Have you ever wondered just how cover models get in shape? You see, the truth is that most fitness models are not in peak shape all year round. When it comes time to prepare for a contest or a magazine shoot, it takes a certain kind of perseverance, dedication and the right fitness plan in order to be “cover ready.” But you don’t have to be a fitness model to achieve such a total body transformation— if you’ve got the right tools, YOU, too, can look like a cover model by the time summer rolls around.
The program is all outlined in our April 2015 issue! In “Get in Cover Girl Shape! 8-week Total Body Transformation with Dianna Dahlgren,” find out exactly how Dianna got in shape for the cover of this very edition— including her total-body program and a sample diet. During the eight-week program, Dianna dropped 8.5 pounds, resulting in the lean and fit cover-ready physique you see here. In addition, Dianna discusses some of the fitness and health challenges she’s faced over the years to get to a healthy place. “I struggled with my fitness a lot, but I was able to overcome and still love lifting, training and eating healthy,” said Dianna.
“Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick is tough— both on the screen and off. The Canadian-born star plays Lagertha in the History Channel saga, and she also holds a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do and a second-degree black belt in karate. In addition, she teaches self-defense and performs her own stunts on the show. In fact, she’s taught self-defense to her fellow cast members, and she’s in the process of opening up her new business— Win Kai Self-Defense. In “Release Your Inner Warrior: Tips and Self-Defense Advice from ‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick,” Katheryn discusses how she stays in shape, her gluten-free diet, easy self-defense tips that everyone should know and much more. “Perseverance will get you far. Even if you don’t reach the top, you’ll get pretty close if you just keep trying to reach it,” said Katheryn.
Every girl wants toned glutes— but don’t forget about the hamstrings! After all, a set of sculpted, tight, hamstrings is the perfect complement to your backside. In “Ham It Up With Two-time IFBB Bikini Olympia Champion Ashley Kaltwasser,” Ashley, an 11-time IFBB Bikini Champion and former Division 1 track athlete, shares her favorite hamstring exercises and top training tips. And, even more important than appearance, well-trained hamstrings are critical to injury prevention, especially with athletes. With this program, you’ll have strong, sexy legs by summer! “The mind is a powerful thing— sometimes all you need is a mental push to accomplish great things,” said Ashley.
Even when training gets tough, you’ve got to SHOULDER ON! That’s because sculpting shoulders takes consistency, dedication and the right exercises to hit the upper body from all angles. In “Shoulder On! Sculpt Your Upper Body for Summer with IFBB Pro Candice Keene,” Candice demonstrates an upper body-sculpting workout with some less-than-traditional exercises that you might not already be including in your routine. Get ready to rock those short sleeves when the warm weather hits! In addition, a set of beautiful, toned shoulders can make your waist appear smaller, giving your physique a more balanced shape. “We all will have our rough days, and that’s OK. It’s how you bounce out of it that matters,” said Candice.
The rest of the issue is packed with the best tips, workouts and advice from the experts, as well as scientifically backed research on exercise and healthy eating. When you pick up the April issue, you’ll have all the tools you need to get sculpted and “cover ready” for summer— now it’s time to get to work!
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