Another addition to the SC Team, welcome Rachel Calhoun

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The writing team is growing and the education, knowledge and creativity is flowing like the three rivers. Rachel had been referred to us as being an enthusiastic, and creative individual that would be add value to our team. We’ll just let you read about Rachel in her brief bio below.

My name is Rachel, and I am a fitness fanatic. I’ve loved being active since I was young. I played volleyball, basketball, softball, and lacrosse in high school. Once I got to college, I knew I wasn’t good enough to play Division I sports. This is when I dove into group fitness.

I earned my Zumba certification sophomore year at Robert Morris University, and my second Zumba certification my junior year. I enjoyed teaching three days a week, but my hips thought otherwise. I needed more stretching in my life, and I knew the only way I would stretch my muscles on a consistent basis was by teaching Yoga. During my Yoga training, my “Gumby” classmates would touch their toes with ease, while I would just be lucky to grab my shins. Luckily, I made it through, received my certification and started teaching. Unlike most Yoga classes, I play relaxing acoustics of John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, etc. while strengthening and stretching the muscles. Some of the places I teach my fitness classes include Dick’s Sporting Good’s headquarters, NOVA Chemicals, Robert Morris University, and Boom Fitness. I love teaching group fitness because it gives me the most satisfying feeling knowing that I am helping others better themselves.

The summer of my senior year in college, I found an interest in power lifting. I enjoyed the feeling of “that set was easy, put more weight on the bar.” I took every day as a challenge to beat my weights from previous weeks. I’ve been lifting over two years now, and I enjoy every minute of it. Once I understood all of the strength training terminology and how the muscles worked, I decided to get my ACE Personal Training Certification. I wanted to help other people prepare for the test, as well, so I started an ACE Personal Training Prep course at Robert Morris University that meets once a week.

Food is another top priority with fitness for me. I have a blast coming up with new recipes and fun creations out of different healthy foods and supplements. I like to think of myself as a food scientist. In order to stay healthy but still enjoy food, I had to figure out how to create my favorite foods in a healthier, more nutritious way. Some of my favorite foods are pizza, ice cream, pancakes, cookies, brownies, and anything with peanut butter.

My goal is to help others positively change themselves from the inside out, whether that comes to food, fitness, or mental well-being.

Let’s have a warm welcome to Rachel to the SC Team!

Supplement Central welcomes Sossie Rose to the team

We stumbled upon Sossie Rose as she pursued her way through NPC competitions this past year. Seeing the determination and education on her industry, we knew she had to be a part of the team. Sossie gives us a little bit about herself.

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Full Name: Sophia Sciarretti

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Birth: 09-29-1993

Stage Weight: 113

Off season Weight: 120

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will notice that I go by Sossie Rose. My college roommate invented this name. However, my real name is Sophia Sciarretti. I am currently attending Robert Morris University going for a duel major in marketing and management. I also compete in NPC bikini competitions.

Growing up in a huge Italian family, eating was my biggest hobby. Pasta and bread was my staple nutrition. Sauce and coffee ran through my blood stream. (Yes, I was a chubby little girl lol) I competitive danced for about 13+ years and was the captain of my high school dance team. Upon arrival to college, I realized I was out of shape and embarrassed about my appearance! At the time, I was working at a local gym and knew a couple girls that were getting ready to compete for their first bodybuilding show. I tagged along to do their hair and makeup for their big competition. Seeing all these gorgeous girls in amazing shape, I convinced myself that I was going to look like them someday. I started training and dieting for my first bikini competition and it was a big “wake-up call” for me to say the least. (NO MORE PLATES OF PASTA!) However, I endured the diet and training and ended up placing 4th at my first show! That competition bug has bitten me, and I am hooked.

The stage is the fun part but I love training, pushing my body to the limit, and seeing the results of hard work and dedication. I have learned so much about my physical and mental capacity. You acquire more and more knowledge on training, nutrition, and what works best for your body as each year passes. Being that I am only 21, I plan to keep moving forward on my fitness goals. I will continue to adore the sport of bodybuilding and hope to help inspire others along my fitness journey.

Please welcome Sossie to the team as she will be bringing you unique recipes and cooking tips. Stay tuned!

Meet the newest contributing writer to the Supplement Central team – Stefan Lundberg

Stefan is a former professional soccer player for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Both a high school and college All-American, Stefan has competed competitively all around the United States and even the world. He was team captain of his Division 1 College, Duquesne, and also of his high school, Kiski Area, where he still holds the single season scoring record of 36 goals.Stefan also competed in track and field, winning the WPIAL Gold medal in the 400 meter dash.

His passion for sports and fitness led him to become a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), a Youth Speed and Agility Specialist, and an Olympic Weight Lifting Instructor. Shortly after, he had decided to open his own facility which is now known as Legends of Pittsburgh Fitness and Performance Center just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. Stefan’s impressive athletic resume and fitness background undoubtedly translates into elite training for his clients.

Welcome to the team Stefan Lundberg!

Q&A with Cutler Nutrition’s Jess Welna

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The inside look at Cutler Nutrition’s Jess Welna on his day-to-day and inspiration as he trains his way to the NPC USA  Bodybuilding Championship July 2015.

How did you get started in fitness, competing or modeling?

I’ve always played sports. I like any competition and love a challenge.  This is one of the most challenging sports I’ve ever tried.

What’s the best part about being a fitness icon?

I’m no icon, but I get to hang out with some! I’ve learned a lot from those guys.  Maybe someday I will be.

How do you stay motivated? Q&A with Jess Welna - Cutler Nutrition - SupplementCentral.com

Setting goals, sticking to them and surround myself with positive people.

Are you competing this year? 

Yes, I’m planning on USA’s in July.  I started to diet for it 3 weeks ago.

What does your diet consist of?

I use a lot of lean protein and clean carbs. I try to use multiple sources of each every day. Chicken is a staple, I’ll do raw egg whites for breakfast and I usually get at least 1 steak meal every day.  I try to have a few cheat meals every week

What is your absolute favorite type of music to work out to?

Rap, I need a good beat to help keep up my intensity.

What are your top 5 favorite songs to work out to?

1. Drake – 0-100

2. Future – Commas

3. Eminem – Till I Collapse

4. 50 Cent – Gangsta

5. Nikki Minaji – Truffle Butter

What is your biggest gym pet peeve?Jess Welna - Cutler Nutrition - Curling - SupplementCentral.com

Not putting the weights away is  the worst is the worst, but large groups kills me too.

What body part are you most proud of?

Delts, that’s my most improved.  Still working on them though.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Burgers

 

What are your 3 favorite exercises?

Military press, seated calves, incline press

What does your supplement stack look like?

BPI Sports ISO-HD

Cutler Nutrition Amino Pump

Cutler Nutrition Pro Pack (mutli-vitamin)

– Vitamin D3

BPI Sports Best BCAA’s,

– Carb Drink – vaires

– Fish Oil

– Glutamine

I try to limit my caffeine. I use Legend as a pre workout a few times a week.

Top 5 tips for people who want to get in shape?

Diet, hard work, consistency, stick to a plan, and setting goals.

What’s next for you?

Just to keep improving myself.  Always a work in progress.

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Stats:

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 220lbs
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Website: www.cutlernutrition.com
Twitter: @jesswelnabpi
Instagram: @jess_cutlernutrition
Facebook: jess welna