Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitor
2 X CBJJF medalist
BC Ultra Heavyweight Provincial BJJ Champion
Western Canadian BJJ Championships – Bronze
Most of my life I have always been athletic, playing various sports like basketball, football, rugby and now martial arts. I started my Martial Arts training back in 2012 with my focus in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and continued to train in this art until receiving my orange belt. Then in 2014 I started to train in Brazilian Jiu jitsu with the help of Team Zuma. Over these past 2.5 years I have had a great deal of success, winning the B.C provincial Championships and most recently i took home a bronze medal in the Western Canada finals.
Next up for me is going to be compete for the National title in early 2018 in the UAEJJF and I also plan on competing in the Seattle IBJJF Open in August 2017 with the hopes of qualifying for the World Championships in California in 2018. The end goal for me is to be an IBJJF World Champion at every belt level.
I remember the first day I went to Popeye’s Supplements Victoria when I was just 14 years old and I had no idea what to do or take and all I saw was shiny product labels. Chris (the owner) knew it was the first time that I have ever been into his store and he knew nothing about me except that I was a young aspiring athlete looking to take supplements to help my overall performance. From that very first day, instead of taking advantage of a young kid, he went way beyond what he had to do and really showed me how everything works and what to look for in both companies and products. Over the years Chris has taught me everything I needed know about supplements & nutrition. Over the years I have built my own supplement stack and without Chris and Popeye’s Supplements Victoria I don’t think I would have achieved the level of success I have reached without them. I am very proud to represent Popeyes Supplements Victoria and together we will continue to be “Strong to the Finish”
Favourite Quote: “Winners Win and Losers Lose”
The top 3 products that I absolutely must have:
Iso-100 by Dymatize Nutrition
Amino Burn by Revolution Nutrition
VegeGreens + Multi by Progressive Nutritional Therapies
I would like to thank Popeye's Supplements Victoria, for the awesome support through my contest preparation towards the Victoria Cup Fitness Show. I am a long time customer of the Popeyes franchise and always enjoy my trips to the Victoria location. The staff there are friendly and really knowledgeable about all products in the industry. They always seem to have the right suggestions/advice no matter what my goals are.
I was extremely pleased with the supplement stack prescribed to me by Popeye's owner, Chris. 1stHe had me using Magnum's Volume for insane pumps and muscle vascularity during my workouts and before hitting the stage. In addition to that I was taking Magnum's Rocket Science and Muscletech's Creacore as my pre workout mixture to help spike my creatine levels (for strength) and get me mentally dialed in for those intense workouts. Finally, I was using Allmax's Carbion in combo with Aminocore taken intra workout for extended energy and increased muscle resilience. I found this combination of supplements had a huge impact on my training towards my contest, and the physique I brought to stage for my 1st show. Thanks again to Chris and the Popeye's Victoria staff!
If you would like to see more pictures or lifting motivation check out my Instagram: Jackedlikejake
Rowing – Team Canada
Sport and fun have always been two words I consider to go hand in hand. Whether you are grinding in the gym or shooting hoops with a friend, you should be able to walk off the field with a smile glued to your face. I take this smile with me each time I hop in and out of the boat for my morning and afternoon rows.
This past year, I have been very fortunate to be able to take my passion from the east coast here to beautiful Victoria, BC to begin training full time towards my goal of representing Team Canada at an Olympic games in the future. Once settled in Victoria, I realized that I was missing the nutritional support I had established back in Ontario. Luckily, Chris and his staff at Popeyes Supplements Victoria were there to help me when I needed it the most. They had everything I needed for "tested" products and the expert knowledge to go along with it.
It’s no secret that for any athlete to feel at their best, they need to be fueling their body with the proper nutrition. As a lightweight rower (racing in a weight category of 160lbs or under), I have found that the proper nutrition & supplementation can often make the only difference when racing someone who is generally the exact same size as me. Popeye’s Victoria is my indispensable source for high quality, "tested" for sport supplements from the brands I've grown to trust. This partnership with Popeyes will ensure that I continue to get my very best performances in the boat everyday and will someday allow me to achieve my ultimate goal of getting that gold medal put around my neck!
Some of my top achievements to date are:
- 4th place 2016 under 23 world championships, Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls
- 7th place 2015 under 23 world championships, Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls
- 2016 Canadian University Champion Lightweight Men's Single
- 2016 Bronze medal Canadian University Heavyweight Men's Eight
- 2015 Silver Canadian University Lightweight Men's Double
- 2017 Becoming a Popeyes Athlete Ambassador
Currently my Top 3 Products would be:
RIVALUS Promasil - Sustained Release Protein
ALLMAX Nutrition L-Glutamine
(* All 3 are Informed Choice Tested to be Banned Substance Free)
Women's Physique / MMA / Kickboxing / Kite Boarding
I have been very active my entire life. My parents who are both wilderness guides have had me hunting & fishing since I was just a little girl, so I think it’s safe to say that a very active lifestyle is just in my DNA.
