• Ava Cowan is a popular fitness industry figure known for winning the 2007 Ms. Figure America.
• She began her fitness career after failing to become an actress or model, and began competing in fitness events in 2005.
• Her weekly workout includes barbell squats, leg extensions, butt blaster, lying leg curls, Romanian deadlifts, seated and standing calf raises, and more.
• Ava looks up to Monica Brant for motivation and believes in energy healing and the importance of consciousness.
• She has an estimated net worth of over $2 million, and is active on Twitter and Instagram.

Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 24, 1972, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseHelen Dodge
MarkPencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair

Who is Ava Cowan?

Ava was born in Ridgecrest, California USA, on 21 October 1974, so under the zodiac sign of Libra and holding American nationality. She became famous after winning the 2007 Ms. Figure America and is now considered to be one of the most popular people in the entire fitness industry.

Early life and education

Ava didn’t get to spend her childhood in one place because her mother’s job required her to move from time to time and of course she took Ava with her – she worked in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Ava claimed to like that kind of life, but it also made her feel uncomfortable having to leave old friends and then make new ones everywhere, making her feel insecure, and lowering her self-esteem. Ava was the second of four kids – her parents divorced after the birth of her youngest sibling. She had a dream of becoming an actress or a model, and took some acting classes while the teachers used to compliment her and encouraged her dream of becoming an actress – she was also training in gymnastics from the age of three until she turned 15, and was the California age State Champion. As soon as she celebrated her 19th birthday, Ava moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams and never enrolled at college.


Ava’s career did not begin as she wanted it to – she auditioned for many roles but didn’t manage to win any of them, so after a couple of  years passed she decided that it might be better if she tried her luck with something else.

She was physically active since she was a kid and so had an idea about becoming a personal trainer – her first step towards that was to take a personal training course in Florida. It took 16 months of hard work and exercising but she managed to learn all she needed to know about diets and training, and was ready to start her career of a fitness coach.

She was not interested in weightlifting at first, but after she began working with several clients, she gave it a try and realized that she enjoyed doing it – she claimed how she used to look at the cover pages of fitness magazines and admired the girls, but then she realized that she could be one of those girls. At this point of her life, Ava again had problems with her self-esteem, and weightlifting and going to the gym helped her build it up again and regain her self-confidence.

Competing in fitness events

Ava knew she was very good at what she was doing and therefore decided to start entering fitness competitions, and found herself a coach who helped her with her diet and workout program. Her first competition was the 2005 IFBB North American Championship at which she won 3rd place – since she had such a great performance at her first try, she became more motivated and in 2006 won 8th place at the NPC Junior National Championship.

During the next three years up until 2010, Ava went on to compete in four shows and managed to win all of them – first was Muscle Mania Model America Championship in 2007, then Muscle Mania Universe Weekend & Expo in 2009, NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding Fitness & Figure in the same year, and NPC National Bodybuilding, Bikini & Figure Championship.

Ava’s first professional competition was the IFBB Jacksonville Pro in 2010 when she managed to win fourth place and went on to win the IFBB Europe Super show in 2011 while winning 3rd place at the IFBB Mr. Olympia during the same year. She competed at the IFBB Arnold Classic Show in 2011 and 2013 and won 3rd and 7th place, respectively – she also won the 2nd place at the IFBB New York Pro in 2012 which made her one of the most recognized fitness competitors of the period.

Ava’s workout program

In case somebody would like to have the same legs as Ava, here is what she does during her leg workout: Barbell squats 4×10, leg extensions 4×10, butt blaster 4×8, lying leg curls 4×8, Romanian deadlifts 4×9, seated calf raises 4×8, and standing calf raises 4×8.

This is how Ava’s usual workout week looked like during her competitions in 2011 and 2013 – she did legs on Monday, shoulders and abs on Tuesday, she would take Wednesday off and do biceps and back on Thursday, chest and triceps on Friday, legs on Saturday and then she would rest on Sunday.

Food is also a very important factor if you are going to exercise, and Ava advises everyone to eat every three hours, and to try not to eat the same food over and over again but to try and mix numerous things – some of the items which you definitely don’t want to eat or drink include sugar, fried food, dairy products, alcohol, and fruit juices. Inclusions could be  Boneless chicken breast, egg whites, sweet potatoes, cream of wheat, brown rice, garlic, onions and olive oil.

Ava Cowan

People she looks up to

Even the best of competitors have someone they look up to – for Ava, this is Monica Brant who was the first person she ever saw in a magazine and was her motivation for working out when she was just starting.

