"If you always want to win then people don’t like you. The only people who like you are the ones that want to win. I always go all or nothing. I know that everybody doesn’t think that way but that’s ok” - Femke Bouwmeester A very cerebral character who is very thoughtful when it comes to training and nutrition, she has an inner drive that's inspiring and loves the mental battle of achieving her goals. For her there are no lifestyle days off but she has managed to find some sort of balance. “if you’re really clear about what you want then there’s no problem. You cannot have it all. You have to plan it out properly” How? Lifestyle editing. Admittedly this requires a ruthlessness that many people find difficult to achieve but this is exactly why Femke is a great person to learn from “You have so much time if you use it properly, people miss how much time they waste on useless things.”
Ebony is currently the Dutch National Champion in Bikini fitness so during some downtime on the photoshoot I ask her What's next? nonchalantly she says "World Champion". She's now on her way to competing at world level for the first time later this year. Talk about speaking it into existence. Driven and disciplined? absolutely; and a self confessed control freak who's an unapologetic straight talker “this is how I grew up, I don’t know anything else.” Her achievements come from an insane work ethic (training 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day) and sacrifice “it’s more of a lifestyle (for me). I like to get into a routine. It’s always a choice what kind of life you’re living.”
“I would love to see what my body is capable of. It’s not the goal to get a nice figure, the goal is to be better at pole dancing and to own that move. You get a nice figure as a result.”-Nooki Berhitoe When Nooki comes up against barriers and misconceptions about pole dancing, She issues a challenge, simply telling guys “I can do more pull ups than you” or "wanna arm wrestle"? Outgoing, eccentric, sporty & spontaneous are just some of the words she uses to describe herself. Yet my biggest takeaway was that she's someone who is constantly learning and pushing herself "Every class that I take i learn new stuff. So thats actually a motivator." Nooki doesn't have Instagram, and uses social media very sparingly. Wondering how to create time to do more things you love? Maybe take a leaf out of her book and put down the phone. That sure is one hell of a way of getting rid of the negative energy of internet trolls!
“I can’t go 2 or 3 days without sport. Its a drive from the inside. That’s why I’m at this point. it can’t be an external thing. This is my passion and this is my ambition. I do it because I love the sport and not because I want to get this body.” - Dineke Minten Fuelled by an intense inner drive to push her limits, and while she recognises the value of a support group, Dineke's mindset is that motivation needs to come from within. This single mindedness and dedication to her craft gives Dineke the ability to break rules & think outside the box. She describes her deliberately unconventional style as animal movement warrior ; where she fuses different disciplines together to make something truly unique. Highly opinionated, she bristles at the notion that she's a #fitgirl “I just have something against having an opinion without knowing the background. For me there’s a big difference between a fit girl and me as an athlete."