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JD MCKOWN OVER ALL WINNER CENTRAL TEXAS SHOWDOWN AMANDA HARRIS WABDL WORLD CHAMPION WOMEN’S JUNIOR DIVISON PLUS: BIOGRAPHIES OF SOME OF YOUR WINNERS FROM THIS YEARS CENTRAL TEXAS SHOWDOWN


OCTOBER 20, 2012 CENTRAL TEXAS SHOWDOWN WACO TEXAS WACO CONVENTION Welcome to our March edition of Pose Down Mag Online. CENTER We kicked off the month of March off with the Arnold Classic

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2010. As always a great event to cover and be part of. This year the attendance level was an even greater amount from previous years. With an event this big, mark your calendar for next year, We will feature Aprils edition with this years coverage. Again, thank you to Jim Lorimer, Bob Lorimer, Mike Davies, Matt Lorz, Kathy Nagle, and Brent Lalonde, and everyone else at the Arnold for organizing such a great event.

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Kay’s Bio Kay Simms, M.S., CSCS, HFI My Health Philosophy: Good health is a blessing not to be taken for granted. I love sharing my passion for fitness and wellness with others. The greatest reward I could ask for is seeing my clients succeed and change their lives. The combination of proper resistance training, cardiovascular training, and nutrition provide the formula for success!! Hard work is not an option, it is MANDATORY! I enjoy utilizing the science of my exercise physiology degree background to evaluate and address every client’s individual needs. My goal is to serve every client with energy, passion, and commitment every day to lead them to happier, healthier lives. Changing lives is what I do every day through fitness, nutrition, and mental training. Clients feel better as they work toward and achieve their goals. Whether improved body composition, daily functioning, or sports performance is the goal, I address all aspects training required to achieve it. Nutrition is a key aspect of reaching health/fitness goals. Whole, clean foods are the ticket to success. I myself must live a gluten-free/lactose-free diet; thus helping others identify unknown food allergies/intolerances has become a passion of mine raising quality of life for many and increasing awareness of keeping foods “back to basics” as much as possible. Experience in cardiac rehabilitation research and living a gluten/lactose-free diet enhances my ability to serve a more diverse clientele with compassion and care. Competitive collegiate tennis and figure competition experience provides a further level of performance training for those with competitive goals. Whatever the need, the client will be served 110%!

Certifications/Education/Background: Certified NSCA- CSCS, ACSM- Health/Fitness Specialist 2 ½ years cardiac rehabilitation research-Baylor Hospital, Dallas- 8 published articles 4 years NCAA Division 1-AA tennis player Specialties include: Weight loss Special Populations-including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia Nutrition-including gluten- and lactose free diets and other food intolerances/allergies Body sculpting Performance training Contact Info: Kay Simms, M.S., CSCS, HFI Professional Trainer/Director of Training www.jessejamesfit.com” www.jessejamesfit.com kay.jessejamesfit.com” http://kay.jessejamesfit.com mailto:kay@jessejamesfit.com” kay@jessejamesfit.com 972-207-9800


HAPPY HEALTHY HOLIDAYS!

Killer Cranberry Relish

Holiday parties with holiday foods can easily translate into holiday extra pounds. This year, keep your days merry and bright by making and taking desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth and not derail you from your training goals.

Ingredients: -1 bag fresh cranberries -1 chopped apple -1 chopped orange with rind -¼ c chopped walnuts -1 Tbsp stevia (or to taste) -1 Tbsp chopped dark chocolate chips (optional) Directions: Chop/pulse all fruit and walnuts in food processor then add stevia to sweeten. Guilt-Free Black Forest Dessert

The holiday season can still be healthy by sticking to your healthy meals and snacks, then volunteer to bring the sweets! Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth the healthy way this year! Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars Ingredients 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter 3 Tablespoons Honey, or to taste 1 1/2 cups Chocolate Whey Protein Powder 1 Cup Uncooked Oats 2-5 Tablespoons water (optional) 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa Directions Mix the peanut butter and honey in a bowl, microwave for 30 seconds. Add the rest of ingredients and mix together. Mixture should be crumbly and slightly moist. Press (hard) into a 9x9 tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 equal bars.  Number of Servings: 12 Nutrition Info • Calories: 221.0 • Fat: 11.1g • Carbohydrates: 12.8g • Protein: 15.5g

