Work. Sweat. Hustle. Did a fitness trainer or creative professional speak these words? OK, it’s a bit of a trick question, because the answer is both—and never has the underlying connection between fitness and creativity been more relevant to the creative frontier.
Today, there is an unparalleled level of ambition, motivation and discipline necessary to conceive a creative career and transform a passion into a lifestyle. No longer can success rely solely on raw talent—to “make it,” creatives must live by their craft, overcome their weaknesses, and reach their goals through hard work, dedication and consistency. But this is far from a new development. For decades, this goal-driven mentality has shaped the fitness world, revolutionizing wellness and transforming it into one of the most influential cultural movements of today’s generation.
To further explore the relationship between fitness and creativity, we brought together 16 fitness innovators across a variety of categories to discuss mindset, personal growth, and how their wellness journeys apply to your creative endeavors. Sometimes it’s not so much about the art but the practices you employ to create it. After all, it’s 2017, people, and the time to do what you love is now. So are you ready to get in shape? Let’s hit the gym, yo.
Here are 16 fitness innovators who will transform you creatively, in no particular order. (For the full story, pick up a copy of the “Fitness Issue” of Resource Magazine in Barnes & Noble, on newsstands across the U.S. and Canada, in photo studios, or our online shop.)
Bethany C. Meyers (@bethanycmeyers)
Bethany C. Meyers has been teaching a variety of fitness methods for 10 years with a primary focus on the Megaformer workout. Her new company, be.come, will officially launch later this year. The workout is also being taught once a week at Studio B in NYC and will be brought to a new fitness space opening in Union Square in September, in addition to teaching private be.come exercises via the company’s app.
Kira Stokes (@kirastokesfit)
Kira Stokes is a New York City-based celebrity trainer and group fitness coach. Her signature program, The Stoked Method focuses on functional movement flow combining strength, cardiovascular conditioning, sports specific drills, barre, yoga and pilates. She is currently the celebrity brand partner for NYSC Lab in New York City and her workouts are featured at Bandier’s Studio B and streamed via Booya Fitness.
Julian Devine (@juliandevine)
Julian Devine grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, eventually moving to Chicago where he studied dance at Columbia College Chicago before accepting a scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Today, he lives in NYC where he took his career to the next level, signing exclusively with Wilhelmina Models, teaching as a Schwinn Certified Spinning Instructor, and training and teaching boxing.
Christine “Tine” Abramo (@christineabramo)
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Christine “Tine” has always aspired to inspire. She displayed her athletic prowess as a collegiate lacrosse player and competitive runner, which translates into her fitness style. Upon graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she continued to crave the desire to lead, motivate and inspire and is currently a cycologist at Cyc Fitness, chief marketing officer at Stationhead, and women’s brand director at Wolaco.
Charlie Himmelstein (@charliehimmelstein)
Charlie Himmelstein is a former model and actor turned photographer who first gained notoriety as fighter in an underground boxing club called “Friday Night Throwdown.” Since then, he founded The9 Studios, a membership based photo studio business with seven locations throughout New York and Brooklyn.
Holly Rilinger (@hollyrilinger)
Holly Rilinger is the author of LIFTED, a Nike Master Trainer, Flywheel Sports Master Trainer, Former Creative Director at CYC Fitness, Certified Personal Trainer, Group X Instructor, and co-star on Bravo’s Work Out New York, a fitness reality show that follows the lives of seven top New York City fitness instructors.
Rachel Kent (@rachelkentnyc)
Rachel Kent is a New York-based, NYU Tisch grad who’s obsessed with comedy and powered by feminism. She’s excessively trained for everything on-stage and on-camera, with experience ranging from Amazon Prime series to Off-Broadway shows. Kent has also worked commercially as a fitness and fashion model, from New York Fashion Week to acting in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines web commercials.
Ashley Guarrasi (@ashleyguarrasi)
Ashley Guarrasi is a coach at Rumble Boxing gym, celebrity trainer and fitness model. She’s collaborated with active apparel brands such as Nike, Koral Activewear, Kali Active, and Michi New York, as well as worked with sports brands including Cleto Reyes, Throwdown MMA, and Torque Sports.
Robin Arzon (@robinnyc)
Robin Arzon is the New York Times best-selling author of Shut Up And Run and vice president of fitness programming and head Instructor at Peloton Cycle. When she’s not training for ultramarathons, she serves as a brand ambassador for some of the world’s top fitness brands, such as Adidas and formerly Nike. She also co-founded the print publication Undo Magazine, which combines sweat and fashion.
Sarah Ballan (@sarah.ballan)
Sarah Ballan, 24, graduated from LeHigh University in 2014 with a BA in english/psych and a creative writing double minor. She loves to write in her spare time and hopes to do something with it one day. After college she went into media buying at an agency, but quickly left to pursue a career in fitness. So far she’s successfully taught at two studios and has recently accepted an instructor position at Flywheel.
Jesse Alexander (@ja__tapback22)
Brooklyn born and bred, Jesse Alexander has a wealth of experience instructing at several well-known boutique fitness studios. With a previous career in massage therapy, Jesse’s enthusiasm and unique teaching style has made him a favorite within the indoor cycling industry. When he’s not teaching, you can find Jesse hanging out with his three roommates (AKA his wife and two kids) on the Upper East Side.
Chinae Alexander (@chinaealexander)
Chinae Alexander is an entrepreneur, lifestyle personality, writer, speaker, and wellness expert. Her message is to empower people to be better through positive thinking, active change, and self-love. When she’s not trying to change the world, you’ll find Chinae pondering if a runner’s high is actually a “thing” while enjoying a glass of Malbec and a nice salad.
Rebecca Kennedy (@rksolidnyc)
Rebecca Kennedy is a fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and former NFL cheerleader, USA gymnast, and professional dancer. She’s also a Wilhelmina fitness model and has worked with brands including Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, and has been featured in Runner’s World, Fitness Magazine, SELF Magazine, and more.
Patrick Frost (@patrickfrost2)
Patrick Frost, Master Instructor for both Barry’s Bootcamp and Nike Training Club, has flourished in the NYC fitness market for the past six years. He has personal-trained moms, athletes, celebrities, top models, as well as group-instructed hundreds of people at a time. This fall, the Georgia-native be moving to the Miami Beach to continue his work with Barry’s Bootcamp Miami and NTC.
Emma Belluomo (@embelluomo)
Originally from Southampton, New York, Emma Belluomo ditched her desk job and soon began teaching at Cyc Fitness. She was later scouted by IMAXShift to become a founding trainer for their first indoor cycling studio experience, in addition to working for the iconic barre brand Pop Physique. Most recently, she started at CycleBar and is currently based at their Fort Lee and Closter, NJ studios.
Alex Gomez (@officialagomez)
Alex Gomez, 26, is a personal trainer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s performed as a dancer in various roles, such as live action/computer animated family comedy film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, French Empire commercials, and more. Gomez is also an experienced fighter trained in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and MMA.
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