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Nike Master Trainer: Alex Hipwell

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Alex Hipwell: I admired her strength, beauty and courage from afar; I checked in for daily inspiration through her Instagram. There was this radiant energy that Alex expelled in her life that gave me a daily boost. Alex is from Australia but has lived in Germany for many years now. First and most importantly Alex is a Mom; she is also the Co founder of GRIND & flow, Personal Trainer and Nike Master Trainer. It was a great honour to interview someone who represents being an incredible role model, strong woman, community creator, positive-energy influencer, beautiful soul and someone that truly supports and encourages others to live their best life under even the toughest circumstances. I say this from personal experience as Alex sent some motivating and inspiring messages during a very dark time in my life.

So it is with a lot of excitement that I get to share this amazing interview with you on a real life Wonder Woman!

BB411~ How did you come to work in the career you have today and what do you love most about it (You do many interesting things)?

AH~ I ALWAYS HAD AN INTEREST IN FITNESS AND NUTRITION AND STUDIED WHILE I DANCED AROUND THE WORLD. THEN AFTER MY SON WAS BORN I DID NOT WANT TO BE AWAY FROM HIM; SO MUCH SO I DECDED FOR A COMPLETE CHANGE AND BECAME A PT ONLINE AND ONE ON ONE. THEN JUMPED ON BOARD WITH NIKE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF WORKING IN THE FITNESS WORLD. I LOVE BEING APART OF PEOPLE’S FITNESS /LIFE JOURNEY’S AND HELPING THEM FEEL AMAZING ABOUT THEMSELVES.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to be a Master Trainer for Nike and what do you love most about the company?

AH~ IT MEANS BEING A ROLE MODEL, SETTING A GOOD STANDARD FOR THE OTHER TRAINERS, BEING A LEADER, BEING VERSATILE IN YOUR TEACHING AND TRAINING AND HAVING THE INITIATIVE TO STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX WITHOUT LOOSING FOCUS OF THE PATH NIKE IS ON. I LOVE HOW NIKE CONTINUES TO GROW IN SO MANY WAYS. I LOVE HOW WE CONNECT TO THE CONSUMER AND HOLD THEIR HANDS TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS. NIKE SHOWS ATHLETES JUST HOW GREAT THEY CAN BE. IT IS A DREAM TO BE APART OF THIS TEAM.

BB411~ What has been the best advice you’ve been given that has attributed to your success as an athlete?

AH~ JUST TURN UP. EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE, BE CONSISTENT AND TURN UP.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

AH~ MY DRIVE AND FOCUS COMES FROM MY LIFE EXPERIENCES AND DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL. IT IS WHO I AM AS A MOTHER AND AS AN ATHLETE. I NEVER WANT TO HAVE REGRETS SO I REMIND MYSELF OF THIS EVERYDAY. AS LONG AS I GAVE MY BEST IN EVERYDAY THEN I CAN STAND TALL AND LOOK AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

AH~ A FIGHTER PIOLT FLYING A BLACKBIRD. D R E A M

BB411~ Favorite way to stay fit?

AH~ LIFT HEAVY THINGS AND PUT THEM DOWN LOL…. SERIOUSLY I LOVE IT. BUT I HAVE A METHOD OF TRAINING I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT I LOVE AND IS A MIX OF HEAVY WEIGHT TRAINING AND CONDITIONING; SO I AM DOING THIS AT THE MOMENT TOO.

BB411~ Describe your style?

AH~ FASHION? HA HA HA. SPORTY. TOM BOY. I LOVE MY STYLE, IT IS ME. MOST OF THE TIME I AM IN TRAINING CLOTHES THAT I LOVE BUT ON THE ODD OCCASION I WHIP OUT MY FAVOURITE ONE TEASPOON DENIMS AND A T-SHIRT. IT IS SUPER TOUGH TO DRESS MY BODY NOW THAT I LOOK MORE ATHLETIC. BUT T-SHIRT AND JEANS IS THE GO TO.

 

BB411~ Three words that best describe you?

AH~ INTRINSICLY MOTIVATED/ CARING/ RELAXED

BB411~ Top 3 songs on your current playlist?

