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Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast by Vincent Ferguson

Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast

by Vincent Ferguson

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Six Weeks to Fitness host, Vincent Ferguson interviews fitness and nutrition professionals, celebrities, athletes, movers and shakers from all over the world to help guide the listener along the path towards living a healthier lifestyle.


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Detroit Piston Forward Tobias Harris


Sat, Apr 22, 2017


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by the Detroit Piston’s Tobias Harris. The 6’ 9” forward played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic before joining the Pistons where he is currently the team’s leading scorer. Throughout his five-year career in the NBA, Tobias has remained committed to his mentorship programs, specifically via the Tobias Harris School of Business Basketball Camp.  During the interview, Tobias will discuss his childhood growing up on Long Island, New York to a large family of basketball players.  He will also share his exercise routine in the gym, which includes weight training, calisthenics and more.  Tobias will also discuss how eating a plant-based diet has increased his endurance and stamina on the court.  Tobias is a strong believer in giving back to the community, especially children, which is evident by the work he is doing through his Tobias Harris School of Business Basketball Camp.  This camp not only teaches kids the important skills necessary to compete in the game of basketball, but it exposes kids to other professions as well.  Tobias believes that children should focus on education first and if basketball doesn’t work out, they have other options in their lives.  Tobias not only “talks the talk but he also walks the walk.”



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Charity Lynette, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Owner of Curvy Chick Fitness


Sat, Apr 08, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Charity Lynette, Celebrity Fitness Instructor and creator of Curvy Chick Fitness.  During the interview, Charity will discuss what life was like growing up in a small northwestern town to military parents.  Most of Charity Lynette's life she was overweight and although playing High School and college Basketball, she still struggled with her weight. The turning point in her life was the surprising loss of her mom due to unhealthy living. Fueling her choice to start a healthier lifestyle and with her mother in mind, she dedicated her life to helping others do the same, losing over 100 pounds in the process. Since then she has continued to work within Hospitals and Health fairs throughout the country, teaching women that although they all have curves, healthy curves is what matters most.  As a Plus Size Model and Fitness Instructor Charity went through her challenges explaining to those who didn't understand how a Plus Size women could teach fitness, the answer was simply “We all have different body types but as long as we are eating right and exercising, the body will take its course."  Charity is showing the world that just because you’re thin, doesn’t mean you’re fit and just because you have curves doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy.  Charity is a rising star in the fitness industry and she is looking to expand her brand throughout the country.

Charity has been featured in numerous media outlets such as Bustle.com, Hip Hop Weekly, NY Daily News, Abigail Magazine, blackbride.com, Society of Curves, cocoafab.com, Entertainment Scoop, Boston Fitness Magazine, Skinny Minority Blog, Your Tango, Stylish Curves and more.



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Caprice O'Bryant, Owner of Excuse Free Fitness


Sun, Mar 19, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Caprice O’Bryant, a 24-year old Certified Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and owner of Excuse Free Fitness out of Homewood, Illinois, near Chicago. Caprice has been through the wire, surviving a serious car accident at 14 and learning how to walk again and then surviving a second life threatening car accident a few years later that left her with seizures. At 19, she had a severe seizure that caused her to hit her head on the concrete, resulting in total memory loss. During the interview, Caprice will discuss her road to recovery which started at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where she was encouraged to try yoga.  With an invitation from her father, she began going to the gym.  It was in the gym where glimpses of her future self were shown.  Caprice attributes her ability to turn tragedy into triumph to the love and support of her family and the important role that proper nutrition and exercise plays in her life.  It is through proper nutrition and exercise that Caprice has been able to control her seizures.  Being “seizure free” for the past 2 ? years, Caprice can now focus on utilizing her knowledge and skills to help improve the health and wellbeing of others through exercise and by creating custom meal plans that encourage healthy eating and appeal to the taste buds as well. Caprice is also a warrior and advocate of Epilepsy awareness. Her motto is, “with Excuse Free Fitness, you can do ALL things”! She is truly a walking miracle, and despite all obstacles, she continues to persevere.  Caprice truly is an amazing young woman, who truly believes in Excuse Free Fitness.



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Actress Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) (Netflix Movie Burning Sands)


Thu, Mar 09, 2017


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, I am joined by Imani Hakim, best known for her role as Tonya Rock, kid sister to Chris Rock on the very popular sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris”.  On March 10, 2017, Imani will star in the Netflix original Movie “Burning Sands” alongside actress Alfre Woodard.  Although most people decide what career path they want to take after they graduate from high school, Imani Hakim already had developed a strong passion for acting by the tender age of seven and by age 11 she landed her first acting role in Everybody Hates Chris.  During the interview, Imani will discuss how her persistence along with her father’s support and belief in her abilities, helped her land her first role.  She will also discuss in detail her next movie, Burning Sands, which will give you a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee (Trevor Jackson), who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.  Imani will also discuss what life is like being a young actress in Hollywood auditioning for film and TV roles.  Imani believes that there is no substitute for confidence, believing in yourself and getting paid to do what you love to do.  Imani will also discuss her exercise routine and the important role nutrition plays in her life. 



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Interview with Dr. Phoenyx Austin, Founder of the Fit Beauty Shop


Mon, Mar 06, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Dr. Phoenyx Austin, founder of the Fit Beauty Shop, creator of Dr. Phoenyx Nutrition, best-selling author of “If You Love It, It Will Grow – A Guide to Healthy, Beautiful Natural Hair”, and communications consultant. Dr. Phoenyx specializes in providing nutrition products and practical tips to help women achieve a fit, healthy and beautiful body from the inside out! She is highly respected for her expertise in both fitness and nutrition, as well as her passion for entrepreneurship and making healthy living fun.  Dr. Phoenyx has been featured in many major publications and has served as an on-air health/fitness expert on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, NewsOne Now and Radio One. Although Dr. Phoenyx is a medical doctor and has served in the U.S. Air Force as a physician, Dr. Phoenyx stated in the interview that she was not taught nutrition in school; instead, she learned how to treat disease with medication after you became sick.  It wasn’t until after medical school that Dr. Phoenyx immersed herself into fitness and nutrition and became an expert in the field and is now sharing her expertise with the world as a speaker, consultant and entrepreneur.  You can find out more about Dr. Phoenyx by visiting www.drphoenyx.com.



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Actress Rachel Currence, "BET's The New Edition Story"


Sun, Feb 19, 2017


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by actress Rachel Currence, who played Sharmari Fears, the wife of Ronnie Devoe in the BET Blockbuster hit “The New Edition Story”.  During the interview, Rachel will share what it was like working with the other cast members, which included Fox TV show Empire’s "Bryshere Y. Gray" and other outstanding young actors.  Rachel will also talk about what life was like growing up in San Diego, California, being the youngest of 4 siblings, starting out in beauty pageants and winning many titles, one including LITTLE MISS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, which placed her in many parades, charity events and the local newspaper, which, thanks to her mother, started her out on the road to becoming an actress.  Rachel will also discuss the importance of drive, persistence and focus to achieving your goals in acting and how staying true to her diet is the key to her health and wellbeing.  When Rachel isn’t acting, she enjoys investing in Real Estate. Rachel is a rising star and true entrepreneur in every sense of the word.



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Theresa Wells, Owner of Tone At Home Fitness


Sun, Feb 05, 2017


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, I am joined by Theresa Wells (Coach Wells), owner of Tone At Home Fitness, A mobile fitness training support company out of San Diego, California.  Coach Wells holds multiple certifications as a Group Fitness instructor, Zumba instructor, Boot Camp instructor and Insanity® (Beachbody) fitness instructor.  She is also a Running and Nutrition Coach.  Coach Wells is a graduate of both the University of California at San Diego, (UCSD) and the University of San Diego (USD), she earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning with an emphasis in Education and Community Dynamics and Later obtained a Masters in School Counseling and PPS Credential.  During the interview Coach Wells will take us on a journey from her youth growing up in San Diego, California where she lived a very active childhood and maintained a successful fitness business until a near tragic car accident occurred in 2016 where she sustained multiple injuries to her body, including a major concussion and short-term memory loss.  She also gained about 30 pounds after the accident.

When doctors told Coach Wells, she will never be able to run again, something she prides herself in doing having run numerous marathons, Coach Wells proved the doctors wrong.  Today, Coach Wells is almost fully recovered and back in the park running and helping her clients get in shape through her one on one training and her Tone At Home Facebook page, which provides exercise, nutrition and weight loss tips. Coach Wells turned near tragedy into triumph and shares her knowledge and wisdom on the importance of exercise and nutrition to achieving fitness goals.  This and much more is in this very informative and inspiring episode.



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Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory


Sun, Jan 29, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of the 2014 Inc. 500 company, Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory, a first-of-its-kind company designed to facilitate global change through the incubation of mission-based businesses and the cultivation of empowering content. Every piece of content Impact Theory creates is meant to underscore the company mission to free people from “The Matrix” and help them unlock their true potential. During the interview, Tom will take us on a journey from his youth growing up in Tacoma, Washington in a family that struggled with obesity and how this struggle gave him a personal drive to segue into the health and fitness industry and help his loved ones and others like them revolutionize their relationship with food. As it would turn out, this new focus on something deeply personal and passion-based led Tom and his two partners to create Quest Nutrition.

