Carmen Anna Haenggi

Bikini competitor, health coach, yoga therapist, Spartan racer, ice hockey player; Recovered from an injury that put me in a wheelchair '

Placed 14th

in her group

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Carmen Anna Haenggi and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

To find something they like - there is so many different forms of physical activity and diets to “choose” from. Try out different classes, training styles, coaches, diets and figure out what makes you 1) happy 2) get closer to your goal. W are trying to create the best version of ourselves. We need to focus on US, or, if I coach someone, I focus solely on them and their goal. Everyone is so different and has such a different goal. We can only be the best version of ourselves.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I have gained so much confidence. After suffering from an L2 burst fracture, I was in a wheel chair. Incapable of even just going to the bathroom without help of someone else. I have never felt that weak. The injury happened in an ice hockey training in 2014 and I had surgeries 2014 and 2015. That is when I started with fitness, getting stronger and building muscle. I gained muscle, confidence and courage through fitness and am now capable of teaching others to do the same.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would save some of it and invest the rest into 1) my health coaching company 2) traveling to competitions. But... This title would mean so much more to me as far as publicity and growing my own business goes than the money. I want to inspire others to find a consistent routine where fitness is a stable part of it.