Issue #31


by Juan Carlos Lope

2007 Team Universe Photos and Results

2007 Houston Pro Figure and NPC John Sherman Classic Photos and Results

2007 Houston Pro Figure and NPC John Sherman Classic Review

2007 USAs Figure and Bodybuilding Nationals Photos and Results

2007 USAs Figure and Bodybuilding Nationals Review

20 Questions with Cover Model and FAME Figure Gail Sanez

Video Interview with Cover Model and FAME Figure Gail Sanez

IT Band Syndrome
by Sandra Augustin

Gail Sanez, Brandie Gardner, Jamie Justin, Lori Steele and Consuelo Rojas

Decoding Artificial Sweeteners
by Jean Jitomir

Video Interview with IFBB Bodybuilding Pro Jennifer Sedia

What's in a Body fat test
by Linda Cusmano

Video Interview with NPC Figure Rachel Carraway

Supplement Essentials
by Rebecca Slatt

Ask Misty
by Misty Green

Video Interview with NPC Figure Gemma Santos

Good Lunge, Bad Lunge: A Guide to Great Glutes by Jean Jitomir


Ask Misty by Misty Green

I've been trying to get myself ready to compete for the first time next year and I've been going back and forth on what I want to do. I was wondering how do I decide what will be better for me to compete in, fitness or figure. I do have a gymnastics and dance background but wasn't sure if one was better than another. Any advice would be great.
Kristen, TN

It’s not about one being better than the other. Its more about personal preference and what you really enjoy. You don't necessarily have to decide between figure or fitness. You could do both if you wanted. There are quite a few girls who crossover between both. You mentioned that you have a dance/gymnastics background and that could be an added benefit for you. Although, you don't necessarily have to have that type of background to do well in fitness. I've known several ladies who have decided that fitness was the route for them regardless of not having any prior experience and they have done well! I say, give both a whirl. If fitness is what you're interested in do your homework, practice your mandatories and work on a solid routine. And since you are already going to be at the show competing in fitness you can easily crossover into figure. I listed Tanji Johnson's website below (along with a few others), she is a great gal to work with and can help with some of your fitness needs. She also holds fitness clinics all over the country and if you have a chance it’s a great opportunity to learn some things. Congratulations on your decision to compete and make sure enjoy your journey because at the end of the day you are the one dieting and working your booty off so you have to have fun and love every minute of what you do!

The links below each offer some type of fitness camp:




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About the Author...

Being a competitive track star, Misty decided to compete and is very close to obtaining her pro card. She impressed many at the 2005 Emerald Cup and Jr. Nationals in Chicago. Next year she will be looking to get her pro card. Misty's track background and strong plyometric techniques have made her legs stand out from all other competitors. The article here is a classic HardFitness read so enjoy and learn.

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