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Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Michelle Salt

“One year ago today, my life changed when I lost control of my motorbike and hit a guardrail. Upon impact, I broke 13 bones, punctured a lung, bruised my spleen and severed my femoral artery. 3 complete strangers didn’t hesitate to stop, call 911 and lay on the ground with me while I almost bleed to death. Only minutes later, my mom with my sister over for a visit, received a call every parent dreads… The hospital asking my full legal name.

I was flown to the foothills by STARS with only minutes to spare and immediately rushed into my first surgery of many. Within hours, most of my family and close friends were by my side holding my hand praying for a good outcome. Breathing tubes, noisy machines and ivs crowded my ICU room. My fate was left in the hands of blood donors, surgeons, nurses and God.

3 days later, when I started realizing what was happening and frustrated I couldn’t breathe on my own, my family started fueling a fire inside of me. For hours, they would talk to me telling me I was strong and would do big things with my life. It was never a question of how I would make it through this. They rarely left my side and every time I went into surgery, they were impatiently waiting by the phone to hear if it was successful. 36 hours after I hit that guardrail, they were told I would lose my right leg above the knee. Most families would worry and talk about the what ifs but not my family. They smiled and shared stories and started a journal writing heartfelt letters and the things I wouldn’t remember.

A week after my accident, when I was could breathe on my own again, someone passed me a phone with access to fb and I was able to see what each of you had done for me. Emails, letters, a prayer page and posts on my wall. I remember sitting there reading the well wishes with tears in my eyes. It meant the world to me that so many people cared and took the time to let me know I was in their thoughts and prayers.


I’ve made great friends since the accident.. People who have welcomed me into their lives with open arms and who have never made me feel different. I’ve also had friends who’ve step to the plate when least expected and some who decided to go another way. I’ve learnt some hard lessons but don’t regret any of it!

I have adapted to my new world and accepted this is my fate and something beautiful will come of it. I have set goals and because I’m stubborn, I have learned to walk, run, cycle, swim, drive, go up and down stairs, hit a baseball, play basketball, and snowboard with a prosthetic leg.

And now 12 months later, I thank you.. my friends, my family and even strangers, because you gave me what I needed to see the positive in this unfortunate event. It’s because of you I NEVER GAVE UP!

Today is a day that a milestone in my new life is celebrated. A life filled with opportunities, incredible love and beautiful people. To everyone who reached out, prayed for me, donated and told me I could do this… Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Let us never take anything for granted!”

Michelle Salt

1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)
Hmm.. Well I have always been an active kid. When I was 20, I moved to Calgary, Canada and started taking advantage of what this beautiful city has to offer. I became a Realtor which I still love, started running half marathons, snowboarded back-country and decided in 2010, I would become a fitness competitor.
I walked the stage for the first time in May, 2011 and was in awe when I placed in the top 5.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?
Fitness saved my  life so it’s very important. I used to dread using the stairmaster for the 5 hours I was sentenced a week by my trainer. After my accident, my family was told that if it wasn’t for muscle armor and my strong heart, I wouldn’t of survived. My goal is to walk the stage again, compete in the paralympics, cycle and kayak across canada and feel healthy again!
3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?
Terry Fox and Cecilia Hoover, WBFF Pro are my inspirations. Terry is a legend because he made the best of his time and did it for everyone but himself. He was strong, selfless and truly genuine. Cecilia continues to amaze me as she has overcome something that would hold most people down and only months after having a tumor removed from her stomach, she walked WBFF stage and got her pro card. That is true ambition and determination right there!!
“When I got into my accident, My parents were called while I was still on route to the hospital. They knew I didn’t have any family in Calgary other than my older sister in High river, so they called my Ex-husband Luke. He arrived just after my Sister and her husband and spent days helping out with what he could so my family could be comfortable while I went in and out of surgeries.
The first night in the hospital, my family and close friends were told my right leg was very beat up and the surgeons would do everything they could to save it. They brought over a main vein from my left with hopes it would take and my leg would have blood flow again. Unfortunately that did not work and the next day, my family was told I would lose my leg above the knee.
That night, Luke went home after a long day at the Hospital and emptied his pocket. He was surprised to find a shiny dollar coin with the picture of Terry Fox.
The next day, he brought this coin to my family while they sat around waiting to hear I made it out of surgery ok. He showed them the coin and shared how he felt it was a sign. My family couldn’t agree more and they all looked at each other with big smiles cause they knew that my journey as an amputee was going to an amazing one.
Terry Fox made the best of his situation and went on to doing great things giving people all around the world hope. He never gave up until the day he died, June 28th which was the same day, 30 years later, Luke found the coin. “

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? what is your favorite exercise?

