started in the photography end of the fitness industry, and she still remains a wonderful friend. It’s interesting that throughout your life, you never know who you will run into that can create such a positive change in your career. Thanks again Jamie! MFM: You have shot many of the biggest names in fitness industry, what has been some of your most memorable shoots? DB: It’s hard to name just a few as I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people, athletes, and personalities throughout the industry and quite honestly, they are all unique in one way or another. I recently had the pleasure of doing my 5th shoot with the current 3X Olympia Bikini Champion Ashley Kaltwasser (in which Ashley

and I were fortunate enough to have a layout we recently shot featured in your December 2015 issue of Most Magazine). Ashley originally booked me for a shoot prior to competing at the Arnold Amateur in Bikini in 2012 at which she took home first place. We had a great shoot and developed a wonderful friendship and continue to shoot at least once a year. Ashley is not only one of the hardest working and most dedicated athletes I know, but she always amazes me as she remains to this day, one of the kindest, most humble athletes I have had the pleasure to work with. MFM: You are now known as one of the best photographers in the industry, how long did it take you to develop your skills? DB: It is very humbling for you to make that statement and to be viewed as one of the best in the industry as there are many outstanding

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photographers in the field. You know, I think we never stop learning and developing our skills. It has taken me years, but I wouldn’t change a thing. It takes a while to create, and then it just clicks. Everything I have learned over the years, be it successes or failures has molded me into the photographer and individual I am today, and I am thankful for that! MFM: When you shoot are you focused on capturing everything in the camera and take your time or do you feel post production and today’s technology will allow the same results in less time? DB: Anyone that knows me and has shot with me knows I put a lot of time into my shoots. I’m meticulous about lighting, sets, ideas, and I never want the client to feel rushed. I want the shot done right for the client. If you don’t capture the images correctly, you’ll be putting more time in to making post production corrections and wasting time. MFM: What makes the good picture stand out from the average? DB: I think if someone truly loves what they do and are passionate about what they do, that passion makes them want to be more creative instead of telling someone, okay, go stand over by that wall and just clicking a photo. The time and effort you put into the posing, lighting, and ideas for the shoot will pay huge dividends in the end results and the clients definitely notice the time and effort that goes into creating a quality experience and results. MFM: Color vs. Black and White? Why one over the other? DB: I don’t think you can have a specific choice of one over the other. It all depends on the look or concept you are trying to create for or with a client. At all of my shoots, I do a variety of both. If we are looking to create something more moody or edgy, then black and white works best. If we want something more vibrant, fun, sassy, or sexy, then color definitely fits!!

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MFM: Do you mentor other photographers or offer classes? DB: I do have assistants and interns that work with me from time to time. One of the local University Professors brings his students up for day visits a couple times a year. Usually from those students I will bring someone on as an assistant or intern. Its a great way to learn and its how I learned. I don’t offer classes….yet :-) But I have taught at Colleges in the Chicago area. MFM: You have a studio in Chicago; can you describe your typical photoshoot day? DB: Those that have booked or worked with me know that the photoshoot day is all about the client. My main goal is to make it a memorable, fun, and exciting experience for anyone that walks through the studio doors. I don’t ever want the client to feel rushed or hurried, after all they are making an investment in a photoshoot, and if they think highly enough of my work to book with me, they get my undivided attention. Prior to the shoot, we have already discussed shoot ideas and concepts, the amount of looks we want to do, the approximate length of the shoot, and how many make-up and hair looks. I’m a firm believer in talking to the client as much as necessary prior the shoot to make sure we have all our ducks in a row. I also know that those discussions build a rapport and comfort level prior to the shoot.


On the day of the shoot, we generally meet at the studio at 9 a.m. We look over outfits that the client brings and add suggestions to outfits or possible outfit changes. Make-up and hair generally take an hour to an hour and a half, and then we begin shooting. I always try to create a comfortable atmosphere and stay open to ideas. I also want to create a productive environment, but one with some humor as well. As much as shoots are planned, some of the best images come from spontaneous moments. I normally try to get 4-5 looks for the client, but that can vary depending on what specific looks the client wants. Working with fitness clients, I always make sure I allow time for their meals as many of the shoots are done close to shows they are competing in. Either way, I always strive to capture what the client is there for-great shots, an enjoyable day, and a memorable experience. I will always do my best to allow for a full day of shooting so we normally finish around 5 p.m. MFM: Do you shoot only professional models with experience or do take on beginners as well? DB: I work with both professional models and

beginners that have never done a shoot. A lot of people that are just starting out with fitness want to capture their journey, and I feel I do a good job and have been told by clients that I create a very comfortable and enjoyable work environment helping them with posing and creating an atmosphere that make for a fun and productive shoot with both pro’s and beginners. MFM: What are the characteristics of a great fitness model? DB: Good looks and a willingness to work hard; bring your best physique, energy, and attitude to a shoot and the rest will fall into place. MFM: What tips can you give our aspiring readers to get ready for a fitness photoshoot? DB: Know your body and allow enough time to prep and train properly for a shoot. Discuss fees, shoot dates, times, ideas, clothing options, make-up and hair, spray tans etc. in advance so there is no confusion on the day of the shoot. Stay committed to the shoot date. Show up on time and with a great attitude, and most importantly have fun and enjoy the day!

