NOTE TO SELF: Relax. As the fall semester begins, so will the stress of the college workload and with a multiplying to do lists, it is easy to forget to just relax. On August 28th, 2014, University at Buffalo’s PGS Ambassadors Jessica (@aubonbain) and Kayla (@kayla.alyak) took advantage of the beautiful Buffalo, NY weather and did some yoga between classes. The warm sun and relaxing breeze helped Jessica find her center through the eagle pose while Kayla strengthened her core by perfecting her tripod handstand. “Yoga allows you to put all the chaos around you on pause and be still,” said PGS Ambassador Kayla. Additionally, it is an amazing way to relieve stress so even if you have to write yourself a reminder: breathe in, breathe out, and relax. #Events #UB #Smile #Motivation #Exercise #Fitness #Fitspired #instafit #PGSBuffalo #SweatSisterhood #SweatSisters #healthyteens #BuffaloBulls #PrettyGirlsSweat #sweatspiration #FitnessFriday
On a rainy Thursday evening (August, 28, 2014), Kai and a group of friends exhaled the busyness of school’s first week away with a yoga session. From advising day to organization day, they felt the need for serenity. Mats, bare feet and a clear mind was the only requirement of the workout. For those who could not do certain positions, alternative moves were taught to get the same effect. Although focus was important, so was laughter. The girls loved the calm, yet friendly, atmosphere. “Yoga is to help you find your balance,” said Keondra, 21. #Events #PGSoncampus #PGSFiskU #yoga #Sweatspiration #Prettygirlssweat #StressFree #fitness #FU #FiskUniversity #Fisk17 #sweatspiration | Written by: Fisk University PGS Ambassador Kai,19 (@thelifeofposh)
Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. The Teen Diaries Foundation proved just that on Thursday, August 28th by joining forces with model / dancer / NBA correspondent Damaris Lewis for a back to school TRX class for 12 deserving teen girls. The workout was apart of the foundation’s popular Pretty Girls Sweat program, a fitness initiative launched to fight childhood obesity, and took place at Nimble Fitness in New York City.
What is TRX? As explained by the event’s fitness instructor Suzie Gavers, “TRX was born in the Navy SEALs. It is a Suspension Training bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously and requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.”
Following the fun yet challenging sweat session, teen guests were inspired, enlightened and entertained as they received health and school related advice from OB/GYN Dr. Afriye Amerson and registered nurse / TV correspondent Anthea Noel aka “Nurse Noel”. Damaris Lewis shared her story of growing up in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood to being discovered by Elite modeling agency. Lewis’ successful fashion career has included several billboards and the cover of Fitness magazine (June 2013) as well as campaigns for Nike, Clarins, Victoria’s Secret ’s Pink line, and Yves Saint Laurent. The Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts graduate is currently the famed musician Prince’s muse and has traveled the globe as his key dancer. She also shares her love for basketball as a correspondent for the NBA.
Mentors Aeshia DeVore Branch (CEO/Founder of Teen Diaries / Pretty Girls Sweat) and Diabetes Awareness advocate Diana Dotel, as well as teen model / fitness enthusiast Cleopatra Lee, broke a sweat with the intimate group of teen girls and shared words of encouragement as they played fun team-building games that helped the group learn more about one another.
Guests left with TRUKFIT backpacks filled with Pretty Girls Sweat tanks, back to school supplies, nail polish, bookmarks, FITNESS Magazine’s September issue, UBER gift cards, Kind Bars and SkinnyPop Popcorn. Three lucky girls (Armani, Anisya, and Richelle) scored beauty products provided by FITNESS magazine!
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Today is the day! 😜💧💪💦😅💞 See you ladies soon. #prettygirlssweat #pgs #sweatsisterhood #sweatsisters #TRX
Fierce, Fabulous and Fit | Suzie Gavers is an outstanding personal trainer located in New York City with ISSA and TRX certifications. She is known as @gotschotz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can often times find her sharing motivational pictures or tweeting great advice about staying in shape. Suzie is quite the “Sweatspiration” and truly a superb role model for young females, which is made evident through her dedication and passion for spreading the love she has for fitness, volunteering her time as a Pretty girls Sweat instructor, and living a healthy lifestyle. #PGS #PrettyGirlsSweat #SuzieGavers #Fitness #PersonalTrainer #Sweatpiration #Motivation #RoleModel #TRX #ISSA | Written by: Howard University PGS Ambassador Sydnee, 19 (@soulofambition_)
So excited! Just finished preparing bags of back to school goodies for 12 lucky ladies coming to our @PrettyGirlsSweat @Teen_Diaries #BackToSchool #TRX sweat session tomorrow in NYC with @GotSchotz and @DamarisLewis. We can’t wait to hang out and work out with each of you! xo #PrettyGirlsSweat #PGS #SweatSisterhood #SweatSisters #Events
FLASHBACK | TRX is a suspension training body weight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability. In August 2013, the talented and charismatic model / dancer @DamarisLewis and personal trainer @GotSchotz hosted a TRX sweat session at Nimble Fitness for a courageous group of teen girls who were trying TRX for the first time. Pretty Girls Sweat founder @aeshiadevorebranch, @SammyJoFruition, and luxury nail artist @NailGlam sweated it out with the girls and offered inspiring and encouraging words for back to school. The same super sweat session is going down tomorrow! Congrats to the lucky ladies who leaped on the guest list! #TRX #strong #healthy #fitness #prettygirlssweat #PGSHowardU #sweatsisterhood | Written by: Howard University PGS Ambassador Sarah, 20 (@saykay14)
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN… MOVEMENT CREATES CHANGE! Help fight child obesity - and enjoy a fun workout with your peers. By doing jumping jacks to your favorite music, you’ll help raise money and awareness for child obesity month in September. Your fundraising, donations, and support helps teen girls nationwide get active! ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE! Learn more at http://teendiariesfoundation.org/sweat-makes-cents/.
