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Laya Barak: On Broadway Bares, BrothMasters & Saying Yes!

Laya Barak has been dancing since the age of two. Today, she is a well-known choreographer, dancer, Pilates instructor, and entrepreneur. Her passion for choreography and dance brought her to NYC from her hometown in Detroit, Michigan where she learned from some of the most talented people in the business.  She made a quick pit stop in between at Indiana University, where she ended up developing the modern dance major and curriculum, because there wasn’t one at the time!  Today, Laya is the Director of Broadway Bares (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Annual Fundraiser), where she was a choreographer, prior to directing the show. She is a Hip Hop Dance Teacher at Steps on Broadway, where she has been teaching for over a decade.

Laya is also the Co-Founder of BrothMasters, a bone broth company she launched with her mother, Dorothy in 2015. After an injury and ankle surgery triggered her Crohn’s Disease in 2012. Laya and her Mother turned to homemade bone broth to help her reduce inflammation and get the nutrients she needed into her body to help her heal.  It was a true game changer for her health and career.

On today’s episode I sync up with Laya about her passion for choreography and dance, her journey from Detroit to NYC, pursuing her dream career, building a business with her mom, how her battle with Crohn’s Disease inspired innovation, the healing power of bone broth and the delicious nutrient dense ingredients in BrothMasters, and her philosophy around saying YES!

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Claudia Saez Fromm, Style Savvy, Wellness Minded Real Estate Entrepreneur & Top Agent On Living The New York Life

Fitness and wellness minded entrepreneur, Claudia Saez Fromm is a true real estate dynamo and one of NYC’s top real estate agents. She is also the creator of popular lifestyle blog and newsletter, The New York Life, a veteran real estate entrepreneur, a devoted Tracey Anderson workout lover, a super stylish fashionista, and one of my closest friends.  She is also one of the most inspiring, business savvy, motivational and empowering people I know, and she is the person you need to know if you want to live in New York City, in style. Read More

Daphnie Yang, Creator of HIIT IT! On Having A Positive Mindset, Running, and Fitness

Are you ready to feel empowered, inspired, motivated?  Today’s guest is all about making you feel good, bringing you joy, and powering you with the strength and confidence you need to live your best life!

From her popular fitness class, HIIT IT!, and her Power Hour networking events to her inspiring Instagram feed @Definedbydaphnie, and her podcast Just One More!, you are definitely going to love this conversation with fitness entrepreneur, innovator, and founder, Daphnie Yang.

Daphnie turned her love of dance, passion for running, talent for performing and experience in personal training into a life and career she loves with the launch of her wildly popular fitness class, HIIT IT!, which burst onto the fitness scene in October 2013. What began as a group workout with a few clients in Central Park has grown into the ultimate high intensity interval training workout.

On today’s episode we talk about how running transformed her life, where her journey with dance and fitness began, the narrative she created that almost prevented her from building her brand, having a positive mindset, and of course her sweat-drenching, fun-infused workout, HIIT IT! The one hour, 800 calorie burning workout she created that blasts body fat, torches calories, sculpts lean muscle mass, strengthens the core, skyrockets the metabolism and improves cardiovascular endurance.

Empowered with a BFA in Dance from NYU in 2007, multiple International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certifications in Personal Training, Pre and Post Natal Training, Marathon Coaching and Nutrition Counseling, Daphnie has motivated hundreds of people to reduce body fat, sculpt lean muscle mass, and run marathons, but most importantly, she has helped countless people achieve balance and wellness in their day to day lives. HIIT IT! classes are taught at Athleta Flatiron and Primary in NYC. Daphnie currently trains clients six days a week at her gym space in downtown Manhattan or on-site at clients homes and corporate offices.  To learn more, head over to her website, www.daphnieyang.com or follow her on social @definedbydaphnie, @powerhournyc, @hiititnyc or @justonemorepod.

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Raising The Barre with Global Boutique Fitness Brand Physique 57’s Tanya Becker + Alicia Weihl

On today’s episode, Marni sync’s up with two of the creative minds and talented thought leaders behind the world famous barre inspired exercise classes and global boutique fitness brand Physique 57, Tanya Becker, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer and Alicia Weihl, Executive Director of Global Talent + Training. They share their inspiring stories on how they turned doing what they love- dancing and choreography- into one of the world most popular and beloved workouts. Workouts that inspire passion in others, so much so, that women from around the globe have opened international locations in Dubai, Mumbai, Bangkok and more, organically expanding the studios beyond its NYC, LA and Hamptons locations, over the years with CEO and Co-Founder Jennifer Maanvi. Tanya, Alicia and Marni talk about where it all began, the creativity and talent behind these amazing classes, how the brand is evolving and share some exciting news!

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Amanda Kloots: On Jumping Rope, Broadway and Building her Namesake Fitness Brand

Amanda Kloots is a fitness innovator and entrepreneur, founder of AK! and classes The Rope, The Dance and The Body. She is also a well known Broadway performer and dessert connoisseur!  17 years ago she moved to NYC from Ohio to perform on stage and kicked off her career as a Radio City Rockette. On this episode Marni syncs up with Amanda about her new and exciting classes, her upcoming global fitness retreats, some of her favorite restaurants in NYC and LA, her opportunities and challenges in launching her brand, and where it all began. Read More