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BFT “Life Changer” – Rashidat Owe



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Rashidat Owe is a multi-faceted fitness professional on a mission to inspire others. As a fitness model, figure competitor and owner of an outdoor gym, her mantra is “create new, destroy old.” Much of this journey started with her own transformation, when she battled with weight and an unhealthy body. Three years later, she is living her dream and using her personal triumphs to motivate others to take control of their health, just like she did. Read our interview with Rashidat on life as a fitness professional, her future plans and how she maintains her physique.

BFT: Tell us a little bit about your personal fitness journey and how you got to where you are now.

RO: My fitness journey started in 2010 after I stepped on the scale at 222 pounds – and that wasn’t my heaviest weight! Like many, I was tired of being unhealthy and overweight, so I went to the gym and hired a trainer. My trainer introduced me to bodybuilding and I fell in love! I competed in a Figure competition nine months later and 60lbs lighter. The competition taught me the value of being self-disciplined and this trait has stayed with me ever since. I knew my personal journey had to be told so that it could encourage others to stay determined and disciplined. This is why I chose to train and coach individuals to live a healthier lifestyle.

BFT: What is the most rewarding aspect of being a personal trainer?

RO: Being able to give people the courage to want to change their lives!

BFT: How did you get into fitness modeling?

RO: I remember looking in the Oxygen magazines at all of the fitness models and I wished I could be as confident about my body as they were. So after my competition in 2010, I had photographers, artists and magazines coming from all over wanting to share my story and take pictures of me so I said, why not?! Here is my chance to be a “fitspiration” to someone like those girls in the magazine were to me.

BFT: When did you become a vegetarian and what affect has it had on your health?

RO: I began eating raw/vegan in March 2013. After constantly yo-yoing because I was never satisfied with the typical “American diet,” a friend of mine introduced me to eating raw/vegan and I went cold turkey. It has changed not only the way I feel mentally, but physically, I feel like I can move a mountain. I am more focused than ever, my energy soars and my body looks and feels amazing! Plus, I am not restricted and I live in abundance! I can eat as much as I want when I want and not have to be worried about portion control, calories and artificial products.

BFT: What foods keep you operating at your best?

RO: WATERMELON!! I love watermelon!

BFT: What is your current workout regimen?

RO: I currently run 2 or more miles 6-7 days a week, weight train 5 days a week and do high intensity interval training (HIIT) 5 days a week.

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BFT: Are you training for anything in particular?

RO: I am currently training for another figure competition as a vegan athlete.

BFT: How has fitness changed your life?

RO: I was in the real estate business for 11 years and worked hard. I never would have thought I would own a gym, a lifestyle brand and coach others to live a healthier lifestyle. It allowed me to retire early.

BFT: What keeps you motivated and how do you motivate others?

RO: It motivates me to see others change their lives through my help. I motivate through my personal success and drive!

Rashidat Owe CNDOBFT: How can people find out more about you?

RO: Facebook |

Instagram |

My lifestyle Brand CREATE NEW. DESTROY OLD. |

My gym Build Your Body Jungle Gym |

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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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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today

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, 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,, 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




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
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Twitter: @EliseNeal
Instagram: @therealneale
Snapchat: EliseWorldWide

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