Find Out Why Self-Love Is the Greatest Support for Your Fitness Journey, interview with Jennipher Walters & Kristen Seymour
Fit Bottomed Girls is fitness with a difference—that begins with the tagline “You can’t hate yourself healthy.” Co-founder Jennipher Walters is an ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach, who writes and edits content for the Fit Bottomed Girls site. She has been joined by Kristen Seymour who became co-owner of the brand and Editor-in-Chief of Fit Bottomed Eats. Now, the two have expanded the body-positive brand with Fit Bottomed Mamas, Fit Bottomed Eats, Fit Bottomed Zen, a book, a podcast, and more potential live events in the future.
Parvati Magazine: You originally started out working in marketing and journalism. What made you jump into creating fitness content?
Jennipher Walters: I got bit by the fitness bug in college when I started going to group exercise classes and fell in love with the high-energy atmosphere. From there I got certified to teach classes, got my personal training certification, and started taking on clients. I loved working out so much that writing about it was just a natural fit!
PMAG: Fit Bottomed Girls prioritizes body positivity over weight loss. Where did that idea begin? What made you decide this was what you wanted to do?
JW: I struggled with weight and body image, and did a LOT of unhealthy dieting in college—yes, even while I was teaching classes and training people! I felt like in order to give health advice I had to look a certain way, and I got wrapped up in the number on the scale. It took years and time with a professional for me to overcome that, but it was that journey that led to the creation of FBG and what we stand for: that you can’t hate yourself healthy, that you’re more than a number on the scale, and that diets never work. You can read about my story here.
PMAG: Fit Bottomed Girls has grown since you first started, with the inclusion of FB Mamas, FB Eats, FB Zen, “The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet” book, and a podcast. Are you planning on expanding the Fit Bottomed brand?
JW: Funny you ask! We’re launching a redesigned site later this month that puts everything into one master site. We’ve done what we can to make getting content easier for people to access. Plus, being healthy isn’t just about fitness, or relationships, or food, or mindfulness—it’s about all of that together. Our new site represents that.
Kristen Seymour: We’ve also looked into doing more in-person events. As amazing as it is to connect online, we’ve seen that meeting readers in person can take that to a whole new level. So we’ll be hosting a fitness workshop this June in New York during the 109 World Women Empowerment retreat. There’s not much I would rule out! We’re passionate about all aspects of healthy living and always open to new ways to deliver that message.
PMAG: You were named on the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness list by Greatist. How did it feel when you heard that? What does it mean about body positivity and the future of fitness?
JW: Dude, it was awesome! We were so grateful, humbled, and proud. We’re honored to have been one of the voices championing sane healthy living and positive body image for our generation and future generations.
KS: I’ll co-sign everything Jenn said, and add that it feels great to know that the idea of approaching healthy living from a place of self-love is becoming more mainstream.
PMAG: What is your advice for maintaining a healthy attitude while pursuing personal fitness goals?
KS: Be mindful of the “why” behind that goal—there are many great reasons to aim for a goal, but there are a number that aren’t so healthy. Bottom line is that you need a reason that truly speaks to you, and I can promise you that it has nothing to do with fitting into a certain dress size. Get deep, be curious, and embrace the true reason for wanting to hit that goal—then go for it!
Beginning as a blog with a Queen pun, Fit Bottomed Girls has become an online body positive phenomenon. Jennipher Walters and Kristen Seymour promote a world where fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. These influencers can be found promoting body positivity, coaching clients, and being frank about healthy living.