UFC gym Greenville, SC is having me out for co ed seminar!!!!

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I am heading back to the East cost to teach a co ed seminar at the UFC GYM in Greenville, SC on Saturday July 13. I had so much fun teaching there last year. Such a fantastic gym with such good people. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new faces. I look forward to teaching some new techniques also.

You can book your spot with: greenvillegmgym@ufc.com

Athleta women's self defense workshop at Redemption

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Last weekend I taught a women’s self defense workshop with Athleta at Redemption in Summerlin LV. I was so happy to see so many amazing ladies come to learn to further empower themselves. I taught a few techniques starting up and on the ground. I also covered a few basic physiologic aspects such as awareness and standing your ground.

Thank you Athleta for putting on this event and thank you for the gear! I love their clothing, but more importantly, I love what Athleta stands for. They strive to empower women and girls through fitness.

I love my Athleta marble set!

I love my Athleta marble set!

For those who missed it I am hosting my FightingFIT 6 week self defense/fitness course which starts on Monday June 17!. The course is more extensive and includes a SophiaFIT full body workout to get you fit and strong, toned and lean.

Click here for more info:

Co ed seminar and women's workshop at Elite in Wilmington NC

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For on the east coast, come to my seminar and/or women's workshop in Wilmington NC, at Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Saturday June 29. I will be teaching some passing at the seminar and some guard techniques at the women’s workshop so if you want to come to both you’ll get a whole lot of information. Book your spot with Kristen Laliberte Hieber if you haven't already!!! The day is going to be filled with awesomeness. I can’t wait!!!

Quinoa pasta recipe!

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I Have some clients who just love pasta. I don't eat pasta but there are healthier options if it's your thing. Here is a pic of a recipe of mine. It's pasta salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes and green onion and it is delicious.I use greek yogurt instead of cream or creamy mayonnaise. This works perfectly with pan seared salmon. Stay tuned for my next newsletter for the recipe! 

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Women's Self defense with Athleta!

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I’ll be teaching a women’s self defense workshops hosted by the amazing clothing brand, Athleta. I will be teaching really valuable techniques, both standing up and on the ground. My workshops are fun and i strive to create a safe environment for all ladies to learn.

This Saturday at Redemption in Summerin. Its free, but you must register.

Tune in. Eat right, train right for your body

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People who don’t know me assume that I train for endless hours a day. In truth I am a single mum who spends most of her time juggle kids, teaching classes and sitting in front of a computer writing. I write for health and fitness magazines and I write personalized plans for people who want to look, feel and perform better. So I don’t workout all day, every day. I can’t. Over the years I have figure out what works for my body, but as a trainer and a coach i have learned a lot about what works for women bodies too.

The key to staying in shape is to train right and eat right. But not only that, its about managing stress and sleeping right too. Optimal health is like baking a cake. You need to factor in everything (all the ingredients) to get the right recipe to make the perfect cake. If one of the ingredients is not right, such as not enough sleep, or not the right amount of food at the right time, then the cake won't turn out right.

The first step is to start listening to your body, so ditch those calorie counters and start actually tuning in to your body. The body is the most amazing machine that is constantly telling you want it need for optimal health. If you are hungry then eat. Stop eating when you are feeling full, no matter how much food is left on your plate. If you are tired, rest. Take note of the difference between true fatigue and laziness. Take note of how you feel after eating certain foods? Do you feel bloated and lethargic? Or do you feel energized and full of vitality?

Tuning in is the 1st step but if anyone would like a little extra guidance feel free to check out my personal plans here or email me at sophia@sophiaFIT.com and I can email you the plan outlines.

The core, where your strength lies - Jiu Jitsu World Mag

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My article recently published in in Jiu Jitsu World Mag talks all about where our strengths lies - the core and why it is so important for function movement. As a performance athlete, this is crucial. Your core is responsible for stabilization and balance and also provides the grounding for you to be able to push and pull. The core is often overlooked and most ab exercises are focused toward the rectus abdominals to get that six pack for the beach. Here I focus on ALL aspects of the core and in particular the tranverse abs to help you to become a better athlete.

There are so many aspects to the core and so many different ways to work these muscles

There are so many aspects to the core and so many different ways to work these muscles

Working with a Swiss balls helps to build stability through the core

Working with a Swiss balls helps to build stability through the core

2019 SophiaFIT Lifestyle Camp

Jumping for joy at my Lifestyle Camp

Jumping for joy at my Lifestyle Camp

June 28 - May 3 my 2019 Lifestyle Camp took place. It was such an incredible experience. The weather was perfect, the house was stunning but what really made the camp so awesome was the ladies who attended. Each and everyone one of the guests were incredible, kind spirited women who supported each other and shared nothing but good vibes.

The days involved morning sunrise yoga taught by the lovely Jazmine Bienvenue followed by a nutrition breakfast. All the meals were cooked by the lovely Shea and Jodi.

Day one of sun rise yoga on the beach

Day one of sun rise yoga on the beach

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Every day we trained BJJ where i taught technique that were better suited to worms bodies. We focused on guard recovery, framing and spider guard. It was such a great opportunity to train all week with women only.

Don’t mess with us!!!

Don’t mess with us!!!

Open guard with Jasmine.

Open guard with Jasmine.

The afternoons were spent chilling on the beach and exploring or having a one on on sessions with one of the facilitator at the camp. There was the opportunity to have a reiki session with Sheila or a facial with Jen.

And the evenings involved workshops on fitness and health or meditation to encompass body, mind and soul. These camps are about so much more than BJJ.

Stay tuned for loads more photos and updates about this amazing camp that just took place. So much to share!!!