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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brigita Brezovac

Where and when were you born?
I was born 24.09.1979 in Ptuj, Slovenia.

What is your profession?
I have few different professions: economist, masseuse and personal trainer.

Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I’ve trained karate for eight years, got my black belt, I was national champion in fights and I also did some tae-kwon-do and boxing. When I was 14 years old I saw the photo of Corry Everson and I wanted to look like her. Then I lived only for karate and when included weight training I got very good results.

Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
First my goal was to compete in Miss Fitness category and I was dreaming to compete on Ms Fitness Olympia first. When the judges told me my physique is more appropriate for bodybuilding I decided to do my best in fbb. I love being on stage.

Can you give me your competition history?

2009 IFBB Worlds Women Championship Como, Italy (Bodybuilding, heavy weight) 2nd

2010 Tampa Pro IFBB 1st
2010 Europa Battle of Champions 1st
2010 Ms. Olympia 10th

Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
My biggest success is definitely my first pro debut and winning the Tampa Pro show. I just couldn’t believe this is really happening for a long time after the show was over because it was much more than just a dream coming true. That was the highest ratification in my life.

Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
In off season I train 5-6 times per week (no cardio, one muscle group per week). I always stick to the basics and do most of my training with free weights. During preparations I train twice per day, I have a split training and one hour of cardio per day.

What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
My favorite exercise in the gym is behind the neck press for shoulders and inclined bench press.

Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My best body part is probably my back.

If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
My best lifts are squat with 160kg, bench press with 110kg and dead lift 160kg.

My body measurements: arm 41cm, leg 62cm.

What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
About training for competition: simply, I love to compete! And it’s a great feeling when your body is changing almost everyday. In off season I really enjoy in good food. I love cooking for my friends and family.

Please describe a typical day in the life of Brigita Brezovac.
As I usually go to bed late, I get up around 9am and eat my breakfast. During the day I’m preparing meals as I always cook fresh; I spend more and more time behind the computer, I love to read books and hang out with friends. Before the gym I take my time off and I usually work out late in the evening.

Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I love nature so I have a nice garden at home which is full of biological vegetable and that keeps me busy and relaxed during the season.
I enjoy yoga classes where I get a good stretch and keep my body flexible, I like reading books, lately more philosophical and biography type and I especially love shopping and fashion. I enjoy art exhibitions and music from opera to house but I’m pretty picky about the movies. I couldn’t live without traveling around the world.

What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
In my lifestyle I love the discipline and persistence.

Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
Instead of sweet little girl I was a tomboy when I was a child and I had all the boys on the block under my control.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rene Marven

Growing up I played Soccer and Softball, but as I got older I was more involved in gymnastics and cheerleading. When I was in 8th grade I tried out for All Star cheerleading and made it as one of the youngest on the squad! That same year, I also made the High school gymnastics team. The practices never overlapped which made me able to participate in both simultaneously! Throughout High School I was a cheerleader in a very competitive program, we competed all over the US, even at Nationals in Dallas TX. After HS I was involved in the program in a variety of ways… I volunteered 1 season as the team conditioning coach. Another season I worked as one of the choreographers for there competition routine.

In the beginning of my junior year in HS I got a job at Golds Gym Wappingers in the Child Care department. I frequently went to the gym, mostly for ZUMBA class, cardio, Abs, and conditioning type workouts. At the time, I didn’t have much knowledge on weight training. That January I signed up for the Golds Gym “Body Transformation” which was not just a weight loss contest! However it was a contest and I have a pretty competitive nature so of course I’d enter this! It was a 12 week program that initially offered 2 complimentary personal training sessions. I LOVED my trainer, to be honest this is really when I first thought I wanted to be a trainer! By the end of the 12 weeks I had only lost 4 lbs… not surprising since I was never really out of shape, but I was shocked to have lost 11% bodyfat! I noticed my abs first, but my arms also started to show some cuts. That was just the beginning…

I was always involved in sport specific training and conditioning workouts, but when I started weight training I enjoyed it the most and saw better results fast! Once I was shown or told something, I remembered it. Too bad that didn’t always happen in school! My mom always told me that when I’m interested in something it comes naturally. She was exactly right, because that’s what happened with training.

