Hello, my name is Michelle Blank and I’m a professional IFBB Pro Fitness competitor as well as a federal law enforcement officer. I wanted to be a NOW Ambassador because I love the NOW Toffee-Caramel-Fudge Whey Protein. I use this product as well as NOW Energy, Vitamin C-500, Vitamin B-12, and Flax Oil. NOW Toffee-Carmel-Fudge Protein has been a great addition to my diet. Kel and Erin Quarterman from Gold Coast Nutrition recommended this product to me and I was immediately hooked. I had been looking for a natural quality protein which tastes great and was very impressed by this NOW product.
Growing up in Ocean City, New Jersey, I spent a great deal of time participating in dance and gymnastics. When I was sixteen I suffered a back injury, which led to my early retirement from gymnastics. I spent several years away from the gym until my senior year in college. It wasn’t until 2004 during my training to become a federal law enforcement officer that I truly found my passion for fitness again. The main reason was the realization that the stronger my core was the better my back felt. I regained strength, and also gained a better knowledge of my body. After my law enforcement training I found a gym that had open workouts and began doing gymnastics again. Nine years after my retirement from youth gymnastics I started competing on an adult gymnastics team.
In 2009, my gymnastics coach introduced me to Tracey Greenwood (9-time IFBB Fitness Champion) and I began preparing for my first fitness competition. After a slight setback with a broken foot, I competed in my first Fitness competition on October 31, 2009 in which I earned the eligibility to compete at a national-level show. In June 2010 I competed at Junior Nationals, won my class, and earned my IFBB Pro Card. In just my second competition I had earned my Pro card! In April 2011, I made my Pro debut at the New York Pro Fitness competition. With the majority of my family in attendance I placed third and qualified for the Olympia! I was so thrilled at the opportunity to compete in the Olympia! My first Olympia experience was incredible, and placing 6th was icing on the cake. The honor I felt standing on that stage and looking around the arena is indescribable.
I have had such an amazing journey so far and look forward to many years of continued success. I credit the years I spent doing gymnastics for providing me the foundation to stay focused, dedicated, and for the drive to do well in fitness as well as in life. I also know I would not be as successful if it were not for the support of my family, friends, coach, and of course NOW products!
I’m a big proponent of natural health and natural health products and I’m very excited to use other NOW products. As a NOW Ambassador I will be confident in recommending NOW products to friends, family and my fellow competitors, knowing that the products are high quality and without adulterants.