Tom has taken his drive to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world even further with his new company, Impact Theory, where he interviews high-profile innovators and thought leaders, such as Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, Lisa Nichols, Michael Strahan and others.  Also, in this episode, Tom talks about the role the mind plays in determining your success and the methods and tools he and his partners used to take their company from zero to one billion dollars in less than 7 years.  This is truly one of my most informative and impactful interviews on health, wealth and success.



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Interview with Dr. Arabia Mollette, Emergency Physician, TV Host


Sun, Jan 22, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Dr. Arabia Mollette, Emergency Physician and Internet TV host out of the South Bronx, in New York City.  At the age of 5, young Arabia envisioned herself becoming a doctor but wasn't sure what kind of doctor she'd become until two tragedies occurred in her life. At 17, she became a teen mom to a precious baby boy, whose life was tragically taken away at four months old. Six years later, her youngest sister was shot and killed while riding in a friend’s car. Both tragedies caused her to question the doctors about their medical explanations, and it sparked a desire for Arabia to make a difference in her community.  During the interview, Dr. Mollette will take us on a journey from her youth up until today, sharing some of the obstacles and challenges she had to overcome and how her belief that she was placed here to fulfill a higher purpose enabled her to realize her dream to becoming an Emergency Physician and offering medical help and advice to people all around the world.  Dr. Arabia has even launched her own podcast called “The Visit with Dr. Arabia Mollette”, where she provides free medical advice, while discussing a variety of topics such as  wellness, mental illness and more with the guests on her show.  This is an amazing story of how a young, African American woman turned tragedy into triumph.



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Jameelah Struthers NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor


Mon, Jan 16, 2017


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Jameelah Struthers, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and co-host of Professionally Fit radio, out of Southfield, Michigan. Jameelah’s fitness journey began after her mother, who lived a very active and healthy lifestyle, was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and was given 8 months to 3 years to live.  During the interview, Jameelah will take us on her personal journey battling depression, anger and grief and how starting an exercise and nutrition program started her on the road to recovery, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Jameelah will share how healthy eating has affected her thought processes.  Jameelah believes that by cutting out refined sugars, bread and other processed foods from her diet, she now has more mental clarity and positive thoughts.  Jameelah believes that there is a connection with the foods we eat and how we think.  Jameelah will also share her exercise philosophy, which she believes is the reason why she was able to lose 25 pounds.  Jameelah operates a Facebook page called “Get Fit With Jaye”, where she gives fitness and nutrition advice. 

After conditioning her own body and mind to achieve her goals and developing a passion for health and wellness, Jameelah now spends her time helping others to achieve their fitness goals.



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Bruce Cardenas, Chief Communications Officer, Quest Nutrition


Wed, Jan 11, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Bruce Cardenas, Chief Communications Officer for Quest Nutrition. Prior to joining Quest, Bruce served in the U.S. Marine Corp. where he was assigned to the security detail for one of the Marine Corp. generals.  While in the Marines, Bruce participated in various sports such as powerlifting and football.  After leaving the Marines, Bruce pursued his life-long dream of becoming a police officer and joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  While in the LAPD, Bruce started a high end security firm providing security for music executives and celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Courtney Love, Rickie Martin, Mark Anthony and many others.  During the interview, Bruce will share how he met the owners of Quest Nutrition at a local gym, and how that relationship evolved into him becoming the Chief Communications Officer for the company.  Bruce will also discuss the Quest mission and the Quest Nutrition products, which include protein bars, powders and chips.  The products are in 90 countries and the protein bar is the top selling protein bar in the market.

Bruce believes that developing long-lasting relationships is key to any successful business. His natural entrepreneurial ambition, combined with his strong affinity for connecting communities through meaningful relationships, has solidified his place with the Quest family. 



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Nicole Rodrigues, CEO and founder of NRPR Group


Sun, Jan 08, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Nicole Rodrigues, CEO and founder of NRPR Group, a strategic positioning agency in Beverly Hills, which was awarded best PR agency in the city. More than 16 years ago, Nicole worked in-house as a PR coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, while also cheering for the team as a Raiderette. She’s developed and executed strategic campaigns for some of the biggest names in business, such as Yahoo!, Dolby, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony PlayStation, Hulu, M-GO, Toon Hero, Demand Media, MobiTV, and the Oakland Raiders.

During the interview, Nicole will take us on a journey from her childhood, growing up the oldest of 9 children in Fremont, California, working 3 jobs to pay for her college education to pursuing her dreams as a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders and becoming the owner of a very successful PR company.  Nicole will also discuss the important role exercise and nutrition played in helping her to achieve her goals and why, while in the 8th grade, she decided to give up drinking soda and how that has impacted her life.  Nicole believes that in order to be successful you must have a positive mindset and limit the amount of negative people in your life.  Nicole doesn’t believe in excuses.  She believes if she can live her life’s dream and purpose, coming from humble beginnings, anyone can.  Nicole didn’t know how she was going to achieve her goals but stayed on a positive, health conscious path, believed in herself and her abilities and became a trailblazer.



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Zhivi Williams, CEO, Author, Motivational Speaker and Personal Trainer


Thu, Jan 05, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Zhivi Williams, CEO of Leading by Example and Passion Driven, out of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Zhivi is a Health, Wellness and Fitness Accountability Coach, motivational speaker, Personal Trainer, and author of “Who Needs A Gym” Using Social Media for Weight Loss”.  During the interview, Zhivi will discuss various chapters of the book, which was written for men and women who don’t know where to start on their fitness journey and for those who are on a budget and may not be able to afford a personal trainer, but still need the inspiration and support that a personal trainer can provide, but at no cost using social media as the fitness platform.  The book also includes information on how to get free online healthy eating and weight loss support, meal suggestions, exercise routines and much more.  Zhivi will also discuss her online coaching business, her 30 day challenge which will take place each month starting in January.  You can also workout with Zhivi on Facebook every morning.



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Dre Baldwin, Former Professional Basketball Player/Mental Toughness Expert


Mon, Jan 02, 2017


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Dre Baldwin a/k/a DreAllDay, a former professional basketball player turned Mental Toughness Coach and Expert. He coaches, consults, and speaks with audiences ranging from business owners, salespeople, content marketers, branding executives, sports teams and high schools.  Dre is the author of 11 books including The Mental Handbook, where he writes about having a “bullet proof” mindset.  During the interview, Dre will take us on a journey from his youth growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, playing Division 3 basketball to becoming a professional basketball player and a Mental Toughness Expert.  Dre will also discuss the importance personal development and visualization played in the achievement of his goals and successes.  Dre Baldwin lays out a blueprint in this interview that anyone can follow, if they know how to apply information and have the mental toughness it takes to stand out from among the crowd. 

Dre Baldwin is now a top speaker and motivator in his field, having published over 5,300 videos since 2009 with over 120,000 subscribers, and 39,000,000 views of his YouTube channel.  This is a very inspiring interview from a young man who knows what he’s talking about and is living his dream!



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Chef Isra Gordon, owner of Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House


Sun, Dec 04, 2016


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, I am joined by Chef Isra Gordon, owner of Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House, a full-service catering company out of Brooklyn, New York, that promises to engage your appetite with ingredient-driven, health-focused global gourmet cuisine.  Chef Gordon was born and raised on the island of Grenada and is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School Culinary Program.  She is a highly trained chef and pastry chef with over 27 years of experience in the culinary industry.  Chef Gordon’s personal recipes have been featured in cookbooks and magazines, such as “One Sweet Cookie” and “Kuji Magazine”. 

Chef Gordon’s Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House has extensive experience catering to those with dietary restrictions and preferences, such as raw foodists, vegetarians, pescetarians, and others. Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House also carries over 30 different types of teas, some of which are carefully formulated by Chef Isra, to treat diabetes, dementia, high cholesterol, weight loss and much more.  Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House is the culmination of Chef Gordon’s passion and years of experience in the culinary world.  Chef Gordon believes that the obesity epidemic can be linked directly to the food we eat, the amount of sugary foods and drinks we consume and the lack of exercise.  For more information about Delicious Endings Catering and Tea House, visit www.deliciousendings.com or call Chef Isra at (917) 364-8276.



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Reea Rodney, Author, Juniper and Rose: Sisters and Best Friends Forever


Sat, Nov 19, 2016


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Reea Rodney, author, mother of two and childcare provider.  Originally from Trinidad, Reea migrated to Brooklyn, New York in 2006 in search for a better life for her family. Because of her passion for her work as a childcare provider and desire to help children, Reea was inspired to write children’s books. She wanted to assist not only the kids who were under her care with the day to day issues they may be facing, but kids all over the world.  Her stories addresses topics such as adjusting to change, fear, separation anxiety, bravery, imagination, witty personality, love, compassion and teamwork. Although Reea’s first book, “Juniper and Rose: Sisters and Best Friends Forever,” was written in 2012, Reea held back from releasing the book until October, 2016, due to fear and low self-esteem.  It wasn’t until Reea read Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success” that Reea decided to take that leap of faith and publish Juniper and Rose, which is receiving rave reviews from parents and children all across the country.  Reea’s success reminds us of that quote from Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”, where he states “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve”.  Reea is starting to achieve great success with Juniper and Rose, the first of a series of books about these adorable twin sisters.



