How to stop feeling so insecure about your body and maintain a positive body image.
Jennipher Walters and Kristen Seymour are the owners of Fit Bottomed Girls, a body positive company that strives to let both men and women know they are more than what the number on the scale says about them. Jennipher is an ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach and has written numerous online publications, championing self-love and positive thinking. Kristen is a triathlete, a USAT Level 1 triathlon coach, and a certified TRX instructor. Both women were named as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness by Greatist in 2016 and 2017.
On today’s episode, Jenn and Kristen share their experience growing up as women with insecurities about their weight and how they used their struggles to empower themselves. They describe how their life was like before they found their fitness, the moments in their life that inspired them to change, and how they eventually founded their company. They also provide advice to those who are uncomfortable in their own skin and why the weight scale shouldn’t make up a large part of your life.
“It’s okay to not be happy when you can’t button your pants, but it doesn’t change your value as a person.” – Jennipher Walters
In this episode, you’ll learn:
What made them pursue a fitness lifestyle?
How they changed their lives for the better.
How they plan on helping women embrace their own bodies.
The line between healthy eating and an eating disorder.
What should we feed ourselves emotionally every day?
Their thoughts on weighing yourself.
Their advice to those struggling with self-love and insecurities.
The number on the scale should not impact how you live your life.
We have a responsibility to pay attention to how we’re raising our kids.
Don’t cover yourself in shame. Don’t struggle with your own body alone.
Fitness should not be a struggle, but an interesting journey.
Connect with Jennipher Walters and Kristin Seymour:
About The Fit Bottomed Girls
From their online bio:
It began as a single blog with a tongue-in-cheek play on a Queen song. Today, the Fit Bottomed World, run by Jennipher Walters and Kristen Seymour (who are certified fitness professionals — Jenn is a certified personal trainer and health coach, and Kristen is certified in triathlon, swimming, and TRX coaching — but also just everyday regular women), is an online phenomenon that has reached millions of women (and men!). And, of course, the focus is always on the idea that fit bottoms come in all shapes and sizes — and that you’re more than the number on the scale.
(They know because they’ve been there. Read Jenn’s personal story here, and Kristen’s here.)
True pioneers of the body-positive movement, Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead began Fit Bottomed Girls in 2008 as friends looking for a fun, fresh and no-diet approach to being healthy. Months after the site launched, it took off — readers were clearly hungry for something other than “how to lose 10 pounds in 10 minutes and get the perfect man.” Infusing their own experiences (both failures and successes) they created a community of “FBGs” — welcoming everyone in, including writer Kristen Seymour, who would later become a business partner.
From there, the Fit Bottomed Girls expanded into new verticals and products to serve its growing readership, including Fit Bottomed Mamas, Fit Bottomed Eats, a book, Fit Bottomed Zen, a podcast and the online course Love Your Body. Love Your Life.
In 2017, Erin left the company to pursue other interests and focus on her family, while the Fit Bottomed World expanded into more speaking engagements, retreats, and brand consulting. Jenn and Kristen have worked with major brands such as Brooks Running, Marshall’s, and Pure Protein on campaigns and other influencer projects that were fully aligned with the Fit Bottomed Girls’ mission. In fact, Jenn and Kristen were named as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness by Greatist in 2016 and 2017, and were listed as one of the best healthy living bloggers of 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Healthline.
These days, Jenn and Kristen are focusing on other outside projects in addition to running the website.
Jenn continues to publish content and share workouts in real time from @FitBottomedGirl, but she also spends time consulting with wellness-minded brands (including wine, as she just earned her WSET-1 certification and is working on level 2!), developing fitness programming, and creating online content. Learn more about what services Jenn offers here.
Kristen splits her time between working on her first novel and running her freelance writing and editing business, KGS Creative, where she works with clients on content ranging from fitness to pets to travel, tech, and much more. See work samples and find out how to work with Kristen here.
However, the one thing that will never, ever change is the company’s mission to continue to let women (and men!) know that you simply can’t hate yourself healthy.
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