Just The Right Balance | Tracy Campoli

Just The Right Balance | Tracy Campoli

From taking her health to the point of obsession to finding the right balance, Tracy Campoli saved herself from the negative effects of over dieting and exercise and is now out to save others from making similar mistakes. “I used to be a chronic dieter and over exerciser. I used to believe that a workout would only be effective if I spent at least 90 minutes sweating in a gym.  I used to obsessively count calories and really had a TERRIBLE relationship with my body and body image and it killed my confidence.

I finally decided there had to be another way.  I stopped dieting (and the funny thing is, that is when I LOST weight) and I started moving for pleasure.  I would ask myself what I needed, what would serve my body the most,” Tracy explains.

Fresh Start

Tracy has always been an active person. By the age of 23. Tracy had found success in the world of dance. Unfortunately, Tracy suffered from an injury causing chronic pain. With doctors doubtfully suggesting a Chiropractor in hope that it would help ease the pain, Tracy opted not to go that route and found an alternative that ultimately worked for her. “I wasn’t satisfied with the options that the doctor left me, so that led me to PIlates.  After training in Pilates a few times a week for 6 months, I realized that I had no back pain, and I was hooked,” Tracy exclaims!

Prior to her injury, Tracy wasn’t shy about the gym. In fact she was a little over obsessed with exercise and dieting. However, having to step back from the extraneous time in the gym, Tracy realized that there were healthy options to remaining healthy and fit. Everything is better in moderation, even itness! “At first it was a little scary because I had never treated myself this way.  And once I started seeing and feeling the positive changes…I never looked back.

I lost weight permanently, I feel more toned and confident, and I am happy to say that I have a better relationship with my body now in my 40’s than I did in my 20’s,” Tracy says.

Reward

Finding the right balance, gaining an even healthier lifestyle and overcoming a significant injury were all significant personal achievements, however there is an external factor that brings Tracy the most joy. “Being able to share my mission and message with women all over the world truly is the most rewarding.  I love watching women stop the destructive pattern of dieting and forcing themselves to do workouts they hate and creating FREEDOM in their bodies.  When women take a Holistic approach to their fitness and nutrition it unlocks the keys to freedom and they feel more confident, beautiful and happier while creating a body they love.  Nothing makes me happier,” Tracy excitedly states!

Most people have heard of pilates but a lot of people don’t really know what it is and how it works.  Can you explain what Pilates is and how it is uniquely beneficial?

Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s!  So it is no new fad.  It works by strengthening your core, which truly is the center of all movement.  When you have a strong core, all movements will be better.  It creates a long lean body (no bulky muscles!), a flatter tummy, a lifted butt and better posture.  Everyone can benefit from Pilates or Pilates based exercise.  I also love that it can be done by all ages.  When I taught Pilates I had clients from teenagers to women in their mid 80’s.  

Why do you think a person’s mindset is so integral to their success?

Mindset is honestly everything.  Women often will come to me saying “I’ve tried everything…nothing will work for me.  I can’t lose this weight”.  I understand this feeling, because that was what I used to believe too.  

However, our bodies respond to what we say, how we think and what we believe is possible.  This is proven by science!  

Honestly most of the work that I do with my clients is cleaning up their mindset so that they create a body that is working with them in harmony.  

When your mindset shifts to a success mindset, the changes often can feel “magical” or “miraculous”.  

I love seeing a woman’s mindset shift, because when it does, her whole life changes!  Powerful!

What three pieces of fitness equipment should everyone have?

Light Handweights 1-5lbs

Fitness Bands to add extra resistance to your workouts

A mini-rebounder is my favorite!  It burns as many calories as running, and is so much fun!  I love watching “guilty pleasure” reality tv while bouncing.  My “Transformer Tribe” in Total Body Transformation LOVE my full length rebounder workouts.  

In your opinion, what are the most overrated and underrated exercises?

OVERRATED:

sit ups!  

Most people work their abs incorrectly.  They tuck their butt under and end up working their hip flexors rather than their abs.  Doing Pilates crunches or even better crunches with straight legs are much more effective.  There are so many ways to work your abs, sit ups generally don’t work.

I also am NOT a fan of women overtraining at the masculine type of workouts that create big bulky arms and legs.  It’s a personal choice.

And over training at boutique spinning studios creates bulky thighs for women like me that are short (I’m only 5’2”)

UNDERRATED:

Rebounding!  I truly am obsessed!

Weightless arm workouts, the BEST way for women to get beautiful “dancer like” arms is training without weights.  Think about it, ballet dancers spend hours in a static contraction at the barre, and have amazing arms.  Weightless arm workouts are amazing for creating long, lean arms.

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Nutritional Facts | Pixie Turner

Nutritional Facts | Pixie Turner

Finding the best diet for you can be a daunting task. This can mean tons of trial and error and countless hours of research. Luckily for us, there are people people out there like Pixie Turner that will make the process of finding a healthy diet so much easier.

Pixie is a certified nutritionist in the UK. She helps other find the best diet plans for their goals. “My focus as a nutritionist is on helping people improve their relationships with food, whether that’s ensuring they are eating enough to fuel their activity levels, advising them on what they need to be aware of if making drastic dietary shifts, or working through food fears and anxieties. Food, movement, stress, and sleep are all interconnected, so I always make sure to talk about all of these things with my clients! In addition to this I also make it my mission to call out nutrition BS where I see it, particularly through social media, and use my online influence to be a voice of reason amongst all the pseudoscience and fearmongering,” Pixie explains.

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The internet can be a great platform to share your views to large audiences. WHile this is great because it gives us access to great information at the tip of our fingers, but it also has a down fall. There is a ton of false information that can guide us in the wrong direction. This is what drove Pixie to begin her journey as a nutritionist. “The main driver for me was the amount of misinformation I was seeing online, particularly on social media. It frustrated me that there were so many unqualified bloggers giving out terrible and wrong advice, and spreading untruths. So I decided to do a masters degree in nutrition to learn more and also make sure I could counter this in some way,” Pixie says.

Pixie is now taking this battle head on and guiding other in the right direction to reaching their health goals. She educates other on the many options they ave and help them to prepare a diet plan that will work for them. “A nutritionist uses an evidence-based approach to advise people in the community on their diet and lifestyle, with an individualised approach tailored to the client’s needs. There is no one way of doing things, but personally I send my clients a pre-consultation questionnaire which covers dietary habits, medical history, exercise, stress, and sleep. I also ask them to complete a 3 day food diary to give me an idea of where they’re at. The first session is mainly there to identify how I can best help a client, what the plan of action is, and how to proceed, so whether they need weekly sessions, monthly sessions, or just a one-off! It all depends on the individual,” Pixie enlightens.