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Fall Into Fitness Interview with Shaniqua Garvin


Thu, Oct 06, 2016


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am pleased to welcome back to the program Shaniqua Garvin, a single mom, event planner and CEO of her lifestyle blog, Brown Media Mama.  During the interview, Shaniqua will discuss her upcoming event “Fall Into Fitness” presented by Sisterhued, the first of many fitness events she will be hosting from New York City to Los Angeles.  The event will take place on Sunday, October 9th from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Fit 4 Dance Studio, located at 154 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.  Sponsors and contributors include Fit 4 Dance Studio, Fiji, Suja, Raw Food Central, GoGo squeeze, Pipernilli, Outside of the Box Creations, Boiron, 22 days nutrition, Skaklee, Pipernilli and Amped hydrate. There will be Belly Dancehall classes, giveaways, refreshments, panel discussions conducted by Laci Chisholm (owner of Fit4Dance), Golda Smith,  MPH, CPT, and Damian McCleod, Acupuncturist.



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Shaniqua Garvin, Owner, CEO of Brown Media Mama


Sun, Aug 28, 2016


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Shaniqua Garvin, a widowed single mom, and event planner, raising her young son in New York City. She is the founder and CEO of her lifestyle blog, Brown Media Mama.  During the interview, Shaniqua will discuss her weight loss journey which began after losing her husband to heart disease at the age of 38 and how this tragedy motivated her to improve her health for the sake of her son. While working on her weight loss, Shaniqua was told about an open casting call that Oprah’s “O” Magazine had to spotlight women and their weight loss journey.  Shaniqua wrote in to the magazine and explained how the loss of her husband inspired her to lose weight and how she could not do it alone.  To Shaniqua’s surprise and excitement, she immediately received a call from the magazine and was selected among 9 other women to share their weight loss journey and grace the cover of the April, 2016 “O” Magazine with Oprah.  Shaniqua will share what it was like to meet Oprah and Gayle during the photo shoot and how that experience has changed her life for the better.  Shaniqua is determined to share her story on the importance of taking care of your health.  This is a very heartfelt and inspiring episode.



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Angela Mathis, Discusses the Benefits of O2 Drops


Fri, Aug 26, 2016


In this special Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Angela Mathis, a Minister and Abundance Coach out of Atlanta, Georgia.  During the interview, Angela will discuss the many health benefits she has received while taking O2 Drops, a one-of-a-kind formula of bio-available oxygen molecules and essential trace minerals that has been said to revitalize your body and improve your health in ways that you might not have thought possible.  O2 Drops have been known to assist your body with weight loss, sleeping problems; chronic pain, aches, stiffness; low energy or fatigue; recovery from exercise and much more.  Angela believes that if you give your body what it needs, the body will heal itself.  This is a very important episode for anyone who would like to improve their health naturally with the help of one of the most important chemical elements on Earth, Oxygen.

 For those of you who are interested in trying O2 Drops for yourselves, I have a limited supply of samples available on a first come, first serve basis.  All you have to do is email or call the number provided in the interview.



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Ashanti Johnson, Creator and Founder of 360.Mind.Body.Soul


Sun, Aug 21, 2016


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Ashanti Johnson, creator and founder of 360.Mind.Body.Soul, the Physique Factory, one of the most unique and innovative fitness facilities located in the south side of Chicago.  Battling weight issues in her teens and 20s, Ashanti recognized a pattern.  No matter how much she ate or worked out, weight was the side-effect of her stress-level.  During the interview, Ashanti will discuss what happened when she moved to Chicago in her early 20s that set a light bulb off in her head, which caused her to discover the real reason why so many people remain overweight in spite of the exercise and diets they are on.  Ashanti will also explain how 360.Mind.Body.Soul (MBS) came into existence and the impact her boutique fitness club has made in the lives of hundreds of African American women who have lost over 10,000 pounds in 5 years following her guidance and weight loss philosophy.  If you’re doing all you can to lose weight and get healthy and not seeing the results you would like, I strongly suggest that you listen to Ashanti Johnson’s philosophy on health and fitness and how the mind, body and soul plays such a vital part to your success. 

Ashanti Johnson is a rising star in the fitness industry.  360.Mind.Body.Soul is just getting started and is poised to take the fitness industry to a whole new level with her mission to help her clients grow, evolve and actualize their weight-loss goals in the shortest amount of time.  Check out the 360 MBS website at www.360mbs.com and see for yourself the many weight loss transformations taking place under Ashanti’s guidance.  Ashanti will make a believer out of you.



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Former model Ed Lewis, Sr and Wide Receiver Ed Lewis, Jr.


Sun, Aug 14, 2016


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by former fashion model, Ed Lewis, Sr. and his son, Ed Lewis, Jr. Instead of pursuing his promising career as a fashion model, where he modeled for Sean John clothing line and was featured in various magazines such as Vibe, DNR and The Source, Eddie Lewis, Sr., decided to turn his back on the modeling industry and all that the industry had to offer, the money, travel and more, to raise his son, who is now one of the most heavily recruited high school football players in New Jersey.  He has offers from over 10 Division 1 colleges. It has been a long, hard road for Eddie, Sr., and in the midst of days when there was no food on the table and no money in the bank, he always made sure his son was well fed and had a roof over his head.  In Eddie Sr.’s words, “I had to rob Peter to pay Paul” and then mug Paul to pay back Peter”.  This interview is about the journey of a parent who has risked it all for his son and how his son is now reaping the rewards of his father’s sacrifice.  Father and son join me to talk about the struggle and triumphs that they both endured.  This is a very moving and inspiring episode on a personal level.

 



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Interview with Sirobe Carstafhnur, Creator of Mnd Your Shape


Sun, Aug 07, 2016


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Sirobe Carstafhnur, a talented Architect and Urban Planner and creator of “Mind Your Shape”, a wellness program that combines traditional weight loss methods with emotional support, body empowerment strategies, private personal training, nutritional and culinary education, and an artistic curation of the individual's progress. The goal of the program is to enable an individual to take full responsibility and pride in their own well-being and to embark on the journey to a healthier and more sustainable way of life. During the interview, Sirobe will take us back to when she was a child growing up in Mississippi and although her childhood started out like most children, very active, and happy with a supportive family structure around her, something happened to Sirobe when she was around 6 or 7 years old that affected her both mentally, emotionally and physically.  Sirobe will talk about this traumatic experience and more in this interview.

Sirobe considers herself a “work in progress” and with her creative and supportive team around her, she is documenting her transformation along the way and helping others who are in need of support through her Mind Your Shape program.



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Adam Davenport, Actor, Writer, Director


Sun, Jul 17, 2016


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Adam Davenport, a Yale educated, award winning, actor, writer and director.  Adam  recently completed filming the part of Hercules in the Independent production “Project Olympus”, a feature length rock musical.  There were about 500 other actors auditioning for the role of Hercules.

During the interview, Adam will take us on his amazing journey growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, where he read a book every day and lived a sort of introverted, nerdy lifestyle (in Adam’s words), with very little physical activity, to becoming a film major at Yale University and being the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Awards.  Adam will also discuss his many role models growing up, such as Toni Morrison, Halle Berry, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburn, George Lucas and others, some of whom he has collaborated with in his young career.  Adam lives a healthy lifestyle which consists of exercising 5 to 6 days a week, eating small healthy meals throughout the day and does not drink alcohol because of the negative effects alcohol consumption has on the body.  He is living proof that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.

Adam will also provide action steps that he believes anyone can take in order to be successful and why he believes that visualization is important when it comes to accomplishing your goals.  This was an inspiring and informative interview from a truly remarkable and committed rising star. 



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Interview with Scotty Dicket, Actor, Musician


Sun, Jul 10, 2016


In Episode #75 of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Scotty Dickert, film/tv actor and musician.  During the interview, Scotty will take us on a journey of what life was like growing up in Wisconsin, attending college on a Tennis scholarship and pursuing his dreams to become an accomplished actor and musician.  This Summer, Scotty stars in XOXO for Netflix, the highly anticipated Electronic Dance Music (EDM) project co-starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) and Chris D’Elia (Undateable). Set amidst the biggest EDM festival in America, XOXO, the film follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night.

Scotty will also share his keys to success and the importance of family. Scotty Dickert may be a rising star in Hollywood but he still exercises in the gym 5 to 6 days a week to help him stay focused and keep up with the demands of his Hollywood lifestyle.  Scotty Dickert is living in the moment and enjoying the journey along the way.  This is a very inspiring interview.