Personal life

Ava doesn’t talk about specific things in her relationships, but she claimed during an interview that she is almost always seeing someone, and only had one long break of one year when she wasn’t dating anyone, and that was around 2009.

Ava admitted to have had some drinking and drug problems when she was younger, but has now been sober for around 15 years – she took rehab for 30 days and it was her own decision because she came to the realization that she can do so much more and be better than that.

All of Ava’s dreams haven’t been fulfilled yet – she wants to be a part of reality television, and claims that if everyone can make it, so can she.

Appearance and net worth

Ava is currently 44 years old. She has long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5ft 4in (1.62m) tall, weighs around 130lbs (58kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-35 and she wears shoes size 7.5.

According to authoritative sources, Ava’s current net worth is estimated to be over $2 million and is likely to rise since Ava is still very active as a personal trainer, and sells her own merchandise on her website.

Social media presence

Ava is very active on the Internet too, which is important for a career of a personal trainer – she launched her Twitter account in February 2009 and has so far gathered over 55,000 followers and tweeted more than 10,000 times. She has an Instagram account with nearly 41,000 people following her while she posted around 270 pictures – based on the photos she posts and her description, one can come to the conclusion that Ava is a very spiritual person who believes in energy healing and the importance of consciousness.

Ava also runs her own website, on which she sells products related to fitness while you can also read her blog, testimonials of the people who she influenced, and also contact her.

General Info

Full NameJerome Cowan
DiedJanuary 24, 1972, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Soldier


SpouseHelen Dodge


MoviesThe Maltese Falcon, Miracle on 34th Street, High Sierra, The Fountainhead, Mr. Skeffington, Young Man with a Horn, The Gnome-Mobile, Shall We Dance, Fog Island, Pocketful of Miracles, You Only Live Once, The Old Maid, Crime by Night, The Song of Bernadette, City for Conquest, Moontide, All in a Nigh...
TV ShowsThe Tycoon, The Tab Hunter Show, The Web, Valiant Lady, Not for Publication