AH~ I DO NOT LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN I TRAIN… I KNOW IT IS WEIRD BUT I NEVER DO….

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

AH~ ACTUALLY I AM NOT. BUT I FEEL THAT THE RETREATS AND EVENTS I DO FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN IS MY GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY. HELPING WOMEN REALIZE THEIR SELF WORTH IS SO WONDERFUL AND ANY TIME AND SPARE MONEY I HAVE GOES INTO THIS. I AM CONSTANTLY THINKING OF WAYS TO HELP WOMEN. BEING APART OF EDITION F FUTURE FEMALE FORCE, MY SHE SHE EVENTS AND RETREATS ARE ALL DONE TO HELP WOMEN.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

AH~ HIBISCUS FLOWERS/THE SEA SPRAY/SUNCREEN

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

AH~ I USE TO SHOWER 4 TIMES A DAY AND HATE IF MY EYEBROWS ARE PUSHED THE OPPOSITE WAY…LOL

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

AH~ LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCT. YOUR GUT FEELING IS ALWAYS RIGHT. TAKE YOUR TIME BEOFRE YOU REACT ON ANYTHING. DO NOT RUSH. KNOW YOUR SELF-WORTH.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

AH~ “SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD SO SHE DID”

BB411~ What is the #1 book you would gift to someone?

AH~ FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL

BB411~ What are the websites you check out on a regular basis to keep updated (news, spiritual, etc.)?

AH~ BUSINESS CHICKS & NEW YORK TIMES

BB411~ A place that you haven’t travelled that is top of your list?

AH~ THAILAND

BB411~ When you look back at the life you’ve lived, what do you want to be remembered for?

AH~ CHANGING PEOPLES LIVES FOR THE BETTER. I WOULD LIKE A SMILE TO COME TO THE FACES OF PEOPLE WHO THINK OF ME.

BB411~ If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be and why?

AH~ I WOULD CHANGE THE HATE IN THIS WORLD. THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH HATE AND NOT ENOUGH PEACE. CHANGING THIS WOULD STOP THE WAR AND KILLING OF SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

AH~ GO FOR IT. DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO BUT BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD. IF YOU LOVE IT THEN IT WILL BE A PLEASURE BUT IF YOU DO NOT THEN IT IS NOT A DREAM TO BE CREATED. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST AND THAT ARE AMAZING.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

AH~ TRAVELLING IN A CARAVAN AROUND AUSTRALIA WITH MY SON AND MY MAN.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

AH~ WAKING UP WITH MY 2 FAVOURITE PEOPLE, WALKING TO MY FAVOURITE CAFE ON THE BEACH FOR BREAKFAST AND A SWIM IN THE OCEAN, CHILLING OUT AT THE BEACH ALL DAY SURFING AND EATING AND LAUGHING.

I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE AUSTRALIA BUT IT IS MY PERFECT DAY.

IN EUROPE IT WOULD BE: WAKING UP WITH MY 2 FAVOURITE PEOPLE, GOING FOR A WALK TO A LOVELY CAFE FOR BREAKFAST AND JUST SEEING WHAT THE DAY BRINGS WITH NO PLANS.

BB411~ When I say the words #LOVETHIS, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

AH~ MYSELF

I PLACE MY HAND ON MY HEART AND SMILE. MY SON ASKS ME: MAMA WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? ME OR YOU? I ANSWER YOU. HE REPLIES, NO MAMA YOU SHOULD LOVE YOURSELF THE MOST.

SO WITH MY HAND ON MY HEART I WHISPER LOVE THIS.

To stay up to date on this amazing woman and all the good she’s doing in this world; Check out her Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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“Balanced and Fit………a fitness journey”

44448_10152383415765574_598047244_nTwelve weeks and counting…….. It feels incredible to finally be at the 3 month mark and see the results that I have been working so hard to achieve. Lately, people have been giving wonderful compliments on my transformation and wrote me saying I have inspired them to start their own fitness journey. My inspiration these past few weeks have been thanks to my trainer Hanan and her #operationbooty plan. We are trying to focus on building me some buns of steel. This past week I came across this picture of fitness model Jamie Eason and I am now using this pic as my daily inspiration going forward. I am setting my goal to achieving Glutes like hers!

