ATHLETES (aka... BamBody Babes)

Kelly Newton

(The OG Athlete)

Kelly was born and raised in Monterey, California. A beautiful, yet small, coastal town. She has been a "year round" athlete since a small child, focusing on field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball.

She met her husband in 2007, whom got her into the gym for the first time. She started working with a trainer in 2008/2009 and worked with him until he relocated. Lost without him, she switched to "at home" workouts, like Insanity by Shaun T. 

In 2014, she was inspired by her husbands competitive powerlifting journey and decided to start training with a powerlifting trainer/coach. This was the first time in her life where she "weighed" everything she ate and meal prepped based on a meal plan. She learned to LOVE lifting heavy, and actually enjoyed reading food labels and eating "clean".

Being the "All or Nothing" type, Kelly knew her body was capable of more, which is why she was drawn to bodybuilding. She started prepping for her first Bikini show at the end of Jan 2015 and competed at 2 Spectrum Fitness Production shows in the NPC Bikini Open Division (March and May). She was fortunate enough to place 2nd and 4th in Open Bikini.

Again, knowing her body was capable of more, she dabbled with the idea of moving into Figure. However, in the fall of 2015, a big move to Las Vegas and career change became the priority, and Nationals were put on the back burner.

These days, Kelly mainly focuses on BALANCE... And training because she loves it, overall health, and most importantly, FLEXIBLE DIETING! Her more-than-full-time gaming career and role with BamBody Nutrition keep her very busy, and offer very little time to keep up with the ever-evolving bodybuilding industry. Her goal is to get back to the  stage one day soon.... But for now, she is admiring the bodybuilding industry from afar.

Try Kelly's favorite treat: PEANUT BUTTER EXPRESS 

 

 Ariel Sloan Vargo

 

"In 2015 I stepped on stage for my very first time. I had spent 12 weeks in my first prep. It was the first time I had ever been to the gym, ever meal prepped, or ever poured my heart into anything so deeply. Body building saved me. For many years i had been in toxic relationships, had an awful relationship with food, and felt empty. After competing for the first time, i fell in love - not just with the glitz & glam of the stage but with the sport itself. I loved building on becoming a better person. Physically, mentally - every day being a better me.

In 2017 I stepped on stage again and earned my ANBF Pro card. That day changed my life forever. Since then competing has become not just a hobby but something I truly want to do with my life. I’ve now competed in 6 shows and can’t wait to take the stage again and will be putting all of my efforts into earning my IFBB Pro Card.

Thankfully my dear friend, Casey Samsel did a 12 days of Christmas giveaway in which i won my first Bambody treat pack. From the moment i had my first one i was hooked. As an Athlete and someone who takes their health/diet very seriously nutrition is KEY. I am also a coach and want to recommend only the highest of quality to my clients, friends, and family.  Bambody has truly made the term “treat yourself” mean something and i feel so blessed to be a part of a Bambody Nutrition team! Diets don’t have to be boring and food that tastes good doesn’t have to be “bad for you”! I recommend these brownies to anyone whom will listen and I truly love them. They taste better than any homemade brownie I’ve ever had. The best part - other than the fact they taste amazing they are high in protein, and fiber, but low in carbs, fats, and have ZERO sugar.

My favorite to date is the S’mores Brownie - but, there’s not a Bambody I’ve ever had and didn’t like! Treat Yourself!"

 Try Ariel's favorite treat: S'mores 

 

 

 

Taeler De Haes

Taeler is a Texan making her home in Cleveland, Ohio. She always had a love for fitness, but her career didn't start out there. She studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia and earned her MA in investigative reporting. After ten years and some soul searching, she left the world of TV news and started her own business, Taelered Training, as a full-time nutrition and fitness coach. 
Taeler joined the BamBody family in January 2019, and has been enjoying our treats guilt-free since 2017 (even during prep). Whether she is competing in bikini shows, stepping up to the platform or craving dessert, she hasn't gone a day without a BamBody treat since her first. 
You can find her under a barbell, at a local rock show or scoping out the best burgers in town. 
Picking a favorite treat is tricky. Her favorite seasonal treat is the CinnaShred Bread, which she named herself. When she's craving something chocolatey, the collagen-filled Beauty Brownies are perfect, just like fudge when pulled straight from the fridge. Her all time favorite will always be the OG brownie, as it was love at first gooey bite.

 

Alexa Hotaling, IFBB Bikini Pro

Alexa, was born and raised New York girl, but loved the heat and hated the cold, so she decided to take her talents to south Florida. She attended college at the University of Miami, where fitness became her passion.

