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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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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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