THE FU­TURE QUEEN OF FIT­NESS

Danielle Vaughan shares her se­crets to be­com­ing one of Canada’s hottest women.

Innovate Magazine - - Contents - By Krys­ten Maier

Fit­ness dy­namo Danielle Vaughn used to hate gym class; now she’s built a ca­reer around work­ing out! A nu­tri­tion­ist and com­pet­i­tive bikini com­pe­ti­tior, the gym is Danielle’s sec­ond home. From win­ning the Cana­dian Na­tion­als the first time she en­tered in 2013 to com­pet­ing at the prestigious Arnold Am­a­teur, Danielle is an un­stop­pable force in the fit­ness world – not to men­tion she was named one of Canada’s sex­i­est women. We asked Danielle to spill her fit­ness se­crets and tell us a lit­tle bit about her drive and dreams.

Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FIT­NESS?

Like a lot of women I was al­ways just a car­dio queen. I never wanted to get “bulky” so I stayed away from the weights, but my boyfriend at the time started show­ing me the ways around the weight room. We worked out to­gether five days a week. I did every­thing he did, he showed me proper form, and slowly I started to love what weights were do­ing to my body. Ev­ery­one around the gym kept ask­ing me when I was com­pet­ing, or when my show was. That slowly started to plant the seed in my head to take things to the next level and start train­ing for my first bikini fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion.

Q: HOW DID IT FEEL BE­ING NAMED #3 IN IN­SIDE FIT­NESS’S HOT & FIT 100?

That was pretty cool and very un­ex­pected. I ac­tu­ally didn’t even know the pho­tog­ra­pher was sub­mit­ting my pho­tos for con­sid­er­a­tion. All of a sud­den I was get­ting texts from friends con­grat­u­lat­ing me! It’s truly an honor to have made Top 10 among so many beau­ti­ful women.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR PER­FOR­MANCE AND AES­THETIC GOALS FOR 2017?

While it will al­ways have a spe­cial place in my heart, af­ter my show last year I de­cided to take a break from com­pet­ing. This year for my­self I am more fo­cused on over­all bal­ance and lov­ing my body all year round rather than try­ing to at­tain a spe­cific cri­te­ria. I want to show peo­ple that the most im­por­tant thing is be­ing able to main­tain a physique you are happy with.

Q: BE­SIDES A BIKINI CHAMP YOU ARE A PER­SONAL TRAINER; WHAT DROVE YOU TO WANT TO MO­TI­VATE AND SHAPE OTHER PEO­PLE’S FIT­NESS?

I started to re­ceive in­quiries about coach­ing oth­ers right from when my ca­reer started tak­ing off. It’s so re­ward­ing help­ing peo­ple feel good about them­selves and achieve a body they never thought pos­si­ble.

Q: HAIL­ING FROM BEAU­TI­FUL BC, DO YOU TAKE AD­VAN­TAGE OF THE OUT­DOORS IN YOUR TRAIN­ING?

Liv­ing in Kelowna, Bri­tish Columbia I like to use the out­doors when I can to get ac­tive, hik­ing, or bik­ing down by the beaches. It doesn’t re­place my gym ses­sions but it’s a nice mix. It’s just a dif­fer­ent lifestyle out here, as be­ing ac­tive and tak­ing ad­van­tage of lo­cal and or­gan­i­cally grown sources of food comes nat­u­rally, which I love.

Q: WHAT DOES YOUR WORK­OUT SPLIT LOOK LIKE?

I com­bine car­dio en­durance with weight-lift­ing and sculpt­ing in a heav­ily struc­tured regime, in­side and out of my per­sonal train­ing stu­dio. My typ­i­cal split in­cludes Legs/Glutes (3x / week), Up­per Body Cir­cuit (1-2x /week), Spin Class (1x /week), and a Hike or 35min HIIT Stair Ses­sion (1x/week).

Q: WHAT AC­TIONS DO YOU TAKE FOR YOUR POST-TRAIN­ING RE­COV­ERY?

EAT! I al­ways place nu­tri­tion first and fore­most, so a proper post work­out meal and lots of wa­ter dur­ing the day is cru­cial, along with a mix of Nutrabolics sup­ple­ments like BCAA’s and pro­tein for mus­cle re­cov­ery.

Q: WHAT NUTRABOLICS SUPPS DO YOU USE?

When do you take them and how do you stack? My go-tos are the Ther­mal XTC along with Carnibolic pre-work­out or pre-car­dio. I take Anabolic State heav­ily dur­ing my work­out and through­out the day for re­cov­ery or sim­ply if I am bored of plain wa­ter. For pro­tein I take Isobolic or Hy­drop­ure im­me­di­ately post-work­out, and last but not least, Ath­letes Food once a day for as a meal re­place­ment.

Q: What ad­vice would you give to women WHO ARE LOOK­ING TO COM­PETE IN FIT­NESS?

It can be dif­fi­cult in this grow­ing world of fit­ness. Ev­ery­one is racing to be­come the next best up­com­ing ath­lete or In­sta­gram in­flu­encer. The best thing you can do is fol­low your pas­sion, work hard, be humble and stay true. The rest will fol­low.

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