15 Top Health & Fitness Pros Sharing Their Health & Beauty Secrets

17 Female Health & Fitness Pros Sharing Their Health & Beauty Secrets

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I am inspired daily by the company of women I keep. The health & fitness female sisterhood is powerful. They walk the talk and that is fierce!

I polled my amazing friends. I asked them to share their secrets in what they did to stay  healthy, fit, and feeling beautiful and they came back with some nuggets!

Here is what I asked them…

1. What is your favorite workout method or exercise?  And why?

2. What is your favorite natural beauty product or thing you do that makes you feel beautiful?

3. What is your favorite health food/drink or pre-post workout — whatever you’re crazy about right now — and why?

Check out their answers. Try the ones you like. Adopt the ones that work for you!

aliciaSMeet Alicia Sierra! She’s a women’s Empowerment Coach and Herbalist. Find her at www.WombGoddess.com

She says, “my favorite workout is belly-dancing and the bar method workout. I love how good my body feels when I dance. It feels like I am stretching and toning my hips and makes me feel really connected to my body.

I swear, I feel that as women our bodies are meant to move in feminine snake movements! It is also very nourishing to our wombs as it increases circulation and massages our internal organs.”

Alicia says, “my favorite natural beauty product is a mask that I make using bentonite clay, water, honey and a drop of rose geranium essential oil. My skin feels really clean and soft. I feel like my skin glows after I rinse off the mask and it smells amazing!”

She says, “my favorite health food drink are Nettle infusions. I take an ounce of dried herb and put it in a 1 quart mason jar, pour boiling water in it and let it steep overnight. I drink a cup 1st thing in the morning and sip the rest throughout the day. It is full of vitamins and minerals. It is nature’s multivitamin all in one herb. It keeps me energized and makes my skin look amazing!”

angelicaMMeet Angelica Minerva! She’s a Fitness Director, yoga,  Pilates, and TRX teacher. Find her @angelica_minerva

Angelica says, “my favorite workouts are: heavy weights, yoga (not Bikram!), calisthenics, and TRX.  Being able to control the body in fun ways against gravity and lifting heavy at a consistent tempo becomes a cardio challenge as well.”

Angelica has tons of healthy habits that support her feeling beautiful – here are some:

  • Coconut oil (or any natural, plant/nut based oil) for skin and hair
  • Turmeric for shakes and as a mask — mix with yogurt for oily skin, mix with honey for dry skin
  • clayIndian Healing Clay as a cleanser, mask, and pimple control
  • Apple cider vinegar for hair and skin
  • And her favorite multipurpose cream is Weleda’s plant food good for face, body and even hair!

Angelica says, “I like protein shakes or smoothies with lots of kefir, turmeric, hemp seeds, cinnamon, veggies, silica, raw green powder & glutamine. For pre-workout I love liquid b-complex!”

ChristineDMeet Christine Dionese! She’s an Integrative Health Specialist, Medical Journalist, and Food Writer. Find her @christinedionese

Her favorite way to exercise is yoga. She says, “I naturally gravitate toward exercises that rejuvenate and replenish energy and mindfulness simultaneously, so yoga for sure. It’s restorative, meditative and boundary-stretching all at once. Having an almost three year old keeps me motivated! And, yoga is one of those humbling practices that always reminds the novice in us to learn something new!”

Christine enjoys natural beauty care. She says, “essential oil facials, earthy, food-based body scrubs and then rehydrating with warming and muscle soothing oils like avocado, arnica, macadamia nut and argan. Makes me feel so relaxed, bright, and alive!”

Christine shares one of her delectable body scrubs. She says, “this one is great for post-workout, sport muscle mending, and is capillary soothing!”scrub

  • 1/4-1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tbs arnica oil
  • 1/2 tbs almond oil

Mix well with a fork. If too pasty add more coffee. Final tip — oil up with arnica oil after using this scrub in the shower!

Christine is a health-drink mixologist! She says, “this is a tough question because you know me, I’m constantly creating new health drinks and food therapy recipes. I love coconut everything, I can just eat strip after strip! A favorite is to thinly slice coconut flesh and top with vanilla bean “caviar” — awesome mood food!

A post-workout drink is usually a cucumber or citrus zest infused water with easy to digest veggie protein. But, I have a REALLY big appetite, so I eat all day long. I eat a huge variety of seasonal foods, spices and herbs to stay satisfied. Some of my current favorite foods and ingredients are citrus blossom, all {sustainable} seafood and fish, coconut everything, hemp, cacao, coriander, turmeric, lemongrass, basil, cilantro, cherimoya and daikon. The list goes on!”