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Interview with Vincent Ferguson, Creator of the Children's Sports & Fitness Expo


Sun, Jun 05, 2016


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, guest host, Leslie Sterling, will interview President and Founder of Body Sculpt of New York, Inc., and the Creator of the Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo, Vince Ferguson.  During the interview, Vince will discuss what life was like growing up number 7 of 9 children in Brooklyn, what inspired him to create the Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo and the importance of role models.  Vince will also discuss how he was able to secure so many sponsors and raffle prizes for his events and how anyone can do it with the right formula, as well as how vital volunteers are to the success of his many events



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Divas In Transition Founder Patricia Lolo


Sun, May 15, 2016


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Patricia Lolo, the founder of Divas In Transition – a health consultant firm that specializes in helping women of color transform their mind, body, and spirit  by providing them with the tools and resources they need to become the “Divas” they were meant to be. During the interview, Patricia will discuss her motivation for creating the Divas In Transition brand and her 10K Fitness Giveaway, where she is celebrating her 10,000 + followers on Instagram .   Divas In Transition has teamed up with other fitness partners to put together a major fitness giveaway to celebrate her milestone. They are giving away some cool fitness products- from yoga mats, fitness gear and everything in between to her community of Divas.  Listen in as Patricia shares information on how you too can win one of these amazing fitness products. 



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Interview with Brie Bythewood, Journalist, TV Personality


Mon, Mar 28, 2016


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, I will be joined once again by the lovely and talented Brie Bythewood, former star of Bravo TV’s Blood Sweat and Heels.  During the interview, Brie will bring us up to date on her life after leaving the tv show, balancing motherhood, philanthropy, real estate, her new business ventures and the changes she made to improve her health.



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Eric Paul Meredith - Health Heroes Comic Book


Sun, Mar 06, 2016


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Eric Paul Meredith, A U.S. Navy veteran, classically trained chef, Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education and Youth Exercise Specialist, Eric Paul Meredith has over the last seven years established himself as an expert in Positive Youth Development and childhood health education and promotion. Having provided health education to thousands of youth, he knows the importance of presenting complex health information in a way that is easy to understand, entertaining and engaging. On September 24th, 2015, he launched the first pilot of the health-themed comic book creation curriculum at Passages Charter School in Chicago called Superheroes in the Classroom.



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Lisa Nichols, Motivational Speaker, CEO of Motivating the Masses


Mon, Jan 18, 2016


In this episode, I will be joined by Lisa Nichols, motivational speaker, media personality and corporate CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc.  Lisa has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show and the movie “the Secret”.  During the interview, Lisa will share her journey from being on Public Assistance to owning and running a multi-million dollar empire.  Lisa will also discuss her recently released book “Abundance Now” and provide action steps that anyone can take to bring abundance into their lives.  Lisa will also share how she transformed her health by releasing 78 pounds and how this “release” as she calls it, has helped grow her business exponentially, this and so much more is in this life changing and transformative interview.



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Interview with "Get Bodied By J" Founder, Jenelle Salazar


Sun, Dec 20, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Jenelle Salazar, a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and owner of “Get Bodied By J”.  During the interview, Jenelle will take us on her personal journey growing up as an overweight teen in New Mexico, having never been exposed to fresh fruit and vegetables until she was able to go grocery shopping for herself.  Although Jenelle was very active in school PE, she didn’t know much about exercise so she watched Billy Blanks exercise dvds for inspiration and it wasn’t long before Jenelle decided to leave New Mexico and the many negative influences in her neighborhood, which was ravaged by heroin and crack-cocaine, and relocated to Las Vegas and enrolled into a Personal Training program which started her on the road to becoming one of the most sought after fitness trainers in the United States with over 500,000 authentic social media followers all over the world. 

Jenelle will also share her exercise philosophy, provide fitness tips and talk  about her upcoming Get Bodied by J fitness tour.



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Fatima Batook, Owner of Studio55 Saudi's first women-only Spinning® studio


Thu, Dec 17, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Fatima Batook, owner of Studio55, Saudi Arabia’s first women-only Spinning® and fitness studio. During the interview, Fatima will discuss her challenges as a child growing up in Saudi Arabia and how she used food as her refuge to deal with the day to day struggles of trying to fit into society.  Fatima will also discuss how she was able to launch her fitness studio at a time when there were no legal fitness facilities for women in Saudi Arabia and how despite the negative publicity she received from the local press, decided to open up her own award winning clothing line for women.  Fatima believes that if she can do what she is doing in Saudi Arabia, “than anyone can do it anywhere in the world”.  Fatima plans on opening 20 additional studios in the next 3 to 5 years.  This is truly an amazing story of how one woman through her courage and strength is seeking to change Saudi Arabia’s culture through fitness rather than politics or religion.   This is truly one of my most inspiring interviews.



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Saloni Kantaria, Owner of Reform Cycling and Strength Studio, Nairobi, Kenya


Sun, Dec 13, 2015


In this episode of our six weeks to fitness podcast, I will be joined by Saloni Kantaria, a former competitive tennis player and lawyer out of Nairobi, Kenya.  During the interview, Saloni will take us on a journey from her childhood growing up in Nairobi, playing tennis, practicing law and giving it all up to open “Reform Cycling and Strength Studio”, the first boutique cycling/fitness studio in Nairobi.  Saloni will discuss the reasons why she felt a need to open up Reform in her native land and the many challenges she faced to get the fitness studio off the ground.  Saloni will also discuss her very unique business model and the various fitness programs her studio offers the entire family.  This is truly an amazing story of how one woman through her courage, strength and convictions is seeking to improve the health of families in her native land.



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Millicent Johnnie, Award Winning Choreographer and Director


Fri, Dec 11, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by award winning choreographer and director, Millicent Johnnie.  During the interview, Millicent will share her journey growing up in a small town in Louisiana, being enrolled in ballet classes at age 5 and reading biographies of Alvin Ailey and Katharine Dunham. In her teens, Millicent hosted a TV show called “Those Tender Years” that was met by protests and objection by the local KKK who subjected her to ongoing harassment and threats– an experience that Millicent credits for the resilience and determination behind her success today.  Millicent believes that you can achieve anything you want in life as long as your mind, body and spirit is in balance.  Millicent will also discuss the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and provide encouragement and advice for anyone trying to break into the entertainment industry.



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Elizabeth Madison, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant


Sun, Dec 06, 2015


In this episode I will be joined by Elizabeth Madison, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant and Weight Loss Coach.  During the interview, Elizabeth will discuss her over 20 year struggle with obesity.

Elizabeth weighed 284 pounds and as a result of the weight gain, suffered with asthma, hypertension, and chronic pain in her back and knees.  After feeling some pain in her chest, Elizabeth went to see her doctor who diagnosed her with an enlarged heart related to her high blood pressure. The doctor told Elizabeth she would be dead in 5 years (before the age of 40) if she didn’t get a handle on her health. This is an amazing story on how one woman through faith and determination, changed the trajectory of her life and is now helping others to do the same.



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Interview with Donna Spangler, Actress, Fitness Model


Sun, Nov 29, 2015


In this episode, I will be joined by Hollywood’s Beauty, Fitness and Lifestyle Expert Donna Spangler, who in her fifties, is still competing, maintains her health and fitness schedule (weight training, tae kwon do, walking), and healthy eating.  During the interview, Donna will discuss her upcoming movie in which she co-stars as “Angelina” opposite Dean Cain, Kirsten Lea, Vincent DePaul and John Savage in the family-friendly holiday tale Beverly Hills Christmas, where with help from a guardian angel, a spoiled rich, very material teenage girl learns that true value is found in assisting others and not in material things. The film premiers December 6 on UPTV.  Donna will also share her health, fitness and nutrition advice, which, Donna believes, starts with a positive mental attitude.  This is a very informative and inspirational episode.



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Jake Koenig, Co-Founder of Spotter and Fit Your Space


Sun, Nov 22, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Jake Koenig, co-founder of Spotter, an In-home personal training company and Fit Your Space, a consultancy that takes office spaces and turns them into healthy environments.  During the interview, Jake will discuss his fitness philosophy which was the impetus for Spotter and Fit Your Space.  Jake will also provide exercise tips for the work environment and towards the end of the interview Jake has a special personal training offer for my listeners in the New York metropolitan area.



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Interview with Golda Smith, Certified Personal Trainer


Sun, Nov 08, 2015


in this episode, I will be joined by Golda Smith, a certified personal trainer, Nutritional Cleansing Coach, curator of the Body, Mind and Soul and creator of fitmommyblog.com.  During the interview, Golda will share her amazing journey from being tired, depressed and suicidal to where she is today as the CEO of Golda International.  Golda will also discuss why she feels that every woman should wake up M.A.D. (Motivated and Determined). 



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Thomas Johnson, CEO, Founder of GetUpNGetFit LLC


Sun, Nov 01, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Thomas (TJ) Johnson Jr., Founder and CEO of GetUpNGetFit LLC, a health and fitness company that helps clients learn and implement healthy and safe lifestyle habits through coaching, counseling and motivation.  During the interview, TJ will discuss what life was like being born and raised in Liberia and having to see through some very young eyes, the horrors of Civil War that his country was going through back in 1992.  If it wasn’t for his grandmother, who raised him, TJ would not be here today.  TJ will discuss how he got into the fitness business and started his company, GetUpNGetFit, his unique workout philosophy and much more.