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
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The Doris Day Show1970TV SeriesJustice William Forester
The Comic1969Lawrence
The Mothers-In-Law1968TV SeriesMr. Hedges
The Gnome-Mobile1967Dr. Ramsey
Penelope1966Bank Manager
Daniel Boone1966TV SeriesJeremiah Loomis
Vacation Playhouse1966TV SeriesBrainsley Gordon
The Munsters1966TV SeriesTed Thatcher
Frankie and Johnny1966Joe Wilbur (uncredited)
Gomer Pyle: USMC1966TV SeriesDan Curtis
The Lucy Show1966TV SeriesDr. Metcalf
O.K. Crackerby!1965TV SeriesHuntington Hawthorne II
Tammy1965TV SeriesMr. Weems
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesSam Beeker
The Tycoon1964-1965TV SeriesWilson / Herbert Wilson
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965Ambassadaor Brinkley
Many Happy Returns1964TV SeriesMr. Fox
The Patsy1964Business Executive (uncredited)
Bonanza1964TV SeriesMr. Thornbridge
Destry1964TV SeriesH. B. Grubbs
My Favorite Martian1963TV SeriesDr. Jackson
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesMr. Bryant
Grindl1963TV SeriesJames A. Hackaberry
77 Sunset Strip1959-1963TV SeriesStan Regal / Harvey Williams / Oliver Fenwick
Black Zoo1963Jerry Stengel
Critic's Choice1963Joe Rosenfield
The Real McCoys1960-1963TV SeriesConrad Phelp / Mr. Sharkey / Mr. Prentiss
Going My Way1962-1963TV SeriesMr. Murphy / Tim Murphy
Wide Country1962TV SeriesBen Stanton
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1962TV SeriesJ.C. Stover
Target: The Corruptors1962TV SeriesA.J. Bayliss
Outlaws1960-1962TV SeriesMacneil / Lafe Dabney
Theatre '621962TV Series
The Farmer's Daughter1962TV MovieFinley
The Joey Bishop Show1962TV SeriesGrant
Ripcord1962TV SeriesStuart Ferris
Pocketful of Miracles1961Mayor
Hawaiian Eye1961TV SeriesArtinius F. Breckenridge
Pete and Gladys1961TV Series
Naked City1961TV SeriesCarl Terris
The Tab Hunter Show1960-1961TV SeriesJohn Larsen
All in a Night's Work1961Sam Weaver
Make Room for Daddy1961TV SeriesJudge Palmer
The Best of the Post1961TV SeriesHorace Greeley
General Electric Theater1953-1961TV SeriesRed Meade / Charlie
Klondike1960TV SeriesJudge Bickle
The Chevy Mystery Show1960TV SeriesMr. Vandiver / Harry Holmes
The Dennis O'Keefe Show1960TV SeriesEd Hollister
Private Property1960Ed Hogate
The Millionaire1960TV SeriesMax Goodson
Adventures in Paradise1960TV SeriesHarvey Carlton
Hotel de Paree1960TV SeriesColonel Partington
Visit to a Small Planet1960George Abercrombie
Tightrope1960TV SeriesFrank Teel
Bat Masterson1959-1960TV SeriesJasper Salt / Ben Wilson
Markham1960TV SeriesDr. Carl Lucas
Philip Marlowe1960TV SeriesConway
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1960TV SeriesMarvello
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1960TV SeriesMr. Dana
Perry Mason1959TV SeriesVictor Latimore / Ernest Royce
The Alaskans1959TV SeriesHoratio Styles
Rawhide1959TV SeriesJudge Gerald T. Crenshaw
The Twilight Zone1959TV SeriesJerry Hearndan
Fibber McGee and Molly1959TV SeriesBenton
Have Rocket -- Will Travel1959J.P. Morse
The Thin Man1959TV SeriesFulton
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna1959TV SeriesSkitch Mason
True Story1957-1959TV SeriesProfessor
New York Confidential1959TV SeriesZimmer
U.S. Marshal1958TV SeriesEmory Brock
Telephone Time1957TV SeriesSuperintendant
Studio One in Hollywood1951-1957TV SeriesHarold Richards
Armstrong Circle Theatre1951-1957TV Series
Goodyear Playhouse1957TV SeriesCharley Cassidy
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesHarry Archer
Star Tonight1956TV SeriesWalter
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesLewis
Lux Video Theatre1951-1956TV SeriesProsecutor / Rollo / Wright / ...
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV SeriesHeaston
Look Up and Live1954TV Series
Kraft Theatre1954TV Series
The Motorola Television Hour1954TV Series
Valiant Lady1953TV SeriesFrank Emerson (1953-1957)
The Web1951-1953TV Series
The System1953Barry X. Brady
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1953TV Series
Biff Baker, U.S.A.1953TV SeriesFrankie Waller / Mr. Stark
Mr. & Mrs. North1953TV SeriesMark Farrar
Magnificent Adventure1952
My Hero1952TV SeriesMr. Norman
Not for Publication1952TV SeriesCollins
The Adventures of Ellery Queen1952TV SeriesAnton Rouselle
Disc Jockey1951Marley
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1951TV Series
Criminal Lawyer1951Walter Medford
Suspense1951TV Series
The Fat Man1951Police Lieutenant Stark
The Ford Theatre Hour1951TV SeriesDexter
The Billy Rose Show1951TV Series
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
Dallas1950Matt Coulter
The West Point Story1950Mr. Jocelyn
The Fuller Brush Girl1950Harvey Simpson
When You're Smiling1950Herbert Reynolds
Peggy1950Fred Collins
Young Man with a Horn1950Phil Morrison
Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey1950Belden