Advice

Outside of providing direct nutritionist services, Pixie also shares general tips and tools to leading life with a healthy balanced diet. For starters, Pixie believes that everyone should take on nutrition with a new approach outside of the typical mindset towards dieting. “I think we place too much emphasis on ‘willpower’ and not enough on trusting our own bodies. We’re constantly told to eat less, deprive ourselves, and fight our biology. But I find it more helpful to focus on listening to our bodies’ hunger and fullness signals. The best way to do that is to eat slowly and mindfully with no distractions. Savour the food and enjoy every bite! And stop when you’ve had enough, you can always save the rest for another time,” Pixie advises.

Another thing Pixie suggests is “it shouldn’t be about deprivation and restriction. Try new foods, find the fruits and vegetables that you really enjoy eating, and if you can, definitely learn to cook! It’s the most useful skill! Find some great cookbooks by chefs (not bloggers) who know how to make food taste good, not just look good. Focus on adding healthy habits in, not on cutting things out. For example, if you’re a big chocolate lover, then have a little chocolate in the evening, but make sure you’ve also had a delicious and nutritious evening meal that fills you up and satisfies you,”

What three food staples should everyone have in stock at all times to help make eating healthy easier?

Canned/ready cooked beans and pulses

Hummus – the best salad dressing!

A cookbook or blog you really enjoy cooking from that doesn’t require a trip to 3 different expensive shops to get all the ingredients.

In your opinion, what are the most overrated and underrated foods that help make eating healthy [and clean] easier? [Clean eating is a BIG no from me, would prefer the word not to be mentioned at all]

Most overrated: anything spiralized. If you want spaghetti eat spaghetti and add some vegetables to the sauce. Courgette isn’t the same as spaghetti and it needs to stop trying to be something it’s not. It tastes nothing like it. Ditto sweet potato toast. It’s not bread and will never be bread.

Most underrated: ready-cooked vegetables, lentils, rice…and so on. Anything that cuts down on time. Also potatoes. Poor things are vilified for no good reason at all.

What motivational/inspirational books have you found to be most helpful?

Izy Hossack’s book ‘The Savvy Cook’ is an amazing resource for students in particular, as it even tells you how you can use up your leftovers!

I also have Rick Stein’s India to thank for my curry obsession!

What’s your beliefs on performance diet like?    Do you prescribe to a particular philosophy on diet (example: Paleo, Gluten free, etc…)?

Nope! There is no one size fits all when it comes to nutrition and health, and as such there is no one method that I would recommend. Having said that, if you don’t need to go gluten-free then don’t do it. Eat as wide a variety of foods as you can!

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In My Own Skin | Ana Alacorn

In My Own Skin | Ana Alacorn

Never feel less than what you deserve. Everyone deserves to feel like they are being the best versions of themselves that they can be. Going through a period of time where she wasn’t feeling too good, Ana Alarcon decided that she no longer wanted to feel that way. She wanted to achieve the best version of herself. “I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and felt in my own skin. I found by working out and eating healthier, I could kind of escape and found a way to feel better, stronger and confident,” Ana says.

Ana originally took interest in health through food. Growing up in Mexico, her family is full of foodies and of course, she followed suit. While she enjoyed food, she didn’t know much about cooking. However, when she moved to Boston, she fell in love with the farmer’s market and began to explore the endless possibilities in the kitchen. Not only was the food much healthier, it saved her a lot of money. She couldn’t hold out on this secret so she began to blog about her new farmer’s market addiction. Her blog became a hit and she began to explore more health and fitness options.

Ana has dabbled into many avenues of fitness. She has tried everything from fitness classes to lifting. She enjoys sharing her experiences with others and showing them the various ways of how to achieve health and fitness. Now she even creates her own fitness routines to share with others. Her love of health and fitness radiates and her ability to connect with others and get them motivated keeps her going!

Take on a Challenge

Along her fitness journey, of course there were tough times. There were times she didn’t feel that she could do it. There were stressful days that made her want to give up, yet she kept going. Ana has been able to overcome every challenge thrown her way.

One of the hardest obstacles that Ana had to face was losing her twin. It’s hard to understand the pain of losing your other half. It’s something that Ana still faces to this day. It makes it even more challenging with the fact that she has to be away from her family so often. “Honestly, I just take it a day at a time. I make daily choices to make my family proud and be my best version,” Ana explains.

But even facing many challenges, Ana has found so much success. Everyday is a rewarding experience for her. Not only has she been able to achieve her personal goals, she has also been able to help others do the same. She finds a lot of happiness in sharing her success with her family and partner. It also pleases her that she get to watch her students evolve right before her eyes through her fitness classes.

Advice

Ana has some great advice for those looking to make any life change. Whether is be fitness or in school or in a career. Her advice will definitely help make becoming the best version of you so much easier. “Their mind dictates their behavior. Habits and actions will dictate their success. For instance, if you are looking to be healthier, take it one day at a time. Start choosing the healthier option when you can and don’t beat up yourself if you aren’t perfect 100% of the time,” Ana details.

Where should they focus most of their energy to get the most bang for their proverbial buck?

    Healthy eating, will take them a long way!

Think about the 80/20 rule: If you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for someone just starting?

    Starting to choose more plant based meals, more fruits more veggies, less processed foods.

What are your three essential productivity tools for your business; how do you use them; and why do you love them?

    Putting my phone away and a calendar.

What three pieces of fitness equipment should everyone have?

    Resistance bands, a yoga mat and medicine ball.

In your opinion, what are the most overrated and underrated exercises?

    Overrated: lifting too heavy things with no training. Underrated: slow moves and bodyweight exercises.

What motivational/inspirational books have you found to be most helpful?

What are your go-to snacks when you’re on the run?

    Nuts and an apple. Always.

Can you share  a workout session that you routinely do in the gym?

    I would be giving my secrets away! But I typically do a fullbody routine/circuit from squats and lunges to planks and push ups.

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Intertwined | Danielle Radulski

Intertwined | Danielle Radulski

So many people are upset with the way that the Western World Views yoga, but for me I think that it’s such a personal practice that rather than look at other people’s definition, just focus on our own. So, for me yoga is self-love, self-care, patience, moving with mindfulness and intention, not only in your practice but in your daily life. For me it’s a little bit of an escape. It gives me a chance to not focus on anything that’s in the future not focus on anything that’s in the past but to truly focus on what’s going on in the present. -Danielle Radulski

More and more people are adding yoga to their lives to help them achieve health, fitness, balance and harmony. Once you start yoga, it’s very easy to get hooked especially due to all the unexpected benefits that yoga brings. For Danielle Radulski, something that started a merely a hobby transformed into a full-blown career. And she wouldn’t change that for anything in the world!

