Fitness Together names the ‘big winners’

By Nancy Eagleton….

The whole crew! Standing from left to right are Sara Khan, Joe Alcantara, Chris Fritzius, Kiki Garcia, Bea Rosabal, M. Lisette Rebibo holding baby Leah, Gabriel Lamas, Malia Panos, Jill McAllister, Kim Rodriguez and Sara Zamikoff. Kneeling from left to right are Angelo Bosques, Scott Baumann and Elisa Seda.

Meet the winners of the Fitness Together 2011 Resolution Makeover Contest … Sara Kahn, Chris Fritzius, Bea Rosabal and M. Lisette Rebibo. The fabulous four met last week at Fitness Together in South Miami with studio owners, Scott Baumann and Eddie Rodriguez, and the personal stylist, hair stylist, gourmet food service and local merchants who will help them achieve a fresh new look to accompany their new toned physiques.

The winners were chosen from more than 80 entries and have already started their eight weeks of private personal training and nutrition counseling at Fitness Together in South Miami and Coconut Grove.

“It was not an easy task to select just four winners,” said Baumann. “There were so many great stories; we wanted to pick them all!”

“We’re so happy to be helping this group take that first step in leading a healthy lifestyle,” added Rodriguez. “The first step is often the hardest.”

To support the winners on this eight week journey, Healthy Cuisine, whose motto is “bringing healthy back,” will be bringing balanced, gourmet lunches and dinners five days a week to their doorsteps. Ready to heat and eat meal options will include homemade soups, lean proteins, fresh veggies and salads.

“Food is a large portion of this healthy transformation,” said Joe Alcantara of Healthy Cuisine. “Our meals are based on the principles of the South Beach Diet and are prepared daily with the freshest ingredients.”

Bea Rosabal, a freelance graphic designer with two busy boys who attend Epiphany Catholic School, said she just turned the big 4-0 and doesn’t exercise. “It’s hard to find time for yourself,” she said. “I’m looking forward to burning my Spanx!”

MAST Academy student and athlete, Sara Khan, was nominated by her mom, Barbara, who hopes this process will help lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Khan, who is in tenth grade and plays water polo, said she is looking forward to getting stronger and building endurance for her sport. “I’m also looking forward to the shopping – it’s one of my favorite things to do!” she said.

Khan and the other winners will have the help of personal stylist, Kim Rodriguez of KR Personal Style, when they shop for a new outfit at the boutiques who have generously partnered with Fitness Together for this contest. Kiki Garcia of The Dressing Room in South Miami is hoping to help Khan select something fresh that she hasn’t considered wearing before.

Winner Chris Fritzius, who was nominated by his wife, Pura, will be selecting his new outfit from Unika in Coconut Grove. Fritzius is an analyst with LifeConnect and said he works many hours and doesn’t exercise regularly. “I’m looking forward to learning how to work with weights,” he commented.

M. Lisette Rebibo is the mother of threemonth old Leah, who she will be coming to Fitness Together with her mom to be a part of her three workouts each week. One of the contest perks Rebibo is excited about is the haircut and style with stylist Jill McAllister of Hair Revue in Kendall. McAllister will put her crowning touch on all four of the winners for the big reveal.

Sara Zamikoff of Emporium in Coral Gables will also be outfitting the ladies and said she is happy to be a part of this contest with the Fitness Together team. “This is how it should be between businesses – helping each other out and working together to give back to the community.”

“This is a really nice partnership between all of these merchants,” said Baumann. “We hope this process will motivate others to realize that they can really totally transform themselves in eight weeks.”

For more information, visit or call Fitness Together in South Miami, 5879 SW 73 Street, 305-665-3694; or Fitness Together in Coconut Grove, 3333 Rice Street, 305-648-2202; or go online

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