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This Fashion Designer knows a Thing or Two About Staying Fit

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If you're not following Trish Pogue, the fashion designer and fitness professional, on Instagram, you're missing out on some truly inspiring content. The 28-year-old LA-based wellness expert not only designs must-have swimwear and activewear that will make the dullest wardrobe pop, but the hard work she puts in the gym helped her become our first photo contest winner of the decade!

Keep reading to learn more about the fit entrepreneur — you'll want to be her friend when you discover what most people don't know about her!

Tell us how your winning photo came about?

My winning photo was shot as a part of my new activewear collection! So excited to be debuting the full collection on @TrishAtelier this month!

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us.

My journey has been exhilarating. I was an athlete in grade school and a dancer/cheerleader in college, but I still had an unhealthy and uninformed relationship with fitness. I ate what I wanted and didn't take a fitness regimen seriously at all. It wasn't until after college that I started taking my journey seriously. I invested in a gym membership, and even though I had no idea what to do, I kept showing up for myself. Eventually, fitness didn't seem so scary. I learned to incorporate my grade school workouts into my daily fitness regimen, I educated myself on weight training, and with lots of trial and error finally broke the mold on how to transform my body! It was during that period of taking my wellness journey seriously that I adapted into being the woman that I always envisioned myself to be. I still have so many obstacles ahead of me in my journey, but being able to find my own identity through my fitness and help other people find their's is a reward well worth the challenges.

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout?

I'm tied! I love group HIIT classes and cycling classes. They both wake me up with a jolt of energy, get me pumped, and bring the hustle out in me!

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

As a nutritionist, fueling my body with the right food is so vital. For a great pre-workout meal, I eat protein pancakes or oatmeal and fruit. Both are filling and fun! After my workout, I drink a protein shake. If that doesn't fill me up, I'm turning to steamed veggies and quinoa for a yummy alternative!

What is one item that is always in your gym bag?

A backup pair of earphones! Good music cultivates a space for an intense sweat session! Can't go without it!

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

@prettygirlssweat
@popsugarfitness
@fitfortheculture

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm fluent in 5 different languages!
French
Spanish
Portuguese
American Sign Language
English

What are your top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

1. Increase my impact, leave kindness wherever I go, cultivate a space for people to feel comfortable being their authentic selves, and chasing their improvement!

2. Open fitness and wellness studios in multiple locations that encourage positive change in all aspects.

3. To create an annual fitness, health, and wellness retreat powered by the culture!

Favorite quote: "People with great passion can make the impossible happen" -unknown

What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

To me, PGS is a movement that embodies sisterhood, well being, self-love, and the importance of community!

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

I have recently been using Jason Dry Spray Deodorant. It's easy to use on the go, and the scent lasts for the majority of the day. Plus, it's affordable on any budget!

How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

Instagram: @Trish.Pogue
Instagram: @TrishAtelier
Facebook: @AllThingsTrish

FOUNDER | Aeshia is living her dream. The social entrepreneur unites and empowers girls to be health leaders in their communities. The child obesity epidemic along with the void of entertaining yet positive fitness content and events for young women (ages 13-22) led to the conception and rapid growth of her passionate venture. Before creating Pretty Girls Sweat, Aeshia worked in the TV industry for over 9 years - working her way up from an intern at ABC to a producer on Sundance Channel's celebrated, primetime series ICONOCLASTS. The former high school athlete (track, volleyball, and basketball) and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was also a model for Wilhelmina in New York City. In her free time, the wife and mother of three girls enjoys reading inspirational books, listening to music, eating great food with friends, and enjoying the outdoors.