Chicken burgers! Yummm. I love working out my bi’s and tri’s. Feeling the burn is awesome!

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)

I easily get addicted to a good book and will read through the night until I finish it

Michelle’s Story

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I admire STRONG people like Michelle Salt!

She lost her leg, but that doesn’t hold her back. This girl really is an INSPIRATION ♥




Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Fitness Celebrity David Kimmerle


1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.).

I am an over-eater and I like things that are not good for my body. I acknowledge I have an eating problem that is difficult to control on my own. I am committed to change my ways and take control of my health, weight and lifestyle. My wish is to acknowledge my weakness and strike balance between the healthy lifestyle I want to live and my needs as a human being to indulge from time to time. I will reach my peak physical potential by taking educated bites and steps. I will educate myself about every morsel of food I cram into my body and appreciate how many steps it will take to work off a muffin. To reach this objective I know that I have to own my behavior. Others in life will probably not share my goals and both of our achievements will reflect that. I will not be influenced to do anything that will prevent me from reaching and maintaining my goal of a fun and healthy lifestyle. I have no excuse, I will not excuse and I am not an excuse. I will reach my potential and am in continuous competition with myself to do so.

Right now I’m a BodyLogix and South Seas sponsored athlete, full-time fitness model, actor and host. I have been very fortunate and blessed to have been published on the covers of magazines as well as inside. A little-known fact, I have been on over 18 romance novel covers.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?


Fitness is my job, hobby and passion; I eat and breathe the quality of life and the extension of it. My goals are to create a brand and make a living inspiring others to reach and own their physical potential.

3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?

I have not always made the best decisions and I’ve disappointed many who care about me. I am inspired to pay forward the help I have been awarded and show that I was not a bad investment. That goal is endless because I have been given much.

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? what is your favorite exercise?

My favorite healthy meal has to be breakfast, I love oatmeal and I love chocolate even more. So every morning I make 1 cup of oats and add 2 scoops of BodyLogix protein making the entire experience fantastic to my taste buds. My favorite muscle blasting exercise is dips, when I’m in a hurry, mad at something or just want to annihilate my upper body, I will go to the gym and knockout 400 dips in 50 minutes. I walk out with the best pump ever.

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)


I have not always been a cover model, I have a background in construction where I spent 16 years learning to build and modify houses. I am a journeyman hanger, taper, framer and had my own business. The fall of the housing market and construction trades killed my business and stole my security. I was left with “what to do now”, I decided that if I was to be broke and start over, I might as well try and do something that I love to do. I love fitness and I love being a fitness model!

I have lived a tough life of making poor decisions redundantly. Those decisions cost me valuable years I could’ve used to attain my goals and be where I would like to be already. I say it like that because I want people to believe and understand that where they are now doesn’t have to be where they stay. Most of you reading this are on the way up and will use this article to fuel their efforts but for those of you that are lost or confused as to what your path is or should be……You could be in a bad relationship, hate your job, have a needle in your arm, anything! It does not really matter the situation if it is negative in your eyes………Believe, believe, believe and before you know it you will have made decisions that are changing your reality toward the dream you have! Never stop dreaming!

Thank you for this opportunity; you are an amazing woman and fitness personality. Good to you in your efforts in this industry and be well.

I am David Kimmerle and I work every day to be a success story.



5 Fitness Questions with the Queen of Covers, International model & writer Natalia Muntean

1.Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)
I was born and raised in Ukraine. I have been successfully modeling since the age of 17.
I move to the U.S. when I was 21 years old and now I live in sunny Sarasota, Florida.

I established myself as an International beauty and bikini model first, and only in 2008 I decided to enter fitness industry and put my name on its map.

I started to compete and winning some of the biggest titles in the fitness industry by training by myself in my own living room without trainers, nutritionists or stylists, just my passion, dedication and 2 rusty dumbbells.
I loved it, I really enjoyed seeing my body change and coolest was that I accomplished it without any elaborate equipment, just the basics.

