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March 2015

It’s Jeremiah’s Turn – let’s spend some time getting to know our next BBST Sponsored Athlete

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Jeremiah has been a client of BBST for many years now. We watched him grow as an amazing athlete at SRU and was there when he placed at the Kumite Classic Bodybuilding show last year. It was after his big win at the Kumite that we decided to partner up and make Jeremiah part of the  BBST Family.


Now, let’s get to know Jeremiah!

Sarah: When did you decide you wanted to compete in shows?

Jeremiah: Freshman year of college when I came to Slippery Rock University I was initially playing ice hockey. When the cost and inconvenience got to be too much to handle I decided it was time to lay that sport to rest. Having always lifted weights through my time as a player I was already interested in fitness. I decided to give the SRU show a shot 2nd semester and never looked back.

Sarah: Who is your role model?

Jeremiah: One of my favorite competitors is Steve Cook. He maintains an aesthetic look but doesn’t let the bodybuilder/meat-head aspect of the sport overpower his life. He maintains a healthy spiritual relationship as well as a fantastic level of physical health and I really respect that.

Sarah: What bodybuilder do you look up to and why?

Jeremiah: [Linked to #2]

Sarah: When was your first show and what did you learn from that show?

Jeremiah: My first show was the Slippery Rock University show in the spring of 2013. After weeks of clueless/hopeful dieting I ended up getting 2nd. However I realized that I had no clue what I was doing and that there was a science to it that I didn’t understand. I learned that I needed to hire a dietitian.

You must have done something right for placing second 🙂

Sarah: When you are prepping for a show – what is a typical day like for you?

Jeremiah: I get out of bed and have a breakfast consisting of eggwhites and oatmeal (in some variation). I go to classes for a few hours and then eat some variation of oatmeal and protein powder as a pre-workout meal. My training is somewhere in the vicinity of 2 hours after which I do cardio on 3-4 days a week, be it treadmill, HIIT training or sprints. I tend to back-load my meals in the day because I am always late getting to bed. So after my workout I consume 3-4 more meals throughout the evening.

That’s a lot of eating and working out! ….do you ever sleep? 

Sarah: What is your favorite cheat meal?

Jeremiah: I don’t generally get cheat meals during a prep but refeed days instead where I elevate my carbs for a day each week. However when I am allotted a cheat I say a Chipotle burrito is not just A choice but the ONLY choice.

Nice answer! Can never go wrong with Chipotle! 

Sarah: What motivates you to compete?

Jeremiah: I have always been the kind of person who desires to look aesthetic and muscular. While throughout my middle/high school years it was probably more for the purpose of attracting women, I have now found that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is its own reward. I love that competing allows me the chance to step in front of a crowd and present the body that I have worked so hard to build and bring into condition. I strive to be the best version of myself and constantly keep improving. So I view each show as an opportunity to bring an even better self-presentation and I love that idea.

Sarah: What is the best advice you can give to someone who wants to start competing?

Jeremiah: Put everything you have into it. Too often I see people who decide to compete and they don’t know quite what they are doing and they only put partial effort into their training and dieting. I see this as a waste of time. Why put yourself through the pain of a show-prep if you aren’t going to be the best you can possibly be on stage? If you aren’t good at training hire a trainer. If you aren’t sure how to diet properly for it then hire a registered dietitian.

Sarah: What is your favorite part of the body to train?

Jeremiah: I think I would probably have to say chest.

Sarah: What is your favorite exercise?

Jeremiah: Biceps were in contention for my favorite body part to train. So I have to say my favorite specific exercise is Larry Scott dumbbell curls.

Any other comments you would like to make?

I just want to thank Bronze Beauty for taking the time to interview their athletes and showing us a little love. I look forward to a great season of competing with them!

THANK YOU Jeremiah for representing BBST! We are so excited you are a part of our team and cannot wait to see you compete this year! You have worked so hard to get where you are, and it’s only going to get better! Make sure you follow Jeremiah reach his fitness goals. You can find him on twitter – JRowe094 or on Instagram – JRowe094

Stay Beautifully Bronzed!!

-Sarah 🙂

Here Comes the Bride……

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I want to get a spray tan for my wedding, but I am afraid I will be orange and the spray tan will get on my dress!

