Svelte Loves Strong Women: Deanna Jefferson Training

Svelte Loves Strong Women: Deanna Jefferson Training

Svelte Vegan and Gluten-Free Protein Shakes | Deanna JeffersonDeanna Jefferson is a Nike elite trainer and health & fitness expert. While physical training and nutrition wasn’t always her career path, she found joy in helping others improve and became addicted. We are thrilled to share a bit about Deanna and pass along some of her best healthy tips:

A little about Deanna:

Deanna Jefferson is a Celebrity Fitness Trainer and Health & Fitness Expert. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park where she holds a degree in Kinesiology and Public & Community Health, as well as a myriad of licenses, certifications, and specialty education credits. Deanna was hand picked by Nike as one of their elite trainers and currently instructs the renowned NTC (Nike Training Club) class in Georgetown DC’s flagship Nike store. She owns a gym called the Fab Body Factory located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland that specializes in functional fitness group exercise classes and personal training.

Deanna helps thousands of men and women achieve their health and fitness goals through her services, social media platforms, and national and international appearances. Her bubbly personality and infectious energy also strengthen her brand and has gained the attention of many organizations, television networks, and magazines. She has been a resident Health & Fitness contributor for Black Enterprise Magazine, JET Magazine and the Women of Washington (W.O.W) Redskins blog, and her work has been featured in media ranging from NBC.com, Fox, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, and The Examiner just to name a few.

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Prince George’s County Maryland, right outside of the Washington DC border. 

When did you discover you wanted to be a fitness trainer?

I discovered that I wanted to be a fitness trainer when 1. I failed my lab classes in college on the pre-med track to be a doctor. Sometimes divine intervention slams shut the doors that aren’t in your divine purpose. I just knew I loved the human body and helping people, but wasn’t quite sure which path was for me. 2. I fell in love with the feeling of helping someone live happier due to lifestyle changes in physical activity and eating habits. 3. I didn’t feel like being a fitness trainer was a “job” but more of passion and a personal mission to save lives (without being a doctor that had to pass lab classes!).

Any pro tips you can share with those of us working towards a healthy lifestyle such as yours?

  1. Take it slowly. Make small changes in your exercise and diet lifestyle over a period of time. For example, only have two sodas per week instead of five, until you completely free yourself of the urge to drink soda, as opposed to going cold turkey.
  1. Celebrate small achievements along the way. Reward yourself with new workout clothes, a trip to the movies, those shoes you’ve been eyeing, when you make progress. It always helps you to reach small milestones when there’s a treat dangling over it. However, do not reward yourself with unhealthy treats.
  1. Find the motivation. It’s easy to set a goal we want to achieve. The real work comes with finding the motivation to achieve it. Give yourself emotional stimuli that evoke motivation. For example, you justify waking up at 6am to go to the gym because you love your children and your family and you want to be there for them for a long time. 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Air popped popcorn with a dash of Himalayan salt, no butter and a few strawberries. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

As a business owner, each day holds something different for me. I try to begin the day with a 30-45 minute cardio session. Throughout my day, I have 3 meals and 2 snacks. In between, I’m teaching group exercise classes, coaching a personal training client, creating or carrying out marketing plans or writing fitness articles. I like to spend my free time with my amazing boyfriend, Chef JR, and go out to the movie theater, to great restaurants, anything active like hiking or bowling, or just staying home for dinner and a movie.

What’s your best suggestion for those of us working to strike a balance between cardio and strength training?

Depending on your goals you should complete at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 4 days a week and total body strength training 2-3 days a week on non-consecutive days.

What’s your favorite workout?

My favorite workout is a functional training, total body, circuit-style workout. Nike Training Club (NTC) is a great example.

What are your suggestions for monitoring health and fitness progress?

Keep a written log, take progress pictures along the way, and find a reliable accountability partner.

What struggles have you encountered in your athletic career? How did you overcome them?

I believe the biggest struggle in my career was growing my business to the level it is currently. I struggled to get 5 people in a group exercise class initially. I knew I didn’t want to work in a corporate gym setting and I opted to start my own fitness business. Without the backing of a large gym, it took my own creative marketing plans, networking skills, business savvy, and stick-with-it-ness to increase my class sizes and gain the attention of major corporations such as Nike. 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being a female-minority business owner and inspiring change in so many people from all walks of life, both personally and professionally.

