Fashlete™ of the Month

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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Building the Body You Want: Ability and Aesthetics

Katie Anne Rutherford, Natural Figure Pro - Powerlifter - Entrepreneur

Katie Anne Rutherford is a competitive Powerlifter and Natural Figure Pro. She has recently qualified for Powerlifting Nationals in two different weight classes. She finished with a 165lb bench press, 347lb back squat, and a 352lb deadlift in the 72kg weight class at a bodyweight of 148lbs.

In the world of Figure Competition, Katie has competed in Junior Nationals, Nationals, Teen Universe, and an NPC Show which is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. Last year she placed first overall for figure in an OCB show (Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders) which won her Pro Status.

Before meeting Katie, I never considered that a Powerlifter would have any interest in figure, and vice versa, simply because of the fundamental differences in the philosophies behind each – one is about aesthetics, the other about ability...

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On Top and Still Climbing : Kaleena Ladeairous

Kaleena Ladeairous: CrossFit Athlete/CrossFit Games Competitor, Head Coach at CrossFit Armed

Kaleena Ladeairous


Kaleena Ladeairous just moved from Greenwich, CT to Miami, FL to take on the role of Head Coach at CrossFit Armed. Just two weeks prior to her move, Kaleena competed in the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games with her team, CrossFit Milford, where they finished in an impressive second place.

Though this was Kaleena’s first podium finish, she is an extremely experienced athlete and coach. She is a five-time individual CrossFit Regional competitor (2011-2015) and 2013 CrossFit Games individual competitor (19th place). Her certifications include: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), CrossFit Level 1 and 2, CrossFit Mobility, Strongman, Endurance and Gymnastics.

I sat down with Kaleena one morning at CrossFit Armed after a WOD to talk about her recent success, her move to Miami, and her plans for the future. It was a great opportunity to get to know my new coach and to find out what it takes to compete at the most elite level of CrossFit as a team and as an individual. We also talked about more than just her own training including how she plans to develop herself as coach in a new state at a new gym. But first… let’s talk about the Games...

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Knocked-Up Fitness – Prenatal & Postnatal Exercise

Pregnancy Fitness

Erica Ziel: Founder of Knocked-Up Fitness

Erica is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Nutritionist, and mom of three.

Erica is the founder of Core Athletica Inc. and Knocked-Up Fitness, is a sought-after expert for fitness-infused Pilates and personal training, and currently sits on the advisory board for Fit Pregnancy Magazine. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology & Health from Iowa State University and is a Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Nutritionist and mother of three kids ages 3, 5, and 8.

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