Status Fitness Magazine

ANGIE SPAK

I’m a homegrown prairie girl who grew up with my mother father and two siblings in Winnipeg MB, I am lucky to boast a happy childhood that I’ll never take for granted! I graduated a certified bilingual in 2007 from College Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

I was an extremely athletic child, a natural athlete that often took home handfuls of medals at track meets and school competitions. It wasn’t until about age 13 that poor eating habits and weight gain stopped me running and participating in many sports, and that’s how it started.

By the time I graduated high school I was very nearly 200lbs and absolutely miserable about it. High school is not an easy thing to navigate as an obese former athlete and a girl. I graduated having never gone on a date or any of those things my peers boasted.

It was in 2009, after getting a job in an office building with a Goodlife Fitness in it, that I joined and saw a woman with the most breathtaking back I had ever seen.Until that point I was like many in not really understanding or appreciating muscles on women, but that back had been a thing of beauty to me, and I endeavored to build my own. I hired a trainer and really used that as a chance to become comfortable and familiar in navigating a gym setting. I’m the kind of person who wants to learn to I can replicate later, it was about more than having someone count my reps. After living and working in the UK for 2 years I came back to Canada and again dove back into the gym when an engagement stemming from that trip had fallen apart. I vividly remember looking out the kitchen window of my now quiet little apartment and thinking.. ‘I wonder if I could be a bodybuilder’.

That was the first moment of the rest of my life. The willpower it took to harness all of my bad habits and funnel my desperation for a better outlook into a contest prep was something I still don’t know how I managed. During this first prep in late 2015 I am proud to say I overcame a lifetime of bad relationships with food and really learned how important nutrition was for the healthy development of my body.

I placed 4th in my first show, a MABBA provincial qualifier in March 2016. My placement in that show made me realize I wanted more than to just fit the stage bikini. It was after that I decided I wanted to continue to put on muscle and re-qualify in women’s physique.
It was then in early 2017 I began taking on my own clientele officially, establishing my company LABL (Lift and Be Lifted) which was a platform for my coaching in an effort to continue helping others in their own journeys as I continued my own. I swiftly developed a love of helping people in fitness! With LABL I have helped several people lose weight, build muscle and discover a love of this journey all of their own, and hope to continue to in the future!

I spent the off season of 2016 building my physique which culminated in my first provincial and then national level show. While the process of transforming has been a fun and exciting journey more than anything I found my voice in this process and the strength to stand up for what I believe in, and I believe bodybuilding has made me a better person.

NOW I HOPE TO GROW AS BOTH AN ATHLETE AND A COACH FOR BOTH LIFESTYLE AND BODYBUILDING CLIENTELE.

Are you a trainer? If so, what is your training philosophy?

Yes. I have helped many achieve various athletic and aesthetic goals 1 on 1 in the gym. I am a firm believer in emphasizing great form from the beginning. I like to combine power lifts and compound movement with aggressive programming centered around basic movement. I’m not a fan of the new “all booty all the time” routines becoming popularized by social media. I believe that building strength required a solid foundational physique emphasized from day one. I like to keep it simple so as not to overwhelm and add fun new movement later!

Who is your trainer?

I do not have a trainer at this time. In an effort to perfect carbing up my formerly overweight body I brought on Gavin McCort out of Florida to consult on my macronutrients, the training to date has remained predominantly my own program design. I am happy that I will be able to continue to work with him as an athlete and with LABL.

Occupation details:

My background is in finance, insurance and logistics. In early 2017 I took the leap to launch my own company, LABL by Angie (pronounced Label); which is a platform for my coaching services. Now I hope to grow as both an athlete and a coach for both lifestyle and Bodybuilding clientele.

Relationship status:

In a relationship.

I WANT TO CUT WEIGHT AGAIN AROUND CHRISTMAS TO TEST SOME NEW ALTERNATIVE CARB AND FAT LOADING METHODS.

Fitness Goals:

I intend to spend the remainder of 2017 building muscle in targeted areas to even out after a long 2 years of dieting to compete. I want to cut weight again around Christmas to test some new alternative carb and fat loading methods. My first possible show in the future being Manitoba (MABBA) provincials – where I would intend to shoot for Ms Manitoba in women’s physique

Training Plan:

CURRENT
4 day split – QUADS / PUSH(chest,tri, delts) / HAMSTRING & ABS / PULL (back, delts, bi)
I have a few projects on the go at the moment. I am currently working to even out my musculature by bringing up the shape and conditioning in my legs while maintaining my upper body. I need to continue to tighten my core as my body continues to rebound from years of obesity and my main goal is to stay within about 15lbs of my last stage weight. Right now I do cardio 2-3 times a week as I settle into my off season eating habbits.

Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:

HIIT – very effective to throw into a routine to shock a body into weightloss, though I like to maintain very high intensity so my HIIT sessions tend to be short
POWER LIFTING – I am a huge fan of squats, deadlifts and heavy rows for bodybuilding. To date I have never pushed my maxes in these power lifts but would like to one day with a more experienced power lifter nearby!
YOGA – I tell my friends I am built for comfort, not speed! Yoga is something I am learning to improve my flexibility and balance!

Nutritional & Supplements:

I am maintaing a fairly balanced meal plan tailored to my current goals. I have upped my calories by about 500/day since Nationals and added 2 cheat meals a week. Because consistency helps me stay on track I am still eating a lot of the same foods as I would on prep.
Supplements – Glutamine , Whey/Whey ISO , pre – workout

I HAD AN ABSOLUTE BLAST SHOOTING WITH WARREN ON AND NEAR THE BEACH.

Special skills?

Out of the gym I’d say my biggest skills are in public speaking, connecting with people and casual attempts at creative writing…which sometimes spill onto my social media haha!