We are proud to honor Deanna Jefferson and strong women everywhere for their hard work and healthy efforts! When you’re pressed for time, Svelte plant-based protein shakes provide a healthy grab-and-go meal replacement or healthy snack with 11g of protein, 20% of your daily recommended fiber and just 6g of sugar.

Learn more about Deanna on her website, Instagram or Twitter account!

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#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Katy Parks of Healthy Mamita

#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Katy Parks of Healthy Mamita

Svelte Vegan and Gluten-Free Protein Shakes | Katy ParksKaty Parks is a mother, fitness fashionista and blogger at Healthy Mamita, where she writes about creating a healthy and fit lifestyle. She strives to set healthy examples for her son, demonstrating the importance of nutrition and exercise in life. Her blog inspires women and new mothers to pay attention to their own well-being and strike a balance between family, fitness and food. We were fortunate to learn a little more about Katy and her healthy tips through the Q&A below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a wife and mother, who after many health problems started a journey focusing on healthy and active living. Through that journey, I’ve learned valuable methods to coach and guide others in making beneficial changes in their lives. I am also the founder of HealthyMamita.com where I combine my graphic design skills and my love of fitness wear. I enjoy sharing tips with young mothers on how to incorporate fitness and healthy eating into their busy lifestyles.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Northern Missouri.

Why did you start blogging about health and fitness?

I really needed an outlet. Health and fitness was something I really enjoyed. I also wanted to start a new chapter in my life after suffering a miscarriage, which had led to emotional eating and weight gain. I needed a new me, and a way to do that was to write about my journey. I’ve met some incredible ladies along the way and it has changed my whole life for the better. I am encouraged and have gotten out of the rut my life had fallen in to.

What are your most important tips for those of us working towards a healthy lifestyle?

Goal Setting and sticking with goals is my most valuable tip. Without any plans or goals set, you have no direction. Both short and long-term goals are important to get you where you want to go and what you want to achieve. It’s important to set short-term goals, so you can monitor progress towards your long-term goals. 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

My favorite would have to be a yummy smoothie. It’s quick to make, which is exactly what I need as a mother. I have no time to make a big meal. I throw frozen fruit in a blender with almond milk and some protein powder and I’m good to go. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

My schedule can change day by day. I never have a set routine with a kiddo running around, so I work around him.

My typical day looks like this: waking up when my son gets up, usually around 8 or 9am. I make our breakfast, almost always eggs and a whole-wheat muffin with peanut butter and honey. Then I work while my son plays, checking on my fitness challenge groups. Around 11am we have a snack, usually fruit or a bar. My son’s naptime comes and I lay him down and manage email.

When he wakes up, we run errands like grocery shopping. 1:30pm is our usual lunchtime. My go-to meal is a salad or wrap. Once we are home, I play with him until our next snack time. My favorite afternoon snack is a shake. I always have to make a lot because my son ends up drinking half. 🙂

Then, I plan dinner. My husband gets home around 5:30pm and I get about an hour of alone time. I tend to spend this with 30 minutes of working out and 30 minutes of working, finishing any workout gear I need to. Then I make dinner, take a shower and put our little man to sleep. I usually hang with my husband until 10 or 11pm. Then we do it all over the next day! 

How has your health and fitness routine changed since becoming a mother?

It’s changed a lot in good ways and tough ways. Fitness was so much easier before having my son, but it’s much more of a priority now that I have him. I’ve had to work hard to make sure fitness and health is in my life daily, even if it is just a 30-minute workout. I want to teach my son that fitness and health is very important. 

What’s your best suggestion for those of us working to strike a balance between work, fitness and home life?

Ask for help! This is something I’ve really needed to work on. As a mother, I tend to want to do it all on my own, even when I really do need help. I am very grateful that my family takes my son for an hour here and there during the week. Trust me ladies, an hour makes a big difference. Even though we are mothers, we should still take an hour a day for ourselves to focus on health.

What’s your favorite workout?

Before my son, I was able to get in two workouts a day. Now I’m lucky to get 30 minutes in. My go-to routine tends to be 30-minute workout programs. My favorite right now is 21-Day Fix or PiYo. I also love taking my son on a run in his stroller. This way, I get to incorporate a workout while having fun with him. 

What are your suggestions for monitoring health and fitness progress?

