Girlnetic is powered by women inspired to help other women get inspired to help other women get inspired.. Yes– we hope it to be a continuous chain reaction until every woman is positively affected by this fitness and healthy lifestyle movement!
But just like any movement, someone’s gotta spearhead it. Girlnetic has dedicated a column to recognize the FEMALE FITNESS FORCES who are doing just that. We begin with these six AMAZING ladies:
Nicole DeBoom, President & Founder of Skirt Sports
We’ve featured this female force in a story from a while back, but we are so inspired by her, we wanted to feature her again. Nicole DeBoom is the Founder of Skirt Sports, an activewear line designed to perform, to be stylish, but most importantly, to fit REAL women’s bodies. Growing up, Nicole has always been an athlete, but it was after college when she began competing in races and triathlons.
It was in 2003 while on a run when Skirt Sports was conceptualized, and in between training and races developed with a personal philosophy: “If you can do anything that will make you feel better in your training and racing, you should do it”.
Today, Skirts Sports is not only a clothing line, but also a community that “encourages women to take those first few steps toward an active, running life”. When not running the company or outdoors, Nicole travels the country speaking at events to inspire women in the areas of athletics, healthy living, entrepreneurship and life.
Kino MacGregor, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
If you’re an avid yogi, then you’ve probably heard of Kino MacGregor, internationally-recognized yoga teacher who specializes in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Her 15+ years experience and being one of the few to be certified by its founder, K. Pattabhi Jois, makes Kino a true master of her craft, playing a key role in putting the Ashtanga Yoga practice on the map.
Through her world tours, YouTube videos, DVDs, magazine features, TV appearances, website and social media profiles, Kino shares her knowledge and love for Ashtanga Yoga to encourage other yogis to further their practice. When not traveling, she runs Miami Life Center with her husband, a studio “dedicated to the integration of yoga, holistic health and consciousness” based in Miami Beach.
Whitney Patterson & Alexandra Williams, Co-Founders of Sporty Afros
Whitney Patterson and Alexandra Williams are Co-Founders of Sporty Afros, an “innovative, unique company that provides resources for African-American women to take control of their health”. This duo met at a previous job where they decided to train for a triathlon together. It was during training when they came up with the idea for Sporty Afros after countless women asked them how they were able to maintain their natural hair while keeping a consistent workout routine.
Since then, Sporty Afros has evolved as a “one stop shop for questions, discussions, tips and answers about fitness/workout routines and healthy nutrition while providing practical workout hair care solutions”. Their ultimate goal: “to become the largest online presence dedicated to enabling more black women to lead active lifestyles in conjunction with establishing and maintaining healthy hair regimens”.
Karli Hickling, Competitive CrossFitter & Power Lifter
Girlnetic is proud to acknowledge Karli Hickling as one of its founding members who helped shape Girlnetic into what it is today. And rightfully so; she has always been an advocate for fitness and healthy living which made her a valuable asset to Girlnetic’s development.
Karli is a competitive crossfitter and powerlifer who has a couple of wins under her belt, most recently taking first place in the “Weakest Links” CrossFit Competition this past January, first place in the Liberty Barbell Classic in April, and first place in the Liberty Games Powerlifting Competition just a few weeks ago.
Additionally, she is a certified nutritionist, personal trainer and works for Lulu Lemon in Albany, NY. This powerhouse lives and breathes fitness that you can’t help but be inspired! All you need is a little peak into her world by following her on Facebook or Instagram–her website is still being worked on. Oh, and if you must know, she is the lucky wife of the guy in the story about the 4-year old cancer patient who “marries” her favorite nurse. And YES–she has as big of a heart as her husband, if not BIGGER!
Cassey Ho, Creator of Pop Pilates
Her parents wanted her to pursue a career in medicine, but Cassey Ho had other plans. It was during college when she started teaching Pilates she realized fitness entrepreneurship was the path for her. As she continued her practice–she is certified by NAFC, NESTA and Balanced Body University for mat and reformer–she began to develop her own format now known as Pop Pilates, a more upbeat version of the traditional Pilates.
Cassey and Pop Pilates became household names through the power of YouTube and other social media outlets where you will find her continue to inspire through her playful teachings. For these videos, she won a Shorty Award for #SocialFitness, named Best Healthy Living Blogger by Fitness Magazine in 2012, recognized as #2 most influential online personality by Sharecare, and has been featured in magazines and TV shows including People Magazine, COSMOPOLITAN, Forbes, The New York Times, Dr. Oz, and The Steve Harvey Show.
Today, Pop Pilates is in great demand and can be found in gyms across the nation! When not teaching, Cassey pursues her love for fashion design through BODYPOP, a “high fashion, intensity activewear” line she founded.