Meet Cicely Carew! She’s a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutritionist, yoga teacher, and artist. Find her at Grounded Powerhouse.

Cicely says, “I love combining 15-30 minutes of interval spinning followed by 1hr of yoga, Pilates or functional training. I like it because it gives me a well-rounded workout for the time I have.”

Cicely is really into coconut oil. She says, “I recently began oil pulling and the benefits are noticeable. Other than my teeth and gums feeling cleaner, my skin tone has improved, my mood become more balanced (postpartum hormones were out of control) and my stomach ailments have improved.”

Cicely prefers to workout in the morning. She says, “when I wake up I prepare hot water with lemon, turmeric and honey. I generally drink this en route to any workout session.  I get a refreshing burst of energy and get on with my workout.

I’m still breastfeeding so I have to be conscious of my caffeine intake so a green smoothie with Macha is off the menu for now. That is another goodie for the future. My post-workout drink is water with a lemon — clean, simple and it replenishes electrolytes.”

erikaMMeet Erika Matos! She’s a Transformational Coach and Pilates Director. Find her at www.TheFeelGoodShift.com

Erika’s favorite workouts are Pilates and Yoga. She says, “I’m all about lengthening the body, and building strength and flexibility simultaneously. These practices help me stay grounded, focused mentally, and help me manage any stress that may be going on. It’s all about balance!”

She says, “my favorite natural beauty product is Raw Argan Oil. It’s luxurious and nourishing and it can go everywhere — hair, skin, nails and keeps it all supple, moisturized, and dewy.”

Erika says, “the thing that makes me feel the most beautiful is meditating. It’s like supercharging my life force, getting rid of excessive thinking, and glowing from the soul out. Also, you can’t forget a good night sleep for restoration!”

Erika loves raw cacao! She says, “first thing in the morning, I mix it with Maca powder to give me focus, a boost in energy, hormonal balance, and a blissful feeling all day.”

esterinaGMeet Esterina Gentilcore! She’s a “Goddess Trainer”, Personal Trainer, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Find her @refitbody

Her favorite exercise method is CrossFit. She says, “I love it because it’s “evidence-based fitness” meaning, it’s measurable, observable and repeatable data. I love numbers and more importantly, I love seeing numbers change over time. This is also why I record and communicate numbers to my clients of the exercises they perform. They don’t keep track of workouts like I do, but when they go to workout without me, they know which weights to use.”

Esterina likes it simple when it comes to beauty. She says, “I could own all the beauty products in the world, but what makes me feel beautiful is a good night sleep, a clean and moisturized face, and regular haircuts! Then layered on top of that is just the right amount of makeup to continue that fresh look (I have red undertones, so making that even is a major bonus), a little blush, mascara and some tinted chapstick!”

Esterina enjoys preparing healthy meals. She says, “I spend a lot of time thinking about food, prepping meals, cooking, reading recipes, logging my food and eating! I care a lot about what I put in my body and also my loved ones. In general, I follow a paleo structured meal plan with cheat meals planed once or twice a week.

My current favorite post workout protein shake is Progenex Recovery Chocolate Peanut Butter Smash! The carb to protein ratio helps with muscle repair and recovery. For my on-the-go snacks I love Perfect Bars & Fuel for Fire packs. I love them because they are both real food with a shelf life and taste delicious right out of the fridge.”

helenaRMeet Helena Rodas! She’s a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Find her at @h2bhealthy

Helena says, “my favorite workout is free weight lifting because it helps me feel strong, energized, and makes my body feel and look great.”

She says, “my favorite natural beauty treatment is taking hot baths with chamomile, mint, and epson salt.”

Helena says, “I love warm water and lemon juice first thing in the morning. I like the taste, I feel hydrated, and notice the over-all cleansing effect it has over my body.”

headshot_jf2Meet Jeanne Floresca! (That’s me!) I’m a Fitness Professional, Life-coach, and EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. Find me at @jeannefloresca or @inspireyouthful

My favorite workout is walking because I can do it anywhere, anytime, it’s easy on the body, and I spend time with my dogs in nature. I walk about an hour each day.

I do Pilates & body-weight conditioning 2x a week, and heavier weight training 1-2x a week, but leisurely walking is the backbone of my healthy lifestyle. It’s also part of my mindful practice — a walk in nature can bring back the inner-peace our spirit longs for.