Yoga

Yoga is a popular practice around the world. While there has been much debate on the various ways yoga can be practiced, there is one thing that just about everyone who does yoga can agree upon. Yoga brings balance between the mind and the body. “I think it really has everything to do with the Mind Body Connection. Being able to leave your ego at the door and listen to your body. Yoga helps us to really become more intuitive. I think that the mind and body are without a doubt intertwined. I think that anyone who has ever truly committed to a yoga practice even if it’s just for 10 minutes, can feel that there’s a clear connection between mind and body.

Aside from the physical benefits of yoga, it really gives you a chance to give your mind the break that it deserves. It’s good for your well-being, it helps you to clear your head, it creates more space for things in your life like love and light and New Opportunities. It helps us to let go of the past and let go of things that are no longer serving us,” Danielle explains.

In Need of a Change

As we go through life, we live and we learn. We find that sometimes we can’t just hang on to all our old habits. We should be accepting and open to adopting new, better habits. No different from the rest of us, there came a time in Danielle’s life where she realized that it was time to let go some of her old habits. “My health and fitness journey started about four years ago. I will have to give a little bit of a backstory for this to make sense. Throughout college and high school, I was what most people would call the life of the party. Chances are if you saw me anywhere from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. any day of the week I would be walking around with a red solo cup. My drinking and partying habits continued up until one year after I graduated college. Right after college I moved to New York City and was working two jobs to make ends meet. I was working full-time in public relations as well as working in a bar three or four nights a week to make some extra money to pay my bills. I didn’t really think twice about the lifestyle that I was living, so when I went to the doctor for a yearly physical I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. 

I remember laying down on my back and my doctor was patting my stomach. She paused slowly over an area which at the time I didn’t even realize, but it was my liver. She had said that my liver felt swollen. As soon as she said this I think that my mind went blank. I come from a long line of people that love to drink (if you know what I mean) so for me this was truly a smack in the face, and a red flag that I was really doing something wrong. Long story short, from this day on my lifestyle truly changed. I ended up going to see a few different specialists, I had to get various ultrasounds to make sure nothing was seriously wrong, and of course I had to drastically change my lifestyle . Thankfully nothing major was wrong it was just my body really giving me a red flag and teaching me a lesson that I need to take care of myself. From here on I needed to start not necessarily working out to lost weight, but finding something that made me want to get up in the morning. Throughout this entire process my roommate at the time had always done a little bit of yoga. She asked me to come to a class with her and I was of course apprehensive, at the time I was not exactly what you would call fit.  But I always say that now looking back – this “health scare” was the BIGGEST blessing in disguise. I am so thankful that it happened because if it hadn’t, who knows where I would be… but I can almost guarantee you that I wouldn’t have found my passion,” Danielle details.

The First Time

Danielle hasn’t had a life long journey of practicing yoga. It was something that didn’t come about until after her college years. However, from the first time that Danielle tried yoga, it was a sweet surprise that yoga would find a deep place within Danielle’s heart. “The first yoga class that I took was at yoga to the people in the East Village in New York City in 2013. From here I started going weekly and then trying to go daily and I just really couldn’t get enough. From here my love affair with yoga grew and about two and a half years later I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training program with Westchester yoga Arts in New Rochelle,” Danielle says.

Career

The overwhelming love and passion that Danielle developed for yoga led her to pursue a career in the yoga industry. After completing her yoga instructor courses, she was ready to take on the job of teaching people about one of the most important aspects of her life. “I started teaching one year ago and now can’t imagine my life without it. Teaching is such a different experience than taking yoga class. I tell my students all the time that it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Being able to see people come into a room with weight on their shoulders or maybe you can see it in their eyes and then at the end of the class helping them to walk out even just a little bit lighter is such a blessing.

I now teach between 3 and 4 classes a week, as well as private lessons and maintaining my personal practice. I also work for a health and wellness company called Yovada, so I’m lucky because my passion has truly extended itself into every part of my life,” Danielle exclaims!

Reward

Yoga has been so beneficial to Danielle and her ability to spread the same joy she feels through her teaching is even more of a bonus. “From my personal yoga practice the most rewarding thing has been finding a passion that makes me want to get up in the morning. Realizing that when you take care of yourself the universe takes care of you. My friends, my family, have an amazing relationship with my boyfriend Chris… I truly believe that things like this don’t just happen out of nowhere. I think when I changed my lifestyle and focused more on self-care I started to attract the same thing into my life.

From a teaching standpoint, the most rewarding thing is without a doubt helping people truly reap the benefits of yoga. So not necessarily being able to do a headstand but being able to walk out of the class a little bit lighter than you walked in. Sometimes you can just see it in someone’s eyes maybe it’s stress or pain when they walk into the room and when they leave and they come up to you, they don’t even have to say anything, you can just see it,” Daniel says.

What advice would you give to a young person today who wanted to ditch a sedentary lifestyle and become more fit and healthy?

I would say the hardest part is to start. But once you start you also need to realize that other aspects of your life are going to change, beyond just what you order at dinner, or what you do on a Friday night after work. I left behind a lot of things when I really cut back on my drinking and changed my lifestyle. So I would say to definitely approach things with an open mind. Your friend Group may change, your plans are going to change, it’s a lot of different things that you don’t necessarily think about. Sometimes it’s not even about ordering the salad vs. the burger, it’s WAY harder to let go of a friend who wants to drink every night than it is your meal selection. Realize that like attracts like, and that you need to surround yourself with people who support you and want the same things.

Where should they focus most of their energy to get the most bang for their proverbial buck?

I would say definitely focus in the kitchen. You can find tons and I mean tons of free workouts on YouTube – people think that this is where their $ needs to go, but I think the opposite. I do a lot of workouts on YouTube even to this day, and the internet is a place of wonder. You can find almost anything there!  Something that you cannot replace is healthy, fresh food.  would say another key is also to buy as much fresh stuff as possible. The longer you spend in the produce aisle the better!

Think about the 80/20 rule: If you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for someone just starting?

Baby steps to changing your lifestyle start somewhere – even if it’s committing to 10 minutes of cardio a day, or one healthy meal per day.

