I've decided to start a new series - FITerviews! During these posts, I'll interview some of my favorite fitness professionals in New York City and beyond to bring you all the juicy
(sweaty?) details from the road they are taking to build their fitness empires to what is in their gym bags. I'm kickin' FITerviews off with my friend and creator of cheerFIT, Danielle Wechsler:
Tell us about your fitness story. I was always active, could never sit still, and on any given day was found doing flips and somersaults in the middle of my living room. I started my ‘fitness’ career in gymnastics and never looked back. I was a competitive gymnast for most of my life and it was from weekly practices and summer conditioning that I was introduced to fitness at such a young – and I LOVED it. Talk about the girl who looked forward to conditioning practice, huh?
In high school, I decided to shift gears and join the cheer team. It was through cheerleading that I soon found another passion. I quickly progressed my cheerleading career to cheer in college where I cheered D1 for Syracuse University. Throughout my college cheering career I tore my ACL twice (still torn today). After tearing my knee for the 2nd time, coaches and doctors told me it was time to retire the pom poms, but I was not ready to quit! Turning every challenge into an opportunity to achieve something great, I was able to defy the odds and strengthen my knee to full recovery all through fitness. I quickly learned that fitness really does work. As a fitness junkie, I quickly advanced my fitness passion and became nationally certified through ACE, SURFSET Fitness, and PILOXING to start personal training and teaching group fitness classes.
As a trainer, cheerleader, and entrepreneur I combined my experience and passion to launch cheerFIT. As young entrepreneur , I have been involved with fitness all my life and have proved that with hard work, dedication and a dream, there is no stopping me. Just see what I have in store for you next : )
Tell us about cheerFIT. cheerFIT is high-energy, body-rockin’ workouts and online programs for both cheerleaders and group fitness buffs. It originally started after I saw a definite need for fitness and strength programs for cheerleaders. As the sport (yes, sport!) continues to advance, the demands become greater and greater and the injury rates for these athletes has skyrocketed. It was after tearing my ACL twice during my cheerleading career at Syracuse University, that I then took matters into my own hands. Instead of surgery again, I rehabbed my knee to full recovery – all through fitness. With such success, I then combined my passion for cheerleading, knowledge in fitness, and business experience to create cheerFIT. I originally created cheerFIT to focus on helping cheerleaders stay in shape all year round, rock a killer bod, and prevent injury.
cheerFIT has since expanded to include anyone looking for a great way to stay in shape. This high energy yet intense workout is fused with cardio intervals, calorie blasting circuits, and cheer inspired exercises, making cheerFIT a great way to tone, sculpt and define. cheerFIT has recently launched our next biggest initiative, monthly Pep Rallies!
cheerFIT has it all! We have specific programs unique to any goal! cheerFIT has programs for cheerleaders, cheer teams, and fitness enthusiasts of all ages and levels. The weekly bootcamps and monthly pep rallies are an awesome way to sweat it out in a group fitness environment, while the online workouts and custom programs provide that personal touch. cheerFIT is your very own personal trainer and motivator!
What is your current fitness goal? I like to challenge myself, try new things each month, and do something out of the box that I would not have typically ever done. This month, I want to give boxing a try!
Do you have a pre and post-workout routine? If so, share your secrets! I like to have a plan so that when I go to the gym I know what workout I am doing and what muscles I will be working. I go to the gym with a plan and leave feeling accomplished! Bam : )
What are three items that are always in your gym bag? Well, I am always on the go and ready for anything (they call me the ‘bag lady’), so I've got it all covered in my gym bag. My all time staples though are:
- Green stride gum
- A notebook
- An extra workout outfit – you never want to be caught with the opportunity to get to the gym and then realize you have nothing to workout in!
Speaking of gym bags, what brand do you carry? I've got a a Marc Jacobs sport bag that is my ‘go to’ everything bag. I use it as both my over-sized purse and gym bag. With that said, I do have my eye on a lululemon bag, so I might have to make the switch soon : )
What are your go-to snacks to munch on for energy throughout the day? Almonds are my all time beyond favorite snack. I can bring them on the go and they are great to snack on when I need that extra energy boost throughout the day or after a workout.
What is your favorite healthy meal? I love a good ol' salad. I recently had a salad that topped the charts - kale salad with grilled salmon, orange slices, toasted hazelnuts, coconut shavings and some other goodness!
What is your favorite fitness brand to wear at the gym? Oh, I love them all – it is hard to pick just one! My top favorites are Athleta, lululemon, and Nike!
What is your favorite song to jam out to during a sweat sesh? Anything fast paced and fun to ‘dani pop’ too.
I hope you enjoyed our first FITerview - there are more coming your way soon! Also, check out what cheerFIT is all about tomorrow night at 7pm at Athleta on the Upper East Side in NYC, and say "hello!" to Danielle!
Stay fit and fabulous,