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MFM: How is social media changing your business? Whats your favorite social media platform? DB: When I started out in the industry there wasn’t social media. Today it’s a must if you want to be successful. Social media is a large part of my business with referrals and getting my images out in the public eye. I generally use Facebook and Instagram. I feel it’s easy to get overloaded with all of the social media outlets. You just have to stick with what format is successful for you and your business. MFM: Where do you hope to go from here? DB: I want to continue to grow in the industry. Get more of my work out there and continue to create new and inspiring images and styles that will lead to more clients. It’s very gratifying when you see the positive impact you have on people after they spend a few hours in front of your camera. Don Bersano bersanophotography.com bersanophotography@gmail.com Instagram @ bersanophotography

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Sports Journalist, Reporter, Correspondent, and Host at NFL Network

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By: Kelly Price

s we celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the game of all games, the Super Bowl, we talked with Erin Coscarelli about her memorable moments in Super Bowl history. Ms. Coscarelli is a cohost of NFL Network’s NFL HQ and talks football five days a week (at least on TV). Prior to joining NFL Network in 2014, Coscarelli was an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area where she appeared on a number of programs, including the network’s signature show “SportsNet Central.” Coscarelli covered the Bay Area’s professional sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, and the Golden State Warriors, as well as the Stanford and California football programs. And she was also a sideline reporter for Fox Sports West, PAC-12 Network, NBC Sports Network, and ESPN, where she covered the “World Series of Poker” and the “Summer X-Games.” For more information on Erin, please visit: www.erincoscarelli.com.

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MFM: Hands down, best played Super Bowl game? EC: Giants/Patriots 2007. David Tyree. One-handed catch. It was such a crazy storyline for the Giants. MFM: Best performance by a rookie? EC: It’s hard to argue with the hype and popularity Odell Beckham Jr. had last year with that crazy catch and how he’s continuing to do big things there in New York. MFM: Funniest Super Bowl ad? EC: In honor of the new “Star Wars” movie, how about that Volkswagen: The Force commercial in 2011. Who doesn’t love a mini Darth Vader discovering he can start the car just by using “The Force”? MFM: Most surprising sneak play? EC: Rams surprise the Seahawks with their rope-adope punt return for a TD. Tavon Austin lined up on the left side of the field for a return and acted like he was about to catch the ball. Then -- even though the Seahawks punted in one direction -- everyone on the Seahawks’ return team went after Austin. I couldn’t believe it. And to the Seahawks no less. MFM: Most questionable call by a ref? EC: Cowboys-Packers divisional playoff game, 4th quarter with just over four minutes left in the game. Dez Bryant’s unbelievable 31-yard catch that wasn’t a catch. The Packers got the ball on downs and were able to run out the clock to advance to the NFC Championship game. Since that play, we are still debating what a catch is. MFM: Favorite halftime show? EC: Beyoncé. She crushed it. MFM: Favorite QB-Receiver combination? EC: Their story is as iconic as their legendary names. Hard to argue with Montana and Rice.

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MFM: Best defensive play? EC: Malcolm Butler interception in Super Bowl XLIX. I was at a party with all Seahawk fans. We thought they had it in the bag and then comes this unbelievable interception to seal the win for the Patriots. Needless to say, that party wasn’t such a party anymore. MFM: Best halftime adjustment by a team? EC: AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Chiefs and the Colts. Indy trailed 31-10 at halftime. Luck had 3 interceptions and then somehow figured it out in the 2nd half, throwing three of four touchdowns and giving the Colts an improbable 45-44 wild-card victory. The second largest playoff comeback in NFL history. MFM: What is your favorite part of the Super Bowl? EC: The adversity overcome by the two teams to get to their final destination. It’s what dreams are made of. To finally get to the Super Bowl – the place you probably dreamed of as a young kid.

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By: Sabina Bloom

As the seasons change and many of us prepare to put on some holiday weight and station ourselves next to the fire for the winter, Ana Ivanovic remains hard at work on the court in Bern, Switzerland. At the age of four, Ana decided that she wanted to begin lessons. Born in Belgrade, Serbia at the height of the Kosovo War, she was forced to train in the mornings for safety reasons, “At that time, there were so few tennis facilities in Serbia I had to practice inside an empty swimming pool, but the opportunity to train was something that was always the highlight of my day—I always looked forward to it so much. The Serbian mentality is very determined: we are aware that you have to work hard to achieve something. That is the mindset that has shaped me as a player more than anything else.” That mindset is reflected throughout her work. She describes her determination and dedication to the sport as “the unconditional will to win”. And win she does. In 2003 she claimed pro status, quickly rising in the ranks, placing first in the French Open in 2008 (at just twenty-one

