BlacklistLA meets every Monday night at 10 pm to go for a run in downtown Los Angeles the Health Warrior way – by making it a tour of the city’s best street art.
A native to Los Angeles, founder Erik Valiente is a proud resident in the “land of sunshine and dreams.” A group of 250-300 people meet Valiente to check out the unique street art culture that makes the city a canvas.
“You see this giant mural and you’re just like, ‘Oh my god, I love it. I wanna give this feeling to someone else,’” Valiente says of his interest in LA street art.
Valiente was first prompted to start a running tour of LA street art by his friends who would ask him about the photos of murals he would post on his Instagram account. Knowing he wanted to share the murals and the stories behind them, he suggested, “You know what? Why don’t we run to these murals?” Valiente took his friends into these “art pockets” throughout the city and the group quickly grew into a small community.
Health Warriors are curious, inquisitive, and always keep themselves moving. The members of BlacklistLA are doing all of those things by getting to know their city in a new light.
Valiente, a Health Warrior himself, describes a Health Warrior to be, “the strongest person you can be and you use your city as a playground.”
If you’re ever in LA and want to get to know the city the Health Warrior way, head downtown and meet BlacklistLA at 10 pm.
As any athlete knows, pushing your body to its limits can bring changes and improvements that make you stronger, faster, and leaner. But at some point, you’re probably going to have some form of injury and need to slow down. It’s just a part of training – but does it have to be? Not when you’re training the Health Warrior Way.
Justin Norris and Taylor Gainor were working as trainers at a fitness boutique in Beverly Hills when they decided to take a different look at fitness. Seeing many clients whose bodies were not able to handle the high impact of many workouts.
Norris and Gainor then joined forces and started personal training with a focus on rehabilitating injuries. Their business grew at a rate so quickly that they had to expand into group classes and thus, their studio LIT Method was born!
“LIT stands for [Low – Impact – Training] and our method is designed to ‘build you not break you,’” Norris and Gainor said. They have created a training method that is sustainable and strengthens, empowers, and corrects your body. Their machines allow for little to no impact being placed on joints, can be done for a lifetime, and with the use of resistance bands can burn up to 1,000 calories in only 50 minutes.
Norris and Gainor are Health Warriors with their revolutionary programs that keep people active and moving for a lifetime.
The two trainers describe Health Warriors in their own terms as people who are, “striving to reach [their] full potential; being the very best you inside and out.”
If your body could use a tough workout that won’t leave you feeling achy, sign up for a class at LIT Method in Los Angeles.
Kids get a lesson in how to live the Health Warrior way with trainer Shannon Pondella, founder of Surface Fitness. Surface Fitness is a studio for kids who want to move, but may need some help or motivation to do it.
Team Health Warrior is a NYC-based cycling team and part of the CRCA. Health Warrior is proud to be their title sponsor and keeps the team powered by superfoods for all of their rides. Check them out at www.teamhealthwarrior.com
You may recognize Arian Foster as #34 on the Miami Dolphins. A running back who wants to fuel his body with the best, Arian is an investor in Health Warrior and a huge proponent of superfoods. Check out how he became the Health Warrior he is today by reading our blog post about him.
Kaitlyn Morgan uses her love of running and her “never give up” attitude for good as she participates in the MS Runs The US relay across the country. Check out the inspirational story and awesome photography of her journeys on her Instagram account by following @kkroo917.
Bryan Morseman is a father of two who has an incredible winning streak in marathon racing. While his goal is to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (his personal best is 2:19:57 and the standard for the trials is 2:18), his reason for running goes beyond that. Read up on Bryan in an article published by Runner’s World in 2015:
Courtney lives the Colorado lifestyle and she lives it well! An outdoor enthusiast, a trail and ultra runner, an adventure camp lover, Courtney couldn’t be happier. This ray of sunshine is “fueled by joy” but when she’s running low on energy, she’s also powered by superfoods. Check out her adventures and follow her on Instagram: @court.schwartz
Francesca is a personal trainer focused on bettering her clients through exercise, but making sure they are eating right as well. She published Fit Cuisine: Healthy Food Made Simple in 2012 to encourage people to fuel their bodies properly. Check out her studio, fitness121, and hear more about her here!