Taking the Helm – Oxygen Magazine

Taking the Helm – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
After a devastating car accident, Geri Helm used fitness to steer her life back on course.Geri Helm was always involved in sports, and while she never struggled with weight, she did struggle with her body composition: Helm spent a lot of time at the gym doing cardio but noticed that she never really looked any different. She decided to subscribe to Oxygen magazine and began lifting weights — and the changes began to come. “That fueled my passion for competing, which I began doing at age 42,” she says. “Although I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing, I fell in love with the sport, the way I looked, the way people looked at me and the way it made me feel, inside and out.”Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHer…
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Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Christina KorenChristina KorenBurlington, Ontario, CanadaStats: 48 • 115 lb • 5’6”Gig: Manager of customer service and billingRevenge Is Sweet. It wouldn’t be fair to call her impressive results a “revenge body” — but a difficult end to an eight-year relationship helped prod Christina Koren into the gym on a regular basis. “Working out was an amazing outlet,” says the 48-year-old former competitive swimmer and aerobics instructor. “Before I realized it, I had lost 27 pounds and achieved a body-fat percentage of less than 10 percent.” Flying Solo. Although she gets plenty of moral support from her three teenagers — Olivia, Hunter and Greighson — when it comes time to lift, Koren goes it alone. “I believe in forging a strong mind-muscle connection, and training alone helps me concentrate,” she explains. “Afterward, the…
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Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Nathalia MeloNathalia Melo fell in love with fitness early and was spending her allowance on a gym membership at age 14. Her love for all things exercise rocketed forward from there: In 2004, Melo moved from Brazil to Florida; in 2009, she was an IFBB Bikini pro; and in 2012, she was crowned Ms. Bikini Olympia. In 2014, however, Melo hung up her competition heels, moved to Ireland and got married. Though happy, Melo was left without a definitive career. “I did a lot of soul-searching to find that one thing in the fitness industry that gave me butterflies — but I kept coming up blank,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteA Pregnant PauseIn 2016, Melo became pregnant and watched helplessly as the body she had so meticulously trained, toned and…
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Wonder Women: Erin Stern – Oxygen Magazine

Wonder Women: Erin Stern – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Erin SternIf I could go back and give my younger self advice, I would tell myself to be kinder, to enjoy life more and to practice being grateful. I think we miss out on a lot by being self-conscious or picking ourselves apart. Gratitude puts things into perspective and delivers happiness. Once a week, I’ll put on a facial mask and just lie on the couch for an hour — that is my guilty pleasure. It’s kind of fun donning a robe and looking like a sea monster for a little while! My best memory from my Bikini competition days was in 2012: I won the Figure Olympia, hopped on a plane to New Delhi and won the Sheru Classic. From there, I traveled to Spain and won the Arnold…
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Athlete Spotlight: Amber Dawn Orton

Athlete Spotlight: Amber Dawn Orton

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Amber Dawn OrtonAmber Dawn Orton wears many hats to fulfill her desire of helping others reach their health and fitness goals: National Physique Committee judge and fitness model, endorsed athlete, posing instructor, personal trainer and owner of ADOFitness. But it’s her latest role — mother to a 5-month-old boy — that is her newest passion. “I absolutely love being a mom,” she says. “However, it definitely makes health and fitness even more of a challenge.” As many new moms quickly learn, your personal routine is no longer the priority. And with that acceptance comes a new way of doing things. “Being a mom has taught me patience and balance in all aspects of my life,” says Orton, who is sponsored by Dymatize. “Now I don’t get down on myself if…
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Wiser Beyond Her Years – Oxygen Magazine

Wiser Beyond Her Years – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Whitney WiserWhitney Wiser has always been athletic, but after graduating from college, she was at a loss about how to fuel her athletic and competitive nature. While she was bartending in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009, a local trainer mentioned figure competition. “It piqued my interest enough to take the challenge,” Wiser says. “I took second place in my first competition, but I knew I had the ability to get first.” But before she could even consider her plan of attack on the podium, her life was put on hold.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteFrom Victim to VictoryIn 2011, Wiser was struck by a car. She got caught under the vehicle, dragged across a parking lot and run over by the rear tire. The driver then fled the scene, leaving her with a…
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Angelica Teixeira: Brazilian Bombshell – Oxygen Magazine

Angelica Teixeira: Brazilian Bombshell – Oxygen Magazine

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As much as we all want to win, it’s hard to be the front-runner when it comes to competitive sports. The world is scrutinizing your every move, everyone is gunning for your position and the pressure weighs heavy to remain the leader of the pack. Now imagine if you had already pocketed 15 national and international titles and were going for your 16th and you’d be walking in the Lucite heels of Angelica Teixeira. “I can’t lie — there is a lot more pressure now being in the lead,” says Teixeira, who at the time of this writing was coming off her second victory at the 2018 Bikini International and was gearing up to defend her Bikini Olympia title. “Everybody is chasing first place, and when I was still chasing…
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Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Candice ApplebyGrowing up in San Clemente, California, Candice Appleby spent her weekends riding the waves and became captain of her high-school surf team. She moved to Hawaii for college and began winning surfing competitions all over the world. By all accounts, she was well on her way to a career in surfing — until she discovered stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Appleby taught herself the sport by watching others and was soon competing against men in SUP racing and surfing — and winning. “My goal growing up was to be a professional surfer, but then stand-up paddling came along,” Appleby says. “Now I get to compete as a professional athlete in a sport that is not subjective and can surf for the pure joy of it without worrying about my next heat…
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Jennifer Nicole Lee: The Girl Behind the Cover

Jennifer Nicole Lee: The Girl Behind the Cover

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Jennifer Nicole LeeJennifer Nicole Lee’s parents were living the dream, immigrating to the U.S. and giving birth to their daughter — a first-generation American citizen. But this dream also meant working multiple jobs just to make ends meet and living below the poverty line, relying on food stamps to eat. These constant economic struggles drove Lee to become independent, strong and self-sufficient at a very young age, but by adulthood, those difficulties began to manifest themselves physically. Lee suffered depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, stress and poor self-esteem. She developed an emotional eating pattern that led to years of yo-yo dieting and dramatic weight swings. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteStrong Is the New SkinnyBut life went on and Lee fell in love, got married and had two sons. However, she still felt…
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Meet These Five Inspirational Fit Women

Meet These Five Inspirational Fit Women

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Casey SniderCasey SniderEagle, Idaho Stats: 34 • 125 lb • 5’4”Gig: Business owner and licensed pilotLate to the Game: Belying her impressive competitive resume — two overall wins and five class victories over 11 bikini competitions thus far — Casey Snider wasn’t very athletic growing up and actually didn’t discover the gym until her last year of college. “I did a semester of workout classes and ended up wishing I’d pursued a degree in health instead of communications and psychology,” she admits. Fly-Girl: Snider owns a fertilizing company, and she earned her pilots license so she could fly around the country and check in with her customers. All that travel means she has to stay diligent with her diet. “At home, I typically grill every day, or If I’m cooking,…
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