MEET THE TEAM
Founder of Progress & Pride Fitness Apparel, owner of Fort Myers Fitness 24/7, Promoter of the NPC Progress & Pride Classic, Personal trainer, Nutritionist, NPC Competitor, and Prep Coach.
Started training in 1995
Started competing in 2006
- 2015 – Bill Wilmore Classic – 2nd Lightheavy Open, 2nd Masters 35
- 2014 – Naples Bonita Classic – 4th Anna Level, 2nd Masters, 2nd open
- 2013 – Sunshine Classic – 3rd Master, 2nd open
- 2013 – Southeastern USA – No Placing
- 2013 – Royal Palm Classic – 2nd Master, 1st open
- 2011 – Southern States No Placing
- 2010 – Sunshine Classic – 4th place
- 2009 – Southern States – 5th place
- 2009 – Fl State Championships – 4th place
- 2008 – Southern States – 5th place
- 2007 – Southeastern USA – 2nd place
- 2007 – Gateway Classic – 1st place
- 2007 – Sunset Classic – 2nd place
- FL State Championship – No Placing.
“Love the sport, love the people, love my swolemate”
DIANNA “D” RAYMOND
Co-Founder and designer of Progress & Pride Fitness Apparel™, Promoter of the NPC Progress & Pride Classic, Event Director full-time, NPC Figure competitor, posing coach, personal trainer, healthy home cook, devoted gym junkie, and boating enthusiast! “Couples that train together, stay together.”
Resides in Fort Myers Beach, FL
NPC Bikini crossed over into nationally qualified figure competitor
- Bill Wilmore Classic: June 2015 – Figure A Class 1st place
- Naples-Bonita Classic: May 2014 – 2nd place bikini short class
- SAnna-Level (NQ): June 2014 – 4th place bikini class B
- Florida State Championships (NQ): August 2014 – 1st place figure class B
- Sunshine Classic (NQ): March 2013 – 4th place novice bikini, 5th place open bikini class B
- Royal Palm Classic: September 2013 – 2nd place novice bikini, 2nd place open bikini short class
- Southeastern USA (NQ): October 2013 – 1st place novice bikini, 4th place open bikini class B
“Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”
Progress & Pride™ Welcomes IFBB Bikini Pro Kamilah Powell to the P&P family! With her flawless shape. As well as her knowledge on nutrition and workout tips. Which she releases on YouTube. Kamilah Powell is an D4 Muscle Fit Athlete, and an entrepreneur. Born in Puerto Rico, but currently residing in Austin Texas. She is a graduate from the University of Texas In Austin, and she and her husband own a few business in the Austin Area.
Kamilah is also an NASM Personal trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. She offers Online Meal & Workout Plans on her website WWW.KPOWFIT.COM.
Kamilah began her fitness journey in 2012 and trained herself for her first two NPC Shows. In less than a year, she earned her IFBB Pro card at her FIRST national show, Team Universe 2013. Since then, Kamilah has competed in 13 IFBB Pro Shows with multiple top 10 Placings and received an invite to the prestigious 2016 Arnold Classic Australia. Kamilah is determined to be a TOP IFBB Bikini Athlete and one day soon grace the Olympia Stage! She will not stop until she gets there!
DEREK “TANK” LEVERANT
I am currently a student at Florida SouthWestern State College, majoring in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. All of my life my father has instilled the importance of conducting a healthy lifestyle. I come from a strong athletic background, beginning ballet and tap at the age of 3.
Once I reached middle school I joined track and field team, ranking in hurdles, high-jump, and long jump. Around the same time, I exceeded at soccer, and competitive cheer. By High school I joined the cheerleading team for Edward H. White high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Currently residing in Fort Myers, Florida, I was seeking discipline in my diet and lifestyle. Little did I know that I would be competing in my first NPC show, The Winter Classic 2015, which was very successful. With my coaches backing me from start to stage, I took home 1st place in Novice, Overall in Novice and 2nd place in my Open class. I hope to do a national qualifying show soon with anticipation of working on my pro card in 2017. This is not easy work, but it is definitely worth it. PROGRESS & PRIDE!!!
My name is Codie. I am 22 years old and I am full time nursing student. I have always been a very active even when I was younger doing cheerleading, dancing, and gymnastics but, it wasn’t until last year that I found my love for fitness and weight training. I have competed in one NPC bikini division show, the Tampa Pro/Am where I took first in my class! I now am working towards being a IFBB bikini pro one day and I am so excited to be teamed up with Progress & Pride and represent them alongside my future goals! Let’s get it!
Tiffany Solomon is a passionate make up artist, CEO and founder of Makeup At Tiffany’s. Nationally qualified NPC bikini fitness model. D4 Muscle Fit dime piece competitor. Sponsored athlete by Hard Magnum Nutraceuticals. Tiffany is unique and personable, with a strong devotion to achieving her goals. Her boundless energy, and passion for fitness are seen as both contagious and aspiring. Life is Tiffany’s passion, It’s what gets her jumping up every single morning. She has passion for her work, making people feel beautiful both inside and out, training, listening to music, art, earths beauty, and loving her animals, friends and family.
