Berks woman de­vel­ops app for health­ier life­styles.

Berks County woman uses her phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and spir­i­tu­al­ity to cre­ate fit­ness app

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Michilea Patterson mpat­ter­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @MichileaP on Twit­ter

A lo­cal trainer is mak­ing fit­ness ac­ces­si­ble and con­ve­nient for her clients through an app that uses video call ses­sions and goalset­ting prac­tices to make the change to a health­ier lifestyle that much eas­ier.

Fa­bi­enne Daniel, 36, is a work­ing mother that re­sides in Tem­ple. In 2015, she started a fit­ness jour­ney that led to a to­tal body trans­for­ma­tion re­sult­ing in a 60-pound weight loss.

“My trans­for­ma­tion at­tracted so many peo­ple to me,” Daniel said.

After peo­ple started see­ing the pos­i­tive changes in Daniel’s body, they con­tacted her want­ing to know what she did and how she did it. Daniel, now a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer, cre­ated an app to help lead oth­ers on their path to­ward bet­ter health just like the one she took two years ago. In Novem­ber of last year, she cre­ated the Fabz Fit app. The app al­lows Daniel to work with clients through­out Penn­syl­va­nia as well as in New Jer­sey, New York and Mary­land. She even has a client in The Ba­hamas.

Daniel said work­ing on cre­at­ing a health­ier ver­sion of your­self should be an en­joy­able process and the goal is for peo­ple to achieve that through the app. She said peo­ple have busy lives with work, chil­dren and other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties so the Fabz Fit app is a con­ve­nient way for peo­ple to get in bet­ter shape. Through the app, peo­ple re­al­ize the gym isn’t the only place you can get re­sults at but it can be done from home as well.

“The process is not sup­posed to be stress­ful. The minute it be­comes a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion, it’s hard for the body to lose the weight,” Daniel said.

She said the app helps to elim­i­nate the stress fac­tor be­cause it ac­com­mo­dates a va­ri­ety of life­styles and sched­ules. She said the flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience of it helps peo­ple to en­joy the process of trans­form­ing in­stead of dread­ing it.

To be­gin, app users cre­ate a per­son­al­ized pro­file then sched­ule a ses­sion with Daniel where she will get body mea­sure­ments. They find out what their body fat per­cent­age is and what their cur­rent weight is. Then Daniel will work with a client to set up a plan for fit­ness and healthy eat­ing that fits into their in­di­vid­ual lifestyle. The food di­ary app, MyFit­nessPal, in­te­grates with the Fabz Fit app so peo­ple track their meals. App users can also set in­di­vid­ual goals and track their work­out pro­gres­sion. There’s even a place for pro­gres­sion pho­tos. Any­time an app user has a ques­tion then they can eas­ily con­tact Daniel through the mes­sen­ger fea­ture on the app.

Daniel said the mis­sion of the app is for peo­ple to con­nect their mind and body to stay con­sis­tent so they can make a true healthy lifestyle change. She said no one wants to put in all the hard work of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and chang­ing their eat­ing habits, only to fall back into old habits later. Daniel said the app is not about re­ly­ing on a spe­cific pro­gram or even an­other per­son be­cause then it will be easy to re­vert to old ways. She said it’s about mak­ing the change within your­self so that you will con­tinue to over­come ob­sta­cles.

Daniel has been prac­tic­ing Bud­dhism since 2008 and said it’s a way of life that helps peo­ple deal with real life chal­lenges.

“With Bud­dhism, we truly be­lieve that you have this in­nate po­ten­tial to re­ally over­come and change what­ever it is that you strug­gle with,” she said.

Daniel said the app uses those same type of prin­ci­ples be­cause it forces peo­ple to look at their own be­hav­ior and en­cour­ages them to make healthy changes for them­selves, not for any­one else.

“It’s a re­la­tion­ship be­tween you and your­self in a way,” she said.

Daniel said the app still has an ac­count­abil­ity fea­ture since she is there with the clients ev­ery step of the way but it al­lows peo­ple to fig­ure out how they need to change their own be­hav­ior to start new, health­ier habits.

One of Daniel’s clients also prac­tices Bud­dhism. Kevin Sher­man, 43, of Col­legeville, knew Daniel be­fore her trans­for­ma­tion. Her jour­ney to a health­ier lifestyle mo­ti­vated him to have one of his own. The two of them meet reg­u­larly to study Bud­dhism and dis­cuss chal­lenges they are fac­ing. Sher­man said the prac­tice re­lates to health in sev­eral ways.

“Ev­ery­one has their own po­ten­tial and life is about un­lock­ing that po­ten­tial. Ob­sta­cles are your op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Sher­man said he was never ath­letic and started be­liev­ing that be­ing 215 pounds was just nor­mal for him. When he saw Daniel go through her weight loss and over­come chal­lenges then he knew he could as well. He started train­ing with her through the Fabz Fit app in March. By July, he was down to 185 hav­ing lost 30 pounds. He has con­tin­ued to keep the weight off since then. Sher­man said he’s done other weight loss pro­grams in the past but would still feel ter­ri­ble and ended up gain­ing back what­ever weight he lost.

“They told you how to get to a weight loss goal but they didn’t re­ally teach you how to trans­form your life,” he said.

Sher­man works from home. He is also a hus­band and father of two so the con­ve­nience of the app was a big ben­e­fit. He can fit in ex­er­cises ac­cord­ing to his sched­ule. He does a lot of the work­outs at home us­ing weights, re­sis­tance bands and his own body weight. He said Daniel uploads videos of the work­outs to the app so peo­ple know the cor­rect form to use.

Daniel said dur­ing her video calls with clients, she also dis­cusses the im­por­tance of proper breath­ing dur­ing ex­er­cise.

“If you’re not get­ting enough oxy­gen in then you’re not re­ally do­ing any­thing … You got to breathe through the move­ment,” she said.

Sher­man said through the work­outs and the con­sis­tency the app helped him to keep, he is now able to run an 8-minute mile. He has also made im­prove­ments in his nu­tri­tion. He’s cut out the white rice and bread and re­placed it with items such as sweet pota­toes. He now eats on a more reg­u­lar sched­ule by hav­ing a meal or snack ev­ery two to three hours.

“In the first week, I in­creased how much I was eat­ing which was very coun­ter­in­tu­itive,” Sher­man said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fabz Fit app, visit the web­site at fabz­fit.com or email Daniel at fab­is­fit@gmail.com.

For more healthy liv­ing sto­ries in­clud­ing recipes, visit the Fit for Life web­site at www.pottsmer­c­fit4life.com.

MICHILEA PATTERSON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kevin Sher­man does pushups in the com­fort of his Col­legeville home while get­ting in­struc­tion from his trainer their a fit­ness app called Fabz Fit.

MICHILEA PATTERSON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kevin Sher­man and Fa­bi­enne Daniel prac­tice Bud­dhist chant­ing. The two apply the prin­ci­ples of Bud­dhism to their healthy lifestyle jour­ney such as con­sis­tency.

MICHILEA PATTERSON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kevin Sher­man and Fa­bi­enne Daniel pose for a photo dis­play­ing arm mus­cles. Daniel trains Sher­man through an app she cre­ated called Fabz Fit.

MICHILEA PATTERSON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer Fa­bi­enne Daniel poses for a photo while us­ing re­sis­tance bands. Daniel was in­spired by her per­sonal phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and the prin­ci­ples of Bud­dhism to cre­ate a fit­ness app called Fabz Fit.

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