-20 oz can Comstock lite cherry pie filling minus 9 cherries (this has no artificial sweeteners) -1 package graham crackers -1 package sugar free dark chocolate pudding mix prepared OR buy ready-to-eat puddings -2- 6oz containers non-fat plain Greek yogurt -Light or fat free whipped topping -Mini chocolate chips for garnish (optional) Line 9-inch square pan with graham crackers.  Spread a 20 oz. can (minus 9 cherries)of light cherry pie filling over graham crackers.  In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of sugar free dark chocolate or chocolate already PREPARED or readyto- eat pudding with 2, 5 or 6 oz. containers of plain, non-fat Greek Yogurt.  Spread over cherry pie filling.    Cover with thin layer of light or fat free whipped topping.   Put 1 reserved cherry on top of each of 9 squares Sprinkle lightly with crushed graham crackers over dessert, and top with l TSP mini dark-chocolate or chocolate chip.  Chill.  Serves 9.  Calories:  about 125     Fat grams:  0 Fiber grams:  2    Fat grams:  .2    Carbohydrate grams:  14   Protein grams:  5


Pumpkin Cake Protein Bar Ingredients 1 cup oatmeal flour (grind old fashion oats in blender) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp allspice 3 egg whites 14 packets stevia 1 cup of pure pumpkin 1/2 cup fat free Greek Yogurt 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder Directions Preheat oven to 350 degress. Spray an 8 x 8 pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, protein powder & nutmeg. In a medium bowl, mix egg whites, stevia, yogurt & pumpkin until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture & mix well.  Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool and cut into 16 pieces - 4 x 4.5 in squares Number of Servings: 16 Nutrition Info • Calories: 53.0 • Fat: 0.8g • Carbohydrates: 6.5g • Protein 5.2g Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Crepe Crepe Ingredients: 1 scoop chocolate whey protein 4 egg whites 3 packets stevia Cinnamon Filling: 1 TBSP Peanut Butter 1/2 TBSP Sugar Free Pancake Syrup 1/2 banana, sliced Directions: Mix crepe ingredients together in a bowl. Heat non-stick skillet and pour ingredients into pan and cook thoroughly on one side. Flip crepe, spray with a little spray butter and a dash of cinnamon. Add banana slices to top of crepe for about 45 sec or until warm. Meanwhile, add PB & Syrup to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 secs, take out of microwave and stir. Remove crepe from skillet, spread PB/Syrup mixture to one side of crepe and around bananas.


