I am so excited to share with you all my fun day at the FUSION FEST put on by Women’s Health Magazine at Exhale Spa. I felt honored when they asked me to come and check it out and have a chance to speak with the “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich. I am a HUGE fan of the magazine so I was STOKED to to be a part of it.

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I arrived at the Fairmont Miramar hotel on Ocean dr, and made my was through the gorgeous grounds to the spa. They directed me to the rooftop where I would be taking my first ever Core Fusion class! Yes, on the rooftop, in the open air. Absolutely stunning 360 views. I may be able to do this everyday, well, if I could afford it;)
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I arrived upstairs a bit early so, of course…snuck in a lil Gym selfie ;)
Btw… Thanks CHOBANI & OGIO for my sweet ass new gym bag. I’m totally obsessed!
Since I was 30 min early, I did a quick bi & tri workout before heading out to the patio for my 5:10 pm class.

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The sun was out, but it wasn’t too hot. Just right. I’ve never taken a workout class that required sunglasses, but hell, I’ll roll with it. Especially if you throw in a DJ to pump out jams while you work out! I’ve tried every kind of work workout you could imagine, but never a Core Fusion class.

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The premise of the class focuses on core strength to create the ultimate full body workout. In this class we only used weights, but it’s ever changing. You may find yourself using weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance. The key to this regimen is the raise the heart rate to a point where you will continue to burn calories long after the class is Done.
A total of one hour, and trust me, by the end of it you are shakin’ in your boots! I was already super sore from my GPP workouts this past weekend, so I was dying.

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After class, I headed down to the courtyard for the event. I was very impressed at how well the event was organized.

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We received some pretty fab gift bags with loads of goodies. Who doesn’t love swag!??? Thanks to everyone who hooked it up;)

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I was so happy to see the line up of contributors and vendors for this event as well. First off, one being one of my favorite alcohol lines “VEEV” One of the owners of the company happens to be a client of the salon, and couldn’t be sweeter, so I am happy to support. I’m not a huge hard alcohol lover, but this new line has got me hooked. I mean, not like alcoholic hooked, but you know what I mean. Lol.
This company is based on organic, all natural ingredients. Most importantly being the world’s FIRST acai spirit with 1% of all proceeds going to rainforest preservation and environmental initiatives. This ish is a game changer.
I was stoked to try their new line of VitaFrute super fruit cocktails. Premixed. All ya gotta do is pour over ice and serve. Holy dangerously DELICIOUS!

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These babes were hooking this chick up with some refreshing Vita Coco coconut water.
I’m not gonna lie….I think coconut water taste like sweat…maybe like breast milk.. Hmm, either way, not a fan. I told them that, and they assured me that if I tried the mango/ peach flavor combo, I would rethink my gross comment. Welp…..what can I say…I was like dayyyyyyyyummmm. sooo yummy! A little too much sugar content for me, but ultra hydrating and not gross AT ALL! You know…..coconut water happens to be the BEST hangover cure…just sayin’
I threw a couple in my swag bag and headed to my target!
“The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

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When Women’s Health Magazine contacted me about seeing if I was interested in speaking with one of the Next Fitness Stars, Kit Rich, I jumped at the opportunity! This is going to be huge y’all! It’s about time we developed a competition like this. After I’m sure, a ridiculous number of contestants signed up, auditioned, and sent videos, only five finalist were chosen. Once chosen will be flown to New York City where they will star in a video short showcasing their workout and participate in a photo shoot to appear on the “flip” cover of the July/August issue of Women’s Health. Videos will be posted online for readers and fans to vote on their favorite finalist and also sent to our celebrity panel to judge their top finalist. The overall winner will be selected based on a combination of reader/fan votes and celeb judge votes.

