In The Spot­light With Shan­nah Baker

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Fea­tur­ing the stun­ning Shan­nah Baker of Queens­land win­ner of the 2014 ANB Asia Pa­cific Fit­ness Model tall Class.

Who or what in­spired you to get in­volved in the health and fit­ness in­dus­try?

I first started my fit­ness jour­ney to get in bet­ter shape for my wed­ding and hon­ey­moon (Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber 2013). My part­ner was al­ways very sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing, be­ing into health and fit­ness him­self, and ex­pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player, I al­ways felt the need to keep up! I had friends in the in­dus­try that also in­spired me. A cou­ple of years ago, be­fore I was truly se­ri­ous about health & fit­ness, I started with a per­sonal trainer at my gym, Anne Marie Lasserre. She would of­ten tell me of the po­ten­tial I had to be a part of the in­dus­try, but it wasn’t un­til Jan­uary I de­cided to give it a go!

What type of diet do you follow lead­ing into an event?

I fol­lowed a strict diet of pro­tein (white meats) vegetables (mostly greens) and good carbs.. I worked off of my blood type. After a con­sul­ta­tion with my coach (at the very start of my first prep) I was aware of what was bloat­ing me and up­set­ting my stom­ach. With a bit of tweak­ing, no dairy, low in­take of good fats, I found my body re­spond­ing great to my new diet and I didn’t feel like I was strug­gling with it at all. I found comp prep a lot eas­ier than ex­pected with a good va­ri­ety of food.

How many days a week do you train and do you pre­fer weight train­ing over car­dio, what works best for you?

I like to train at least 5-6 days a week. I love to lift weights! I think for me, both were es­sen­tial in the lead up to com­pet­ing. I found fasted car­dio worked well for me, though it’s not for every­body. I would do post car­dio after a weight ses­sion ei­ther on the step­per or stair master (The step­per is my ab­so­lute fa­vorite!)

With cap­tur­ing the 2014 ANB Asia Pa­cific Fit­ness Model Cham­pion how did it feel to come out on top against such a tough line up of girls?

Wow! What a feel­ing! It’s only nor­mal to com­pare your­self to oth­ers, you are back­stage and sur­rounded by amaz­ing ath­letes all day! Yet ev­ery­one is so unique in their own ways! When the top 5 was called, I was beyond happy, I had made it! Then 5th and 4th were called, I couldn’t be­lieve it, top 3, I was over the moon!! And then 3rd place was called, I was shak­ing, su­per ner­vous and ex­cited at the same time! Is this ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing?! When the run­ner up was called I couldn’t be­lieve it, hold­ing back the tears, know­ing my hus­band, fam­ily and friends were in the au­di­ence watch­ing me take out the ti­tle was such a joy­ful feel­ing! I re­ally don’t know how to ex­plain it, so un­ex­pected but so hum­bled to take out first place with a huge smile on my face!

How im­por­tant is it to main­tain a bal­ance in life be­tween work and play, what’s your suc­cess mantra?

You don’t have to put your life on hold just be­cause you’re fol­low­ing a strict meal plan or be­cause you need to train. For me, at work was the hard­est, avoid­ing all the de­li­cious foods & find­ing the right times to eat. How­ever I was lucky, with such a sup­port­ive team at work, they would let me take a quick 5-10 minute break when­ever it was meal time! At home, my hus­band kept me grounded, al­ways re­mind­ing me to stay fo­cused. We would of­ten go on date nights to the movies; I would pack a healthy snack and a bot­tle of wa­ter. Like I said, it’s the lit­tle things! If you want to hang out with your friends, you can do that too!

How has be­ing in­volved in the Fit­ness In­dus­try

changed your life?

I have met so many in­cred­i­ble peo­ple along the way! Friends that I can say will be there for life. It has also helped me with ev­ery day things. Like en­ergy and feel­ing healthy! I find I have a more pos­i­tive out­look on all as­pects of life now, things that used to get me down, no longer do, my hus­band, fam­ily and friends also re­minds me of this of­ten let­ting me know how proud of me they are for the pos­i­tive changes I have made, I feel this has all come down to the pos­i­tive im­pact the fit­ness in­dus­try and the peo­ple in it have had on me. It has opened my world up… I can only be ex­cited for what the fu­ture holds!!

Fu­ture goals/events in the Fit­ness In­dus­try?

I would love to grace the cov­ers of mag­a­zines. I want to step foot on a world stage & be rec­og­nized as one of the best in the in­dus­try. I am go­ing to work harder than ever to make it. Stay true in the dark & hum­ble in the spot­light. Even­tu­ally I would love to study nu­tri­tion and learn as much as pos­si­ble to do with foods & the con­tents. I want to in­spire peo­ple, and who knows, maybe one day I will be the per­son help­ing oth­ers achieve their goals and dreams!

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