About Erika White and Fitzone
Erika White is fitness enthusiast, motivator, freelance writer, and public speaker that developed her passion for fitness while working to develop a healthier lifestyle for both she and her family. Her fitness journey, as a wife and mother, began with her struggling with obesity at 240 pounds and wearing a size 22. That journey led her through all the stereotypes, myths, and struggles that many who are overweight continue to battle their entire life. Her personal understanding is from the journey.
Along her path of maintaining a 70 plus pound weight loss, Erika decided to become a certified instructor to begin to help other from ground zero. She created the Fitzone brand, which is a class designed from her own weight loss experiences, and has also expanded to include ZoneUp, a modified boot camp, and Pedal & Pump, a cycling/weight training class. All classes are for all fitness levels and body types. Erika has been teaching for over nine years. Fitzone combines cardio and weight training, into one class, which is fun and easy to learn; while ZoneUp offers “zones” that include drills, weights, abs, & cycling; and most recently aqua spin. The Fitzone brand offers enough modifications that allow all fitness levels to be challenged, but succeed at their goals.
Currently, Erika White has a recurring guest spot as “the fitness guru” on the locally popular show Rebecca Regnier’s Full Plate and is the featured weekly health & fitness expert on ABC WTVG-13’s noon news segment, “Ask the Expert”. She works as a freelance writer for Minority Health Publication and Boomer & Beyond, along with writing content for Zuri Hall’s “Alphababe” brand as well as her own website, ErikaWhite.net. Erika has also established herself and her brand in the arena of public speaking and presenting.
Erika believes community activism and serves as the health representative for the Local NAACP; a Board member with the Eberly Center for Women; Community Leader for Local Matters with Molina Healthcare; and a contributor TCC Health Task Force in the Toledo area. Erika is focused on continuing to help women & families achieve the goal of overall health and positive living. Her mantra is: Educate, Motivate, Demonstrate!
Blogger and Motivator
A representative for both NAACP 3204 and CWA Local 4319 on the Executive Committee, Erika plans to begin blogging for Healthy Lucas County. She also is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Toledo’s Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, is involved in Toledo’s African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative and active in other organizations.
Erika is pursuing a degree in health and wellness management for healthcare from the University of Wisconsin.
Health and Wellness
The core of Erika’s health and wellness talks frequently focus on four points:
- Eat right, spreading calories throughout the day.
- Exercise and stay active.
- Attain and maintain a healthy weight.
- Get checkups for blood pressure and other health indicators.
Making health and wellness work for everyone is one of Erika’s priorities, and results certainly will differ.
“You can’t tell just by looking at someone whether they are healthy or unhealthy,” Erika told students at Scott High School. “Size has nothing to do with it.”
She added before leading students through exercises with resistance bands: “The one thing about health and wellness is it should be fun.”