I love a good planner. At night I like to write down the exercises and meals I’ll be doing the next day. This is so much fun for me that it’s almost relaxing to do before bed and I love that I can look back and see what all I’ve done during that month. 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My greatest accomplishment will always be my son. But I’m also proud of overcoming health problems and not letting myself become discouraged by life events. Instead, I’ve fought back and become tougher from them. If I had instead given up, I’d never have my health, my energy and most importantly my son in my life.

Every individual has struggled at times with their health and fitness routine. We are so inspired to hear from people like Katy who have prioritized their well-being and work to inspire others to do the same!

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For more healthy tips and inspiration, follow Healthy Mamita on her website, Instagram or Facebook!

#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Sarah Wassner Flynn

#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Sarah Wassner Flynn

Svelte Vegan and Gluten-Free Protein Shakes | Sarah Wassner FlynnSarah Wassner Flynn is a busy mother of three, freelance writer and competitive triathlete. Her drive to set an example for her children and succeed both in competition and in her career is admirable. We had the pleasure of learning a little more about Sarah and how she spends her days and manages her personal health and fitness. Read our Q&A with Sarah below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former collegiate runner turned age-group triathlete and mom of two girls and a boy, ages 2, 4, and 6. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, splitting my time between writing children and teens nonfiction (for outlets like National Geographic Kids and Girls’ Life) and covering health and fitness topics for a variety of magazines and websites. 

Where did you grow up?

Montgomery Village, MD—a suburb of Washington, DC.

Any pro tips you can share with those of us working towards a healthy lifestyle such as yours?

Be passionate about the process. I swim, bike, and run because I absolutely love the experience—racing and training is one of my main sources of happiness (aside from my family and friends, of course!). But the second it all starts to feel like work, or I lose sight of the reason I’m out there, I take time off to get into a better mind space, to reevaluate things, and to figure out how to find that passion again.

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Smashed avocado with salt and pepper on whole wheat toast (topped with a fried egg if I’m especially hungry!).

What does a typical day look like for you?

With my crew—and my freelance career—there’s no typical day! But for the most part, we rise at 8 a.m. (my kids are not early birds!). From there, it’s the mad rush to eat breakfast, get dressed, get to school. After drop off, I either work, work out, or volunteer at my daughter’s co-op preschool. After school, we hit our gym. They have an amazing childcare facility, which allows me a couple of hours to train. Then it’s back home for dinner, bath, bedtime, and a few moments to catch up with my husband. Once the kids are asleep, it’s back to writing! I’ve always been a night owl, and some of my best work happens after midnight. 

How has your health and fitness routine changed since becoming a mother?

With such a finite amount of time to get in workouts, I’m more focused on getting it done. As a result, I’m much better at structuring my day to factor in my children’s activities with my own. I’m also tougher. I now have three amazing sources of inspiration to draw upon, especially when I’m hurting in a race or a workout. I think of their little faces and the example I want to set for them as a strong, confident mom who does not quit. Usually, that’s all the reminder I need to power through to the finish line.

What’s your best suggestion for those of us working to strike a balance between work, fitness and home life?

Do what you can. We all tend to get caught up in the accomplishments of others (blame Instagram!), and I’m totally guilty of getting frustrated when I feel like I’m not keeping up. But we don’t all have the same lifestyle, the same commitments, or the same amount of help throughout the day. What one super-accomplished woman does in a 24-hour span is not the standard we all have to hold ourselves to. Tune out those negative voices in your head telling you you’re not doing enough and give yourself credit for the little victories throughout your day—even if it’s just the fact you got the kids to bed on time. 

What’s your favorite workout?

After swearing off the track for about 10 years, I’ve been doing weekly workouts with a group of amazing women through Team LUNAChix DC, and I’ve fallen in love with the oval all over again. I’m a fan of ladders: Give me a 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 1600m, 800m, 600m, 400m, 200m, and I’m a happy girl!

What are your suggestions for monitoring health and fitness progress?

Call me old school, but I love a good training log. At the start of every year, my Dad gives me a calendar from the Library of Congress, where he’s a docent. I take a few minutes at night to write down the results of my workout from that day. While I do use online programs like Strava as well, there’s something to be said about having a tangible reminder of your efforts. Before a big race, I review all of the workouts I’ve done over the last month or so for an extra boost of confidence. 

What struggles have you encountered in your athletic career? How did you overcome them?