Always Leave Them Laughing1949Elliott Montgomery
Blondie Hits the Jackpot1949George Radcliffe
Scene of the Crime1949Arthur Webson
The Girl from Jones Beach1949Mr. Graves - Ruth's Attorney
The Fountainhead1949Alvah Scarret
Blondie's Big Deal1949George M. Radcliffe
Blondie's Secret1948George Radcliffe
June Bride1948Carleton Towne
Night Has a Thousand Eyes1948Whitney Courtland
Wallflower1948Robert 'Bob' James
Blondie's Reward1948George M. Radcliffe
So This Is New York1948Francis Griffin
Arthur Takes Over1948George Bradford
Blondie's Anniversary1947George M. Radcliffe
Dangerous Years1947Weston
Blondie in the Dough1947George Radcliffe
Driftwood1947Mayor Snyder
Cry Wolf1947Sen. Caldwell
Riff-Raff1947Walter Gredson
The Unfaithful1947Prosecuting Attorney
Miracle on 34th Street1947Dist. Atty. Thomas Mara
Blondie's Holiday1947George M. Radcliffe
The Perfect Marriage1947Addison Manning
Blondie's Big Moment1947George M. Radcliffe (uncredited)
Blondie Knows Best1946Charles Peabody
Flight to Nowhere1946Gerald Porter
Mr. Ace1946Peter Craig
Deadline for Murder1946Lynch
One Exciting Week1946Al Carter
Night in Paradise1946Scribe
Murder in the Music Hall1946George Morgan
The Kid from Brooklyn1946Fight Announcer
Deadline at Dawn1946Lester Brady
Claudia and David1946Brian O'Toole
My Reputation1946George Van Orman
One Way to Love1946A.J. Gunther
Getting Gertie's Garter1945Billy
Behind City Lights1945Perry Borden
Divorce1945Jim Driscoll
Hitchhike to Happiness1945Tony Riggs
The Jungle Captive1945Detective W.L. Harrigan
Blonde Ransom1945Ice Larson
G.I. Honeymoon1945Ace Renaldo
The Crime Doctor's Courage1945Jeffers 'Jeff' Jerome
Fog Island1945Kavanaugh
Guest in the House1944Mr. Hackett
Crime by Night1944Sam Campbell
Minstrel Man1944Bill Evans
South of Dixie1944Bill 'Brains' Watson
Mr. Skeffington1944Edward Morrison
Sing a Jingle1944Andrews
The Song of Bernadette1943Emperor Louis Napoleon III
The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case1943Mallory Cartwright
Find the Blackmailer1943D.L. Trees
Hi'ya, Sailor1943Lou Asher
Silver Spurs1943Jerry Johnson
Mission to Moscow1943Spendler (uncredited)
Ladies' Day1943Updyke (banker)
No Place for a Lady1943Eddie Moore
Who Done It?1942Marco Heller
Street of Chance1942Bill Diedrich
Joan of Ozark1942Phillip Munson
Thru Different Eyes1942Jim Gardner
Moontide1942Dr. Frank Brothers
The Girl from Alaska1942Ravenhill
Frisco Lil1942Vince Warren
Mr. and Mrs. North1942Ben Wilson
A Gentleman at Heart1942Finchley
The Bugle Sounds1942Mr. Nichols
The Maltese Falcon1941Miles Archer
One Foot in Heaven1941Dr. Horrigan
Kiss the Boys Goodbye1941Bert Fisher
Rags to Riches1941Marshall Abbott
Kisses for Breakfast1941Lucius Lorimer
Out of the Fog1941Assistant D.A.
Too Many Blondes1941Ted Bronson
Singapore Woman1941Jim North
Affectionately Yours1941Cullen
The Great Lie1941Jock Thompson
The Roundup1941Wade McGee
High Sierra1941Healy
Victory1940Martin Ricardo
Melody Ranch1940Tommy Summerville
Street of Memories1940Mr. Gower
Meet the Wildcat1940Digby Vanderhood III
The Quarterback1940Townley
City for Conquest1940'Dutch'
Torrid Zone1940Bob Anderson
Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me1940Ted Carter
Framed1940Monty de Granville
Castle on the Hudson1940Ed Crowley
Wolf of New York1940Cosgrave
The Great Victor Herbert1939Barney Harris
The Old Maid1939Joe Ralston
She Married a Cop1939Bob Adams
The Gracie Allen Murder Case1939Daniel Mirche
Exile Express1939Paul Brandt
East Side of Heaven1939Claudius De Wolfe
The Saint Strikes Back1939Cullis
St. Louis Blues1939Ivan DeBrett
There's Always a Woman1938Nick Shane
The Goldwyn Follies1938Director
The Hurricane1937Capt. Nagle
Vogues of 19381937W. Brockton
New Faces of 19371937Robert Hunt
Shall We Dance1937Arthur Miller
You Only Live Once1937Doctor Hill
Beloved Enemy1936Tim O'Rourke
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesWaldo Hennessy
Julia1971TV SeriesAdmiral Healey
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesMr. Gary
Green Acres1970TV SeriesWilson
The Debbie Reynolds Show1970TV SeriesLowenfeld


Crime by Night1944performer: "Two Tables Apart" 1944 - uncredited
No Place for a Lady1943performer: "A Cottage By the Sea"
Too Many Blondes1941"Whistle Your Blues To a Bluebird" / performer: "Whistle Your Blues To a Bluebird", "Don't Mind If I Do"
Shall We Dance1937performer: "They All Laughed" 1937 - uncredited


I've Got a Secret1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Texaco Star Theatre1951-1955TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself

Archive Footage

Biography1994TV Series documentaryVarious
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesDr. Conrad Ramsey


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6251 Hollywood Blvd.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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