Michelle Pretekin>> Owner of Fit Girl Studio
Fitness fanatic Michelle Pretekin realized a lifelong dream last fall when she opened Fit Girl Studio in Evanston. She took what she loved about gyms and studios and got rid of what she hated, ultimately coming up with the perfect fit studio: a combination of barre, spin and yoga (her favorite workouts), all in group class format to keep people motivated by each other. Teaching up to four classes a day (on top of running the place), it is literally Michelle’s job to have a hot bod. Fit Girl has only been open six months and Michelle’s already planning for more studio locations throughout the city; but first, we pick her ultra-disciplined brain for the rare beauty indulgences.
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Q: Tell the truth: do you put makeup on to go to the gym?
A: I do, but it’s minimal. You never know who you’ll bump into!
Q: Sweat-proof beauty: spill.
A: My two best tips for looking good: rock a cute pony and just a little waterproof eyeliner. I use Stila’s Stay All Day Eyeliner; it seriously works wonders.
Q: Who is the ultimate Fit Girl?
A: I envision a lifestyle, rather than a person: less about being perfectly fit and more about achieving a happy, healthy balance in your life. In other words, anyone can be the Ultimate Girl!
Q: You’re the fittest we know, but even you must have a sinful indulgence.
A: I can’t resist a steak dinner–complete with salad, side dishes and dessert.
Q: What else do you splurge on?
A: Workout clothes! Lululemon in particular.
Q: When do you feel the prettiest?
A: When I actually have time to blow dry my hair and wear it down.
Q: Like on vacation. What was your best ever?
A: Kenyan safari this summer with my family.
Q: So paradise is…?
A: 85 degrees and sunny, a swim-up bar and a margarita.
Q: We agree. And one last question: what’s your current obsession?
A: Dance Moms!
WAIT! MICHELLE’S NOT FINISHED! She’s sharing
her very simple Power Breakfast on The G&F Blog.