Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “fitness women

The Gift Of Fitness

Learn from IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan; the gift of fitness is one gift that can stay with you forever. It can change as you need it, be made to fit any size, be put back on course when it gets off track. It lasts a lifetime and is always there on demand. And you can give it to yourself right now!

Ava Cowan in our fitness magazine photo shoot both in the gym and poolside in Palm Springs. Thanks!

Ava Cowan

Ad Videos And Photo Shoots

One of my favorites from a video series created around my photo shoots for advertising and features for Here with one of the most admired and respected women in the entire world of fitness, Ava Cowan.

More Raechelle

I had so very many comments, and in person, about my post of my photo shoot with Raechelle Chase from New Zealand that I thought I should post another photograph. Thanks!

IFBB Figure Professional Raechelle Chase from New Zealand in Palm Springs California.

One Of My…

One of my favorite photographs of one of my favorite people, Randalene Sergent, shot at Palm Springs Fitness Center. Thanks!

Randalene Sergent

Bicep Curls With Ava Cowan

From a really great fitness magazine photo shoot series I shot with IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan at Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Ava Cowan

From IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan from her magazine workout series photo shoot…

Single Arm Biceps Curls.

Warm Up: Using a lighter weight start with 2 sets of 12-15 reps before moving into a heavier weight.
Set Up: Adjust seat so that the padding is comfortably and completely under armpit. Using a dumbbell as opposed to a machine requires that all stabilizing muscles are warmed up as well.
Working Set: 2-3 sets of 6-12 reps on each arm. Start with the weaker of the two arms. Sets and reps are dependant on lifter’s goals and experience.
Action: Benefit of this angle is you can isolate and squeeze at the top of the movement. On the way down make sure not to lock out elbow, keeping tension on the biceps. Repeat.

Advanced Variation:
Looking for a slight variation and a more advanced exercise?
Try 1 Arm Machine Curls.
Warm Up: Warm up with the 2 sets of 12-15 reps for each arm using a normal amount of weight. You can start with two arms and then move into a single arm warm up.
Working Set: Adjust weight to more than you can lift for one rep. Using the free arm non working arm to help with the positive portion of the lift and then resist the negative only with the single working arm.
1 set of 3-5 reps of negatives.

Deadlifts With Ava Cowan

An outstanding workout series I photographed over a few days with IFBB Figure Professional Ava Cowan. “Professional” for sure when it comes to Ava!

And be sure to “Like” the Facebook page for our gym shoot location Palm Springs Fitness Center, my favorite gym and to keep up with my posting over there as Social Media Manager. It helps me a lot and I promise to make it fun! Thanks!



Deadlifts done right with IFBB Professional Figure Competitor Ava Cowan…


With feet flat beneath bar, squat down and grasp bar with shoulder width or slightly wider overhand or mixed grip. Start with light weight to not only warm up but to determine what you are capable of lifting.

The addition of wrist straps can great improve your ability to perform multiple reps as well as more weight. If no straps are used, a mixed grip is a great way to grip the bar.
Start with 2 sets of 15 reps before moving into working weight.


Lift bar by extending hips and knees to full extension, keeping the bar close to the body throughout the movement. Keep your back flat throughout the exercise and pull shoulders back being mindful not to round the shoulders. Also, keep knees pointing the same direction as your feet. Return and repeat.

The simplified version of the muscles used are:

The grip strength (finger flexors) and the lower back (erector spinae) work isometrically to keep the bar held in the hands and to keep the spine from rounding.

The gluteus maximus and hamstrings work to extend the hip joint.

The quadriceps work to extend the knee joint.

The adductor magnus works to stabilize the legs.

Core musculature remains braced to stabilize the spine.

Words Fail Me

From one of my photo shoots with my buddy Ashley Owens-Gulina. Good thing I have photos because words fail me. Maybe perhaps “magnificent” and “gorgeous”. Makeup and Hair Styling by another magnificent and gorgeous woman… Natalie Lyle.

Ashley Owens Guilna