Featured Athletes

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  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER - CINNAMON LISTER

    Name: Cinnamon Lister

    Age: 23

    Home location: Riverside, CA

    Sport: Basketball

    Profession and education background: Professional basketball player & Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies

    Years in current sport: 15

     

     

    1. What got you started in basketball? I used to dance for the Sacramento Monarchs and I loved watching Kara Lawson and Ticha Penicheiro play. Once I stopped dancing my parents started me in basketball.

    2. Who is your favorite athlete and why? Isaiah Thomas. He is talented, quick, and a small point guard that plays hard.

    3. Now that you have graduated what are your future plans with basketball? To continue to play professionally and to coach college basketball.  

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    4. You have an identical twin sister who also plays basketball. What was it like growing up playing together? Growing up with a twin sister was a lot of fun. I had a best friend with me everywhere I went. Jasmine and I were very competitive in everything that we did growing up, especially basketball. Still to this day we will leave the court after playing one on one with scratches everywhere. It gets serious.

    5. What are you top 5 favorite songs on your workout playlist at the moment?

    1. Woke up - Big Sean
    2. Overtime - Bryson Tiller
    3. Tuscan Leather - Drake
    4. On My Dis Side - Travis Scott
    5. Diamonds Dancing - Drake and Future

    6. Who is your #1 supporter? Patrick Rembert 

    7. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? Something that I do everyday that I think is a key to my success is running at least two miles before I leave the gym. I also make sure to stretch every day.

    8. If you could compare yourself to any character in a film/fiction who would it be? Michelle Rodriguez in the Fast and Furious films. 

    9. What is your motto? If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it.  

    10. Anything else that you would like to share with us? My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

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    Learn more and follow Cinnamon Lister at:

    Instagram: @Cinn_11

    Twitter: @Cini_11

  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: PRO BODYBUILDER JEROME "HOLLYWOOD" FERGUSON

    Name: Jerome Ferguson a.k.a. Jerome Hollywood Ferguson

    Home location: Venice Beach, CA

    Sport: Pro Bodybuilder / Football

    Education: Aviation

    Years in current sport: Over 20 + yrs


    1. What got you started in Bodybuilding?
    One Sunday morning at Sunday school the teacher read a biblical story about Samson and how strong he was and how much he loved God. So when I was 13 my parents got me a bench press weight set. I started training because I wanted to be like Samson.

    2. Who are your favorite athletes and why?
    The two athletes/bodybuilders that are my inspiration are Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I love Lou and Arnold from the golden era and I love and continue to support both. The best part is that they are both still my friends.

    3. What is your go to meal when competing and in the off season?
    When I am prepping for competition I go straight to tilapia, potato and asparagus. When I am out of prep season my favorite meal is a giant cheeseburger!


    4. What do you do currently in your training that is a key to your success?
    Whenever I train I make sure that I stay consistent. Being consistent is the number one key to my success.


    5. What are three things that never leave your gym bag?
    jerome 3The three things that never leave my bag are my weight belt, my gloves and my wrist straps.


    6. Who are some of your favorite artists to work out to and pose to?
    I love old-school and new-school rap! Some of my favorite artists are Tupac, Biggie, Drake, Ludicrous and J Cole.
     
    7: Have you experienced a breakthrough, if so, what led to it?
    Yes! Life situations! I've been able to read spiritual books like "Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle and "The art of happiness" by The Dalai Lama. I killed my ego and became pure love, God love.
     
    8: If you could compare yourself to any character in a film/fiction who would he/she be?
    The Incredible Hulk! Because I am love but don't take my love and kindness for weakness.
     
    9. What advice would you give a new competitor in the industry?
    Do it for the love of the sport and and not for your ego. Always compete against yourself and work towards being the best you that you can be for you! Take your time, do not rush and enjoy the ride and the process of making your body the best. Take care your body in the process because it is the only body that you will ever have. And remember no short cuts!
     
    10: What is the worst advice that someone has given you?
    At this point in my career no one has ever gave me bad advice. I take all advice and I use it at some point in my life to grow into a better me.
     
