Monday, June 24, 2013

Erica Rivera Profiles "Next Fitness Star" Finalist

Local Athlete in the Running for Next Fitness Star

Women’s Health magazine is on the hunt for the Next Fitness Star and a Minnesotan woman has made it into the Top 5.

Stacie Clark, a 40-year-old certified trainer who lives in Plymouth, co-owns Tiger Athletics with her husband Chris. A former fashion director turned full-time athlete, Clark is a fitness phenom. Clark’s philosophy is all about fostering a positive mentality, but she’s not afraid to kick your rear into gear. “Burn calories, not time” is her motto and her top move is the Sumo Squat with Rotation. A three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Clark has spent the last 15 years participating and instructing clients in running, adventure races, Cross-Fit, functional bodyweight training, barre-cardio, spinning, core work, and organizing FIT camps for adults and children. Clark is also a mother of two.

The magazine contest, which began in January, received over 1,000 submissions from women all over the country. Stacie was chosen as a finalist and is featured on the cover and in a full-page spread in the July/August issue of Women’s Health, which boasts a global readership of 22 million.

Now the magazine is asking the public to decide who will be deemed the Next Fitness Star. Vote online here up to once a day. Voters may also elect to enter in a $100 Athleta gift card giveaway. The contest ends on Aug. 5 and the winner will be announced live on NBC’s Today show by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb shortly thereafter. The Next Fitness Star will appear in a series of Women’s Health fitness DVDs.

Originally published on in June 2013.