Competition is what I live and breathe every day. It’s my way of thinking in life. And I think that is what motivates me day in and day out in the gym everyday! I thank my parents for my competitive discipline. My parents always pushed for me to be involved in as many sports as possible and to excel in all of them. I started swim team at age 5, and went on to play soccer, basketball, field hockey, softball, and ran track. As some points of the year, because I was involved in travel teams, I would be involved in 2-3 different sports at one time, going from one practice to another and balancing my academics on top of that! I was recruited to play soccer for West Chester University, as a starting defender and help lead my team to NCAA’s and playoffs. It wasn’t until my 4 years of college soccer came to a sad end, when I started to get into lifting. I was so used to having practices to go to and games to prepare for, that when it ended I had all this free time on my hands that I didn’t know what to do with. So, I started going to the gym with Rob, who was my boyfriend at that time, and just lifting exactly like he did. I easily became very addicted to lifting. I always wanted to see how much I could max out at and always trying to go heavier and heavier. It was like my own competition I had with myself everyday!!
I then entered my first figure competition in 2006 at the Lehigh Valley Championships and competed in figure up until 2010. My goal was to become an IFBB pro; however, I didn’t always do as well in figure. My heavy training and constant desire to put on muscle didn’t always place me very high. I continued to compete, because I enjoyed the competition and prepping and training for shows. It gave me something to work towards and I enjoyed watching how I could transform my body. Nationals of 2010, Atlanta, was my very last figure show before they came out with the new Women’s Physique division, which is step above figure. Since I was always told I was a little too big, too muscular, and too hard for figure, the new physique division sounded like it was made for girls like me!! Girls who loved to lift heavy and like putting some muscle. I decided to do the very FIRST Physique show, which was 2011, JR. USA’s in Charleston, SC. I not only won my class, but I won the OVERALL, received my IFBB pro card, and became the very FIRST WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE PRO in the NPC/IFBB history!!!! I conquered my IFBB pro dream and also became a history first!!
I am now in my third year of competing in the IFBB in women’s physique. Last year, 2013, was truly incredible and very memorable for me!! I have accomplished goals and dreams that I never even thought would actually ever happen! With the help of my dear friend and diet guru, George Farah, I made a return to the stage at the 2013 Tampa Pro after taking about a year off of competing, with a much improved physique. After being awarded 2nd place at Tampa, I went on to the Dallas Europa the following weekend and was awarded 1st place and also my number one dream…my ticket to the 2013 OLYMPIA!!!!! It has been a dream of mine for the last 8 years to make it to the Olympia stage. This year that dream came true! Last year was also the very first year for physique at the Olympia and would go down in history. I continued to work with George the next couple weeks on the road to the Olympia. It was a true privilege to even be on the Olympia stage, but for the first ever Olympia for the physique division. There were 16 of the top physique competitors around the world on stage with me and in the very end, I came out on top and was name Ms. Physique Olympia for the FIRST EVER Physique Olympia showdown. I now have become not only the first IFBB physique pro in history, but also the first physique Ms. Olympia!!! There are not enough words to describe all the emotions that go with winning this title. It is such an amazing honor and I will do my very best to represent the physique division to my fullest!
This year I spent most of the year traveling the world, doing camps and seminars. This is what I love to do the most! I like to be in front of people and show them and show girls that you can be strong, you can be muscular, and you can be beautiful!!! You can be whatever you envision yourself to be! In the last couple years I have learned a lot about myself and I have learned what it truly means to be comfortable in your own skin. I have learned what confidence truly looks like and feels like…AND and there is nothing greater than that feeling!! So this year for the 2014 Ms. Physique Olympia showdown, I am getting on that stage with 20-some other amazing, beautiful, strong women…and we will get up there together and show the world that muscle can be beautiful too!!
Beyond the world of competing…It is hard to believe that about 2.5 years ago we started Flag Nor Fail clothing line, and were printing shirts out of garage. We now moved from a garage in 2011, to a 40,000 square foot warehouse in 2013 and have been here almost a full year! In that year we built The Speed WarHouse, which is our car performance shop that builds monster race and performance cars and also my baby, The Warhouse Gym, where we hold WarHouse Gym camps ever single month. The WarHouse Gym camp is freaking exploding, with special guests and other IFBB pro’s, tons of free samples from over 25 different supplement companies that help to sponsor our camps. It really is amazing to think back to 2010-2011 when Rob and I were just talking about all these things that we dreamed of…and today we are living our dreams and made them a reality! We are the true meaning of Flagnorfail…FlagNorFail is a mindset and a lifestyle! We hope that you can follow our lead and put this mindset into every aspect of your life!!!
