Alissa Carpio / The Fit Freelancer

Health & Fitness Writer, Blogger and Brand Ambassador

I bring Fitness Appeal to your Brand.

Washington DC - Northern VA

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Followers, Friends and Fan Freebies!

Hey guys! If you clicked onto this page, it’s because you’re coming to get a workout plan, product discount code or just check out my site. And that means you’re awesome, so thanks!

If you’re a fan or follower on my social media, I created this page just for you. I want to share my articles, free workout programs, and discount codes for brands I represent, but I often don’t have the space on limited bio text that sites like Twitter and Instagram allow for. So for that reason, I’ve wrapped it all up under this blog post so you can access it from one easy place!

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With 12 years of experience as a personal trainer and competition coach, two nationally-accredited personal training certifications (AFAA – 2002, NASM – 2008) and a Bachelor’s in Fitness and Wellness from California University of PA, I am happy to be able to use my experience and expertise to share these complete resistance training and cardio programs with you to help you with your health and fitness goals!
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Bolder Band Headbands Brand Ambassador and Affiliate
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Bolder Band Headbands are guaranteed to stay put so you don’t have to! I am in LOVE with these headbands. There are so many bold, beautiful, solid and fancy styles that you’re sure to find some you love (guys too, check out the Bro Bands!). They never budge during a workout and they make you feel awesome!


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NuttZo! Brand Ambassador
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I am absolutely NUTS for NuttZo seven nut and seed butter! Most fitness girls are peanut butter fanatics. I’ve always loved organic, natural peanut butter and almond butter for myself and my kids. But NuttZo takes it to the next level by including only organic, gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients and providing SEVEN different nuts and seeds. This food is a nutrient powerhouse!


Place an order for any seven nut and seed butter from www.NuttZo.com using code “CARPIO15″ to receive 15% off!


Bookmark this blog post so you can come back and use the discount and affiliate links endlessly.

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My “One Word” for 2015

201412092016 I was inspired by the book One Word That Will Change Your Life and plan to use this concept to better myself this year. There are many words that get me fired up and would be easy choices, such as: discipline, faith, love and joy. But there is one word that gets me focused in the right direction, and that word is excellence. The reason I chose excellence is because rather than needing MORE motivation to work for my own personal goals and career achievements, I need reminding that there are other areas of my life of equal or more importance. Balance doesn’t come naturally to me. I tend to go “all in” in one or two areas of my life. The word “excellence” reminds me of my standard in all areas of my life: marriage, parenting, discipling, serving, loving – not just in my fitness or writing goals (the two areas of my life I’m most passionate about).

I ascribe to the idea that “anything worth doing at all is worth doing well” (Philip Stanhope). I also believe if I am too busy or time-crunched to do something well on a consistent basis that I need to re-evaluate the number of pots on the stove and get rid of the ones that aren’t as significant. Excellence reminds me to do that.

So my One Word for 2015 (and for life!) is excellence. Have you chosen your word? Go to www.getoneword.com to find yours.

If you follow the One Word Action Plan, please comment below and share with me what your one word is! I’d love to hear it.

-Alissa

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Product Review: Flex Watches – Slim

Straight flexin' with my Lakers Snapback and White Slim watch!

Straight flexin’ with my Lakers Snapback and White Slim watch!

I was originally attracted to this silicone sports watch by its fresh, sleek design. I figured the Flex Slim would fall into the fitness gear category of fashionable, but non-functional. That’s why I was shocked when I actually put this thing to the test!

First – did I already mention this? – The look is enviable! The clean, slick appeal makes it a great accessory to give your outfit that extra statement. Wearing my Slim around during the day, I quickly forgot I had it on. It’s super comfortable and flexible, so it moves as you move. I thought, “Sure, it’s great when I’m just sitting around, but what about during my workouts?”

If you’re familiar with my antics, you know I do more than just run on the treadmill and lift weights! So to test this sucker out, I went straight for the ultimate challenge: fitness routine practice in the studio! I figured if the Flex could stand the pressure of double arm levers, parallettes and handstands, it was a real winner.

As you can see from my pics, it not only could hang; it kept up with me pound for pound, move for move! Color me impressed.

The most appealing features of the Slim include the interchangeable rubber watch bands, fresh look, minimalist design, and its ability to mold and flex with your body without sticking or digging in to your skin.

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I have to admit, I hadn’t been searching for cool watches or sports watches when I stumbled upon this little gem. But now that I’ve found it, I’ve added it as a staple to my regular gym and casual street wear looks.

Check out www.flexwatches.com for their line of watches, snapbacks and accessories.

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#flex4autism – A Campaign for Awareness and Acceptance

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If you’ve come this far, I’d like to thank you for your interest and action in the #flex4autism movement! This campaign is aimed at raising awareness and acceptance of all kids and adults on the Autism Spectrum, as well as raising funds for autism research and treatments.

