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The dedication, perseverance, and discipline Kris and Nora exhibited during their 2015 training season is something to be admired. The early mornings, the late nights, and the endless hours in the kitchen are just the start of what these two had to endure as they further transformed their bodies during the past couple of months. A major career change for Nora and the start of a brand new meal prep company for Kris were not enough to slow down this power couple as they squeezed in every last rep right up to show time. If you need to learn time management and discipline, grab a seat with these two and don't forget the pen and paper.

I can go on and on about how inspirational these two are, but the best thing about both of them, is their passion for the lifestyle. They aren't just pushing through, making their gains, and sweating at the gym. These two are excelling in this demanding lifestyle and to prove it, just take a minute to ask them about it. The smiles and energy they speak with on the topic, and the tips they are willing to give to just about anyone who asks, are the greatest example of their commitment to the sport.

Show time is go time in the bodybuilding world. The couple minutes these competitors have on stage by themselves is the culmination of months and years spent in the gym. Both Nora and Kris truly shined on stage these past couple of weeks. With Kris winning the light heavy weight division at the 2015 NGA Heart of America competition. And Nora taking 2nd in an extremely competitive Figure division at the 2015 NPS Illinois State Bodybuilding Championship.

My favorite part about being able to experience and be a part of this journey with both Kris and Nora, is highlighted in these next two photos. In a sport that is highly individualized, these two have formed a team that is unbeatable.

To Kris and Nora... there is absolutely no limit to what you two can achieve. I'm thankful to have a chance to capture you two doing something you were born to do!

Hard Work Pays Off

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi

Kris and Nora are two very close friends of mine. They also happen to be two of the most dedicated and hard working individuals I have ever met. In the year 2012 these two embarked on a new journey that has completely transformed the way they live their lives, they became bodybuilders. That journey did not simply stop after last year, they were right back at it in 2013 as both competed once again in the past couple of weeks. I had the honor of photographing both these two in what can simply be called their second home, Bucktown Fitness in Chicago, IL. 

I'd also quickly like to promote Kris's business as he is a certified physical trainer in the Chicago area. If you are interested in learning more about what he offers be sure to check him out at