Today I was lucky enough to attend Fusion Fest at Exhale Spa thanks to Women’s Health! In honor of the 10 year anniversary of Core Fusion Exhale teamed up with Women’s Health to offer free classes around the country at Exhale Spa Locations and celebrate the class that literally transforms bodies.
The day was also special because it was an opportunity to meet one of the finalists in Women’s Health Next Fitness Star. Aren’t sure what that is? Here’s the details…
Women’s Health, the leading national and international women’s health and wellness magazine is searching for the next face in fitness for their “The Next Fitness Star” competition. The winner will be the star of a new DVD series, featured in the magazine as an expert source and more.
· Women’s Health has enlisted an elite panel of judges to weigh in on the submissions including host of “Extra” Maria Menounos, celebrity trainer and bestselling author of “The Five Factor Diet” Harley Pasternak and Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko.
· After receiving thousands of submissions, Women’s Health has chosen its top 5 finalists who will appear on the “flip” cover of the July/August issue of Women’s Health
· Readers can get to know the finalists in their videos posted online and then vote on their favorite.
· The overall winner will be selected based on a combination of reader/fan votes and celeb judge votes.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet with Stacie Clark. Here’s a look at Stacie’s bio…
An athlete all of her life, fashion guru and mother of two, Stacie traded in her position as Fashion Director to follow her passion for athletics, fitness and health full-time with her husband, Chris. Stacie is a certified athletic trainer with over 15 years experience in fitness and athletic development from youth to adult. She focuses on individual and group training encompassing all the fundamentals of functional bodyweight training and athleticism: agility, balance, coordination, strength, speed, stamina, power and flexibility. Stacie’s love for sports and athletic background began in high school as a three-sport varsity athlete. She believes everyone is an athlete, and athletes must earn the right to be fit through real life experiences. Stacie has earned a solid reputation of knowing what it takes to work towards a goal and succeeding. It is about the journey. Also known for her stylish, fashion-forward approach, Stacie believes in and embodies performance, style and function in everything she does and wears. Stacie continues to train and compete in adventure races, cross-fit challenges, as well as 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathons, urbanathlons, and she doesn’t plan to stop there. To her, it’s a lifestyle, not a job. Her work is her play and her play is her work.
I was signed up for the 12:15 Core Fusion Cardio class but was invited to come early to chat with Stacie. It was great to chat with her. It was awesome to talk about career changes, the business of health and wellness, our personal philosophies and the best workouts to combine running with! She was so down to earth and real. I loved hearing how she has built her business bit by bit and does it all with her husband by her side. Before I knew it time had flown by and it was time for my class.
I’ve never taken Core Fusion Cardio but based off of the barre classes I have taken I knew I was in for an incredible workout. I was pleasantly surprised when the warm-up and workout included a ton of yoga inspired moves. Within moments my heart rate was high thanks to mountain climbers and the sweat was pouring off my forehead. The class moved from a flow to more intense moves with 3 lb. weights. I loved the yoga poses with the curls, shoulder presses and so much more. As the class wound down we got some final push ups and mountain climbers before a challenging ab sequence, and some much-needed stretches. I left class sweaty and sore…it was a perfect workout if you ask me!
I’m a huge fan of the Exhale spas, it’s always my go-to when I’m looking for a great massage or a relaxing manicure and pedicure. I always leave feeling relaxed and pampered. Their yoga classes are fantastic so I expected nothing less today and they most certainly delivered. A great class, a super clean locker room and a very friendly staff.
It was a great afternoon at Exhale, a fantastic class and I really enjoyed meeting Stacie. Don’t forget to check out The Next Fitness Star to vote for the finalists this June. I personally will be voting for Stacie! A huge thank you to Women’s Health for the opportunity to come out today!