Why do you think a person’s mindset is so integral to their success?

If you believe you can, you will. I always tell my students in my yoga classes that the body listens to what the mind says. So, if you think that you cannot do something, your body is going to listen. Also, why put out bad things and bad energy into the universe? The more good energy and vibes that you put out there, the more you’re going to get back.

“The hardest part of a healthy lifestyle I truly believe is starting. So, have an open mind. Find a buddy (don’t even try to say you can’t find one because Instagram is FULL of buddies waiting to be found), approach your journey with PATIENCE. Never give up. Know that when you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.” -Danielle Radulsk

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Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

Drew Manning Walks the Walk to better understand the struggle of his fitness clients

Health and fitness coach Drew Manning doesn’t ‘Talk the Talk’. When it comes to finding out what it’s like to be out of shape, unhealthy, and to struggle to make fitness gains he has taken extreme measures to ‘Walk the Walk’. Drew actually decided to get fat (that’s likely not the most politically correct term for it, so “overweight” or “unhealthy weight”) on purpose to experience what it was like to be overweight. “I was overweight for the first time in my life so I could better relate to my clients” Drew says ‘and so I wrote a book about my humbling experience and it’s now a TV show.

Drew started his journey of Fit2Fat2Fit (Fit to Fat to Fit) on May 7, 2011

The whole purpose of this journey was for Drew to gain a better understanding of what it was like to be overweight. He wanted to better relate to his overweight fitness clients.Drew says he didn’t know what this experience was going to lead to but. “Once I was asked to come on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is where it finally felt “real” and that this idea wasn’t just some stupid idea that no one would pay attention to” Drew says.

The ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Journey

“I decided to get fat to better empathize with my clients. I grew up my entire life in shape and never knew any different. I had no idea how hard it really was for my clients so I decided to completely let myself go for 6 months and gained 75 lbs in 6 months. I also wanted to inspire people in a totally different way by doing something so completely different. I didn’t do it to disrespect anyone or to pretend to know exactly what it was like for people who are overweight and have been overweight for years or even decades, but at least I can say I have more empathy and a better understanding for having done this.”

“I grew up in a very strict/black and white culture of either ‘You do or do not’ and there were no excuses” Drew tells me, “So it helped to be strong and push past any pain or weaknesses. We were a very large family of 11 siblings. I learned how to work hard and my parents instilled us with great discipline. That discipline really was essential in this journey.”

“When I started gaining weight there was no way for me to know how poorly it would make me feel. I wanted to quit when I hit the 70 lb mark. I felt so horrible and disgusting at that point. I also wanted to quit when I saw my first stretch marks come in because I still cared way too much about my physical appearance at that time. What kept me going was knowing that there were people watching me and were counting on me. So that accountability helped me push past those hard times.”

“The whole process helped me realize that transformation is much more mental and emotional than people think. It’s not so much about the meal plans and the workouts and the diets, etc. It’s about loving who we are and knowing that we are more than what our bodies look like.”

In the end, Drew says he’s most proud when people come up to him and thank him. “People tell me their life story of obstacles that they’ve overcome in their past. Seeing how many people have been inspired by this crazy journey. It’s so touching and rewarding to see people so inspired and motivated to transform their lives.”

Focus on the Process

“After going through this process and looking back on what were the most important elements of a successful comeback.” Drew says “I advise people to stop worrying about what other people think. You must let go of your ego and to stop attaching yourself to outcomes. Instead just focus on the process and the growth that comes from putting in the effort no matter what the outcome is. In the end, if you keep that focus, the results will come.

Drew stays busy with his television show but there’s even more to his busy life

A Day in the Life

Morning

I wake up and meditate and do positive affirmations. I drink my water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Then I brew my coffee and add in butter and mct oil or coconut oil sometimes. Then I’ll work for a couple hours and get ready for my workout and I’ll take my exogenous ketones an hour before I workout.

Afternoon

I’ll get my workout in and come home and get my first meal in, which will usually consist of eggs, sausage/bacon, butter, cheese sauteed with some spinach and broccoli. Then it’s a shower and back to work.

Evening

This is where I’ll have my second meal of the day and usually this will be around 7-8pm. This will consist of maybe a couple beef patties with some avocado and cheese on top and I’ll sautee some cauliflower in 100% full fat coconut milk.

Night

I’ll wind down by watching an episode of Game of Thrones and then I’ll read one of my books before bed.

Workouts

Most recently I’ve been training for a Spartan Race and doing a mix of HIIT / Crossfit style workouts 3 days a week. I’ve been running, sprinting and climbing hills 3 days a week and one rest day. When that’s over, I might get back to Crossfit / Super Set Style body building lifting. I like mixing those two up.

Diet & Nutrition

Currently, I’ve been loving Ketosis and not for the reasons people might think. I’m not doing Keto to get leaner or to lose weight, but for the improvement in cognitive function, mental clarity, focus and energy. I’ve done Paleo and Whole30 in the past and still think those are great. Most people will benefit from Paleo and Whole30 for sure. I do think different diets work differently for different people and I preach all the time to find whatever works for you and make it a lifestyle change. I just love not being a slave to food, only eating twice per day and never feeling like I’m starving or ‘hangry’ all the time if I don’t have food.

Change & Mindset

When people are trying to make healthy changes and become physically fit when they haven’t been so before, they need to make major lifestyle changes. That being said, establishing inroads to attaining a fit body is going to be different for each person depending on their goals and their past history. Finding a support system is probably the first step. Even before that, you have to be mentally and emotionally ready for the lifestyle transformation. Finding either a trainer, nutritionist, a group fitness class would be a good place for people that have no idea where to start and need their hand held for the first little bit.

Once you’ve gotten started and established new habits is where accountability comes into play.

I advise people to keep yourself accountable to friends, family, or an online community to help you in these moments. It’s not a magic pill, but it’s easier to get through setbacks if you have a support system to help keep you accountable. No matter who you are, you’re going to have setbacks and that’s why it’s so important to have this support system to keep you accountable during these hard times.

When setbacks come, one thing is to remind yourself that you are progressing whether you see that progress or not. Also, you’ll be so much happier if you detach yourself from outcomes and focus on the work and habits you’re developing during the process.

Life is too short to define yourself with weight, body fat percentage, etc.