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Interview with K9 Fit Club CEO Tricia Montgomery


Sun, Oct 25, 2015


In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Tricia Montgomery, founder and CEO of K9 Fit Club.  She is the nation’s leading expert and pioneer in human/canine fitness. Her diverse experience in veterinary medicine, public relations, animal rescue, personal training, and her own weight loss journey gave her the perfect combination of skills to create a nationwide community of certified trainers – dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people.  After a visit to the veterinarian with her dog Louie, Tricia realized the need for a fitness program, not just for her dog, but for herself as well. She ended up losing 130 pounds and Louie was able to shed four pounds. Her passion and love for both people and dogs led to the creation of K9 Fit Club, the nation’s first facility for both humans and canines alike.   This is truly an amazing story.  You can find out more about Tricia, K9 Fit Club and how to become a certified K9 Fit Club trainer at www.k9fitclub.com.



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Interview with Kareem Cook and John Lewis of VeganSmart


Mon, Oct 19, 2015


In this episode, I will be joined by Kareem Cook and John Lewis, two very successful entrepreneurs in the health and fitness field.  Kareem is the co-owner of Naturade, a leading neutraceutical company and creator of VeganSmart, a low calorie all in one nutritional protein powder made with all vegan ingredients, also soy, gluten and dairy free.  During the interview, Kareem, along with John Lewis, who is a partner in the company and a Certified Personal Trainer, will discuss their personal journey into health and why VeganSmart is a very effective tool against obesity and other chronic diseases, especially for people in low-income communities who suffer from high risk of disease and death due to poor eating habits.  VeganSmart is a low-cost, healthy meal replacement.  They will also discuss their 21 Day Vegan Challenge.  Kareem and John are working tirelessly to bringing healthier food options to communities and the inner cities that need them the most.  They are a very socially conscious company introducing veganism or the transition to veganism as an option through VeganSmart products and showing that being vegan can be cool and isn’t hard or as difficult as one may think.



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Sonia Satra, Creator of Moticise, Mindset-Reset


Sun, Oct 11, 2015


In this episode, I will be joined by Sonia Satra, a certified life coach, fitness expert, actress and award-winning motivational speaker who has dedicated her life to helping people reach their full potential through unifying the body and mind. Sonia is changing the way we exercise AND think by launching An exercise program - called Moticise.  Moticise combines motivation and exercise to help you achieve your goals.  During the interview, Sonia will share techniques on how you can motivate your mind and body using visualization and affirmations that are sure to help increase abundance and success into your life.



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Londin Angel Winters, CEO of Metaphysical Fitness


Sun, Oct 04, 2015


In this episode I will be joined by Londin Angel Winters, a former Emmy award winning producer for NBC News and Co-Founder and CEO of Metaphysical Fitness.  During the interview, Londin will explain how Metaphysical Fitness combines the power of modern science with the wisdom of ancient practice to strengthen your body, free your mind and nourish your soul.  Londin will also discuss how she used the techniques from Metaphysical Fitness to transform her body when she was overweight to becoming “bikini ready” and winning first place in a figure competition in only 6 months at the age of 38 and how she is able to maintain this body 6 years later at the age of 44. 

Metaphysical Fitness trains the body, mind and spirit as one to get results.  Londin calls this “perfect alignment”.  Londin will also explain how the subconscious mind works along with visualization to achieve a sculpted body.  If you ever wondered why you’re not getting the body you want through diet and exercise, listen to what Londin has to say about Metaphysical Fitness. It may be just what you need to help you reach your fitness goals.  For more information about Londin Angel Winters and Metaphysical Fitness, you can visit her website at www.metaphysicalfitness.com.



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Interview with Kia Edwards, Creator of Fit and Curvy


Sun, Sep 27, 2015


In this episode I will be joined by Kia Edwards, a certified fitness trainer and specialist in fitness nutrition, and creator and editor of Fit & Curvy.   During the interview Kia will talk about being a competitive gymnast and gymnastics coach, and how that experience led her to explore her own beliefs about body image, ultimately creating a website dedicated to promoting science-based health and fitness information.  She will share her philosophy on exercise and nutrition, and what true health, fitness and beauty really mean.



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Interview with Tanisha Shanee, Founder of Success Weight


Sun, Sep 20, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by Tanisha Shanee, an extraordinary and unique individual – who seeks to accomplish anything she puts her mind to.   Tanisha is the founder of Success Weight, a healthy living program for busy individuals, an Author, Motivational Speaker, and a Celebrity Healthy Living Coach, as well as the creator of Smoothies 4 U. During the interview, Tanisha will discuss her personal journey into health, growing up as an overweight child in Brooklyn, New York, being picked on by her peers and how this and other dramatic experiences in her life helped to shape her destiny.  Tanisha will also discuss the positive effects eating healthy has had, not only on the body but the mind as well.



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Interview with Melissa LeBron, E2 Northeast Motorsports


Sun, Aug 30, 2015


In this episode I will be joined by Melissa Harville-LeBron, the first African American woman to own a developmental racing team in NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series, Division 1; E2 Northeast Motorsports, which is also the first multi-cultural sibling NASCAR team. 

A consummate business woman, Melissa, is the Founder and CEO of W.M. Stone Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of a total of three businesses of which she owns.  She is a determined and dedicated single mother of 7 and a native of Staten Island, NY.

 

During the interview, Melissa will talk about some of the people and experiences that have made her the woman she is today, like her work as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, being mentored by lifetime friend and legendary hip hop DJ, Red Alert, as she pursued a career in the entertainment industry,  or how her introduction to producer Jay Ellis, solidified her drive to one day be a boss. Melissa will discuss the challenge of living with asthma, and the decision she made to take control of her health and her destiny.  She will demonstrate how faith, determination, and hard work helped her to achieve the seemingly impossible.



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Interview with Kobie Randolph, Owner of the Randolph Branding Company


Sun, Aug 02, 2015


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, I will be joined by Kobie Randolph, the newest edition to TVOne's hit reality series, "Hollywood Divas".  During the interview, Kobie will share what it’s like working opposite Golden Brooks, the show’s primary character.  Kobie will also share what life was like growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, attending Tennessee State College and owning his own night club at the age of 22.  Kobie’s meteoric rise to fame was chronicled in his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Champagne Life for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. The Champagne Life highlights the relationships Kobie has established with the entertainment industry’s elite and the sacrifices he undertook to establish them.  Kobie will talk about the company he started 4 years ago, called the Randolph Branding Company with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. He will also share what he does to stay healthy and fit while on the go and much more.  This is a very inspiring episode on what you can accomplish in life if you just dream big enough and believe in yourself



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Tanisha Burke, Healthy Lifestyle Wellness Coach


Sun, Apr 12, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by Tanisha Burke, a healthy lifestyle Wellness Coach out of Rockledge, Florida.  During the interview, Tanisha will share her very unique and innovative approach to wellness coaching. She will also explain why she does not subscribe to the “one size fits all” model when it comes to designing wellness programs for her clients.  Tanisha will also discuss her personal journey into health which started a couple of years ago while preparing to go on a very popular rollercoaster ride in Ohio and realizing she could no longer fit in the seat.  This was a devastating blow to Tanisha who absolutely enjoys the excitement and thrills of being on the rollercoaster, but instead of giving on life and doing the things she enjoys, Tanisha took action!  She changed her lifestyle and took the necessary steps to lose weight and improve her health and as a result, lost 103 pounds in 18 months.  Tanisha is now sharing her knowledge and expertise with others with her “Fit For Life by Tanisha” wellness coaching business. Tanisha is an amazing woman.  In addition to having her own wellness business, she and her husband owns a “DJ” business and she also works full time.  Tanisha is on a mission to help others and to enjoy life in the process. This is truly an inspiring story.



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Interview with Leslie Sterling, Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor


Sun, Mar 22, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Leslie Ann Sterling, a poet, writer, mental health advocate and Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor.  During the interview Leslie will share her health challenges which began immediately following the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in 2001, when she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) and severe depression. After treating her mental illness with medication and support from family and friends, Leslie found out she had breast cancer and underwent six surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation and now is cancer free.  Almost 10 years after her cancer diagnosis she saw an ad for Body Sculpt of New York’s Six Weeks to Fitness Challenge and decided to participate in the hopes that it would not only improve her physical health, but her mental health as well. It did both! Now Leslie Sterling is a Mental Health Advocate and Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor, teaching others how to get in shape physically and mentally.  This is a very warm and inspiring episode on how one woman snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.



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Interview with Tracye McQuirter, Public Health Nutritionist


Sun, Mar 15, 2015


During the interview, Tracye will discuss the many health benefits of eating a plant based diet, including the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and more.  Tracye also admits to not liking vegetables as a child and credits her mom for instilling in her the importance of eating vegetables and the Civil Rights Activist, Dick Gregory for a lecture he gave while Tracye attended Amherst College.  Dick Gregory was scheduled to give a lecture on the “State of Black America” but instead chose to speak about the “Plate of Black America and how unhealthily most of us eat”.  This was an “aha” moment for Tracye which started her on her personal journey to eating healthy and becoming a vegan.  Also during the interview, Tracye will dispel some of the myths that’s associated with eating vegan and provide proof as to why being a vegan is the healthiest way to improve your health, lose weight, prevent and cure chronic diseases.  Tracye will also provide advice on how to gradually start eating vegan and how most of us do eat something vegan and don’t even realize it.  You can find out more about Tracye by visiting her website at “byanygreensnecessary.com”.  You will find a wealth of information on her website along with food recipes and much more.



