Inside the Life of A Glam Fitness Model
Most fitness models dream of having thousands of Facebook followers and fans, signing autographs at expos, and booking photo shoots and magazine ads. As a full-time personal trainer with my own company, NPAA Bikini Pro, a Magnum Nutraceuticals Sponsored Athlete, a published fitness author, and an internationally published fitness model, I am lucky enough to be living this fun yet chaotic life and am head-over-heels in love with it.
I started working in the fitness industry as a trainer in 2005. I began competing first in 2005, and then again in 2007, which is when my relationship with Magnum Nutraceuticals began. I took fourth place in the fitness model category that year. As I walked through the lobby during intermission of that first show, a super tall, frosted-tipped 20-something year-old guy approached me to ask if I was interested in earning a sponsorship with a supplement company. I had no idea who this guy was, but his energy and excitement were incredibly alluring and I wanted in. Since then, I have worked with Magnum closely and could not be more proud of what we stand for and the family of athletes the company supports. Through this sponsorship, I have been published in a dozen national ads. I even snagged the inside back cover of a major fitness magazine (come on fitness girls, that’s a big one!). Team trips to events, including the Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic, have been some of the best experiences I’ve ever had and, without a sponsorship, I may not have been so blessed as to attend these events.I have made incredible connections through my sponsorship, some of which resulted in landing my first magazine cover in February 2014.
I am still mind blown at the large role the fitness industry has turned out to play in my life and how insanely fun, exciting, and challenging the last few months have been. The industry most definitely tests your patience, self-esteem, and even your morals. There have been moments when I have felt like I didn’t belong; I wasn’t pretty enough, wasn’t muscular enough, wasn’t tight enough, wasn’t bubbly enough, wasn’t BIG enough, whatever it was…. I wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel this way because somebody told me these things, but because when you are dead center in the most aesthetically pleasing environment on the planet, one can’t help but compare themselves to those around them. Breaking into the industry alone can be really hard and having an incredible support system behind you is often a total lifesaver. I can only speak from my personal experience, and I am well aware that not everybody is lucky enough to have what I have with Magnum, but being a part of a brand, a family, and a company with morals and integrity in this industry has allowed for some life changing events over the last two years. Earning a magazine ad, article or cover doesn’t just fall into your lap, it requires a lot of thought, effort, determination, training, dieting, and don’t forget MONEY.
Do your research and hire a photographer whose work you see often in the magazines you want to work with. Make sure you are shooting with a reputable professional who has your best interest at heart and who will work hard at getting both their work and your face published. Save your money, train hard, prepare appropriately (this includes shopping for ample wardrobe items) and bring your BEST game to these shoots. Make sure your money is money well spent.