I am living my dream every single day!
It took me a lot of years and a lot of hard work to get to where I am at today as an IFBB professional athlete, a business owner, a sponsored athlete, and also as an inspirational role model to so many people across the world!!! Thank you to all of my fans for all your support that you have shown me. You are what motivate me every single day in the gym and in my life!! I hope I can continue to motivate and inspire you to always strive to be your best and conquer all your goals! I hope to open up eyes and show people its okay to look a little different as long as you are happy and confident with yourself. Confidence is the most beautiful and rewarding asset that anyone can ever poses. So live life, be happy, and be confident with who you are and where you are going!
Small town boy, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He grew up as a multi-sport athlete turned scholar athlete. His journey wasn’t an easy one, but with a passion, drive, and a bit of a chip on his shoulder, he was drawn to the grit, the sweat, the pain, and the battle within himself he found in the weight room. At a young age, the weight room became his sanctuary. It was the only constant in his life. It didn’t matter what he was going through, the gym was the re-set button. It’s a place where an athlete truly finds the ultimate competition... himself. 17 years later, Jonny can still be found chalking calluses, slamming weights, and pushing himself to the limits. Blessed with 3 little girls, if he’s not in the weight room training or coaching, he will be found building and repairing Harleys, exploring the outdoors, and coaching his daughters’ sports teams.
Lena Paternoster IFBB FIGURE PRO
Since the age of 5 I was involved in sports, like soccer, gymnastics & dance class. I followed through with all three sports until high school when i chose soccer over everything to be on the Varsity team for Southern Regional High School. I started going to the gym once I entered high school & would be there 5 days a week lifting weights once i hit my junior year. I also took “weightlifting” as my choice of gym class. It was an almost immediate addiction, fast forward a few years to 2015 I decided to do my first bodybuilding competition after having people in the industry ask me if I already had competed & planted the idea in my head.
August of 2015 I entered my first show where i placed 4th in novice & won the teens class then followed up with another show 8 weeks later. I. Was. Hooked. I did a short 2 month off season (where I gained sloppy weight and didn’t know better to reverse diet) then prepped another 6 months for two more shows where I eventually won my first class win! From there I switched coaches to complete a 6 month, strict off season & prepped through FOUR shows (2017). In that time I competed in my first national show (JR USA) where I took 2nd place and i had something in me that knew I couldn’t stop there, so I went on to win my pro card in my home state at Universe. Did I mention i was only 21 years old at this time?! I couldn’t believe it & am still on cloud 9. Hard work pays off.
Now here we are in 2018, I’m 22 years old & cutting down for my Pro Debut! I never would have imagined I would be competing as a pro, I didn’t ever think I would do a national show, so remember, ANYTHING is possible & follow YOUR dreams.
Bodybuilding is my passion & there’s nothing i love more than doing what I love. I compete for myself, to push myself and improve myself, NOT to win a trophy. In 2017, i signed with this amazing team & one of my favorite supplement companies, Run Everything Labs (who is owned by my #1 IDOL Dana Linn Bailey😍😭).
Outside of bodybuilding & the gym I am in the beauty industry where i do semi-permanent cosmetics (eyelash extensions & Microblading) & am a makeup artist for weddings. I love my job & I love that I get to make so many women feel beautiful. Even though bodybuilding is a full time job in itself, i wouldn’t give up my day job because it’s so rewarding!
Olivia Renee Taylor began her active lifestyle at the young age of 3 when she started ballet lessons. Shortly after that, tennis, softball and baseball were added to the list, and at the age of 9 she played in an elite competitive baseball league. At age 11 she broadened her interest by taking acting lessons and had her first lead role in a children’s play shortly thereafter. Her love for sports and the arts eventually led to her involvement in ballroom dancing and even musical theater. She continued to play sports throughout her high school years, including varsity softball, as well as volleyball and basketball.
In addition to her love for all things sports, she has always had a strong passion for animals. While residing in Texas she had the privilege to work with the founder of Pegasus Horse Rescue, and learn all things horses. She received formal training in Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship, which led to many horse related adventures and experiences. She continues to pursue her passion for animals by helping to rescue unwanted pets, as well as working to socialize neglected or abused animals.
