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#CreateYourGym – Jennifer Nash Forrester On Finding Balance and Living Authentically

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Better health and balance can be found right outside your doorstep. Jennifer Nash Forrester – personal trainer and athlete – whose likability and popularity exploded on social media, started the #CreateYourGym movement to eliminate excuses, empower others and show the world that a great workout can happen just about anywhere. Even First Lady Michelle Obama has shared her inspiring workouts. Get to know more about Jennifer and what’s ahead in the next phase of her life in our candid Q&A.

Who is Jennifer Nash Forrester? 

That’s a loaded question. If you would’ve asked me this question a year ago I would have told you, “I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister and personal trainer.” Today, I like to think of the question as “What am I?” rather than, “Who am I?” Knowing what I am has allowed me to find my balance and live authentically. First and foremost, I am child of God. I am a giver. I am ambitious. I am empowering. I am vulnerable. I am hopeful. I am caring. And, most importantly, I am an authentic spirit with a purpose.

Authenticity, gratitude and true beauty are recurring themes on your Instagram page. Why is it important to you that you share a deeper side of yourself? 

Authenticity, gratitude and true beauty are reoccurring themes because I want to speak as much truth to my audience as possible. I believe that we are all a work in progress and often times we all need little reminder. Media has been proven to have such a negative impact on the self-image of women. I believe there is no better way to create acceptance in your life than through being thankful for what you have. I want to have a positive influence on how women see themselves. I feel so grateful that I am able to walk in my purpose and spread the word that we are all uniquely made.

“You don’t need a gym to get healthy and find balance,” is the focus on your #CreateYourGym movement. What motivated you to begin this movement?

I started the #CreateYourGym movement to help people get rid of the excuse that they had to miss their workout because they couldn’t make into the gym. The workouts I do can be done anywhere with very little or no equipment. I’m on a mission to inspire people to think outside the box and remind them that they already have everything they need to get up and get moving.

We saw your dad in one of your workout videos! How has your balanced approach to fitness influenced those closest to you?  

That video is definitely one of my favorites! I can honestly say that my dad was my first workout buddy because he’d always take me out on his weekend runs when I was a younger. Nowadays, we workout together whenever he visits. My family and friends mean the world to me, and I always try to be a positive light in all of their lives. I encourage them to find ways to get moving so that it doesn’t feel like a daunting task. I remind each of them that there is no magic pill or quick fix. I make sure they all understand that if they want to get healthy and find balance, they will have to make lifestyle changes.

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Elise Neal – Fit Over 50 Interview – Black Fitness Today Exclusive

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Watch our exclusive interview with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more about the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on blackfitnesstoday.com.
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Get an exclusive look at the hot cover shoot with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more on the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on blackfitnesstoday.com.
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How Will “WillDaBeast” Adams Beasted His Way to Becoming One Of Dance’s Biggest Influencers

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He’s elevated dance. His style is highly sought-after. You’ve probably seen a viral video already showcasing his ridiculous choreography. Will “WilldaBeast” Adams is our Fall 2017 cover and we are excited to share the story of such a dope guy with you all! He’s leaving a mark on the industry that will make it tough for others to make any better.

Growing up as a military brat was difficult for Adams. Moving around often, and not feeling a sense of belonging left him questioning his purpose, as he knew he was meant for more. Once he found his love for dance, he took a leap of faith, trusted his talent, and moved to Los Angeles, to become a professional dancer to artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, working with TV series such as GLEE, X-Factor and more. He’d later go on to build his dance empire immaBEAST that has global impact. His annual conference BuildaBeast Experience 2017 going on now, is hosting over 1000 participants daily, representing countries all over the world.

The energy Adams’ choreography brings is so infectious, you may find yourself watching his YouTube channel for hours, or deciding to try some of his choreography yourself – be careful though – we’re not responsible for any pulled muscles or sore joints that may come from trying to move like that! The fitness level he showcases is one to be admired!

Dance as a career, or outlet, certainly has its long-term benefits. But even dance as a form of cardiovascular exercise, or stress-reliever, can improve our overall physical and mental health. Scientific studies show that dancing helps improve our core, overall coordination, fight symptoms of depression, and can even keep our brains from aging!

Adams’ chatted with us about how he stays in great shape, what sets him apart, and what empowers him to be a beast!

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What was life like for you growing up?

Life was confusing for me growing up. I moved around a lot of places, because I was a military brat. I lived in Virginia, Florida and Indiana for 12 years. I learned to love all people, try new things and was super involved with sports, as well as arts. But I always felt out of place and that I was destined for something more.

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