Meet Ilen Bell
Ilen (pronounced eye-len), a Cleveland, Ohio native, is an Iraq war veteran and former U.S. Army interrogator, whose true passion lies in health and fitness. He received his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, and a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.
Ilen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is credentialed as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and as a Speed Enhancement Specialist (SES) through the National Association of Speed and Explosion.
Ilen’s passion for health and fitness developed while serving in the military. Prior to serving in the Army, poor eating habits from childhood through his early adult years led to a struggle with weight. After seeing the positive changes associated with living a healthier lifestyle, Ilen decided to become a personal trainer. He has worked at multiple national chain health clubs, but his most notable experience came from working as a strength coach at both Fischer Sports and Sullivan PROformance in Phoenix, Arizona, where he helped train NFL, MLB and Division I athletes.
Meet Lauren Bell
Lauren, a Cleveland, Ohio native, is a Marketing and PR professional using her experience to manage various business projects for BFT. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lauren is a Certified Personal Fitness Chef through the Spencer Institute, the sister school of National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). She has been recognized for her professional work as the recipient of a 2009 Ohio Professional Writers award and a 2009 & 2010 Award for Publication Excellence (APEX).
From childhood through high school, Lauren played basketball, but her active way of life slowed down once in college, quickly gaining weight for the first time as a result of poor eating habits and stress. After splitting her favorite pair of jeans, she finally decided to make the commitment to live a healthier lifestyle, joined a local gym and began working with a personal trainer (who eventually became her husband, Ilen). Her newfound way of eating and existing love for food turned into a passion for cooking and turning traditional comfort foods into guilt-free dishes!
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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album
This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.
Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.
Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.
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The All New Black Fitness Today Podcast!
The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:
We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!
What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.
Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.
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