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SPOTLIGHT SERIES- LORI GARDNER

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As fitness photographers, it is always refreshing to meet athletes who make the concept of aging disappear. For us, to get a chance to photograph them to show the world that anything is possible is a blessing. A great example is Lori Gardner. Lori's accomplishment in creating her amazing physique is proof that hard work, dedication, and desire of living a healthy lifestyle are the ingredients to a beautiful smile. -Ali Sohrab

 

FITNESS MODEL: LORI GARDNER  

 

 

Training Plan: I currently train 6 days a week with the following splits:   

Nutritional Supplements: I currently take Nutrition 53 supplements. I love their Multivitamin, Vitamin C, Relief 1, Burn1, and my favorite protein is their Lean1 Birthday Cake flavor.  

What separates Status from other fitness magazines? Status is more than just a feel-good-health magazine; it publishes real articles about Real people who are working out and going after their fitness goals. It is a great magazine for a true gym rat or for a competitor.  

 

What would it mean to you to become a Status Symbol? In my world, being published is everything. It would mean that I have achieved a huge personal goal. (It would be a tremendous honor, and an all-time high!)  

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status? As an older-than-average competitor who has made a comeback (and who hasn't stopped chasing after her dreams and goals), this would be a tremendous honor.  

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be? I would love to know his best advice on how not to get burned out and how to avoid the "blues" after a big high (competing/winning, losing your goal weight, or whatever someone's high may be)? And on a normal day, how can we stay lean and strong but still "live" a bit?  

What was it like working with ALI SOHRAB for your shoot for the Status publication? He was very professional, and his eye for composition is amazing. The shoot was so much fun and I look forward to the next time I can work with him.  

Favorite Quotes:  

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine  

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!-Ralph Waldo Emerson  

 

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine 

 

 

4 things people don't know about you:  

  1. I was raised in the country  

  1. I have been married for 19 years to the guy I met when I was 15  

  1. I have 11-year-old twins  

  1. I graduated from TWU with a degree in Nutrition  

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why? I want to inspire that woman who just had a baby and is trying to get back in shape while juggling new-Mom life. I strive to be a relatable person that others can use as motivation to get to their goals.  

Who inspires you? And why? Jamie Eason inspires me. We are the same age, we both have children, we share similar values and she is also a Texas native. She is always super positive and upbeat, and she openly shares her workout strategies and how she incorporates her fitness lifestyle into her daily routines as a Mom.  

 

I want to inspire that woman who just had a baby and is trying to get back in shape while juggling new-Mom life. 

 

 

Occupation? Are you a trainer? I am a full-time Mom and an insurance agency owner.  

Your transformation story: I competed in my first three shows back in 2002 with the NPC at the age of 26. I stayed fit and in 2006 went on to have twins (one boy, one girl) who are now 11. It goes without saying that priorities change when kids come along. (And it's on a different level with multiples.) As happens often with motherhood, I found myself falling away from fitness to tend to my family. In 2014, when the twins were 8, I went through a period where I reassessed my health, my goals, my dreams. 

 

I felt there was more out there for me and I didn't want to settle any longer.  

 

 I didn't want to be an average, 38-year-old Mom who sat behind a desk all day and had a glass of wine every night. I wasn't miserable, but I wasn't thrilled, either. I felt there was more out there for me and I didn't want to settle any longer. I began to ease back in to fitness; I hired a trainer to remind me how to work out again and to help me get me back in the groove. I had forgotten how good it felt. It was amazing to get back to the gym and start to feel better, like I was accomplishing something again. While on vacation with my husband that year, I connected with a friend who also has twins. She was rocking an amazing bikini and looking fitter than ever. At that moment, it was the motivation I needed. I decided it was time to put my excuses on the shelf, to chase after my dreams and my goals again and to not look back.  

 

I decided it was time to put my excuses on the shelf, to chase after my dreams and my goals again and to not look back.  

 

I asked her what she did and who she trained with, and I got on board with that protocol immediately. I competed in my first post-twins show in October 2014 with the WBFF. It was amazing! I had the best time, and I felt like a human Barbie doll (I absolutely love how beautiful the WBFF makes you feel!). However, I was still struggling with a few body-image issues from having twins. I learned that I had recti diastasis (separation in the abdominal wall) from carrying two babies at once, and also learned that no amount of dieting or working out could (or would) ever correct it. After a lot of thought, I decided my dreams meant enough to me to have it repaired. Although a painful, difficult recovery, I eventually got back to it and decided it was worth the temporary setback; it has helped my self-confidence, and has helped me better see my hard work from the gym, too. Post-surgery, I went on to compete in two more shows with the WBFF, andas they say, the third time's a charm. In October 2016 in Oklahoma City, I won both of my fitness categories and was awarded my Pro Status with the WBFF. That moment was surreal, and I am very proud of myself. I am living proof that it's never too late to dream a new dream. And that hard work and not giving up on your dreams pays off! I am thrilled to have participated in my first Pro Show in April 2017. I feel so humbled and honored that they would consider me among the best of the best. I loved meeting everyone, and I hope to inspire other Moms to chase after their own dreams. I never want to be a dream killer; I want to be known as the girl who chased her dreams no matter her age, and left it all on the table!  

 

 I am living proof that it's never too late to dream a new dream.

 

 

About Ali Sohrab

Holding a Masters degree in Lighting from University of British Columbia, with years of directing performances, the Vancouver based fitness photographer, Ali Sohrab brings his broad artistic expertise into the fitness world.

Ali has captured the beauty and the true personality of hundreds of athletes with his creative touch. In his world, every model possesses a unique gift and it’s the job of the photographer to discover that gift and manifest it through professional imagery. He believes that the work  of the artist should speak for itself.

Ali’s passion for lighting, story telling, body language, mood creating, and forms manifest though all his work, and has put him under many spotlights.