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years old) and going on to earn the title of number one in the world that same year. Most recently, the 2015 China Open held highly competitive matches. She says that the ability to adapt was her key to success, leading her to make it to the semi finals. Ana is currently ranked sixth by the Women’s Tennis Association. When asked how she celebrates a win, Ana tells MOST that she first takes the time to sign autographs and take selfies with fans, “…I then go straight into the gym for a fifteen minute “cool down”: jogging on the treadmill or cycling. This will flush the toxins out of my legs and aid recovery. I have a shower, I grab a Power Bar and a recovery drink and I then head to the mandatory press conference. This is followed by TV interviews and sometimes various sponsor suite visits.” It turns out that her time on the court is just as intense as that off the court. When she is not training, she is working with her fitness company, Trainers4Me. The Trainers4Me website pairs users with personal coaching in a wide range of sports. “Long-term, the aim of Trainers4ME


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is to build a worldwide community of sports lovers by delivering the easiest and most cost-effective way of finding a top-class personal trainer or instructor anywhere in the world.”

the role very seriously. I am concerned mainly with the School Without Violence programme. It is an awareness programme: we tackle the problem of violence and bullying in schools.”

he phrase Ana lives by is “Work hard and be nice to people.” As her intense regimen suggests, she certainly works hard. As far as being nice to people, her charity work speaks for itself. Focused mainly on a passion for bettering the experience of childhood in Serbia, Ana says, “It was a great honor for me to become UNICEF’s National Ambassador. I take

While tennis is her main career, Ana has modeled for Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Bazaar Serbia, Cosmopolitan Serbia and Vogue Espana. Her photographs show young girls that strong is beautiful. Though she has seen success in the modeling world, don’t be fooled, she’s not putting down her racket any time soon. Ana tells MOST, “I have always enjoyed doing shoots and off the court transformations, working with photographers

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and the creative team, but I have never considered pursuing this full time. Tennis has always been my priority. I am more than happy to be able to do both.” Though we may not be seeing her make a career shift for modeling, should the CIA call Ana is ready, “I have always wondered what it would be like to be a CIA agent,” she says. or those aspiring to play tennis professionally, Ana sends some words of wisdom: “The most important thing is to enjoy it. It is easy for it to become very serious, because it is your job, but you must not lose sight of why you started playing tennis to begin with: for the love of the game.” With so many things accomplished at this point in her career, what can MOST readers hope to see from Ana next? “Hopefully a lot of success on court! Off the court, I am very excited about working even closer with my partners and developing exciting projects in fitness, nutrition and beauty. There also may be a TV show coming up, but I cannot say any more right now.” We will be waiting on the edge of our seats—or bleachers as the case may be.

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Harry Grigsby LHGFX Photography

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Michelle Lewin


By: Darcy Tharp

MFM: At what age did you start photography? HG: I was interested in photography as early as grade school and even took a photography class in high school! Back then we learned how to use the black room to develop black and white film, and all cameras were film, lol. However, I didn’t actively pursue photography until after I decided I could not model. MFM: What made you fall in love with photography? HG: I think I fell in love with photography because it was a way to capture the beauty in the things and the people that I saw around me. I love to draw, but I wasn’t that great at it and certainly wasn’t good looking enough to model so I decided to try my hand at using a camera.

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MFM: Are you a self-taught photographer or attend school? HG: I am primarily self-taught. I say primarily because I never took classes, but because I wanted to do photography, and because the opportunity for a career change presented itself at a time when I was looking for change. I took a job at Lifetouch: a school portraits company based in Minneapolis MN where I grew up. There we had very basic training at lighting and framing portraits, how to thread those large cameras, and I got my first taste of lugging around all that gear we needed to do our job! In hindsight, I probably learned the most from Robert John Gutke who was the first photographer that took an interest in photographing my brother and me as models.


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MFM: How long did it take you to develop your skills? HG: I don’t know how much money I spent on film as I learned to change settings from auto to manual on my first Canon! It took years to learn how to manipulate the camera to get the effect I wanted, and I was never really proficient in Photoshop, so I figured I better learn my camera! It’s been over 15 years, and I am still learning, and still developing new skills and new techniques! MFM: Favorite lens/camera combination and why? HG: So far my favorite combination is the Canon 1Dx with the Canon 70-200EF 2.8L Type II series lens. The flexibility and depth of field has proven effective in both capturing creative portraits and events, but I can’t exclude my love of the Canon 85mm 1.8L series which unfortunately I only got to play with for less than a year before it was relieved

from my kit without my knowledge, haha. The way I could use depth of field for creative effects with that lens, and it was a lot of fun to play with! MFM: Are you primarily a still photographer or do you also do cinematography? Any interest in expanding into other areas? HG: I am primarily a still photographer and play with video only a little. LHGFX Photography currently has three photographers, and my brother Allen has dabbled in cinematography a little more than I have. But I do enjoy the challenge of capturing moving images and making them look better than just the clips I captured! As far as expanding, first I would like to expand my craft and spread out beyond being just a fitness photographer but become known as a fashion and artistic photographer as well!