AMANDA HARRIS WABDL WORLD CHAMPION WOMEN’S JUNIOR DIVISON BY MARK HARRIS November 4, 2011 in Reno NV Amanda Harris competed in the WABDL World Championships in the Women’s Junior Division 60KG weight class and in the Women’s Open Class 60KG division. There were a total of 6 ladies in her weight class including the former world champion of the 60KG class. This looked to be one of the toughest meets ever for Amanda. Amanda weighed in the evening of the November 3 the same day she arrived into Reno. As she stepped on the scales several of the women in her weight class were there to see if in fact Barbie Barbell was in their class. The top of the weight class is 132lbs and Amanda came in at 131.6lbs, this is exactly where she wanted to be. She has been eating like a horse in an attempt to gain some weight and to our surprise this was the heaviest she has ever weighed. Not fat at all, her body fat is still under 15% which is very lean for a female. Amanda was scheduled to lift around 12:30PM the next day so after the weigh-in we were off to the resort buffet and Amanda loaded up with carbs. We went back to the room and got to bed early that night, around 8:30PM. The next morning we were up around 5:30AM and got ready quickly and headed down for breakfast. After we finished with our morning meal we headed over to the meet. As she walked into the Grand Ballroom at Pepper Mill Resort she saw allot of old friends in the business. Of course the first question out of every ones mouth was, “How much ya gonna bench today Barbie?” Amanda smiled and said, “enough to win I hope.” She sat around for about an hour and watched the lifters in the morning perform. It’s always good to see how the lifters are doing with the judges. What I mean is, watching the lifters before you is always a good indication of how strict they will be judging later in the day. Amanda liked what she saw and felt comfortable with the way the lifters were being scored. Around 11:00 AM Amanda went to the dressing room and put on her lifting singlet on so she could start her warm-ups backstage. There were four benches set up backstage for the athletes to warm-up and get ready for their opportunity on the competition platform. She went all the way to the back of the room and started warming up. A few of the other women also started showing up shortly after Amanda began her warm-up. She always take much longer than the others and here’s why. Most athletes just get back there and get warmed up as quickly as possible and most wait until 30 minutes before they lift onstage. She has a different approach. “I like to warm-up the same way I train for a meet, SLOWLY. I do a few light sets to get blood flow going but as I go up in weight I take more time between sets. I like to mimic what I will be doing on stage”. Here’s why, in this meet there were 18 other women in my flight of lifters. Each lifter gets 1 minute to begin their lifts once the judge calls the bar loaded (meaning the weight is correct on the bar) for the lifter. Once the lift is complete the loaders have to change the weight for the next lifter and that can take 10-30 seconds depending on how long it takes the announcer to call out the weight and introduce the next lifter. So I have no less than 20 minutes between lifts while I am competing. So while I am back stage warming-up I will wait 10-20 minutes between sets and I typically only do 1 reps sets. When I started warming up several of the women in my class came over to where I was and started their warm-ups too. As I got heavier and heavier they all slowly starting moving to other benches to finish their warm-ups. By the time I got to my opening lift I had the bench all to myself. Many of the lifters never go up to their opening lifts backstage. I think its because they are in fear of doing too much back stage and not being able too do it again on the competition platform. I do things differently there too as I sometimes will go up to my second attempt on the platform. Here’s why, number one, getting my opening number back stage takes all the pressure off me as I know I will blow it up when I am in front of the judges, number two it also shows the women backstage what they are up against. Many women can be beaten backstage before we even step out on the platform by intimidation. They see me lifting what they think is warm-up weight for me and in fact it may be the amount I am planning to lift on my second attempt in competition. When they see what I am doing often times their coaches will be forced to change their athletes opening attempt in order to stay close to me. Many times that will cause a lifter to bomb-out of a meet. They lose focus on what they came there for and that is to compete and do THEIR best. They get caught-up in trying to beat someone else and takes them out of their game plan. There’s much more to my sport than just picking the weight up (LOL). We were about 20 minutes away from my first lift so I ran to the restroom quickly and got back and sat down in the staging area(where the lifters sit before they compete) and waited my turn on the platform. My opening lift was the second heaviest in my class with the former world champion lifting 2 kilos (about 5lbs heavier) above me. Not sure if she had changed her opener or not. My opening lift was 214.6lbs and I blew that up easy. Backstage while I was warming up I had already gone up to 225lbs so my opener was easy. As I was walking off stage the next lifter the former world champion walked by me and smiled at me, I smiled and wished her good luck. She opened with 220lbs and took the lead from me. I stayed focused on my task and my dad was figuring out our game plan now that we saw what I was up against.