    11: If you could choose to come back as someone else what/who would it be.
    JEROME HOLLYWOOD FERGUSON!! I love my life and what I do. Or I would be the Lion King, King of the Jungle!   jerome 1
     
    12: What is your motto?
    NOTHING IS MORE POWERFUL THAN LOVE!!  BE POWERFUL....BE POWERFUL! The highest point in my career was when I got my pro card, because it took me 10 years to get. Each year I was  striving to be better and better. The love for people and the love for health and fitness; that is what motivates me.

     

     


    Learn more and follow Jerome Ferguson at:
    Facebook: Jerome Ferguson IFBB Pro

    YouTube: Jerome Ferguson IFBB Pro

    Twitter: @Jhollywood @1jeromeferguson

    Instagram: @Jeromehollywoodferguson

    Body space: Jhollywood11

  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS – EUGENE MONROE

    Name: Eugene Monroe
    Age: 28
    Home location: Plainfield, NJ
    Sport/Position: Football/Left Tackle
    Current Team: Baltimore Ravens
    Years in current sport: 7
     
    1. What is the most ridiculous question you have ever been asked by an interviewer? NFL players have numerous experiences dealing with media. They work in our facilities, and maneuver our locker rooms' daily. Most times, interactions with the media are quite pleasant. However, there are times when a reporter may be trying to direct the narrative so fiercely that they'll ask you the same question in multiple ways, baiting you to give them a bit you may regret. I think it's comical, I end up giving them the same answer verbatim or just telling them to can it. I've learned to control the direction of the interview and tell my story, regardless of the question asked. Im also respectful and have appreciation for their profession.
     
    2. Who is your favorite athlete? Why? My favorite athlete is Ronda Rousey. She is clearly dominating women's MMA. Her physical attributes and technique set her apart from her competition. Ronda's intangibles make her special. Take a look at her training. Have you ever looked at her demeanor before a fight? It takes me back to my youth, watching Mike Tyson enter the ring with supreme confidence. It is the spirit of a champion.
     
    3. How was your chemistry with your college team? My college teammates are my brothers. In the most literal way, we poured blood, sweat, and tears for each other. We became young men together. We fought for each other with everything we had, every day. We laughed in the good times and buckled down when things got tough. We are a family beyond the locker room. And as young adults, we share family experiences and prosperity together as business men and community leaders. Go HOOS!
     
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    4. What was the moment that you realized you had the potential to become a professional football player? From the moment I started playing football, I knew it was a sport that I wanted to dominate. I hung a flag with all of the NFL teams on the ceiling over my bed and wrote in red marker, "You should be working."  During my third year in college, my teammate Chris Long invited me to New York to see him be drafted in the first down.  After battling with him and other top draft picks for 3 years, dominating on the field, overcoming injuries and personal adversity I knew I'd be Virginia's next first round NFL pick. I was fully confident and nothing was going to get in my way. Not even the surgically repaired shoulder I was rehabbing at the time, nor my knee which raised red flags on my medical exams.
     
    5. What coach and/or teammate has been most influential during your career? My uncle has been the biggest influence on my career. He stepped up as a father figure when my father passed away. Many of the values I have, faith, toughness, work ethic, love, resolve and others, have come from being around my uncle. When there's a job, it will be finished no matter the cost. If someone is in need, I will go out of my way to offer assistance. These traits and more define who I am as a player but more importantly as a person.
     