My titles:
Fitness Model World Champion 2009
Ms Bikini Universe 2009
Ms Bikini Florida 2008

I am a stage coach for new competitors, models; celebrity online trainer to everybody who wants to improve their physiques and lifestyle; a designer of Luxurious and Exclusive Crystal bikini line for fitness and beauty pageant competitors.

Today, I am writing for several International and National publications as an expert columnist (beauty, fashion, fitness and nutrition) and free-lance writer, reaching out to millions of people on every continent.

The magazines I’ve been published as a writer:

Oxygen – North America
Natural Bodz – Australia, Pacific Asia, New Zealand, North America
Ultra-FIT – Europe, Australia, USA
Physique – Dubai
World Physique – Worldwide
Fitness – New Zealand
Health and Fitness – Netherlands, Sweden
Fitness – South Africa
ExtraFit – India, Qatar
Fit and Firm – Worldwide
Moi Ostrov – Greece

I recently took on board 2 more magazines to write for.
My current projects are:

• The Complete Butt and Thighs Training Manual for Every Woman.
• Co-host of Original TV Series on PBS “Pedal America”
• MusclePharm female leading spokesperson.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?

Fitness plays a huge role in my life; it’s a part of who I am, it’s a part of me.
For me fitness is the essential ingredient in my daily activities that keeps me healthy, focused, fit and healthy. I don’t do it just to look good, although, it’s a great benefit when working out regularly. I do it for my mental sharpness, stress release and overall well-being.
Being a fitness model, physical training gradually entered my life completely transforming my body and my spirit.
My future goals are big and exciting.
My short-term goals:
I am going to co-host “Pedal America” on PBS; launch my training manual and DVD workout series, I am starting on my hard copy book, the title of which I will reveal soon, and a lot of traveling to some gorgeous locations for fitness appearances.

One of my biggest goals is to establish a charity for women and children who suffered domestic violence and abuse and donate part of each sale I make to it. As for right now I joined the charity of my good friend, Yen Nguyen, Creating Smiles that supports veterans and abused women.

Yen is incredible and it is my honor to support her charity.

As for long-term goals, I am working on a few projects that are going to change the industry and I promise to reveal it soon 🙂

3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?

My biggest inspiration for me is my fans who believe I me and send me their support every day. I can’t let them down and procrastinate, I strive to be the best I can be for them and for that little girl inside of me, whom I promised that I’ll make it happen.

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite exercise/activity?
My favorite healthy meal is bell peppers stuffed with chicken and brown rice or quinoa, I can eat it every day. My favorite activity is dancing. It’s my favorite cardio and social activity. You can’t dance and be in a bad mood! It’s so much fun!

5.What is something most people don’t know about you? 😉

Where should I start? Haha. Most people don’t know about me that I come from absolutely nothing. I was born in the village with one hospital and one school and barely survived my birth. I was born fighting. I never had any social privileges or family’s support in my dreams, since they appeared too unrealistic to my family. From a very early age I knew what I wanted and was building my life around it.
From a very early age I was abused by my father and watched my mom and baby-sister being abused by him too. We were beat up by him on regular basis and the environment in my house was very hostile for many years. Then he almost killed my mother and our lives were altered forever. For a while I thought I won’t see my mom again, we lived with my grandparents for several months. Divorce. Fear for our lives. God, I was afraid of my father so much, my heart would stop every time I’d hear his footsteps.
We moved to a new place during the civil conflict between Moldova and Transnistria (where we lived then), people were fighting, killing each other and we heard sirens every day, on top of that my father was scaring the daily light out of us.
I got involved in Martial Arts and it was my sanctuary, my stress-release, my confidence and stamina builder, my fear crusher. Every day of my practice I imagined revenge with my father for my mother’s pain, her fractured skull, her broken nose and ribs, her broken spirit and never ending tears and fear.
One day my father followed me from school and cornered me next to my house.
He pushed me hard against the wall and with an evil smirk on his face asked me to fight him. I was 10 years old. I imagined that moment for a long time; I imagined punching him and suffering physical pain over and over again. I wanted to destroy him. While he was pushing me against the wall and laughing at me, I held my little fists so hard it bled inside. And then I looked up and saw his face… and I forgave him. I didn’t want to fight, I didn’t want him to suffer, I knew he already was, I could see it in his confused eyes. I forgave him and I didn’t want to see him again. And I didn’t for a long time.
My father told us that we’ll crawl back to him hungry and will never survive. Boy was he wrong!

