S2 E7 Mariana Belief Power and Beauty


Mariana Fernandes is a born and raised New Jersey girl, but this IFBB Pro athlete has tropical Brazilian blood running through her veins. Ever since Mariana was very young she has always been very active and attracted to this kind of lifestyle. At the age of 8, she became a part of a local dance company and pursued ballet, modern, jazz for the following 10 years of her life. However, when she got to Rutgers University she put her dancing aside and began focusing on her studies where she earned her degree in Psychology and a double minor in Public Health and Women & Gender Studies.

Nevertheless, in order to stay fit, she joined a local gym and began exploring different ways of staying in shape. At first, as any typical rookie to the gym, Mariana was completely intimated by the endless sea of equipment, which caused her to only stick to her comfort zone of treadmills and ellipticals. But with time she began exploring weight training and preparing for 5k races and obstacle challenges. When she began to realize how she was able to shape and mold her body to her liking she wanted to push herself even further. This was when she reached out to Bombshell Fitness and began preparing for her first NPC show. 

February 2014 marked that date she first began to seriously prepare for her first NPC Show. From the moment she stepped on stage she knew she had found her calling and completely fell in love with the sport. Mariana pushed herself not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well making her grow in ways she had never expected. Her first show was in April 2014 and by her 5th show on July 2014 she was on the NPC National stage and earned her IFBB Pro Card as well as taking the title of Overall Bikini Champion.

Mariana is determined to continuously push her limits to see how far she can go. Her heart is all about fitness, having fun, and being adventurous. She loves to be able to inspire others and the biggest compliment she can receive is when someone tells her that she was the one that caused them to change their lives for the better.


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Email: mari.fernandes0507@yahoo.com
Instagram: mariana.fernandes0507

E19: John Hays (Fitness Inside & Out)


John Hays is a Health & Fitness Coach, Photographer, and WordPress Expert helping people look good in every way possible. 
John Hays is a health & fitness coach utilizing products such as P90X, Insanity, T25 and other at home workout programs combined with daily dense nutrition with Shakeology and clean meal plans, along with mentoring people in focused daily support and accountability fitness challenge groups to help them see lasting impactful changes in their health & fitness. John is also a freelance photographer and web developer when desired projects come along. 
In early 2006 John’s mother passed away from complications during surgery removing a sarcoma cancer tumor after having battled with it for 2 years. During that time John gained weight from stress, and ended up going to a gym every day, losing 45lbs in about 2 months. John hit a plateau, however, and his cousin Jimmy Hays Nelson told him about Beachbody and P90X, how muscle confusion broke through plateaus, and the amazing results he (Jimmy) had seen losing 100lbs, so John signed up as a coach to get P90X and save 25%. He started using P90X and immediately saw more toning, higher energy, and fell in love with all the Beachbody fitness programs. 
In late 2008 John’s father passed away from sudden heart failure because of stress and not taking care of his fitness and nutrition. At that time John had been regularly using the Beachbody fitness programs and drinking Shakeology, the meal replacement health shake and feeling healthier every day. After his father’s death, John went to a cardiologist who performed multiple exams on his heart, ending in the diagnosis that as long as he continued doing what he was doing, he would beat his family’s genetics. 
After a period of grieving, in February 2010 John decided to devote the rest of his life to helping get the word out to people that there are healthier options out there that can still include good, tasty food and fun activities. He became more active as a Team Beachbody Coach, and has been coaching people ever since. 
In July 2011 John made a sudden decision to move to New York City to audition for the Hip Hop Abs Infomercial Test Group. He successfully made the test group and for the next 3 months he worked out with Shaun T live each morning, and was provided with focused nutrition each day. John lost 36lbs, 49% body fat and 5.5″ off his waist. It was an unbelievable experience that not only helped him get in the best shape of his life, but also helped him learn how to be an even better health & fitness coach. John can currently be seen in the Hip Hop Abs infomercial on television across the country. 
John has seen amazing transformations in the people he has helped, and he believes his parents are proud of the mission he’s put himself on. He hopes you find insightful, inspiring information and tasty healthy recipes on his website, and that he is able to help make your life better in some way! 
John has been a Team Beachbody Coach since April 2008, and is currently a Lifetime 3 Star Diamond Coach. 
John was recognized in 2010 as one of Beachbody’s Top 10 most effective coaches utilizing social media to grow their business. 
John was in the Hip Hop Abs Infomercial Test Group in 2011 losing 36lbs & 49% body fat, and is featured in the Hip Hop Abs Infomercial. 
John was a December 2012 Beachbody $500 Transformation Winner. 
John’s photography was selected for inclusion in the Schmap New York Guide Seventh Edition. 
John is a A Real Change Certified WordPress Expert.

Facebook Page

Twitter: johnhays
Instagram: johnphays and fitdudefood


Episode 15: JaVonte’ Ashford Diamond Cut Muscle



JaVonte’ is currently a college administrator, coach and natural bodybuilder competitor that has figured out how to balance achieving his own personal goals along with helping others achieve theirs. His ability to work over 50 hours a week and still stay dedicated to his physique has caught the attention of and inspired many. He recently signed to Diamond Cut Supplements as an athlete where he will help market and promote their brand.

Instagram: natural_jla

Episode 3: Physique Competitor David Andrew Lees Jr. Beyond the "Beach Body."

Episode 3: Physique Competitor David Andrew Lees Jr. Beyond the “Beach Body.” (download MP3 by clicking on the title or subscribe to his blog’s feed with the an appropriate app.)

Born in Hartford, CT but basically grew up in Attleboro, 

MA and graduated from Attleboro High School in 1997. 
I attended Stonehill College in Easton, 
MA and graduated with my degree in Marketing and a 
Computer Information Systems Minor in 2001.
During college I worked several jobs simultaneously which included
driving limousines for wedding events, GNC Sales Associate and ran my own landscaping
business. In addition, I began doing some TFP modeling work which led to being
“discovered” by a talent scout while out on the town in Boston one night. Soon after I began 
doing contract work for Candy Ford in Boston/NYC and included print, runway, fitness and
spokesperson work.

My love for bodybuilding and getting “big” put an end to my runway days but by that point I
was out of college and looking to start a career with my degree. Fast forward just over 10 
years and I started competing in 2011 in the NPC in the newly formed MPD. AS they say 
“the rest is history” and now I am pursuing my IFBB Pro Card in Physique and hope to 
eventually start my own personal training, contest diet/prep business to help other achieve 
their fitness goals.


2011 NPC Rhode Island – 5th place MPD
2011 NPC Hartford Europa Show of Champions – 2nd Place MPD
2011 NPC New England – 6th Place Novice Light-Heavyweight Bodybuilding
2012 NPC Team Universe – 12th place MPD
2012 IFBB North American Championships – 9th place MPD
2013 NPC Jay Cutler Clasic Boston – 1st place Physique “D” Class and Physique Overall Champion
2013 NPC Rhode Island Championships – 1st place Physique “C” Class
2013 NPC Team Universe – 16th place MPD
2013 IFBB North American Championships – 17th place MPD