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Chef Sia Pickett, owner of Malata Cuisine


Sun, Mar 01, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast,  I will be joined by Chef Sia Pickett, owner of Malata Cuisine, a personal natural Foods chef service located in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Chef Sia was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and credits her grandparents for teaching her how to cook.  Chef Sia moved to New York about 14 years ago and while in New York she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  During the interview Chef Sia will discuss her personal philosophy on nutrition and how what works for one person will not necessarily work for others.  Sia believes that although vegetarianism is a healthy way to live, not all vegetarians are healthy.  Chef Sia is a Personal Chef specializing in nutritionally, healthy, natural clean foods with a vegetarian, vegan and raw focus.  Chef Sia offers personal chef services, nutrition counseling, cooking demos, lessons and small group catering events.  



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Robin Downes Celebrity Yoga Instructor to The Stars


Sun, Feb 22, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by certified Yoga instructor to the stars, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Talk Show Host, Robin Downes.  During the interview Robin, who was born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, will share what challenges she had to overcome that started her out on the road to becoming Hollywood’s “Yoga Instructor to the Stars”. Robin will also discuss the many health benefits of Yoga, especially, “Hatha” yoga which is the type of yoga Robin teaches.  Robin will also discuss her Youtube web series Yoga Flava and What’s Up With Downes (Robin Downes Network).  Robin is a great communicator and uses these skills along with the other assets she has picked up over the years to build what can only be called a multi-media empire.  I came away from this interview extremely impressed with Robin Downes and I truly expect to see her on national television in the very near future.  She is truly a role model for young women everywhere and she shares her wisdom and advice in this very informative episode.

 



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Interview with Diane Skai Stroud, Nutrition Consultant/Fitness Trainer


Sun, Feb 15, 2015


In this episode I will be joined by Diane Skai Stroud, a Nutritional Counselor, Certified Fitness Trainer and owner of Skai High Fitness & Nutrition.  During the interview, Skai will discuss her personal  journey into health which started at a young age while watching her mother exercise and do yoga in the home.  Skai will also discuss the role alternative medicine plays in the prevention of chronic disease as opposed to traditional western medicine and why she believes that weight loss and weight management is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.  Skai is willing to offer her fitness and nutrition services for free in exchange for help in building her company’s website.  You can contact Skai at skaiunltd1@yahoo.com.



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Interview with Carlease Burke, Actress of Film/TV and Stage


Mon, Feb 09, 2015


In episode #46 of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by the lovely and talented actress, Carlease Burke.  During the interview, Carlease will discuss her recent 40 pound weight loss and the “Aha” moment in her acting career that made her change her eating habits and improve her health.  Carlease will also take us on her personal journey growing up in Hollis, Queens, N.Y. to two loving, middleclass parents whose desire for her was to go to school and become a teacher.  To please her parents, Carlease attended City College of NY and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law.  Carlease, realizing from her birth that what she really wanted to do was act, decided to follow her passion, moved out to LA and began what is now a very lucrative, rewarding and fulfilling career as an actress of stage, film and television.

Carlease has over 100 acting credits to her name having worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, such as John Travolta in “Get Shorty”, Tom Hanks in “The Terminal”, Jennifer Lopez in “The Back-up Plan”, William H. Macy in Shameless, and Marlee Matlin in Sweet Nothings in My Ear, to name a few.

Carlease is all about giving back as she speaks about the causes she supports and her upcoming projects and coaching program for actors.  This, and so much more is in this very informative interview.  You can find out more about Carlease Burke by visiting her website at www.carleaseburke.com.  You can also follow her on twitter, facebook and instagram.



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Interview with Cynthia Phillips, Owner of Absolute Body Symmetry


Mon, Feb 02, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by Cynthia Phillips, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant and owner of Absolute Body Symmetry Fitness Studio out of Atlanta, Georgia.  During the interview, Cynthia will take us on her personal journey to improving her health and opening up her own fitness studio.  The road to entrepreneurship was not easy for Cynthia as she explains in this interview.  There were many challenges she had to overcome such as her smoking and drinking habits and the recession of 2007/2008 which nearly wiped her out financially.  Cynthia will explain how she was able to bounce back in the midst of so much adversity and how her military experience contributed to her resilience.  This is a truly inspiring story of how one woman snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.



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Interview with Jayden Johnson, Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer


Fri, Jan 30, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by Jayden Johnson, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer out of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jayden will share his personal fitness journey on how he lost 135 pounds naturally.  Jayden will also discuss what life was like being severely overweight and what changes he made in his life to reach his goals. I first heard about Jayden while on facebook.  One of his clients posted her before and after pictures and praised Jayden for helping her lose 40 pounds. Jayden’s story is one of inspiration and motivation.  After listening to Jayden you can’t help but feel the passion and conviction in his voice when he speaks about the importance and benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.  Jayden is one of the most sought after trainers in the North Carolina and after listening to his interview, you’ll understand  why. 



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Interview With Actor Page Kennedy about his new tv show "Backstrom"


Mon, Jan 26, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by the talented actor, Page Kennedy, who appears on Fox TV’s highly anticipated television series, “Backstrom” which airs on Thursday evenings on Fox.  During the interview, Page will discuss his character “Officer Frank Moto”, who is an ex-Mixed Martial Arts fighter who wanted to change his life by going into law enforcement.  Officer Moto is loyal, tough and simple at times and aspires to be a “plain clothes officer” and role model for his son.

Page Kennedy will also share the unconventional way in which he landed his first television role in Hollywood.  Page credits Michael Jackson as being his role model and the reason why he became an actor.  Page will also discuss what it was like growing up in Detroit, Michigan with his family and how his upbringing prepared him for life and made him what he is today.

In addition to being an actor, Page is also an accomplished rapper and during the interview, Page talks about his favorite rapper and the actor and actress he most wants to work with in the future.

 

Page reveals that although he does play recreational basketball, exercise does not come easy for him but he realizes the importance of eating healthy and exercising and vows to make it a part of his life going forward.



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Interview with Tafara Liz Muchechemera, Certified Personal Trainer


Fri, Jan 23, 2015


In this episode, I will be joined by Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Nurse, Tafara Liz Muchechemera from Queensland, Australia.  During the interview Tafara will take us on a journey from Zimbabwe, where she was born and raised to where she currently lives in Queensland, Australia.  Tafara left Zimbabwe for economic reasons with only the clothes on her back and a suitcase, hoping to find a better life for her and her family.  Tafara will share the struggles and challenges she endured while being alone and how her only comfort was food.  The loneliness combined with her excessive comsumption of food, caused Tafara’s weight to increase to over 240 pounds.

 

In an act of desperation to lose the weight, Tafara took the advice of a friend and tried weight loss pills but the pills made her sick, nauseous and unable to sleep.  Tafara will discuss what actions she took to lose the weight and get her life back.  Tafara is now a personal trainer and has competed in various fitness competitions showing off her sculpted physique.  Tafara is truly an amazing woman and this is a very inspiring episode .



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Interview with Mary Solis, Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)


Mon, Jan 19, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by Mary Solis, Certified Personal Trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and owner of Dream Body Fitness.  During the interview, Mary will share what event happened in her life that inspired her to lose weight and improve her health, and how losing her job after 15 years of service, served as the catalyst for Mary to start her personal training business .  Mary will also discuss her fitness and nutrition philosophy along with success stories from the clients she’s worked with through the years.  Mary reveals that in her earlier years she would never exercise, but now exercise and nutrition has become her passion and she enjoys sharing her expertise with others, especially women 40 and over who feel that they are too old to exercise.  Mary will also discuss what it was like to enter a fitness competition at the age of 47, an age where most women (and men) would feel intimidated to step out on stage in front of strangers and compete against other contestants.  Mary is truly enjoying her life.



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Interview with Leonard Viltz, Tenacityshop.com


Fri, Jan 16, 2015


In this program, I will be joined by Leonard Viltz, A U.S. Army Veteran and owner of Tenacityshop.com, an online retail store specializing in the sale of motivational health and wellness clothing.  During the interview, Leonard will discuss his experience in the military during Desert Storm and why he chose to leave the military after spending 13 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard.  Leonard will also discuss what traumatic experience and events happened in his life in 2007 that started him on the road to improving his health.  Leonard will share information on his healthy lifestyle and how he was introduced in his teenage years to the importance of saying affirmations and having a positive mental attitude which led to his creation of Tenacityshop.com.  This and much more is in this very informative episode.



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Actress Denise Boutte Discusses Her New Web Cooking Show


Mon, Jan 12, 2015


In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness Podcast, I will be joined by the vivacious and talented Actress, Denise Boutte’.  Denise appeared in Tyler Perry’s hit television show, “Meet the Browns” as well as in the films “Why Did I Get Married” and “For Love or Money” among others. .  During the interview, Denise will discuss what it was like growing up in a small town of less than 700, in Maurice, Louisiana, and how her day to day chores helped her to stay active as a child.  Denise graduated from LSU with a degree in “Mass Communications”, relocated to Dallas, Texas and worked as an Advertising Executive before moving to Hollywood at the suggestion of a friend.  Denise will take us on her journey to Hollywood and discuss her friendships with Tyler Perry, Lamman Rucker, Shemar Moore and many others.  Denise will also discuss how she manages to balance family life as a wife and mother to a 4 year-old daughter.