I am sharing this story for women and children who are going through something similar right now, and want to tell you that it can be changed and you can change it. Don’t wait for too long, it doesn’t worth it, and don’t try to hold the broken marriage together with an abuser for your kids. Your kids deserve better. You deserve better. Don’t be afraid, your abuser is the biggest coward out there.
Be alert, prepare and make a move.

Svetlana, thank you so much for your support and friendship! I wish you all the success in the world and hope your readers will find this post useful 🙂
Thank you,


Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Fitness Celebrity Obi Obadike

1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)
Well I am a fitness author/writer, sponsored athlete with Muscle-Pharm and a professional fitness model and personal trainer. I’ve been blessed to have accomplished some wonderful things in the fitness industry. Over the past 3 years I’ve been on over 20 magazine covers, won the 2010 WBFF male fitness world title. I’ve travelled all over the world making guest appearances at bodybuilding/fitness shows and fitness expos. I am also a fitness expert columnist for more than 9 fitness magazines globally and I’ve been arguably the most published male fitness model internationally since 2009. If somebody would have told me in 2 or 3 years I would be doing what I am doing in the fitness industry right now I wouldn’t believe them.

Sometimes I really don’t believe what is going in my fitness career because I didn’t envision this when I first started but I am just a regular guy who works so hard at things that I am passionate about. I think most people in the industry can respect my work ethic. Jamie Eason paid me a great compliment when we are in Australia when we were giving a seminar together she said, “Obi is the hardest working male fitness model in the industry that I know”. I was flattered when she said that to so many people that were listening to us speaking at the expo.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?

Fitness plays in my life in a way where it allows me to use this global platform that I have to help out as many people as I can get in the best shape possible. There is no greater feeling hearing that somebody has accomplished their fitness goals through your help. I really love the ability to motivate, inspire and educate people to live healthy lives. My future goals is to hopefully host my own fitness TV show as I believe television is the ultimate medium to help a large number of people to get fit and healthy. Another goal is to continue to grow my name bigger globally in the fitness industry. I am kind of branded myself as this international guy and I really love it because there are so many countries outside the U.S. that don’t have a fitness role model to look up to in regards to being fit so I embrace being a role model to kids and adults in India, Africa, Vietnam., Australia, Singapore, etc. I love getting those emails from fans in those respective countries. My fans truly give me the energy to continue my journey in the fitness industry. I would be nothing in the industry without them truly.

3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?

What inspires me to be the best I can be first of all the fans that look up to me and gain inspiration by posting a photo or posting a fitness tip or sharing a fitness article. Also what motivates me are knowing that there are so many minorities that want to attain success in the fitness industry and are motivated by my success. A lot of them look up to me for inspiration because the industry is very scarce of successful black fitness models. I still remember and I will never forget when an editor told me not long ago that “Blacks cover will never sell”. We will put him in the magazine but I can’t put a black guy on the cover of my magazine.” I keep that as a bulletin board material for me anytime I am getting ready for a photo-shoot for a cover. I really try to be transparent and honest about the discrimination I’ve dealt with in this fitness industry because I think it is important for people to understand how hard it is for me and black fitness models period have to go through just to grace a cover of a fitness magazine. Even though I am ripped and I have decent abs I have to work 10 times harder than my peer to get on these covers.

It is so difficult for any ethnic fitness model to have success in the fitness industry but I do believe modestly speaking that the success that I have had has motivated so many Blacks, Asians, Hispanics that say to themselves if he can do then I can do it. I think the success I’ve had as an African-American fitness model gives hope to other minorities that they can attain the same success if they work hard. I am just trying to open the doors wide open for all minorities so they don’t have to go through the discrimination what I went through in this industry. So I try to work hard not only for myself and for my family but also for those aspiring ethnic fitness models and all of my fans of all races that support me.

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite exercise?

My favorite healthy meal is broiled chicken and my favorite exercise is pull-ups.