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MFM: How much time you spend in post-production? HG: Post-production takes way more time than the time spent capturing the images! That’s the fun part of capturing the images, and the work is in the post-production. Just the time spent downloading, sorting, and uploading the images can take longer than the actual shoot. Then you add in making sure batteries are charged, gear is clean, and ready to go, and organizing galleries in a way that is expandable and manageable take time. It’s much easier when someone sends me images to edit, and they know what they want. If I had to look through the images and decide what images to edit for every client that I worked with, I probably wouldn’t have any time left to photograph and do shoots lol. As far as editing, it really depends on the model and the mood I am looking for to create the final image. Some images are ready to go with just a watermark, some only take five minutes, but some can take over an hour. There are times when I am not happy with the edit and can’t think of how

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to complete it the way I imagine it, and it’s like getting writers block! But then you get inspired, whether by someone or something, and it all becomes clear. Then I am able to finish easily! MFM: Do you prefer studio or outdoor shooting? HG: My preference is almost always outdoors or at least away from the studio. Personally, I feel I can be more creative and less limited when I am not in the studio. I know there are photographers that do amazingly creative and beautiful work in a studio, and when I am in studio, I try to step outside of what I am confined too. However, I feel like I come alive when I can work with natural light and a camera. I guess that is the same if I have natural light available in the studio. MFM: Your images possess special lighting-what makes your lighting so special? HG: Wow, I appreciate that! I don’t think that any one thing makes my lighting special. I try to light


the subject in a way that flatters them and the images. When possible, I will try to use natural light as much as I can with supplemental light when needed. MFM: Do you mentor other photographers or offer classes? HG: I work with two other photographers in our company, Allen Grigsby and Leigh Hagen. Within our group we bounce around ideas and techniques that we learn and give each other feedback and

ideas on what we think might improve each other’s work. This has helped us improve dramatically in the last five years. I guess that is as much of a mentor/mentee relationship that I have, and at one time or another, we have all played both roles with each other. We currently do not mentor any photographers outside of LHGFX Photography, but I am not opposed to the idea given the right circumstances. As a team we have talked about offering classes and possibly working with other photographers that we respect and admire in the industry to put on a clinic. When the time is right, things will fall into place to make it happen. Everything happens for a reason and every person that we meet has something to teach and to learn from one another, so I think it will happen sometime and possibly soon! MFM: When models get in front of your camera, you seem to know how to get the best pose out of them. Do you direct your models to pose? HG: It really is a coming together of energies. I try not to have preconceived ideas of exactly what pose I want because everyone moves differently; I try to get a feel of her natural movement and then make tweaks that help make the movement look best from my viewpoint. There are definitely times when a model may be inexperienced or run out of ideas, so I will set my camera down and demonstrate a pose! Sometimes it’s easier to show rather than explain! MFM: Do you shoot only professional models with experience or do take on beginners as well? HG: I shoot with all levels of models from beginner to very experienced. Beginners are fun to work with because they don’t have a preconceived notion of how their body looks best, and experienced models can give you awesome movement and know that sometimes the most awkward feeling pose gives the most amazing results! So I really enjoy the variety and the opportunity to work with all levels of experience! MFM: Do you describe yourself as a specialist in fitness/glamour photography? HG: I work a lot in the fitness and glamour sectors but truly enjoy the artistic and fashion side of

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photography as well. I think we do so much fitness because we are better known in that genre, but I would hate to limit myself. I love the opportunity to be creative and step outside my normal boundaries! MFM: Are you into fitness yourself? HG: I am really into sports more so than going to the gym. If I can be on the beach playing volleyball, surfing, hiking, or playing soccer, I feel alive. But I don’t really get excited about seeing how much I can bench press or deadlift. I have great admiration for the people that love the gym as much as I love the outdoors. I feel like as long as you are getting exercise you are doing something good for yourself! MFM: Do you plan your shoots or are they mostly spur of the moment, working with what’s available to you? HG: In a perfect situation, it would be both planned and spur of the moment. I like having an idea of what outfits are available because it helps me choose a general location or gives me ideas of what I might like to do, but having the ability to be inspired by a landscape or moved by a spontaneous thought or idea is part of the excitement! I remember shooting with Paige Hathaway in the desert a couple of years ago, and as we were leaving we drove past a mound in the sand. We stopped to investigate, and it was a rope that had been left and buried in the sand by the wind. We uncoiled the rope and did one more series of shots using the rope as wardrobe and that ended up being used as a cover shot! MFM: What inspires you and brings creativity to your projects? HG: Energy and attitude inspire me. I know that sounds weird, but if a model walks in with this amazing happy energy and willingness to try new ideas to get different shots, then I feel inspired as well! Energy is infectious, and I always try to have a good fun energy and appreciate when the model also has a similar attitude! I have always felt that two people’s energies coming together creates better results than one person’s solo ideas.

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Michelle & Jimmy Lewin

MFM: You have a lot of images with our recent October cover stars Michelle Lewin and her husband/trainer Jimmy Lewin. Do you shoot a lot with her? What makes shooting celebrities such as her so special? HG: Michelle and Jimmy are both amazing people. They are humble and extremely hard working. Even with all the success that Michelle has had, she enjoys meeting people that are inspired by her. I enjoy working with her as much now as I did the first time we shot together three years ago. It is a blessing when someone has success in whatever field they are in and continue to be humble and grateful! Michelle and Jimmy exemplify that, and so every shoot is fun and we play around and none of us take each other too seriously because this could all be gone tomorrow.