I started weight training at 16 years of age after I started wrestling in high school and wanted to get stronger than all the boys. Yes, I have always been very competitive to say the least. Shortly after moving to Victoria in 2012 I met MMA coach - Jason Heit. I started training under him and went on to compete in various competitions including the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships, where I won Gold. In 2013 I was selected to represent Team Canada at the World Martial Arts Games in Austria. Then I broke my leg just 4 weeks out, but continued to train with the intention of competing using only my strong ground game. I sadly re-broke my leg a week later, and was forced to officially pull out of the event. That’s when I started to focus my training on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu where I quickly earned my blue belt in 2014. Around this time I was offered a contract with Super Fight League out of Mumbai, India to compete in MMA. After several tough fight camps, but no Visa’s arriving (and a lost passport) I decided to re-focus my training on strength & proper recovery. I became very dedicated to the weight room, which culminated in me competing in the Western Canadian Bodybuilding Championships in Kelowna B.C where I placed 2nd in Figure Tall, qualifying me for Provincials. This is when I decided to really step up my training to build some quality muscle, and focus my sights on the Women’s Physique division. After 2 years of intense training 5-6 x per week, I just recently competed in November 2016 at the Popeye’s Fall Classic in Vancouver B.C where I placed 1st in Women’s Masters Physique, First in Women’s Open Tall, Won Best Poser of the Night and won the Overall Women’s Physique title. This now allows me to compete at the Provincial level for life.
My addiction to competitive sports doesn’t end there, but now has me Kitesurfing. Last year I was certified with IKSA and followed this by kiting the Eastern Coastline from New Orleans down to Florida.
I think it’s safe to say I work hard and play hard and know that I need quality supplementation (and advice) to keep my body is tip top condition, so I am ready to take on the next physical challenge that comes my way.
Chris and all his staff at Popeye’s Supplements Victoria have been a huge support system to me over all these years, and always so incredibly knowledgeable about their products. Their incredible community support and involvement has always impressed me immensely.
I proudly recommend Popeye’s Supplements Victoria to everyone I come across. As an active volunteer in the local community, I am also a youth lacrosse coach, and Chris the owner of Popeye’s Victoria was more then eager to support my team without hesitation this summer.
Popeyes Supplements Victoria is and continues to be my one and only supplement store ... wether it’s their top notch customer service, their amazing prices, their very knowledgeable staff or Victoria’s best supplement selection by far ... all of these reasons makes them hands down the best supplement store by a long shot!
Carla Wayes (Littlechief)
I am a local Victoria born fitness competitor and I’ve always wanted to represent Popeye’s Supplements Victoria as an Athletic Ambassador
I am dedicated to living a fit and healthy lifestyle, I am very ambitious and I believe in taking quality supplements to enhance one’s training efforts. Popeye’s Supplements Victoria is my store of choice because of their very knowledgeable staff, supportive atmosphere and such a huge selection of only the highest quality products to choose from not cheap knock offs brands found is many of the other stores.
My life is very busy, but training will always be a major priority in my life.
I am a busy full-time working mom/wife and also a part-time student. Balancing time management skills and focusing on my future goals, while incorporating relaxation methods into my life are important keys to long term success when surrounded by such a hectic environment.
While I was born in Victoria, I am also a White Bear First Nations band member (Saskatchewan) with blended Ukrainian, Polish and British-Indian descent. I truly represent a melting pot of Canadian heritage. I now see that I am in a great position to positively influence Indigenous people to live healthier lifestyles, and hope I can continue to inspire through my fitness competing & fitness modeling. I have decided to use my original maiden name Carla Littlechief as my fitness stage name to help promote this goal. With time and repeated effort, I believe positive outcomes will prevail in the long run and I use this to motivate me thru some of my toughest workouts
Value for my money is very important to me, especially since I am still a student. So these are my favourite supplements from Popeye’s that give me the best results for my goals and help stretch my dollar a little bit farther
Allmax AMINOCORE BCAA’s
Nutrabolics ISOBOLIC Protein Powder - Chocolate of course
WALDEN FARMS Calorie Free food products
PVL WATERTIGHT – only for my pre contest peak week
Carla Wayes (Littlechief)
My name is Travis Takasaki and I'm from Victoria BC. I come from a very active family, and grew up playing many different sports including baseball, soccer, track & field and volleyball. It was through my training to be competitive in these sports where I was first introduced to a weight room. The moment I set foot in my high school gym, I knew that was where I wanted to be. Ever since then it has become my passion and I have strived to become stronger, faster and fitter. I always wanted to become an all around athlete, and to learn from as many different fitness disciplines as I could. I have competed in natural physique shows - qualifying for the BC Championships in 2012 - as well as various local powerlifting competitions. But it wasn't until I found Crossfit that I truly realized what I had been missing. Crossfit showed me all the holes I had in my fitness, and I have been striving ever since to learn and conquer the toughest physical skills I can, in order to compete in the sport of fitness.
