Issue #22


by Juan Carlos Lopez

2006 Sacramento IFBB Figure Pro and NPC Show

2006 Sacramento IFBB Figure Pro and NPC Show Review

20 Questions with IFBB Figure Pro and Cover Model Juliana Malacarne

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro and Cover Model Juliana Malacarne

Juliana Malacarne, Jitka Harazimova, Erika Branich, Crystal Callans, Heather Green

Top 5 Oatmeal Recipes
by Kaisa Piippo

The Story of Heather Bear
by Heather Bear

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Julie "DJ" Wallis

The Colors of Figure (Make Up Tips)
by Linda Cusmano

Upper Leg Stretches Utilizing HPL Resistance Bands
by Summer Montabone

Video Interview with IFBB Fitness Pro Mindi O'Brien

Ask Misty Green
by Misty Green

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Gina Camacho


Top five oatmeal recipes by Kaisa Piippo

“Finish your oatmeal!” Yuck, don’t feel like it? Well, you should – because oatmeal is packed with nutrients: low GI carbs to moderate your blood sugar levels, a healthy amount of hearth-soothing good fats and a little amount of muscle-building veggie proteins as well. Not to mention fiber to help with your tummy feel good and tons of vitamins and minerals to balance your body’s functions. So – are you still hesitating? Check out these top five simple recipes and choose your favorite. Oatmeal can be so much more than just the boring, same old oatmeal.

The basics of making good oatmeal is to let the oatmeal to distend with water and stir, stir and stir. Make sure it forms a thick but smooth texture before you eat it. If not mentioned differently, cook the basic oatmeal like this: bring water (1-2 cups) to a boiling point. Reduce heat to medium and add old-fashioned oats  (½-1 cups) and other extra ingredients. Stir and cook from 2 to 5 minutes until all liquid has absorbed. Turn the heat off and let it stand from 5 to 10 minutes, stir and enjoy!

#1. Oatmeal with a vanilla twist
½ a cup of old-fashioned oats
1 cup of water
1 scoop of vanilla whey powder
3 egg whites

Microwave the oatmeal, water and egg whites for 1-2 minutes until the oatmeal no longer looks watery. Stir well and add a scoop of vanilla whey protein. Top the treat with fresh blueberries if you wish!

#2. Oatmeal with cottage cheese and banana
½ a cup of old-fashioned oats
1 cup of water
cinnamon and splenda to taste
1 whole banana, mashed
½ a cup of fat free cottage cheese
1tbsp of lecithin granules

Cook the oatmeal but leave out all the extra ingredients. After the water is absorbed, add mashed banana, cottage cheese and lecithin granules. Mix well together and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

#3. Raspberry oatmeal with hazelnuts
½ a cup of old-fashioned oats
1 cup of water
½ a cup of fresh raspberries
A handful of chopped hazelnuts
Splenda and vanilla extract to taste

#4. Almost-like-Reese’s oatmeal
½ a cup of old-fashioned oats
1 cup of water
1 scoop of your best tasting chocolate whey  powder
1 tablespoon of your favorite peanut butter
splenda or stevia to taste

Cook like usually, except add the whey and peanut butter in the end when you’re letting the oatmeal stand.

#5. Gourmet vanilla-strawberry oatmeal

½ a cup of old-fashioned oats
1 cup of fat free vanilla soy milk
½ a cup of sliced strawberries
1 scoop of vanilla whey powder
1tsp honey
handful of with chopped almonds

Cook as usual, but be careful so the soy milk won’t overheat. Don’t let it boil. Add protein powder and strawberries when you let the oatmeal stand. Top with a teaspoon of honey and chopped almonds.

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About the Author...

Kaisa Piippo

I am an enthusiastic and goal-oriented 23 year old future figure competitor from Finland. Currently I'm getting ready for my first figure competition in April 2006 in Finland. I have been training for the competition for nearly two years. While preparing for my first show I have been living in hot and sunny Arizona. Since it's hard for a foreigner to get a permission to work in the States, I have been studying the fitness industry and lifestyle 24/7. It doesn't always take the competition experience to learn about the sport because being around it teaches a lot too! By all the knowledge I've gathered I now feel confident on stepping on the stage and learning some more about fitness, this time by experiencing the competition excitement myself.

So how to learn fitness in theory? For most of my knowledge I can thank Pakkotoisto.com, energetic NPC fitness athlete Katie Madden and of course the ever informative Hard Fitness!

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