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!
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.
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!
I am a full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist with an extreme passion for fitness and FOOD! In addition to my full-time job, I am an online coach who teaches flexible dieting and preaches the importance of balance in all aspects of life. I initially began my fitness journey through CrossFit, which I did competitively for 7 years. When I met my husband, Brad, I transitioned to bodybuilding and have been doing that for the last three years. I love to lift weights with the same high intensity and focus that I utilized in my CrossFit years. On the weekends, you can find me spending time with Brad eating fun foods, traveling, filming for YouTube, cuddling with my dog Miley, and working hard in the gym!
Collin Whitney is both a Strength Coach and Elite Powerlifter in the USAPL. Collin has attained his Personal Trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise and become a USAPL Certified Club Coach while pursuing his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from The Pennsylvania State University. Despite having a multifaceted athletic background, including sports like basketball and rugby, he ultimately found his home in the world of Powerlifting during his training in the Air Force. Collin has very quickly become a top competitor in the USAPL. He has achieved an elite total in the 105kg weight class, broken numerous state records, and has competed and won competitions at the highest level including USAPL Raw Nationals and The Arnold Sports Festival. Collin began to share his knowledge and love for strength training by coaching athletes and individuals from around the world. Ranging from novice to elite powerlifters, collegiate athletes, and also military/law enforcement personnel.
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 and raised in Panama City, Florida. My start in the gym came in the form of garage workouts with my dad when I was 15 years old. I would continue to workout throughout high school and into college at the University of Florida.
I graduated from UF with an electrical engineering degree, and went on to become an officer in the US Navy. I completed the rigorous process of becoming a nuclear submarine officer while also completing Navy Dive School Training. I met Aubrie (now my wife) while I was stationed in Seattle on Tinder. Love at first swipe. Just months after meeting, since I was starting work in the corporate world as an engineer due to finishing my commitment to the military, we moved 2,000+ miles away from Seattle, WA to Houston, TX.
I have always had a passion for fitness and health. Coming from a history founded on being the "chubby" kid, hardcore naval training, bodybuilding, and dieting strictly -- I've always wanted to help people with their journey.
So, if you ever see me, please come say "Hey!" I love meeting people and hearing about their journeys.
Kaden Nguyen is a Los Angeles based model and photographer and competitive bodybuilder. With an impressive physique and abundance of experience in the fitness industry Nguyen has recently made the transition to a full vegan for what he calls education purposes. This all seemed to start after he posted an image on his Instagram in February 2018 where he appeared to invite vegans to convince him that plant-based nutrition was a better option. He later announced that he would try to incorporate 5-6 full vegan meals a week as a trial. In a later post, he admitted that it was easy to incorporate vegan meals into his diet and he had minimal cravings for meat-based foods. Soon after that, he would change his Instagram profile to read #VeganAF.
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.
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.
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