I just got on Instagram in October 2014 and I realized the power of the hashtag! Many of my friends engage in awareness campaigns via their posts and hashtags. I realized this was something I could easily do myself! My idea for the #flex4autism movement is just coming into fruition. I have goals of meeting a certain number of posts, sharing facts and statistics in order for others to feel more comfortable around people with autism, and raising money to support research and resources for autistic families. Bear with me as I get new ideas and add them to my campaign project!

For everything related to #flex4autism, stay tuned to the following sites and accounts:

Website: http://www.flex4autism.com (Coming Soon)
Twitter: @flex4autism
Instagram: @alissa_carpio
Facebook: /alissacarpio
Twubs: http://www.twubs.com/flex4autism

And of course, by searching Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the hashtag: #flex4autism

How To Get Involved

  1. Hashtag it! The main premise of the campaign is to flex and generate posts with the hashtag #flex4autism.

    Check out this pic on my Instagram page for an idea.

    Also use any or all of the following hashtags with your #flex4autism pics and posts:
    #autism
    #autismawareness
    #autismacceptance
    #specialneeds

  2. The first ever IG post with hashtag #flex4autism!

    The first ever IG post with hashtag #flex4autism!

  3. Wear blue! Light blue, teal blue or royal blue. During Autism Awareness Month (April), a special campaign runs called Light It Up Blue (the specific day is April 2). Many businesses and offices around the world light up their buildings with blue lights to raise awareness for autism. You can simply wear a blue shirt while flexing and add the hashtags:
    #LIUB
    #lightitupblue
  4. Post and repost pics, memes and statistics about autism. This helps raise awareness and acceptance. The easiest way is to post a short fact as a caption along with your flexing pic and #flex4autism hashtag. You can find facts at the following sites:
    Autism Society
    Autism Speaks

  5. Prayer and Positive Vibes! I would be honored if you would take the time to pray for the movement to be successful, but more importantly, for the people and families affected by autism each and every day.
  6. Share the #flex4autism campaign links and social media accounts with friends and family via your own social media channels.
  7. Donate! All funds collected through GoFundMe! will be donated to the Autism Society of America.
  8. Bolder Band Autism Awareness Headband
    I’ve partnered with Bolder Band Headbands to design and promote this beautiful Autism Awareness headband that you may have seen in my social media pics! You can order your own headband through my affiliate link and going to “New Arrivals.”

    Autism Awareness Headband from Bolder Band
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  9. Custom Shirts from Hipkraft Many of you have expressed interest in purchasing #flex4autism shirts like the one pictured here. I ordered this from Hipkraft and customized the tank top with the #flex4autism hashtag. Other styles and colors are available as well. 20% of the purchase price will go to your choice of charity – Autism Speaks or Autism Society of America.
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How #flex4autism began (My Story)

But first, let me tell you my story…

I was waiting to pick up my son from his 2-year old preschool class one spring day when I noticed several moms waltzing around with “Autism Awareness” t-shirts on. My son’s previous school (Old Bridge Preschool – Woodbridge, VA) is an inclusion school, and they aim to enroll up to 30% special needs children in each class. So, there were quite a few children with autism enrolled; thus, the moms with t-shirts.

My first thought when I saw their autism t-shirts was, “Wow, I don’t think I could ever embrace it like that.”

That was in 2012. I was still going through the mourning process and acceptance of who my child was. We’d known since he was about 18 months old that he’d presented with many signs of autism, including fixation with objects, repetitive behaviors, lack of emotional expression and social awareness, and sensory processing issues. But I had yet to accept it, let alone broadcast it to the world.

Smiling big for the camera!

Smiling big for the camera!

At that time, my only thought was, “I just want my son to ‘get better’ so my family can go on living our happy little life.” Wow.

Over time, I have come to accept that my child is who he is and who God created Him to be. Instead of engaging in debate over whether God “made him with autism” or autism is a thing to be “cured,” I choose to use my resources – time, finances, talents and abilities, education, and most of all – love! – to nourish and foster a safe, loving environment where my son can grow, thrive, and be all that he can be!

Playing with his favorite toy - a candy fan. His prize for losing his first tooth!

Playing with his favorite toy – a candy fan. His prize for losing his first tooth!

But for me, it doesn’t stop there. I used to think, “If God makes my son better, won’t I have a great testimony to share with the world?!” Last April, during Autism Awareness Month, I felt convicted about my lack of enthusiasm and outspokenness for my son and for all autistic individuals. I realized then and there that my biggest testimony will be that I love God and I trust God now, during this difficult time, not just when everything in my life is a-okay! It was too late to do any campaigning at that point, so I decided I would do something in 2015.

#flex4autism was that something.

I would be honored and humbled if you would follow me in this movement, and more than thrilled if you choose to participate in any way at all!

Gratefully,
Alissa

Pretending he's Pinnochio!

Pretending he’s Pinnochio!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

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