TankTalk – Page 6 of 9 – FRANK'S FITNESS


TANKTEAM!.. Happy Flex Friday.  Check out Amy’s athlete spotlight below.  WOW, transformation is epic!  Amy, see you at the OCB Capital City Classic – Yes I am eating all of the FLEX Donuts!

My name is Amy Nguyen and I am a Hokie and Saint alum. I work full time as a Substance Abuse fitnesspicCounselor in residential drug treatment with Fairfax County and am the founder of the protein donut company, Flex Donuts. I found myself in fitness through losing myself. Being in a past abusive relationship, I was told that dressing nicely and tending to my outer appearance was a sign of disloyalty. I disguised my inner turmoil through excessive alcohol and food consumption. Eventually, I was able to break those chains, which led to my own re-discovery, in and out of the gym! Lifting became my new source of happiness and helped me find the strong, intelligent, and confidently beautiful woman that I have always been.

I competed in my first two bodybuilding competitions as a figure competitor in Spring 2016. I fell in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but always had a sweet tooth! After struggling with post-competition depression and binge eating disorder, I was motivated to find a way for athletes to safely incorporate tasty foods and still reach their fitness goals, all while keeping mentally and emotionally sound. Thus, Flex Donuts was founded. Some of the proceeds from protein donut sales go back to Love 146, an organization devoted to survivor care, prevention education, and training professionals to look for signs of trafficking.

In my spare time, I love to LIFT, blog, fiddle with the ukulele, watch low budget horror movies, and explore different foods. I am happy I am now able to share my passion with others!fitnesspic2


TANKTEAM… Gains going up on a Tuesday baby!  Check out Jermaine’s inspirational story below.  Jermaine – see you Saturday at the Capital City Classic.  

My name is Jermaine Powell, born in Virginia Beach Va. I grew up with a passion of sports, baseball, football, basketball etc.. I always loved to compete and just the overall challenge it gave me. I’ve always worked out but nothing close to what I do now. Fitness and just the overall healthy lifestyle has changed my life. I’ve learned so much about nutrition, dieting, and how to properly trained my body.

I come from two wonderful parents My mother Alice Powell who fought really hard fight but loss the battle to cancer and my father James Powell who is currently fighting cancer. Seeing how close the disease is in my family I wanted to put myself in the best shape possible to lower the risk of the possibility. I’ve just made one year of bodybuilding training specifically and competing. My Coach Stephen Hayes who owns the Dungeon Gym LLC, located in Richmond, VA took me under his wing and trained me to compete in the OCB tidewater Natural show which I took second place and recently the OCB National Championship where I took 1st place and earned my pro card. No words can describe how thankful and blessed I am to have Coach who cares and wants the absolute best for his clients or competitors. From first day I walked in the Dungeon Gym LLC his focus was to help me reach my dream and that was to be a professional bodybuilder. To me he’s more than a coach, he’s a mentor, a motivator, a leader, a role model, a father and a big brother.

As I embark on preparing for my pro debuts, I want all to know that I truly love bodybuilding love I truly love the sport and I enjoy inspiring and motivating others in reaching their goals. I want to thank the OCB Matt Shepley and big Frank Meekins for assisting and putting together large scale events and media outlets where natural bodybuilding is broadcast for all to experience.



TANKTEAM… Post food coma turkey daaaay.  Take some time off from shopping and go get those gains in.  Today’s spotlight is Catonsville Conquer competitor – Steve King.  Steve has an inspiration personal journey that he shared below, thank you Steve and see you in April!

My name is Steve King. I reside in York PA and am 46 years old. 5 years ago I decided to make a life change for myself. I started my journey at a whopping 270lbs and not very healthy. After 4 years of clean eating and busting my tail in the gym 6 days a week I decided to share my results with the natural bodybuilding community. I have been competing for 2 years now with unexpected success in a few different natural organizations. I would like to thank the OCB Matt Shepley and Frank Meekins for providing a venue to show off all of our hard work. Training is my antidepressant and part of my daily routine at this point. In closing stop doubting yourself. If I could do it so can you.