I think measuring is fine, but I don’t believe that the scale is the best way to do that. The best ways to measure results are bloodworm (try Everly Well for at home convenient and affordable testing if you are too busy to make doctors appointments), Dexa Body scan or Bod Pod for body fat percentages, and improvements in fitness (i.e. doing the same workout 2-4 weeks apart to measure progress in time/efficiency/recovery)

The Future

I’d love to see myself still doing what I’m doing. I feel that the Fit2Fat2Fit brand could eventually become a household brand with many more seasons of Fit2Fat2Fit on television. I’m working on building Fit2Fat2Fit join up groups in some small areas across the nation. I’d love to have “an army” of Fit2Fat2Fit trainers that come from a place of empathy and caring first before helping their clients.

Who knows though…the sky is the limit!

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No Tummy Mommy | Trisha Enriquez

No Tummy Mommy | Trisha Enriquez

This one is for the ladies with the babies. That’s right; I’m talking about all the mothers out there. Trisha Enriquez is helping mothers all over the world to get healthy and stay fit.  

“I started a small business that focuses on providing fitness and nutrition coaching for mothers – all done virtually – essentially helping women to be healthier and happier mamas,” Trisha says.

Inspiration

Having a baby is one of the world’s greatest gifts. Holding your little miracle for the first time not only makes everything you have endured in life so far worthwhile, but it can also spark you to want to go above and beyond from that point. Babies are truly inspiring and are also the world’s greatest supporters.

Inspired by the birth of her own child, Trisha dove deep into the world of fitness. While health and fitness has always been a part of Trisha’s life, having a child sparked an even deeper interest for Trisha. She not only wanted to keep herself fit, but she also wanted to begin to help others. Hence, “No Tummy Mommy” was born. Not only does Trisha get to train and advise moms all over the world and help them reach their fitness goals. She also gets to bring her daughter along for the ride too! “Having my daughter involved in the No Tummy Mommy brand makes the journey way more fun and rewarding,” Trisha exclaims.

Motherhood

As I said earlier, motherhood is an amazing gift, but it definitely comes with a lot of changes. This even includes how you maintain your health and fitness. A lot of times when people hear about personal training for mothers, they assume it is just for mothers who have to previous background in fitness. That is completely wrong! Whether you have never been to a gym in your life or you were one of the top female body builders in the world, having a baby sort of resets any previous (or lack thereof) workout plans you have already established. You have to learn to adjust your workouts to the way your “mommy life” works now. “Motherhood has really changed how I stay fit and healthy. Of course, there is a lot of time management skills required, but it’s also a lot about our mindset. I schedule workouts in my calendar and stick to them like I would a meeting. Also, as a mother you are so tired most days so the last thing you want to do is work out; I also suggest recruiting another mommy friend who has the same goals in mind as you do. This helps so much,” Trisha advises.

Mindset

Just as it is important to stay mentally strong as a mother, health and fitness require that same mentality. It’s not just enough to do the workouts and try a diet or two. If you really want to see results, you have to make it up in your mind that you can achieve them AND maintain them!

As a strong and entrepreneurial mother, Trish knows a thing or two about being mentally tough. She does her best to guide all of her clients in the same direction. Her number one rule when training? “The mind is everything. What we believe, we become. For someone starting out – if they truly believe they can make a change in their lifestyle, they will do it!” And she’s totally right! That’s why before starting any workout plans or diets or even hopping on the scale, Trisha always suggests one thing as the first steps to health and fitness. “Focus your energy on setting a plan for yourself (ie. Times you will work out, prep meals, recruit a friend, decide on a workout routine, etc). I believe that if you spend time up front planning and organizing how you are going to implement your routine, you will be that much more successful,” Trisha explains.

What three pieces of fitness equipment should everyone have?

A skipping rope

A kettlebell

A yoga mat

In your opinion, what are the most overrated and underrated exercises?

The most overrated exercise is the bench press. The most underrated exercise is the pull up!

What are your go-to snacks when you’re on the run?

I love almonds or almond butter mixed in Greek yogurt!

What are your beliefs on performance diet like?    Do you prescribe to a particular philosophy on diet (example: Paleo, Gluten free, etc…)?

In my opinion, there is not one best diet because every person is different and each dietary protocol has its pros and cons.  Plus, something that worked great for one mother might not work as well for you. Ultimately it’s finding a nutrition routine that suits your individuality and of course, one that includes foods you will actually eat and enjoy.

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Functional Fitness | Alex Ho

Functional Fitness | Alex Ho

I was in the middle of a “Year of Yes,” where I was saying yes to trying out more things, and my friend asked if I wanted to do a month of unlimited bootcamp. After only 2 classes I was completely sold and spent the next half year getting in the best shape of my life while falling in love with running. 6 months later I had studied for and passed my personal training certification course and started teaching classes before and after my day job. One year after teaching and working in construction management I decided to quit my job to become a full time trainer,” Alex Ho says. And that it where it all began!

Functional Fitness

Alex Ho is a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast. His training program is taking the city of San Francisco by storm. He does everything from one on one sessions to large group sessions. His specialty is focusing on what he refers to as functional fitness. “To me functional fitness is a way to train your body so that it can do what you want when you want in daily life. Yes, people have different functions in their life than others but there is a base functionality of being able to push, pull, twist, bend, crawl, and climb that humans should be able to perform,” Alex says.

Needless to say, you won’t be stuck in the gym while training with Alex. Not only will he push you to get a workout in, but also a great adventure around the city. “I think that most people in a gym are stuck in their routines of using the machines that only move in one plane of motion. There are some really strong men and women who can bench press a ton of weight but put them on a stability ball where they have to fire up their full body to balance and they’ll be thrown off completely. Functional fitness means that you can adjust your body to differing conditions under stress. That could mean moving a weight around while running, changing directions quickly, or catching a medicine ball while balancing on one foot. The key is to think of exercising in a 3 dimensions instead of 2,” Alex explains.

Courage

Everyone faces obstacles as they pursue their career, but according to Alex his biggest obstacle was a little different from most. Alex had already had a successful career in the construction and engineering field. However, his true passion was in fitness. He was forced with the decision to either stick with his well-paying job or take a risk and pursue his passion. “Leaving a stable career with a steady paycheck, benefits, retirement plan, etc. for a career where I would be working hourly and have to figure out how to sell my services in order to make a living was frightening. Thankfully I had the support of a lot of friends and family who helped me through the process and encouraged me to follow my passion,” Alex says.

Luckily, the risk paid off big time! And it came along with benefits that Alex never thought of. “The most rewarding part of the journey has been changing people’s lives in a positive way. I have some clients who I have been working with for a while and to see the change in them is incredible. Some have lost weight, some have conquered a new goal, and others have taken on their fears and adjusted their look on life to live happier. It’s not only the physical changes but the mental ones that really make a difference.”

