My name is Masiel Encarnación lovingly known as Massi!
I'm an Afro-Latina (Dominicana soy🇩🇴 ), Personal trainer, licensed Zumba© Instructor & fitness educator currently residing in the Bronx, NY.
I help hundreds of women online and offline burn fat, get snatched and build muscle in all the right places.
My fitness philosophy:
- Do the work
- Be consistent
- Embrace what you have while enhancing what you can
My approach to wellness revolves around finding HAPPINESS, enjoying the process and practicing moderation.
- Extremes are easy
- Deprivation is easy
- Bing Eating is easy
- Yo-Yo Diets are easy
But navigating the middle is REALLY hard!
I teach the women in my community that healthy habits aren't built in a microwave, 21-day, waist trainer, skinny tea mindset.
Instead, I take a real, sustainable lifestyle approach.
I come from a family of old school Dominicans where the gap in nutritional knowledge is often huge.
Becoming a fitness instructor and trainer helped me realize that you really CAN have it all without killing yourself at the gym or slaving for hours in the kitchen eating bland boring "health" food.
I created getfitwithmassi.com as a platform to help other women who look like me, or who come from similar backgrounds can, improve their health and their bodies.
I KEEP IT REAL ABOUT FITNESS WITHOUT THE BULLSiT DIETS, GIMMICKS AND TRICKS THAT USUALLY SURROUND THE FITNESS INDUSTRY.
My Fitness Journey:
In 2012, I was surviving a breakup and was deep into eating my feelings.
My weekends were full of binge eating Ben & Jerry's, inhaling chips, watching Sex & the City re-runs and drinking every weekend.
A few months into my "new single life", I realized I didn't fit into any of my clothes anymore.
My family reminded me everyday that I was getting "gordita"(Dominican's are so petty LOL) and that I needed to lose weight asap.
After feeling really embarrassed about what I'd done to my body I signed up to the gym (like I had done 735 times before).
This time was different thought because I discovered Zumba© and fell in love.
What started as a fun fitness class I attended with my girls evolved quickly.
It was actually FUN & didn't feel like I was "working out".
I met so many women and actually gained friends (which was a huge accomplishment for a shy, introvert like me.)
but I finally felt like I had a place where I belonged.
The vibes from my weekly Zumba® classes brought me back to the days as a little girl; dancing with my dad in DR & family parties. Sitting on my abuela’s marquesina in the Dominican Republic and hearing the echoing of the güira and tambora in the damp air of el barrio. ( I luhhhh my culture!)
The rhythms of the merengue, bachata & salsa in class turned this shy girl into a confident fitness instructor.
I loved Zumba® so much that I decided to become an instructor and still teach to this day.
In many ways, I was my first client.
I tried a little bit of everything. Crossfit, Zumba® Running, bootcamps, Cycling, Yoga, Body Pump, etc.
I hired 3 different trainers during my learning process and began to hone my skills and my craft.
My passion's grew beyond the gym class walls and morphed my entire life when I began to help other women in my community reach their own health and fitness goals.
Every week women would approach me in class and online about HOW to do it. Instead of running from my calling and into my shy shell I connected the dots, became a certified personal trainer and the rest is history.
I BELIEVE women are much stronger than we think.
The comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
Want to contact me directly? Email me: Masiel@getfitwithmassi.com