’14 Commercial Model America runner-up Katie Stevens wakes up determined and goes to bed with satisfaction. She says, “If you don't feel a buzz and get excited to reach new goals, you need to change your way of thinking. Life is meant to be lived with passion and becoming the best you! Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
New to the competition scene, Alina Adams was able to take a 5x World Champion to the brink and nearly came away with the Model Universe title last weekend in Miami. Alina's main focus in the off season will be to develop her physique, but also pursue her dream in commercial modeling. Model Texas is next in line for Alina and then on to Model America in Las Vegas.
While being stationed in Germany, Siah Castellanos became engross in fitness competitions. The 5'7", 128 lbs, 31 year old veteran has competed in 3 shows including Ms. Bikini Paris and Helsinki and will be on stage at Ms. Bikini Universe next weekend. Growing up in Mexico, Siah now says, "I cherish those memories and never take for granted all that life has to offer." She comes from a solid military family. "My father served in the Navy Seals, my brother currently serves in the Air Force and is retiring this year. So, the discipline needed for fitness shows is nothing out of the ordinary for me."
Jamie Lynn Hughes and husband Chris (center front) recently opened a CrossFit box in Tyler, Texas. "We planned to open with around 30 members (which is really good for a CrossFit box), but within the first week, we almost doubled that!, explains Jamie. "Before the month is over, we are projecting to hit the membership goal we set for the end of the first complete year!"
Through it all, Jamie is training herself for Ms. Bikini Universe next weekend in Ft. Lauderdale. The '13 Ms. Bikini America Top 5 Finalist says, "Opening a business is stressful enough, but we did so less than a month before I compete."
"I feel like both the bodybuilding and CrossFit communities tend to alienate the other. But I believe there is much to be missed out on by being so single-minded. It is a goal of mine to combine each discipline and to show that you can achieve a 'Ms. Bikini' body with the CrossFit syle workouts."
A competitive fitness veteran, Pittsburgh native Aubrey Worek is the consummate fitness fanatic! The 5'4", 125 lbs., 34 year old was a dance major in college and today owns an "aerial dance studio". Aubrey who started competing at fitness shows and won the '07 Ms. Bikini Pittsburgh will perform next weekend at the Fitness Universe Championships in Miami / Ft. Lauderdale. As a fitness instructor, she is American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certified. Aubrey says, "I have a diverse background in teaching group fitness classes such as BodyPump, BodyCombat, Spinning, Zumba and YogaFit." But, her hidden talents are someone unique for a fitness competitor. "Most people don't know I used to be a magician's assistant during my summers off in college. It was a very fun gig - but I'm sworn to secrecy to this very day, so I can't reveal any tricks to the trade!" No doubt, Aubrey will have quite a few tricks of her own when she takes the stage next weekend.
Since winning her first competition, Catherine Moran has set her sights on the Ms. Bikini & Model Universe next weekend. The 5'9", 140 lbs., 29 year old corporate attorney has always been an avid athlete including playing collegiate basketball at Austin College where she earned a B.A. in English and Minor in Art. Then Catherine when on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she is writing a children's art series and has participated in gallery showings around Houston and Sherman, Texas. Catherine says she's "a world traveler, food and art enthusiast, part-time nutrition consultant and self-described foodie!" She says, "My ambition in life is to own one of the largest minority-owned property preservation companies in the country and experience a culture on every continent before I'm 35." Well, with hundreds of competitors from around the world, Catherine will get a change to at least meet someone from every continent.
Two-time Fitness Universe Champion Anca Bucur started competing 6 years ago with an incredible Olympic gymnastics background, but lack the choreography and fitness show finisse needed to win. That quickly changed and now Anca is on top of the sport. She says, "I get so many messages from around the world. People who get inspired by me and they start competing in fitness because of what I do and who I am. That's what makes me feel like a real "champion"." Anca is training for what she hopes will be her third Fitness Universe victory next weekend in Florida. But, regardless of what happens on stage, its the big picture that matters most to her. "I'm so happy that I've started this fitness journey with this Federation. It's represent me 100%."
It was Cocomania in Las Vegas last November when Stephanie "Coco" Brewster won the Fitness America Championships in Las Vegas. The hometown gal had been competing for 7 years and finally earned the top title in the country. Now the 5'7", 120 lbs. dancer and performer will take her talents to the Fitness Universe stage in two weeks. "I am still riding high from winning," Stephanie says. "But, once you smell success, you want more and I am so energized to compete with the Fitness Universe Pro girls in Miami." Stephanie has been a professional dancer throughout her life so her fitness performances are sometimes just choreographed on the fly. "I just enjoy getting stage and something inside me takes over. I thrive on it!" You can watch Stephanie and all of the performances LIVE from Florida at www.fitnessuniverse.tv on June 27-28.
Last year, she walked on stage and surprised everyone by winning both Model Universe and Ms. Bikini Universe titles! At 5'8", 125 lbs., Yong Soon Park carried a unique mix of elegance and athleticism unmatched on stage. It was her first time on the Universe stage and, best of all, Yong was celebrating her honeymoon! In two weeks, she will return to the show with Team Korea with a years worth of experience doing professional modeling and commercial work.
Texas gal Ada Abanobi says she's primed and ready for Fitness Universe Weekend in Florida. The 34 year old has been an avid athlete throughout her life including being an NFL Texans cheerleaders. But her profession as a trauma/orthopedic nurse for the past 10 years has been the pinnacle of her career so far. "I liked the clinical portion of nursing school when we got to take care of patients directly," Ada explains. "The experience provided a great deal of learning by placing me in real life situations.' Ada will be on stage in two weeks and and challenge her athletic real life situations, once again. Watch her and the hundreds of other amazing natural talent as their perform LIVE from Florida at www.fitnessuniverse.tv on June 27-28.