With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Growing up, Mauri Peterson was an avid gymnast and surfer who thrived on competition. But around age 10, she began suffering from fainting spells and blackouts. She was misdiagnosed with anxiety and hypoglycemia for several years, but then she experienced a cardiac arrest. An EKG determined she had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) long QT type 2 — a dysfunction of the heart’s electrical system that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats. Peterson had surgery to implant a defibrillator, which administered a shock to her heart each time it went into arrest.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBut perhaps worse for Peterson was the news that came next. “My cardiologists said I could never again participate in physical sports because my heart was unable to sustain a rapid heartbeat,” she says. “I felt sorry…
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Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Oxygen: How many hours of sleep do you get per night?Susan Francia: I try to sleep about eight hours but usually get closer to six and a half. I’m a night owl. I somehow find a second wind at 10 p.m. Where is that second wind at 4 p.m.? Sometimes I take a 30- to 45-minute nap after work, usually before I work out in the afternoon. It's the perfect amount of time to wake up refreshed.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteOxygen: How have you adjusted your sleep schedule to cater to your training and travel schedule?SF: Practice starts pretty early. Nobody told me that when I joined rowing! So I try my best to go to bed early. When I’m traveling, I have to be very disciplined and not take naps.…
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How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities
For 31-year-old Sarah Brown, health and fitness is a huge part of her family dynamic. So much so that she says, “Our son has been attending bodybuilding and fitness events with us since he was 6 days old! Yes, days!”It’s no surprise because being active is definitely in Brown’s DNA. As a teen, she dabbled in ice skating and competitive cheerleading, and she even earned a black belt in seidokan karate. Back in 2011 when she went to a bodybuilding show with her husband (who is a bodybuilder), she saw the Bikini division for the first time and thought, Now that’s a great look for me. I want to prep for one of these shows. She asked her husband to train her, and she placed in the top five at…
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The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Vanessa RomondWestfield, New JerseyStats: 36 • 128 lb • 5’4”Gig: Interior designerDown but Never Out: Overcoming obstacles has defined Vanessa Romond’s fitness quest. “I’ve suffered from osteoarthritis and spondylolysis since I was 18, and recurring lower-back and neck injuries have forced me out of training for months at a time,” she says. Always athletic, Romond participated in track, skiing and kickboxing in high school while also earning NCA All-American honors as a cheerleader. She made it her mission to re-establish her fitness groove after having her second child. “I started strength training and focused on stabilizing my core, and my overall pain management really improved,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit Website Fit Fam: Romond typically heads to the gym after dropping her kids off at school. “I’ll do HIIT cardio mixed…
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Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Mind and Body for Women, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities, Workouts For Women
An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. But despite its pervasiveness, there is still an unambiguous stigma attached to depression that makes it an unmentionable subject of conversation, no matter your race, creed, country or age. In fact, more than 50 percent of Americans don’t seek treatment for the condition, and even fewer admit to having a mental health issue at all for fear of judgment, shame and discrimination. Thanks for watching!Visit Website“Mental health is taboo everywhere, and in my country, we never talk about these things — people just get labeled as crazy, even if they are only depressed,” says the Dominican-born Massy Arias. “But I think we should be open about it, and depression should be treated the same as…
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Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
One morning in 2013, Navy instructor flight engineer Jennifer Suber awoke feeling dizzy and nauseated. What she initially assumed was food poisoning turned out to be a bout of vertigo that lasted for three weeks. Once the feeling subsided, she was cleared to fly and thought she’d put that behind her. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHowever, a year later, she experienced a second episode. More testing revealed that she had superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a set of hearing and balance symptoms related to a rare medical condition of the inner ear. In February 2015, Suber underwent surgery but did not recover well — she required the use of a cane and a service dog, Lola, to help her walk and get around. She no longer was able to perform her job…
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We are Women Strong – Oxygen Magazine

We are Women Strong – Oxygen Magazine

Life, We Are Women Strong, Women's Fitness Personalities
These star athletes have gone through similar struggles and rose above their circumstances to achieve greatness in the fitness world!Though things should have progressed by now, in these modern times, women still make less money than men, are still seen as the weaker sex, and are often sexualized and belittled, even by people they know and trust. But also in these modern times, there is a movement and a sisterhood that allows us to stand up for ourselves without being labeled bitchy or demanding or difficult. Women have found a powerful voice and more than ever are coming together to speak out against a pervasive and insidious prejudice that, at its base, has only to do with genitalia. With the condemnation of celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and…
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Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce

Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce

Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
What Jasmine Fernandez lacks in height, she more than makes up for in determination.All the world’s a stage — a stage Jasmine Fernandez has been drawn to since birth. Her parents enrolled her in gymnastics when she was 3 years old, and she trained hard until high school when she switched to cheerleading. Now, at age 23, the IFBB Bikini pro works as a trainer and online coach who loves producing educational vlogs for YouTube.“I think my background helped a lot with being comfortable onstage,” says Fernandez, who is single and raising four cats in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. “Since I was a kid, I was preparing and practicing a routine to perform in front of people. If I hadn’t had that experience, I’m not sure that I…
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The Real Miami Heat – Oxygen Magazine

The Real Miami Heat – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
When Lisa Morales booked her first role on the Telemundo network at age 19, it immediately amped up her motivation to be fit and healthy. She joined a gym with her sights set on ripped abs and toned muscles and began researching and learning everything she could about fitness and healthy living. But soon after her career took off, she suffered a major setback. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteTV Doesn’t Always Add 10 Pounds“I got so busy shooting 10- to 12-hour days and traveling that I started skipping breakfast and lunch,” Morales says. “It didn’t take long for this unhealthy routine to destroy all the hard work I had put in. Before I knew it, I was down to the lowest weight of my adult life — a skinny and unhealthy…
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