Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “fitness women

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!

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Deadlifts done right with IFBB Professional Figure Competitor Ava Cowan…

Preparation:

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.

Execution:

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


Palm Springs Fitness Center

You will now being seeing my photography on the Facebook page for the Palm Springs Fitness Center! And I will be managing their Social Media! It has been my gym of choice since they opened in 2006!

I have also done many many photo shoots along the way in that gym. And I will get to tell you many of the wonderful stories behind them. So go on over and read the first and ‘Like” the page for the Palm Springs Fitness Center! See you there and Thanks!

Amy Sedlatschek in the Gym

Her name is Amy but she has a special title too… Grandma! And a Mom of six!

Amy had been right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center to do a photo shoot for Iron Man magazine and Bodybuilding.com to celebrate her fitness journey. Amy got her start in fitness to keep up with her kids and to conquer her fight with alcohol.

“Part of my recovery plan as an alcoholic is based tremendously on avoiding depression. My love of fitness and thirst for knowledge has kept it at bay…”

Maybe not everybody will look like Amy but we can all be a better version of ourselves. So come on in and workout! If you are not sure how to go about it or feel like you are stuck, chat with one of our trainers. Fitness is a journey and we love having you taking that journey with us! Thanks!


In Fitness And In Life

Andrea Schulze and Kerstin Schulze, twin sisters in life and and twin sisters in a life of fitness. Poolside lounging for our photo shoot in Palm Springs California.

Makeup by the Estee Lauder featured stylist, Blanche Le Beau. Hasselblad digital camera system. Broncolor lighting. Only the best!

Kerstin & Andrea Poolside


Yes!

Do I love photographing beautiful women with incredible bodies? Yes! My good buddy Stacey Naito. Thank You!

The Body In The Bikini Of Stacey Naito

Makeup and Hair Styling by the incredible Blanche Le Beau.


The Eyes, The Body, The Moves…

One of the most incredible women ever in the world of fitness, Ava Cowan. The video and photo shoot we did for Bodybuilding.com promotions and advertising. Her body, her eyes, her movements… Ava is a magnificent work of art.

 


Two Is Double Great And More!

So happy they came color coded so I could tell them apart when I just wasn’t sure with a quick glance! Andrea and Kerstin Schulze, identical twins from the start and in many ways all through life. Both wonderful people with superb attitudes based on friendship, caring and love and a hugely positive outlook on life.

Both beautiful women 6 ft tall, who have built a life of fitness and competition. Different in that Kerstin has sought her career in fitness competition and acting, which has now seen her in many roles and big time real commercials. Andrea just now winning her first fitness competition, however the “go to person” if you need a multi million dollar data center built! So if you had any stereotypical ideas of gorgeous tall beautiful fitness women in your head… that ends here!

From our recent photo shoot in Palm Springs… The double duty Makeup and Hair styling by premier Estee Lauder artist Blanche LeBeau. My Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting. Always the best! Thanks!

Kerstin & Andrea Poolside