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Holly Barker MUAH: Cindy Stirling

MFM: Any advice for aspire MOST Magazine fitness models? HG: Advice? Sure, enjoy what you do, but remember to put family and health first. There are a lot of people out there that will tell you how to get the best body, how much they can do for you and promise one thing or another, so do your research. If you want to maximize opportunities, always be within a few days of shoot ready. Fitness is a lifestyle and if you are always prepared then you will never miss an opportunity when it appears! Don’t worry about what other people have to say about you; build a body that makes you happy and that you can be proud of. This reflects in your attitude and can be the difference between a good photo and a great photo! MFM: Major plans for 2016 and beyond? HG: There are a couple new things that are in the works for 2016, but nothing that’s ready to be shared ;) I will be working on the travel schedule for 2016 in Dec/Jan so if you want me to come to your city to shoot or you want to come to LA to shoot with me, let me know and maybe we can make it happen!

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MFM: Where can MOST Fitness readers find you on social media and send booking requests? HG: You can find me on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Twitter, and Periscope-the links are below. For Instagram, Snapchat, and Periscope you can search HarryLHGFX. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share part of my story with you! For taking the time to read this and for liking and commenting on my photos and posts! I appreciate all the people that are fans of my work. I am very blessed to do something I love doing, and I am grateful to god and my parents instagram.com/harrylhgfx/ - Personal IG www.facebook.com/lhgfx - Personal FB www.facebook.com/harry.lhgfxii Fan Page Harry LHGFX FB www.facebook.com/lhgfxphoto Fan Page LHGFX Photography FB www.periscope.tv/harrylhgfx Personal Periscope twitter.com/hg3photography Personal Twitter

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By The Healthinista:

Marzia Prince

Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Writer, Spokesmodel & IFBB Pro www.marziaprince.com www.facebook.com/MarziaPrinceFitness instagram.com/marziaprince twitter.com/marziaprince

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CAN YOU REALLY GAIN FLEXIBILITY AFTER 40?

I often wondered that due to my past workout history of heavy strength training for so many years. As you age, your muscles lose strength and elasticity. You know that phrase, “If you don’t use it, you will lose it?” If you don’t stretch regularly and properly, you will lose your flexibility fast. But with regular maintenance, you will regain some back. I wanted to share my personal journey with you and inspire you to get your stretch on. Besides my regular strength training and cardio sessions, I did my dynamic stretches before my workout and static stretches after my workouts for years. I thought that would count as flexibility and help my body feel balanced. Twelve years later I was feeling really imbalanced. My back and my neck hurt. I knew my body was off. As a fitness trainer, I know the body needs strength,

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cardio, and flexibility to be balanced. If not, we get muscle imbalances. I have changed up my strength training and cardio workouts over the years, but never my stretching routine. Not sure why? Well, yes, I do. I will admit it; I am not a fan of stretching. I love all types of fitness, why can’t I love stretching? It seems so boring and slow. I guess I needed to embrace patience of a slow stretch pose. The bi-monthly massages and weekly chiropractic sessions were still not cutting it either. I knew that my body needed a deeper stretch and I was really feeling imbalanced. So I decided to try yoga one day because my body was so tight after many years of bikini bodybuilding for fitness competitions. I was NOT a fan of my first yoga class. I was trained mentally for so many years to have aggressive workout sessions that I felt that yoga wasn’t doing


anything. But something in me told me to give it try and don’t quit. At first I had a love/hate relationship with it. I hated every moment when I was in class. It was so hard, the stretches hurt, and I was as flexible as a dry twig. I was going to snap a hamstring at any moment. My mind was also racing. I could not get my thought to stop and be in the moment. I had a really hard time focusing. But, I loved how I felt afterwards. With each session I was slowly begin to mentally accept it and have an open mind. My body felt more relaxed and not so tight. I begin to embrace the athleticism of yoga. Some of the poses blew my mind that I am determined to be a yogi now. What some of these yoga peeps can do is incredible. I have so come far, but still have a long ways to go. Back in the day I could leg press 500 lbs. but I could not hold up my own 135 lbs. body weight. Weird huh! I also, could not do a headstand at all back in those days. With months of practice,

today, I could now do a headstand on a paddle board in the water. This was a highlight for me as I hit my 40’s. Yoga taught me a new mind muscle connection with your own body weight. Different from what I learned than bodybuilding. I crave yoga now and know when my body needs the deep stretch. Funny how even as a fitness professional for 12 years trained to do one thing, your fitness changes and you evolve. I love where I am with my fitness right now. I feel more centered with my mind, body, and soul. The yoga wheel you see me using in my images is called a Dharma Yoga Wheel. I saw this wheel on Instagram. It has helped me stretch and release tension where I have muscular tightness in my body. It also, helps me get deeper into my yoga poses and serves as a great tool instead of using the wall for some poses. Did you know the number of older adults participating in yoga has grown because doctors are recommending it? If you already do yoga, great! Keep at it. If you don’t, I highly recommend giving it a try. Just start at a basic level until you feel comfortable or brave enough to do the next level. You have to start somewhere. If you would have told me I would be doing yoga headstands a couple years ago, I would have laughed in your face. Now, I am in love with the challenge of flexibility.

