The mission of Smart Fit Girls is to support and conduct non-partisan research (think: non-biased and clear results), provide education, and programming (think: awesome after school activities) to improve the physical, mental, and emotional health (think: total body wellness) of adolescent girls. We do this by introducing girls to resistance training (think: challenging circuits and great music) and having them participate in activities aimed at improving self-esteem and body image (click here for an idea of what we mean by improved self-esteem).

Why We Do It

We’ve been there and know what it’s like to be a young girl. We have also studied this extensively, and know that adolescent girls are at a disadvantage when it comes to their health and well-being. We want to do everything in our power to ensure that adolescent girls learn to love themselves by embracing their personal strengths.

Jessica’s “Daily Affirmation”

Jessica has a day where she’s feeling … really good about her life.

Chrissy and Kellie When they were Young!

Chrissy when she was young!

Chrissy

Oh junior high… a time when SO MUCH CHANGE is happening. I remember feeling very conflicted during this time. On the one hand, I always felt “big” (which is funny because when I look back at photos, I realize how much of this was in my head). At the same time, I was also a huge “tomboy.” I liked to play sports during recess, and enjoyed playing basketball or football with the boys. In that space, I felt comfortable and confident. I wish I had realized that playing sports was what gave me that confidence. Perhaps I would have tried out other sports. Instead, I let that feeling of being too big dictate what sports I could play. I now realize what an athlete I am, and want to help all girls discover their inner athlete.

Kellie when she was young!

Kellie

Well this is awkward… Like many young girls, I spent my middle school days worrying too much about how I looked. Does this scrunchy matching my jellies?!?

This photo of me and my sister (Love you Kryssy!) was taken when we were in middle school. Although it may not look like it, I’m actually younger than Kryssy by a year and a half. I grew up being the biggest girl in every sporting event and this photo so wonderfully captures how uncomfortable I felt in my body.The biggest turning point for me was when I discovered what my body could do with my height and size. Being a strong girl meant being more successful in sports and being able to do more things independently (I can carry my own luggage, thank you). Once I learned to embrace my body for what it did for me (rather than what it looked like) I became more confident and had a much greater self-esteem.