Issue #25


by Juan Carlos Lopez

20 Questions with CBBF Figure and Cover Model Roxana Kreklo

Video Interview with CBBF Figure and Cover Model Roxana Kreklo

My Story
by Jean Jitomir

Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Monica Brant

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Kristi Tauti

Roxana Kreklo, Leigh Millican, Hylan Bishop, Lyris Capelle and Kristal Richardson

High Tech Physique Enhancement Clinical Changes on a Contest Diet
by Jean Jitomir

Video Interview with NPC Figure Hylan Bishop

Save Fitness
by Tanji Johnson

Ask Misty
by Misty Green

Video Interview with NPC Figure Leigh Millican

ABC's Wife Swap Features NPC Figure Competitor
by Melissa Johnson

The Road to My First Figure Competition
by Kali Knapp



My Experience on Wife Swap by Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

I honestly didn’t believe them when I first received their letters.  I thought it was just another junk e-mail that I’m sure you all are familiar with.  It wasn’t until the cameras actually showed up on my doorstep that I started believing. 
It all happened so quickly that we barely had time to question any of it.  We were asked to appear on the show after I won the Miss Natural Northern USA title.  That was early October.  By the end of that month we had met the directors and several other folks we would be working with.  We started filming the show mid November. 
It’s a very strange experience having directors and camera people and the crew going through all of your things and changing your house around while you just try to stay out of the way.  I couldn’t believe everything they had to do to prepare our house for national television. We didn’t mind though.  It was actually a lot of fun. 
Once our house was all prepared for filming we started doing all the shots that were needed before I left for Michigan.  Our days and nights were jam packed!!  Who knew that it would be so much work just for a one hour reality show!!  After a couple hours of filming here at my house I was off to Michigan to meet my new family. 
When I first arrived at the house I noticed that everything was extremely small.  The house was small, the counters were low etc.  But I still really didn’t get it until I read the manual.  Once I read the manual and realized the type of people they swapped me with I was kinda puzzled.  I was ready for about anything, but not little people.  They really caught me off guard.  I really had to put my thinking cap on and start thinking of different things this family could do to get into shape.

Melissa Johnson

I soon learned that dad “Bernie” ate fast food ever single day which I had to change!  If nothing else I had to get him to quite doing this.  I also learned that the two kids Ben 14 and Allie 12 were very inactive.  That is pretty much the story we are all hearing around the country.  Our youth have become a very lazy generation.  I then made it my mission to teach this family how to eat healthy and how to mix fun with working out.
I had to live their way for the first week which was making me absolutely crazy!!  I pretty much sat around most of the time and did nothing.  Being the busy body I am, it just wasn’t happening.  I actually begged the crew to let me do something, clean house, anything!    Of course I couldn’t.  I had to stick to the program.  I had to eat a bunch of crap all day for a week.  Needless to say I felt horrible by the end of the week.  It’s amazing what one week of junk food and no working out can do to a person.  I was very unhappy.  I even broke down and cried by the third day of the swap.  I couldn’t wait until rule change.
The day had finally come, my turn!!  I was determined to change this families life forever.  I didn’t want to force my ways upon them but I wanted them to understand what it was they were doing to their bodies.  There were so many things that the viewers did not get to see which is a real shame.   I taught the family how to cook several healthy meals and we also went to the gym everyday.  They loved it!  I had a big bowl of protein bars on the counter that I noticed started disappearing very quickly!  They were also starting to make some of the healthy recipes on their own because they really liked them!!  I was so happy!! 

Melissa Johnson

After I returned home to my family who I missed terribly I had heard from ABC that the family had continued with their new eating habits.  They also told me that the family had organized a kickball team that would start playing against other teams this spring.  They said I had truly made a difference. 
Being a figure competitor is not about being another pretty face up on that stage trying to win top honors.  Being a figure competitor is being a role model. Being able to help people live a longer, healthier life is a day well spent in my book.  I just want to add a special thank you to my inspirational trainer, Dave Liberman.  You brought me back to life!

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