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?

My parents and I are very close. They really taught me the value of hard work and discipline. I have and will always work hard to impress them.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?

I love an entity that emphasizes the humanity of the athletes it is showcasing. Bringing to light and up and coming talent that amateur athletes can really aspire to and get behind! It’s good for any sport!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?

The absolute world! And a win for every muscular girl who’s felt misunderstood.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?

How does it feel to give so many people a shot at their dreams?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography for publication in Status Fitness Magazine?

I HAD AN ABSOLUTE BLAST shooting with Warren on and near the beach. He was polite, a complete professional and it his passion for this is unmistakable. We got along really well!

I AM DEEPLY INSPIRED BY PEOPLE WHO OVERCOME ADVERSITY AND USE IT TO DO GOOD.

Name six things people would not know about you:

I eat with chopsticks for almost every meal, a habit I developed to stop from eating so fast.

I’m a Manchester United fan – and got to see Sir Alex Furguson coach one of his last matches there.

My favorite book is a French playwright called Cyrano de Bergerac.

After a bout of bronchitis that turned into pneumonia in 2016 I developed a frighteningly contagious and obnoxious laugh. I actually had people seek me out at Nationals after hearing it online before.

I was once hired by a professional wrestler as a coach after yelling at him on a leg press.

I have amassed over a dozen nicknames since I began bodybuilding, they include; The LadyShadow (my fav!! a Dorian Yates reference) The Trap Queen, Shortstack, Big Red, The Red She Hulk and World of Wheels.

Who inspires you?

I am deeply inspired by people who overcome adversity and use it to do good. I watched a mother of four demolish a bodybuilding show prep and get her IFBB pro card (MB – Trina Burns) and through my company met a man who used his incredible transformation and story to promote both fitness and sobriety. People like this, who refuse to identify of victims and continue to strive, these are people who inspire me the most.

I, of course, have my athletic heroes as well. Juliana Malacarne taught me to love my big legs, amateurs all over the world who are in my corner and I in theirs. This big bodybuilding family inspires me every day.

Who do you wish to inspire?

I know that my story offers a unique insight into the humanity of bodybuilding. People saw me go from ‘fat to fit’ not once but a few times and struggled with me to nail down the discipline to truly live and love this lifestyle. More than anything I want to inspire anyone who ever truly believed these dreams were out of their reach!

And, on a side note and more personal level…every girl who’s thought about hitting the weights!

Transformation story:

I have literally lost over 200lbs in my respective attempts to master fitness since my youth. It was not until 2015 when I hired a coach and began to learn about nutrition myself that I put all the pieces together to truly transform.
This has lead to a gradual physique build that lasted since 2015. Fluctuating between 131 and 182 lbs, over 2 bulks and 3 hard burn phases I built the physique you see, and I am proud of it!

I WANT INSPIRE EVERY GIRL WHO’S THOUGHT ABOUT HITTING THE WEIGHTS!

Life goals:

This attempt at Canadian Nationals and grasping these dreams has completely inspired me. Never have I found such purpose as in helping people find belief in their own fitness dreams. The next years of my life will be towards establishing as a positive entitiy in the bodybuilding and fitness world as an athlete and a coach. I dream of the IFBB, and establishing LABL by Angie as both a lifestyle and bodybuilding coaching entity that keeps the premise of helping people at the forefront, keeping the humanity in fitness!

Name five lessons you have learned:

5) Allow yourself the opportunity to forge your own opinion of people.
4) You may never be satisfied with your body, so learn to love the masterpiece where it’s at enough to take care of it!
3) One tablespoon of peanut butter is heartbreakingly less than I once thought
2) You can’t grow from mistakes you don’t admit to making.
1) I was not made to fit in, and that’s okay.

Music and artist you listen to while training:

P!nk, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Dr Dre, Eminem, Steve Aoki

Favorite actors/ movies:

Tom Hardy / Sharlto Copley – Avatar, The A Team, Dragonheart

Favorite books and authors:

Cyrano De Bergerac – Edmond Rostand, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Fight Club , Game of Thrones

I FOUND SUCH PURPOSE IN HELPING PEOPLE FIND BELIEF IN THEIR OWN FITNESS DREAMS.

Name five of the most important attributes you see in a person?

Honesty, compassion, intelligence, ambition, the ability to laugh at one’s self.

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?

Make the effort to learn to feed your body properly and don’t be afraid to surprise yourself!

What is your take on muscularity and femininity in our society right now?

My feminity was a new insecurity I had flat out not anticipated when getting into competitive fitness. I have always found strong women to be feminine and beautiful in our own respective ways. While I found much appreciating for my bodybuilding and physique online (with the few hateful comments mixed in as in only to be expected) I had a lot of doubt in my day to day life if people thought I was even a woman anymore. I want strong women everywhere to know they are beautiful!

What will you have to sacrifice in order to take your competition goals to the next level?

There will, of course, be more missed occasions and long distance friendships, but I am also at an age where there is now a conscious decision to forego starting a family until I have had another bodybuilding season. The sacrifices are endless and range from minute to enormous! … I may also have to break up with peanut butter!

Favorite Quotes:
Que dites-vous? … C’est inutile? … Je le sais !
Mais on ne se bat pas dans l’espoir du succès!
 Non! non, c’est bien plus beau lorsque c’est inutile! – le mort de Cyrano de Bergerac
In the end, we’ll all become stories – Margaret Atwood

Healthy Vision Photography

Warren is an award-winning photographer with over ten years of experience creating images that have appeared in print and online media, promotional materials, and advertisements. Warren’s clients recognize his ability to deliver exceptional imagery within a streamlined process that makes the shoots efficient and enjoyable.

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