PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Visits Southern University For 2014 Essence College Tour

It can be difficult to live a healthy and active lifestyle as a college student. Between classes, exams, and studying, most students can’t manage to squeeze in a good workout.


PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT combats those issues and more by educating, encouraging, and inspiring women across the nation through health and fitness gatherings. The celebrated brand recently teamed up with Essence Magazine on Friday, October 3rd for their 2014 Essence College Tour. The first stop was Southern University and A&M College located in Baton Rouge, LA. To kick off the HBCU's homecoming (literally and figuratively), PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT founder Aeshia DeVore Branch hosted a morning workout led by Hip Hop dance instructor Kasey Barnes.

Kasey is best known for her history of dance and choreography. In the past, she was a pro-team dancer for the AFL’s New Orleans Voodoo, NFL’s New Orleans Saints, and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The Southern University alum, who danced for the Official basketball and competition dance team The Gold N Bluez, has also been a principal dancer in movies and music videos.

With her background in dance and fitness, she combines the two to create a fun, memorable workout that leaves all of her clients drenched. The sweat session she instructed on Friday had everyone sweating to upbeat popular tunes combined with entertaining dance routines.

Immediately following the workout, guests participated in an open and honest Q&A session.

When asked about the popular trend on waist trainers and if they work:
Kasey: With getting your waist down, you have to eat right. Abs are made in the kitchen. Getting in shape is 70 percent food, 30 percent gym. Wearing a waist trainer can be used to help with posture and the way your abdomen sits. I know that there are two different kinds. There are the sweatband kind and the corset waist trainer. I believe that the sweatbands are actually good for you. Doing high cardio with a waist trainer helps to focus on losing water weight in your stomach. It will help you lose WATER WEIGHT, but NOT WEIGHT. You can have a 6 pack with a layer of fat if you do ab workouts, but you need to burn that fat off which only happens through diet and exercise.
On Taking Supplements:
Kasey: I’m a supplement girl. With lifting, I have to maintain recovery because I work out so much. Some of the supplements I take help me maintain my muscle. If you lift weights and lift heavy, you will be toned, but you won’t gain muscle. Supplements are needed to build muscle. I do take protein. When taking protein or any type of supplement, remember to look at the label.  Look at the sugar content. See if it is a protein meal supplement or if it is actually a protein to build lean muscle and recovery. If your supplement has a high sugar protein and you are not doing 6 hours of cardio a week, you will gain weight. You need to balance it out with cardio. Pay attention to your body. With hormones and birth control, it is important for women to pay attention to our bodies. Know which supplements and products you are taking and the effects it can have before taking it. 

A few lucky ladies were treated to giveaway prizes after winning some fun challenges and each guest left with Ultrasheen haircare products, just in time for homecoming weekend.  The University celebrated 100 years with their centennial homecoming.

PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT's next stop was Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Take a look!
Southern University and A&M College is a historically black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Baton Rouge campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the City of Baton Rouge. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, located five miles north of the main campus. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the flagship institution of the Southern University System. The university’s band, most famously known as the Human Jukebox, has achieved legendary status as one of the nation's top collegiate bands. Dedicated to the art of music through providing fresh and unique entertainment with a creative flair, the 215 member band enjoys a long list of awards and achievements and has a resume of appearances on local, national, and international stages. The dancing team, Dancing Dolls, have also performed for artists such as Madonna and Beyoncé during the Super Bowl halftime shows. Visit for more information on the University.

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INTERN | Kendria LaFleur may have been born and raised in a small town, but the hardworking 22 year-old has BIG dreams that she wants to accomplish. At McNeese State University located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the college student majors in Mass Communication. After graduation, she plans on pursuing her dreams of being a journalist. She previously interned at a local Fox affiliated News station where she served as a junior reporter. She is currently an intern for Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne where she works with the communications department. Kendria is also very active on campus and within her community. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, NAACP, Student Government Association and a volunteer for the Big Brother/Big Sister program. Kendria is currently the reigning Miss Lake Charles USA and will compete in the Miss Louisiana USA pageant this fall. INTERESTING FACT: “I have been journaling my life ever since I first learned how to write,” says Kendria. “I have a book shelf worth of diaries that I’ve written in over the years.”