I split my training into 4 different days of workouts. 1) Legs & Abs 2) Shoulders & Calves 3) Back, Biceps & Abs 4) Chest, Triceps & Calves. I follow either 2-3 days on 1 day off than 2-3 days on 1 day off. Rest is just as important as training, and it is part of my schedule to make sure I have at least 2 days off from weight training each week. During 8-12 weeks of pre-contest prep I follow that same plan but the off days would most likely be some form of cardio training, posing practice, yoga, massage, or other activity.
My contest diet is strictly based on blood type beneficial/neutral foods. Based on my progress I will alter the amounts of each macro-nutrient but never completely eliminating all of one like some contest diets do. Another thing I would change are types of protein if I feel I should be loosing more body fat faster I may switch to fish as my main protein source rather than chicken or turkey. I make sure to eat my meals 3 hours apart from one another with the exception of my post workout protein shake and the following meal. After every workout I drink VPX Graham cracker flavored Zero Carb SRO which is a Whey Protein Isolate, because of its fast digesting nature I use it simply to recover but eat my next meal about 1 hour later. Each day I try to drink between 1 and 1.5 gallons of water. This is all pretty much the same plan in the off-season, the only thing that changes is the amounts of food and maybe a few “unplanned meals” here and there. I’d say an average day is 4-5 of my 6 daily meals are “clean” with 1 extra meal that may not be completely off the charts cheating, just not something I’d eat during contest prep. My goal right now is to maintain my weight as long as possible before I start to cut down to get ready for a Spring show.

Something very important I’d like every girl to hear is that weight training will not turn you into a bodybuilder. (many of us wish it was that easy) To be honest its the diet that decides what type of physique you will make. For example, If I am training 3 female competitors, 1 bikini, 1 figure, and 1 fit body; all three of them would have similar goals in weight training like Rep Range, Sets,Tempo and Volume. Basically the weight they lift will be different due to each individuals strength but they will all be pushing as hard as they can. What should be different are Rest periods, Cardio, and DIET. Diet being the key here, if you want to be a bodybuilder you will have to eat! A female figure competitor can train just like a bodybuilder but would most likely be consuming half the calories which determines how they look.

My contest History:
2007 INBF NYS 2nd place Figure

2007 INBF Monster Mash 3rd place Figure

2008 INBF Hercules 6th place Figure 5th place Fit Body

2009 INBF NYS 2nd place Figure 3rd place Best Body Bikini

10th place Fit Body, 2009 INBF Monster Mash 9th Figure 8th Fit Body

2009 INBF World Championships 5th place Figure

2011 INBF NSSN 1st place Heavy Weight Open Bodybuilding, Overall Bodybuilding Winner, 5th place Open Figure, & Awarded Most Muscular female

2011 USBF Empire States 2nd place Open Bodybuilding

2011 NPC Rhode Island 1st place Middle weight class

2011 NPC Hudson Valley Championships 1st place Women’s Bodybuilding

Me han Copiado el Vestido! XIV

¡Hola a todos! Entrada rapidita con más pruebas gráficas de las copias de vestido de las celebrities.

Empezamos los duelos con un enfrentamiento entre Elsa Pataky y Ashley Tisdale. Las dos actrices asistieron a diferentes actos publicitarios con un mini vestido de estampado étnico. Elsa Pataky, combina el vestido con un brazalete y unos salones dorados y el pelo liso con mechas californianas. Por su parte, la actriz de High School Musical, lo luce con un semi recogido con el pelo ondulado y unos salones en nude. 
 Yo me quedo con Ashley Tisdale. ¿con quién os quedáis vosotros?

Seguimos con dos actrices estadounidenses. Jennifer Hudson y Blake Lively con un vestido muy ajustado en negro de Victoria Beckham. Las dos lo lucen con el pelo recogido; pero mientras Hudson lo lucía con medias y plataformas negras, Blake lo luce sin medias y con unos bonitos salones negros con la puntera azul.
Creo que es un vestido complicado de lucir, pero nos quedamos con Blake Lively. Sus zapatos son preciosos!

Las siguientes son Camilla Belle y Cristina Brondo, que lucen un vestido palabra de honor con cuerpiño rojo y falda con una ligera cola y con estampado floral de Carolina Herrera, de la colección de primavera de 2011. Camilla lo combina con un cinturón verde y el pelo rizado. Cristina lo luce con un cinturón verde oscuro y con el pelo recogido con una trenza.
¿Qué os parece? ¿Nos quedamos con Camilla? Personalmente, nos gusta más su look.