Denise also discusses her upcoming films, including her latest project, “Denise’s Dish”, where she invites viewers to learn about good old southern cooking. Filmed in Lafayette and surrounding areas, "Denise's Dish" shares old family recipes and local stories in video segments that last three to five minutes. Nuggets from some segments may end up in Denise Boutte’s first cookbook, which will be released later this year.

 

An episode of "Denise's Dish," can be seen online at denisejboutte.com.  This was a truly inspiring interview that’s full of advice, wisdom and encouragement for everyone.



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Run 2 Live President, Stephen Jackson discusses benefits of running


Fri, Jan 09, 2015


In this program, I will be joined by Stephen Jackson, entrepreneur and President of Run Two Live, a 501C(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to Inspire, Support and Encourage Black Men & Women to gain and maintain a  healthy lifestyle through running and walking regardless of athletic ability and running experience.  During the interview, Stephen will take us on his personal journey from being the owner and General Manager of RDZ Media Group, a multi award winning Mobile Social Media Agency that was ahead of its time, and why he decided to sell the company and turn his focus towards creating and operating a not-for-profit organization called Run Two Live. 

 

Stephen will share how running and changing his eating habits enabled him to lose a significant amount of weight and get off of the medications he was taking for high blood pressure and cholesterol.  Heart disease runs in Stephen’s family but he was not about to let heart disease or diabetes take control of his life.  This and much more is discussed in this very inspiring interview.



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Kenroy Grant, Certified Personal Trainer discusses the importance of Living a Healthy Lifestyle


Mon, Jan 05, 2015


During the interview, Kenroy Grant will take us on a journey from his youth growing up in Trinidad, moving to Brooklyn, New York with his family at the age of 10 and eventually settling down in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ken will also discuss his philosophy on health and the reason he became a personal trainer and why he is currently pursuing a degree in alternative medicine.  Ken will also give his advice on how to stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.



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Dream Relations Publicist Dawn Michelle Hardy


Wed, Dec 24, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Dawn Michelle Hardy, Award winning publicist and founder of Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting. During the interview Dawn will discuss what it was like to prepare and run in the 2014 NYC Marathon and how she manages to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the midst of the day to day stress of running a very successful PR company for self published authors. Dawn will also share tips for authors looking to self publish their first book and the techniques she uses to book her clients on major television and radio shows.



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Abi Begho, Founder of The Lake Foundation


Mon, Dec 22, 2014


In this program, I will be joined by Abi Begho, founder and CEO of "The Lake Foundation," a not-for-profit health organization based in London, England.  During the interview Abi will discuss the work "The Lake Foundation" is doing to bring awareness to the African and African Caribbean community about the importance of taking care of their health and educating them on what they can do to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases that are so common in the community.  Abi will also discuss how the name "The Lake Foundation" came about and how she uses the name as a tribute to her family members who passed away due to chronic illnesses.  Abi is on a mission to inform, educate and encourage the public to focus on their health and wellbeing because, as Abi stated in the interview, most of these diseases are preventable.

 



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Jada Hooks-Wilson from the "30 Day Challenges with Jada"


Fri, Dec 19, 2014


In this program, I will be joined by Jada Hooks-Wilson from Hamden, Connecticut. Jada dropped to 172 lbs after weighing in close to 300 lbs just two years ago.  Jada considers herself “a work in progress”. During the interview Jada will share the major events in her life that put her on the path towards a healthy lifestyle and how she is now inspiring others through her "30 Day Challenges with Jada" Facebook group which grew from a membership of 26 people to 150 in less than 24 hours. Three weeks into the Challenge the group has grown to over 450 motivated active members and more are being added each day. This is truly  an inspiring story of how one woman "snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.



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interview with Holistic Chef Madea Allen


Wed, Dec 17, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Madea Allen, holistic chef, culinary and nutrition educator and Founder of "Organic Soul Chef."  During the interview Madea will discuss the many benefits of eating healthy, including what types of foods are best for losing weight and  building mental clarity and concentration.  Madea will also share information about her very popular 8 Step System, Holistic Kitchen Revival” program, health coaching, cooking classes and much more.



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Actress Carla Renata discusses Health and Acting


Mon, Dec 15, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Actress Carla Renata, star of CW’s Hart of Dixie, which begins its final season on Monday, December 15th.  During the interview Carla will discuss her many exciting acting roles on television and Broadway, including her portrayal of the actor/comedian Gary Coleman in “Avenue Q” and her nomination of the NAACP Theatre Awards for her role in the Los Angeles production of “The Lion King”. Carla will also reveal the roles she most enjoyed playing and what physical activity she engages in on a daily basis to maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle while dealing with a very hectic and demanding acting schedule. Carla recently became a "first" in Hollywood as she appears on four television shows in recurring roles: Shake It Up, Hart of Dixie, How to Live With Your Parents and Mr. Box Office.   Carla will also talk about her early years growing up as a “military brat”, working on the Norwegian cruise line and why her mother is the real inspiration for her pursuing an acting career.  Carla will also give some much needed advice for young people looking to get into the Film and TV industry.



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Fitness and Lifestyle Expert Lisa Tanker-Potts Discusses Her Fitness Philosophy


Fri, Dec 12, 2014


In this Episode, I am joined by Lisa Tanker-Potts, a phenomenal Fitness and Lifestyle Expert and owner of Boutique Body Fitness Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.  During the interview, Lisa will share her philosophy on health and the techniques she uses to successfully transform the lives of her clients at her Boutique Body Fitness Studio.  Lisa will also discuss her signature fitness program “Bikini Camp” which combines proper nutrition, hard work, motivation techniques and determination to help women get into the best shape of their lives and into that bikini.  Lisa Tanker-Potts is a woman on a mission to expand her brand and philosophy beyond Atlanta, Georgia and throughout the country. 



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Rosario Rodriguez Discusses How Fitness Saved Her Life


Wed, Dec 10, 2014


In this program, I will be joined by Rosario Rodriguez, a Certified Zumba instructor from the Bronx, New York.  During the interview, Rosario  will discuss her journey to becoming a fitness instructor and how in her own words fitness literally saved her life.  Rosario will share some very personal issues that affected her and her daughter which caused her to become depressed and gain weight.  It wasn't until she decided to get back to the gym, exercise and change her eating habits, that her physical and mental health began to change and now she is helping others to improve their health.



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Chris Daniel's High Energy Edutainment Company


Mon, Dec 08, 2014


In this interview, I amjoined by Christopher Daniels, creator and founder of Mr. “Chris’ Musical Experience”.  During the interview, Chris will discuss his journey from being a para professional at a New York City public school to following his passion and creating an “Edutainment” company for children that mixes music and education to add fun and excitement to learning.  Chris enjoys captivating his audiences through song, hip-hop music, storytelling, dance, comedy and team building games. His shows are fun and meaningful to his audiences.

 



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Holistic Health Coach Yvette Onofre Discusses her Healthy Lifestyle


Fri, Dec 05, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Yvette Onofre, a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Personal Fitness Chef.  During the interview, Yvette will discuss what led her down the path to becoming a Holistic Health Coach and the impact she is having in the community teaching families how to get more out of life by strengthening their mind and body.  Yvette is also a Personal Fitness Chef and during the interview, she talks about the difference between a personal chef and a personal fitness chef and how it impacts her clients.



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Zhivi Williams discusses her transformation towards a healthy lifestyle


Wed, Dec 03, 2014


In this episode I am joined by Zhivi Williams, Certified Women's Fitness and Nutrition Specialist and founder of "Leading by Example," a fitness company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Zhivi was one of the featured stories on the Black Weight Loss Success website on August 2, 2014. Zhivi will share her personal journey towards improving her health including her exercise and eating habits after she was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance while in public school.  Zhivi's story is truly inspiring. 



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Why Dairy is Ruining Your Health


Mon, Dec 01, 2014


In this episode, Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas explains the many ways in which dairy is ruining our health and can lead to many chronic illnesses.



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Evalina Irish-Spencer Discusses Healthy Eating During the Holiday


Wed, Nov 26, 2014


In Episode #25, I am joined by Evalina Irish-Spencer, Coordinator of the Emergency Food Assistance Program and Nutrition & Health Programs for Cornell University Cooperative Extension.  During the interview, Evalina will share a variety of holiday eating and safety tips to ensure that we don't overeat and pack on the extra pounds during this very festive holiday season.  Evalina will also discuss the many programs and services provided by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, including the very popular Kitchens of Faith (KOF), a faith-based feeding ministry for churches. 



