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USAPL – LIFTS GOIN UP!

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BIG SATURDAY – BIG LIFTS.  We had a great time at the USA Powerlifting meet in Rosedale, MD at Exile Fitness.  James “PBuilder” and I had the honor of spotting the lifters today at the meet.  Very motivating and inspiring.  Check out the pics and support your local lifters and POWER UP!!!

 

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – MATTHEW PHIPPEN – CATONSVILLE CONQUER

TANKTEAM!!  Today’s spotlight is on the 2016 Catonsville Conquer Physique champion – Matthew Phippen!  Semper Fi -Devil Dog!


Matthew Phippen, currently stationed in North Carolina, originally from Seattle Washington and serves
 in the United States Marines as a helicopter Crew Chief. He started lifting at 14 years old. While stationed in North Carolina he found his coach Rachel Prairie and after a 4 month prep he won his first competition at the Catonsville Conquer. After another 8 weeks he placed 3rd in his second ever competition at the No Gear Classic. He is a nationally qualified for the Yorton cup. Sadly he won’t be able to compete due to his deployment in 2017. He will be doing more competitions after his deployment and doesn’t plan on stopping. With his coach Rachel Prairie, anything is possible for this duo. “Stay dedicated, be consistent and live happy” ~ Matthew Phippen.

@the_fortunate_son

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – KARA SAMAJ – CATONSVILLE CONQUER

TANKTEAAAAM!  Today’s athlete spotlight is on WNBF PRO – Kara Samaj!  Look out for Kara competing later this year..  Kick ass KARA!!


My name is Kara and I am a 33 year old mom of an amazing 4 year old little boy.  I have always enjoyed training.  I was a competitive cheerleader, dancer, and springboard diver growing up.  I never dreamed that I would be a bikini competitor.  My journey started a little over two years ago.  I was in a car accident that required physical therapy for over a year.  Over that year, I learned that I felt my best when I was working out. .  I figured if I was going to be working out all the time, I should give myself a challenge.  What I didn’t know at the time was that fitness was going to help heal me in more ways than one.  I started focusing on my overall health…. mind, body, and heart.  Nutrition became a huge part of my day to day changes.  I learned that food is fuel, it isn’t the enemy.  Each week I saw myself changing…. Lean muscle gains, feeling stronger, more self-confidence, and working out became a stress reliever. 

I trained from April till August 2015 and entered my first show.  I entered bikini novice and open.  That show changed my life.  It was the day I found my happiness with myself, not because of how I placed but because I stepped foot on that stage.  I took first in novice and open.  I have continued to compete in two other shows over the past year.  Each time learning more about myself.  I enjoy the feedback because it helps me create new goals.  I can now look in the mirror with confidence because I see the happy healthy me.  I’m excited to be working towards stepping out on the Pro Stage.  I feel truly blessed to be part of such an amazing team.

@karasamajwv

FREDERICK RD. FRIDAY – FLEXIN HARD – APPALOOSA

TANKTEAMMMM! It’s never too late for a flex Friday post, especially FLEX FRED RD FRIDAY.  

The night started off with some rain and questions of canceling…  HELL NAW..   Vendors, friends, families stuck it out, the rain cleared and everyone had an awesome time rocking out to Appaloosa.  We even heard some John Mellencamp – “lonely ol night” – yesssm.  Great band, they really rocked it.

The after party hit Moresberger’s for some pool, karaoke and good times.  Come on out, have a good time and let’s talk fitness.  – TANK OUT


ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – IHESHA STANFIELD – CATONSVILLE CONQUER

TANKTEAAAAM!  Today’s athlete spotlight is on the 2016 Catonsville Conquer Bikini Open ‘B’ – 1st place champion and 2nd place overall !  – Ihesha Stanfield.  Kick ass in the figure class Ihesha!


Always being an athlete, Ihesha gained her “freshman 15” after she graduated

from college, going from a size 4 to a size 12. With help from some gym friends and a trainer she was able to drop the unwanted weight and decided to become a personal trainer so that she could help others lose weight and get healthy.  She first stepped on stage during the NPC Gladiator back in November of 2014.  After undergoing emergency surgery September of 2015, Ihesha stepped back on stage to compete in the Catonsville Conquer, her first OCB show, and took home 2nd place overall in Bikini.  She has since decided to move to figure and is excited for the transformation her body is about to undergo!