     
    6. What are some of the hardest lessons you've learned as an NFL player? The first game of my career was a huge reality check. I was the starting left tackle for the Jaguars, a first round pick full of potential. I was humbled that day and learned to respect my opponents no matter how confident I might have been. I promised to always ask myself the tough questions. Am I working hard enough? Am I studying my opponent enough? What are my weaknesses? How will they attack them and how will I improve them? I flew home that afternoon understanding how real professional football is a grown man's game that will eat you up and spit you out like you were never there if you don't show up and prove yourself every moment. Not everyday, every moment. You never know when the time will come. Luckily I learned that lesson very early in my career!
     
    eugene photo 67. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? Two crucial components of my training are; a variety of endurance training and solid nutrition. Everything I do is to improve my ability to perform on game day. Resistance training helps to develop power and explosion; it's also vital for injury prevention. Conditioning and cardio help improve endurance. These items need to be combined. My performance must be sustained over 3.5 hours or longer during a game. I do copious amounts of cardio from swimming and cycling long distance, uphill sprinting mixing it up with high intensity intervals. I vary the rest intervals as they vary on game day too. Sometimes I'll wake up, cycle 30 miles, bust out the cones, speed ladder and medicine balls for a circuit of agility and core work, and then jump into some football specific drill work. A game has gone by, my 3 hour morning session. Learning to push through fatigue like that also builds character and confidence. Immediately after finishing my nutrition continues. That includes healthy foods and supplements that help me recovery from my morning grind and provide fuel for my next session. The foods I choose and the amounts are also catered to the type of exercise I'll be doing. My lifting incorporates endurance too. I do numerous sets of every muscle group; 4-5 sets of reps between 10-30 reps. Sometimes I'll do 100 rep sets. It develops very strong muscular endurance. I also mix in heavy lifting and powerful, athletic movements to gain strength and athleticism.
     
    8. You are a family man and it seems that helping children are huge part of the foundations you support. Tell us about why giving back is so important in your life. Nothing that I've been able to do has happened solely because of me. There has been someone, or something there to help me as I look back on my life. Giving yourself to others is something that everyone should do. Not just because it's edifying, but because you can genuine impact someone else's life in a positive way, no matter how small.
     
    9. If you could compare yourself to any character in a film/fiction who would he be? I would come back as me. I love the life God has given me. I would go through all of the experiences that made me who I am today all over again.
     
    Learn more and follow Eugene Monroe at:
    Instagram: @EugeneMonroe60
    Twitter: @TheSeventyFifth
    Website: eugenemonroe.com
  • Exclusive Interview: Pro Bikini Bodybuilder - Breena Martinez

    Name: Breena Martinez

    Age: 31

    Home location: Concord, CA

    Sport: IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor

    Profession and educational background:
    Personal Trainer at UFC Gym, NASM Certified, TRX/Rip Trainer Certified, BA in Psychology with Minor in Sociology from San Jose State University

    Years in current sport: A year and a half

    1. What got you started?

    When I became a personal trainer, I decided to really amp up my training to make sure I "looked the part.”  Being a female personal trainer can have its own challenges, and I wanted to be taken seriously.  A reputation as the "skinny girl trainer" at the gym was not what I wanted for my career. I wanted my clients to see that I practice what I preach, and that I struggle just like they struggle.  I decided the best way to do so was by transforming myself as a way to inspire people along the way. I was introduced to the sport by gym members who were already involved in bodybuilding competitions.  I got inspired by watching their journey and decided this would be the perfect avenue for me to learn and grow in. I would get in great shape, inspire others, and grow my business as a personal trainer.

    2. Who is your favorite athlete? Why?
    Ronda Rousey is by far my favorite female athlete of all time.  She inspires me to be me and to not care what other people think.  Through her actions and candor, she has inspired me to be myself and to move to the beat of my own drum without fear or hesitation of how it may be perceived.

    3. Go to meal when competing? Go to meal off season?
    Ground turkey and spaghetti squash when competing (Picture Homer Simpson salivating over a donut because that's what I am doing right now as I think about my off season meal). Kinder's BBQ 2-way combo with chicken & ribs, Mac n' Cheese fused with bacon and baked beans. Yes, PLEASE!!!

    4. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
    The main key: know thyself.  I have learned so much about my body and how it responds since joining the IFBB last July.  Being an athlete all my life, my body enjoys cross training. I really enjoy training differently.

