Fitness

In need of some fitspiration? Check out our favorite fitness influencers!

Finding the motivation to hit the gym can be hard, but following these fitness influencers on Instagram will make you more determined than ever! With everything from fitness guides to meal plans and everything in between, these influencers make it easier than ever to get in shape for the summer!

@linnlowes

Linn Löwes is a fitness/health Instagrammer and YouTuber from Sweden. Being a cancer survivor, Löwes aims to inspire people around the world who are currently struggling with any kind of sickness or anyone who simply needs that extra kick of motivation to get healthy. Almost everyday she shares videos on Instagram of fun and creative workouts.

@tashoakley and @devinbrugman

Natasha Oakely and Devin Brugman are bloggers/Instagrammers of all things fitness, health, style and travel. In 2012, they created the blog A Bikini A Day, where everyday they posted a new photo of themselves in a different bikini. With the success of A Bikini A Day, they are now co-designers of two companies, Monday Swimwear and Monday Active. Being curvaceous women, Natasha and Devin believe that every woman should embrace her figure and natural beauty, and think it’s important for women of all shapes and sizes to be able to feel sexy and confident in a bikini.

@tammyhembrow

Tammy Hembrow, Australian mother of two, aims to share her knowledge of fitness and healthy eating with women everywhere. By showing how far she has come and documenting her journey, Tammy wants women and mothers to see that you can have the body you dream of if you put in the effort, be consistent, and make health a priority in your life. With fitness and meal guides, Tammy makes it fun and easy to keep up with a healthy lifestyle.

@kayla_itsines

Kayla Itsines is an Australian personal trainer and creator of the Bikini Body Guides. Having educated and supported women in order to improve their health and fitness, she is one of the most influential trainers in the world with 7 million followers on Instagram. Through her platform, Kayla shares transformation photos of the many people who have been following her guides, and she also shares workouts and tips about fitness and health.

@jenselter

With over 11 million followers on Instagram, Jen Selter is one of the most followed fitness influencers. Mainly known for being the queen of squats, she gained followers fast because of her amazing physique and creative workouts. Since then she has developed a fitness app of her own where you can train using her personal workouts, track your progress daily, and watch videos of every exercise to see exactly how it’s supposed to be done.

WiseWear’s Top 8 Must-Have Items For Summer!

Summer is almost in full force and we are beyond excited for hot days, beach getaways, and summer fashion! To celebrate, we compiled a short list of some of the essentials we can’t live without for the warm months ahead.

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  2. Ban.do Vacation! Giant Beach Towel
  3. Odeme Cuba Libre Nail Polish
  4. Marais USA St. Tropez Sandal
  5. WiseWear Kingston in Gold
  6. Ban.do Amigo Circle Bag Onyx
  7. Starbucks Leaves & Lace Cold Cup
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GoFitJo Talks With Us About Her New (and Free) Recipe + Food Prep Guide


Mother, fitness/health blogger, and nutrition coach, Joanne Encarnacion, better known as GOFITJO, is balancing it all and just recently added one more thing to her plate. Between raising two daughters, balancing a healthy lifestyle, and sharing her fitness/health journey with us through social media and her blog, Joanne recently launched her latest undertaking: a totally free (yes you read that right, free!) recipe and food-prepping guide. From meal-prepping tips to what you should be buying at the grocery store, Joanne’s guide shares a collection of her favorite go-to healthy recipes. We were so excited when we heard about this, so we caught up with Joanne to ask her a few juicy questions all about her guide!