TANKTEAM!! Happy turkey week, this week’s athlete spotlight is coming at you from Morgantown, WV.  Give it up for Danielle Shaner!  I met her and her husband backstage at the OCB Chesapeake Classic – Check her amazing story below and @danielle.shaner

My name is Danielle Shaner. I am 28 years old, born and raise in Frederick, MD.  I moved to Morgantown, WV after my husband and I got married in 2014.  At that time I obtained an my Group Fitness Instructor Certification.  I teach Group Ex. classes at the Pro Performance gym located in Morgantown.  I grew up dancing for over 18+ years and dabbled in Volleyball in high school.  My real passion for lifting didn’t pick up until I was in my early 20’s.  I ran into a concern in 2012; I was diagnosed with a rare joint disease in my right knee called

danielle4Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).  Since then, I’ve had 3 open knee surgeries to try and resolve the issue.  I use this diagnosis to help make me stronger mentally and physically.  In a matter of a few months I can regain almost 100% of my mobility and range of motion.  After years of wanting to compete and then convincing myself out of it, I finally took the plunge and found a coach in Feb. 2016.  I started working with Erin Dimond (Columbus, OH) and got right to work.  I competed in my first show at the OCB Presidential Cup (August 20 2016) placing 4th-Bikini Novice Class A & 5th-Bikini Open Class A.  I wanted to challenge myself and stay in prep for one more show.  I placed 1st Bikini Novice Class & 2nd Bikini Open Class in the OCB Chesapeake Classic September 17, 2016.  I am now taking a year off to build and recover from my, upcoming, 4th knee surgery in January 2017.  I have a very competitive spirit and determined to achieve every goal I set for myself.  I plan to embrace the off season to make necessary changes and progress.  I look forward to coming back to the stage next year and seeing how far I’ve come.



TANKTEAAMM… Better late than never!  Here are the pics from the 2016 OCB Natural Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA. The athletes killed it as usual!  I just ordered an Iphone 7+ so the pics at the next show will be on pointtt…  See everyone at the OCB Capital City Classic – Dec 3rd, Richmond VA.  GAINZ baby.


TANKTEAM, welcome to another edition of………. ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT.  Please welcome Skylyn Kopas!  I met Skylyn backstage at the OCB Steel City after previously seeing her compete in OCB Presidential Cup.  Giver her a shout!

My names Skylyn Kopas. I’m 23 years old and from Punxsy, Pa. I started working out with my dad when I was 13 years old. Ever since then, I was hooked! I started running, did 4 full marathons and 6 half marathons. I got bored with races so I started lifting more and running less. The first competition I attended was the OCB nationals in 2014 and that’s when my boyfriend and I both decided to start a prep for our first show. I started out with bikini (placed 3rd in open and novice) and then took a year to build size, then competed in three back to back figure shows this fall. I’m a super competitive person and even though my competition season has ended, I’m thrilled to start making gains and have a great off season.





TANKTEAMMM….  ALLO!  The next athlete spotlight features OCB Chesapeake Classic figure competitor – Carrie Merschat.  Awesome job at the show Carrie!  Check out her gym here:

http://www.schoolhousegym.net/ and give her a shout: @merschat79


screenshot_20161030-2328252I live in Addison, PA with my husband and 3 children. 

I own/operate Schoolhouse Gym & Studio which facilitates Schoolhouse Tae Kwon Do.  I  have achieved my 1st degree black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do, and have recently taken interest in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and MMA training.  Those types of activities conflict with my lifting at times, especially as I am a hard gainer, but I love a challenge.  My biggest challenge at this moment is studying for my personal trainer certificate as I homeschool my children.




I attended my first OCB event at the 2016 Catonsville Conquer and made it a goal to prepare for my first organized show that coming fall.  I chose the Chesapeake Classic and could not have been happier with a first experience.  I was very pleased with the friendliness and courtesy of the organizers and staff. It was a huge learning experience and will have me better prepared for my next time around.


-Carrie Merschat




Yesterday was the OCB Nations Capital Novice Championships and Nationals wrapped into one show. EPIC.  The competition was fierce..

Congratulations to all of the athletes for taking the plunge and getting on stage.  It takes discipline and tons of HEART.  


TANKTEAM!  Checkout the pics from the 2016 OCB Chesapeake Classic held in Westminster, MD. Awesome show put on by promoter Bobby Covino.  I had the honor of judging the show and the competition was fierce!!  Congratulations to the athletes for getting up on stage and kicking ass.  Catonsville Conquer coming April 2017……


TANKTEAM! Another amazing event in the books.  I was honored to judge the show and see all of the amazing athlete stories come to life on stage.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next show!  Stay motivated and see you there – Tank