Posted on November 23 2016
Modus Apparel has never actively searched for athletes or ambassadors. We simply focus on growing our brand, making customers happy and keep our eye on key individuals that we meet along the way.
We met Caryn Paolini (also known as Caryn Nicole on instagram) at the 2015 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas and hit it off right away. Caryn is a Bodybuilding.com Athlete and noticed that we are also sold on Bodybuilding.com and gave us something to relate to. Our CEO, Jon Boles, and Caryn have stayed in touch over the past year and remained good friends.
Caryn has all of the traits and qualities that we look for in an Athlete and a face of our company. She is kind, hard working, dedicated, inspiring, and overall just a great person. If you've met her at an expo or show, you can relate.
We welcome Caryn Paolini to the Modus Apparel team as our newest Athlete. Below is some more insight and info on Caryn...
What is your occupation?
I am blessed to say that I currently work full-time doing something that I am incredibly passionate about, and that is teaching people all over the globe how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle as a worldwide online trainer. However, prior to perusing my personal training certification and getting into fitness full-time, I earned my graduate degree in psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and worked as a psychologist for elementary-aged children for several years.
Why do you love fitness?
Fitness has, without a doubt, transformed and changed my life in so many ways. For many years I struggled with body image issues and have struggled with anxiety my entire life. Fitness has not only taught me the importance of self-love but it has transformed me into the strong and confident woman that I am today, from the inside out. This journey has been so much more than physical for me, and I whole-heartedly attribute fitness to saving my life. This is why I am so passionate about helping others find the same health and happiness as I have through fitness.
What lead you to competing?
I had just completed graduate school and at the time really just wanted a new goal and challenge to work towards. Little did I know at the time that I would have discovered what I know now is my passion and my purpose.
How long have you been competing?
I began my competitive career in May 2012 and earned my IFBB Pro Card in November of 2013 at Miami Nationals.
What did it take to run your IFBB Pro Card?
I earned my IFBB Pro Card at my fourth national show, and at the time I was working full-time as a psychologist with long hours and a job that was very emotionally taxing, so to say that the journey to my Pro Card was easy, would be far from the truth. But I was determined, and I knew that no matter the challenges I encountered, I would not be stopped. It took hard work, lots of sacrifice, and lots of getting back up and pushing forward every time that I felt tired and defeated. There were definitely setbacks and bumps in the road along the way, but I am grateful for them because I am now stronger because I overcame them. And when I finally accomplished my goal, the reward was so much more meaningful than I imagined it would be.
Favorite cheat meal and go…?
A burger and fries followed up with ice cream! There is always room or dessert!
What are your plans for 2017?
2017 is going to be a year of many new and exciting things! In regards to my competition plans for 2017, I will begin my season at the Arnold Classic Australia and am hopeful to qualify for the 2017 Bikini Olympia as I came very close in 2016!
My career plans are to launch my very first e-book in the beginning of the year, continue to expand my online training business, and fitness facilitate workshops in as many places as possible to teach and inspire as many individuals as possible to begin their own personal journeys in health and fitness.
Some personal goals and plans for 2017 include reading more books, doing more international travel, learning to surf, and growing with the Modus Apparel team!