After having three kids in four years, my fitness levels have been all over the place. And even though I remained fairly active during my pregnancies, it always seems like I’m starting from scratch after having a baby. The motivation is there, but my body can’t always keep up with my ambition. The keys to all three of my post-baby comebacks have been heaping doses of patience, paying attention to details like rolling and stretching, and finding like-minded people to train with (and, in my case, to commiserate about things like sleep deprivation, nursing strikes, and toddler meltdowns!).

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Aside from my children? Finishing second overall at last year’s IronGirl Columbia after going in to it simply hoping to place in my age group. It was a breakthrough race on a tough course and helped me to realize there was plenty of life left in my legs. After IronGirl, I decided to make a more serious commitment to triathlon and I’ve been training ever since. I just won my first race of the 2015 season earlier this month!

Every athlete encounters struggles in their career, whether physical or emotional. We are so inspired to learn about the challenges Sarah and many competing moms encounter and how she was able to overcome them and thrive through patience and hard work. Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your story and healthy practices!

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For more healthy tips and recipes, follow Sarah Wassner Flynn on Twitter, Instagram and the Wassner Twins website!

#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Holly Del Rosso

#SvelteLoves Strong Women: Holly Del Rosso

Svelte Vegan and Gluten-Free Protein Shakes | Holly Del RossoHolly Del Rosso is a professional trainer and a true inspiration. You can regularly find her running the hills of San Francisco with her clients and working to inspire others to change their lifestyle through healthy eating and fitness. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with Holly and learn more about her journey! Read below to learn more about a day in the life of a personal trainer and what influenced Holly to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a personal trainer and owner of Girl Fit in LA, a girls after school program motivating and inspiring inner city teen girls.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in San Francisco, CA.

When did you discover you wanted to be a fitness trainer?

I had just graduated from college in the beginning of the recession in 2008. My dreams of becoming an art therapist ended abruptly when all programs were cut from schools and hospitals. I had been in gymnastics my entire life and loved being active. I knew my calling was to help people, but I didn’t know in what avenue. I moved in with my Auntie, who was suffering from type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. I changed her entire diet to low fat, low calorie and high quality whole foods cooked with minimal additives. I was able to decrease her blood sugar and reduce the severity of her health conditions. I realized that if I could help one person transform her life, I could help many more. My Auntie played an important role in raising me so helping her gain her health back was the best present I could ever have given her, to say thank you for everything she had done for me.

Any pro tips you can share with those of us working towards a healthy lifestyle such as yours?

Being healthy is all about making the best choices each day, as those choices will ultimately add up to a healthy and whole lifestyle. Healthy also means loving yourself, while challenging your current habits, and being ready to search inside you for why you are wanting to change.

I always carry a Svelte protein shake with me in my purse wherever I go, that way I have a tasty and healthy snack on the run.

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

My favorite snack is the Svelte Chocolate shake paired with chopped apples with peanut butter, dried blueberries and coconut flakes on top. The fiber of the apple and the protein in the peanut butter keeps me full.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m up at 5am to read my bible and do my daily devotionals. At 6am I am in the shower and getting ready for my 7-10am clients. 11 am is my lunchtime, where I am usually eating a vegetarian sandwich or salad. 11:30am – 1:30pm I’m emailing clients, managing various articles I’m writing, conceptualizing new events for my Girl Fit program and preparing new workouts for fitness videos.

1:30-3pm I take my friend’s doggie for a run. I am inspired by running; it’s my free outlet and escape from the city life. I usually run 7 miles in the redwoods or uphills near the ocean. One day I will have my own yellow lab and won’t have to borrow my friend’s adorable pooch.

3-4pm It’s time for a healthy snack and getting my fitness equipment loaded into my car to head out to my evening clients! I prepare my snacks in a lunch box for the commute ahead of me and make sure I have my favorite audiobook of the week downloaded for the drive.

4-8pm is my time slot for my last set of classes and clients for the evening where we go running up and down the iconic Lyon Street Stairs in San Francisco alternating sprinting with resistance training.

8-9pm is my wind down time where I will watch an episode of the best TV show ever, I Love Lucy, laugh a ton and go to sleep at 9:30!

What’s your best suggestion for those of us working to strike a balance between cardio and strength training?

Most of us have a preference for either cardio or strength training. If you are a cardio queen, my challenge to you is adding 30 minutes of strength training after your cardio workout. If you are a strength training diva, add 30 minutes of cardio to the end of your strength-training regime. This will make the activity you don’t enjoy as much fit in easily to your daily workout.