Alexa decided to take a dive into the bodybuilding scene in 2012 while living in NYC and won her division! She continued with a national show in Las Vegas where she came in 3rd, missing her Pro Card by a few points. After some adjustments, she went to Miami Nationals and won her class and turned pro at 20 years old. 

After competing in 5 pro shows with two top 5 placings, while double majoring at the University of Miami, Alexa decided to hang up the suit and heels and make fitness a love and a hobby and focus on graduating and her career.

After graduating University of Miami, Alexa went back up to the cold streets of NYC and started working for her family business, The Hotaling Group, a Private Insurance Brokerage. She is heavily involved on many levels and has an office in Miami, so she can escape the winter months.

Alexa knew Stef from the IFBB bikini world, but did not discover BamBody until 2018 where the obsession began! She ordered multiple treats a month and got all her fitness friends and family hooked on the delicious guilt-free sweets!

Alexa is still a nutrition and fitness fanatic, wakes up at 5AM every morning to get her fix of barbells, boxing or Barry's Bootcamp before she starts her work day!

Alexa’s favorite treat(s) are pumpkin bread and CinnaShred bread! She also loves gooey blondies and warmed up PB Express. Alexa is so happy to be a part of the BamBody Team, as this is a company she truly believes in and a product she does not go a day without!

 

Celeste Rains-Turk 

Celeste is an NPC Bikini competitor, podcast host, best-selling self-help author of ‘Believe your way to Badass’, and a public speaker.

After struggling with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, & abuse of exercise she committed to overcoming her unhealthy relationship with food and her body so she could finally gain freedom and love for herself. In this process, her purpose was revealed to her and Celeste made it her mission to help others Build More than Just a Body™ too.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and during that time she immersed herself into research, reports, projects, and studies on eating disorders, body image, self-concept, mindfulness, personal growth, and other self-affect related issues.

With an evergrowing passion, she is now working toward a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor

She launched into the competition world with her well-known podcast, ‘Confessions of a Bikini Pro’ to have real, raw, and vulnerable conversations with IFBB Bikini Pros to show all competitors that even the most elite professionals have their ups and downs.

This is actually how her obsession with BamBody Nutrition began! She invited Stefanie onto the show as a guest. Before the interview, she saw a special package on the porch from the brownie boss herself, a treat pack, and it was love at first bite!!!

So, Celeste dove head first into the BamBody community; attending Facebook Lives, participating in crazy giveaways, following all the BamBabes for inspiration, and sharing with everyone she possibly could (while always keeping her own secret stashes of course). Since the moment she knew the BamFam existed, she knew she wanted to be a part of it and is so grateful to be surrounded by the strong, funny, and selfless people within it.

Every time Celeste tries something new she questions if she has to pick a new favorite! She enjoys a treat almost daily and picking a favorite is nearly impossible for her. She is team Blondie (straight out of the freezer!) but loves an OG brownie heated up. She longs for a comeback of lean lemon or the STP Chocolate covered strawberry

 

Lauren Sprinkle

Lauren was born and raised in the rocket city, Huntsville, AL. Some of her favorite hobbies growing up were tap dancing, cheering, baking and cheering on the Crimson Tide on those beautiful fall weekends! Sweet Tea and SEC baby! She also had a love for helping throughout her community, whether it be church or civic organizations. 
As Lauren entered her high school years, she developed a love for running and being fit and active. A lot of this was spurred on by her dad who has a love for fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. Running became a therapeutic part of her day when getting out of school. She would love to go home and go for jogs!
As the college years approached, Lauren went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to pursue a degree in Marketing. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Marketing and uses her degree to run her own small business, Taste of Sprinkles. Taste of Sprinkles is a craft bakery that specializes in bundt cakes of all sizes and flavors. Like Stef, she enjoys making sweet treats, except these bundt cakes are totally for your cheat days!
A little over two years ago Lauren discovered Stef and BamBody through a personal trainer who had tried the amazing BamBody treats! The first time she tried a BamBody treat she was hooked! She was so impressed with Stef and all the love and dedication she put into her business to create these healthy treats. She could totally relate because Lauren does tries to do the same with her business. 
Honestly, it is hard for Lauren to choose a favorite treat! It just depends on the day :) As of right now though, the Quick Fix has been a nightly must! And, it's hard to beat an OG brownie or blondie! 

 

Try Lauren's favorite treat: Quick Fix

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