Meet the first STRONG cover athlete, Rachel Davis.
Warning: Girl crushes may occur..
By Kirstyn Brown, Editor-in-Chief (Photos by Paul Buceta)
When Rachel Davis arrives for her photo shoot, the energy on set changes instantly. Her excitement is evident—her grin ear-to-ear, framed by bouncing, girlish ringlets—and it’s contagious. At 25 years old, her youthful beauty makes her appear younger than her age, but her physique is unmistakably one of a woman who knows the meaning of hard work.
She steps in front of the camera and in the blink of an eye, transforms from girl-next-door, into a girl I wouldn’t want to mess with. She stares down the lens with unbreakable focus, and moves in and out of poses with an ease that comes only with experience. Today, she has brought her A-game: sculpted, yet feminine shoulders, a beautifully defined midsection, and her signature trait: solid, quad-popping legs that would make a racehorse envious. One would never guess that the former figure competitor, now one of the top fitness models in Canada, had just recovered from a brutal bout of bronchitis that sidelined her from her training for two weeks.
At the end of the day, we call it a wrap and I sit down with Rachel to chat about her journey from a self-conscious teen who hid her naturally muscular thighs, to the woman gracing our first cover: a positive role model with a successful career, and about to wed her high school sweetheart. Needless to say, she’s loving life, and she’s never forgotten where she came from.
For the full interview with Rachel as well as her killer Leg Day workout, pick up the first issue of STRONG Fitness Magazine, available on select newsstands and Zinio.com.
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Quick Q & A
Do you have a nickname?
“My friends are always calling me ‘McRachy’.”
What makes you laugh?
“When people call me out on things I do or say that are dorky. I like being able to laugh at myself. It’s important not to take yourself too seriously.”
What is something that scares you?
“I’m getting married next month and I’m scared of tripping down the aisle. I am very clumsy so that could easily be a reality.”
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
“It sounds cheesy, but two loving parents.”
If you could workout with anyone, who would it be?
“The Rock comes to mind!”
If you weren’t working in fitness, what profession do you think you would be in?
“I care deeply for animals so probably something in that field.”
What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
“I was once on a plane that was nose-diving at an accelerating rate because it had a crack in the windshield. I thought I was going to die that day!”
What makes a cover girl rock out, laugh, and salivate? Check out this list of her favorite things.
Flicks: Comedies. (She loves Just Friends, Rock n’ Roller, and Be Cool)
Exercise: Box Jumps
Treat: Popcorn Indiana Chocolate Drizzle
Fitness accessory: iPod
Protein Powder: PVL IsoGold, vanilla flavor
Sports team: None. Sorry!
Workout song: Black Skinhead by Kanye West
Beauty product: Urban Decay Naked2 eye shadow palette