Jul. 9 2020
Alex Silver-Fagan knows how to go with the flow… the Vinyasa flow, that is. In addition to being a Kettlebell Certified trainer and an Athletic Greens brand athlete, Alex has developed her own fitness class that combines strength training and yoga, and encourages people to get comfortable with moving their bodies because above all, it’s fun. “People put movement into boxes. They think they need to do one specific thing,” says Alex. “But at the end of the day, movement is about feeling good. You have to find what makes you happy.”
Here’s how Alex began her career in the fitness space, her goals for personal health, and why theater kids make the best jocks.
Did you always have a healthy relationship with fitness?
No. When I was a kid, I was into art, theatre, and singing. I thought you exercised to change your body, not just because it felt good. So growing up, I never understood that concept. I liked to move, I just didn’t know how to express it.
When did you start working out regularly?
I got into fitness through bodybuilding in college, and I kind of went from 0 to 100… I had been working in nightlife and partying a lot, and my senior year, I entered a competition and started a three month prep… It was my first introduction to routinely working out. I learned how empowering fitness could be.
What’s your go-to recipe for Athletic Greens supplements?
I straight up wake up and have a glass of water, then Athletic Greens, and then my coffee. It’s my bridge to caffeine. I think people run into trouble when they add too much water [to supplements]. So I actually like it with six ounces or less of very cold water, and then I mix it up with one of those hand whiskers so it gets very foamy. Then it tastes like chocolate.
What’s something you’ve worked hard to eliminate from your life?
I’m working hard to release resentment. Being able to forgive and move forward and out of the past is the healthiest way to live. It is a practice! And it does not happen overnight.
What are your tips for someone who gets “gym anxiety?”
Anything you do the first time isn’t going to be great. But that’s okay! I think right now, because we can’t go to a gym, people can find comfort in starting at home. There are so many digital resources that can help you create habits at home. People should take advantage of that right now, and really listen to how their bodies feel when they begin working out.
What’s one thing you do for self-care that’s not fitness related?
I paint! I used to be an artist in high school and college; I’ve now picked the paintbrush back up and it’s a beautiful form of expression, release, and mediation.