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Nicole Chaplin – Having The Heart to Leave the Past Behind

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Celebrity trainer, motivator and author, Nicole Chaplin, continues to build a long list of accomplishments. Seen on ABC’s Good Morning America, VH-1, and magazines like Fitness Rx for Women and Oxygen Magazine, Nicole Chaplin, has become a well-known name in the fitness industry. Her path to training and helping others achieve their goals did not come overnight; from struggles with self-esteem, an abusive relationship, to beginning and ending her career at Roc-A-Fella Records. Read our interview with Nicole and hr journey.

Seeing your confidence today, some may find it surprising to learn that your physical features affected your self-esteem early in your life. In your book Yes MAM! you write, “My skin is chocolate, my lips are full and defined, my nose is broad and pronounced, and my natural hair is thick and strong.” How did your uniqueness lead to struggles with self-worth?

I had a hard time with my appearance earlier on in my life. I felt like my features were not embraced. My parents are Jamaican and I was born in Miami. In my home, color didn’t matter but I felt a way at times in my surroundings because I was usually the darkest complexion in every school I went to and I felt like an oddball at times. It put a damper on how I saw exterior beauty and it definitely took time and self awareness to realize that I was made perfect in God’s image.

Taking control of what matters most is something that has helped you keep a “glass is half full” outlook. What do you consider to be most important in your life?

The most important part of my life has to deal with knowing that God and family have my back. If I rely on being peaceful, I always make better decisions; I can not allow negative energy to stop me from loving with a pure heart and passionately.

If muscle is a motivator, what is your strongest muscle?

My heart baby! Owww. Its where your desires begin and where you feel love.

You write about a violent relationship you were involved in and how at one point your were hit with a closed fist. And we know from statistics that being involved in toxic relationships can lead to a vicious cycle of seeking similar relationships in the future. How did you avoid that trap?

I quickly pulled myself together and realized “LOVE” does not hurt, it is not painful. Having a man strike you breaks down a woman’s self worth. It really does something to your self-esteem but through time, inside and outside wounds heal and you realize there is a better way to be loved. I started to appreciate my life and value it and realize no one should harm me and call it love because it’s definitely not.

Let’s talk about your turning point, because at one point after college, you began working for Damon Dash at Roc-A-Fella Records, but you wanted more. What was it that you were missing?

I enjoyed the music industry a great deal, especially working with Kanye West. When Damon and Jay went there separate ways I knew in my gut it was time for me to find another avenue. I was having a blast – literally every single day but I wanted to be engaged in a career where I was changing lives in terms of health and I knew I could use my passion for working out somehow.

How did overcome the fear of leaving a budding career in the music industry to pursue your dream in fitness?

I used my heart as my motivation because its where I get excited about what I am doing. I started to read more and more fitness magazines and learned how to become a certified personal trainer. Before I knew it, not only was I was certified but my clientele grew so quickly I was training 45 – 55 sessions per week and then had a waiting list, and this was within the first 3 months. That’s how I knew my heart was in the right place because the desire was there and everything moved quickly for me.

What do you hope women can take away from your story?

I would like women to know that nothing can keep them from excelling as long as they believe it in their heart and soul that they can achieve what they desire. Once I started to love myself as I was/am, my life changed for the better. Be blessed, and to the world, thank you for allowing me to share my story with you.

For more on Nicole, find her on social media, or visit NicoleChaplin.com!

Facebook.com/nicolechaplin1

Youtube.com/nicolechaplin1

Pinterest.com/nicolechaplin

Instagram: @nicolechaplin

Periscope: @nicolechaplin

Twitter: @nicolechaplin

 

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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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