Womens Fitness Shorts Biography
More about me:
I am a certified personal trainer through the ACSM and currently studying toward becoming a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.
As a dedicated athlete in high school, I struggled to find a place for fitness during my college years. Plagued by unhealthy habits, I gained the dreaded Freshmen 15 but successfully lost the extra weight I had put on with the help of fitness and health magazines.
I battled keeping the weight off during the next 3 years and became a women’s health magazine junkie. Health and fitness doesn’t always come easy and sharing my failures and successes in videos and blogs are what has helped my blog grow it’s unique identity.
Fortunately, I thrive on putting myself up to any challenge. Trying new activities is a top priority when it comes staying motivated in my life. Currently, I’m training for my first triathlon this Spring!
Before becoming a fitness guru/blogger, I graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Communication. I also worked at New England Sports Network (NESN) before becoming Senior Video Producer and on-camera host at Diet.com. People love to ask me if I still work at NESN but being a blogger is way cooler. I am also a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.
Kira Stokes, a graduate of Boston College with a BS in psychology and a minor in health science, has excelled in the personal training and fitness industry for over 18 years.She began her career as a partner with Train Boston, New England's premier fitness and training center for serious athletes, and Boston Sports Clubs. She established herself as one of the elite trainers and fitness instructors in the Boston area, becoming a top instructor at world-renowned The Sports Club/LA and Equinox. In 2007, Kira moved to the New York area.
Since 1998, Kira has been the sole proprietor of her own personal training company, “Kira Stokes Fitness”. Today, Kira’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite health clubs including Reebok Sports Club/NY, The Sports Club/LA, Equinox and Revolve Fitness cycling studio. She has also taught Core Fusion at NYC's Exhale Spa. Kira's personal training clients include professional athletes, celebrities, television journalists and dignitaries. She has trained co-hosts of the television show “The View” and trains Sherri Shepherd. She also trains co-anchors of “CBS This Morning” and the “Today Show.” Kira trained Miss New York 2009, Alyse Zwick, for her preparation for the Miss New York and Miss America competitions where Ms. Zwick won the swimsuit competition.
Kira's focus is on innovative training, concentrating on transforming the body and mind. She has developed a signature training technique, The Stoked Method, which combines functional and traditional methods of working the body. Her personal training methods have evolved to include a unique combination of strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, sports specific drills, yoga and Pilates. Kira combines all of these disciplines into her proprietary “Stoked Series” of classes: Stoked360™, Stoked At The Barre™, Stoked Primal™, StokedAbs™, Stoked Cross-Core™, Stoked Uptown/Midtown™ and her indoor/outdoor boot camp style classes, Stoked F.I.T. Camp™. Kira holds several certifications including NASM-CPT, NASM-PES, NSCA and Core Fusion as well as specialized certifications in Schwinn Cycle, Pre- and Post-natal, TRX, SBT – Suspended Body Weight Training, ViPR and Kettlebells.
In 2012, Kira was recruited to serve as Master Instructor on the opening team for Revolve Fitness’ first NYC cycling studio. She co-created the “RIP Ride” and revamped the “Body Ride” for Revolve’s New York debut. She also created “Stoked Cross-Cycle” which serves as the standard format for all of Revolve’s cross-training classes.
In June 2013, Kira was selected by Reebok International to serve as a Master Trainer and sponsored athlete. The partnership includes appearances for the Reebok brand, featured athlete and presenter at trade shows and conventions as well as speaking engagements on behalf of Reebok International.