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Denise and Marsha Torres Discuss their Exercise Group "Fithers"


Mon, Nov 24, 2014


In this episode I will be joined by Denise and Marsha Torres founders of "Fithers," a secret women's exercise group which was started on Facebook so members can chat, encourage, motivate and support each other's fitness goals. During the interview Denise and Marsha will share their personal journey towards a healthy lifestyle and why they started the “secret woman’s group fithers” and the impact the group has had on their lives and the lives of the 60 women represented in the group.  



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Rosann Conway, Wellness Coach Discusses Weight Loss and More


Fri, Nov 21, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Rosann Conway, a Wellness and Weight Loss Coach with 20 years experience in the medical field and 8 years experience in the Wellness Industry, educating her clients on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Rosann will share success stories about her clients 'weight loss and discuss the reason why obesity is more prevalent today than ever before and what she believes can be done immediately to reduce the effects of obesity among children and adults.



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Daryl Richardson, Professional Dancer, Producer, Choreographer


Wed, Nov 19, 2014


In this episode, I am joined by Daryl Richardson, professional dancer, choreographer, director, producer, writer, caterer, CEO and Founder of the Me Nobody Knows, a Performing Arts, Enrichment and Literacy Program.  During the interview, Daryl discusses what it takes to be a professional dancer as well as her career on Broadway in such plays as the Wiz, Sophisticated ladies, Can-Can and more.  Daryl will also discuss her film career, touring with Babyface, Earth, Wind & Fire and so much more.

 

 



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Brie Bythewood from Bravo TV Blood Sweat & Heels Interview


Mon, Nov 17, 2014


In this episode I am joined by Brie Bythewood, Real Estate Developer, Philanthropist and former cast member of Bravo TV's "Blood, Sweat and Heels." During the interview, Brie confirms the rumor that she is no longer on the TV show, a rumor that was started not by Bravo TV but by some blogger. Brie also discusses the changes she has made in her life since becoming pregnant with her first child, which includes changing her eating habits and exercising in her office. 



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Interview with Debert Cook, Publisher of the African American Golfer's Digest


Fri, Nov 14, 2014


In this episode, I am joined by Debert Cook, Founder and Publisher of the African American Golfer's Digest, the nation's leading publication for avid Black American Golfers. During the interview, Debert discusses how healthy eating and exercise has enabled her to keep up with the rigorous demands of publishing the subscription based magazine and why more women of color are playing golf. Debert also points out that there are college scholarships available for African American kids who play golf but not enough kids are taking advantage of this opportunity. This is a very enlightening episode packed with so much good to know information for the entire family.



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Interview with Actress/Comedienne Kim Coles


Wed, Nov 12, 2014


Actress, Comedienne, Author and TV Personality, Kim Coles will share some amazing stories about her career, healthy lifestyle challenges and her upcoming one woman show on Bounce TV which will air on Wednesday, November 12.  Kim also reveals why she launched an initiative called "Open the G.I.F.T.S." Through speaking engagements, live events, workshops and products, the program inspires others to discover their own true "gifts" so that they may share them with the world. 



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Living a Healthy Lifestyle Action Steps With Orvel Douglas


Mon, Nov 10, 2014


In this episode Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas discusses what action steps to take in order to live a healthy lifestyle.  Most of us are addicted to various types of cravings whether it be foods with excessive amounts of sugar, salt or fat.  The good news is there are ways to control those cravings and Orvel discusses what action steps to take to get these cravings under control and thereby improving your health.



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Interview with Vernel Bennett, Pres. of United Black Golfers Association


Fri, Nov 07, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Vernel Bennett, President of the United Black Golfers Association.  Vernel will share how he went from being a retired NYC Department of Finance Corporate (Supervisor) Tax Auditor and Investment Broker to becoming the President and co-founder of the United Black Golfers Association. 

 



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Interview with NAACP Image Award Winning Author Pamela Samuels Young


Wed, Nov 05, 2014


In this episode I will be joined by Pamela Samuels Young as she discusses her latest book, Kinky Coily . This is a very informative and eye opening episode for any woman looking to embrace her  “natural hair”.  You must listen to Pamela speak about the many benefits of going natural as opposed to the health risks the use of chemicals have caused in her life and in the lives of many other women.  You don’t want to miss this episode.



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Interview with Corroll Hall From London, England on her Journey to Optimum Health


Mon, Nov 03, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by my co-host certified nutrition and diet specialist, Orvel Douglas and our special guest from London, England, Corroll Hall.  Corroll has a history of Obesity, Coronary Heart Disease, high blood pressure and Diabetes in her family and over a year ago, she was diagnosed with raised blood sugar and cholesterol levels, but instead of taking the traditional route of pharmaceuticals to treat these problems, Corroll changed her lifestyle, consulted online with our nutritionist, Orvel Douglas and is now on the road to optimum health.

 



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Interview with Puzzles For Us Creator and Founder Kevin Dunne


Fri, Oct 31, 2014


In this episode I am joined by Kevin Dunn, Creator and Founder of “Puzzles For Us”,  the acclaimed cultural “edutainment” series that spotlights the rich historical legacy and ongoing contributions of people of African descent to the global community through exciting puzzle books, workshops and presentations.



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Interview with Afia Bediako from the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership


Wed, Oct 29, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Afia Bediako, a community health worker who has spent more than 10 years active in corporate and community health and wellness programming.  Afia's focus has been on physical activity education and instruction, and most recently healthy food access in Central Brooklyn, and beyond. Listen as Afia shares her passion for health and what drove her to work for the New York City Food and Fitness Partnership located in the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza.



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Interview with "Chilli" from the R&B Group TLC


Mon, Oct 27, 2014


In this episode, I am joined by the beautiful, youthful, talented and inspiring Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas from that iconic R&B Group TLC.  Chilli will share her philosophy on health, fitness, her upcoming TV show "Fake Off" and so much more.



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Tamara Tyus Discusses her Dramatic Weight Loss


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


In this episode, I am joined by Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas and my very special guest Tamara Tyus.  As recently as 2011 Tamara weighed in at 430 pounds and had all but given up hope. While planning her funeral she decided she wanted to live and made the necessary changes to live a healthier life.  Now Tamara is helping others get their life back.  This is truly an awesome woman and an inspiring story.  Let’s share with our friends and family members who could use encouragement, because if Tamara can do it, so can the rest of us! Find out how in episode 11.



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Why Being Skinny Doesn't Mean You're Fit


Wed, Oct 22, 2014


In this episode, Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas discusses "why being skinny doesn't mean you're fit".  It's easy to think that because someone is not carrying a lot of fat on the outside that they're healthy but that's just not the case as Orvel Douglas explains.



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Interview with Nikki Nichols Producer of Die Crazy Fat


Mon, Oct 20, 2014


In this episode, I will be joined by Nikki Nichols, co-founder of Buona Donna Productions and co-producer of Die Crazy Fat, a documentary that chronicles the journey of 8 women on their quest to becoming healthy.  Nikki will share what it took to bring this movie to the big screen, the highs and lows, the challenges and triumphs of these women and much more.



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High Intensity Interval Training (Peak 8)


Fri, Oct 17, 2014


In this Episode Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist Orvel Douglas and Vince Ferguson discuss the benefits of performing Peak 8 High Intensity Interval Training.  This is key to burning fat, losing inches and building lean muscle.



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Interview with Jazmine Fenlator, USA Olympic Bobsledder


Wed, Oct 15, 2014


In this episode Vince Ferguson interviews USA Olympic Bobsledder, Jazmine Fenlator who discusses the physical strength and mental toughness it takes to become an Olympic Bobsledder.  Jazmine is a member of the USA Olympic Bobsledding team and competed in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.



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Dr. Karen Copeland Discusses Dr. Sandoval's 10 Day Celebrity Transformation Program


Sun, Oct 12, 2014


Dr. Karen Copeland discusses the transformation she's made using Dr. David Sandoval's 10 Day Celebrity Transformation program.  While on the program she lost 12 pounds, reduced her cholesterol and blood pressure levels all in just 10 days.  



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The 12 Nutrition Rules To Live By


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


In this Episode Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist Orvel Douglas discusses his 12 Nutrition Rules to Live By.  These rules are guaranteed to improve your health and increase your energy level.



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Actor Jasper Cole Shares His Exercise Philosophy/Effects of Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup


Fri, Oct 03, 2014


In this Episode Vince Ferguson interviews Film/TV Actor Jasper Cole as he shares his personal exercise philosophy on how to stay healthy and fit while preparing for film and tv roles.  Vince Ferguson is also joined later in the show by Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas to discuss the effects of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in the body.



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The 5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight


Mon, Sep 29, 2014


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness, Author and Fitness trainer, Vince Ferguson and Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas discuss the 5 reasons you're not losing weight based on their many years of experience in the fitness and nutrition arena.



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The Keys To Optimum Health


Sun, Sep 21, 2014


In this episode of Six Weeks to Fitness Episode #2 Six Weeks to A Flatter Stomach author, Vince Ferguson and Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist Orvel Douglas explain Acidic and Alkaline foods and how understanding the different types of food effects your health and fitness level.



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Six Weeks to Fitness Introduction Episode


Mon, Sep 15, 2014


In this episode Certified Nutrition and Diet Specialist, Orvel Douglas and Vince Ferguson discuss what the audience can expect to learn when it comes to losing weight and improving your health from our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast.



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