My dad has been in this sport a LONG time so he knows exactly what to look for. As soon as I stepped off stage he walked around to watch what my competition was doing with her first lift. More importantly he timed her lift. Meaning he put a stop watch up and timed how long it took her to push the weight off her chest into a lockout position. That is good info to know after the next lift, I will tell you why in a minute. Once she completed her lift dad went to the score table and gave them my next attempt of 221,9lbs just one kilogram above the lift my competition had just done and here’s why. I was not actually competing with her at this point in the meet. I was focused on my gaol of setting the new Junior World Record I was not concerned about out lifting the competition until I had successfully reached my goal of the Junior World Record. What she forgot was I was a Junior lifter not just a women’s open class lifter. Once she saw my second lift she figured she had me beat. My second lift went up easy but I purposely pressed the weight slowly so if her coach was timing my lift it would throw them off. You see, when you time the lifts and each time you see how fast the weight comes up, a good coach can tell you what they think they can lift on a third attempt based on the timing of the first two lifts. So by me only focusing on my goal of a world record in the junior division and not worrying about what my competition was doing and by pushing the weight up slowly on my second attempt my competition had no idea what I was going to do on my third lift. Her second attempt was 225.4lbs and she pushed it up but it was much slower than her first attempt. Now I had already used the small plates to break the World Record on my second attempt so the option of using the small plates again was gone. She actually was 2 lbs lighter than me at weigh-ins so I could not lift the same weight as her and beat her because I was heavier than her, so my third attempt was 231.48lbs. an almost 10 jump over my last lift and 20lbs over the former world record in the junior division. I knew it was all or nothing on this lift. I had never gone this high in weight in competition before but I had done it in the gym and more many times. I felt like I was moving in slow motion as my name was called for my final lift in the competition. All the other women in my flight were standing off to the side of the stage to see if I would be successful in my third and final lift. I head butted my dad and he told me to go get it, I set-up under the bar and I nodded to my dad and he picked the bar up and put it out over me and he stepped off the bench. I paused for just a second to feel the weight in my hands, I know the adrenaline was pumping because 231lbs never felt so light before. I began the lift and took the bar down slow to my chest, as soon as I touched the judge yelled “PRESS”!!! I began to push the weight up and I felt my right arm begin to push a little better than my left so I slowed down and balanced the weight and very slowly fought up the weight to an even lockout. You see if the bar is not level as you lock it out and one arm locks out before the other then lift in then NO GOOD. So I took my time a pressed it out evenly and as I sat up on the bench I looked over to watch the lights come on wondering if I got it or not and then the judges hit the lights all three white lights meaning the lift was good. As I walked off stage with a big smile the champ was walking on. Now all she had to do was lift what I had just done for the win. I’m not sure if she knew that or not but she went for 236lbs, dad said based on her first two lifts that he did not think she was capable of lifting the weight and as usual he was right she got the bar about half way up and then it dipped back down meaning a no lift. I was the 2011-2012 Women’s Open Class WABDL World Champion and a new World Record in the Junior Division. The next day the Junior lifters competed but my numbers from the day before carried over so I was not required to lift again and I won the Junior division and was awarded best junior lifter of the competition. This makes my 17th World Championship and my 95th win in as many meets. Can’t wait til next year!!!!      The three lifts are on youtube here are the links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lStF9gr3NGE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLok9W9jGs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHCJ9ruBeck    


CENTRAL TEXAS SHOWDOWN 2011 HIGHLIGHTS AND SOME OF YOUR WINNERS


MIGUEL MARTINEZ 1ST PLACE MENS PHYSIQUE

A true native Texan, meaning his family has roots in the area since the days of Mexico and now living in Dallas, TX, Miguel states “I love my life and do my best to live it to the fullest everyday! I’ve been blessed to have some great people come into my life but especially for having the parents I do…they have stuck it out for more than 40 years after getting married at the age of 18 and enduring all the hardships they’ve had…they love each other more everyday! I have two other heroes in my life…my two younger brothers…one is a fireman and served in the special task force with search and rescue during the World Trade Center bombings and the other is in the 82nd Airborne and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan more than a half a dozen times each! And my last hero is my dog Brody…it’s amazing what you can learn about yourself when you love unconditionally…he slowed me down and taught me how to enjoy the things that matter in life…he truly is my best friend!”   Miguel has been involved in fitness in some sort of form since the age of five…through his school years in football and baseball, through college and through two careers that kept him busy but his commitment to fitness during all this time was his passion. “I’ve experimented with all types of phases and trends in exercise and nutrition starting as a teenager through present day.”  Miguel states “All through my life I have been competitive and I have always excelled...I’ve been fortunate to experience a couple of different careers starting fresh out of college with my first career in Marketing. I started as a Marketing Specialist and successfully advanced to the top of my field as Director of Marketing and Development for a statewide organization. Since my degree was in Psychology I used a lot of that knowledge in my marketing and I feel that gave me an edge to a lot of my successes in that field. In fact, what I thought was a dead end degree actually opened a lot of doors for me including my second career in the mortgage industry where I owned a successful franchise. Fortunately I saw that success coming to an end and sold that business in early 2006 before the mortgage industry bottomed out!”   Today, Miguel is still competitive and has started his third career in what he describes as his dream job “Where I’m able to use my psychology, marketing and fitness backgrounds to help other men with their bodies, nutrition and self-image.” Miguel began his body and image coaching business by launching builtbymiguel.com. He has been in the business for two years now and credits some of his success to his past experiences with other trainers “When I was in the corporate world I always had a personal trainer, some good and some bad, but I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do.” Miguel states he was his first client in his new business by getting his body in shape from what he calls the soft “corporate world” look to his current solid physique. “One of the most important things I learned was that training was only 25% of it…diet, supplements, cardio and rest was the other 75% and when I start a new client we develop a program that manages all those areas. Miguel trains at Energy Fitness in uptown Dallas. He has recently started fitness modeling for well-known fitness photographers and recently placed first place in men’s physique at the Central Texas Showdown. He plans to continue competing in men’s physique through 2012 beginning with the Arnold Classic in March then he plans to begin competing in light heavyweight beginning in 2013. Miguel can be reached at Miguel@builtbymiguel.com.