Future

Alex has plans to continue on this career path and expand in the future. “I see myself still training one on one but instead of leading a lot of group classes I would be leading more seminars teaching people about how to structure classes and how to connect with and help clients in more ways than fitness. I hope that Revision Athletics is known as a go-to company for the highest quality info about how to live a healthy life,” Alex details.

What three pieces of fitness equipment should everyone have?

1) TRX

2) Resistance Band

3) Kettle Bell

In your opinion, what are the most overrated and underrated exercises?

I’d say the most overrated exercise is the bench press. Unless you’re a bodybuilder or just looking to build up your pecs you can get a lot more bang for your buck from doing a pushup.  

The most underrated exercise may be a pullup. Most people are scared of pullups because they are so hard but it requires a lot of core strength and upperbody strength. It’s also very useful for climbing!

What motivational/inspirational books have you found to be most helpful?

I read a lot of books about running (mainly because it’s my passion) so I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from ‘Born to Run’ and ‘The Cool Impossible’. Born to Run has a great story while the Cool Impossible has a lot of great exercises for runners. I also really enjoy Kelly Starrett’s book ‘Ready to Run’ for how much he goes into the importance of mobility for athletic performance.

What are your go-to snacks when you’re on the run?

I typically bring an apple and a snack bar (Clif, perfect bar, Kind bar, etc.) when I’m out and about. If I’m going to do workout between clients I’ll bring some protein powder for a post workout recovery.

What’s your beliefs on performance diet like?    Do you prescribe to a particular philosophy on diet (example: Paleo, Gluten free, etc…)?

I don’t follow any certain type of philosophy on diet because everybody has a different diet requirement. For myself, I really focus on eating organic non-processed foods as much as possible, drinking a lot of water, and staying away from processed sugars. The reason why most diets work is because people become more aware of what they are eating instead of just going for whatever is easiest or fastest.  

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Compound Effect leads to Big Gains | Christmas Abbott

Compound Effect leads to Big Gains | Christmas Abbott

Christmas Abbott is a crossfit pro & fitness enthusiast that encourages others to use fitness as a means to turn their lives around. She does this through as many channels as she can find: she’s written books, started fitness programs, she tours, does motivational speaking, and nutrition consulting.

I’m using my personal turbulence I’ve experienced through life and applying it to the wellness and fitness industry. I want to help people wake up and realize that they have the opportunity to change their lives every day,” Christmas says.

Start

Growing up Christmas had many challenges through life. By the age of 13, she was drinking, smoking and doing drugs. By 21, her habits lead to her doing meth and becoming an alcoholic. She didn’t really consider the damage she was doing to her body at the time. It wasn’t until she took a trip to Iraq as a civilian consultant that she had an epiphany. “I realized I was continuing to make bad decisions and continuing to put myself in compromising situations. I was going to end up killing myself because of the decisions I was making. I decided to make a better decision. I decided to quit smoking. I decided to work out and I discovered fitness and health and wellness. That became my new addiction,” Christmas explains.

The moment that Christmas realized she was capable of achieving a state of health; she started with the realization that she had positive power. She was able to commit herself to a 30 day regimen. For 20 minutes a day, three times a week, Christmas would work out on an elliptical. “This was like my gateway drug to fitness. It was a very subtle transition into fitness but by the third week, I noticed a difference in myself. It wasn’t necessarily physically fit, but I just felt better. I felt proud of myself for the first time in my life. That’s when I caught the bug of positive reinforcement,” Christmas says. Since then Christmas admits it’s still been a bit of a struggle. However through her transitioning she has gained self-worth and confidence. “I love myself fully and I want to enrich my life with positivity,” Christmas declares.

Childhood

Christmas grew up in a poor household, however her parents loved her very much. Her mother named her Christmas Joy because she brought joy to her mom’s world when she was born.  Christmas’ father was the epitome of a biker. And the biker lifestyle that the family lived, while very exciting is what lead Christmas to picking up some of the habits that she felt was taking away from her life.

Of course, Christmas doesn’t blame her parents. They just didn’t know of a healthier way of living. “For me, when I saw that I had an option to change that, I felt more empowered,” Christmas says. However Christmas still remains very close to her family. “I wasn’t a product of a healthy lifestyle growing up. And I want people to know regardless of what upbringing you have, you can still change your future,” Christmas says.

Obstacles

Christmas had to overcome a lot of obstacles in her journey to being as fit as she is now. For her, the hardest one was to find self-worth. “I had to believe that I was capable and had to believe that I was worth something more. Once we find ways to feel proud of ourselves, that’s when we get on a path to loving ourselves. As soon as I started to love myself, that’s when the opportunities starting presenting themselves,” Christmas says.

Wellness Wheel

According to Christmas, the keys to living a happy, healthy lifestyle comes from within. “I tell people you have five fingers and you usually have five obligations that you can commit to before it becomes overwhelming. You have to take care of yourself.

Sleep well, eat well, exercise, and meditate.

All of this comes into play. You can be eating well and be stressed out at work and still gain weight. So when one thing is out of whack, it has a ripple effect. Living a perfectly balanced life is pretty much unheard of, but you can get pretty close to it when you create this balance. It is a mental fortitude of tenacity. When bad things happen, you can actually navigate through them in a faster and more efficient way,” Christmas says.

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Fitness Passion | Kate Lemere

Fitness Passion | Kate Lemere

Fitness blogger and personal trainer Kate Lemere has a deep passion for fitness.  Her love for fitness hit her during her college years. She fell in love with trying new physical activities in her spare time. “I discovered group exercise when I was in college. I was a competitive swimmer all my life, but decided to pursue other avenues once I graduated high school. It occurred to me very quickly that I didn’t know how to workout on my own. The co-rec at my university had a full schedule of group exercise classes ranging from Body Pump, Kickboxing and Spinning. I tried it all and couldn’t get enough! It was an instant love that I knew needed to be a bigger part of my life,” Kate says. From there it was no turning back for Kate. Her destiny was decided and what would be her career was made.

Challenges

Everyone faces challenges throughout life. Being a personal trainer, Kate is exposed to a lot of the tough compromises that people face. She finds that there are two main challenges people face when they are trying to make a healthy lifestyle change. The first is time and the second is intimidation. “There aren’t enough hours in the day, for everyone. If it seems like a schedule is too packed, health and fitness is usually the first thing to get sacrificed. The key is to efficiently plan and maximize the time you do have to be able to get the most out of your availability. Additionally, starting a new fitness regime can be intimidating and it’s only human nature for our first reaction to want to opt out of what makes us uncomfortable,” Kate explains.