 

COACH SPOTLIGHT – RACHEL PRAIRIE – CATONSVILLE CONQUER

TANKTEAM!!  It’s Coach Spotlight time…. Today’s Coach is Rachel Prairie.  Rachel traveled to the Catonsville Conquer from NC.  Her client – Matthew Phippen took 1st in physique!!  Kick ass Rachel and Matthew!

 


 

Trainer Chick, Owner of Rachel Prairie Fitness, and Coach of team Natural Born Killer. Raised in MN, Navy spouse, current location NC. I like to laugh until my face hurts. Be outdoors with my animals and FitFam. Natural Physique Pro. Competitive athlete. Writer. Empathetic listener. I love breakfast. Relentlessly raising the bar; setting and smashing goals. 

I’ve been in health and fitness for nearly 10 years. Being a multi-dimensional trainer has served me well, and being passionate to the point of obsessive makes me an unstoppable force. I ask my clients to do more. I ask them to be more than average in everything they do. We hustle, together, every day; we’re out to change the world.

I offer solutions for people of all sorts: weight loss to hard gainers to show prep to health and vitality; the more variety the better!  Either Personal Training Program Design: I plan; you execute, anywhere -or- Local Training: 1 hour sessions 2-3x week; you choose the location.

@rachelprairiefitness FB/IG/WP

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – ERIN COOPER – CATONSVILLE CONQUER

TANKTEAM! Today’s spotlight athlete is Erin Cooper!  Erin competed in the 2016 Catonsville Conquer and has been working hard and making those gains for the next show!  Check Erin out at:

http://www.erinsdelights.com/

@erincooper_bakesandlifts

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My name is Erin, I’m 34 and a mom of 3! I’ve always been into fitness, especially after having my kids. I started about 9 years ago with a little aerobics group and I also joined a gym. I honestly felt lost in the gym and a little intimidated working out by myself. I stuck mainly to cardio and extreme dieted-yikes! I did this for years, not getting the results I really wanted, I sought out a trainer and that’s where it all turned around for me! I was introduced to weights and eating a better diet (MORE food, yay!) after achieving great results, my trainer suggested the idea of competing. I thought he was CRAZY! I researched it, liked what I saw, and decided to go for it! Why not?! Fast forward 2 years and I’m in love with bodybuilding and competing.

I compete in bikini, and it’s been the most rewarding experiences ever. I’ve come in last place, I’ve come in 2nd place, and I’ve placed in the “middle”. It’s not about a trophy or placement for me though. It’s about the challenge and progression, and meeting awesome people that I can show love and support to, and lean on them for the same. Right now, I’m training for the OCB Nationals coming up this October, 2016!

I also have another exciting endeavor I’m tackling in just a few weeks: the Mrs. Maryland pageant! This pageant has come at just the right time in my life. Physically, bodybuilding has given me so much confidence to get out there and rock my swimsuit and evening gown. Mentally, I’m ready to have this platform to promote what I’m so passionate about: health and fitness! Cheers!Erin1

 

FREDERICK RD. FRIDAY – CATONSVILLE!

TANKTEAMM!!  Life is great in 21228.  Last night kicked off the first Frederick Rd. Friday in Catonsville, MD.  What a turnout, Catonsvilllle!  Saw tons of familiar faces, old friends and met some great people -had a blast.  Come check out some live music, drinks and great food.  The BBQ was goooooood.

Frank’s Fitness will be at the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce booth most Fridays this summer, we will have some SWAG!  Kick off your Friday night right and come on down!

TANK OUT!

 

 

 

OCB CATONSVILLE CONQUER – 2016

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The show CONQUERED!!!  I want to thank everyone who made the show a success and the athletes for bringing it!  #catonsvilleconquer


 

BALTIMORE SUN COVERAGE

OCB INSIDER MAGAZINE COVERAGE

RESULTS

STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY


Regina Crosco –  Show day Vlog

Erin Cooper’s Bikini class – Pre Judge

Herb Lee’s – Stage Routine

Head Judge Medina Roberts – Feedback

 


TIGERFITNESS SWAG – GET IN GEAR!

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We are proud to announce TigerFitness.com will be supplying SWAG for the athletes of the Catonsville Conquer!  Thank you TigerFitness for supporting the Conquer!TFSwagFFStop looking in the mirror, deciding if your physique is stage ready.  Follow this TANK guide to get your ass in gear –

  1. Register online for the Catonsville Conquer.
  2. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, this is your time to shine.
  3. Practice, practice, practice posing – Find the poses that present your physique in the best possible package.
  4. OWN IT ON STAGE

 

 

 

 

It all starts with registering, once your name is in the books your mindset will change.  Believe in yourself, this is your day.

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