Movement Monday With These 3 Fit Boss Babes, Part 1

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

For as long as stories have been told, women used to be viewed as damsels in distress: we somehow needed to be saved by our One True Love or viewed as the weaker sex who always needed to be rescued. But as time went on, we continued to persevere by showing our strength. To elucidate to others what our own definition of womanhood means to us.

We, as women, determine our own strength. We have the ability to change our future, even when it seems dark and scary. Being strong means it’s okay to be vulnerable. It means to push yourself forward even when the world feels empty. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are and loving the journey you’re on. See the thing is our role as women is not determined by stereotypes or certain ideologies. It isn’t determined by how many likes we get on Instagram or pushups we do in a day. It’s determined by the power we decide to give ourselves so we may continue to grow and learn and live an authentic, spirited life. Because at the end of the day, we should feel empowered to celebrate the skin we’re in, faults and all.

To help us define what personal strength means to us, we had the honor of partnering with Peony to celebrate womanhood through empowerment and fitness by connecting with three powerful Boss Babes who envelop this mantra. Meet three fitness Queens of NYC, Nicole Loher, Charlee Atkins, and Sarita Walsh.


Simple put: Charlee Atkins knows how to kick ass. From co-creating her own website, Le Sweat, to being a Wilhelmina Fitness model, she’s determined to create the life she wants to live. With a killer bod and a healthy travel lifestyle, this badass Boss Babe helps influences others to go after the life they want — and we can’t help but to follow her advice.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Gym hair: Top knot or braid:

Top knot — a braid whips me in the face

Describe your fitness journey in three words:

Compulsory and challenging… yet completely attainable

Workout playlist (3 songs):

Bounce – Logic

Give It Up – Knife Party

Lost You – Zed’s Dead

Wellness goals for 2017:

Be attached to my phone less.

Detach from work.

Know that everything won’t go according to plan.

How do you define “personal strength”?

Not giving myself the option to fail.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

As a Boss Babe, you probably have a lot of cool things going on. Tell us about your current projects.

2017 came in hot and I am super excited to introduce LE STRETCH™ this year! LE STRETCH™ is a 35-minute mat class I designed for anybody and everybody who is tight AF. The design stemmed from all the personal stretch sessions I’ve endured in the comfort of my own home, as well as mobility exercises I’ve taken from other workouts over the years that I’ve rolled into one class that I promise will leave you feeling open, agile, mentally invigorated, and above all, loose. Interesante in partaking in the le class? Check out Le Sweat.

With social media and blogs being the main platform to help share your journey, what message do you hope to get across to your followers through your story?

That fitness is fun… if you make it fun.

Fitness and nutrition don’t have to be boring and regimented; in fact, they should be fun. We’re more inclined [to] stay motivated at participating in a healthy lifestyle when we find joy in it, which is what I like to showcase on my platforms: me having fun. 🙂

Peony was created for the woman with a spirited lifestyle. How do you make sure to maintain an inspired fitness routine while keeping a busy social calendar?

I call it “working on working out.” #WOWO. I tip the scales when it comes to being active and social. I aspire more towards a healthier lifestyle so a majority of my days/nights per week are dedicated to living the fit life – aka I spend four to five days/nights being active and health conscience and then two to three days being social.

Any tips on how to effortlessly transition your style from work to workout or workout to night out?

Having a dope/stylish bag to carry everything, and then top knots and red lipstick for days.

What advice would other women who are looking to begin their own fitness journey?

Start now. The only way you’re going to change where you are now into where you want to be is to change where you are now.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Charlee is wearing Sleeveless Mesh Hoodie and Color-Blocked Leggings.


When you’re a multi-talented artist, like Sarita Walsh, you’d think your life would be all about the design life. But after finding out she had a few food intolerances three years ago, Walsh took her life into her own hands by diving head first into living a healthy lifestyle thanks to her website, saaareee. Now she gets to create DDG content by providing tasty recipes and sweat-tastic workouts. Warning: It’s hard not to obsessively stalk this Boss Babe’s Insta account and website. Trust.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Gym hair: Top knot or braid:

Top knot because it’s easy and fast. Except boxing, I braid my hair for boxing.

Describe your fitness journey in three words:

Can’t. Stop. Eating.

Workout playlist (3 songs):

Have you ever had a dream (Wattz Trap Remix) – WattzBeatz

The Motto – Drake, Lil Wayne

Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak) – Mac Miller

Wellness goals for 2017:

Balance is definitely top of the list. I used to be someone who would use the new year as a time to introduce drastic changes into my life, such as food cleanses or strict workout programs but as I’ve got older I realize that it’s better to ease into the year. That way I can lay solid foundations from which to build off as I go through the year, which I find much more sustainable in the long run. That said, one ongoing goal I have is to become more flexible (as well as more mindful) so I am currently doing a 30-day yoga challenge, haha. Even with this I am not being too strict on myself, if I were to find it too draining on my body then I’d happily grant myself a day off. It just so happens that so far I’m really enjoying the new routine and haven’t missed a single class.

