fit·ness + fool·ish·ness [/‘fitnis/ + ˈfo͞oliSHnis/] n. 1. a balanced lifestyle that consists of regular exercise and allowing oneself to partake in activities for self-satisfaction.
Working out doesn’t have to be boring. We create fitness retreats that are for the normal, everyday, REAL person who balances their life by being health conscious as well as partaking in life's little indulgences because that's what REAL life is all about -- the balance. We encourage an environment that is laid back, fun, and not so serious. We provide workouts that are not only intense, but adaptable for any level which allows people to be themselves and not be intimidated. We pride ourselves on creating itineraries and activities that cultivate new friendships and builds confidence in a non-invasive way. We teach to Soca, Dancehall and Hip-Hop music which immediately makes people feel like they're in the Caribbean. During our retreats, we’ll not only workout, but we’ll also relax on the beach, go surfing, immerse ourselves in the local culture and by dusk, we’ll hit the local nightlife. We want everyone to leave a retreat feeling accomplished, grateful and like they had the time of their lives.
NICOLE SWEET (CO-FOUNDER) is a certified Pilates instructor who has been teaching on both the mat and reformer since 2004 and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She was ranked in the Top 20 of "Best of 2012" Pilates Instructors in NYC by Rate Your Burn. As a UC Santa Cruz graduate and having lived in Hawaii, Nicole is a true mermaid at heart. She loves to surf, swim and is simply happy by being at the beach or underwater. Nicole has always had a vision of creating retreats in tropical locales. In 2007, Nicole and Marisa met while working together at a marketing agency in NYC. They became fast friends and realized they had similar passions for staying in shape, traveling, warm weather and having fun. She was able to get Marisa on board with her idea pretty easily and they would exchange ideas and dream of the day they could make it happen.
MARISA THRASHER (CO-FOUNDER) is certified as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor and started teaching various group exercise classes while in college. She received her BS in Business Administration from Cal State San Marcos and went on to obtain a MA in Communications Management. While her career path led her to marketing, events and business roles, she continued to stay passionate about fitness and has always stayed physically active outside of the office. When Marisa moved to the Cayman Islands for a couple of years, Nicole made a visit in 2011. The tropical surroundings motivated them to follow their dream they started while working together at the agency. During the retreats, Marisa can be found teaching Beach Burn Cardio classes on, where else? the beach.
OUR FITNESS FRIENDS
ALYSSA EXPOSITO is a Miami native who is packed with sweet and sass. Her competitive spirit fueled her passion for being physically active. With energy to burn, Alyssa always felt the need to compensate for her small stature and frame. In doing so, she traded in the violin to run competitively in high school and continued to compete at the University of Miami. After a traumatic injury, Alyssa put down her running shoes (for a bit) and harnessed her energy and passion of physical fitness to injury prevention and treatment. Completing her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic training at the University of Miami, she gained a new appreciation for the body’s ability to recover/heal and its capability for movement. As a seeker of knowledge, Alyssa moved to New York to continue her graduate education in the field of exercise physiology at Teachers College Columbia University. Here is where her love of fitness regained its fire and became a certified personal trainer. Fusing her athletic training background and love of strength and conditioning, her training style allows clients to become aware of their bodies, gain control of their movements, while increasing strength and mobility. Returning to Teacher College Columbia University, Alyssa realized in being a personal trainer/coach, that she is an educator at heart and is pursuing her doctorate in Health Education. A life enthusiast, adventure seeker, and an advocate of mindfulness, Alyssa wants to inspire her clients to live with grit & grace.
Marco Antonio is a former corporate designer turned Yoga instructor, Lululemon Ambassador, & founder of Salamat Yoga. Since an early age, he was fascinated with art & movement immersing himself into break dancing & mixed martial arts where he earned accolades as an accomplished international competitor. After taking the leap from the corporate world, he took his passion in teaching yoga to create Salamat Yoga - a practice designed to bridge the gap of yoga & encourage diversity while fostering good vibe experiences for the masses. With his light-hearted style of teaching he has hosted community classes + corporate team building workshops for distinguished brands such as Lululemon, Urban Outfitters, & The Unique Camp. Marco Antonio is also a member of "Boys of Yoga," a crew of international yogis helping to spread the message to make yoga more accessible for guys & get them on the mat, while smashing cultural misconceptions of guys who do Yoga. Marco Antonio is a certified instructor under the Yoga Alliance - E RYT 200, Acro Yoga (FIT), and Deon Thai Yoga Therapy.