Continuamos con un duelo español. Cristina Alcázar y Paz Vega. Las dos se enfundaron en un elegante vestido negro con encaje en los hombros y brazos de Angel Schlesser. Cristina lo lució en el festival de Málaga con un moño alto y flequillo. Paz se lo puso en la gala de la fundación Rafa Nadal con la melena ladeada y ondulada y cartera de mano gris.
Yo me quedo con el look súper glamuroso de Paz Vega.

Seguimos con duelo de estadounidense. Tori Selling y Paris Hilton se copiaron este veraniego vestido largo y de tirantes en azul y verde. Mientras Paris lo luce con el pelo recogido, gafas de sol blancas y con una ligera corrección en el vestido respecto al de Tori. ¿Lo encontráis?
El escote del vestido de Paris esta retocado; pero nos quedamos con ella ¿no? Muy de su estilo.

Y terminamos con un reto Hollywoodense. Jessica Biel y Jennifer Garner se enfundaron en este maravilloso y delicado vestido de tirantes en nude y lleno de incrustaciones de cristal de Valentino. Las dos lo lucen con el pelo recogido y pendientes dignos de la realeza.
Terminamos con empate ¿no?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Alina Popa

IFBB Pro BB and personal trainer
Zurich, Switzerland
2011 Ms International - 3rd
2010 Ms International - 8th
2008 IFBB Worlds, Santa Susana
2007 NABBA Miss Universe
2006 Grand Prix Due Torri


5-6 (168cm)
17, 16.3 contest
47 (120cm)
26.8, 24.8 contest
17 (43 cm)
181 lbs , 165lbs contest

DEADLIFT: 375 lbs(170 kg) x 4-6 reps
242 lbs (110 kg) x 4-6 reps
65 lbs (30 kg) each arm x 3 reps
308 lbs (140kg)x 8 reps
Lateral raises & squats



Ever since I ever knew I was the very active, sportive kind of kid. I had endless energy resources and I loved sports. I began with some track when I was 12 years old. I didn’t do competitions in track and field but in my summer holidays I used to train 2 times a day, about 3 hours each time. I loved to sprint and didn’t like the long distance races. Starting with 15 I started to attend aerobics classes and I loved the fitness part of it, working with weights. At 18 I entered the gym in my native town just to keep fit and lose some weight. That was the moment I fell in love with bodybuilding. I remember, upon starting to go to the little gym in my quiet native town, I began to read the little thin bodybuilding magazines that I could find on the Romanian market at that time. The competition movement in Romanian bodybuilding was kind of poor at that time, but I remember one girl in the gym getting ready for a National Junior Championship…and I admit I felt admiration for her and I wished I had her muscles . I kept on training for the next two years until one day I entered another gym in another town, where I was a student, and the trainer there saw my potential and suggested to me I should train to compete. I’ll never forget how honored I felt…and how happy. So I guess I would have liked to compete but I didn’t manage till I got someone to support me and help me.

2011 Ms International - 3rd
2010 Ms International - 8th
2008 IFBB Worlds Santa Susanna, first heavyweight & overall
2007 NABBA Miss Universe, Miss Physique class
2006 1st place Grand Prix Due Torri, Bologna, Italy
2005 5th place Women’s European Championship, Yalta, Ukraine
2005 second place Mixed Pairs European Championship with Angelo Alexa
2004 second place IFBB European Championship, heavyweight in Tavira, Portugal-2003 first place National Championship, middleweight

I train 5 days a week, one muscle group a day; I train heavy all the time, except for the legs that I train with low weight but high reps when I get ready for a competition. Usually in off season I try to stay as little as possible in the gym, like 50 minutes or 1 hour maximum and work with high intensity. The main differences between training in off season and training for a competition is, that I change the diet , train my legs with higher reps and also perform some cardio, any type, except I hate to run.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jana Linke Sippl

I was born in Neustadt a.d. Orla, a little town in Thuringia where I also grew up.
After my 10th year graduate at school, I finished my education with an A-Level as an optician in Jena at the company Carl Zeiss.

I broke up my follow-up higher education in mechanical engineering in Freiberg due to the former socialist circumstances as I couldn`t deal with them. So I switched into gastronomy.