How do you define “personal strength”?

Personal strength for me is about setting priorities and sticking to them. Growing up is all about learning who to disappoint and who to delight and when. If you have clear priorities then it becomes a lot easier.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

As a Boss Babe, you probably have a lot of cool things going on. Tell us about your current projects.

The big thing for me this year will be moving to LA in August so I’m saying no to a lot of things in order to focus my energy on making the best decisions for our move.

With social media and blogs being the main platform to help share your journey, what message do you hope to get across to your followers through your story?

For me social media has been about exposing all of my failures as much as any successes. I want people to understand that no one journey is smooth or easy. We all stumble, we all fall. Often we only see the outputs of someone’s efforts and it can be easy to beat ourselves up for failing to live up to some unrealistic standard. If I can provide a dose of reality along with a well thought out snap then that’s a good day for me.

Peony was created for the woman with a spirited lifestyle. How do you make sure to maintain an inspired fitness routine while keeping a busy social calendar?

I mix things up and I’m always experimenting with new routines and classes. Last year I started spinning for the first time, [now] I’m doing yoga and I also go to boxing classes here and there. The variety keeps me engaged but it also allows me to rest certain muscle groups when I need to. The other thing I try to is mix my workout calendar with my social calendar. When someone writes me to see if I fancy meeting for coffee or a lunch, I’ll often ask if they fancy doing a class together. We often then still do the lunch or grab a drink but at least I know I’ve got the workout in and I find it actually makes for a deeper friendship as we then have another thing in common.

Any tips on how to effortlessly transition your style from work to workout or workout to night out?

I’m not one to really dress up so it’s a bit easier for me, I mostly wear kicks which are obviously super flexible. For a night out I normally just add a couple of statement items such as a necklace or earrings and a red lipstick. Oh and you can never go wrong with a leather jacket.

What advice would other women who are looking to begin their own fitness journey?

Find a simple guide you can follow and just get started. Get acquainted to following a routine and get comfortable with failing. The sooner you realize that it’s not plain sailing the quicker you’ll be able to jus enjoy the benefits; you can just enjoy venturing in and out of different routines and explore everything your city has to offer for people wanting to exercise.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Sarita is wearing Secret Garden Print Leggings and Short Sleeve Sweatshirt Tee.


While Nicole Loher originally wanted a career in the fashion industry, things took a turn for the better when she became passionate about the fitness and wellness world. Through her social media accounts and website, she helps other women through their own fitness journeys by providing kick ass advice and one-of-a-kind recipes. Even though Loher probably never imagined her life to end up like this, we’re so proud of how much progress she has made and we’re excited to see where this venture will take her next.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Gym hair: Top knot or braid:

Two half braids, tied into a low knot!

Describe your fitness journey in three words:

Only getting started.

Workout playlist (3 songs):

Porsche by Sweet Teeth, No Problems by Bok Nero, Spirits by Airia

Wellness goals for 2017:

Balance! In 2016 I learned what being burnt out was in every respect of my life. And I hope I can avoid that 🙂

How do you define “personal strength”?:

Personal strength for me is remembering rest days are essential, it’s okay to sleep in if my body needs it, and sometimes go outside my macros because my body needs the extra nutrients to keep running. it’s remembering to slow down and put an emphasis on quality of my workouts, not quantity and it’s celebrating myself at every stage of the journey because wellness is a marathon, not a sprint.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

As a Boss Babe, you probably have a lot of cool things going on. Tell us about your current projects!

I just wrapped a super rad campaign with Equinox and jumped right into another campaign for New York Sports Club to share what it’s like to go from not having any fitness background to a triathlete.

My day-to-day is filled with working on buzz-worthy campaigns for rad brands at Small Girls PR.

With social media and blogs being the main platform to help share your journey, what message do you hope to get across to your followers through your story?

My only goal in this lifetime is to help as many other women understand their worth to propel them to greater things and to be the best version of themselves every single day.

Peony was created for the woman with a spirited lifestyle. How do you make sure to maintain an inspired fitness routine while keeping a busy social calendar? Any tips on how to effortlessly transition your style from work to workout or workout to night out?

Learn the power of a minimal makeup routine (or embrace no makeup at all)! Also, I’m a really big fan of leather leggings. They transition perfectly from gym-to-street (and vice-versa)!

 What advice would other women who are looking to begin their own fitness journey?

Know that the woman you look up to as your *fitspiration* had a Day 1 too. There was a time where I couldn’t even run a mile.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Nicole is wearing Peony Signature Print Sports Bra and Peony Signature Print Leggings.

This post was in collaboration with Peony 


Written by Raven Ishak 

Photography via Vanessa Granda 

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