Hi, I'm Syl
Find out how I took control and started a rendezvous with fitness.
the original fit femSylvia Nasser
The boring version.
I’m Sylvia Nasser, CEO & Co-President of The Fit Fem Studio, CPT (AFAA) & HHC (AADP). I am well-qualified & certified to get you the results you want, have a very successful track record, and have been featured in the media.
The fun version.
"Jumping Jack Maniac"? Perhaps… "Kickboxing Queen"? For sure! Heck, I’d like to even think of myself as a nicer version of Jillian Michaels.
Call me Syl.
I’m The Fit Fem and you can be a Fit Fem too.
Let me tell you more…
For many years, I have helped women overcome adversity, break through barriers and discover their true physical and emotional beauty. And I did it through helping them love MOVEMENT. Because it’s natural. We are human! Humans move, shake, groove, jump, leap, skip…..we are NOT meant to sit there and waste space.
The reason I am reaching out to you is to inspire you to take action; you are not alone. In fact, you are ENTITLED to look and feel good about your image and your body. And fitness is a huge part of that equation.
Needless to say, the health and fitness industry is overwhelmingly saturated with products and services that all promise to deliver the same results. It can be extremely daunting and confusing to choose the right one. Not to mention, there is just so much pressure to be YOUTHFUL and PERFECT as a woman! Completely exhausting my lady friends – exhausting and frustrating.
I’ve decided to eliminate all the guesswork.
Fitness is...Simple, Convenient & Fun!
The problem though is that you allow yourself to get caught up in the stresses of life and in your negative self-perception.
You can go ahead and pop a pill. Buy those cellulite creams. Go for the lipo. You can follow this diet and that diet. You can buy this exercise gadget and an entire collection of workout DVDs that become forgotten. But I pride myself on taking this stand – Fitness is a LIFESTYLE; it’s about moving your body for the rest of your life and loving every second of it.
Now, I’m sure you are wondering... "who is the hell is this chick and why should I listen to her?"
See... that WAS me! I was the chubby chick who hated her body and her image growing up. Introverted and shy, I had a hard time socializing with people. And I played the comparison game. Will I ever be skinny and pretty enough?
No woman should ever, ever, ever feel this way.
I became a diet pill addict at the age of 17.
Fat burners, diet pills, laxatives – I dabbled for a quick fix. It’s so easy to just pop a pill in. Anything for easy over the counter promises of a skinny bod.
I was obsessed with any program that promoted massive weight loss.
I hid the pills – in my car, in my purse. When my heart would race uncontrollably, I knew they were working!
My Life ChangedOne summer's day...
I was looking for a summer job
In 2003, I walked into the doors of a local gym and got hired as a "desk girl".
I got a free membership too. I was so excited. This “pleasantly plump” chick was desperate lose weight. In fact, I had struggled with weight and a distorted body image throughout my entire life.
3 years later, I fell in love with fitness and became a certified group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Yes, the girl who’s never lifted 2 lbs her whole life, was slowly BUT SURELY becoming The Fit Fem teaching “kick-butt” strength training, cardio kickboxing, and step aerobics classes.
The excitement faded a few months later working full time in Corporate America; the 9-5 hustle and bustle that most of us have to endure in order to survive got me FAT!
I had a perfect job on paper but I just wasn’t fulfilled. At 25 years old, I needed to "retire".
I quit corporate life.
I invested in life coaching, business coaching, masterminds, school... I became a full time Group Fitness Instructor. (A total scandal in my household – I was crazy for leaving a secure paycheck behind!)
Making $20K a year was totally worth it.
Caught in between addiction & being a role model.
Let me tell you that being in the fitness industry is no easy feat. I began comparing myself to my colleagues. To be perfect: lean, no body fat, skinny…PERFECT!
I was torn I wanted so bad to be a role model and show my passion for fitness and healthy living. But the comparison game got the best of me.
I was a hypocrite. I taught others health while I dieted and took pills & laxatives.
I taught 17 hour long fitness classes a week, 10 of them were cardio kickboxing. I trained a couple of extra hours a week on top of that. Because you know I had to burn as many calories as I could.
No matter how stressful it became - Skinny was my mission!
I pinched my fat. I hated whatever “rolls” I had.
The combination of hating my body, getting engaged and planning a wedding, and becoming my own ‘boss lady’ became too stressful.
I added to that stress by comparing myself to other fitness professionals who were naturally skinny. Totally not fair!
I was stressed outa my mind.
I have Lupus
It's pretty safe to say my self-hate and physical abuse (along with genetic pre-disposition) led its way to diagnosis nightmare. I blame my distorted body image and irresponsible behavior to get skinny.
I developed discoid rashes all over my body, I was extremely exhausted, my joints hurt and felt stiff, I developed gum sores, I had weird digestive issues and I had annoying hair loss. And I was tired ALL OF THE TIME.
My white blood cells were abnormally low. I was forced to take a bone marrow test to rule out cancer. Pretty painful.
It took 5 months to hear - "My dear, you have Lupus" - These were the words that changed my life and my mission forever.
Here I am. I’m blessed to have Lupus.
I learned to become obsessed with green smoothies. I learned to fall in love with fitness all over again.
I whole-heartedly believe my mission is to help as many women as I can lose weight, feel great, get strong and most importantly screw those insecurities and reclaim that confidence. If you are a busy professional, a hard-working mama, a shy or embarrassed woman who’s never worked out before, or an advanced exerciser who needs to be challenged, you can be a Fit Fem.
Fitness is a lifelong journey and I’m here for you every step of the way!