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 30 years to over 20,000 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 (now in college). 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.
I currently retain my “fun size” status leading group classes 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 or radio recording equipment and tell other people how to achieve heart rate greatness.
As well, my sister and I have been selected as FitFluential Ambassadors. No, you may not call us “FitFloozies” for short. You are encouraged to think of us as “Sass-bad-ass-adors” if you like, but we are actually harmless and upbeat sorts.
The Write Stuph
Whilst working the body, I also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. (Which must have been successful to be able to insert a word like “whilst.”) Actually, I completed all my PhD coursework, but never quite got around to completing my dissertation which just proves that I really am not an overachiever.
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. And MOST importantly, my sister and I are available to appear as the first celebrity twins on Dancing With the Stars. Call us … pleeeeez!
Alexandra Williams, MA
In the eight minutes I had to myself before Kymberly was born, I got my university degree, had two children, got married (not in that order), and became a professional baker. Okay, maybe not that part. But I am a professional. And an enthusiastic home baker. Mostly because I just love the word “souffle.” 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 a red-headed, freckly, straight-A, flat-chested, glasses-wearing identical twin, I always had an easy time of it, especially in junior high, when all those differences really helped me blend in. Luckily, I had oily teenage skin to keep me from getting too taken with myself. However, being a twin had its advantages, and figuring out what those are is part of my bucket list.
One day, Kymberly called me with a great idea. “Say, let’s both teach aerobics (that’s what it was called then) in Berlin.” Raised by a mom who taught modern dance, I thought it sounded like a capital idea, especially as I almost got an A in basic German. And that is how our fitness careers began. Instead of being known as “the twins,” we became known as “the twins who teach exercise and only one of them speaks German.” To make up for it, I can curse in about five languages. Go ahead, test me!
Teaching fitness was fun, and still is, yet I wanted to be able to talk real intelligent-like to my students, yup yup, so I went to graduate school and got my Master’s degree in counseling, nursing my two boys–one at the start, one at the end–of the degree program. That was fun, really. No, really. Doing a body slam with my fitness and word ability, I started writing health and fitness articles. Then the interwebz blog thing-a-ma-jing became all ubiquitous and what-not, so I started blogging too (this one right here as amazing coincidence would have it).
Because I have the ability to make people laugh (by “people” I should state that my babies are now teens and they wish to be exempt from this category if it means admitting I am funny), I decided to incorporate that humor into this blog. Ah, the freedom of not being paid to do serious research here!
And 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.
When not staring at the computer, I’m either teaching my classes or giving presentations. Or driving boys back and forth. More forth than back. Somehow they keep finding their way back home. Odd how that allowance cash instinct helps them locate their home base.
Some cool and interesting facts about me:
* Presenter at national and international fitness conventions
* Editor and writer
* Proud owner of an undergrad degree in Medieval European History, which made me, according to my dad, eligible to work for the government
* Even more proud owner of a graduate degree in Counseling
* Teacher in the Exercise Studies, Sports & Recreation department for the University of California, Santa Barbara
* Host of fitness shows with Kymberly on a weekly television program in Berlin. Are you aware how long 30 seconds is if you’ve run out of stamina?
* Judge of aerobic national championships in the US and Venezuela
* Host of weekly radio show with that twin person
* Self-Effacing (except when awake)
If you like a more serious style, here’s my “regular” bio: Alexandra Williams, MA has been teaching, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, editing and writing about fitness for over 25 years. Currently on staff in the Dept. of Exercise Studies at UCSB, she is a contributing editor and writer for IDEA International Health and Fitness Association and frequent guest blogger for numerous online health sites. Alexandra co-hosts the international online radio show, “Fun and Fit,” based on the witty fitness advice blog of the same name. She is also a former judge for international aerobic championships. Her advanced degree in counseling has helped her succeed as a presenter at professional conventions both in the US and Europe, and as a master teacher for university students and new group exercise leaders. She loves people, fitness and a microphone–a winning combination!
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