WW: What was the inspiration for creating GoFitEats? Was there a demand from your readers who were inspired by your journey into a healthier lifestyle?
GFJ: I wanted to create an easy guide for people to use when it came to some of my recipes that I share on Instagram or my blog. I would often get questions about meal prepping or healthy eating because I’m a busy career mom who loves simple, healthy, and no fuss meals that I can enjoy and my family can enjoy too. I think there will always be a demand on finding inspiring ways to eat healthy not just from my readers but from everyone in general, so yes I would say there was a quiet rumbling demand for one.
WW: We love all of the recipes that are included in GoFitEats! Which one is your favorite go to meal?
GFJ: I think my favorite go to meal is the simple ground bison that I turn into a bison bowl like I suggest in the recipe guide. It’s a great dish to prep and serve on top of others for a healthy dose of lean protein. I often times have the bison and quinoa together topped with an egg for breakfast for a protein packed meal before my workout or post workout.
WW: Last year our company, WiseWear, gifted you the Duchess from the Socialite Collection. As well as tracking activity, the Duchess counts calories. Do you find this feature to be helpful when planning meals throughout the day?
GFJ: I rarely count calories these days since I focus more on intuitive eating. However I think in the days where I used to it probably would’ve been an amazing tool to have. I’m a huge fan of intuitive eating because listening to our bodies has become a lost ancient art.
WW: We know instead of cheat meals that you call them victory meals. So when you indulge in a victory meal what does it consist of? Do you prefer something sweet or savory?
GFJ: I’m a huge fan of both. I love me a really good burger or a meal high in protein like pork chops or a steak that I didn’t make. After that victory meal I’ll need some sort of sweet to balance it out. Sometimes a kid sized gelato or frozen yogurt does the trick!
WW: How do you stay organized while prepping your meals? Is their any advice for people looking to do the same thing?
GFJ: I’m pretty nerdy when it comes to organizing my fitness and my meal plan. I typically use a program called My Fitness Pal to create my menus for the week, I don’t fully track macros since I don’t have any specific goals in mind but I do like to pay attention to my body and listen to the queues. So providing myself a little structure helps me to understand what sort of carbs or proteins don’t do well for me in that week. Then I import that entire PDF into an app called Evernote so I can sync it across my devices along with my weight training splits. It’s a little OCD, but totally works for me. When it comes to meal prepping I like to cook all my proteins using one heat source. For example if I’m baking fish, then I’’ll bake or roast my veggies along with it. If I’m using the grill, it’ll be grilled veggies for me that week. It helps me keep meal prepping enjoyable by not having so many pots or pans to clean up. After that I line up all my meal prep containers and its like an assembly line measuring things out and packing it up.
WW: Where did you come up with the rules in the GoFitEats guide? We especially love Rule #1!
GFJ: These were my own rules to live by the moment I learned how to balance out my dedication to my fitness goals when I was competing to then living a balance and normal none athlete lifestyle. Rule #1 is also my favorite because I think we forget to enjoy life when we become so focused on a fitness goal or perfecting the week by checking off all the clean meals or the workouts we need to accomplish. There’s so much pressure around showing others we’re working hard towards our goals when in reality we need to be proving that hard work to ourselves.
WW: Are any of the meals in the GoFitEats guide inspired by your Filipino roots?
GFJ: Not in this one, but I do need to share my chicken adobo. Maybe that’ll be in an upcoming guide!
WW: Do you incorporate any of your mother’s cooking techniques when creating your meals?
GFJ: I incorporate them when cooking Filipino dishes. My mom only cooked Filipino food so she wasn’t one who grilled, baked, or roasted her dishes. We ate a lot of protein based stews, rice dishes, and fried foods.
WW: What are some of the challenges you face when meal prepping?
GFJ: Let’s be real, boredom. Some days I’m really kicking myself in the butt for having to eat the same set of meals for 7 days straight. So what I started to do was meal prep twice a week, on Sunday and on Wednesday. This helped me stick to the same macros and main ingredients while switching up the flavors and seasonings.
WW: The GoFitEats guide encourages readers to plan ahead and prepare meals for the upcoming week. What if some readers cannot prepare ahead or forget to take a meal with them if they are out of the house. Do you have any advice for eating healthy when out running errands or traveling?
GFJ: My favorite “oh crap I forget to pack my meals” place to eat is Chipotle, I can always get burrito bowl and half them ease up on the carbs so I can stick closely to the menus I’ve created. Another little life hack would be to simply pack some almonds in your bag or in your car. Raw almonds are such a great source of healthy fats and protein that can help to keep you satiated throughout your busy day. If you’re traveling and in an airport, try to go for the fresh stuff rather than anything that comes in a package. I know that might be challenging and cost a fortune, but your health is wealth. If you invest in yourself in little increments like choosing a healthier salad option over a bag of chips then in the long run you might save yourself a buck or two when it comes to medical bills.
WW: We love the section Spice It Up in the meal planning guide! (The Hawaiian Marinade sounds especially tasty). Which one is your favorite? Is there a favorite among your family?
GFJ: The Hawaiian Marinade is a family favorite and personal favorite. We love that marinade on everything. The other might be the lemon one because you can add any other sauces on top of your protein to flavor it a little differently.
WW: For those reluctant to take the plunge into meal planning/prep (or those who just think they don’t have the time or patience for meal planning) what words of inspiration or encouragement can you offer them?
GFJ: I would say just try it for a week. You don’t need to commit to it for a lifetime and do what works for you. Some weeks I only prep two meals for 3 days because I know I’ve got a busy social calendar which requires me to dine out. I rarely have a fear of pulling out my tupperware in public but somedays I want to eat on a plate just like the rest of the group.
WW: We would love to know what you’re currently working on and what we can expect to see from GoFitJo in the future?
GFJ: You can expect me to build out more video content library on my YouTube channel and take 1 on 1 clients for holistic health and nutrition coaching. I’m hoping that by 2018 I’ll be gearing up to start hosting wellness retreats both in CA and in Hawaii, mainly Hawaii.
Head over to GoFitJo to download Joanne’s recipe and food prep guide, GoFitEats, and stay up to date with Joanne by following her on Instagram.

