Born in Brandon, raised in Winnipeg MB, I am an all around Manitoba girl. With grandparents who lived on a farm, I spent most of my summers there playing in the barn, going for tractor rides, and taking care of horses with my Grandma. From the farm to the city, I carry personality traits from both. While being a high energy, carefree girl climbing around on a stack of bails to taking dance classes in the city and developing my coordination, flexibility and passion for fitness. I kept busy by going to dance class, choreographing dances in my basement, cheerleading and following along to TV aerobics classes whenever I had the chance. By high school I was accepted into the School of Contemporary Dance Pre-Professional program. I danced a minimum of three days a week, sometimes four or five, and took the city bus straight from school to be in the dance studio for the entire night .The time I didn’t spend in the dance studio, I spent working out in my basement with resistance bands, Chalene Johnson’s Turbo Jam DVD’s and a set of five pound dumbbells.
Eventually I moved away from dance and started to focus on developing a career. While I knew I wasn’t suited to work in an office forever (with all this energy?!) I struggled to find a job I was passionate about. At 21 I met a professional fitness model and it was this meeting that evoked the idea I too could turn what I love most, fitness, into a career. I got myself a gym membership, put away my Chalene Johnson DVD’s (admittedly they do still come out occasionally for an effective cardio blast) and I started lifting heavy five times a week. I competed in my first FAME bikini competition and placed in the top 10.
It has been two years since my first bikini competition. Within those two years I have strived to learn as much as I can about fitness and used that knowledge to become a certified Personal Trainer. I am in my second year of Business studies at the University of Winnipeg and when I’m not studying, I’m at the gym lifting heavy and training hard. I believe goal setting and positive thinking to be the backbone of success. I just recently competed at the MABBA Novice Bikini show where I placed 3rd out of 17 girls. I attribute my success to the above said, my amazing trainer’s (Julie and Craig Bonnett), and the help of Magnum products as supplementation to my training routine; using the Performance Greens for detoxification, Chocolate Quattro post workout and Magnum Heat for a little extra energy when I need to get through a session of high intensity interval training.
One week after placing top 3 at the MABBA show, I was given the opportunity to join the Magnum Nutraceuticals team as a sponsored athlete. Hard work really does pay off, and the pay off feels amazing. My career in the fitness world has just begun, and I can’t wait to see where the future will take me. I am sure, as part of Magnum’s winning team, the sky is the limit. What is the biggest lesson I’ve learned up to date? Dreams really do come true, it is not a miracle, but rather a calculated effort to decide what you want and make it happen.
Weight training = 5-6x/ week. Cardio = 4-6 x a week.
• Legs, Core, 20 minutes HIIT (upright Stationary Bike)
• Back, Oblique’s
• Chest, Arms
• Glutes, Core, 20 minutes Step mill or Stairmaster
• Shoulders, Core
• Rest or Full body circuit, 20 minutes high incline walk on Treadmill.
I like to perform a cardio routine 4-6 times a week. I will complete between 20-40 minutes of cardio in the AM, and then add 20 minutes of cardio after my weight training routine. I make sure I alternate between steady state cardio, and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to keep my body guessing, and maximize my fat burning potential.
Steady State Cardio: 20-40 minutes medium intensity effort (70-85% of your estimated maximum heart rate)
Example: 30 minute incline walk or jog on treadmill
HIIT: low/medium intensity effort coupled with bursts of medium/high intensity effort
Example: One minute of jogging followed by 20 seconds of sprinting. Repeat for 10 minutes.
* 3-4 liters of water daily/ daily multivitamin *
Daily meal plan sample:
Mid Morning snack:
1 Cup unsweetened Almond Milk/Handful of Nuts/Cucumber
Chicken/Yam/tons of Veggies
1 scoop of Magnum’s Performance Greens/ 2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter/Rice Cakes
Turkey Veggie Chili or Fish/1/2 cup Brown Rice/Green Beans
One scoop Chocolate Quattro/one Banana
One cup low fat Cottage Cheese/handful Walnuts