Tiffany’s hopes and dreams are simple: She hopes to inspire others along her journey and to continue to be the best person she can be. Tiffany starting off the year strong, taking home first place in Open Bikini C at The Karina Nascimento. She will continue to improve her physique and stage presence, and plans on tackling a few more shows in 2016.
- 2015: 2nd place Novice, 5th place Open C. The Diamond Classic
- 2016: 1st place Open C. The Karina Nascimento
Hi Bonnie Peterson here!! I’m a sassy 31 year old redheaded figure girl who loves her iron as well as Progress & Pride!!!
Ever since high school lifting has been a part of my life!! I earned my varsity letters in weight lifting and went to states in 9th grade, after that I ventured into other sports like volleyball and cross country but weights were my love.
A husband and three boys later I still have a passion for fitness. Three years ago I started working out with a purpose and haven’t looked back. Each time I hit a goal I set the bar higher. I won my first show..The Orlando Europa 2014 Figure class d. Currently I am in the process of re-qualifying so I can set a new goal of nationals! Follow my journey to the top on Instagram!
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Landscape Management degree and a minor in business and marketing. I have two kids that I love, and almost as challenging is my love for exotic animals, who I used to rails on a farm in High Springs.
Currently I am a project manager for a landscaping firm in Gainesville, but I hope to have a career in fitness some day. I used to think that lifting weights would make me look like a man, but I absolutely love how I look, feel and the overall way my body has developed with weightlifting.
My philosophy is that competing gives you a goal of something hard to work towards, and it is so amazing because you can only compete with yourself. You can only be better than you were the day before, and that is what I strive for. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am, but I still have a long way to go.
- St. Augustine, Fl: April 2014 – 1st Place, short figure class, overall
- Lake City, Fl: April 2014 – 1st place, short figure class
When I first started competing in March 2014, I went to my first show (the CJ Classic) just to learn and see how I would like it. I absolutely fell in love with the sport (how could you not?), and have since met so many people along the way who share my passion for fitness.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY into a family that came from Sicily, Italy, which is where all the rest of my family still lives. I’ve had a passion for fitness for over 15 years, so competing only adds to that passion, while allowing me to improve myself everyday.
I started belly dancing after a trip to Egypt in 2004, and fell in love with this wonderful art. In 2010, I placed second at the USA Belly Dance Queen Competition, and I have danced at various restaurants in the Palm Beach County area, as well as at private events and shows.
- CJ Classic
- Anna Level
- Prestige Crystal Cup: 2014 – 6th Place, Masters over 30
- Ruby Championships: Sept. 2014 –
CHRISTINE MARIE AKA “PRINCESS”
I am a national qualified bikini competitor. This is my third season competing in bikini. I started my journey in the gym January 2013
I decided to take a year off of competing to grow mentally and physically so I would be ready for Nationals 2015 in Miami. I will be competing at two other shows this season to prepare for Nationals.
I can’t wait for 2015 to be my best season yet and I am honored to have the amazing Progress and Pride family behind me. I couldn’t ask for a better support system!
- NPC Southern States: July 2013 – 7th Place
- Qualified for 2014 NPC Southeast Classic
I’ve been competing on and off since 2008, while the last 3 years I have gotten much more serious about competing. I was the first sponsored athlete with Progress and Pride!!
I am currently sponsored by Progress and Pride, Hardcore Apparel, Evolutionary Protege, CJ Elite Competition Suit and The Grove at Turtle Run.
I am also a trainer and a prep coach, managing over 30 people a week, while juggling time between work and my other loves – my wife and my baby. Obviously my favorite hobby is exercise, and my goal is to turn pro and help others in their dreams of turning pro as well.
I’m a former competitive figure skater from Flushing, Michigan. My sister is in the Army, and my brother is married with SEVEN children. Yes. Seven. Seven children. How wild is that?!
Once out of high school, I got a bit too involved with the party lifestyle, and decided to move to Florida thinking that would help me. Even though this initially did not, it helped to shape who I am today and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change it for the world because it has made me who I am today.
With the support and love of my family and boyfriend, I was able to get away from that lifestyle, and after my boyfriend signed me up for the MS Mud Run in 2009, I have never looked back. Bodybuilding truly saved my life, and once I started I have never looked back!
Although this is my first year of actually competing in the NPC, I have always been very into sports and staying fit. I’ve done everything from basketball and volleyball to roller derby!
I am so excited to learn and grow in this sport, and I couldn’t ask for anyone better or more knowledgeable than Bryan as my prep coach and Dianna as my posing coach.
Without the love and support of my Mom and Dad I never would be where I am today, but I must especially thank my husband who puts up with me during my prep. Love you honey! We’re going to be celebrating our first anniversary on November 9th.
- Progress & Pride Classic – 2015 1st Place in Figure
- Progress & Pride Classic – 2015 Overall Winner
- Royal Palm Classic – 2014 5th Place open C
I currently live in Miami, and I have been competing in Bikini for approximately the last 16 months. During this time, I earned my Pro Status at the USAs.