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)

I am known in the industry as this self-promoter but what most people don’t know is I feel so uncomfortable talking about what I’ve done accomplishment wise when you meet me face to face. If you ask me what do you have going on right now in the industry or what have you done in your career when you meet me. I always try to deflect that question and say I am just working hard or I say I feel blessed with what I’ve done. Unless you know me very well then I feel comfortable to talk about what I am doing in the industry but I typically will never tell you if you ask me in person what I am doing in the industry and what I’ve done. I feel very uncomfortable in fact I had to train myself to be comfortable talking promoting myself on facebook. Before I used to have someone do it for me because I didn’t feel right doing it myself on facebook.

So the face-book marketing side of me is totally different then the guy you meet in person. When I promote on facebook it is 100 percent business when you meet me in person 9 out of 10 times you will never hear me say anything about what I’ve done in the industry you would have to find that out on facebook or on my website. So what’s interesting about that there is those two sides of me the facebook side and the person you meet face to face which are very contradictory. I am very down to earth when you meet me and I don’t feel comfortable talking about my accolades and what I have in the fire when you meet me in person. So that is what most people don’t know is that I am totally different then the face-book/twitter guy that markets himself like crazy. It’s actually quite funny when you think about it 🙂


Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Vancouver Star Food Reporter Erin Ireland

1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)

After graduating from Winthrop University in South Carolina, where I played NCAA Division 1 volleyball for four years, I moved home to Vancouver and began my career in broadcasting. The two years I spent working at CTV were crucial to my development as a broadcaster. I met so many wonderful people there who became friends, but who also helped propel my career.

I realized that news wasn’t my passion, so moved on to entertainment news. An opportunity hosting ‘FMA Entertainment Weekly’ (FMA stands for fashion, music, art), arose. I ended up hosting the show for three seasons.

During this time, I realized that my favorite interviews involved chefs and restaurants. Food had always been a passion, but it was at this time that I realized I needed to give it my complete focus.

Soon after, I began writing a bi-monthly column for Vancouver View Magazine called, ‘To Die For Face’ (a term I’ve coined that signifies ‘that face we all make at the taste of to die for food’), and subsequently, a weekly column called, ‘Lunch Rush’ for Metro Newspaper. Recently, I’ve begun reporting about these food adventures on Vancouver’s Entertainment Talk Show, Urban Rush.

Another main goal is to develop a line of products under my brand: ‘It’s To Die For’ My signature item is banana bread. Currently, I’m interviewing bakers who will produce the bread, hopefully for distribution to Vancouver’s two Whole Foods locations.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?

Fitness plays a huge role in my life. Without it, I’d probably be double the size I am now. Food is one of my main passions in life and I love to indulge. Working out allows me to do this, while remaining a healthy size 4. I run most days of the week, which is also a great stress-reliever. During these times, I brainstorm my next food column.

As for future goals, I’ve considered training for marathons. For now, I simply plan to maintain my current physical condition.

3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?

My boyfriend Darren. He is the healthiest person I know, leading an extremely balanced lifestyle of work, play, indulgence, and moderation. As for female role models, you inspire me, Svetlana. You’ve been the perfect running partner and given me amazing motivation. I remember watching your first WBFF show and feeling as though a switch inside me had been turned on. Motivation to work out and eat very healthfully poured into me after seeing your incredibly toned, fit, beautiful body on stage. Knowing you and seeing your determination makes it easier for me to believe that I can do it, too.

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite exercise/activity?

Favorite healthy meals:
Breakfast: my special cereal concoction made of all-bran or oatmeal, baked bananas, frozen blueberries, lots of cinnamon, soy yogurt, soy milk, and chocolate protein powder — it’s like dessert.

Lunch: a big salad with lots of protein: chicken, shrimp, tofu; also, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, goat cheese, and avocado. Dressing: lemon juice, balsamic and a bit of olive oil.

Dinner: barbecued chicken and lots of vegetables, smothered in chopped garlic and fresh rosemary, misted with olive oil: asparagus, onion, peppers, and kobacha squash are my usuals.

Dessert: baked banana, dark chocolate, and almonds.

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)

While playing volleyball in university, I weighed 155 lbs and was often confused as a bodybuilder. As a freshman, I was given the nickname ‘Jeter’ and it stuck. No one knew my real name until my senior year when I insisted on being referred to as Erin. To this day, if I pick up the phone and hear, ‘Hi, is this Jeter?’, I know it’s one of my former teammates.

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