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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

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Pinterest.com/nicolechaplin

Instagram: @nicolechaplin

Periscope: @nicolechaplin

Twitter: @nicolechaplin

 

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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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