Teen Diaries Foundation Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to prepare young, multicultural women for careers in journalism, as well as fight the alarming child obesity rates in the United States by making fitness fun.
In April 2010, Debby Kamainsky founded a non-profit organization yoga program called Newark Yoga Movement in Newark, NJ. She saw the need for an inexpensive program that could help with the low high school graduation rates in Newark and decided yoga was the missing key. The mission of Newark Yoga Movement is to meet every Newark child where they are, bring them life skills through the practice of yoga, breathing and centering at their schools and in their communities as well as sharing life enhancing tools with children. The Newark Yoga Movement enhances the educational experience and provides easy access to increased peacefulness, focus and confidence as a complementary source of discipline and structure for all. As time continues, the membership continues to grow and the children continue to benefit. The Newark Yoga Movement’s motto is, “You Only Get Awesome.” Learn more at newarkyogamovement.org! #Yoga #NewarkYogaMovement #Newark PrettyGirlsSweat #PGS #Sweat #SweatSession #Strength #StayFit #Toning #Exercise #Health #Instafit #Body #WeightLoss #Workout #HealthlyLiving #Sweatspiration #Motivation #Fitness #Fitspiration #Inspiration #HU #QT9 #Ogre15 #Onyx9 #Onyx10 I Written by: Hampton University PGS Ambassador Shanice, 23 (@love_shanice07)
Rummaging in the back of the pantry for snacks after school is a pain. Try something new by inviting friends over to make crepes! Fill these airy cakes with strawberries, peanut butter, or Nutella. The list goes on and on! Make the batter ahead of time to cut down on prep time, prepare any fillings, and have a crepe fest! Head over to TeenDiaries.net for the recipe, tips on what to put in your crepe, and folding techniques. #backtoschool #crepesoncrepesoncrepes #Crepes #food #nutrition #recipe #frenchcuisine #cookwell #cooking #PrettyGirlsSweat | Written By: Mecca, 17 (@mecca_omaria)
MOTIVATION MONDAY | How many times have you told yourself you’re going to start working out? Days quickly turn into weeks, months and years. Time is going to pass regardless so you might as well spend it actively. Grab a friend to help you stay motivated and start your journey NOW! Written by: University at Buffalo PGS Ambassador Jessica, 18 (@aubonbain) #PGSBuffalo #prettygirlssweat #motivation #sweatspiration #fitspiration #yoga #nutrition #health #sweatspiration #MotivationMonday
Making a trip to the same gym can get a little boring at times. Well, Nimble Fitness LLC, located in New York City, is a new and innovative training facility that offers a wide range of services from personal training, TRX Classes, to Trainer Education. Recognized as New York City’s leading TRX training location, Nimble Fitness has over a dozen TRX classes to choose from, equipped with an inspirational and well certified staff ready to help you build power, strength, flexibility and balance as well as Increase your cardio endurance. #NimbleFitness #Health #Food #Metabolism #PrettyGirlsSweat #PGS #Sweatspiration #HamptonUniversity #PGSHoward #HU15 #HU16 #HU17 #HU18 #TheMeccas #HowardUniversity | Written by: Howard University PGS ambassador Sydnee,19 (@soulofambition_)
BRAIN BOOSTING SNACK | Now that everyone is getting ready to head back to school, it’s important to make sure we are nourishing our bodies as well as our minds. If you’re tired of eating fruit and yogurt to recharge your brain, try whole wheat peach mango muffins! They are a healthier alternative to the fattier, sugary kinds. These yummy treats are made with reduced sugar and oil, along with whole wheat flour, almond meal, and a fruit cup and fruit burst squeezer in mango and peach flavors. Grab a friend and whip up these tasty snacks! #nutrition #health #peachmangomuffins #freshfruit #brainboostingsnack #middaysnack #sweatsisterhood #healthyeatinghabits #eatclean #PGSTempleU #templeuniversity | Written by: Temple University PGS Ambassador Andréa, 21 (@_femmefataledre_)
Words to live by! #PrettyGirlsSweat #PGS #Mantra#Motivation #Peace #Love #Sweatspiration #yoga #blue #August
@JennyAnnMcCarthy, a co-host on ABC’s “The View”, is a mother of a young boy who has overcome autism. After her many appearances in numerous television shows and movies, Jenny also dedicated a portion of her life to volunteering. She is currently an environmental and autism activist, and has published a handful of books regarding her experiences with life, pregnancy, and autism. Being in the media often, it is important to Jenny that she looks her best, which is why she does yoga! Jenny’s favorite type of yoga is Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, which is a 90-minute yoga workout that includes the same series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. She says that yoga has been in her life for three years now and it has helped her lose weight after her pregnancy and stay in shape. Jenny engages in yoga every day and it has helped her maintain a strong, healthy body! Written by: County College of Morris Ambassador Mackenzie, 18 (@kenzie_h36) #PrettyGirlsSweat #PGS #JennyMcCarthy #Yoga #PGSCCM #Sweatspiration #inspiration #motivation #exercise #fitness