    The main two changes I made for my Olympia prep were:
    #1: Uphill Sprints two times a week at a local park- it's great to be outdoors and you feel the burn for "the shelf" (top part of the glute for those that don't speak glute lol)
    #2 High Altitude training in the SNAC System dome has really helped trim fat while keeping my muscles, so I can achieve a full yet conditioned physique.  Due to the intensity, it counts as my cardio and I experience less wear and tear on the body (since I am only in the dome for 35 to 40 minutes).

    5. What’s on your playlist?
    I believe a better question would be what's not on my playlist. Lol. I have everything from Prince to Mumford and Sons. The most recent album I downloaded off iTunes was the Dr.Dre – Compton album and I have had that on repeat since I got it!





    6. Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?
    FITNESS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!
    The woman that everyone sees today is not the same girl from 10 years ago. I feel at 31 years of age, I am finally happy and comfortable with ME.  I can look at myself in the mirror, in the eyes, and say I love you. I couldn't do that before.  My doubts, fears, and insecurities bound me from truly loving myself.  I was too busy trying to be what I thought everyone wanted me to be instead of just being me.  There are not many things you can control in life with just pure effort, but with fitness, that's all it takes. I have always been a hard worker but never towards anything that was really worth something substantial, meaningful, and had value.  Helping people reach what they may have felt was impossible is such a wonderful journey.  Watching people learn, apply and blossom warms me to my very core. Everyone is meant to do something in life.  Everyone has a purpose, and I feel mine is to encourage and inspire people to want to be better versions of themselves.  Helping others has truly changed my perspective and outlook on life in a positive way and I have the fitness industry to thank for that.

    7.  If you could compare yourself to any character in a film/fiction who would he/she be?
    Oddly enough, there is a football movie, Rudy, that I feel I connect with best.  Before competing in bodybuilding, my passion was basketball.  I grew up in Hollister, CA (and trust me there are no beaches there).  Hollister is a small farm town outside of Gilroy, CA.  Since there wasn’t much to do, I played basketball all the time!  I even received a scholarship to play in college and was on a 6-woman team.  But I did transfer to SJSU a D-1 school and since I came from a small town, I wasn’t offered a scholarship.  To earn my place on the team, I had to walk-on.  Not only did I earn a spot on the team, but I was actually offered a full-ride scholarship.  The way I earned that was through hard work.  But the reason I connect with Rudy so much is because even though I walked-on and earned a full ride scholarship, I didn’t get very much playing time.  The only time I actually played was Senior night.  So, my practices became my games and I brought the fire and intensity every time there was a drill or scrimmage.  I don’t think I made very many friends because it was “just practice,” but that mind set stays with me when I lift and train.  Each rep counts and means something and I know my hard work will pay off when I step on the Olympia stage.

    8. What kind of primping do you do right before a competition?
    During peak week I make sure to: *Get a 45 min session in the hyperbaric chamber to help me recover from training *Get a 2 hr massage to make sure I am nice and relaxed *Manicure, pedicure, waxing *Get my hair done by my amazing sister-in-law, Claire Hall.

    9. Worst advice someone has given you?
    I always keep an open mind and heart when it comes to people giving advice.  What I think is most important is doing the research behind the advice that people give.  If there is a new supplement that comes out, an exercise, or product that people recommend, I want to make sure that I do my diligence so I feel confident about taking the advice someone gives.

    10.  If you could choose what to come back as what would it be?
    I own a grey tabby cat name Keika and her life doesn’t seem too rough!  Coming back as a house cat who gets to eat and sleep all day, and get pet whenever I want sounds like a perfect life to come back to!

    11. What is your motto?
    "I can. I am. I did." It is something I repeat in my mind when training gets tough.  It is a way to remind myself that I can get through it, I am getting through it, and by the time it is over I can say I did get through it. They are powerful words that attract positive thoughts, and I do believe in the Law of Attraction; thoughts truly do become things.
     
    Learn More and Follow Breena Martinez at:
    Instagram: @breenamartinez
    Twitter: @breena_martinez
    Facebook: Breena Martinez IFBB Pro Bikini
    Website: breenamartinez.com
    Photography: "Team Breena"
    Cover Photo: photo cred @iso_hi

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