What’s your favorite workout?

I love running uphill, doing sprints up stairs or the tall hills of San Francisco. I enjoy using free weights when strength training and usually have 3 days of strength training paired with 3-4 days of cardio per week.

What are your suggestions for monitoring health and fitness progress?

There are so many helpful tools out there for us to utilize. There are a few excellent choices when it comes to logging and tracking your food. I think it’s great to use one of these apps where you can track your body fat percentage over the course of 6 months. I also take photos of my clients when they start training with me, and show them their progress each month. This encourages them to continue the healthy habits that they have ignited!

What struggles have you encountered in your athletic career? How did you overcome them?

I have battled skin cancer three times in my life, each time I have had to take weeks off of training. I am blessed to have fantastic doctors who were able to remove all cancer from my body. Last year was especially challenging where I had 2 different injuries that were stubborn in healing. I had severe knee pain from November through August of last year, which caused me to put running and 80% of my workouts on hold. I lost quite a bit of muscle and struggled in my fitness photo and video shoots carrying an extra 8 lbs which on camera can appear more like 17 pounds! I am thankful that my knees and my shoulder have healed. I’m now stronger and grateful every second of my day to have a healthy body, mind and soul!

What accomplishments are you most proud of?  

I am the most proud of starring on the Dr. Oz show as that was always a dream of mine, and then it turned into a reality. I proved to myself that hard work, giving to others and loving the people around you really does result in true success.

Thank you so much Holly for sharing your story and healthy tips! For more from Holly, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Svelte Loves Strong Women: Bree Lambert

Svelte Loves Strong Women: Bree Lambert

Svelte Vegan and Gluten-Free Protein Shakes | Bree LambertBree Lambert is a professional ultra runner who inspires us greatly. She has been through immense challenges in her career and always comes back stronger and more effective. We were lucky enough to chat with Bree about her life and fitness routine. Check out her responses below!

Where did you grow up?

Southern California, in Agoura Hills.

When did you discover you wanted to be an athlete?

I was an active kid. My siblings and I were always outdoors running around (biking, skating, hiking, exploring). We never sat home in front of the television. We weren’t allowed to. So I suppose the inner athlete was there from the beginning.

Formally, I would say in my early twenties. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to finish undergrad. It was while I was waiting tables at a popular cafe in Saratoga that I became friends with a young woman who had just completed Ironman Kona and she fueled my desire to become an endurance athlete.

Because of her I attempted my first triathlon, The Danskin Women’s Triathlon at the age of 21. Hard to believe that was 25 years ago. From then on I’d say I was hooked and continued to push the envelope of endurance performance to see what my body was capable of doing.

You live an incredibly healthy lifestyle. Any pro tips to share with those of us working towards our health goals?

I would say to get outside the comfort zone of what YOU THINK you can accomplish. Fitness is a journey. There’s no magic pill to achieving health and fitness goals. It takes time, patience, commitment, discipline, motivation and a lot of sweat!

Enjoy the process and you will be better for it. Don’t compare yourself to others but accept where you are and work from there.

What is your favorite healthy snack, or your go to pre-workout meal?

My favorite snack is definitely chips and salsa or guacamole.

My go-to pre-workout meal is oatmeal with 1tbsp nut butter or Greek yogurt with a quarter cup of chopped nuts and bits of dark chocolate.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days start at 5:30am. I begin by training clients and then working on my own fitness.

The second half of my day is either spent with my daughter or continuing to train clients. My clients are split between people wanting to be fitter and healthier in general and runners who have set goals to run their first ultra marathon or other distance events.

In addition to operating my own business, raising my daughter, and competing, I try to give back. My church has an outreach program called Kids Club that provides biblical teaching to grade schools with a high degree of low income families. I also speak at high school and college campuses through a program called The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In both cases I am given an opportunity to help encourage youth to enhance their lives.

There are so many varying opinions on cardio versus strength training.
How do you strike a balance in your fitness schedule?

I think both are important. As an endurance runner I focus on core strength and functional exercises at least once a week. The majority of my workouts emphasize mountain running, as that is my sport. I spend several hours per week running up and down mountainous terrain.

What’s your favorite way to workout?

That’s easy. I love to climb mountains. So if I have an opportunity to run beautiful mountain trails… I am there. Some of my favorite places to train are the Marin Headlands, Auburn, and Lake Tahoe.