I always liked sports, no matter what kind. I participated in athletics and speed roller-skating competitions, I played tennis and I was also active as a parachute jumper.
My father made my first dumb-bells which was in fact the first step into bodybuilding. The first time I went to a gym was after my successful escape over Hungary to Austria and then Germany. From that day on, I couldn’t do without anymore.

After only 16 months of training, I competed for the first time. But for private reasons I had to stop again for six years. In 1997, I decided to start to train in a gym again and from 1998 on I competed almost every year. Then there was a double surgery on my slipped disc in 1999 and thus, I re-educated as an IT specialist and after that I became a licensed fitness trainer. I had to cope with another surgery on my jaw in 2002 but none of these interventions could keep me from the competitive bodybuilding.

Due to the bad work situation in Germany I’ve been living in Graz, Austria, since 2003 where I continue my regular training and will be true and present to all bodybuilding fans over the future period of time.


Height: 171cm/ 5'7"
Competition Weight: 81 kg/ 178 lbs
Weight (Off season): 91 kg/ 200 lbs
Biceps: 43 cm / 17"
Chest: 117cm / 46"
Waist: 76 cm / 30"
Quads: 68 cm / 27"
Calves: 44 cm / 17.5"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Moda de Película: Nine

¡Buenos días a todos! Nuevo repaso de los estilismos usados en las películas. Hoy le toca el turno a la película Nine, que con un reparto de lujo (Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Nikole Kidman y Penélope Cruz entre otros), estuvo nominada en los Globos de Oro de 2009 a mejor comedia-musical, además obtuvo diversas candidaturas individuales.
Vestuario muy sexy y con inspiración lencera, es lo que predomina en este drama romántico dirigido por Rob Marshall.

¿Qué os ha parecido esta película?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Elena Kavva

I was born in Athens, where I live and work, on 15 january. At the age of 8,I started to train martial arts, and more specifically Kung Fu.I got involved with martial arts championships from '89 to '94.

I always liked to add a few weights in my training for muscular strengthening something that I started to like more and more.

At the age of 17 i realized that I was ''madly in love with dumbbells''. I began to exercise intensively with weights,and at the same time reading innumerable books about exercises, training sessions with weights, diets and anatomy.

I decided to start competing in body-building competitions, and in may of 2006 in the Mr. and Mrs. Hellas NABBA contest I conquered the 1st place in the ''Figure'' class and in the NABBA WORLD Championship I conquered the 4th place in the ''Figure'' class.

In the Pan-Hellenic WABBA Championship at the ''Mr. and Mrs Greece' contest 12/11/2006, I conquered the 1st place.

In the World Championship of WABBA bodybuilding and fitness in 26/11/2006, I conquered the 2nd place.

Globos de Oro 2012 VII

Última entrada sobre los Globos de Oro, aunque un poco diferente a las anteriores. He hecho unos collages para poder poner todos los vestidos que lucieron las celebrities en esta gala, ya que sino no hubiera terminado nunca... Espero que os gusten!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Globos de Oro 2012 VI

Bueno, penúltima entrada sobre los Globos de Oro 2012 (parece mentira la cantidad de celebrities que acudieron a esa gala! ¡No se acaban nunca!).
De momento ¿cuál está siendo vuestra favorita?

Empezamos con una de las más elegantes de la noche, ANGELINA JOLIE (The Turist; Kung Fu Panda 2), que acudió a la gala con BRAD PITT, apostó por un vestido de seda en blanco roto con apertura central y escote en rojo de ALTIER VERSACE, que combinó con un clutch rojo y unos discretos pendientes de diamantes de LORRAINE SCHTWARZ.

Seguimos con CALISTA FLOCKHEAR, mujer de HARRISON FORD, que acompañó a su marido con un vestido negro de volantes superpuestos hasta la altura de los tobillos y con tirantes muy finos, que acompañó con unos atrevidos zapatos negros y una discreta gargantilla de diamantes.

CLAIRE DANES (Temple Grandin), con un vestido blanco y negro con el escote cerrado por delante, pero muy abierto por detrás y con aplicaciones metálicas de J.MENDEL.

Seguimos con DIANE LANE (Superman: Man of steel), que pisó la alfombra roja con un vestido dorado de encaje y con aplicaciones de palliettes brillantes de REEM ACRA.

