FBG Bios

The Fit Bottomed Girls are a team originally made up of Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead.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 a new partner (FBG Kristen!) and various 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.

Fit Bottomed Girls Bios

Jennipher Walters: As co-founder and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet and Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Girls and Fit Bottomed Zen, Jenn has several fitness credentials under her belt: She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach and advanced health and fitness specialist. 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 magazineThe Huffington Post and SparkPeople. In her free time, Jenn can be found doing HIIT workouts with her husband, making a mean green smoothie, running laps around the neighborhood with her daughter and snuggling with her pup.

FBG-124Erin Whitehead: Erin, co-founder and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet and Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Mamas, is an ACE-certified personal trainer with years of workout experience under her belt. Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and is a bit of a 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 and three kids. Her fave pastimes include reading and devouring entire seasons of TV shows in just days via Netflix.

FBG-9Kristen Seymour: Kristen Seymour is the third partner at Fit Bottomed Girls and holds the position of Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Eats. She’s an enthusiastic (if not particularly speedy) triathlete, enormous animal lover, and passionate pescatarian foodie (with a special love of Mexican food and roasted veggies). She relies on her dogs to get her outside when she’s feeling lazy, and counts on Twitter (and her fellow FBGs) to motivate her to hit the gym — works like a charm every time. Kristen makes time for yoga — at least a little bit — almost every day and is slowly but steadily making meditation a regular practice, even on (well, especially on) the days when all she can think about is how she can’t possibly make time to just sit and be. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and she and her husband live, swim, bike and run in the Sunshine State with their two mutts and a mercurial cat.

Contributing Writers & Editors

Jenn Andrlik: Jenn has struggled with weight her entire life trying almost every fad diet out there. These days, the former ballet dancer gets her fitness from running after her very active four-year-old son, Spinning, fitness DVDs, and anything she can do at home during her six-month-old daughter’s nap time. Post babies she is ready to get back into tip-top shape and is willing to do anything healthy to reach her goal and feel her best. Anything that is, except give up wine.

Tish Arana: 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.

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Alex Bisges: Alex believes quality of life is dependent (external) self-care. She shares ways of simultaneously maintaining mental and physical well-being. Alex is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a degree in communication studies and political science. Alex has worked in journalism and marketing for a variety of companies as well as news outlets. She joined the FBG team in March of 2016. With an undeniable passion for life, Alex propels herself into new experiences.  She recently learned how to longboard (without a natural talent for coordination). She has found longboarding to be an excellent form of cardio, meditation and and overall — an excellent time. In her free time, Alex can be found traveling, stargazing and laughing.

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 host/producer of The Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast and 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.

201510_alison_col_web-300Alison Heilig: Alison’s journey has taken her from unhealthy fitness phobe to ultra-marathoner, triathlete, obstacle course racer and yogini. Since leaving her corporate legal career in 2015, she’s been dedicated full-time to following her passion for helping others unleash their own inner superhero and blogging about her (many) shenanigans at ThePursuitOfAwesome.com. Alison is a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Women’s Fitness Specialist, RRCA-Certified Running Coach and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher with regular classes at Thrive Yoga and CrossFit Become in Montgomery County, MD. She lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with her awesome husband (and biggest fan) Chris.

megan-headshotMegan Hinman: Megan has a love-hate relationship with long-distance running and is consistently involved in many other fitness activities. She’s a frequent 5k competitor and will run her first half marathon this Spring. Her weekly indoor soccer games help keep her motivated, though her frequent minor injuries and busy schedule do not. When not caught in her eternal debate, “to run or not to run?,” Megan is working toward her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, writing silly stories and musings for her personal blog, or hanging out at home with her dogs and boyfriend, fixing up the place and all the while wondering how soon she can go to sleep again.

Susan Manville: Susan Manville 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 MagazineTriathlete.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.

Erika Morgan: Erika has been with FBG as of April 2014 as an intern and now as an assistant editor! She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, with a degree in communications. Erika currently is a grad student at The University of Kansas working towards her Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications. She enjoys anything that involves creativity, and after losing 30 pounds a few years ago, she really became passionate about health and fitness. FBG seemed to be a perfect fit for her in order to combine her two passions. She really enjoys the outdoors (minus the bugs), cooking and eating, playing the piano, and she has a minor online-shopping addiction. And she’s also a little pet crazy with three dogs and a 20-pound cat!

Evan-2Jennifer Schlozman: Jenny is a former Weight Watchers Leader Ambassador, who lost 40 pounds pre-baby and 82 pounds post baby. A runner, triathlete and half-marathoner, she finds comfort in group workouts and loves finding new fit friends. Born and raised in the North suburbs of Chicago but now living in the Kansas City area, Jenny loves long walks in the sun, homemade meals, manicures, the sound of her husband’s voice and slow dancing with her little mister.

