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Meet Samantha Clayton

21 Mar, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

There’s a new face in fitness that’s got me really excited.

Her name is Samantha Clayton.

I met Samantha this past Saturday at the American Diabetes Association’s Expo on Los Angeles, where she gave an inspiring talk. And I had the pleasure of chatting with her afterward. (Pictured at right, I'm with (L-R) Samantha, her husband Royce Clayton and her publicist Leslie McClure.)

She’s the lead fitness trainer in “BeFit in 90,” (www.youtube.com/befitin90) a new, free online workout series from Lionsgate. (BeFit is the studio’s new fitness channel (http://www.youtube.com/BeFit) on YouTube that was launched in January.) The series’ 90-day fitness challenge offers daily 35-minute with exclusive, original workouts with strength, cardio, flexibility, yoga and high-intensity drills.

The series already is on Day 78. But all the previous daily workouts still are live, so if you’ve missed it, you can start from the beginning and get the full 90 days.

Samantha shared with me that her career as a fitness trainer started when her esthetician asked if she could help her get in shape. Soon they were trading facials for fitness classes, and Samantha found her new calling.

While you may not have heard of Samantha, don’t question the personal trainer’s cred.

She represented England in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 200-meter race and the 4×100 meter relay. She’s now the head women’s sprint coach at Pepperdine University. She’s also a wife and mother of four. With all that on her plate, she still has time for charity work too.

Samantha’s got a magnetic, effervescent personality that shines through in her workouts. What I really like about her is that she’s a genuine, down-to-earth lady. Having once gained 72 pounds — after having triplets, an understandable reason — she knows exactly what it’s like to struggle to lose weight and get in shape. A knockout herself, she’s got a natural way to make you feel beautiful too.

Besides working out with her at “BeFit in 90,” you can catch Samantha on he own site (www.Samanthaclaytonfitness.com), where she offers her own training tips and fitness updates, as well as on a new Herbalife DVD series.

I really hope to see Samantha on her own fitness DVD series and soon!

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