Fashlete™ of the Month

Chelsea Aguiar: Struggles Reveal Strength

Chelsea Aguiar is the founder of Athaya Fitness Sports Performance in New York City. Her love for physicality and athleticism began at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern dance for 13 years. Before graduating high school, she performed on stages around the country including City Center in New York and the White House.

In 2009 Chelsea had to have reconstructive hip surgery and was told her life as a dancer was over. In our interview, Chelsea tells us how what started off as one of the most devastating experiences of her life turned out to be the most transformative. Now she's using her past experiences to live her best life and help others do the same...

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Kaisa Keranen: Just Move

Kaisa Keranen Quote

Kaisa is a Seattle-based personal trainer with a unique approach to fitness. For starters, she makes no promises of changing your body. That’s right, she will not train you to look a certain way. That’s just not what she’s about, and that’s exactly why we love her.

“I just don't believe in working out and dieting to look a certain way, it’s not sustainable nor is it healthy... What’s important to me is that we start switching our mindset around why we move in the first place.

"Will your body start changing if you start moving more regularly and eating healthy? Yes, absolutely! But to me, the change shouldn’t be the focus. When so much emphasis is placed on the change we’re hoping occurs, we forget to pay attention to how incredible it feels to just simply move.”

We are not alone in our admiration of this incredible athlete and her movement-focused approach to health and fitness. Kaisa has been featured in SELF, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Runner’s World. Daily workout videos are posted to inspire her 283k Instagram followers, and last but not least, Kaisa was one of the trainers in Michelle Obama’s 2015 “Let’s Move” campaign.

I honestly don't know if it's possible for our society to stop obsessing over what we look like, and I am not counting on mainstream media to stop pushing out images, headlines, and advertisements that feed this obsession. I'm just glad we have women like Kaisa who are out there advocating for a healthier point of view which is why I am very excited to share this interview with you. Enjoy!

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Gold Medalist Meryl Davis: Beyond the Podium

Meryl Davis Charlie White Gold Medal

"I think no matter what you do as a girl or woman, you want to positively impact other girls."
-Meryl Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist
Meryl Davis spent nearly two decades of her life working towards achieving the ultimate goal in her sport. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, she and her partner Charlie White won the gold medal in Ice Dancing. The pair also won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics and two World Championships. You may also recognize Meryl from Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars (partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy). And yes, she won that too...
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Amanda Bingson: Body Built to Win

Amanda Bingson Olympics

Amanda Bingson competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is currently training for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She is the current America record holder in the hammer throw. Earlier this year Amanda was featured on the cover ESPN magazine's annual Body Issue which is known for it’s incredible photos of athletes posing nude.

Since the cover’s release, Amanda has become known for more than her athleticism. At 5’6” tall and 210 pounds, she is not your typical “cover girl”. And with statements like “Whatever your body type is, just use it” - Amanda has become an ambassador of body positivity. She is using the spotlight to spread the message that athletes – and beautiful women - come in all shapes and sizes...

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Surviving Breast Cancer: A Message of Living

Whitney Bozzer, Barbells for Boobs

Whitney Bozzer Barbells for Boobs

Whitney Bozzer was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age twenty. Ten years later, she is still fighting after being diagnosed for the fifth time. There was a time in Whitney’s life when she did not believe that sharing her story mattered. However, when Whitney discovered Barbells for Boobs (BFB) last year at her local CrossFit Affiliate, everything changed.

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