Today is the 14th annual observance of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. In honor of our day to celebrate and remember to be kind to our bodies, we spotlight six women entrepreneurs who make it their business to keep their sisters healthy year round.
Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of The Hollywood Trainer, is the author of “The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan: 21 Days to Make Healthy Living a Lifetime Habit” and creator of the highly successful “Bikini Bootcamp, Cardio Kickboxing & Sexy Abs with Kelly Rowland” part of her internationally successful Hollywood Trainer DVD Collection, created to inspire and motivate men and women to live a healthy life.
As a 13-year Nike Athlete Jeanette is a featured trainer on the Nike Training Club App downloaded by millions of fitness enthusiasts worldwide, sweating it out to unlock one of her Hollywood Workouts. As one of the country’s leading healthy lifestyle coaches, known best for her holistic approach, results-driven cross-training techniques, and supreme ability to motivate, Jeanette helps millions of men and women achieve their health and fitness goals through her products, social media platforms & international appearances. Jeanette is a regular Health & Fitness blogger for The Huffington Post and her work has been featured in media ranging from Oprah.com and Yahoo.com to NBC’s Today Show, The Dr. OZ Show, The Doctors, Tia & Tamera, BET’s 106&Park, Fox News World, The Tyra Banks Show, Access Hollywood, Extra, Kimora Lee Simmons’ Life in the Fab Lane, E! Entertainment & Celebrity Fit Club.
Jillian Michaels is a bestselling author, Daytime Emmy nominated television personality, entrepreneur, and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts. Perhaps considered one of the most inspiring people on television through her role as trainer, wellness expert and life coach on her hit TV shows and regular TV appearances, Michaels has created a brand name for herself. Every week she motivates millions in every form of media from TV to publishing to the 1.6 million monthly visitors to her Web site and daily e-mail newsletter. As a motivator and role model, Jillian has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own personal journey toward wellness.
Jillian has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years. In addition, she owned and operated a sports medicine facility, where she worked as a physical therapy aid under the physiatrists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Jillian’s passion for fitness training originates from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do, in which she holds a black belt.
Books, DVDs, and video games — Jillian has them all covered. She is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including “Master Your Metabolism, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life,” and her most recent bestselling release, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets To Simple, Fast, And Lasting Weight Loss.”
During more than 30 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 100 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame. Her latest workout DVDs include 2012’s Shrink Your Belly Fat, Fit in a Flash, andShrink Your 5 Fat Zones (Lionsgate), and her newest book, Side Effect Skinny: Denise Austin’s Fat-Blasting Diet, was released in December 2012 (Bird Street Books). On television, Denise has created a loyal audience with her two major television shows: Getting Fit, which ran for 10 years on ESPN and continued on under the new name Denise Austin’s Daily Workout when it moved to the Lifetime Television Network. Denise appeared in Daily Workout and a second show, Fit & Lite, for 14 years on Lifetime.
In addition to her role as a popular spokeswoman for such major brands as Idaho Potatoes, Nature Made, and Skechers, Denise has championed the benefits of heart health and good nutrition throughout her career. A 2008 recipient of the American Heart Association andWoman’s Day magazine’s Red Dress Award, she has served two terms on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and helped launch the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid guidance system. In 2012, she launched her exercise equipment line Forever Fit, a collection of 33 fitness products made exclusively for Rite Aid and sold at 4,600 Rite Aid stores nationwide.
By the age of 22, Jackie Warner was inspired to pursue a career in fitness and nutrition after training a few close friends with dramatic life-changing results. Within a year, Jackie opened her first health center, Lift. The revolutionary facility was the first health club in Southern California to accept health insurance for exercise.
From 2004 to 2009, Jackie owned and operated her next gym, Sky Sport & Spa. Employing Jackie’s complete approach to fitness, Sky Sport was the nation’s premiere full service health and medical practice. Although frequented by fitness aficionados for years, Sky Sport was introduced to the rest of the world on Jackie’s hit television show, Bravo’s “Work Out.”
She returned to television in 2010 in the Bravo Show “Thintervention With Jackie Warner.” Hailed by critics, the premiere gave the network its best ratings ever for a Monday.
Jackie is the current face of a health and wellness campaign called Fit in Your Skin, and is the national spokesperson for Eggs of Australia. To help people take back further control of their lives, Jackie created “Eat. Move. Believe.,” a new online fitness and wellness center. This new program will provide workouts, healthy recipes, fitness, nutrition and lifestyle tips.
Massiel “Massy” Indhira Arias is the 25-year-old exuberant Certified Personal trainer also known as Mankofit who is changing lives and inspiring anew generation of trainers. Born in the Dominican Republic, Mankofit has been an American resident since the age of 14 and currently resides and trains out of New York City. She sets the example of how adopting a healthy diet and active lifestyle can change individual lives mentally, physically, and spiritually. She has committed herself to a healthy life with which she herself has emerged from depths of depression and physical limitations to become the glowing motivational force she is to millions around the world.
MankoFit’s training style incorporates various techniques including Resistance Training, Calisthenics, Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and Sprinting! She avoids sticking to a specific style in order to keep workouts exciting, fun, and fresh! Clients learn how to adopt health and fitness as a lifestyle beyond just losing weight. Her perspective on achieving the healthy balance between the mind and body surpasses achieving desirable aesthetics. She wishes to introduce people to the idea that working out and eating healthy are not only necessary to lose a few pounds but can improve physical limitations, transform lives through every aspect, and overall create longevity and bliss. “I one day hope to influence a new generation of trainers to teach people a lifestyle instead of a quick fix to get a bikini body. I want to teach people to fully believe that being healthy really is being happy.”
“Shift Agent” Ana Cabán wants women to have healthy, balanced, and fabulous lives. It’s a passion that informs everything she does, including being a mom, traveling, entertaining and giving. Creating a line of bestselling Pilates DVDs based on her popular and highly-addictive classes was just the beginning of a mission that she conducts in two languages, and bridging two cultures, as a successful international fitness & lifestyle expert, certified wellness coach, and radio and TV host.
This infectiously energetic mom of a toddler boy has built a dedicated legion of fans including celebrity clients getting red-carpet ready, fitness enthusiasts looking for more as well as high-achieving professionals and mompreneurs who strive to incorporate some form of fitness into their jam-packed lives.
Ana has written for such publications as Peak Pilates’ Inside Scoop, PilatesStyle, Hispanic Health & Beauty and Latin Future magazines. She has appeared on Univision’s El Gordo y La Flaca, on Oprah’s OWN TV network, and Martha Stewart Radio’s Living Today, (among many others).