The winner will:
*Star in 4-6 Women’s Health fitness DVDs to be sold nationwide

*Star in an editorial feature in Women’s Health in Jan/Feb 2014 issue

*Have winning workout added to class lineup at a major health club

*Act as the face/star of the DVD series in all promotional materials — in book advertisements, online & social media and more

*Be treated like the new star they are with a full marketing strategy prepared and executed by Rodale
(Source: prnewswire)

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I was excited for the chance to sit and chat with her, because in doing my research I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that she was pilates based, had a big celebrity clientele, and was highly sought after, but, after what seemed like,” just a couple of Amigas chattin’”, I realized, there was much more to her and her vision of what’s to come in fitness.
This girl couldn’t have been more sweet or real. She was on point and didn’t skip a bit. I like that. She answered all of my questions with no hesitation and with complete confidence in the direction she was going. I sat down with her, and the first thing she says to me is ” It’s so great to me you, From Fries to Fit huh?, tell me a bit about you and where that came from?!” I mean, I love her! I really appreciated that, she really made me feel like there was absolutely nothing else she’d rather be doing at that moment then talking to me. Trust me, there was craziness going on around us, so it was a bit loud;)
This girl is headed to the TOP! She has an amazing sense of self and body awareness. In speaking to her, I realized we had a lot in common. Actually, thinking about it now, a lot of women will be able to relate to her.

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FF2F:
How long have you been in the Fitness/ Pilates industry, and how did you get into it?

KIT:
My story was not some crazy ” I used to be so fat, now I’m so skinny” story. My story started 9 years ago, very humbly, with a bad case of body dysmorphic disorder, and wanting nothing more in life but to gain a better sense of my body and myself. I started taking some Pilates classes, getting better and better, and one days, things just clicked for me. I knew that this was what I needed to be doing. Fitness was gonna be my life and career. I got certified and began teaching classes, and quickly gained a super loyal clientele. Now I mostly focus on teaching privately.

FF2F:
What drives you as a trainer? How do you find the motivation?

KIT:
Look, to me, it’s not just about ” get fit, loose weight, work, work” that’s all great, but.. Jillian Michaels has that market on tap. My main focus, with what I do with my clients, and what I’m trying to get out there, is this:
How did we get ourselves here?
Why did we allow ourselves to work for fitness rather than making fitness work for us?
I think it’s about self awareness, using the tools that each one of us has, but doesn’t always use, and using those internal tools to create motivation and balance in workouts, and in life. The less you stress, the more you can feel your best. I create workouts that are effective, target your entire body, and help you find your own motivational tools to want to push yourself to do it better next time.

FF2F:
Did you ever expect to be “The Next Fitness Star” finalist “?

KIT:
I know! Crazy, right!? You know, 3 years ago, I auditioned on Oprah’s OWN network casting for “The Next TV Star” and made it to the top 20, but didn’t make it to the top. It must have been meant to be that now, we are sitting here, and I’m in the top 5 for “The Next Fitness Star” I feel honored, this is where I should be.

FF2F:
Kit, tell us…..any secret fat burning tips?

KIT:
Really, it’s no secret at all. — If your diet contains less energy than your body expends, you will lose weight. In other words, It’s about what you are putting in your body and how much of it, in relation to how much you are physically working your body to expend the calories you just consumed. I believe in 80/20. Moderation is key, and we must work, everyday, to ensure that balance stays in tact. Self control and motivation will drive you to that lifestyle.

FF2F:
What can we expect from Kit Rich in the future? Where do you see yourself and company in the next 5-10 years?

KIT:
It’s just the beginning, and I couldn’t be more excited! I see books, DVD’s, camps, shows. All of it. I’m here to change the way we see fitness and ourselves. I want to help people look their best while becoming the best they can be inside. The future is bright, that’s for sure!

Thanks kit!

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When I finished my interview, I spotted these cute gals with some amazing workout gear I had never seen before. As I went through their rack of super cute digs, I chatted with the girls to get a bit of background on Strut This fitness wear. First of all, it’s a mother-daughter run and owned business, which I love. I’m all about supporting local and small businesses, you know that. Especially, if I’m loving their product.
The material is to die for, and super soft. You can really tell, they didn’t cut corners here.

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I couldn’t leave of course, without trying out their super cute capris and tops, so I purchased a few things to take home and review. Please be on the lookout for my review on Strut This.
Listen, I know, who doesn’t love Lululemon, but on the real, they are just sooooo expensive. Ugh. I was seriously looking for something new and fresh that I could sport in Zumba, hiking, traveling, and hardcore gym workouts, while NOT Breaking the bank.

Please check out the line HERE. I really encourage you to check them out, and see for yourself;)

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