While getting healthy is an extremely personal journey, I have always been a believer in the power of having a support system, a FitFam I like to call it, and a go-to partner in crime to help keep you motivated, keep you on track, and, most importantly, to let you know you are not alone in your journey. These are also people who will be your champion, people who will push you to push yourself, people who will teach you new things, and people who you can count on to keep you accountable with yourself.
As we get older, it is a universal truth that our friends change as our lives do. This is often due to jobs, geography, getting married, having a family, or any other lifestyle change. I have found this to be particularly true when it comes to choosing a healthy lifestyle. As a large focus of my life is staying active, eating well, and getting proper sleep, I tend to surround myself with people who make similar choices and live by similar values and rhythms. I have also had to make difficult choices to spend less time with people who either make unhealthy choices for themselves or do not support my healthy lifestyle.
Luckily, due to the nature of my job and my position in the health community, there is no shortage of people for me to catch a workout with, share recipes and healthy meals, and generally nerd out over healthy living. However, like anything else, it’s not always the case that these are necessarily going to become close or personal friends. So, when that IS the case, I feel like I have struck gold. And this was the case with Jasmine Solano - international DJ and MTV personality.
Jasmine and I met on a trip to Vancouver to see the Women’s World Cup with Adidas. The trip was filled with all sorts of healthy activities, as well as the opportunity to watch the game. During our very first activity - a bike tour around the city of Vancouver, Jasmine and I somehow found ourselves completely lost from the rest of the pack. However, neither of us were particularly phased as we were having so much fun on our little lost adventure while also getting to know one another. I learned that, just as I was a former athlete, she was a competitive tennis player in her former life. We had also both been through major life changes, as well as struggled to keep a similar balance between our packed and fast-paced schedules and our passion for health and fitness. Also, there was just no denying — this girl rocked! We became fast friends and partners in crime for the rest of the trip.
After returning to New York (where we both are based), Jasmine has remained one of my favorite friends and healthy partners in crime. So when Adidas reached out and wanted to highlight us for partner workouts as part of their Climaheat campaign, we jumped at the chance to work together, workout together, and generally nerd out over our love for Adidas — the brand, the community, and of course their clothes!
So this week, you get to hang with Jasmine and me during our episode on partner workouts, a step-by-step guide to some of our favorite moves from our trainers to do with your partner in crime, and check out the latest and greatest from Adidas’ winter line (which includes their #Climaheat Hoodie, so warm and cozy that I pretty much live in it).
You will also get to meet some of our favorite partners in crime this week: Gina Cavallo and Emily Farley from Paleo baking company The EKG Project; creators of the Core Fusion workout Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp; fitness duo Alex Silver-Fagan from City Row and Omri Rachmut from Barry’s Bootcamp, who will be #sweating their bodies; and one of our favorite creative couples - fashion designer Jay Godfrey and nutritionist wife, Dara; and many more.
So if you don’t already have a healthy partner in crime, I encourage you to seek one out. It is not only the greatest way to stay motivated and stay on track, but it makes staying healthy so much more fun!
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life