This is the most common question we get from Brides. It’s a great question to ask. I would be asking the same questions for my wedding if I never had a spray tan. For all our brides, especially if you never had a spray tan with BBST before, would be to schedule a couple of appointments before your wedding day. Maybe get a spray tan for your shower and Bachelorette party. Getting sprayed for those events, allows you to test the solution, and get a feel for how long it will last on your skin. 
When you do book your trail with BBST, make it a fun event and invite your bridesmaids. Have a fun “Girls Night-In” and let everyone get pampered with a beautiful bronzed glow. If you have some friends who are still unsure about the whole process, this will allow them to see first hand how it all works and the results that comes from it. Oh, and spray tanning isn’t JUST for the Brides and Bridesmaids, Grooms and his men can get sprayed too! Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. 😉
After you have your trail all done and you are loving your color, you are ready to get sprayed for your wedding! What’s next? We HIGHLY recommend getting sprayed 2-3 days before your wedding. Because you want to leave this solution on for up to 24 hours before showering, you will want to make sure you leave enough time to get at least 2 showers in to wash off all the cosmetic bronzer. By rinsing off the cosmetic bronzer fully, your wedding dress won’t be the one with the bronzed glow. 
I have a feeling I lost some people when I said, you want to leave the solution of for 24 hours before showering. Let me explain why. There are 3 bronzers in our spray tanning solution, one of them being the cosmetic bronzer. This is the bronzer you see right away when we spray you. This will be what you want to wash off when you get your shower. The next, most important bronzer, is called DHA (Dihydrozyacetone….yeah that’s a mouth full). This is an ingredient derived from sugar cane, which reacts to the amino acids in the skin to create the browning on the skin.  DHA begins to react with the skin in 2-4 hours and eventually replaces the cosmetic bronzer once you wash that off. The DHA continues to darken for up to 24 hours. That’s why I tell people to leave it on for that long, so you can get the full amount of color. If you are in a rush and don’t have time to wait that long, we also carry a rapid solution that allows you to shower in 1-5 hours. We will get into that in another post. We do have some clients wait around 10-12 hours and then shower and that is fine! In that case, we will ask you to do a warm water rinse only and not use any soaps or body washes. Since the DHA is still developing, if you use a body wash or soap, that will stop the DHA from developing and your tan might not come out as dark as you wanted it. Because you are showering in less than 24 hours as well, as mentioned before, the color may be slightly lighter, but still looks AMAZING!!!! 
Ok, sorry, back to our Brides :-). 
As I mentioned, you want to book your appointment 2-3 days before your wedding. No sooner or later. The reason not any sooner, is because most spray tans last about 5-7 days with the 3rd and 4th day being the best color. You want to have the best color for your wedding! 
So, Brides, please, please, please do not be nervous about getting a spry tan before your wedding! Get a trail run and test it out! BBST carries 6 different solutions and we pick the one that works best for your skin tone. We want to make sure you look natural and beautiful in your skin! 
Here, check out some of my brides, don’t they look fabulous!!
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It’s never to early to book your spray tan for your wedding! Give us a call and let us answer any other questions you may have!
Stay Bronzed!!

Let’s get to know BBST Sponsored Athlete, Christine

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This week we will be getting to know our newest #BBST Sponsored Athlete, Christine. Christine has been a sponsor of us for about a month and we couldn’t be more excited about it! I first came upon Christine on Twitter. I was impressed with her photos and healthy lifestyle. After meeting Christine in person, I knew I had made the right decision of asking her to be a sponsor. Christine is down-to-earth, friendly, caring, motivating, oh I could go on!!  She really cares about the health of others and wants the best for everyone. I sent over some questions to Christine so we can get to know her a little better.


Sarah: When did you decide you wanted to compete in shows?

Christine: My younger sister, but absolute best friend, was deployed in Iraq in 2011. She came home, lean, with sculpted legs, broad shoulders and bulging biceps… I became envious!! She led me up to the weight room and taught me small circuits!! In May 2012, I went to the Arnold Expo and was absolutely star struck with the sizes and shapes of all the beautiful woman!! At that time I knew I wanted to be part of this industry.

Thank you to Christine’s sister for serving our country!! What a heroic thing to do! 

Sarah: Who is your role model?

Christine: Being exposed more and more to the fitness industry, my role model has changed time to time. Ashley Horner has been one of my first role models!! To date I would say, my own Reaction Nutrition teammate Alicia Coates!! She has achieved so much in her fitness endeavors yet has a humbling attitude. Her social media shows an inspiring story, not a sexy humpday or titty tues picture (lol)! I tend to lean more toward figure athletes than bikini but the dedication from any division is respectable!

I didn’t even know there was such thing as titty Tuesdays….lol. But I agree – I love seeing an inspiring story from someone!


Sarah: When was your first show and what did you learn from that show?

Christine: I competed in the Mid Atlantic in May 2013 in the bikini division!!! I won first in my class and first in novice!! I learned that you will face detours, and walls. Just barrel thru them with your goal in mind. I gained strength no only physically but mentally and emotionally!!!

Woohoo…congrats! That’s a HUGE accomplishment, especially for your first show! 

Sarah: When you are prepping for a show – what is a typical day like for you?

Christine: Everything is planned around eating every three hours, six times a day and my cardio/workout regime! I spent about 1 ½ a day, six times a week in the gym!!! Due to this choice of lifestyle, I will say I’ve encountered negative opinions more than ever, I lost friendships and ended relationships. However, the people that have stayed in my life, are forever!! The opportunities I earned have been rewarding and the people I have met are inspiring and supportive!! I wouldn’t change my life for anything!!!

My day is also planned around eating, but not for the same reason ;-). I’ve always learned if someone tells you no or don’t do something, it makes you want it more and try harder!! Listen to your heart and not others! It’s your life and you need to do what makes you happy! 

Sarah: What is your favorite cheat meal?

Christine: Sushi


Sarah: What motivates you to compete?

Christine: Setting a goal and achieving it, and seeing the results in my body!!

Sarah: What is the best advice you can give to someone who wants to start competing?

Christine: Delete Negative Toxins in your life!!!!

I personally think that’s the best advice ever!

Sarah: What is your favorite part of the body to train?

Christine: Shoulders!

Sarah: What is your favorite exercise?

Christine: Dumbell Lateral Raises

Thank you Christine for allowing us to get to know you more! Make sure you follow Christine’s fitness advice and more. You can find her on Twitter @choberek and Instagram @ChristineMarie_H

Think you have what it takes to be a #BBST Sponsored Athlete? Email us at and tell is why!

Until next week………