Issue #110


by Juan Carlos Lope

2014 HardFitness Arnold Classic Booth

20 Questions with Cover Model Lindsey Autumn

Video Interview with HardFitness Booth Model Karina Akmens

Lindsay Autumn, Karina Akmens, Mallory Bales, Julie Bonnett & Sydney Hollingsworth

Video Interview with Amateur Physique Theresa Ivancik

Product of the Month
by Heather Hirmer

Video Interview with Amateur Physique Lorena Iñarra


20 Questions with Cover Model Lindsey Autumn

Lindsey Autumn

1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Lindsey Marie Autumn?

My name is Lindsey Marie Fowler. I love my career as a hairstylist/colorist. I enjoy all things fitness. I am passionate about animals and their rights and changing the world. 

2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings? 

I live in Atlanta with my boyfriend, his son, and our two rescue dogs. I love it here because most of my family lives in Georgia. I have a few really awesome friends that are always here for me. 

3) How did you start competing in bikini? 

I first started competing in bikini because I opened a fitness magazine and loved the look of the girls. 

4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard? 

Honestly, I feel like there are so many negative feelings when people say soft like its a bad thing. I think both are beautiful. 

5)  What is your idea of what judges want in a bikini competitor? Do you think judges are clear enough with competitors about how they want you on stage? It seems in Europe they are very clear unlike in the USA and now in Canada things are confusing.

It is a little confusing to me really. I have compared photos of the top girls at my last competition and they all seemed so different. I also remembered seeing them in person and noticing the huge differences in their physiques especially when they are not posing. 

Lindsey Autumn

6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything! 

I am always working on improving. I would like to come in more conditioned, bigger calves, smaller waist, smaller thighs, tighter glutes, and bigger shoulders.

7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do before a show?

I typically do 15-20 reps per set. I would say depending on the day I do anywhere from 24-30 sets a day at 5 days a week. I have done anywhere from 65-90 min of cardio 5 days a week before a show.

8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)

Tilapia, tilapia, tilapia, is the protein that I eat. I don't have shakes because of the sodium. I have no sodium rice cakes for my carbs.

9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.

I don't eat any sodium the week of the show. I add lemon to my tilapia and water. I sweat a lot during my training and cardio sessions. I don't drink anything 24 hours before the show.

10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to? 

I love the feeling of accomplishment. The stage is where I feel like I belong and I can be myself. It is such a rush of positive energy and happiness knowing I have worked so hard even through the tired,sick, and no energy days and now I get to shine.

11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?

The last show I was at was NPC nationals in Ft .Lauderdale. It was huge and there were so many amazing physiques there I was in awe. It was interesting that they were doing interviews with competitors so I decided to do one. Ahhhh... It's a lot harder than it looks. I will be more comfortable next time though.

12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?  

I think the industry is great. If I could change people's hateful opinions about each division that would be awesome but impossible. I guess those people are everywhere.

Lindsey Autumn

13) What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competing career?

My hardest challenge is giving myself credit for my hard work whether it's working on my physique, my career, or self-actualization.

14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...

I lowered my reps for my legs which was a bad idea. That was my idea not my boyfriend/trainers. I will be listening to EVERYTHING he says this time. 

15) What do you think of bikini division?

I love the bikini division. It is perfect for me. I love the look of the girls. 

16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?

My favorite places to go  are Mexican and a really good pizza restaurant. The list of food is endless after that... All types of chocolate,Reese's especially,  any nut butters, cookie butter, fresh baked cookies,Krispy Kreme doughnuts, frozen yogurt, sushi, Chinese, burgers, fries, wings, Moroccan food, Mac & cheese... Ok I'm hungry now.

17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up?

I was raised in Macon Georgia. I am the middle child with both an older and younger sister. We were constantly traveling for sports throughout the year.

18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what? 

I started playing t-ball when I was 5 with all boys because they didn't have a team for girls. Thankfully the next year I got to play softball with the girls. I played recreational softball and all stars in the summer. I believe when I was around 11 or so we won the world championships. I played until I was 16. I also played soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

Lindsey Autumn

19) What is a typical day in the life of Lindsey Marie Autumn? From waking up to until going to bed? 

I usually wake up by either my alarm or the dogs letting me know they are hungry and need to go out. I feed them and quickly make a protein shake. I take them for a walk hoping no on talks to me because I am not a morning person and I'm hungry and haven't had my coffee yet. Then I usually have some oatmeal and coffee that totally helps me wake up. I get my gym clothes together and my meals ready for the day and I either head to the gym or go to work. My schedule is pretty flexible with my job. I am a hairstylist/colorist at Artistry in Buckhead. I plan my training around my schedule at work depending on when I have breaks or last minute rescheduling etc. or I do it all before or after work. You will find me at the grocery store a few nights a week because I cook or my boyfriend cooks everything that we eat. I usually come home throughout the day to walk my dogs. Thankfully I live, work, and workout within a 3 mile radius so it's pretty convenient.Then it's pretty much time to relax by the end of the day.

20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do you specifically do in your job?

I am a hairstylist and colorist. I love what I do. I am such a creative person so it's nice to have an outlet for me. I get to meet all types of people and I get to give them art from my heart. I am so passionate about my work. I am a little obsessive and kind of a perfectionist when I am doing someone's hair. 


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