10:30 p.m., Sept. 26)
Ms. Fitness World an inspiration to young girls
By Fred Sherwin
Vanda Hadarean first opened her own fitness studio in 2009,
the former Olympian and four time Ms. Fitness World had
a vision to inspire young girls to be strong, confident
and beautiful both inside and out, and so "Inspired
By Vanda" was born.
of the Inspired by Vanda Fitness Studio on
Youville Drive surround owner Vanda Hadarean
during Saturday's open house. Fred Sherwin/Photo
years later she continues to inspire in her spacious studio
on Youville Drive.
love helping people into a healthy lifestyle. I also believe
starting young is very important," says Hadarean,
who won a silver medal as part of the Romanian team at
the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. "The program
here is a blend of hard work and consistency, but also
at the same time allow the girls to be themselves and
a handful of the older girls go to IBV to workout and
stay in shape, most of Hadarean's young students train
to compete in fitness competitions which combine gymnastics
with dance and sport aerobics..
lot of the girls have gymnastics background, but also
some come from dance or nothing at all," says Hadarean.
most successful student, Emily MacDougall, came from a
gymnastics program as does her newest student Alea St-Jacques.
will be competing in the upcoming Ms. Fitness Universe
contest in Las Vegas, while St-Jacques is hoping to one
day follow in her footsteps.
the rest of the girls at IBV, St-Jacques trains three
times a week for about two hours per session on top of
her gymnastics training.
like it because you need to be able to do a lot of things
all at once," says St-Jacques, referring to the performance
side of competitive fitness.
Lantheir's daughter has been training with Hadarean for
the last six years. During that time she has seen her
grow from an eight-year-old girl who lacked self-confidence
and was having trouble concentrating on her school work
into a confident 14-year-old teenager who is focused and
absolutely loves it. She hasn't won a lot, but it doesn't
matter to her. Just being with her friends and achieving
whatever she can is enough," says Lanthier.
it's hard to say if any of Hadarean's students will become
a world champion, what is certain is that they are all
healthier, more confident and more fit than most of their
peers and they can thank Vanda Hadarean and Inspired by
Vanda for that.
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