Continuamos con la modelo ELLE MAC PHERSON, que apareció muy sonriente delante de los fotógrafos  y lució un vestido blanco de corte sirena y con la falda de tul y con muchas capas de ZAC POSEN. Las joyas eran de LORRAINE SCHARTZ.

Otra de las más elegantes de la noche fue la actriz EMMA STONE (Crazy, stupid, love; Friends with benefits), con un vaporoso y transpatente LANVIN bicolor en morados de inspiracion griega y un pronunciado escote en V.

Seguimos con la modelo alemana Heidi Klum, que apareció con un sencillisimo vestido en nude recto de CALVIN KLEIN que combinó con un espectacular collar en turquesa de LORRAINE SCHWARTZ.

Continuamos con la actriz india FREIDA PINTO (Slumdog Millionaire; Immortals), con un sencillo palabra de honor en azul agua de PRADA y que combinó con un impresionante collar de CHOPARD.

Una de las parejas más esperadas de la noche fue la formada por el actor GEORGE CLOONEY y la luchadora STACY KEIBLER, que pisó la alfombra con un deslumbrante VALENTINO en rojo de línea sirena y escote en pico que combinó con joyas de CHOPARD.

Y terminamos por hoy con la actriz JULIE BOWEN (Modern Family) con un vaporoso palabra de honor en nude con aplicaciones de pedrería en las mangas de REEM ACRA.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Globos de Oro 2012 V

Nuevo post repasando todos los detalles de los estilismos de las celebrities en la gala de GLOBOS DE ORO de 2012 (Si no habéis visto los anteriores posts, podéis pinchar aquí, 1, 2, 3, 4) Espero que os gusten!

Para empezar os traigo el look de ANDIE MACDOWELL (Quatro bodas y un Funeral), muy sencilla pero correcta con un diseño asimétrico en gris plata de DAVID MEISTER, clutch de SWAROVSKY, y joyas de CHOPARD.

La actriz y cantante ZOOEY DESCHANEL (500 days of summer) , con un elegante vestido con la falda negra y el cuerpo en verde hierba con incrustaciones de lentejuelas de ese mismo color de PRADA.

Seguimos con BÉRÉNICE BEJO (The Artist), con un elegante palabra de honor en azul noche, drapeado y con un fruncido en la cintura y una ligera cola con superposiciones de GUCCI.

 Continuamos con MADELEINE STOWE (Revenge), que también lució un palabra de honor en azul de VERA WANG, que combinó con clutch negro y joyas de VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS.

La actriz GLEEN CLOSE (Daños y Perjuicios), apostó por un palabra de honor de terciopelo en azul petroleo y con pedrería en el escote de ARMANI PRIVÉ. Clutch de brillantes a juego y pendientes de WILFREDO ROSADO.

Seguimos con la actriz mexicana SALMA HAYEK (La chispa de la Vida, El Gato con Botas) que se enfundó en un ajustado diseño palabra de honor con detalles dorados en el cuerpo y con la falda negra  y con brillantes de GUCCI, de la colección de primavera-verano de 2012.

La actriz MAYA RUDOLPH (La Boda de mi mejor Amiga; Up all Night), eligió el negro para acudir a la ceremonia. El diseño, ajustado a la cintura y con estampado emulando a la piel de un cocodrilo era de DAVID MEISTER SIGNATURE.

Continuamos con NICOLE KIDMAN (Nine, Rabbit Hole), que apareció en la alfombra roja con un ajustado vestido en blanco roto y con aplicaciones de tachuelas doradas de VERSACE de la colección primavera-verano 2012. Completó su look con un clutch de ROGER VIVIER, joyas de FRED LEIGHTON, y sandalias blancas de MANOLO BLATNIK.

Una de las mejores de la noche fue la actriz JESSICA ALBA, (The Office; Spice Kids 4), que acudió a la gala con un romántico y delicado palabra de honor y corte lápiz en color lavanda con aplicaciones brillantes y cola de seda de GUCCI que combinó con joyas de BULGARI.

Y terminamos con la joven actriz SARAH HYLAND (Modern Family). Recogió su premio junto al resto del reparto de la serie con un palabra de honor en color arena de encaje y cinturón negro también de encaje de DOLCE & GABBANA, y clutch de SWAROVSKY.