My favorite natural beauty product is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara because it’s waterproof, cruelty free, and free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, and synthetic fragrance. After 12 years in the fitness industry, I finally found a mascara that doesn’t turn me into a racoon! (Problems of a sweaty girl 😉

Something I do that makes me feel beautiful is to say nice things to myself — positive affirmations and things to be thankful for — before I go to sleep. It puts me in the right frame of mind — positive, grateful, and happy. The benefits of this nightly habit are numerous. Mainly, decreased stress, improved sleep, and the manifestation of more good things in my life! 😉

My favorite health drink is kombucha. I drink a few sips throughout the day and right before bed. It helps me have a healthy gut which promotes good digestion, immunity, and clear skin.

jennKMeet Jenn Kichinko! She’s a Fitness Instructor and aspiring photographer! Find her @jennkichinko or @jennkichinkosf

Her favorite workouts are spin and Pilates. She says, “BUT, I really love any workout, as long as it’s mixed up from time to time. I’m a huge fan of anything outdoors, whether is running, hiking, snowboarding, etc.  I love doing different things so I never get bored, and I love how switching up my workouts makes me sore in places I usually don’t feel.”

Jenn likes taking care of her skin to feel beautiful. She says, “a good hydrating moisturizer and eye cream are my go-to for day to day.”

Jenn loves all kinds of food. She says, “I try to eat pretty healthy for the most part, but I definitely don’t restrict myself to anything.  Healthy during the week, and pretty much whatever I want on the weekends 🙂  And the most important thing for me is to drink TONS of water at all times.  I love my wine, but I will not even drink without having ample water next to me always.”

liviaJMeet Livia Jenvey! She’s a Personal Trainer, Yoga, Pilates, & Barre Teacher. Find her at www.livfit4bliss.com

Livia says, “my favorite workout method is doing a mixture of exercises of yoga, Pilates, and HIIT.  With all 3 of these areas I have found that they balance my body completely as a daily workout routine.

For example when practicing yoga I am constantly in exploration of body alignment towards stretching and releasing, in doing Pilates I am strengthening my entire core body, and doing HIIT I’m building my total body strength and endurance.”

To feel beautiful, Livia says, “I love to lather her skin with Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula before bed. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels very soft and smooth and has a glowing look to it.”

Livia says, “right now my favorite post workout food/drink is a chocolate, peanut butter, avocado protein smoothie. It’s a tbsp. of peanut butter, with a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and 1 ounce of avocado blended with 10oz of water in the blender.  It’s a super delicious yummy treat I enjoy right after a good workout!”

meganAMeet Megan Alexander! She’s a Certified Personal Trainer, yoga, and Pilates teacher. Find her at @meganjalex

Her favorite exercise method is practicing yoga.  She says, “Yoga is a great way to balance out the body and compliments any other exercise method. Yoga also teaches you about your body.”

She says, “my favorite natural beauty product is Jojoba oil. I use it as a make-up remover, moisturizer for the skin, and like the anti-bacterial effects. It’s great to use before or after a workout and before bed!”

Megan’s current health craze is water! She says, “our bodies are made primarily of water. Dehydration affects all body functions, organs and the appearance of our skin. Specifically, I have a large glass of warm lemon water in the morning, then continue to drink water and teas all day long. ”

michelleOMeet Michelle Opperman! She’s the SF Regional Group Fitness Director at CRUNCH and a Master trainer for Jillian Michaels Bodyshred, POUND and Crunch. Find her at www.MichelleOpperman.com

She says, “I LOVE Yoga! Everything in life is better when I am practicing regularly. I like how it centers me and reminds how important breath is.”

Feeling bright and fresh makes Michelle feel beautiful. She says, “My favorite would be my Colorescience loose Mineral foundation Brush. I love how it evens out my skin and  feels light at the same time.”

Michelle’s favorite healthy drink is her ‘Power’ smoothie. She says, “I love throwing berries, Kale, Green Superfood powder, Chia seeds, and Raw protein Powder in my magic bullet. BEST Post workout drink ever.”

mindyBMeet Mindy Berla! She’s a Body Coach at www.BARoots.com

Her favorite workout is strength training. She says, “I try to hit every muscle group at least once per week to ensure strength, endurance and muscle definition. I do 10 min foam roll, 5-20 min warm up on cardio machine, 30 min circuit training with multi-joint and multi-planar movements focusing on isolated and functional strength training.”

