How She Fu­els

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NPC bikini com­peti­tor Bri­ana Owen found her pas­sion in healthy liv­ing.

When 23-year-old Bri­ana Owen was fin­ish­ing her busi­ness law de­gree at Ari­zona State Univer­sity in 2013, her health wasn’t her pri­or­ity. “I wasn’t in the best shape and re­mem­ber at one point feel­ing lost and con­fused about what I needed to do to turn that around,” she says.

It wasn’t un­til she did her first NPC com­pe­ti­tion that she learned that there are no quick fixes or mir­a­cle di­ets that would make long-term changes to her body. In­stead, she dis­cov­ered that a shift in her mind­set and life­style choices would make the dif­fer­ence and that good nu­tri­tion had the big­gest im­pact on her life. “Be­ing con­sis­tent with my nu­tri­tion is im­por­tant to me. I am a big ad­vo­cate of prop­erly fu­el­ing your body so you can get the most out of your workouts,” she says. “I fol­low a flex­i­ble di­et­ing phi­los­o­phy that gives me the free­dom to get cre­ative with my meals so I don’t get bored eat­ing the same thing.” Owen eats nu­tri­ent-dense food and al­lows for the oc­ca­sional treat. “Adopt­ing this life­style has en­abled me to stay on track, even with a busy sched­ule,” she says.

A Gas­pari-spon­sored ath­lete, Owen’s ca­reer path shifted as she dis­cov­ered a pas­sion for fit­ness and liv­ing a healthy life­style. She has cre­ated her own on­line coach­ing plat­form, B-Fit Nu­tri­tion (bri­anaowen­, so she can share her ex­pe­ri­ence and use her ex­per­tise to help peo­ple reach their own goals. When asked what ad­vice she’d of­fer up to those who are try­ing to take con­trol of their own fit­ness, she says, “Set re­al­is­tic goals and keep track of your progress. When you see your­self mov­ing closer to your goals, you’re less likely to fall off the plan.”

Bri­ana’s Fa­vorite Gas­pari Nu­tri­tion Prod­ucts

Gas­pari Pre­ci­sion Protein is my go-to in my preworkout or post­work­out protein shakes. One scoop has 25 grams of 100 per­cent hy­drolyzed whey protein. It’s low-carb, low-fat and tastes amaz­ing. I like to blend the vanilla ice cream fla­vor with al­mond milk and half a ba­nana for a quick meal-re­place­ment shake packed with nu­tri­ents. Yum!

Gas­pari Ami­noLast has 10 grams of amino acids per serv­ing, which aid in mus­cle re­ten­tion and re­cov­ery, and it’s packed with elec­trolytes. I mix two scoops of the orange mango twist (cur­rent fa­vorite fla­vor) in my gal­lon jug and reach for it through­out the day. Be­cause your body is made up of mostly wa­ter, it is su­per im­por­tant that you hy­drate your cells. Ami­noLast makes it a lot eas­ier for me to hit my gal­lon goal be­cause it makes my wa­ter taste like a treat.

Gas­pari Hyper­Amino has quickly be­come the preworkout and in­tra­work­out I reach for be­cause not only does it have amino acids, but it also has a blend of nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring caf­feine from Ilex guayusa ex­tract, green-tea ex­tract and guarana ex­tract, which kick-start my train­ing with­out leav­ing me with a crash af­ter my work­out.

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