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Athlete, Certified Fitness Professional & Celebrity Trainer

www.fitnessbyelena.com IG: elenaskinner www.facebook.com/elenaskinnerfitness/?ref=hl www.youtube.com/channel/UCB73QJlNn2rlvPUUNJAn_CQ By: Darcy Tharp ormer Russian gymnast and fitness aficionado, Elena Skinner is now a certified fitness and nutrition coach molding bodies and minds from the inside out. As a teenager growing up in Russia, she discovered weight lifting and maintained an overall very healthy lifestyle. After moving to the U.S. and getting compliments and questions from people on her physique, she decided to study sports nutrition and teach people how to get in shape and achieve their goals. At just over 110 pounds, Elena has chiseled the type of body that professional athletes have and can even squat lift four times her weight! And that is precisely why people started noticing her and so she developed her own training programs offering one on one, group, and online coaching. Elena’s training style is all about staying lean, toned, and gaining an appropriate balance between muscle mass, athletic function, and a beautiful, aesthetic look. Based out of Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC, Elena travels the globe, working out and inspiring people along the way with her sweet personality to develop the same passion and spirit for fitness that she has. MOST Fitness had a chance to catch Elena and ask her about her best workouts for glutes and legs, how she got her start, and what she eats on a typical day.

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and training styles, learned about nutrition, and how it all works together. Physical fitness became my passion, and it has never stopped.

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MFM: Where are you from and how did you get into fitness? ES: I was born and raised in Russia, and I am a former gymnast, fitness/nutrition coach, and fitness model. I was attending gymnastics school at the age of 4, and for 10 years I devoted myself to gymnastics. As my life got busier and school more hectic, I had to give up on gymnastics and focus on education. Yet, my passion for athletics never left me, and a few years later I started lifting weights, beginning what would be a lifelong quest for knowledge about fitness, health, and nutrition. Weight lifting was an amazing experience for me, molding a great body shape that I have continued to maintain throughout my life. MFM: First job? ES: While still in Russia attending a college, I also began working and helping to train people at a gym owned by a friend of mine. I realized that working out is an amazing sport in which anybody can sculpt their body the way they want it to be. By training hard regularly, I became a strong athlete. I experimented with different exercises

MFM: How did it feel the first time you helped someone transform their body and achieve their fitness and health goals? ES: For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seen my clients’ happy smiles when they get close to their fitness goals. For many of them it is a big transformation in many aspects of their lives. They become more confident, energetic, less stressed, and more positive. It makes me happy to know that my training styles, and the encouragement I give my clients positively affect all areas of their lives and help empower them to achieve their goals. MFM: What are your other passions outside of fitness? ES: I love to travel, especially to Europe. I also really like speed and race sport cars. I enjoy reading historical books, and I love to grill food. MFM: Describe a typical day for yourself in terms of food and meals? ES: I keep my diet simple, but different. I have a breakfast that consist of protein and carbs which are essential for me to start my day, especially since I train after my breakfast. So usually it would be eggs and oatmeal. I have snacks during the days such as nuts or an apple or banana. Usually I have chicken with salad for lunch. I often have fish and vegetables for dinner, and a protein shake before I go to bed. MFM: The gym can seem overwhelming for people who have not gone regularly as there

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are so many weights and combinations of exercises to choose from. What are your best suggestions for a simple easy way to work all the muscles in the body for a gym novice? ES: When people just start going to the gym, in order to have a productive work out and not be confused, it is better to hire a personal trainer or go to classes. It depends on their fitness goals, but it could be a total body conditioning class, yoga, or Pilates. It will help to learn and understand how their body reacts to a physical activity and choose the best workout routine for their body type. 7. How do you motivate yourself to get to the gym or workout on days your body hurts or you don’t want to? ES: I think for me it is a way of living, as I have been lifting since I was a teenager. It became a part of my everyday routine like eating or drinking water. People and my clients are motivation for me. They look up to me, and I’m excited every day to share my knowledge about fitness and healthy living with them.

MFM: Tell MOST readers your best exercise for toned legs and glutes? ES: I would say that deep squats, lunges, and kickbacks are girl’s best friends. Two– three of these workouts per week. MFM: How are your personal training programs unique, and can you tell us an inside tidbit that someone wouldn’t know that they would get when they sign up to have training from you? ES: First of all I absolutely love to help my clients to get in the best shape of their lives. The success of my client is my success too. When I train people I choose the best program and diet that would work specifically for their body type. It is all about the results and not about the time frames that most trainers put people in. I always give my clients extra time if they need it and make sure that all their questions are answered. Also, I offer online training for those who want to sign up for my program but are physically located in a different state or country.

