Denver 36 • 122 lb • 5’4 Technical recruiter
“Growing up, I was a nerdy girl, not a ton of self-confidence, not athletic at all,” Giselle Bell admits. Then she discovered weight training and CrossFit seven years ago and banished her bashful nature. At the prompting of her friends, she did a bikini contest in April 2017. “Despite deciding last minute and having a short prep time, I placed fifth,” she says. She followed that up with a first-place finish in the NPC Rocky Mountain Championships masters division, where she also placed second overall in the open class.
Bell’s training program is jampacked with a variety of styles. She’ll include four days of weightlifting, two days of metabolic conditioning and high-intensity interval training, and some steady-state cardio sprinkled throughout the week. “If I’m in fat-burning mode, I’ll add in some short sprints after lifting,” she says. “I also like to do power or hot yoga.” Her current goals include earning her IFBB pro card, getting her personal training certification and writing a book.
Diagnosed with depression in 2013, Bell credits fitness in part with her ongoing recovery. “I really had to conquer my mind before I could conquer my body,” she says. “It doesn’t mean I’ve magically gotten rid of my depression, but I just keep fighting through it and pushing myself to do things that make me happy.”