About Us

Our Mission

TweakFit’s mission is to help fitness beginners improve their health and physical appearance through simple and manageable life tweaks that deliver the most fitness impact.

We want to teach beginners the most effective way to get started looking good naked without having to spend too much effort.

This means trying to get you men as close to Ryan Reynold’s body, and you women as close to Jessica Biel’s body as possible without letting fitness regimen get out of hand and take over your lives and disrupt your wellbeing.

Our Team

Thaya Kareeson: Chief Editor/Founder

I always had issues with my fitness level every since I was a kid. I was always that fat kid that everybody made fun of in school.

Growing up, I has tried many workout routines, crash diets, and supplements with little or temporary success. My weight fluctuated frequently between 185 lbs. and 240 lbs. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were often above the norm.

In August 2008 at 240 lbs. with ~34% body fat, I realized that I needed to stop this unhealthy cycle.

I then started researching and following new workout concepts, healthy / sustainable regimens, and safe and effective nutritional supplements. One year later (August 2009), I weighed in at 195 lbs. with ~19% body fat.

Unfortunately that was not the end of the journey. I went through a series of injuries starting January 2010. This threw me into depression and interrupted my progress. I then realized that fitness is not just eating right and exercising, but also includes taking care of my mental and physical wellbeing.

I researched and taught myself physical and mental rehabilitation techniques and slowly got back to my better self again.

After many months, I am now in the best shape of my life. Here are my current stats in pounds (as of August 1, 2012):

  • Body weight: 193 lbs
  • Deadlift: 345×1
  • Squat: 325×1
  • Front Squat: 275×1
  • Bench: 235×1
  • Overhead Press: 150×1
  • Snatch: 178×1
  • Clean: 231×1
  • Jerk: 213×1

MAGEN PETIT: AUTHOR

Magen Petit 2nd place at OCB CompetitionMagen Petit is extremely fascinated with the fitness world. She is currently studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and just competed in her first fitness competition through the OCB where she placed 2nd. Magen has been working with her own trainer since October 2010. She is constantly doing research (Internet, books, magazines) to learn more about weight training and nutrition. After becoming a CPT, she would like to achieve a Certified Nutritionist status. Magen is originally from southern Maine and currently works as a Corporate Communications Specialist. Because of her passion for fitness and writing, she wants to combine the two and eventually make her way into writing for a fitness-related company.

Kenon Carter: Author

Kenon graduated from Ohio University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Sport Science. After 13 years of smoking cigarettes, he finally kicked the habit in 2008. Shortly thereafter, a new addiction emerged–distance running. After countless 5k, 10k, and half marathon races, he completed his first full marathon in Athens, OH on April 3, 2011. He is committed to a notion that fitness is not about weight loss, muscle gain, or fast race times. Fitness is a permanent lifestyle choice. Incorporate healthy behaviors into your everyday schedule and you will experience the benefits in every aspect of your life.

Graham Ulmer: Author

Graham is a writer, coach, personal trainer and avid sports and fitness enthusiast. With a M.S. in Exercise Science, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and years of practical experience coaching and training, including with the Army’s Center for Enhanced Performance and the United States Olympic Training Center, Graham is well-equipped to write on high-performance training issues, as well as nutrition and fitness for the average Joe or Jane.

Kathleen Raysinger: Author

Kathleen is a Registered Dietitian, specializing in nutrition education and fitness. She also doubles as a bartender in Philadelphia, enjoys fine dining, music & yoga.

Michael Lee: Author

Michael is a certified personal trainer and olympic weightlifting coach based out of Toronto, Canada. He focuses not only on training programs, but nutrition, mental well-being, physical health and long-term lifestyle choices as a means to maintain a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling life. With his competitive background, and over 6 years of experience, he is able to achieve outstanding results with his clients. Michael is currently finishing his Honours BA Degree in the Kinesiology and Health Science program at York University. As an athlete he was also a member of the York Lions Varsity Track and Field Team, participating in short sprints.

Amy Truong: Author

Amy Truong is a research scientist at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto in the field of epigenetics and epidemiology. Formerly a dental assistant, a pre-school teacher, a tutor, and an undergraduate researcher at UCLA studying the effects of alcoholism on rats. Amy used to believe in eating without exercising, since she never was overweight – until she met the rats in college and racked up an additional 40 pounds throughout college. After much criticism from her family, she decided to give eating smaller, but frequent meals, and running a try. With much success, Amy shed the 40 pounds in addition to gaining greater strength and awareness of her health. Till now, Amy is an avid runner, with mild knee problems, who wishes to investigate and experiment with ways to tone her body better than the average Jane.

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