RELAX With Dana Helgeson, Professional Bikini Athlete
Michael Brooks Photography
Relationship Status: Engaged.
Name thee music artists you’ve been listening lately: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban… basically anything country. [laughs]
“…Before this photoshoot I had no modeling experience whatsoever. So, this is all very new to me!”
Favorite Books/Magazines: I love Dean Koontz books, which are mostly suspense thrillers and mystery novels.
Favorite Movies: I have way too many but some of them are Sherlock Holmes, White Chicks, Rush Hour 2, and Law Abiding Citizen.
What are some of your professional accomplishments? I just recently graduated from ASU with a degree in biology, and I am pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant.
Any cool modeling experiences to share? Actually, before this photoshoot I had no modeling experience whatsoever. So, this is all very new to me!
“When I was younger I really wanted to race motocross, but my parents were not very fond of the idea.” [Laughs]
What keeps you busy? School, work, the gym, and my very energetic two-year-old.
What is your view on tattoos? And do you have any? I love tattoos. I only have one right now. I would love to get more, but I am so indecisive.
Favorite part of a man’s body? “Stomach, chest, arms, legs… in other words, the whole package!” [laughs]
What three clothing items can’t you live without? Sports bra, yoga pants and my Nikes.
What is your dream job? To be a Physician Assistant!
What do you do to stay in shape? I usually workout 4-5 days a week, and I do my best to stick to a healthy meal plan, but I have the worst sweet tooth ever!
Are you interested in or ever tried any extreme sports? When I was younger I really wanted to race motocross, but my parents were not very fond of the idea. [laughs}
Are you a fast or slow driver? I mean I usually drive at least 10 mph over the speed limit, but so does everyone else. [laughs]
“…I am very excited! I never thought I would see myself on the cover of a magazine…”
Favorite part of your body? Stomach.
Favorite part of a man’s body? Stomach, chest, arms, legs… in other words, the whole package! [laughs]
Bars, clubs, both, or none? If I had to choose I would say bars, but I don’t necessarily care for either.
Favorite beer, cocktail, and/or shot? Angry Orchard, and White Russian. I can’t do shots. [laughs]
Are you excited about the release of your issue of VIGOROUS? Yes, I am very excited! I never thought I would see myself on the cover of a magazine, so I am extremely honored and grateful for this opportunity.
First thing that comes to mind when you hear…
“Donald Trump”: President.
…”Spring”: Being Outdoors.
…”Sex”: Mmm. [smiles]
…”Social Media”: Staying Updated.
What’s next for you? Graduate school and training for my next physique competition with the IPL!
“…just relaxing at home with a couple beers and Netflix works too.”
What do you do to unwind and relax? Honestly, the best way for me to unwind and relax is making sure I get into the gym. Aside from that, having rare dinner dates with my girls or even just relaxing at home with a couple beers and Netflix works too.