A:I was born in Victoria, B.C. but raised in Brentwood Bay, just 12 miles north of Victoria. I loved my childhood, and can always remember enjoying the outdoors and being active. At an early age my parents put me into gymnastics, which I enjoyed very much, and in my teenage years I was enrolled in Shodakan Karake, (ending up getting my Black Belt). After high school, I was fortunate enough to attend the Stunt School Academy in Brisbane, Australia.
Q:Do you remember the first time you fell in love with the gym?
A:I was 16 when I started going to the gym and training with my guy friends, but not until I turned 28 did I seriously start going to the gym and working out. Now I work out 5-6 days a week and can't get enough of it!
Q:The journey to becoming an WBFF pro, describe it...
A:Believe it or not, it was my fourth show that led to the WBFF pro title! In 2011 I competed in three shows in one year, (my first year doing any competitions). The first competition was fitness and I did a belly dance inspired routine, coming in second, and placing in the top 5 in BC for the year. I did the WBFF show in between the other shows and totally loved the experience. From September 2011 right up to June 2012 I trained to prepare for the next WBFF show. I wanted this badly, and if anyone truly knows me, I don't stop until I achieve my goal. I believe in hard work and if you want something bad enough, and God willing it's meant to be, then you can achieve it.
Q:Give us a typical week long workout routine...
A:Mondays are cardio days which consist of cycling or dancing or just the plain old elliptical or treadmill. Tuesday am 1 hour spin class followed with arms & abs. Wednesday is double cardio day: an hour and a half of bellydance in the am and and hour and a half of jazz class after work. Thursday is spin class in the am, one hour, followed by legs (squats, weighted lunges, leg presses, calf raises and ab training), then it's one hour of ballet class in the evening. Friday am is either spin or elliptical followed by arms, (biceps, triceps, back). Friday pm it's either a night off or more bellydance, (usually performing at restaurants or parties). On Saturday I either ride my Motocross bike or take the day off, depending on how I feel. On Sunday I either ride my Motocross bike or cycle. Pretty much I go, go, go, 24-7.
Q:How did you get signed as a Magnum sponsored athlete?
A:I got an interview with Markus and Bert, the company's owners, and basically told them I live and breathe a fit lifestyle and I love the product. I was soooooooo excited about getting signed with Magnum - seriously! I'm so happy to be a part of team Magnum, dream come true! They believe in their athletes and help us out so much! Really, I'm sooo flipping happy ...lol!
Q:You sound happy, lol. How did you become a belly dancer?
A:When I was 21 I remember watching a Shakira video. Up until that point I had never danced a day in my life but when I saw her and how she moved, I thought to myself I need to learn how to do that! I love bellydance so much - it's my passion, and I love to perform and make people smile. Bellydancing is an amazing killer workout - another great way to keep fit! I have met so many great woman since I started dancing, and last year my dance partner and I were lucky enough to be on "Canada's Got Talent"...it was super fun and nerve-racking, but a great experience.
Q:How did you get into motocross racing?
A:I got into motocross when I was 19. I had many guy friends that were into it and I always wanted to try it, so I bought a bike and taught myself how to ride. A few years later I got into racing and have been at it ever since. This year I'm planning on racing a lot more because I have been so focused on competing in fitness, I had to take a break from racing. Eleven weeks before the WBFF show last year, I crashed my bike and broke a rib. I decided it wasn't worth getting injured again before the show, so I just rode for fun. I definitely love riding! Riding fast and taking jumps are about the best feeling!
Q:Where do you want to be in 5 years?
A:Oh, that's a tough question. Definitely, I would like to have my own workout studio to teach boot camps and belly dance fitness classes, and to co-own a medi-spa, but the main thing I want is to be healthy, fit and happy in life. If I can accomplish those goals, then it's all good.
Q:Can you give us your Twitter,Facebook,Instagram,Pinterest,blog or website handles?
Heidi Cannon wbff pro facebook
HeidiSahara - Instagram
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com