Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Fitness Journey

A thought from IFBB Professional figure competitor and fitness icon Ava Cowan from her magazine photo shoot at Palm Springs Fitness Center

– The feeling of contentment to me is one of the most satisfying feelings in life. I can usually feel this to be present when I have arrived at and have become a higher version of myself, within my life’s journey, and fitness is a part of that journey.

– I thought to look up the definition. And after combing through several variations of the definition, this is a portion of one that resonated with me the most.

“Contentment is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind. Colloquially speaking, contentment could be a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness.”

– When I looked at this photograph last night, that is the exact emotion I see emitting through my eyes. I absolutely looked past the weight training aspect of the image. A moment in time and there I was… content.

– Contentment on my fitness journey in life captured in the moment.

Ava Cowan In The Gym


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.


Don’t Eat The Weights

A fun photo shoot with my buddy Rob Carbo this was! It was for Bodybuilding.com published in Iron Man Magazine. A feature I sourced, wrote and photographed monthly for three years. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Rob Carbo for BodySpace for Iron Man Magazine


Bicep Curls Done Right

From one of my photo shoots with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dan Decker. Dan has always been one of the most consistent and admired bodybuilders around and been published in more magazines than I am sure he can even tell you. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Bodybuilder Dan Decker


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!


Favorite Favorite!

One of my most favorite gym fitness photographs of one of my most favorite incredibly beautiful models, Randalene Sergent. Makeup and hair styling by yet another favorite Natalie Lyle.

Randalene Sergent


Come Shoot With Me!

Already booking up for January! So who wants to come shoot with me? Your portfolio in the gym? That poolside sexy shoot for your book? Dramatic wardrobe changes in a sea of black background. Maybe some special location, windmills, desert, vintage aircraft? Also your head shots which will be really affordable! Unlikely I will wear the bowtie. But I do have much better camera and lighting equipment now! Only the best! Send me a note and Thanks! Ian@SecondFocus.com

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