S2 E23 Ciera Winter Combat Training for Confidence and Empowerment

Hi, my name is Ciera Winter. 

I’m 18 years old and have been training sport karate, BJJ, and MMA for 14 years. I train 3-4 days a week at Ferguson’s Xtreme Martial Arts in Martinsville, VA. In my daily career I am a Certified Surgical Technologist. Do not let others push you away from this amazing sport. You never know how phenomenal you may be at it!CW4


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S2 E16 Dutchfitgirl A Journey from Loaded Down to Starlet

My name is Daphne Bansberg and I was born in the Netherlands, lived in Switzerland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and currently in sunny California. I got serious about weight training and living a healthier lifestyle in 2013 after the stillbirth of my son and later on spending 4 months of complete hospital bed rest pregnant with my daughter. I wanted to be happier and find a positive outlet to help cope with my emotions and to generally live a healthier life. I competed in my first NPC bikini Competition June 2014 and have done 2 more shows since then. I am also the proud business owner and designer of Starlet Suits Custom Competition Bikinis. Competing, training, inspiring others, and focusing on better health has truly been a blessing for me. 

NPC San Diego State Championships 2nd place Novice 4th place Open

NPC Grand Prix No placing

NPC Titan Grand Prix 5th place novice 5th place open

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S2 E14 Suzanna Tjarks Living Healty: for the Love of Life


My name is Suzanne Tjarks. 

I was born in Ft Hood Tx and raised all over the world. I currently live in Peachtree City, Ga with my husband, Chris Tjarks, 3 time Ga Strongman, Master, and my beautiful daughter who is attending acting school.

I am 5’1.
Off season weight 138 comp weight is 124-126
I have been competing in Figure Masters and Open classes since 2011.
I started at the age of 44 when an old friend suggested I do something with all the muscle I have!
Jokingly I agreed but never thought I’d be good at it. 

2011 Vulcan Classic Novice short class 2nd, Masters short 1st , Open Short class 1st
2011 Steel World Masters Short 2nd, Open Short class 2nd
2011 Southeastern Classic Masters short class 1st, Masters Overall, Open Short class 2nd
2012 Battle at the River Chattanooga Short Class 4th
2013 WBFF Worlds Pro/Am Las Vegas Open Short 2nd, Masters 3rd
2014 WBFF ORLANDO Open class 2nd and received PRO CARD
2014 WBFF WORLDS Las Vegas PRO SHOW no place

Somewhere in there I almost died from severe-acute pancreatitis but I was not about to let that take me out. I’ll explain more in the interview.

I thought I was ready to retire after Worlds last August but I woke up one day not too long ago and the urge was burning deep to push myself harder because someone told me I didn’t have it anymore. Never tell me I can’t do something, that fuels me to fight harder than ever. So I am currently in contest prep.



S2 E13 Donnette’ Husley A Special Report

In 2010 doctors found a mass on my thyroid. since then i have underwent radiation 3 times in 4 years. At the end of last radiation in 2014 I ran a full marathon. I also joined Elite Figure and Fitness to train for a figure competition.

I placed 2nd in the Novice Category in Clash of the Capstone. My biggest challenge is learning to eat healthy. I grew up in Eight Mile, Alabama. A small country town where everyone would gather to eat. Plus we fried everything! With the help of my Coach, Greg Hassberry, I’ve learned to make the right choices without sacrificing taste. 

I also work in TV which means traveling and long hours. But I’ve learned to be prepared with my meals and schedule workouts around those events. My latest NPC show was the Vulcan Classic where I placed 3rd in Ms. Birmingham, 3rd in Masters over 35 and 5th in Open Figure. 

You can follow my journey on twitter. @donnettehulsey or

Instagram, donwon003


S2 E11 Maria Konovalenko The Longevity Cookbook



Maria Konovalenko is studying biology of aging in a joint PhD program between University of Southern California and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Maria has been involved in fighting aging since 2008. She is one of the organizers of the Genetics of Aging and Longevity Conference series. Maria has been part of team at the science for Life Extension Foundation, a Moscow-based non-profit, since 2008 and has been raising funding for longevity and regenerative medicine research from both government and private sources.

Konovalenko’s background is in molecular biophysics, she got both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Maria’s goal is to make people live as long and as healthy as possible using the advances of science and technology.


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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
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