Interview with Robyn Baldwin: Alpha Female Model & Magnum Athlete

Meet fun loving Robyn Baldwin. She has traded in her competition heels for the mud and couldn’t be happier.

  • Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Current Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Height: 5’7”
  • Weight: 118 lbs
  • Age: 33
  • Favorite Book: You Are a Badass
  • Favorite Beauty Product: Coconut Oil
Websites and Social Media

Website: http://robynbaldwin.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobynBaldwin
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robynbaldwin
Instagram: http://instagram.com/robynbaldwin
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/robynbaldwin

For those unfamiliar with you, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in the fitness industry?

In 2008 I realized that I had become skinny fat. I have always been svelte, but hadn’t really had to watch what I eat. In 2009, I decided to join the Hourglass Workout where I met like-minded women who were training for fitness competitions.

I thought I could do that too, and in the fall of 2009 I started training and competing. As I was training for a competition, I decided to start a blog and share my experiences. I knew I was developing a personal brand, but I wasn’t sure where it was headed.

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I saw other fitness competitors gracing the covers of magazines, and I wanted to do that too! As I continued to build my brand, I was able to land some magazine gigs as a fitness model, and it just evolved from there.

Tell us a little bit about your fulltime career at Kobo and are you able to incorporate your passion for fitness into your work environment?

I’ve been at Kobo for a little over 2 years and am now the Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager. I go for runs with my boss and once a week at lunch time, a co-worker and I go rock climbing at a gym near our office. Bringing fitness into my work environment keeps my stress low, allows me to clear my brain and be more productive.

How has fitness and living a healthy lifestyle become even more important to you with your recent diagnosis of MS and what healthy strategies are you using to work around it?

I was diagnosed with MS on December 2, 2014. I’ve always been very healthy, but I felt I could do more to optimize my health and live symptom free. I did a lot of research because I didn’t want to go the conventional drug route and wanted to see if I could if I could manage my health by taking a more holistic approach.

When I started competing, I sought the advice of a naturopath. I feel it’s been instrumental in ensuring I’m taking the right vitamins and supplements for my body. I get my blood tested every 6 months for my vitamin and hormone levels. I have taken out some supplements and added others that are more beneficial for my overall immune system.

I also met with a registered holistic nutritionist who helped adjust my diet. I don’t eat as much red meat and have increased the amount of fish I eat. I also cut out all gluten and nightshade vegetables, and I am being highly proactive now in regards to my health.

I wanted to ensure MS didn’t slow me down or stop me from achieving my fitness goals. I’ve also been researching cooling technologies and am working with Tech Niche International to test out their cooling vests and towels for my workouts and racing. When I keep my core temperature low, my symptoms don’t come on. Over the last several months I’ve noticed that as my strength, endurance and stamina come back and as I get stronger my symptoms have lessened.

How did you become involved with Magnum Nutraceuticals? And what do you love most about the company?

In 2011, I placed third at the WBFF Montreal show and thought, now I had the potential to land a sponsorship! I had basically tried every supplement on the market during my two years of competing, so I was well aware of all the major Canadian supplement companies. I wanted to work with a company that I knew and loved their products. I’m lactose intolerant, so it was important to me to find a protein source that my body could handle. Magnum Quattro protein was the cleanest on the market that I’d tried. I met the President of Magnum, Markus Kaulius at the Olympia in 2010 and the rest is history!

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I’m proud to say I have been with them over 4 years this past July! I have been demonstrating in the Toronto Popeye’s Supplement stores since I was signed and I consider them my family. I love that Magnum has been supportive of me when I left the competitive stage and started racing; they have also been extremely supportive of me since my diagnosis. Magnums athletes are truly like family too. Magnum Athlete, Kyla Gagnon and I met at the Olympia in 2012 and she’s become one of my best friends. We always cheer each other on; it’s a lot of fun!

I love that Magnum’s products solve a problem in the fitness industry. Hi5’s BCAA’s aren’t made with human hair and Limitless has the best absorbable form of creatine with no water retention and just enough caffeine to give me that kick I need. G Spring has the Vitamin D my body needs and has been helping me get a full 8 hours sleep; I could go on!

What are your personal favorite Magnum products and why?

Quattro Plain & Simple – Lactose free and no sweeteners.

G – Glutamine- Helps heal my sore muscles.

Primer – My foundational vitamin pack.

Hi5 – Clean BCAA’s that have helped me build a better quality of muscle.

Mimic – Helps me process my carbs better.

Limitless and Rocket Science – Are the only pre-workouts I need for a great morning lifting session. I also take Rocket Science before an obstacle course race. 

How did you first become involved in competitive obstacle course racing (OCR)?

I did a Warrior Dash in 2011 with a few friends to see what it was all about and had a lot of fun. In the fall of 2012 I was dating someone who was really into OCRs; he convinced me to register for the Tough Mudder in 2013. I competed in my first Tough Mudder and was hooked!

