Candy McBride is the Founder and Executive Director of #GYMKITTY. After her second child, she was unhealthy & overweight. She could barely play with her daughter without losing her breath. Therefore, she decided to make some changes and began eating right and working out.
As McBride began educating herself on nutrition, she honestly did not read the back labels. Then one day, she did, and it mortified her. There were so many “other ingredients,” ones she couldn’t even pronounce. Then a P65 warning. That’s when she knew she had to do something about it. Candy began researching supplement companies, manufacturers, and formulators until she found one that fit the message and journey she was on. One that she could share. She was blessed and partnered with a great company in Alpharetta, Georgia. We are very proud of our line as we boast an NSF(National Sanitation Foundation) certification.
#GYMKITTY offers the following products:
- #CURVE-V Vegan Protein Powder → Chocolate or Vanilla
- #CURVES Whey Protein Powder → Chocolate
- #RESTORE → Ashwagandha Capsules
- #ACV → Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules
- #BELLYBURN → (Thermogenic fat-loss formula)
- #DETOX → Acai Berry Detox Capsules
- #ZING Pre-Workout Powders → Fruit Punch & Tropical Sunrise
The world is a social melting pot of people, ideas, and, most importantly, connections. Candy decided to use the # as a part of #GYMKITTY for one reason …. Connections. Social media has created this medium where a simple hashtag can connect you with others like you! There you can find inspiration, assistance, and hope.
Our products are also available at The Sistah Shop located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, in Atlantic Station, a premium shopping and entertainment location.
Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Candy, Candy?
Candy: There are three elements that make Candy, Candy. The first is my belief in God and his promises. Everything I do, I consult him first. Then I do my part, knowing that He will guide me through the rest. I don’t worry about who, what, or how it’s going to happen. I simply trust him, and I move. The second is my life’s mission statement, “One Beautiful Life, Live it Well.” I have learned that we have ONE opportunity to be here, so I have decided to dedicate myself to pursuing my gifts and love, always stopping to smell the roses. Lastly, my dedication and focus, once I set my mind to something, I accomplish it. I believe that dedication comes from being born and raised in Miami, FL.
Christina: Why did you choose the name #GYMKITTY?
Candy: This is a fun story. Well, after my second child, I was unhealthy & overweight. I could barely play with my daughter without losing my breath. Therefore, I decided to make some changes.
So, there I was, eating right, going to the gym, and boom! A friend of mine says, “Oh, you done turned into a lil gym rat.”
I couldn’t stand it… a gym RAT??? I cringed! I immediately replied, “I’m not a gym rat. I’m a GYMKITTY,” and have been one ever since.
Christina: What does the word nutrition mean to you? Why was it so important for you to learn proper nutrition before launching your business?
Candy: When I think of the word nutrition, for me, it means improvement. Nutrition is directly related to that “One Beautiful Life” I want to live. Nutrition will enable me to live a longer and more fulfilling life. Learning about proper nutrition was key if I was going to be successful in helping others on their own personal health journey. There would be no longevity in my business if I didn’t learn as much as I could about the different types of supplements, their certifications, ingredients, causes, and effects. All the knowledge and experience I gained during that process has been a blessing for myself and others.
Christina: What are the benefits of taking # GYMKITTY’s supplements?
Candy: The greatest benefit of taking #GYMKITTY supplements are overall improved health. It’s so important that individuals understand that supplements are there to support a healthier lifestyle. Taking #GYMKITTY supplements in conjunction with improved food choices and exercise will give you results and allow you to reach your goals. I have lost and maintained my weight over the last year.
Christina: What is some advice you would give to a mom that is struggling with her post-pregnancy body?
Candy: First, believe in yourself. Post-pregnancy weight is both a physical and mental battle. Do not allow others to pressure you to “snap back.” Your body will respond in its own time, so give yourself some grace. It’s a marathon, not a race.
Second, create a plan. And not just a workout plan but a meal plan, supplement plan, and support plan. I decided to incorporate the # in our brand because everyone is looking for a connection, especially when on a weight loss journey. One of the best resources is social media. Therefore, when you drop that #GYMKITTY, you can also see other individuals on their weight loss journey as well. You can join our Facebook support page (GYMKITTIES) and know that you are not alone.
Christina: Where do you see yourself and #GYMKITTY in the next five years?
Candy: In the next five years, I’m planning for #GYMKITTY to be carried by local and major retailers. We will also be partnering with other companies that provide products, experiences, and services that uplift individuals wishing to live healthier lifestyles. We are also expanding into an athleisure apparel line. As for me, I’ll be right there making it happen and smelling the roses along the way.
Christina: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Candy: Yes! We are selling at the Sistah Shop retail store in Midtown Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Ga. We will be launching our multivitamin this Fall. Please, sign-up for notifications on our website for updates and discounts.
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