Having achieved numerous top 10 appearances at the prestigious Arnold Sports Festival as well as appearing on the Olympia stage, Harris is a proven fierce competitor. One of her recent fitness career highlights was an overall win at the 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Fitness Pro. Harris was first introduced to the Evogen Nutrition line as a client of master trainer and Evogen founder Hany Rambod. With a long history of success with the product line, and her fervent track record of being an extremely visible competitor on the pro fitness circuit, offering her sponsorship was the next step on her road to success. She’s had great success in developing her physique utilizing Rambod’s FST-7 training methods and the effectiveness of Evogen products, offer a great synergy with the highly regarded training program.
“From the moment that Hany and I began working together, he introduced me to his Evogen line of supplements with the promise that I’d quickly start to see a radical transformation in my physique. I really can’t begin to describe to you the huge difference that EVP, Cell KEM, GlycoJect and Carnigen along with Hany’s FST-7 training methods have made for me in my training and physique. My limits get pushed to insane levels each and every day. It’s an amazing honor to not only have the support of a great team in EVOGEN but to be able to stand behind a quality line of products that I consider to be elite and at the cutting edge of the industry,” said Harris.
Q. When did you start working out?
A. I don’t think there has ever been a time I haven’t been active in one sport or another. But with respect to weight training, I started lifting weights in the gym when I was 18 years old.
Q. How did you get interested in competing?
A. At one point in my training I hit a plateau and decided to reach out for some additional help through a friend of mine who was a trainer and competitor. During my training I was exposed to a team of competitors and I became intrigued by the whole process of competing. I continued to push the limits with my training and it wasn’t too long before the competitive fire in me took over and I committed to doing my first fitness competition in 2010.
Q. What do you do for a living?
A. My professional career is in the pharmaceutical industry as a hospital sales representative. I have worked in the industry for the past 10 years and absolutely love everything about my job and the daily challenges it offers me. Medicine and health are part of every facet of my life, in both my professional and competitive careers.
Q. What are your long-term goals in the sport of Women’s Fitness?
A. My goal is to continue to climb the ranks of the IFBB Women’s Fitness division and hopefully someday have the privilege of wearing an Olympia medal around my neck.
Q. What are your favorite exercises?
A. One, FST-7 Leg Extensions. I start every leg workout with these. It helps build a great pump in my quads and primes me for a killer leg workout. Periodically I will train these with a partner and utilize negative resistance to really push my limits. Two, reverse drop set dumbbell lateral raises. And three, FST-7 straight arm rope pulldowns.
Q. What is your favorite body part?
A. Shoulders – I love the feeling of a good EVP/Glycoject infused shoulder pump! You can’t beat it!
Q. What is the first equipment you trained on?
A. The Gymnastics floor, bars, vault, beam, you name it……that was where I first started training. Gymnastics fueled my competitive fire for years up until I discovered that pro fitness combined the best of my worlds, weight training and gymnastics.
Q. When did you realize competing was your passion?
A. I don’t think I will ever forget the adrenaline, fear, excitement of my first competition. The fear of the unknown was almost enough to make me change my mind about stepping on to the stage for the very first time. But the thrill of performing and being rewarded with first place for all my hard work lit a fire in me that I had missed for so long since my years of competitive gymnastics and that flame has been burning ever since.
Q. What do you do to prepare for a show?
A. During the off season I work on creating my new fitness routine for the year so that I am well prepared for the upcoming competitive season. I allot a minimum of 12 weeks to dial in for a show. During this time my diet tightens up, cardio increases, weight sessions remain high volume and I add in 4-5 days of routine practice to build endurance and polish my routine. Hany and I prefer to start my prep early and slowly dial in my physique so that I don’t sacrifice all the hard work I put in to building muscle during my off season. As my body progresses, we will manipulate frequency and time of cardio, implement dieting strategies such as carb cycling as needed and optimize my Evogen supplement protocol to maximize fat loss and muscle maintenance. Once prep starts it’s like a switch goes off and it’s go time! No excuses – 100% effort, 100% of the time.
Q. How do you take advantage of the offseason?
A. The intensity of my weight training does not let up during my off season – if anything it is an opportunity to push my body even further with the help of the extra calories from my nutrition. I don’t like to waste any opportunities to continue to make the improvements I want to see in my physique. It also gives me the time I need to work on perfecting new skills for my routines. I’d say I work just as hard in my off season as I do during competition, with the welcomed reduction in cardio of course!
Q. Who is your inspiration in this sport?
A. Adela Garcia has been a huge inspiration for me. Starting in the sport I followed her success closely and admired her for how she carried herself both on and off the stage. She is a great role model to women in fitness. Yes of course you have to admire her for her 8 Olympia titles, but what inspires me most about her is how she went from having no formal training in gymnastics or dance to having some of the most entertaining and highly skilled routines on stage, not to mention a phenomenal physique. She never let anyone or anything stand in the way of her dreams and you can’t help but aspire to have a career as illustrious as hers.
Q. How has competing enhanced your life and how do you/will you use it to improve the life of other?
A. I have learned so much about myself through competing – my physical limits, mental strength, resilience to never give up on my dreams. I think it is so important for people to have a passion in life and personal goals to strive for. I enjoy nothing more than teaching my clients about proper training and nutrition and helping them achieve the physiques they have always dreamed of – whether that is on the stage, on the field or in everyday life. In my opinion, health is the greatest gift you can give someone.
Q. What advice would you give to others that want to break into competing?
A. I think I would have two pieces of advice. First is to seek out the help of an educated, well respected coach. So much time and effort is put in day in and day out with training and nutrition and if you don’t have the proper guidance all of that hard work can be in vain. Second is to keep it all in perspective. This sport can be all consuming as it requires rigorous training and meticulous dieting. But there is more to life than workouts and prepping meals. Yes, make sure your training and nutrition is on point, but also take time to enjoy life with family and friends. Keeping balance will make you a better person and competitor!
Fiona's Training Split (Contest Prep)
|1||Quads / Glutes / Calves|
|2||Shoulders / Chest|
|3||Back / Hamstrings|
|5||Quads / Glutes / Calves|
|6||Hamstrings / Arms|
Birthdate: November 2 1979
Weight: 127 pounds (contest); 133 pounds (off-season)
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Current residence: Welland, Ontario, Canada
1st place – 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro, 6th place – 2014 Fitness Olympia