Now that I have invested so much time into my fitness journey, I am finding it more enjoyable to be at the gym. First off Steve Nash Sports Clubs have a great mix of machines, free weight, cardio equipment and more. It really makes it easy to challenge your self and switch up your routines. I have to admit, I am a fan of free weights and intervals thanks to my trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness. Her program has kept me motivated while always challenging me. Every time my body hit a plateau, she upped the game. My 4 pack of abs would love to say a great big THANK YOU to both Hanan and Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my fitness journey.

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As usual my diet has been going strong and I have really been getting into finding new ways to add more veggies into my day. This past week I decided to indulge in a new smoothie. I took the following raw veggies and fruits (celery, kale, broccoli, apples, beets, bananas, red pepper, carrots and lemons), combined them in a blender with some coconut water. It may not sound that appetizing but it tasted really good. There are so many nutrients and health benefits from each of these items. I know a lot of people are into juicing these days, but I like to eat the whole thing as the pulp is great for you.

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In my last few posts I have been raving about my love for beets. Being Ukrainian and growing up enjoying my grandmothers delicious cooking, I have always loved beets. Beets have so many health benefits including being rich in vitamins and antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, helping with cell detoxification and cleansing, as well they are low in calories~plus so much more. A few months back I interviewed the ever so lovely Jillian Harris. This fellow Ukrainian posted her family Borscht recipe on her site that I just had to share. I made it and it was so delicious. This is a guilt free way to indulge in some yummy goodness. Also if you aren’t already a fan of Jillian’s website, I suggest you check it out……there are so many scrupulous recipes and amazing decorating tips!

Though my 12 week “Balanced and Fit…..a fitness journey” has come to an end, I am looking forward to the next phase in continuing my fitness plans. I will keep you up to date on what’s going on and post when I can. I just signed up at the gym so my New Years will be off to a great, strong, healthy start. Again I want to thank Hanan and Steve Nash Sports Club for this past three months~ I couldn’t have done it without you!

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“Balanced and Fit……. a fitness journey”

fitness-quotes1I can’t believe I am approaching the three-month mark since I started my fitness journey. The only other time I have completed something similar in duration was when I entered a fitness competition through Muscle Hers fitness magazine a few years back. I completed 9 weeks, so to be at 3 months seems incredible and I can’t help but be proud of myself. I love the quote pic this week “It never gets easier, you just get stronger!”. The initial stages were tough as my body was adjusting to  getting back into a routine of hitting the gym. But as time goes on it is still challenging and so it should be. You should never get to a point where you workout and don’t feel the burn or hit a plateau. You should always look for ways to push your body and shock your muscles. The one thing that does get easier is how your body recovers as you get stronger. By staying committed and making fitness a part of your lifestyle, you will gain strength like you never knew you had.

The one thing that has impressed myself as the weeks have gone on is how I’m able to lift heavier weights and do intervals. Last week my trainer Hanan had added in an additional day for my legs where I do back to back exercises with no break in between. I have to admit, I got my butt kicked (which was her mission). After my first set I was feeling like I had done three, but I knew I had to stay focus and that it was just mind over matter. Too often in the past I would have done one set and quit, not this time. I finished all three sets and then proceeded to do cardio. I can tell you that I definitely felt it the next day and I am starting to see my rear end firm up. My stomach has a nice little 4.5 pack.

At the end of my sets  I also had another inspiration~ while at the gym I had a gentleman who was in a wheelchair come into the room and workout beside me. It made me stop for a moment and realize how much I have to be grateful for and that there are no excuses. I was so motivated by his determination and focus that it helped push me harder and inspired me. I normally do not work out in that room at Steve Nash Fitness and I am so glad I did that day. There are many people out there that have difficult circumstances that could make them throw their hands up and give up, instead they don’t let it hold them back and persevere. I also wanted to share a video I saw recently that truly inspired me ~ Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!
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As for my diet, I have been pretty disciplined with staying on track. There have been long working days where it’s tempting to grab junk food or make poor food choices. Not any more! On the go I continue to opt for fruit, nuts, veggie smoothies and protein shakes. My obsession with Kale continues, I have been eating tons of salads with fresh raw kale (seen in picture here). I take some butter lettuce and mix kale, red peppers, cucumbers, celery and hearts of palm (which are so tasty and remind me of artichoke hearts~not to mention have many health benefits). For the dressing I use a little apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of honey and some olive oil. If you want a bit more of the good fats, I suggest slicing some avocado and adding it to your salad.