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In December 2013, I found an obstacle training facility in Toronto called Alpha Obstacle Training and got serious. I do functional fitness and conditional training at Alpha to get ready for races. I have been blessed to place well within my age category. Since being diagnosed with MS my goal has been to finish a race without injuries while having minimal symptoms. I believe I can work toward getting more competitive in the races again.

What is your favorite part of obstacle course racing and why?

I love that OCRs challenge your strength and endurance. I can always get stronger at obstacles and faster at running; the balance between the two is amazing. In 2013, I couldn’t even climb a rope, and now I can scale one easily! Conquering an obstacle for the first time is the best feeling ever. I used to get bruises on my arms from climbing over walls; now I can easily pull myself over. I love that I can judge my performance on my own strength, endurance and ability versus what I look like on stage; it has been the perfect transition for me.

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How did you get the title Alpha Female?

A good friend and former co-worker called me an ‘Alpha Female’ and it just stuck. She loved using the term to describe me as a female who could go after my fitness goals and balance it with my work life. My definition of ‘Alpha Female’ has evolved since I wrote my first E-book; ‘Live Like an Alpha Female.’

Robyn’s Training Schedule

Monday: Legs or Rest
If I have raced on Saturday or Sunday, Monday is a rest day.

  • Squats 4 x 6-10
  • Hang Cleans 5 x 5
  • Glute Bridges 3 x 12
  • Bosu Ball Squats 3 x 12
  • Kettlebell Swings 3 x 12
Tuesday: Cardio and Obstacle Training
  • Bike or Run
  • Running and Obstacle Training
  • Rope Climb
  • Burpees 15-20
  • Bench Hops
  • Jerry Can Carry
  • Jump Squats
Wednesday: Back
  • Pull Ups 3 x 12
  • Lat Pulldowns 3 x 12
  • Cable Row 3 x 12
  • Plank Row 3 x 12
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row 3 x 12
Thursday: Cardio and Circuit Training
  • Bike or Run
  • Circuit Training
  • Battle Ropes
  • Sled Pushes
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Bear Crawls
  • Landmine Pushes
  • Bench Hops
  • Rowing
Friday: Shoulders or Rest
  • Lateral Raise 3 x 12-15
  • Barbell Front Raise 3 x 12 - 15
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 x 12
  • Cable Lateral Raise 3 x 12
  • Dumbbell Clean and Press 3 x 12
Saturday: Circuit and Obstacle Training or Race Day
 Bodyweight Warm Up
  • 3, 5 or 7 Km Run Options and Exercises
  • Examples: Run 1 Km and Bear Crawl, Run 1 Km and Rope Climb
Sunday: Trail Run, Race Day or Rest

11728825_10206601835180283_8855552644608168061_oRobyn’s Typical Day
  • Meal 1- Protein Pancakes: ½ Cup Egg Whites, ½ Cup Oats, ½ a Plantain, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Vanilla Extract
  • Meal 2- 1 Scoop Quattro and 1 serving G and 1 Cup Water
  • Morning Snack- Green Shake: 1 Handful Spinach, ½ Apple, ½ Cucumber, Shredded Ginger, 1 Handful Raspberries or Blueberries, Fish Oil, Liquid Vitamin D, 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice and 1 Cup Coconut Water
  • Meal 3- ½ Tupperware Chicken or Ground Turkey and ½ Tupperware Broccoli
  • Meal 5- Kale Salad: Nuts, Hemp Seeds and ½ Handful of Goji Berries
  • Afternoon Snack- Matcha Tea or Mushroom Chaga Tea
  • Meal 5- ½ Tupperware Steak or Fish and ½ Tupperware Asparagus
  • Meal 6- ½ Bag Blue Corn Tortillas and ½ Avocado
  • Before Bed-1 Cup Tart Cherry Juice and Supplements

What do you do to relax when you’re not working out?

I’m a big bookworm; it’s one of the reasons why working for Kobo is my dream job. I have a few T.V. shows I like to watch and I enjoy blogging and writing. Every night, I like to get a hot bath and soak in Epsom salts; it helps me to unwind and relax.

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Do you have any special beauty tips you’d like to share?

I’m really not a ‘girly girl,’ so my beauty regime is limited to always getting enough sleep, hydrating and slathering myself in natural moisturizers. I try to use all natural organic products. I notice that I always look and feel beautiful when I’m well rested and I have a big smile on my face.

Photo Credits: Business and Casual Headshots: Noel Daganta, Training and Fitness Magazine Cover: Mark Bradfield, Monkey Bars and Rope Climb: Richard Lee Yuen, Fit Stack Ad: Liana Louzon and Mud Pit: Nikky Brenic

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