Kate suggest that you shouldn’t let either of those things stop you. She often works with her clients on overcoming those two hurdles. Key way that she overcomes the challenge of being pressed for time is to focus on “the prioritization of movement. I prioritize my workouts, long or short, big or small. It is a non-negotiable part of my day. I find that just by doing so, I make better nutritional choices, sleep better, am a more creative and strategic thinker and am that much closer to reaching all of my goals in and out of the gym. Even on the days where I’m lacking motivation or hit snooze 5+ times, it’s never something I regret.”

Her biggest goal is to help others find a way to achieve fitness while working through anything that may deter them away from their ultimate goal. She uses her platform to motivate others and help them find the same passion for fitness that she has.

Mindset

“There are two types of people in this world. Those who say, “I can’t” and those who say, “I can.” In every moment we make a choice, we choose the course our life takes. Those who say, “I can’t” and those who say “I can” will end up on two very different trajectories. Everyone can have what it is they want. You just have to make the choice.” –Kate Lemere

Motivation

Of course self-motivation is essential to accomplishing a fit lifestyle. However it is ok to look for some outside sources to get you going. For Kate, reading is one of the ways she finds motivation for herself. One of her personal favorites is the book “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss. “It’s a quick read that I flip through regularly. It’s one of those trust the universe types of books. While cheesy at times, always refreshes my perspective and reminds me keep the big picture in focus whenever I’m sweating the small stuff,” Kate says.

What do you advise people first start when they are starting fresh with serious fitness goals?  Diet or Workout?  Or both?  Does it matter?

Both. The work you do in the gym won’t mean sh*t if you’re not mindful of what you’re consuming. Nutrition and fitness are two different programs that can either work together, or against each other. When you’re serious about a fitness goal it’s critical to pay attention to both.

What three pieces of fitness equipment should everyone have?

You mean, besides a SlimClip Case?! Running shoes and training shoes offer a different functions and levels of stability so I always recommend investing in both. A jump rope is affordable, portable and can deliver one helluva workout in as little as 10 minutes.

Which exercise do you most commonly see people performing improperly, and how can they correct it?

Deadlifts…they may be one of the most effective drills you can do, but also very easy to perform improperly. Deadlifts are reliant on a flat back, a deep hip hinge and engaged shoulders. If you’re squatting, bending or letting your shoulders round over your chest you’re not only at risk for injury, but making zero gains.

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All Smiles

All Smiles

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Jera Foster-Fell inspires with an “All smiles all the time” attitude

Twenty Seven year old New Yorker Jera Foster-Fell, also known as the @WorkOutBean radiates with personality and positivity that excites and inspires others to reach their potential.  Jera is anything but shy and her triumphs as well as her trials are on display for her following.  

Jera, who is a graphic designer by training is super psyched to “finally be doing something that I feel passionate about, that makes me happy, and gives me a sense of fulfillment. Through movement, sweat, social media, and hard work, I’ve created a brand for myself that allows me to not only feel good about myself, but have a positive impact on other people’s lives. ”  I wouldn’t take this to mean that Jera doesn’t love graphic design but to say that fitness has struck a special cord with her.

When did you first start on your Fitness Journey?

Everything began for me in April 2015. I woke up one morning and it was like a lightbulb went off. I had followed some fitness accounts on instagram for about a year and I always had the urge to get healthier, but never did. But something changed that morning. I got out of bed with purpose, I bought Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide twelve week workout program, went to the gym, and began. That same day, I created a fitness Instagram account, @workoutbean, to hold myself accountable. I had no idea at the time that it would turn into what it currently is today.

It’s always so interesting to look back on certain times in your life and realizing things about your situation that you weren’t aware of at the time. Back in April 2015 when fitness first became an essential part of my life, I had just come out of a few challenging months. I don’t think I consciously realized that I needed some sort of an outlet, but clearly I did, and I found that through exercise. Working out allowed me to create the space I needed to focus on myself, and the social media aspect of it created a space where I was able to make connections and friendships with other women.

First, when I initially began working out consistently back in April 2015 with BBG by Kayla Itsines (a twelve week program), twelve weeks seemed like forever! I had never come close to working out consistently for that length of time. Despite that, I finished the twelve weeks and was incredibly proud of myself. Once I completed that guide, I felt confident that I could do anything else that I set my mind to.

When did you first know you were going to become a ‘Fitness Influencer’?

I think it took quite some time to realize that I was a “fitness influencer” and to be honest, I still have a hard time saying that phrase.

I feel like a normal person doin’ normal thangs!

But I do remember fairly early on, perhaps just a month or so after making exercise a priority and creating my instagram account, girls would message or or comment on my photos telling me that I motivated them to workout that particular morning. Or that they used my recipe to make dinner. Or that simply, I inspire them. I’ll never forget that feeling of realizing that however small it was, I was impacting people in a positive way. That made me feel so good. I realized that it was a feeling that I had never gotten before as a graphic designer, and that feeling made me want to seriously consider leaving my job as a graphic designer and transitioning over to fitness full time.

Is there anything about your upbringing that you can link to your inspiration and success thus far?

My parents always allowed me to explore creativity as I pleased. Whether it was stomping in the mud as a toddler, wearing pink zinc and blue sparkles on my lips as a kid, creative writing as a teen, or graphic design in college, I was always encouraged to try new things and do as I pleased. I think being given the flexibility to test the waters of new interests was huge for me and absolutely was a major factor in leading me to where I am today.

Jera Foster-Fell is @WorkOutBean

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your fitness journey?

I don’t think there has been one single significant obstacle that I’ve overcome in my fitness journey thus far.

I would say that there is the more general day to day  challenge of staying consistent with physical exercise.

Everyone always asks about motivation, and that’s such an interesting subject because motivation is so fleeting. Most days, I don’t wake up and say, “I can’t wait to work out today!”, that’s just not how it works. But a few things get me past that moment of hesitation:

1. Routine.  Creating a routine for yourself forces you to create a habit. Once you have a habit formed, you do it no matter what, regardless of if you feel motivated.

2. Workout buddies. Having someone with similar goals as you, whether they’re with you physically or not, is incredibly helpful for keeping yourself accountable.

3. That post workout feeling. No one ever regretted a workout!

Why did you choose to start your fitness journey with BBG?