After high school her focus on sports dropped, and she focused primarily on pursuing many educational and career ventures. At age 19 she became a licensed realtor in Arizona, at age 20 became an instructor at the International Performing Arts Academy, and eventually also graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Family & Human Development.
It wasn’t until the age of 21 that Olivia found bodybuilding via her older brother Ryan. At age 22 she competed in her first bodybuilding competition, and at this point has now competed in a total of 4 NPC shows. In 2017 she was blessed with the honor of being a sponsored athlete for both Run Everything Labs and T-Marie Suits.
Currently she helps others pursue their fitness goals through online training, while she continues to work on her own goals in life. Alongside her significant other Matt, and their fur babies, she is focused on keeping a healthy balance in life between the gym, work and making memories. For this power couple, their favorite thing is getting to conquer goals alongside one another, such as recently being featured on the cover of a magazine in recognition of their fit lifestyle.
One of Olivia’s main life goals is to have a positive impact on those around her, and to help inspire others to live their best life both physically and mentally. Her strong desire to live a positive life while helping others derives from her upbringing in a large family where strong ethics and values were instilled in her and her six siblings. For Olivia, three things that she will always promote are LIVING, being REAL, and staying WILD.
Matt Muller was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ with his twin brother, and has been involved in athletics and fitness since the age of 7. Following years of competitive sports including basketball and football, he found bodybuilding and since then has ultimately adopted the complete fitness lifestyle. He is a certified personal trainer as well as a college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology.
Labelling himself as a certified nerd from an early age, he developed a strong interest in technology including hobbies such as gaming, building computers, and teaching himself to play the guitar. After graduating from college, he became a software engineer for a local tech company, building automated testing systems from the ground up. His well-rounded education eventually led to entrepreneurship and business development in various fields ranging from Veteran assistance non-profit programs to advanced environmental project investments.
Matt enjoys a healthy, balanced lifestyle consisting of travelling to new places and partaking in above-average cheat meals. His strong beliefs and values derive from his upbringing, including faith, dedication, honesty, humility and integrity. His future goals include starting a family, buying his mom a house, and striving to make a lasting, helpful and positive impact on others’ lives.
Tiffany Casequin is a wife and a mom of 3. She began her fitness journey in 2014 and quickly realized what her purpose in fitness was, to help others achieve their goals and inspire everyone to love themselves in every stage of their journey. Tiffany loves to travel, find new donut shops and learn anything she can about the fitness industry. On top of daily fitness and family, she is an entrepreneur who helps run a sales company with her husband. Proving that the excuse of not having time isn’t a valid excuse as she exemplifies hard work, passion and dedication.
I was born & raised in Florida. I was a tri-sport athlete my whole life: Volleyball, Basketball & Softball. After graduating, I turned to weightlifting & the gym to fuel my athletic competitive nature. After lifting for a few years, I attended The Orlando Europa Expo where I witnessed my first bodybuilding show & fell in love. I had followed Dana for years, and loved the beauty of muscle on women and decided that I'd take a leap of faith and try it for myself. A year later I returned to that same Orlando Europa show and won my class. I continued to Nationals a few months later, where I won my Pro Card. Other than stepping on the Olympia stage, my goal is to empower people to chase their dreams no matter how crazy they may seem. My motto? Work Hard, Stay Humble & Spread hope like fire.
My name is Justin “Cruz” de la Cruz. I am a Powerbuilder and a Certified Personal Trainer with my degrees in Art Therapy and Psychology. I am a husband to my beautiful bride, Caitlin, and father to a perfect son, Greg. Outside of weightlifting I love cars, football, and Marvel.
For 3 years I have worked in the Gas and Oil Industry working out of Court Houses.
My life didn’t always consist of working out and helping others. I have always been active. Basketball, baseball, and most importantly skateboarding. Yes, skateboarding- that tiny skater kid. Haha. Anyways, my fitness journey started my Junior year of college when I was hitting a dark place in life and schooling. I was almost failing out. I needed to take control of my life and the weights couldn’t have come at a better time.