Dave Smith: Dave may have a funny Canadian accent, but when it comes to helping women get in shape and lose weight, he’s our go-to expert. Dave has been a personal trainer and health coach since 2001 and was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013 for his dedication to helping women get AMAZING results that last. Each week he hosts a super-helpful health podcast called Make Your Body Work, and he released a revealing and inspiring book called, Can’t Lose: 14 Winning Weight-Loss Secrets For Women Who Think They Can’t Lose Weight (snag your free copy here). Best of all, Dave teamed up with Jenn and Kristen to offer up the 10 in 4 Challenge, a “love yourself” fitness program that’s helped hundreds of FBGs lose weight and feel awesome inside and out!

gailGail Gedan Spencer: Gail writes about healthy living at her blog GoGoGail.com and around the web. She chases lizards down the sidewalk in her South Florida neighborhood and is often buried in an avalanche of diet books and workout DVDs. Gail, who is an NASM-certified Weight Loss Specialist, is a former newspaper copy editor and content editor and has worked at papers coast to coast, including the Orange County Register, USA Today and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She’s a wife, mom to a hungry teenager and really and truly loves green smoothies.

Karen-RomeoKaren 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.

sean-vigueSean Vigue: Sean is perhaps the only fitness instructor/opera singer in the world and was recently named one of the “Top 50 Online Workout Resources” by The Huffington Post. This year he wrote three bestselling fitness books, Power Yoga for AthletesPilates for Men and Sean Vigue’s 30 Day Beginner Program with more on the way. He has appeared in 2,000 workout videos and taught more than 6,000 live yoga, Pilates, power yoga, flexibility training and Spinning classes, while creating a line of workout DVDs, tending to his popular YouTube channel and building his online training program, Sean’s Vault. Sean lives in the Colorado Rockies with his beautiful wife Jillian and their furry dog/Beast Adelaide (Addie) who steals the show in every workout video she appears in. Sean is honored to be the “most watched yoga and Pilates guy on the planet!” and looks forward to working out with you from anywhere in the world.

20161221_213915McKenzie Wagner: McKenzie likes to think of herself as FBG’s plus-sized ambassador. Since she has struggled with her weight her entire life, she understands the difficulty of starting from fitness level zero and, by sharing her experiences on her journey toward a healthier self, wants to encourage others to do the same. A Kansas farm girl at heart with a BS in Agriculture from Kansas State University, McKenzie happily resides in Kansas City with her inspiring husband (who joined her on the path to health and has lost more than 100 pounds in less than a year!), their two lovable dogs, and their two mostly tolerable cats. She loves to take long bike rides on the trail, walk for miles with her canine companions, and eat the weirdest salads she can find on a menu. When not looking for her next workout obsession, she loves to knit while watching Star Trek, travel with friends, drink sour beers and buy bizarre things at Estate Sales.

katie-wightKatie Everhart Wight: Katie lives in Kansas City with her mister and two furry friends. She earned her Communication Studies degree with a double emphasis in Film and Media Studies & Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2009. She completed her Masters in Library and Information Sciences in 2015 from the University of Central Missouri. Obviously she’s passionate about reading and writing! Katie also loves spending time with family, traveling and being outdoors. She’s discovering what leading a Fit Bottomed Girls lifestyle really means. She’s pretty sure it’s okay to love coffee and chocolate if you balance them out with long dog walks.

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Cara Wright: Doctor animals, do triathlons, eat and drink all of the things. This pretty much sums up Cara, a veterinarian who has been lucky enough to live in Italy for the last two years due to her husband’s job. As a swimmer turned runner turned triathlete, she spends her free time riding bikes and coaching the age group and high school swim team. The best thing about living in Europe is getting to experience all of the food and drink the continent has to offer, while running or biking to explore new cities.

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Sara Yamtich: Sara is a self-proclaimed multipotentialite, which basically means that she’s had multiple careers and is an unapologetic dabbler. She has undergraduate degrees in anthropology and gender studies and a masters in social work. She’s been a social worker, policy wonk, non-profit marketer, writer/editor and yoga instructor. Having lived on both coasts, the Midwest and on another continent, Sara now resides in California, where she blogs and works as a life coach to help unconventional individuals turn their dreams into real-life revolutions. She loves red wine every bit as much as she loves green juice. And she’s generally reading three books at any given moment. Follow her on Twitter, @saralizer.

Ali-headshot Ali B. Zagat: Ali struggled with childhood asthma and never considered herself particularly athletic … until martial arts changed her mind and improved her health. She now has a brown belt in Krav Maga and is happiest when tackling a new fitness challenge, hiking with her husband or kayaking with her family. A Philadelphia-based writer and editor, Ali also trains in Muay Thai, practices yoga and has recently discovered the wonders of kettlebells. When she isn’t working out or wrangling a particularly recalcitrant sentence, Ali loves to cook, and believes that a healthy diet has room for both kale and dark chocolate truffles.

Currently, FBG is not looking to expand its team. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!