Courtney Bentley: Inspiring, Empowering and Igniting Women To Make Fitness A Part Of Their Everyday Lifestyle

As a certified personal trainer, sports nutrition expert, behavior change specialist, coach and podcaster, you could say Courtney Bentley is the ultimate fit-spiration. Referring to herself as a “recovered self-hater,” Courtney struggled with her eating habits and fitness routine. After getting her body moving in the right way and treating it like a temple, Courtney discovered self-love. Through podcasting at Fit, Fierce and Fabulous as well as writing on her blog, Courtney has made it her mission to inspire, empower and ignite women to make fitness a part of their everyday lifestyle. After learning about her inspiring story, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Courtney and find out more about her podcast, personal struggles, and her Fit and Fabulous Club!

WW: Your Fit Fierce and Fabulous podcast was recently created. What has been the response so far from your fans?

CB: I feel like creating Fit, Fierce and Fabulous was a way to deeply connect with my audience in a unique way. I consider myself an experiment in that I love meeting new people, researching and learning more about alternative therapies, exercises and nutritional avenues. I love learning and the ability to share experts, my experiences and stories through podcasting has been such a gift. I feel so blessed to have people who follow along and comment on the episodes on how each episode has connected with them or how a tip from an expert changed someone’s life. I love motivating people to think outside the box and focus on loving themselves and their life just a bit more each and everyday.


WW: You talk a lot about personal issues you have gone through in your life, is it hard opening up to such huge audience? Were you scared sharing such personal moments?

CB: No way, I feel like we are all human and that we all experience different paths, struggles and wins. The more I open up, the more I learn that I am not the only one. In a society where we are pressured to be picture perfect with happiness flowing through our veins at all times we only share those insta-worthy moments and that is just not real life. I love talking, so using my podcast as a way to share the struggles, to share the hard times and also how I got through each and every rough patch is such a gift. I also fee l like I can open up more and explain, using captions or writing makes it difficult at least for me to gather the emotion and share that, speaking really helps do just that.

WW: A lot of women in this day and age have problems with self image and love. Did you ever have a struggle with these issues? If so, what have you done to overcome them?

CB: Majorly, up until 23 years old I was bulimic and had a distorted image of who I was and what I actually looked like. I still to this day have to go back to my affirmations on days I feel bloated or feel low. I talk a lot about this story and affirmations on episode 008 if you are interested in a deeper understanding. Affirmations, meditation and going to the gym changed my life. When I work out I take all my negative energy and put it out into my workouts, I lift heavier, I move quicker and I empower myself through moving my body. If you feel down, take a moment, a breathe and go dance or go to the gym, this will release all those negative emotions and make you feel empowered and amazing all at the same time.


WW: We love how your podcast incorporates so many topics from mediation to how to dress for a Fit Fierce and Fabulous lifestyle. How do you come up with so many interesting topics?

CB: Thank you so much, I really try to bring on interesting guests who live their passions. When I go to look for experts or think of topics, I revert back to three main questions. What does my audience need in terms of living a fit, fierce and fabulous lifestyle, what does that involve and who is an expert in that avenue. I love bringing in strong, empowering women who support each other and are passionate about what they do. I think its so important to share our gifts and lift one another up.

WW: You’re so open with your podcast audience but what’s something that your followers may not know about you?

CB: I love music and at one time wanted to be a DJ and actually trained to be one. Music for me has been the one thing I can turn to whenever I need an instant mega boost. If I have to be up for a client and I am tired, I turn on some Black Eyed Peas and I instantly want to dance around and my energy will just boost automatically. I always tell people to create an instant mood boosting music playlist to keep with them and to have whenever you feel like you need an instant boost.

WW: Tell us more about your Fit and Fabulous Club.

CB: The Fit and Fabulous Club was created as a way to help more women get fit and feel fabulous. I was noticing a gap in flexibility with workout programs and ease of accessing a workout no matter what so I created that with a community, meal plans and courses. I wanted to create a community of women who were all over the world working out together and connecting around one subject. I felt like I was meeting so many women who were putting off working out due to schedule and lack of time so I wanted to make workouts that were 20 minutes or less, could be done at home and could be accomplished at anytime! Using my app, I send new workout programs every 6-8 weeks to my members along with meal plans that are quick, easy and effective. On top of that, I give live workshops every week to explain more about nutrition and movement demos so everyone feels like they have that personal coach to motivate them. I am working at this moment on a meal prep course where I take the members into my kitchen to learn how to cook quickly and make nutritious and healthy meals in minutes!


WW: We love everything that you’re doing! What can we expect to see from you in the future?
CB: In the future I would love to do a retreat or live event with a group of other women who are making waves in the wellness space. As of this year I will be 100% focused on my podcast, I plan to look into this avenue in the future as I grow and connect with likeminded experts in the wellness and health space. I love connecting with people in person which is why I would love to do an event or retreat so I can meet people and talk to them! Working as a solo-prenuer is awesome but lack of in person communication can be lonely sometimes so have that in the books would really help me see the impact of the work I do!

Be sure to check out CourtneyVioletBentley.com to learn more about Courtney, her Fit, Fierce and Fabulous Podcast and to join the Fit & Fabulous Club! Also, follow along with Courtney on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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