I then started training almost daily, becoming fascinated with progression. I started to notice that not only was I feeling better physically but I also noticed my mental state becoming more clear. As a teenager I was diagnosed with ADHD and Bi-Polar. I don’t consider this a label anymore, but more of an advantage. At the end of the first semester of my Junior year my grades started to rise and I wanted to learn more about mental health in order to take back my own thoughts. That is how I got in to my degrees.
Fast forward 3 more years and I finally graduated and took back my life. Honestly, I owe it to the iron. Now, 4 years later, I train daily for life and most importantly, my family. This truly is a lifestyle. I try daily to use this platform to help encourage others to continue to push in life because you are capable of anything with one simple word:
I am a 2X NPC national qualifier in men’s physique and I just recently picked up powerlifting. I just had my first meet for the USAPL at the winter open at war house gym in January. I compete at the 74 kg weight class with my current totals at a 300lb bench press, 451lb deadlift, and a 360lb squat. I plan on stepping back on the platform by the end of the year.
Bonnie Schroeder is a USAPL certified coach and athlete with a current top ten ranking in the 57kg class. Her athletic career began with track and field in high school and college, which then progressed to body building and crossfit. After being urged to compete in her first powerlifting meet, she found her niche and never looked back. Bonnie currently holds Iowa state records in the 57kg class for bench, deadlift, push/pull and total in the USAPL. She also has the highest wilks score out of any females in the USAPL in the state of Iowa. Bonnie placed 5th in the 57kg class at Raw Nationals in 2017 and 3rd at the SBD Pro American Meet at The Arnold in 2018. Currently, she runs an online business helping athletes of all levels train, compete, and find a passion for powerlifting.
My name is Jessica Fresh. I'm a multi-sport athlete, student, explorer and constantly working towards bettering myself. When I began wrestling in second grade, I found my love for competition and physically demanding sports. Wrestling taught me the importance of pushing past my limits, which is something I have carried over to all aspects of my life. When I decided to do MMA, my goal was not to sign with the UFC or be the next title holder. This was a new, exciting way to challenge myself and push my limits yet again. When I began focusing more on MMA I still kept doing other workouts many fighters don’t typically do. I didn’t want to give up training in powerlifting or doing typical body building workouts because I enjoy them.
My name is Alicia Rancier. I’m a Certified Personal Trainer, ANBF Figure and Women’s Physique Pro, NPC Figure Competitor, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Graphic Design and Minor in Art Studio. My two main sports in high school was Volleyball and Track. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I was introduced to weightlifting. I immediately got hooked after my first training session. Going into college, I took a couple of years off from the gym due to my work overload, but after I graduated college I started back up again. In 2014, I competed in my very first bodybuilding competition and fell in love with it ever since! My passion for fitness has grown over the years and I want to be able to help others achieve their goals in life as well.
My name is Ryan Terry, and I’m a bit of a “jack of all trades”.
I’ve always considered myself to be an athlete. I grew up playing competitive sports, like most kids. Football, baseball and basketball took up most of my time as a child. As I got a bit older, I began skateboarding, and added that to the mix. Once I graduated high school, I attended college, and began playing rugby, among other intramural sports.
After my time in college, I decided to take a different path, and joined the United States Marine Corps. There, fitness and athleticism wasn’t an option, it was “what we did”, and during my time serving I fell in love with lifting weights. I continued to train during my enlistment, and when I processed out of the Marine Corps, I began my bodybuilding journey, competing in my first bodybuilding show (NPC All-Star Classic), winning the Novice class and taking second in the LHW class. I was hooked, and fell in love with the process of becoming stronger while watching my body transform.
I spent a few years training like a bodybuilder, and decided to try my luck in powerlifting. I’d always been decently strong, so it felt like a perfect match for me. I competed in one meet (USPA Clash of the Barbarians), and won the 198lb class.
From there, I decided to keep pushing myself, and competed in two strongman competitions. Taking second place in the middleweight class (Strongman Corporation Ronnie Coleman Strongman Classic) in my first competition, and winning the middleweight class/overall (United States Strongman Big Tex Winter Rumble) in my second.
Since then, I’ve decided to try my hand at some new events, Spartan Races, GORUCK, and I’m looking to begin competing in more endurance-type events.
I’m very lucky to be able to compete in the sports that I’ve competed in, and feel blessed to be able to continue my fitness journey.
I share my passion for training with my amazing wife, Caitlyn, and two children, Jaxon and Jaelin. We all typically train/spend time at the gym together, and love being outdoors, hiking and exploring State/National Parks.