In Girlnetic world, women who have gone above and beyond in fitness, sports and adventure to inspire all of us are recognized as FEMALE FITNESS FORCES. Some of these women have joined the Girlnetic Grrlsquad to encourage their peers to be stronger than their excuses because they understand first-hand that with grit and grind, fitness goals can be achieved and healthy living can result in happiness.
Appropriately, we want to recognize these 6 women who have helped us define the meaning of a female fitness force, setting the stage for future #Grrlsquad members as we kick off the Girlnetic Ambassador Program—our February/March picks:
Reyna Texler, Creator of Paddle Pump!
Reyna Texler, the Creator of Paddle Pump!, was the girl who swore she’d never step foot in a gym. Now, she’s a kayak guide and certified personal trainer for Hudson River Expeditions in Cold Spring, NY, who creatively found a way to combine her love of fitness and kayaking throughout the Hudson Highlands for people of all fitness and paddling levels to enjoy.
In her free time, she enjoys vacationing with her husband as they explore the world from the perspective of the double bladed paddle. When she’s not paddling, powerlifting, teaching first graders, or playing with her two Pugs, you can find Reyna dancing in the kitchen whipping up new healthy dishes.
As a member of the #Grrlsquad, Reyna hopes to inspire all women to find strength in their individualities, and motivate others to define their own version of what a healthy lifestyle means for them. She truly believes that all women are strong women, and do not have to be a certain shape, or size in order to “be happy, be healthy, and most importantly, be-YOU-tiful!”
Meghan Wilcox, Outdoor Explorer
Meghan Wilcox is an Upstate New Yorker who loves to explore the great outdoors. Her favorite activities include running, hiking and swimming, and recently gained a new affinity for weight lifting after her brief stint playing for the NY Knockout Women’s Tackle Football team. Currently, she lives in Northern Virginia where she spends her free time hiking, boxing and training for a triathlon.
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Maile Uyeno, Founder of Crossover Fitness
Maile Ann Barcelon of Crossover Fitness Movement is a Certified Instructor for INSANITY, CIZE, and PiYo. She also holds a certification in Group Exercise through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and is partnered with the largest multinational fitness company, Beachbody, as an independent Health Coach.
Her inspiration comes from seeing others transform their lives through successfully achieving optimal health and finding a fit lifestyle that works for them. Being able to see the end result, and being a part of the process to encourage others to conquer their fears, to Maile, is such a rewarding feeling. She explains, “Not because I’m great, but because they discover how great they are!”
Maile also passionate about food and is an educator on integrative nutrition and wellness. She is determined to make an impact on the fight against obesity, disease, and depression, and hopes others will join her on this journey.
Maile is excited to be an ambassador of Girlnetic because she believes in Girlnetic’s mission to inspire other women to find their strength and power through an active lifestyle. She said, “So many women need encouragement, guidance, and friendships. Girlnetic is the organization to help them get there.”
Her favorite activities include HIIT Training a.k.a. INSANITY, Weight Lifting, Hip Hop Dance… and mostly anything pretty much EXTREME!
Diane Simmons, Owner of Simply Fitness By Diane
Diane Simmons is a weight-loss success story who is using her personal experience to help others afflicted by obesity and unhealthy living through Simply Fitness by Diane, a comprehensive weight loss company she founded to equip individuals–particularly women–to be fit for life.
Diane is also a certified personal traininer, Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor, weight loss coach and registered respiratory therapist. Some of her favorite activities include Zumba, healthy cooking, weight training and learning new skills.
Lisabeth Jorgensen, Fitness Enthusiast
Lisabeth Jorgensen is an attorney at a public interest law firm who is committed to achieving the highest potential for herself and for others in her work and personal life. She is involved with Girlnetic as a way of keeping health and fitness a priority in her life, and looks forward to sharing her progress and challenges so that her stories may inspire others to do the same.
Latoya Taitt, Fitness Instructor
Latoya Taitt is a fitness instructor who specializes in Cize, a fun dance fitness workout, and Piyo, a high intensity, low impact workout that blends moves from Pilates and Yoga. She also offers monthly exercise and nutrition accountability groups online where she assist people in setting realistic health goals and support them to achieve great results.
She says, “There is nothing more inspiring than witnessing someone transform their body and life through exercise and better health.” When not engaged in fitness, she spends time with her husband and four children, her inspiration to be her best self and live a full life.
Latoya is involved with Girlnetic “because women are so powerful and fitness is one way that we all can give of ourselves–to educate, support, inspire and encourage girls of all ages, sizes and fitness levels that living fit is a lifestyle that can be fun and enjoyable.”
Live and ❤ the Girlnetic way-of-life and want to help spread the joy that fitness and healthy living brings? Or know a female fitness force who has inspired you to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle? Join the Girlnetic Grrlsquad or nominate an FX3–strong, resilient women that makes up the foundation of Girlnetic, helping all of us live a happier, healthier and more invigorating life. #Grrlpower