Figure Universe™ Natural Pro Eun Ju Bae shows us that age is only a number. The mother of 3 says "Find your passion, whatever it may be. Spread your wings and soar, do new and exciting things " Eun Ju Bae will be representing Team Korea at the Fitness Universe Weekend™ in Miami.
Figure Universe Pro and Personal Trainer, Lauren Stogner, has a passion for fitness and helping others improve. She says, “My clients keep me motivated. Knowing that they look to me for guidance and that I make a difference in their lives keeps me going on days I struggle”. But most importantly, know that “...if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
Owner of an in-home Preschool, Heather Holland, is a very ambitious woman. Aside from raising two very respectful children, she has also urged herself to set goals for her fit lifestyle. She says, “As for ambitions for myself, would be to take care of myself and to share my love of health and fitness with everyone!” Heather is currently preparing to compete at Fitness Rocky Mountain on April 24.
The extremely passionate and goal-oriented Danica Scales strives to be her best. At a young age, Danica discovered her profound love for physical activity and ventured into the world of competitive cheerleading and pole vaulting for track. With these sports under her belt, she was able to push herself, gain physical strength and skills that would lay a foundation for a fit lifestyle and hopefully allow her to earn a scholarship. Unfortunately, that dream came to an end when she unexpectedly tore her ACL. However, this did not stop her from engaging in fitness after her recovery. She began training countless hours hoping to gain endurance and strength once again. Danica says firmly, “there is more meaning and challenge in building than maintaining”, which brings her to this point in her life, taking on Fitness and Bikini Divisions in San Diego, CA on April 2nd.
United States Navy Sailor Celeste “Nani” Jimenez is all about reaching her full potential. Growing up she was very active in both cross country and track. After many years of running and a minor knee injury, she turned to heavy weight lifting and instantaneously felt a passion towards this new lifestyle. Celeste is now preparing to compete in San Diego on April 2. She says,"...this level of fitness and training is one I would have never imagined myself doing, but it is a great way for me to measure my potential in the realm of the unknown."
At 5 years old Tatyana Serrano saw herself being in front of a crowd, on a platform doing something great, but she was too terrified to try it. The 2015 Figure Universe Champion says "When I reached my senior year of High School, I realized I hadn't done anything or scratched the surface of my dream, so I enrolled in softball. 2.5 weeks later, a girl at try outs said to me that she couldn't wait for the entire stadium to be filled with friends and family.I never returned to try outs! In 2014, after a lot of convincing and encouragement from my fellow gym goers, I decided that I was going to compete! It was an effortless idea, because *I* was ready. I competed in the modeling division... I had stage-fright because of my lack of experience, but, I had to face the terror; it was finally time, yet, I didn't reach my goal. Then, in 2015 I competed in the Fitness Universe Weekend in the Model division but I did not get a top 10 finish. My friends encouraged me to try the figure division so I had registered For Figure as well. Not having a clue as to what I was doing. I just knew I wasn't done, Yet." Tatyana went on to win her class and then the Overall Title. She says "It took that much time for me to realize where on the stage I would belong, and clicked! Thought still terrified as ever, It.Felt.Right to me! I just knew, that this time, I was there to win!"
2015 Model America Champion Brieanna Denman and Runner-up Jordan Candelaria embrace each other in pure joy, showing us the beauty of comradery! The New Mexico friends, both driven and vibrant, have many exciting endeavors they are working on. Supporting each other and working hard... these phenomenal women are expected to make quite a splash at the Fitness Universe Weekend & Fitness America Weekend in 2016!
Fit mom, Liva Rivera, is all about helping as many women and mothers as possible. She believes entering motherhood is when you realize that life is just beginning. Liva says, “I am a mom of 3 who lost 65 pounds and gained a whole new perspective on life, health, and fitness as a result.” She is planning to compete at Fitness Universe Weekend in Miami Beach, Florida. Most importantly, Liva is making her health and fitness a priority.
Julianne Estrada is all about showing others how to become more empowered through diet and exercise! The single mother of 2 says "I feel so grateful that I get to motivate countless people on a daily basis, and be a positive part of their lives. I am owner and operator of JCE Fitness in Morris County NJ, where I build complete exercise programs for my clients to help them build their dream body! I take great pride in the fact that I am a strong role model in their lives. My favorite boding moments are when I get to show them how to workout in the weight room. Watching them light up with confidence is more verification that I am fulfilling my life’s calling." Julianne Is currently training to compete at the Fitness Universe Weekend in Miami Beach.
German Personal Trainer, Jen Joyner, has not had an easy journey trying to obtain her fitness goals. Although dancing has been one of her passions, she was forced to give it up in order to study and work. Her education and job soon became extremely overwhelming, causing her to face gain weight struggles and depression. She then signed up at a gym, hoping to better herself and transform her body. She began lifting heavier weights and transformed her diet to achieve her fitness goals. Jen is currently preparing to compete at the San Diego show on April 7 and happily says, “..only by being healthy and fit you can find true happiness!”