Do you have suggestions for monitoring health and fitness progress?

If you are working with a fitness coach, be sure they understand your specific goals and have the experience to progress you. Also, be sure they establish a baseline so you can see how you are improving. I don’t think it’s as simple as getting on a scale each week or taking measurements. Health and fitness is based on functional improvement and performance as well. It’s important to see that you are getting stronger, becoming more flexible, and improving cardiovascular fitness.

If you don’t have a coach, establish your own baseline by tracking workouts. Monitor your nutrition based on your level of exercise. Simply restricting calories may help with weight loss but won’t necessarily give you enough fuel to continue to push the performance envelope.

What struggle(s) have you encountered in your athletic career?

In 2003 my life was a wreck. I was in the middle of a painful divorce and custody battle. I became a single parent to a 2-year-old daughter. I had no idea how I was going to continue to live in the Bay Area and juggle parenting along with my passion for endurance athletics.

Then the scale got tipped even further when I crashed on my mountain bike while on a training ride with a friend. Stanford Life Flight was called in to take me off the mountain and airlifted me to San Jose Valley Medical Center. I had a fractured pelvis, broken collarbone and concussion. I was told by the ER doctor I would probably never be able to run more than 5 miles and he suggested I pick up a copy of “War and Peace” to help pass the time while I rehabilitate. Life had pretty much stopped my endurance career.

How did you overcome them?

I never gave up! I was determined to use my knowledge of the human body and it’s ability to heal itself to “get back on the horse”. When I was a little girl my mom always said, “You fall off your bike… you cry a few tears… then you get back in the saddle and ride”. I was determined to come back stronger and better as a person and athlete. So I began to train again, slowly and patiently.

What I love about my life as an ultra runner is that it mirrors life. I run mountains! Life is like a giant mountain in many ways. It’s smooth at times and beautiful, but can also be hard and technical. But one has to face the mountain and climb it… knowing that if you get to the top there’s a gorgeous view and wonderful descent.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
We’d love to hear you brag a little!

My biggest accomplishment is my role as a mother. Parenting can be challenging. Some days I feel so ill equipped. But my daughter, Summer Blu, is wonderful and I encourage her to pursue her own passions and life goals.

Athletic accomplishments:

  • Two Time Female Champion of the Tahoe Rim Trail 100mile and Top female finisher at Miwok 100k, Bandera 100k and Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k.
  • Marathon and Beyond Magazine published an article I wrote on Ultrarunner of the Year Rob Krar (Jan/Feb issue), this year!
  • My role as a USL.TV Race Correspondent
  • I’m proud of my clients and their accomplishments as I get to be a part of their fitness journey.

Huge thank you to Bree for taking the time to answer questions for us and give us insight into her life. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter!

Svelte Loves Strong Women: Lindsey Jacobellis

Svelte Loves Strong Women: Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey Jacobellis is a pro snowboarder, Olympian, X Games champ and great female role model. Svelte admires Lindsey for many reasons, including her unwavering commitment to her sport. Just four years after beginning her career at the age of eleven, she was invited to compete in the X Games. Lindsey is now arguably the fiercest snowboard cross rider on the mountains.

Svelte loves strong women like Lindsey Jacobellis!

But all that success doesn’t come without struggle. After several winning seasons, including earning a silver medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics, 26 World Cup wins and ten X Games medals, Lindsey had a major setback.

A knee injury during the 2012 season took her off the snow for nearly two years. She returned for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and won every heat without difficulty. Then, when it counted the most, a crash took her out of the medal round.

Lindsey says of the 2014 Olympics, “It was a hard comeback season for me, dealing with both knee injuries, but I was happy to earn my spot on the Olympic team early on in the qualifiers. … It was a bummer that the Olympics didn’t work out for me, but sometimes that is just the way it goes. I still love doing what I’m doing, and I can still contribute to the sport. I’m looking forward to competing next year.”

That kind of attitude is exactly why Svelte admires Lindsey so much. She knows that hard work and unwavering commitment pay off in the end and she never gives up. There is great bravery in facing extreme circumstances that can cause you to lose everything you’ve worked for and continue to go back for more – every single time.

Svelte is celebrating snowboarding champion Lindsey Jacobellis for her accomplishments on & off the slopes!

Want to see more of Lindsey? Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Do you know other Strong Women that Svelte should celebrate? Let us know in the comments below or leave us a message on our Facebook page!

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