Fabiana Ferrarini

What do you love about Fitness?
What I love about fitness is knowing that I’m doing something for me. I’m a mom so everything I do is for my kids, benefiting my kids, picking them up from school etc. So working out is for me, it’s something I can say I do for myself.

 

What advice would you give to someone that wants to start working out and being more active but they don’t know where to begin.
I look at this journey like a baby, it’s baby steps. Small steps lead to big rewards. If we focus on slowly making progress then before you know if you’ve made it a habit. The goal of it is to become a habit. Enjoy, you wanna like it because in order for it to stick with you you have to like it. You wanna like what you’re doing and what you’re eating. People tend to do it because they want to look like a certain person and when they don’t reach their goals they quit. But when you do it for yourself and you’re really enjoying it you continue to do it.

 

Tell us about the fitness programs you teach
I love working with woman, and that’s how I started my journey. I’m a mom, and I have 2 kids and I didn’t have anybody to talk to. I felt like I was just talking to kids all the time, so I was like you know what it’s important that women stick together and work together. When I started training I started looking at training as girls night out. I work a lot with women, I have a fitness app Fit With Fabi (monthly subscription with videos and explanation, a private community, help with your meals) I cater to the women that go to the gym and also the women that work out at home. It’s like 2 for the price of one, we bond on a girlfriend level I try to explain as much as possible for that you’re able to walk away with something. When I train my girls I try and train them from the inside out, it’s all about confidence. I try to build their self esteem, let them know you’re beautiful the way you are. If you’re not happy with the way you look we can change that but everyone is special.

 

Most of your meals, are you dining out or cooking at home?
I cook a lot of my meals. My thing is easy, quick, effective and maybe tasty. We all eat the same thing, I used to do one meal for meal and another for the kids but then I changed. We’re from Honduras, sometimes I can’t eat what I used to eat because it wasn’t so healthy. Sometimes I try and switch it and make it healthy. I like the cooking channel, the Pioneer women.

I have a Bachelor’s in Biology and I had to take nutrition, it helped me to a certain extend to learn what’s healthy and what’s not healthy. You test things and do research and learn. I’m also a certified sports nutritionist, I do a lot of reading, I like watching Netflix. You are what you eat. When I started I wanted to prove that I was stronger than that inside voice, I’ll 3 days of eating healthy and then I’ll treat myself. It’s all about finding a balance. The more you keep doing it the more you start realizing the more you feel energized.

Favorite healthy meals:
Salmon and asparagus sometimes I’ll switch with brown rice, ground beef with string beans and sweet potato.

Favorite restaurants:
Radicchio Cafe - the grilled octopus served with mixed greens and tomatoes

Where do you get your recipes from?
CookingLight

Favorite Stripp’d juice?
Moms PB & J

 

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Kyle Huang

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.

Jayel Lewis

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?
Jala

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

Follow Jayel on instagram here and hit her up for some personal training here!