MFM: Favorite body part? ES: Glutes and legs MFM: If you weren’t doing fitness right now but could do anything else you wanted for a career, what would it be? ES: Well, profession/career wise I came from very intellectual background. I have an MBA in general management, and I have been in the IT industry most of my life managing large scale IT projects. That is something I probably would continue doing if my passion wouldn’t take over. MFM: Do you ever desire to do dancing or gymnastics again or get involved in those here in the U.S.? ES: My workout routines are pretty tough, and at the end of the day I feel that I have had enough physical activity between my workout and training clients. But once in a while I do go to gymnastics gyms; it is always fun to be in that environment, and to stretch and do some flips.

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Photo Credit: Ryan Astamendi www.ryanastamendi.com

MFM: Outside of the gym, what is your go to outfit you love to wear or favorite designers? ES: I like different styles, but all of them end up being classy, and elegant with a touch of sexiness. That how a woman should look like I think. I have a passion for Italian fashion, and my favorite designers are Versace and Dior. MFM: Do you have any future projects or plans that you can tell us about? ES: Yes, I am working on a few projects right now and also have many new fitness videos coming up soon that will be available on my website. Website: www.fitnessbyelena.com IG: elenaskinner Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ elenaskinnerfitness/?ref=hl You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCB73QJlNn2rlvPUUNJAn_CQ #elenaskinner #fitness #bootyqueen #workout #training #bodybuilding #healthyliving #ripped #swole #girlswholift

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Shawn Hektor-Lewis www.shawnscouturecuties.com www.shawnhektorlewis.com www.brickbuiltbooty.com IG:@ShawnCarla_IFBBPro @ShawnsCouture @BrickBuiltBooty FB:Shawn Hektor-Lewis facebook.com/shawnhektorlewisfanpage facebook.com/ShawnsCoutureCuties facebook.com/Brickbuiltbooty Photo Credit: Brian Landis www.landisphotographic.com

hawn Hektor-Lewis is an IFBB Bikini Pro and authority on the art of winning stage presence. Shawn developed her expertise through both professional pieces of training, which includes a Bachelors in Music, and hands-on experience in virtually every performing art. She has excelled as an IFBB PRO Bikini competitor, actress, and theater performer, print, and cover model as well as an opera singer in which she is classically trained. Her experience is vast, which has made her a tremendous asset for hundreds of physique competitors seeking to improve their stage presence, poise and posing. Shawn is passionate about helping like-minded competitors reach their physique competition goals. Additionally, she is the owner of Brick Built Booty clothing and Shawn’s Couture Cuties, a couture competition suit design and stage presence boutique she founded in 2011. Shawn’s Couture Cuties provides physique competitors with all the services, stage training, and products needed to create a polished and winning stage presence package.

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I won my IFBB Pro card in Figure in 2013. Since then I spent the following year preparing myself for the pro stage. After competing a couple of times I realized that Figure on the pro level did not fit my physique and I needed to shift gears.

At that point I began shaping my body for Bikini. As I trained I knew my weaknesses and I feel in the last year I’ve made great strides toward correcting those weaknesses. That being said, because I came from Figure, I can tell you two of the things most Bikini girls lack and do not do involve building their back and stretching! One of the body parts I think a lot of Bikini competitors lack, is a full dense and wide back. Most think that the back is not essential in Bikini because most of us cover it with our hair while posing. And yes; that is true! However; that being said, a well developed back can really accentuate the S-curve into your waist and glutes. I love training back, especially coming from Figure. Lifting heavy back is great but I do think it’s important to focus on squeezing as well. Often times girls get so caught up with pulling more weight, that they forget more doesn’t always equate to better. While training your back, your biceps can take on a lot of the stress of the movement. If you train too heavy, you won’t even be able to activate your back muscles as your biceps will take over.

Mix it up. Train the back heavy at the beginning of your workout when you are fresh. As you get fatigued, move to lighter exercises where you focus on squeezing those back muscles, don’t slack off and use only your biceps. Train each side of your back independently so that you balance the workload and grow evenly. Keep strict form and use your mind muscle connection.

Secondly it is very important to stretch! I can’t stress this enough. I work with girls on a daily basis perfecting their posing and the biggest problem I have with 99% of the women I work with is flexibility.

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Muscle is not flexible by nature. As ladies who love to lift, we often forgo stretching for an extra set of iron. Stretching should NEVER take a back seat. It will be your best friend when you try to accentuate your lines for stage. Not to mention, stretching makes a huge difference in how your body will feel as you get older. Build beautiful, long, flexible muscle. Before you stretch anything you should be sufficiently warmed up. Attempting to bend a cold muscle is like pulling on a frozen rubber band. It will snap. My best suggestion is to stretch after your cardio or lifting and before your body cools down. Get at least a good ten minutes of running, jogging, or walking in before you attempt to pull, bend, or stretch anything at risk of injury otherwise.

Which brings me to my last point. Cardio. The “cool thing” to do now is to bash cardio. Cardio bunnies are not cute.

