Featured Stripp'r: Kyle Huang @kylejitsplayer

For those that don't know, what is jiu jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu, for me, is not just a hobby. For me, jiu jitsu is a lifestyle that I've lived by since I was 11 years old. It gave me confident, discipline, and knowledge. Jiu Jitsu teaches you self-defense and gives a smaller person a chance to defeat a much bigger and stronger person through flawless technique. 

How long have you been practicing?
I've been doing jiu jitsu for 10 years now.

What motivated you to start?
I started karate when I was a little kid at the again of 10. When I turned 11-12 years old, I stopped karate and started jiu jitsu. Nothing really motivated me to start jiu jitsu, but when I started jiu jitsu, I just fell in love with the sport. I fell in love with the competition side of jiu jitsu. It's an amazing feeling to go all over the world and compete against the best jiu jitsu players in the world. 

"One of the benefits of jiu jitsu is that it teaches you a lot of self-discipline. Jiu Jitsu benefits your health because you are always working out and pushing your limits. It allows you to develop a really healthy lifestyle when you have jiu jitsu involved in your life."


How do you level up in belts?
There are five ranks in jiu jitsu: white, blue, purple, brown, and black belt. Each colored belt has a black bar on it, in which four stripes are awarded separately on. Being promoted is all about mat time,and it's all up to the professor. When the professor thinks that you are ready for the next rank, then he or she will promote you to the next rank.

You're a teacher also? What's that like?
I teach the little kids class at Roots Athletics and the 7am Adult Jiu Jitsu. I love teaching. I feel like it makes me better as a competitor, when I teach, because I sometimes don't realize I missed a detail on a technique until I hear myself explaining and showing the technique to the student. It allows me to fix my technique, and it helps me to be more vocal.

Do you work out in the gym as well?
No. All I do is jiu jitsu. I don't do anything outside of jiu jitsu.

Acai Bowl go-to toppings?
I like my acai with caco nibs, hemp seeds, peanut butter on top, banana and strawberries.

Featured Stripp'r: Jayel Lewis @jayelllewis

Jayel's website jayellewis.com was made with a mission in mind: a place for women to connect in a safe environment where health is ultimately happiness and it's just not the physicality of it but the mindset as well.

How long have you been working out / staying fit?
I’ve been working out in different capacities for as long as I can remember. I did ballet and dance, then I quit and did track - sprinting. In college, I did weight lifting.

Do you work out daily? What are your morning routines when it comes to fitness?
I work out most days. I wake up really effing early my first client is 5:45am, so I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, meditate, eat oatmeal, and I'm off to my first client.

Philly has a way of putting us together and making us feel like we’re in the same playing field. The whole wellness and fitness community has been really accepting, we all know each other or end up meeting each other through events.


Talk to us about your personal training:
I only train women now, people come from all walks of life. From people that have never stepped foot in a gym to people that go spin and pilates but still want to see some sort of change. I wanted to help other people realize they can start no matter what starting point they’re at.

When did you acquire your 6-pack?
When I started competing, out of college 2007 maybe. It’s mostly 90% diet to maintain.

Favorite workout / least favorite:
My favorite workout is upper body, and my least favorite is lunges. I like upper body strength so it comes easier, lower body needs more thought and effort.

Advice for someone that wants to get started working out but doesn’t know where to begin:
Don't let the idea of fitness as a whole overwhelm you, start somewhere. Go for a walk, meet up with a friend to try a new class, changing something small in your diet.

Do you have a strict diet?
Not necessarily strict, more so picky. Oatmeal is my go-to with raspberries, eggs, turkey bacon, I have salad everyday, fish for dinner. I eat in proximity to where I am, I studied nutrition in college so there’s no science to it.

Favorite Stripp’d Drink?

Go-to acai bowl toppings?
African nuts, peanut butter, strawberries, coconut, bee pollen