This next week will be fun as I am doing a HUGE photo shoot with an amazing team. With this said I am making sure to workout extra hard, stay super hydrated and eat clean. I will be experimenting with fruit and veggie shakes and make sure to post some pictures and recipes next week.

Well Week 12, let’s do this!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit…….a fitness journey”

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Ten weeks have passed and the lessons keep coming. This past week I experienced food poisoning and it left me out of commission for more days than I wished to experience. This was tough as I had already been fighting the flu for a few weeks. Unfortunately I had to cut my gym time short and limit the amount of exercise. At times like this when you get a wrench thrown into things, you have to take care of yourself. I could have pushed myself and completed my workouts, but I feel in my gut that it would have done more harm than good. This picture quote is perfect, you only have one body, you might as well take care of it. When your body is fighting off something, sometimes the only thing to do is get some rest. So that is what I did and I am feeling a lot better. My diet this week lacked as I was not able to eat much. With this said, when I did have an appetite I made sure to get in as much protein as I could and stay on top of my leafy greens. I consumed many shakes~ Kale and me are becoming bff’s.

In my last check-in with Hanan, I sent the pictures wearing a bikni so she could see better what was going on in my overall body. She really wants to target my booty so she has added an additional lower body workout. I am excited for my workouts this week and look forward to the continued changes to come.

I am ready to jump back into my routine and hit the gym and nutrition hard this week. I love odd numbers so week 11….. I’m ready for you!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit………a fitness journey”

These past 9 weeks have been such a learning experience for myself. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! Over these past 2 weeks I have struggled with being a little under the weather, but that hasn’t stopped me from allowing my body to rest a few days and then getting right back into the swing of things. My upper body and back continue to lean out and show definition. My lower half  (meaning my legs) are definitely building muscle but not leaning out as quick as I would like. I know that I have to be patient and your lower body and stomach (especially) take longer, these are the trouble/stubborn areas for woman. With this said though my core stability and strength is developing and I continue to chisel away at my ultimate goal! 6 pack abs!

This week I have 2 inspiration pictures, the first has no quote, it’s simply one of my favourite pictures lately of No doubts lead singer Gwen Stefani. She has always had amazing abs, but this picture inspires me in so many ways. I love how Gwen has been a top fashion icon for years and she continues to Rock It. I love the whole outfit, her blond hair in a bun (my old go to do which I’m aiming for again) and beautiful healthy abs. Once I have achieved my fitness goal and have rock hard abs, I will remake this shoot. So in my eyes this picture represents a 1000 words and inspiration.


This week with being on the go and still feeling under the weather, I did not have a huge appetite and found it hard to eat as much as I have been. I made sure to eat as much protein as I could handle and small meals more often. One thing I could stomach was my oatmeal in the mornings. I added berries and nuts to make sure I loaded up on my nutrients and antioxidants. I decided to add juicing this week to make sure I was getting my veggies in my system. My favourite came from an inspiration from Jugo Juice~ kale, spinach, berries and beets, it’s called “Can’t Beet This”. One thing when you are feeling run down or sick is to make sure to stay hydrated, this is even more important when your not feeling well.