Lauren McIntire

1ST PLACE BIKINI

I have always been health conscious and had a desire to stay fit, however I am new to the competitive side of fitness.  I was first introduced to weight training in 2010 by my boyfriend who was competing professionally in mixed martial arts.  We spent a lot of time doing cross-fit inspired workouts, circuit training, and some heavy lifting. I started to see my body composition change and I was hooked!  A friend of mine urged me to check out Metroflex in Ft. Worth and introduced me to my current trainer, Christine Delacruz.  During my first session there, Christine put me through the most intense workout I had ever been through - I knew that I had to go back for more!  I didn’t know much about the NPC at the time but the supportive Metroflex Ft. Worth crew encouraged me to push forward and enter a competition in the bikini division.  The Central Texas Showdown was my first and only show to date, and it was a pleasure to share the stage with so many dedicated athletes!  The rigorous training and dieting paid off, and I had an amazing time learning the ropes and getting to know my fellow competitors.  My future plans are to continue to train and make improvements, and hit the ground running next year beginning with the Arnold Amateur in March.  Keeping a disciplined training schedule and diet has become a lifestyle that I love, and I will continue to train dirty and eat clean to reach my goals! DOB: 11/20/1987 Height: 5’4’’ Off-season weight:  123 lbs Competition Weight: 112 lbs


Venessa Barnard is 38 years old, born 04/28/1973 in Perth, Australia.  She is 5’11” and weighed in at Temple and TSNC, in Pflugerville, at 152lbs.  She has two beautiful children, Bridgette, age 11, and Richard IV, age 8.  Her trainer is Bill Carle, and she received her posing training from (and choreography) Marilyn Mathis and Dave Goodin(for the Pflugerville event). She began training for bodybuilding last December & became very serious about competing when she began training with Bill this July.  She played volleyball in college & won several high honors including East Coast player of the Year, & graduated with a degree in biology. She is also an accomplished opera singer and concert pianist.  This girl can do anything!!!!! My training partner and total support in every way is my husband Richard. I would not have made it without him, he has been my solid, constant support in the gym & at home.   I started this journey hoping I could help my family move past the double-mastectomy I had (which was botched) six years ago...and the years of complications, surgeries and pain that followed. I had tried triathlons and long running races to show my kiddos that I was going to be OK & they didn’t have to worry any longer, but it didn’t work. I work on athletes as a manual therapist here in Georgetown (I have my own practice), & I work on lots of bodybuilders and powerlifters. Last year I went to a show to support some of them & a friend pointed out how “indestructible” they look on stage, and that I should do one too. I thought “no way” initially, but the idea chewed at me, & I would do anything for my family. So I took it on, & now I have a picture of the four of us happy and carefree backstage at the TSNC with the First Place Medal. This process has brought our family closer than ever & has been wonderful in ways which were unexpected. We all look forward to continuing to compete here & at higher level events. I coach the Varsity volleyball team at Grace Academy & I coach Club Juniors for Club Alii in the Lone Star Region

