So What About Us?
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
I am officially the younger twin and look every minute of it! I have taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 35 years to over 40,000 live participants. My fitness career spans land, sea, and airwaves. Come to think of it, my writing and speaking career has done the same. From hosting a fitness tv program to serving as grammar expert on a live local news show, I have taught, led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar. (You’d be surprised how many emergency grammar questions need immediate supervision).
Physically Phit Stuph
On the fitness side of life, I got my start at the first aerobics studio on the European continent. I had so much fun my 2 years in Berlin (lots of Spass und Froh-licking about), I put myself through graduate school once back in the States by continuing my fitness career. One thing led to another, and I grapevined my way to writing fitness articles, presenting workshops, teaching exercise aboard a cruise ship, and traveling the world teaching teachers.
Somehow in all that excitement, I managed to get married and have a daughter. But darn, if getting back in shape after giving birth didn’t mean I had to do something drastic, like start competing in the National Aerobic Championships. Which I did. And I won the Regional Gold a few times. But never the Nationals. Ummm, moving on…..
Next up in my fitness career was a 10 year stint as faculty at University California, Santa Barbara in the Dept of Exercise and Sport Studies. I trained university students to become both personal trainers and group fitness instructors, and ran the on-campus fitness program.
As a result of my work at UCSB, the leading professional fitness association, IDEA selected me three times as a finalist for Fitness Director of the Year.
I currently retain my “fun size” status leading group classes at Gold’s Gym So Cal in Santa Barbara, where I can mingle and go incognito. Or go into the gym and show the cardio equipment who’s boss. Or plunk my hiney at the computer and tell other people how to achieve heart rate greatness.
The Write Stuph
Whilst working the body, I also worked the mind completing my PhD work (ABD) in English. (Which must have been successful to be able to insert a word like “whilst.”)
But I am all about action as a Boom Chicka Boomer on the move! I enjoy leaping to conclusions, jumping on the bandwagon, and exercising my free will. More importantly, I enjoy encouraging people to reap the benefits of movement.
Alexandra Williams, MA
In the eight minutes I had to myself before Kymberly was born, I got my Bachelor’s in Medieval History, Master’s in Systemic Counseling, had two children, and became a professional writer, photographer, professor, speaker, editor, and baker. Okay, maybe not the part about baking. But I am a professional. And an enthusiastic home baker. Mostly because I just love the word “soufflé.” I am a professional fitness person, and I hope gravity stays on my side for the next 50 years too, both for my breads and my body!
As part of the fitness industry for over 30 years, I have:
* published 100s of articles for both industry & consumer magazines, including IDEA Fitness Journal, SHAPE and AAA Westways
* edited 1,000s of articles and books
* presented at numerous conventions worldwide
* taught at health clubs and universities worldwide
* trained and mentored 1,000s of instructors & trainers
I’m a really good editor too. How can you believe that? Well, that sentence used to say, “I”m a fairly okay editor,” until I corrected it and made it a lot more accurate.
In 2010, my sister suggested we take our message of healthy, active living directly to consumers, so we started this blog. As part of the blogging community, I have:
* become one of the original FitFluential ambassadors
* presented about writing & social media at numerous conferences, including BlogHer Food, IDEA World Fitness Convention, FitSocial, Natural Products Expo West, and Fitbloggin’
* traveled to Europe as the only sponsored healthy living blogger invited by Modenus, the design resource site
* traveled both locally, nationally and internationally on behalf of tourist boards and related entities
* worked successfully with numerous brands and PR companies, such as Silk, Under Armour, Organic Valley Co-op and Miele to increase awareness and sales, with many laudatory testimonials
* written blog posts and recipes, and handled social media for brands, including Mr. Steam, Qigntion and Anytime Fitness
* appeared on numerous radio and television programs (in addition to running our own radio show)
* established a consistent, engaging, effective social media presence on multiple platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, and Instagram
In addition to photography, travel and exercise, the interests that I share with our readers are my organic garden, my workouts, products and services I like, vegetarian food, humorous pictures, and twin stories. I currently teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
We can be contacted at 805 403-4338 or firstname.lastname@example.org