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Activist, Athlete and Artist, Andia Winslow – Fitness With A View [Travel]

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From Fortune 500 companies, community organizations, internationally recognized initiatives and beyond, Andia has been honored to balance her role as an elite athlete ambassador, broadcaster, advocate and spokesmodel. Her experience includes work as a public speaker, gala/event hostess, corporate clinic presenter, documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and dedicated golf instructor. Major clients have included: Intel Corporation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, National Recreation and Parks Association,  Walmart, Major League Baseball (MLB), Vanderbilt University, National Football League (NFL) and countless others. She believes that “the best experiences are those that are shared” and has been recognized globally for her fitness activism in the creation of innovative movies that encourage heart health, proper consumption, injury prevention and total athletic development.

Andia is on a mission “to help people around world harmonize their bodies w/ their environments!” No gym required.

Traveling is something you’ve done quite a bit as of late. Why might people looking for fit trips want to travel so some of your recent destinations? (Grenada, Spice Isle; Grand Cayman; Redwood Forest, California; Santa Monica, California, and Phoenix, Arizona)

I’m inspired by the built environment and the energies that make big cities famous, but my first love is the natural world. I seek destinations that take my breath away, not necessarily because of the altitude but because of the sheer beauty of the vistas. Oh, and because of the workout potential of course! Grenada is hilly, quiet and home to a thriving triathlete community. On every occasion that I visit Phoenix, Arizona, I’m on the precipice of Camelback Mountain upon hours of landing at Sky Harbor International. A 6.5 hour drive West lands you in Santa Monica. There’s nothing quite like hiking in the mountains for breakfast and catching waves for lunch! The Redwood forest is a meditative must-visit. Feeling completely insignificant while standing beneath giants and yet empowered to share that feeling with everyone that you know or will come to know.

Your fitness spontaneity or as you say “get it in where you can fit it in,” is very unique. Where is the most random place you’ve decided to exercise?

Random is in the eye of the beholder! Footage of me working out in an East Harlem laundromat went viral online but I’ve also found comfort fitting in workouts at the barbershop, on the subway en route to work and in my kitchen while planning the week’s meal prep.

Spending most of your time in the Big Apple. Where can people go in NYC for a great workout with a view to match?

The Brooklyn Promenade has become a very popular destination for the active set. Views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Governor’s Island prove good backdrops for those who love a workout selfie. Not to mention, the City of New York has done an amazing job transforming industrial blight into basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts, roller rinks, seasonal swimming pools, expansive boardwalk, bike path and more. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way!

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    The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise (Rance Elgin Photography)

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    Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona

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    Grand Cayman

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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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Living Fit The Civil Way – How A Healthy Lifestyle Powers Karen Civil’s Success

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It’s another beautiful November day in Los Angeles, and it’s shoot day. Karen Civil is en route, and the team is preparing for her arrival. You can feel how the atmosphere changes when she walks into the studio. She brings an aura of confidence, yet calmness. Even while she’s ironing out details of her schedule for the rest of the week, she’s in lock step during shoot prep. Karen is like a chameleon who can rock many different looks and shine bright while doing it.

Everyone has their own method of preparation for photo shoots. We can imagine that in being a cover girl for a fitness mag, she wanted to be ready. But, her lifestyle, work ethic, and commitment to maintaining good health and a solid physique proved to be a perfect return on investment on shoot day.

The Elizabeth, New Jersey native now residing in Los Angeles is one of the best digital strategists in the game.  Even if you still don’t know who she is by now, you probably know her work and have seen her footprint. Check some of her most notable receipts:

Remember when Weezy went to prison? Karen was responsible for the creation of his fan site weezythanxyou.com, that kept his fans connected and brand intact during his incarceration. This was crucial because it was before social media gave us all direct access to our favorite celebs and entertainers.

You know all those Beats by Dre ads with notable athletes and entertainers wearing the headphones while getting a glimpse into their journeys? She spearheaded that campaign.

The booming success of mainstream artists like YG, Nipsey Hussle and Dave East and more, link back to her, as she has elevated these artists into formidable brands.

One of Karen’s platforms, karencivil.com, which kicked off in 2008, has been unique in the hip-hop industry because it is credited with introducing now global superstars to the world before anyone else including Drake, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj.

Karen and her team launched the LiveCivil playground in Haiti, the place of her roots, to create a safe place for children to be able to play and express themselves.

Karen Civil is not only holding her own in a male-dominated industry, but is setting the path that women — and men — want to follow.

What enables Karen Civil to be the powerhouse that she is goes beyond her knowledge, experience, and connections. It is often said that our health is our greatest wealth. How can we live out our fullest potential if we aren’t healthy enough to do it? This is an idea that Karen takes very seriously; it gives her balance and a solid foundation.

Self-care has enabled her to successfully fight her battle with anemia, and maintain not only a solid body, but a solid mental state – something so crucial in the industry she dominates each and every day.

Flip to the next page to read our interview with Karen to find out what fitness means to her, why she felt it was best to let go of her vegan lifestyle, what keeps her grounded, and advice she has on brand-building.

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge

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What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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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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