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FearlesslyFitt creators, Jessie Arnold and Andrea Nunez-Smith, are inspiring students to stay healthy while living in residence halls. FearlesslyFitt creators, Jessie Arnold and Andrea Nunez-Smith, are inspiring students to stay healthy while living in residence halls.
 


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Jessie Arnold and Andrea Nunez-Smith are experts in nutrition, fitness and Instagram.
By Alyson Faucett
 

San Diego State University students Jessie Arnold and Andrea Nunez-Smith are floor-mates, best friends and fitness gurus who are taking their passion for nutrition and fitness into the realm of social media. On their joint Instagram account, FearlesslyFitt, the dynamic duo posts workout plans, meal ideas, and “fitspiration” aimed toward college students trying to stay healthy while living in residence halls.

Reaching goals

The idea for the Instagram account surfaced on a trolley ride to the mall. Arnold and Nunez-Smith realized that they had much more in common than their residence hall address.  Both are nutrition majors with high hopes and goals for their future careers and athletic achievements. The two wanted to find a way to help college students achieve their fitness goals, from running a half marathon to avoiding the dreaded “freshman 15.”

Finding inspiration

Nunez-Smith’s passion for wellness surfaced a few years ago when she found out she was allergic to a few very common foods. She began researching the effect different foods can have on the body and got involved with training for triathlons. She is now a nationally ranked triathlete and is training for an international competition in August.

“When my dad was ill he got really into health and fitness and introduced it to me.”

Arnold’s main inspiration comes from her father, who passed away from cancer at the beginning of the school year.

“When my dad was ill he got really into health and fitness and introduced it to me,” Arnold said. “I know that it was something that he wanted me to carry on doing and help others do too."

She has worked hard to carry on her father’s legacy by completing her first half marathon in October, finishing third in her age group.

Follower frenzy

FearlesslyFitt has reached 1,200 Instagram followers in a few short months and is steadily growing. College students across the nation are chiming in to let Arnold and Nunez-Smith know that they are making an impact.

“When people comment on our photos saying that they did one of our workouts with all of their friends in their dorm and we don’t even know who that person is, it’s really inspiring for us,” Nunez-Smith said.

A fearless future

The pair plans to use FearlesslyFitt as a launch-pad into the health and fitness industry. They already have friends and followers asking for personalized workout and meal plans, a testament to their professionalism and natural expertise. Both women plan on becoming dietitians and opening up their own gym in the future.