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Faydra has been “involved” in the fitness industry since inside the womb. Her Mother taught aerobics and Father an avid weight lifter. Growing up, FLEX and Muscle & Fitness magazines were very popular reads in her home. Faydra was always active and loved food. After her parent’s divorce, Faydra suffered from bulimia for close to 12 years. During this time she found a mentor in Gregory Hahaj, owner of GH Fitlab. Through his support and dedication in his passion, she learned how to eat and lift properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is when she also became a personal trainer. After completing massage therapy school in 2007, Faydra decided to enter in her first natural competition in 2009. She has placed top 5 in all but 2 of the 10 shows she has done. She recently received her procard with the PNBA at the Spartan Classic in Iowa. Faydra makes her home in Chicago, IL as a fitness coach and massage therapist through her company Custom Body Shop. Her husband, Dave Dopek is the head Track and Cross Country coach at DePaul University. He is her rock, coach and support.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou

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