VENESSA BARNARD 1ST PLACE WIN WOMENS BODYBUILDING


I am a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls, 8 and 11.  I have a Computer Engineering degree from LSU.  I worked as a Software Engineer for 10 years before deciding to stay home with my girls.  Now that they are in school, I am going back to school  to become a high school math teacher, something I’ve always had on the back burner to do.   I started going to the gym regularly about 3 years ago.  I started out in just the aerobics classes.  I enjoyed them very much, but after 6 months I knew I was not getting the resulting body I wanted.  I almost got to the point that I thought I would never have a bikini figure again after having babies.  At that time, my husband started a nutritional plan and weight lifting routine that helped him lose 45 pounds in 3 months.  I was so inspired by him, that I decided to follow in his footsteps.  On January first of 2010, I started following a similar diet that entailed 1200 calories, and I started lifting weights instead of doing the cardio classes.  I was able to lose 15 pounds in 3 months.  I kept it off for a year, and continued my weight training.  The following January, my husband decided to try to get ripped before the summer boating season.  He really watched his nutritional intake and started cutting up very quickly.  This inspired me a second time to do the same.  I didn’t count the macro nutrients at the time, but I took in as much protein as possible with every meal.  I lost 12 pounds in 3 months and the muscularity really began to show.  I had abs for the first time ever in my life!  It was at this time that a friend of mine suggested I join her in doing a body building contest.  I had never thought of doing one before then.  So, we entered the NPC Lone Star Classic together.  It was such an experience!  I was so excited to be a part of it.  She placed 2nd and I placed 6th in the Masters Bikini division.  I knew at that point that I was too cut up for Bikini and needed to move on to Figure.  I took the summer to try to put on more muscle by eating more, especially more protein.  Then I signed up for the Central Texas Showdown Figure Masters competition.  I was so amazed by all the beautifully muscular women in this competition.  I was so thrown aback by winning first place that I cried on stage.  I could not believe it.  And now I feel such a privilege to be invited to the Arnold Classic Amateur in March!  I can’t wait!    After being asked by my friend to do the Bikini Masters contest, I figured, “Why wouldn’t I, when I am 40 years old and in the best shape of my life!”  

TAMMI GAGNE PERRY

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JAMES D. MCKOWN 1ST PLACE MENS BODYBUILDING AND OVERALL WINNER   James is a successful entrepreneur, having started a mechanical company named Zoom Metal LLC at the age of 23 and NPC amateur bodybuilder. His is 32 years old and currently weighs 280 lbs. You can check out him out on Facebook, www.optimumfitness.com” www.optimumfitness.com and on his website www.jdmckown.com” www.jdmckown.com. His parents raised him to be very competitive in sports such as baseball, basketball and wrestling and because his body was always smaller than other boys he started lifting weights and doing push-ups in his basement. After 10 years of lifting he felt he was ready to compete. Even though he always looked up to bodybuilders such as Dorian Yates and Arnold he never thought he could achieve that type of physique. His first show was the 2010 Europa Super Show as a novice heavyweight in August. In September of 2010 he began working with Prince Harrison and the Optimum Fitness team. He entered the 2011 Optimum Classic Pro Am in May as an open heavyweight competitor, won his class and the overall. His next show was the 2011 NPC Texas Showdown in Temple, TX on October 29th where he competed as an open heavyweight competitor and won his class and the overall again. This also qualified him to go to the 2012 Arnold in March. He will be competing at that show in March. JD has an intense passion for bodybuilding and is married to the perfect mate IFBB Fitness Pro Linda McKown. He plans to continue competing and become an IFBB Pro. Outside of bodybuilding he is a father of two children, a husband, and a business owner. His son Brandon is 6 years old and loves to play sports with baseball and football being his favorites. His daughter Brooke is 3 years old and is entering preschool this year. She also does gymnastics every week. His wife Linda the IFBB Pro Fitness Model takes care of all of them. They are a very close family and do everything together.       


MEET PRISCILLA SMITH


PRISCILLA SMITH Hello, I am Priscilla Smith of McAllen, Texas. I have been teaching and coaching cross-country and track in the Fort Worth area for the last 6 years. Since November of 2010, I have been training with Josh Bryant, MS, MFS, CSCS, PES. Prior to training with Josh, I was a long distance runner; running crosscountry in college and then continuing my training as a runner for local road races over the years. I decided to put my love for working out to good use and train for fitness competitions.   I was accustomed to running and weight training, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to the Josh Strength Method that I really found out what true weight training was about. I have competed in the bikini division in the Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011 and most recently the Central Texas Showdown 2011. My next competition will be the Texas State Natural in Austin on November 19, 2011. My goal is to place in the top 3 at the Texas State Natural and break into the fitness industry bybecoming a top seasonal competitor in shows and posing in fitness magazines. Thank you to Posedown Magazine and Bob Johnson for featuring me in this publication.


OCTOBER 20, 2012 WACO TEXAS WACO CONVENTION CENTER



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