Close to two years ago, I was scrolling through Instagram’s explore page and I came across the instagram account, @kayla_itsines. I wasn’t into fitness at all at the time, it was probably the least active phase of my life, but I was enthralled by the transformations that I saw on her account.

When I decided to bite the bullet and try it myself about a year later, it seemed like the only logical step to take in terms of getting into a fitness routine. Besides going for a run or using the elliptical, I was clueless in terms of what to do in the gym. Following BBG laid everything out exactly as I needed to do it and gave me the confidence to walk into the gym and get my workout done.

BBG is an exercise program on the surface level, but underneath that, it’s so much more.

There is a huge community of mostly women on instagram who do BBG, and it’s such an incredibly supportive and empowering community. Where else in the world do you see strangers, particularly women, coming together to cheer each other on in such a genuine way? When I first created my fitness account back in April 2015, it was simply a way to hold myself accountable to consistently working out, but I quickly realized that it had way more potential than that. I started connecting with other women, many of whom have become my real life friends.

So is BBG a workout program? Yes, definitely. But is it also a revolutionary movement bringing women together from all across the globe to get healthy and support each other in the process? Absolutely.

What else did you try?

I did about two and a half rounds of BBG before switching to PPCG aka Progress Pure’s Curve Guide. The creator, Molly, was my very first instagram friend. Her guide is based around lifting. I was one of the first people able to test out her guide, and I loved it because it allowed me to explore the weight room which I was always a little intimidated by.

Was there ever a time when you were contemplating quitting?

I’ve been on a mission for close to a year now to become a SoulCycle instructor. As soon as I got my heart set on it, there was no turning back. It was probably good that at the time of this decision, I didn’t quite fully understand how difficult it is to become an instructor!

Part of the process is auditions, and this was absolutely terrifying for me. Up until that point, I was a graphic designer and I had zero fitness instructions experience. On top of that, I had a fear of public speaking. I went into that first audition with all odds against me, but I somehow pushed through and survived. And I thought I did a decent job!

A week later, I got an email saying that I did not make it to the next round. I was heartbroken. I felt like I put my heart and soul into the audition, and to have them say no hit me at my very core. It made me question if I was good enough, or if I would ever be good enough. Though I allowed myself to wallow in self doubt for a day or so, I was able to turn those feelings around and used them as extra fuel for the fire to prepare for the next audition. Getting a “no” made me work that much harder to eventually get a “yes”.

I didn’t quit because a “no” right now doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be a yes down the line. I think that sometimes, not getting what we want is important. Not only does it build character, but it makes us figure out how badly we want something. If we get a no and then quit, well, maybe that wasn’t the right path.

“It’s not failure until you give up.”

What’s been the most rewarding part of all of this so far?

The most rewarding part of my journey so far has absolutely been hearing that I’ve had some sort of positive impact on people’s lives. When I hear that my instagram post motivated someone to get out of bed that morning, or that sharing my own personal challenges has helped others tackle their own difficult times, I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel.

Jera is a certified personal trainer & a SoulCycle instructor

It’s an interesting cycle- I workout, feel good, share bits and pieces of my life, post about it, and in turn other people see it and feel motivated, feel good themselves, and tell me about, which makes me feel good. Though it’s not always glitter and unicorns, it’s this crazy positivity train of empowerment, and people just being real with each other.

What advice would you give to a person that wanted to follow a similar path?

If you want to commit to a healthy lifestyle, there are a few things that need to happen. First, you need to make a solid decision that this is not something that you’re just going to say that you want. It’s not something that you’re simply going to wish for. It’s something that you’re making a firm decision to do. No one else is going to make a change for you. Realize that you are the only one responsible for your body, your mind, and your health, and you are responsible for taking care of it.

Next, I think that when you want to start exercising consistently, it’s best to have some sort of a program to follow. It can be really confusing at first to walk into a gym, and I think a lot of people resort to the cardio machines as a default. Everyone needs to do cardio, but there are so many other ways to break a sweat, and it’s essential to keep your body moving in a new ways. By signing up for a workout program, you’ll feel confident about what to do, and you’ll have an easy plan to stick to.

Another great tool is having a workout buddy to hold you accountable. Whether that’s your significant other or someone you met on instagram, find someone who is going to make sure that you get your butt moving each day!

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Allow yourself to have rest days. Indulge in a dessert now and then. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout.

A huge part of a healthy lifestyle is balance.

Sometimes we get crazy at the gym, and sometimes we netflix and chill.

Who do you consider the icons in health & fitness?

I think that the everyday girl is quickly becoming the next icon in fitness. Social media makes everything so much more accessible and connected, and because of social media, people are able to have a voice in such a way that wasn’t possible just a few years ago. Models are gorgeous, athletes are powerful…. But they’re not relatable. Now, more so than ever, women want to look up to other women that they can find some common ground with.

What’s the next frontier in building your fitness tribe?

I would love to start creating video content! I grew up with my mom who is in film, so I learned how to edit from her. Every single project I did growing up involved video and editing, and currently, video is becoming more and more popular. Whether it’s workout videos, sharing about my life, or something more on the creative side, I’m really looking forward to diving into video this upcoming year.

Where did the name ‘WorkOut Bean’ come from?

My parents have had all kinds of nicknames for me growing up!

Bean, Jera Bean, JB, among many others (don’t ask why my dad calls me “Rabbit Brains”!) I’ve always loved Bean, so any time I’ve needed to make an instagram handle, I’ve used that.

My first account was my art and handlettering account, @bean_robin, and when it came time to make a fitness account, @workoutbean was the first thing that popped into my head.

@WorkOutBean is an inspiration for women that are exploring and wanting to make healthy changes

What do you feel is the most important element for a personal just starting or struggling in a fitness program?

For someone who is just starting off in a fitness program or for someone who is trying to be more active, it’s crucial to create a routine for yourself. When you’re first starting out, everything is so new, it can be easy to get sidetracked. If you build a schedule for yourself and make a promise to yourself to stick to it, you will set yourself up for success.

Something else to keep in mind though is not to try and change too much at once. You don’t have to simultaneously start working out six days a week, drinking a gallon of water a day, getting 8 hours of sleep each night, and never eating dessert. Instead, try to slowly incorporate healthy habits one by one so that you can adjust to each change with the time that you need to get used to it.

“For anyone who starts to doubt themselves or feels themselves struggling, remember that you didn’t come this far to only come this far.” – Jera

Whether it’s focusing specifically on our fitness journey or taking a step back and examining our lives, remember that the ups and downs are inevitable.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Jera Foster-Fell (@WorkOutBean)

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