I disagree. When it comes to training you must have balance. You cannot strictly stay in the weight room or just on the treadmill. You must do both. Cardio keeps your heart in shape; the largest of your body’s muscles. When you see a woman with great condition in her physique; I guarantee she did some kind of cardio to get herself there. Cardio is not a one size fits all, you need to find the version that is going to work best for your body type and that you also enjoy! Make cardio fun. Switch it up. Take the time to condition your heart. One way I love to complete my cardio is taking it outdoors. Enjoy a run in the park. Or a hike through the woods. Find something you will enjoy so you keep it up! Remember that we train for Life and not just for the stage. The more you remember that this is a journey to be absorbed, the easier it will be to take the first steps and keep going!


IFBB Physique Professional Certified Personal trainer Global sales consultant for Isagenix International Marketing Coordinator GASP & Better Bodies

Vicki Diaz www.instagram.com/vicki_fit www.facebook.com/VickiDiazFit

Photo Credit: George Kontaxis www.georgekontaxis.com

By: Darcy Tharp

“I have been training for my goals my entire life.� As a gymnast and dancer starting at the age of

four, Vicki Diaz learned early on that the foundation for reaching your goals is earned through work and commitment to anything you set your mind and heart on. Life is full of setbacks and disappointments, but the true test of how bad you want something is in your commitment to learn from the hard times and keep going. After a twelve-year career as a competitive gymnast, Vicki then participated in other high school sports including volleyball and cheerleading. In high school she was honored to be a nationally ranked high school cheerleader and later an instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association. While in college, Vicki missed the excitement of participating in athletics and competition. This sparked her interest in fitness competitions, which seemed to be the perfect opportunity to satisfy her love of competing through gymnastics, weight lifting, and conditioning. Vicki says she jumped in with both feet and entered her first fitness competition in Norman, OK in 1993. Winning this competition solidified her interest in the sport, and she has been hooked ever since! After graduating from The University of Oklahoma, she began her career in the fitness industry through sharing her love and passion for health, fitness, and nutrition. As a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, boot camp instructor, Spin Instructor, healthy lifestyle coach, speaker, and educator, Vicki has experienced the pleasure and joy of working with people of all ages and fitness levels.

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In 2000, Vicki took some time off from competing to focus on family and business. She continuing to lead a health-centered life, and knew that she eventually wanted to return to the stage. It was in 2012, when her four-year-old nephew lost his courageous fight with cancer and after seeing his strength and bravery throughout his treatments, motivated Vicki to amp-up her pursuits and goals as a competitor. She thrived in the discipline and routines that competition requires. Two years later,

she earned her Professional status in the IFBB and is continuing her pursuit to the Olympia Stage. As a mother, wife, and business-owner, Vicki juggles many roles. She hopes that her journey motivates and inspires others to find success and happiness by being the BEST they can be and have the confidence, energy, and strength to never miss a moment of life’s exciting opportunities!

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Nutritious and Delicious

Quinoa Salad 1/3 cup red onion diced 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. uncooked quinoa 2 cups water 2 cups steamed or grilled chopped asparagus 1 large orange chopped 2 tbsp jalapeño pepper finely cut 1/3 c. toasted walnuts or pecans chopped Dressing: 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp oil 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt (if desired) Black pepper as desired

Cilantro Lime Chicken 2 pounds of butterflied chicken breasts Marinade for 1 hour minimum 2 fresh limes juiced 1 tbsp olive oil 1 clove crushed garlic 1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves Himalayan pink salt Grill and serve

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1/2 tsp chopped garlic Large skillet with lid Heat olive oil in large skillet and add red onion. Sauté about two minutes or until onion is tender. Add 1 cup quinoa to onion and sauté’ another 2 minutes until quinoa is golden brown. Add 2 cups water, stir, cover with lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Pour quinoa in a large bowl. Toss in chopped asparagus and chopped orange. In a small glass bowl, mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper and garlic. Add to quinoa mixture and stir. Add chopped nuts.


Protein Pancake Paprika Sweet Potatoes 2-4 sweet potatoes 1 tbsp coconut oil 1-2 tbsp Paprika Cracked black pepper Dried parsley Peel sweet potatoes and cut into dice-sized squares. Pour into large bowl, add coconut oil and stir. Add paprika, cracked black pepper and stir. I prefer it to have a little kick, so I am generous with the Paprika. Pour potatoes on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Top with dried parsley flakes and a dash of salt (if desired). Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes. Add a few minutes if you prefer a crispier texture.

3 egg whites, 1 whole egg 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup fresh blueberries Dash of cinnamon 1 tsp sugar free strawberry preserves 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp Coconut oil or cooking spray Heat oil or cooking spray in a skillet. Mix all ingredients in a blender for 5-10 seconds, depending on blender speed. I prefer the pancake to have more texture so I only blend for about 5 seconds. Pour into heated skillet. You can make 1 large pancake or 2 small ones. Cook each side until golden brown.

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IFBB Physique Competitor, Fitness Role Model, Member of Team Optimum Nutrition, Author of The Cook Effect

STEVE COOK Facebook: www.facebook.com/SteveCookFitness Twitter: @SteveCook Instagram: www.instagram.com/stevecook YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/swoldiernation www.optimumnutrition.com www.facebook.com/optimumnutrition twitter.com/team_optimum #OptimumNutrition #CookEffect

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