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?
Jala

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