Working with Weights

Figure Asia Champion Glady Leong shares, “I wanna lose weight and "tone" but I don't wanna build muscles.... contradicting but this sentence has been heard more than 10 times a week for trainers.... What helps women stay strong, burn calories, and build healthy bones? Strength training. ... Resistance training increases resting metabolism by about 7 percent and help minimize muscle loss as you get more calories burnt. Working with weights keeps your body working long after you’ve stopped lifting. This is the process commonly called “after-burn.” There is much talk in exercise circles about the body’s ability to continue burning calories after exercise, called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” A study reports that the body takes between 15 minutes and 48 hours to return to a resting state after exercise. This means you can continue burning calories after you exercise.

Reduces risk of osteoporosis
-Because of hormonal changes that women experience as they get older, they naturally lose bone density, putting them at increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Routinely lifting weights slows bone deterioration and can help your bones grow stronger, help you maintain strength, and reduce your chance of developing or slows the effects of — osteoporosis.

Decreases injury risk
-When you build muscle, you help protect your joints from injury and increase your balance and coordination. This becomes increasingly important to help you maintain your independence as you age.

An NO you will NOT become muscular.... only shapey and stronger as females do not have 
testosterone and it's a lot harder for us to get masculine. Remember Weights Don't Make You BIG, Junk Food Does! ( From 5kg bicep curls to 14kg now😍 #milestone)”

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Marilyne Pieuchot’s 3 Months Transformation

2017 Ms. Bikini Paris Runner up Marilyne Pieuchot’s 3 months transformation. She will be back on stage later this month to compete for the 2018 Ms. Bikini Paris Title.

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Success is No Accident

2018 Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Runner Up Julie Paolin shares, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.”

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Importance of Health

Ms. Bikini Universe Pro and Fitness Universe Pro Angela Gargano shares, “Today I finally am feeling normal again. Slept through a whole night without being in pain, ate some food, and feel like I can slowly start getting back to feeling like myself again. I also got a physical today and when they told I had lost 12 pounds since my surgery I was shocked. I haven’t been 114 since high-school. A healthy weight for me is normally around 126. All of this has been such an eye opener to me. An eye opener about how important our health is, and how much we take it for granted. I tend to always put “work” before my own health, but that’s no way to live. It’s time to find a healthy balance and sit back and re-evaluate it all. I love helping other achieve their health goals and now it’s time to get back on track with mine. I have so many things planned for the future and it’s time to find balance and stop being busy and start being productive.”

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You Control Your Future and Destiny!

2x Ms. Bikini America Pro Champion Natalia Castillo will be competing on Fitness America Weekend in November trying to win three in a row. She shares “You control your future and your destiny! What you think about comes about... By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be 🌟 Put your future in good hands - your own! “

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Go After Your Goal!

Fitness Universe Pro Jenileigh Sawatzke Shares, "I LOVE being a fitness girl! Your journey is what you make it! Competing is not about showing off, or being superficial. It is so so much more! You learn that you can achieve amazing things when you put your mind to it. I can’t wait to be onstage again!! whatever your goal is, go after it for you and no one else!"

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Make the Day Count

Happy Monday from Figure Asia Champion Gladys Leong. She says,

“Maybe this day is not . . .
O ne of your favourites, but
N ever forget that every 
D ay we have is an
A amazing gift & It's up to 
Y ou to make it count!”

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The Importance of Stretching

Ms. Bikini Universe Bronte Coluccio Shares, “Stretching!
Honestly the #1 most important thing for injury prevention!
But it's not just for that, it helps fix bad posture, it helps with range of motion, it helps with recovery and muscle soreness, the benefits are truly endless.
I've had so many people ask me what to do to get more flexible so I've decided it's about time I started a stretching class!”

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Inspiring Others

#tbt Fitness Universe Pro Champion Stacie Venagro shares, “#tbt to my pregnancy and this being one of the photos that went viral. .
Being fit and pregnant is not a bad thing. The amount of negative comments I received were mind blowing but they didn’t bother me one bit. The reason they didn’t bother me was because they were coming from people who didn’t know me, didn’t know my lifestyle but most importantly they weren’t my doctor! 💁🏼‍♀️ .

Let’s not forget about all the women (and men) I inspired through my fit pregnancy. Being able to inspire others meant so much to me! I had tons of people watching my journey and because of that, you all inspired me to be my best version of myself! Thank you from the bottom of my heart because you all still inspire me to this day! 💗😘💪🏼

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Tips on Health & Fitness While Traveling

Ms. Bikini America Champion Leah Gruber shares, “ Even though I’ve been traveling for almost a month I still try to prioritize my health and fitness. 
Here are some tips that help me: 
1. Bring healthy food with you to snack on (nuts, tuna, protein bars, fruit, protein shakes etc).
2. Exercise portion control when eating out at restaurants by splitting it into two meals. One for while you’re there and one to take home. This can be a great way spread out your calories. 
3. Find where the nearest gyms are that you have access to. 
4. If you don’t have access to a gym try bodyweight workouts and outdoor cardio. 
5. Drink plenty of water.”

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