Athlete Journals

IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa's Fit & Fab Blog #8

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This week has been a little crazy with the new business opening, learning QuickBooks (what ever happened to the old fashion Debit and Credit journal entries??), and on top of that I hurt my back. Sheesh!!! What is going on around here? I didn’t even hurt myself in the gym, I just woke up one morning and my back was killing me. Well at least I was able to soak in the bath with some Epsom salt. I even stopped by Lush in Santa Barbara to pick up some awesome smelling Bubble bars and bath bombs. That store sells really good smelling products. I love that store, but sometimes you walk in and you feel bombarded my aromas. Anyway, I was able to get 4 different products before I was at smell overload and had to get out of the store.


IFBB Figure Pro Essence Monet Rising Above and Onto the Pro Stage


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 If you don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself. I am Essence Monet and an IFBB Figure Pro. I am currently 6.5 weeks out from my pro debut at the 2012 Dallas Europa. I am over the moon excited… But before I tell you about where I am now, let me tell you how I got here.
STORYTIME!!! Go grab your snuggie and some egg whites and enjoy…


TNT (Trish (Wood)- n- training) : Putting ON Size

off seasonTNT (Trish (Wood)- n- training) : Putting ON Size

I'm well into my muscle gaining plan and for some reason my body doesn't seem to be handling it as well as I'd hoped it would. I'm getting stronger and lifting heavier but my body just seems to hurt all over. I have aches and pains in places I didn't even know could hurt! So I've started taking some joint supplements and stretching really good before workouts with the hopes that it'll help my body adjust to this new training regime. Not only are my workouts physically challenging, they've become mentally challenging as I feel that my body is fighting me on every rep. Maybe it's over-training, maybe my body's just confused with all the hormones I seem to have flying around, or maybe I'm just being a wimp! Whatever the issue is, it's really throwing a wrench into my plans!


Fit, Fun and 21! Journal 2: Having Your Cake, and Eating Some Too

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During my prep for Jr. Nationals, just 12 days before I was hitting the stage, I turned 21 years old.  Needless to say I definitely traded dinner, bars, and ripping shots, for leg day, cardio, and an egg white soufflé.  Many of the people I know were dumbfounded by this decision and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t let go for “just one day.”  But as many of us are, we’re committed to what we do and we stick to it!  BUT I want to focus right now on knowing when you can relax a bit and find a balance for yourself.


Apprime Fit by Michelle Blank Blog #6

Brian & I toronto 2012Apprime Fit by Michelle Blank Blog #6

“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way.  Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don’t overlook it.” - Unknown Source

I had a great trip to Toronto.  I placed 6th, but was the first American.  I was much happier with the package I presented in Toronto versus New York, but still have some improvements to make in my physique and posing.  The best part of the trip were the people and the experiences I got to share with them.  The two biggest highlights were walking on the edge of the CN Tower with my friend Derek and Gillian Kovack and getting to spend time with an individual that has provided great inspiration for me over this past year, Brian Smith.


IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa’s Fit & Fabulous Lifestyle #7


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Hello Lovelies,

This past week has been busy with our two projects finally starting to come together. As many of you have realized, I have taken this year off from competing in order to focus completely on my business with my partner/husband. We have two new ventures in the works that will launch in July/August.


Fit! Fun! And 21!!! Journal 1: Balance

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My name is Darrian Tissenbaum and I’m a 21-year-old IFBB fitness pro from Pittsburgh, PA.  Choosing a healthy, fit lifestyle at any age comes with its fair share of challenges, but choosing it at a younger age, when most of my friends hit the bar for drinks instead of the barbell, leaves me with a few different issues.  You’ll learn more about me week by week, but in this first blog I’d like to talk about balance. 


IFBB Bikini Pro Vanessa’s Fit and Fabulous Lifestyle #6

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Hello everyone! I hope your summer is going well. As for me I can’t believe it is almost July. Pretty soon we all will be watching the 4th of July fireworks and barbequing asparagus, chicken breast, and maybe for some, even yams.


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