Mindy says, “my favorite natural beauty products are Origins Plantscription Eye Cream and Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins. I love the fresh scent and ritual of hydrating my skin every night. It makes me feel like I am taking good care of myself. And only I can do that!”

Mindy enjoys a protein shake after her workouts. She says, “my favorite post-workout go-to is FIT365 chocolate whey protein with frozen banana, strawberries, flax, almond milk and spirulina.”

stellaSMeet Stella Sandoval! She’s a Classical Pilates Instructor and Health Coach. Find her at www.StellarFit.com

Stella’s favorite workout method is Pilates. She says, “Pilates make me feel stronger, taller and aligned after a session while addressing some of my body imbalances. NO cheating here, each exercise is done with precision control while you stretch and strengthen at the same time. It’s deceptively hard therefore a few reps is all it takes.

When each exercise in the series is done right, it truly is a full body “Hard Core” workout without feeling tension.  After a good workout, I feel energized and alive without tension or stress to my joints.”

She says, “my favorite natural beauty product is Coconut Oil Body Cream by Coconut Hut Beauty. I absolutely love this product and carry it with me all the time.  It’s a thick decadent moisturizing cream with Shea & Cocoa butter, tropical oils and plant extract; organic and natural. I use it on my entire body.  My skin is soft, shiny and takes care of all dry areas with a wonderful smell of coconut. Long lasting scent everyone notices and compliments me for wearing.”

She says, “my favorite way to start my day is with a frozen acai Smoothie! Quick to make when on the run, nutritious and delicious. The acai berry is a powerful super-food packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  I add Protein, nuts for essential fats and chia seeds for Omega 3 fatty acids. ”

Recipe for Stella’s frozen acai berry smoothie:Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.04.26 AM

  • 1 packet of Frozen Pure Unsweetened Acai (Sambazon)
  • 1/2 cup of Organic Frozen Blueberries & Raspberries
  • 1 scoop of Vega Berry Protein powder
  • 6 Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds
  • Water

tamaraFMeet Tamara Flores! She’s a Massage Therapist, EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, and Astrologist. Find her at www.TamaraFlores.com

Her favorite workout is a stretch & release class in her local gym. She says, “It’s a mix of yoga, Pilates, and Chi Gong. The teacher is 60 years old and I thought — I want to move like that when I’m her age! It’s also fun and meditative.”

Tamara’s favorite health product is coconut oil. She says, “I use it on everything!” To feel good, Tamara loves to journal. She says,”It’s a time for me to download and to write my uncensored thoughts down. It’s a great way to deflect a head trip!”

Her favorite health habit is juicing. She says, “I love making a juice of celery, kale, parsley, some carrots, salt, and a lot of lemon juice. I feel like it’s a little ‘miracle grow’ in me!”

TriciaKMeet Tricia Kirkwood! Fitness Instructor of www.TriciaKirkwood.com

She says, “my fave workout is circuit training of cardio and compound strength exercises that incorporate weights. It’s the best way to burn calories fast and get stronger.”

Tricia says, “my favorite natural beauty product is a Lavender spray for my sheets. It makes me feel relaxed.”

Tricia says, “I’m currently obsessed with Seed and Salt in San Francisco. They have an amazing Vegan Kale Caesar with Black Eyed Peas Tempeh and their Spicy Pink Lemonade is cleansing and refreshing!”

wendyL2Meet Wendy Larkin! She’s a Master Trainer and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kyokushin. Find her at Wendy Larkin Personal Training

She says, “my favorite workout method is interval training — a mixture of cardio and weights because it maximizes the workout intensity  in shortest amount of time.”

Wendy’s go-to natural beauty product is shea butter and coconut oil.  She says, “It’s great on dry legs and I use it on my lips too!”

She says, “My favorite drink is the brand “House” kombucha. It’s mild in taste with all the probiotic goodies. I can’t stomach the hard core kombucha. My favorite bar is Vega Sport Chocolate Peanut Butter. It’s so good! I try to mix up my sources of protein  and Vega has really tasty  vegan options.”


The products, suggestions, and views expressed by the health and fitness professionals featured in this article do not necessarily depict the views of InspireYouthful.com. If you use or follow any of their personal examples or suggestions — you do so at your own risk.

Remember — always listen to your body, rest when you need to, and do what feels good!

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