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Fabulous Female Friday – Tina Tang

Meet Tina Tang

This month’s Fabulous Female, is Tina Tang of Jersey City. Tina is a certified Personal Trainer, jewelry designer and one strong AF woman!

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tina was raised to get a great education and earn a degree that would allow her to “be stable and pay the bills”.  

Tina studied at the University of Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy.  At the time, the most popular careers were in Consulting and Investment Banking. This is how she ended up working at Goldman Sachs.

Investing in Herself

During her time at Goldman Sachs, Tina had great bosses. However, after five years there, she felt her boss focused solely on mentoring her male colleagues. 

Tina was in a place where she was not comfortable with her life.  She told me that usually, when you’re in a place where you’re not comfortable, it makes you think more about what you really want to do in life.

This wasn’t as simple as switching departments; she knew it wouldn’t alleviate that uncomfortable feeling she was having deep inside.In her mind, she had done everything that her parents wanted her to do, so now she decided she was going to do what she loved.

Create Your Own Future

Not having a safety net, all she knew was that she loved being creative. Since she had already been making jewelry on the side and had pieces in some stores, it was a natural transition for her to become a full time jewelry designer.  The bigger catalyst was being featured in InStyle magazine.

About two years later she opened her first store in the West Village. A second and third store soon followed. However, the financial crisis of 2008 affected the way people shopped, as they no longer spent money on such luxuries as custom made jewelry.

Additionally, on line shopping and social media started playing a bigger role in people’s lives. By 2010 Tina had closed all of her stores and in the process of getting a divorce.

A Strong Resolve

As things slowed down and Tina moved her jewelry sales online, she was also trying to figure out what to do next. After taking a personal training course, Tina again found herself in love with a new path. She worked at Equinox gym for three years, before her entrepreneurial spirit led her to branch out on her own. 

Fitness and Jewelry: A One-Two Punch

As she ventured more into fitness, she wanted to incorporate her love of fitness and showcase the power of achievement into jewelry designs. She wanted it to not only represent physical strength, but also a state of mind. 

That’s how Iron Strong Jewelry was born.

Tina’s philosophy is that being strong on the outside, also helps you become stronger emotionally. I couldn’t agree more. Her zest for life, fitness and supporting other women is contagious!

For more of Tina, follow her on social media or visit Ironbound Performance Athletics in downtown Jersey City.


Fabulous Female – Beth Candela

This month’s Fabulous Female is Beth Candela. Eighteen years ago Beth found herself a widow, and single provider for her two young children. Beth’s husband was John Candela, a Senior Trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, who lost his life on 9/11. While working through that terrible tragedy, Beth was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Realizing that she was the sole provider, and only parent, for her two young children Beth decided to quit teaching and focus on living the healthiest possible life for her children. Being unhappy in her teaching position, this was an easy decision for Beth.

Always being someone interested in nutrition and fitness, Beth decided to take some post graduate classes at Montclair State University. She not only received her certification in Sports Medicine Exercise Physiology (ACSM EP-C), but she loved the nutrition courses so much that she decided to go back to school and get certified as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Upon receiving her certifications, Beth decided to start her own business and Beyond Nutrition was born. Through Beyond Nutrition, Beth offers nutrition, fitness and wellness coaching to an array of clients.

In addition to her schooling and business, Beth also trained and ran a half marathon in New York City. During this race she was inspired by a woman, in her 60’s or 70’s, who was running the race.  Wanting to push herself further, Beth decided that she would run a half marathon in every state. When Beth turned 50 she set a new goal for herself and ran the New York City Marathon.  After running this race, she decided to run all 6 world major marathons, and a race on every continent.

Beth told me that the real catalyst for her to start participating in these races was that “running was always  a time for me to relax, worship God, pray and re-center myself”. After the loss of her husband she felt there was not enough road to run out the pain of losing him, but that running these half marathons gave her a sense of overcoming 9/11 and rising above the terror attacks made on NYC “my favorite city, the one I grew up staring at across the Hudson.” 

Due to the stress that marathons put on her Crohn’s disease, Beth discovered cryotherapy. Beth told me that cryotherapy is a way to reduce inflammation, both systematically and locally. Pre-cryotherapy she ran a marathon in Berlin. During this time she suffered from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, hip flexor strain, and a proximal hamstring strain. Post-cryotherapy, when she trained for a marathon in London, she had no plantar fasciitis, no Achilles tendinitis, no hip flexor strain, and no issues with her hamstring or Crohn’s Disease.

To combine her love of fitness and helping people lose weight, manage heart disease, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and auto-immune diseases – services she offers as an RDN, she opened up Beyond Cryotherapy, in Caldwell,  New Jersey, last Fall.  Beth is very hands-on with all of her clients, and offers them her expertise from years of training and studying nutrition.

In talking to Beth, despite all of the challenges and loss that life has thrown at her, I found her to be the most positive person I’ve ever met. I asked Beth how she manages to stay so positive, and have the energy to juggle everything in her life. Her tips are “eat right, run, sleep well, supplement properly and do cryotherapy or the infrared sauna!”.  She told me that after 9/11 she coined a term “Perception is a product of perspective. You can tweak anything to be positive, it just takes a little change in perspective.” Sound words to live by, if you ask me. Beth is not just fabulous, but she’s also inspirational and motivational!

Couch Potato

How to Avoid Being a Couch Potato and Stay Fit

One of the things that people often tend to struggle with is staying fit. It can be difficult to get out and keep your body moving, especially when you have a relatively hectic schedule. Nevertheless, it’s important that you don’t give up and push yourself to at least try.
#HipNJ is here to give you ways to avoid the couch potato bug, and one of them is being intentional about staying active. Although you may be drained some days, if you find an incentive, you could find maintaining fitness far easier. Here are some tips to help you keep fit moving forward.

Give Yourself an Incentive
Motivation is often a huge factor when it comes to staying fit. You probably have heard someone you know complain about not being motivated when it comes to working out and staying active. As a solution to this, try and find things that will motivate you such as meeting a weight goal or feeling more energized. This may give you the push you need to get off of the sofa.

However, you should also remember that on days where motivation isn’t there, commitment can help carry you through. You could even go as far as signing a commitment contract as research shows you’re more likely to exercise and eat healthy when you commit to family and friends.

Make it Your Daily Routine
If you can’t seem to schedule that extra time for staying fit, you may need to make it part of your daily routine. Sit down and think about the sorts of activities that you do every day and which could be turned into a fitness activity. For instance, while cleaning, you could decide to dance it out with some music or powerwalk home after work instead of driving. You may also want to invest in a bike if you don’t already have one, so you can easily ride around town.

Another idea for adding fitness to your daily routine is to get up earlier, so you have a few extra minutes to shake the sleep off and stretch, try yoga, or jog.

Attend Events
Sometimes, all you need to help you stay active is to add a little fun to the mix. For this reason, perhaps think about going to an event as a way of keeping active. There are so many different types that you could attend just so that you get out of the house and avoid sitting around. If you check Ticket Sales, you’ll find a range of events which range from sports games to concerts where you can dance around.

Watch Your Diet
In as much as keeping active is important in the grand scheme of fitness, so is eating right. If you work out regularly but have a poor diet, it’s possible that you may not see the results that you hope for. To watch your diet and manage your weight, you don’t have to stop eating the things you love completely. Instead, find a way to eat more filling foods, plan your meals in advance, and look for healthier alternatives.