The Fit Bottomed Girls are a team originally made up of Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead. While the pair is sometimes so twin-like it’s scary, they both bring different perspectives to the FBG table. Due to the site’s increasing popularity, Jenn and Erin have expanded the FBG team to include contributing writers, bringing new content and other fun, fresh perspectives to the site. The FBGs pride themselves on being real girls—not gladiators. They understand that health and fitness should be about enjoyable activities and the occasional treat, not about torturous workouts and deprivation.
A Little About the FBGs
Jennipher Walters: As co-founder of the site, Jenn has several fitness credentials under her belt: She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. Jenn has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota. She has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, Yahoo! Shine, SparkPeople, AOL’s Paw Nation and Diets in Review. In her free time, Jenn can be found challenging her husband to a wicked game of MarioKart on the Wii, chomping on kale, updating her 1960s-decorated home in Kansas City, Mo., doing CrossFit and running with her pup.
Erin Whitehead: Co-founder Erin has years of workout experience and is well versed in fitness news and trends, and brings a normal-gal approach to the mix. Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and is known for being a total word nerd. Born and raised in Topeka, Kan., Erin has settled in New Jersey after living—and loving—time spent in Lawrence, Kan., and Menlo Park, Calif. When not working out, Erin can be found hanging with her husband, daughter, son and pug. Her fave pastimes include reading and devouring entire seasons of TV shows in just days via Netflix. Be sure to read about all of Erin’s motherhood and fitness adventures on Fit Bottomed Mamas!
Tish Merritt: Tish started out as a guest writer for FBG in July 2009 and quickly caught the fitness writing bug, becoming a part of the FBG team. Not only did the FBGs give her the oomph she needed to make her health and fitness a priority (she’s gone from couch potato to marathoner!), they also got her to finally use her journalism degree from the University of Kansas. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area, covering all things West Coast fitness. She also writes regularly on her own blog, Luv and Kiwi.
Kristen Seymour: Kristen Seymour is a freelance writer/editor/online media expert living in Gainesville, Fla. She balances her love of Mexican food and white wine with a steady diet of triathlons, volleyball and workout DVDs. She relies on her dogs to get her outside when she’s feeling lazy, and counts on Twitter to motivate her to hit the gym—works like a charm every time. When she’s not here, you can find her covering pets over at Vetstreet, at her personal blog, Jeez-o-petes or writing the occasional article for other outlets like TODAY.com and Specialty Food Magazine.
Kelsey Brazelton: Kelsey joined the FBG team in August 2011 as the site’s first intern and transitioned to contributing writer in December 2012. She is a self-proclaimed on-again off-again exerciser—usually running. She earned her journalism degree at Northwest Missouri State University. Kelsey has worked in the journalism field for a variety of magazines—including fitness and hopes to bring new newbie insight to the site as she tries everything from Pilates DVDs to P90X2.
Margo Donohue: Margo is the creator of the blog, Brooklyn Fit Chick, which has been noted for its lively tone and unique take on fitness and a healthy lifestyle by top media including Shape and Fitness magazine, and MSN’s FitBie.com. Margo is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor who teaches several classes per week and has private clientele as a NASM-certified personal trainer in her favorite place in the world—Brooklyn, New York. She earned her degree in speech-communications in 1994 from San Jose State University.
Raquel Guss: Raquel joined the FBG team in July of 2011 and is an ACE-certified personal trainer. Born and raised on the islands of Hawaii, she loves any sport that keeps her outside or in the water, such as racing Hawaiian canoes and hiking some of O’ahu’s tallest peaks. With graduation on the horizon, she’ll be receiving her bachelor’s in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.
Susan Lacke: Susan Lacke has finished everything from 5ks to Ironman, but swears yoga is the most difficult thing she’s ever done—balance is, like, hard. When she isn’t training, she can be found behind her purple MacBook, trying to string words into coherent sentences for Fit Bottomed Girls, Competitor Magazine, Triathlete.com, and No Meat Athlete. Susan likes dogs more than babies and has been known to attend races in a Wonder Woman swimsuit. Follow her on Twitter, @SusanLacke, but don’t ask what she’d do for a Klondike Bar. That’s a loaded question.
Karen Timper: With exercise experience spanning three decades, Karen’s desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle has stayed constant over the years. A true fitness enthusiast, she estimates she’s completed more than 5,000 workouts, but remains eager to check out the latest fitness craze and never misses an opportunity to improve herself. Coupled with her degree in Hospitality Management from the American Culinary Federation Chefs Apprenticeship Program, Karen lends her real life experience to both FBG and Fit Bottomed Eats. These days she can usually be found in her kitchen taste testing recipes or at the gym working off her latest creation.
Crystal Yang: Crystal is a proud native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., a town that has developed her love for surfing, beach volleyball, swimming, yoga and an all-around active and healthy lifestyle. From food (pre-dominantly vegetarian) to sports, fitness, wellness and travel, Crystal is a lover of life who enjoys sharing her passion and experiences through writing, photography, music and as a publicist. Being kind to the environment and being as natural and organic in all aspects of life is extremely important to her. Crystal is an alumna of UC Irvine and also writes for FOAMMagazine.com, The Inertia and has contributed to ESPN HS.
Maria Arthur: Maria is an intern, as of May 2013, for Fit Bottomed Girls LLC. She is a senior at UMKC and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish in December 2013. ALMOST DONE! She enjoys swimming, walking her dog, and spending time with her family. She is an animal lover to the extreme and spends most of her free time reading. She also loves to cook and is always trying out her mom’s recipes, but it’s a given that they never turn out quite as good. She wants to be an author and is currently working on an autobiography and a fantasy novel that is due out in late 2016.
Currently, FBG is not looking to expand its team. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!