Melissa’s educational background in nutrition and holistic wellness has made her one of the most well rounded fitness professionals in the industry. Being certified in the culinary arts also affords Melissa the opportunity to design recipes and meals that are tailored specifically to each client’s needs. Melissa is also the creative force behind the new and exciting Fitlicious Flavour Blasters and supplement line; a product line that help make food Deliciously Fit.
Amy Fadhli (born January 30, 1966 in Galveston, Texas, U.S.) is an American fitness model, actress and winner of the Fitness America National Champion 1996. Her father is Iraqi who was born in Baghdad, a cardiovascular surgeon, and her mother is Czech, a sculptor and breeder of Arabian horses.
She holds a degree in dental hygiene and after graduating from college, she moved to Northern California, where she first encountered serious fitness training. However, she eventually moved to Dallas and started swimsuit modeling and competing in bikini contests in which she won several swimsuit titles and many prizes including money and trips. She then decided to continue in pursuing her career in modelling, so she submitted her photo and resume to the promoter of the Fitness America Pageant and she was then invited to compete in the National Championships that year. She managed to win the physique round, but only came in ninth overall in the pageant. After enjoying competing in the first year, she competed again in the following year, and finished as first runner up, and soon she became the Fitness America National Champion in 1996.
Besides being a fitness model, she is also an actress and has made appearances in many television shows such as The Young and the Restless and numerous films. Her career has enabled her to travel the world, she has been to places such as Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Guam, Spain,Hungary, Slovakia, Malayasia, Jamaica and Lebanon.
Let me tell you why I love science fiction movies. For a start there are the spacecrafts, the mysterious and diverse planets, and the rich and intelligent plots. How lucky we are that the writers, directors and producers of these movies seem hell-bent on festooning their outer-space adventures with totally weird, totally hot alien eye candy from start to finish. It might be an odd attraction, but attraction it is. Here we list our ten personal favorites.
10. Neytiri (Avatar)
Yeah it’s weird, but she was oddly hot, and there are probably weirder entries on the list, despite the frankly creepy implications of the ‘sex’ scene. For your very own creepy Avatar themed bedroom fun, why not get your girlfriend to draw some big eyes on a blue plastic bag with a marker pen and wear it over her head. It’s less damaging than being caught watching the DVD with your pants around your ankles and 3D glasses on.
Mia Finnegan, who among so many other accomplishments was the winner of the very first Fitness Olympia. For one thing, she was discovered by IM’s Lonnie Teper, who encouraged her to compete. For another, her photo shoot with Michael Neveux back in 1993 was her first big one in the industry. So when Neveux announced during his recent shoot with the now-43-year-old mother of three, “Mia Finnegan is back!” there was a bit more to it than the customary cooing of a photographer to his subject.
Name: Heather Leff
Residence: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Weight: ~ 118
When did you get started with fitness?
I wasn’t an athlete in high school (hello, drama club!), but my boyfriend at the time lived and died by the gym, so I grew curious. I started working out over the next few years, loading up on cardio and repping out with light weights. It wasn’t until my mid- to late-20s that I started becoming hardcore and lifting heavy. Once I saw what upping my routine and moving serious weight did for my body, I never looked back.
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Ashley Fiolek, 19-years-old, can’t hear her critics, but then again she can’t hear at all. Ashley is deaf, but she is dominaing women’s motocross.
“I hear it my own way,” Ashley explained. “I can feel everything about my bike. I have grown up riding that way so it’s nothing new to me.”
Ashley is going to try and claim a third consecutive WMA title. She has steped up and replaced five-time champion Jessica Patterson as the sport’s premier athlete. She was born deaf, and her parents relocated to send her to a deaf and blind school. That didn’t last long. Her parents felt the school was teaching their daughter that she was handicaped, but they knew she was limitless. She has taken her deeming handicap and adapted to an amazing rider.
“I can’t change [racing] lines like other riders because I have to make sure no one is behind me first,” she conceded. “But I think the advantages are that I don’t know when someone’s behind me so I don’t freak out. Also, I don’t hear any smack talking at the races so it doesn’t affect me.”
Ashley is a Honda Red Bull Racing team member and was the first female to be given a factory ride, or full sponsorship. She also is the reigning X Games champion and hopes to someday compete against men. There is no doubt she will light up the track, no matter who else is racing.
Jessica Ennis, 24-years-old, is looking to enter two events in the 2012 Olympics, so long as the organizers approve and set the timetable up to allow her the opportunity. Jessica is looking to enter the 100m hurdles as well as the heptathlon.
Jessica entered both the heptathlon and hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, but she withdrew after winning the gold in the heptathlon from the hurdles because she was only able to rest two days and that didn’t allow her to adequately recover.
A London 2012 spokesperson told BBC Sport: “Discussions regarding the timetable of events during the London 2012 Games are still ongoing. The schedule will be determined by the International Olympic Committee, IAAF and Locog in conjunction with Olympic Broadcasting Services. A draft schedule will be submitted to the IOC later this year.”
If the heptathlon and 100m end up being too close, she has other events she may also qualify for, but the 100m is her first choice. The 2012 Olympics are huge for Jessica, she missed the last Olympics with a stress fracture and the next Olympic opportunity will come around when Jessica is 30-years-old.
Michelle Errichiello, 27-years-old, was taking out the trash in February 2007 when a car jumped the sidewalk and hit her, severing her leg and part of her knee. After surgery, a hospital stay and endless therapy Michelle was determined not just to walk again, but to run. Both of which she accomplished after getting a prosthetic leg. A little over a year after getting her prosthetic leg she competed in her first inter-club meet in October, 2008.
She has improved leaps and bounds since that first meet. Now she holds the world 200m record for women’s above-knee amputees at Blacktown in Sydney, finishing in 36.29 seconds and beating the previous by 0.18 seconds. This April, she broke the world 100m record at the National Athletic Championships in Perth, taking .01 seconds off the old record by running it in 16.31 seconds.
She competed in the World Athletics Championships in January 2011 in the 100m and long jump.
When Tara Wood’s mom encouraged her to go out for cheerleading in junior high, she tried it for a year and decided she was on the wrong side of the sideline. Tara then demanded, and earned, a spot on a boys’ Pop Warner football team instead.
“I was the worst cheerleader ever,” Tara said. “I was watching the game the whole time. I didn’t cheer at all.”
Later she played volleyball, basketball and softball, and briefly played defensive end with the Pittsburgh Passion in the Independent Women’s Football League. But now Tara is passionately pursuing her career in boxing. Currently she is ranked seventh nationally but she is working hard to be on the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team in the 165-pound weight class. Like most women, she started boxing for exercise.
“I was just looking for something to shake up my workouts,” she said.
Tara isn’t just a boxer now, and she doesn’t have a 9-5 that you would typically peg with someone who was a professional boxer. she is a vice president of business administration for xG Technology, a technology company in Sunrise. It will be interesting to see how she does in the upcoming trials.
Blind women are now afforded the opportunity to join in the game and develop skills and abilities that before were only in their dreams. The women are fighting oppression and demonstrating strength that is amazing and inspiring!
In Nepal, there is a common superstition that if you are born with a disability it is a punishment for misdeeds in a past life, blindness is no exception and can be judged especially hard. Blind women have a particularly hard time surviving in such a harsh society. They are already viewed as second-class citizens just for being women and because of their disability, they often find themselves ostracized from their communities.