Ubuntu is a term with origins in the southern nation states of Africa.

Roughly translating to "human kindness" or "human-ness", it's often used to espouse a belief in a universal bond - essentially no living creature can persist in a state of total isolation or sovereignty. 

Health is the state of being free from illness or injury. Fitness is the condition being physically fit and healthy.  Most of us don’t just want to be healthy but also physically fit, vibrant, strong, happy, and live with purpose. 

We believe that "ubuntu" and "fitness" go hand in hand in that many practices that support attaining fitness also benefit the environment at large from the foods we choose to eat,  who we interact with, how we commute to work and how we spend our free time. 

We want to offer information and resources from around the web and scientific community (ubuntu) to help readers attain fitness, thus we are Ubuntu Fitness.



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Sofia Sanchez, MBA, RD

I became interested in health and exercise during college and decided to major in Nutrition Science. I took up running and even finished the Chicago Marathon in 2012. It was also totally painful. Ha! I have since gravitated towards weight training and hold powerlifting records for my weight class in Illinois.

I've worked in food communications and PR, served as a nutrition coach for the U.S. Rugby Women's National Team and as a consultant for a Major League Baseball team. For my day job, I'm a Pediatric Dietitian.  One of my goals for Ubuntu Fitness is to make sure we provide ideas that are healthful, tasty, and most of the time affordable for everyone. 



Austin Robinson, PhD, CSCS

I have been interested in fitness and sports performance ever since I was a boy, obsessed with sports and action movies. I became interested in nutrition when I was in high school because despite playing sports, I was fat and developed high blood pressure. 

By the time I was 17, I realized I wanted to take control of my  weight and blood pressure. Ever since I have been dedicated to learning and applying as much as I can to being healthy and physically fit. I am now medication free, I hit the gym or exercise almost everyday,  and  I still manage to enjoy real food by frequenting the farmer's markets, trying to grow as much of my own food as I can, and cooking just about all of my own meals.

I earned a PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Rehabilitation Sciences and I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Delaware.  I am a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  

Sofia and I started Ubuntu Fitness to share our passion for healthy living. There are seldom absolute truths when it comes to nutrition and fitness,  but we do our best to find accurate and helpful information that we (and you!) can apply to our lifestyles. We hope you enjoy! 


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