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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.”

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