I love my second picture quote, I now realize how to incorporate fitness into my every day and there really is no more excuses.There is no such thing as quitting anymore and I plan to finish what I started. All anyone really has to do is get over the mental struggle we all go through and check self doubt at the door. Anyone can accomplish anything the set their mind to. On this past weeks check-in with my trainer Hanan, she asked me to send my pictures wearing a bikini (which was a scary thought). Well I have to say that I bought this bikini that was a few sizes too small a few years back and it’s finally starting to fit. It was so encouraging and exciting to think of bikini shopping for the summer. Alright week 10, I’m ready for you~ BRING IT ON!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit……a fitness journey”

It’s official, I have pasted the 2 month mark and could not be prouder of myself. In such a short amount of time I have learned so much about myself and that my fitness goals are in my reach. I absolutely love, love, love this quote pic as it sums up the mental struggle I have dealt with my whole life when it comes to my fitness. There have been so many times that I have doubted my ability to be able to workout as hard as I have and to achieve the results I have done. Honestly I now know that anything I dream off or wish to accomplish I can do!

Over this past week I have had some long work days and previous to starting this fitness journey may have let temptations win, but not now! I had a few circumstances where I was tempted by food and still stayed focused and managed to avoid them. I haven’t really had any major cravings like I use to have and find that creating new healthy recipes is becoming fun and more easy to do.

This past week I started experimenting with what I was cooking and decided to post a picture of one of my dinners. I am obsessed with kale at the moment and just can’t seem to get enough. As we all know eating any vegetable in the raw form is always better than it being cooked as it can lose some of the nutrients. So what is it that I did with my dinner you ask, well let me tell you. I took ground turkey breasts, mixed a bunch of herbs from my kitchen, added a few egg whites and formed into patties. I then grilled them. Next I took brocoli slaw salad (prepackaged) and added an apple and a bit of avocado to it. For the dressing I mixed together small equal amounts of olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, yellow mustard and a drop of honey. So tasty, easy to make and not a lot of calories. For the Kale I took raw kale (broke into pieces) and a dressing I made and marinated it for 30 minutes. The dressing was really simple, mix raw garlic, crushed chilli flakes, raw grated parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil and ground pepper to taste. The lemon juice in the dressing slightly cooks the kale while still keeping it crisp. I can’t tell you how great this meal tasted, so much that I crave it every night. I felt full and had tons of energy. Kale has so many health benefits including iron which I run low on with not eating any red meat.

This past week I had numerous people start to tell me that they have noticed how I’m looking more fit. It’s really encouraging to look in the mirror and see the transformation, but to have others compliment you on the hard work you’ve put in gives you some added boost. I am noticing my stomach starting to get definition and the start to a 6 pack. I have gained a lot of muscle in my legs and each day feel stronger and stronger. With feeling run down this past few weeks and fighting a bug, I am just starting to increase my cardio, but with this added strength I’m finding it easier to do. I am continuing to take my BCAA’s and Glutamine and definitely recover after each workout faster. My three favourite exercises are 21’s, one leg squats and sumo squats.

I’m looking forward to starting my week 9 and seeing my body continue to change. Seeing that only a few months have passed, I can not wait until Summer when I will be 100% beach ready!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit……a fitness journey”

It feels pretty good to know that I have just finished 7 weeks of my fitness journey. Being at this point only makes me want to keep going as I have started to see some real changes in my body. I have started to build a strong relationship between myself and food. I no longer feel the need to over indulge and have found balance. I plan ahead when I know there are events coming up and eat before to avoid unnecessary snacking. This past week was my birthday so I knew that I would be celebrating on two different occasions (friends & family) and made sure to stay on top of my clean eating. On my actual birthday (Nov 6) with the family I ate clean all day and saved my cheat meal for my dinner out with friends. I of course went for Italian, seems to be the theme (just can’t give up my pasta). I think my goal will be to creat healthy pastas, who knows maybe a cook book is destined for the future!

This picture quote hit home this week as you really need to “Find Your Strong” each and every day. This past week I was feeling a little under the weather and with the new phase in my plan, I struggled a bit when it came to my cardio. I still made sure I went to the gym 4 times and gave my all when it came to weight sessions. As for the cardio I only got in 2 days and 15-20 minutes was the most I could do at a light jog mixed with a brisk walk. I knew I had to go no matter what and do the best I could with the energy level I had, I still felt I got a lot out of my weight sessions. I am quite proud of myself this past week and especially proud with my leg workout. I really am starting to gain stability and balance and my core strength is increasing.

I’m looking forward to starting my week 8, so crazy to think I have been doing this for 2 months already.

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411