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December 21, 2015

My name is Sue McDonald and you know what really grinds my gears and if you’re in the health and fitness industry you would have most likely heard this… ‘Happiness is a choice’ Each day I wake up and each day IT IS TRUE, I do choose happiness. But if you or somebody you know who is suffering from depression or any form of mental illness…happiness does not always stay with us. In fact I’m going to have to do a horrible comparison of happiness here and that is; it could be compared to a horrible dating experience. You meet up with somebody who you’ve absolutely hit it off with and everything’s going great and then for no reason at all they get up and leave, without reason and you’re left there feeling in all honesty pretty shit. This is the same situation for somebody suffering from a mental illness. We absolutely did not choose happiness to leave us nor did we choose for our date to go MIA (probably doesn’t train legs anyway HA!). But you know what? For people suffering from mental illness, myself included it’s a daily occurrence. I suffer from depression and have had an ongoing battle from my late teens (I’m now 26) it’s true it’s a daily battle. I wake up each day not knowing how I am going to feel. There are times when I don’t want to wake up at all. The reason why the quote ‘happiness is a choice’ frustrates me so much is because I didn’t choose mental illness; mental illness choose me… Believe it or not mental illness does not...

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December 18, 2015

  Hey there fellow Activewear Online-ers!! I’m Katie and I am an Avid Flexible Dieter and Enthusiastic Powerlifter 🙂 I have been working with the same coaching group for almost two years and I have been loving my life and improving my mindset in leaps and bounds since I’ve started with them.   Working with Paolo at Athletic IQ to eat towards my goals has been one of the best life decisions I have made, albeit sometimes one of the hardest—I am absolutely not perfect with my tracking and I have definitely been known to have my Debbie Downer weeks where I’m sure he’s questioned whether I know what a macro is or not (love ya Paolo) but each week I send my update through with photos and measurements and honest info regarding tracking and training.   A bit of background on me- I started weight training five years ago basic ‘bodybuilding’ style and following ‘bro-science’ nutrition with the initial goal of getting lean. I definitely did it the hard way, ending on chicken and broccoli (not my fave), double steady-state cardio and no cheats. It took me to that point to decide I needed to look after my headspace first before concerning myself with how aesthetically pleasing I found my figure. I made the decision that I was not going to follow any kind of eating plan/ dietary advice unless it was something I could see being able to build into my lifestyle long term.   December 2013 I saw the IIFYM Challenge on Facebook- I had basic knowledge on...

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November 23, 2015

With increased social media attention it seems like almost everyone wants to become a bikini/fitness model, but they have no idea how much money, time, blood (yes, there may be blood), sweat, and tears have gone into getting up on that stage. For those aspiring bikini/fitness models out there, I’ve put together a few questions to ask yourself and things you may, or may not want to consider prior to signing up for a bikini competition. While keeping the below in mind, deciding to compete can change your life for the better. You get to learn what you’re really made of, and what you are willing to give up while achieving your dream. You also get to meet some amazing, inspirational people who will help you be your best self yet. How do I find the right coach? The best way to find a coach is through recommendations. If you know any competitors, contact them and ask them about their coach, the training and nutrition methods they use, previous success with competitors, if they have a post comp plan etc. When you do find a coach make sure their goals, and health and fitness beliefs match up to yours, and make sure they are someone you trust and can connect with on a personal level, if you don’t it’s going to be a long tiresome comp prep. Can I afford it? Competing is an expensive hobby (for most, that’s what competing is); by the time you step on stage you will have spent thousands of dollars. So, before you start picking out a bikini colour, make a budget and stick...

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November 20, 2015

Are you working towards a fitness goal but feel like your constantly failing? Are you on track Monday to Thursday but then come Friday you slip back into your old ways? Are you tired of saying hello to square one? It’s time to set some goals and make yourself accountable! But why should you set a goal? And how do you stay motivated? Setting goals helps you wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and direction. Something that helps me not only set goals but reach them, is incorporating the acronym S.M.A.R.T . Specific – Be specific. What do you want and exactly how are you going to get it? Measurable – How are you going to measure your goal? Attainable – Make sure your goal is going to push you but be achievable. Realistic – Be honest with yourself, is the time frame and goal realistic? Are you really going to achieve your goal in the amount of time you have set or are you setting yourself up for “failure” already? Timely – Set a time frame to get your goal done. Plus share your goals and your progress!! Keeping yourself accountable will make a huge difference towards reaching your goal. By telling your friends, family and co-workers about your goal it creates the opportunity for people to ask you about it along the way meaning you’re less likely to skip a workout or cheat on your diet when you know you’re going to have to answer to it later. I often get asked how I compete in Bikini Shows year after year. How I stay motivated and on track....

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November 18, 2015

  In any aspect of your life, having a solid & genuine support system can be a crucial aspect to success. Even in failure, a support system will be there to get you back up when you fall and be significant in getting back on the road to achieving your goals. More often than not, people actually want to support and help others to achieve their goal and strive for success and progress. So what does it mean to have a solid support system? It comes down to who you want in your corner and giving back. When you are a vital part of someone’s health and wellbeing, you give your all at 110%. ‘Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on’ Donald Rumsfeld I have been extremely fortunate to have a great team beside me and be a part of an incredible family like atmosphere that keeps me motivated, focused and consistently thriving. When we think support system -especially referring to the fitness and bodybuilding industry- the people who come to mind are a coach/person trainer, family, loved ones and friends. I wanted to share a little about the great support system I have in hope to show others that an amazing thing about this industry is you are not alone. Support and help is always out there. So what are the features you should look for in a coach, personal trainer and/or training partner?  Everyone’s...

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