Popeyes Supplements Victoria has had a hand in my success for over 10 years now. Way back when the store was just starting out, I would always be cruising the shop, always looking for advice on health and nutrition. Popeye's Victoria and all their knowledgeable staff have been a huge help in helping me to sift through all the mis-information that’s out there, and to narrow in on what I actually need, and what works best for my personal goals.
My 3 favourite supplements are:
Progressive OmegEssential Fish oil
ON Gold Standard 100% Whey
Muscletech Creactor Creatine HCL
Yoga / Weight Training
Throughout my life, staying fit and active has been a huge focus. With an Olympian for a grandfather, and a dad who coaches and plays 7 different sports, being an athlete is in my genes. Growing up I played 5 different sports and have always loved the challenge and discipline that comes along with training.
After I graduating from high school, I stopped playing team sports and began to pursue a career in health and wellness. My goal is to educate and inspire others to take care of themselves and their bodies. I currently teach a variety of yoga, group fitness, and barre classes around the city, and take on private clients for wellness and nutrition coaching. My daily workouts are a mix between kickboxing, weight lifting, and pretty much any other activity that is fun and challenging! In addition to exercise, a big part of being healthy is having the right supplementation to support your body with what it needs to function best.
Popeye’s is the only supplement store in Victoria that I shop at and send my clients to. When I first moved to Victoria I jumped from store to store, until one day I thought I would give Popeye’s a shot. From the moment I walked in I knew I had found the supplement shop for me. The staff are all incredibly friendly and provide amazing service to their customers. Being a science nerd, I am continually amazed with the knowledge the team has on their huge selection of products. The shopping experience at Popeye’s is truly unique!
My Top 3 Supplements:
1. Progressive VegeGreens, Pineapple Coconut flavour
2. Iron vegan Athletes Blend Protein
3. Progressive OmegEssential Fish Oil
Fitness Model / Bikini Athlete
My love of fitness started at a young age. I always enjoyed running and remember using my lunch breaks to hit the school gym as often as possible. My passion only grew stronger with time, and the gym became my favourite place to be.
After the birth of my daughter, I fell into an unhealthy routine, common for busy moms. However, one fateful day, my internal switch clicked and I woke up. My determination to lead a healthy life reignited my passion for fitness, and I started to gain confidence again. I have used that newfound confidence to step in front of the camera, and develop myself into a fitness model. I also hope to inspire other working moms with my passion and story. As my passion grows, so do my personal fitness goals. My next goal is to step on stage as a competitor in the Bikini class.
Immersing myself in the fitness has been one of the best things I have ever done. The people I surround myself with give me constant motivation, and inspire me to grow as an athlete and push myself further than I believed was possible.
I have recently attained another goal of mine: Becoming an Athletic Ambassador for Popeye’s Supplements Victoria.
I remember the first time I walked into the store about a year and a half ago. I felt nervous and out of place, yet Chris (the owner) made me feel at ease and was a wealth of information. I remember making it my goal to be a part of his team, and here I am! I am excited to grow as an athlete, and an individual, while supporting the same vision I share with the Popeye’s Victoria team.
My Top 3 Products Are:
Allmax Isoflex Whey Isolate
TIE between Magnum E-brake & Heat Accelerated
TIE between Progressive OmegEssential & VegeGreens
I entered my first Popeye’s store a few years ago. I had just signed up with Body Tempo Fitness to train for my first bodybuilding competition as a bikini & fitness model competitor. Although I was a fitness instructor prior, I had never taken any supplements, so I was feeling a little lost and unsure. As soon as I went in, Cameron was so welcoming and helped to answer all of my questions. I immediately felt at home and was so impressed by the wealth of information they had on each product.
Popeye’s was recommended to me by my coach, but I could immediately see why. Within weeks, I felt like I was part of the Popeye’s family, whether it was Cameron, or any other team member working. They always knew my name, and it wasn’t long before they even knew what supplements I used specifically.
As an emergency room nurse, I work long hours, and the Popeye’s crew will even put the Magnum supplements I need aside, so I have them available for training. Their guidance and support has helped me succeed in several competitions and has made me a better athlete. Every time I go in there, it’s a warm and friendly atmosphere. I couldn’t even imagine going anywhere else. Now that I’ve become a personal trainer, I send all my clients there, because I want the very best for my clients. I want them to feel welcomed, to be provided with guidance and knowledge, and to feel at home; I know that they will get exactly that from Cam and his crew at Popeye’s in Nanaimo.