Young Vegan Cyborg speaks on Plant-Based Nutrition and Daily Fitness

Sometimes the wellness inspiration comes from our seeds. For example, 11-year old Kaiyana Rawlins — the daughter of Fit Father’s founder Kimatni D. Rawlins — breaks down her love for sports, why she feels good on a daily basis, where energy for her four activities comes from (soccer, basketball, competitive jump rope and volleyball) as a vegan kid and minor challenges she faces amongst her peers. She also runs in between strength training and eats cruciferous green veggies like candy. So remember, always eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life!

2019 Nissan Altima

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s sharper, sportier, smarter and far more advanced. It’s confident and poised and awaiting new owners looking for up-to-date technology enhancements in a midsize sedan.  It offers the roominess for families and the edge needed to maintain visceral driving experiences behind the wheel. Introduced during the media days at the 2018 New York International Auto Show Nissan refused to rest on their laurels when it came to reinventing the latest generation Altima.

Shown at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in a brilliantly red hue you could see right away the dominance of the front fascia with the Altima’s striking V-motion grille, angular headlights and aggressive chin spoiler. It’s almost as if the Japanese sedan is donning a mask. Darth Vader actually comes to mind in my perspective. The Altima is lower, wider and longer than the model it replaces while featuring a unique rear diffuser and stylish wheels that can flow up to 19 inches. [Read more…]

2019 Ram 1500 Pickup: Half-Ton Workaholic

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

We had an impeccable experience with the Ram Brand in Phoenix, Arizona recently for their national press launch of the talented 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Built from more high-strength steel than Superman himself the latest Ram workhorse has been fortified with a 12,750-pound trailer tow capacity and 2,300-pound payload capability from a newfangled body that is longer, stronger, tougher, lighter, wider, and far more accomplished. [Read more…]

Welcome to the “Vegan Cyborg” Transformation

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My name is Kimatni D Rawlins and I’ve been a vegan since 2011. I Lost 50 lbs after the transformation and at age 44 I still have the majority of my speed and strength from my Georgia Tech Football running back days. I founded both Fit Fathers and Vegan Pro and run marathons, half marathons, urbanathlons, box, strength train, swim, mountain bike, cycle, hike, climb and everything else.

I’m free of any supplementation, only drink water, coconut water, and herbal decaf tea, eat 5 to 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day, do not cook with oils, and shy from processed vegan foods.

I am both alcohol free and smoke free and love reggae. I’ve flown 2.2 million miles globally to explore the diversity of the world and its rich plant-based foods and indigenous peoples. As I continue to evolve myself into a Vegan Cyborg only pure foods, thoughts and actions can enter my realm. Please join me if you’re looking for life everlasting change.

Life is for the living so please ascertain to eat clean, stay active and only feed your mind with pure, positive and enlightened thoughts that lead to purity and prosperity. The body is a temple so treat it as one.

To learn more about plant-based eating, disease prevention and ultimate sports performance follow @VeganCyborg on instagram.  One Love!

2018 Washington, DC Auto Show Sizzle Video

The 2018 Washington, DC Auto Show is returning January 26 to February 4 and will feature more than 700 vehicles from 35 automakers including custom Kia Stingers, Nissan’s Star Wars Cars, the 3rd annual ART-of-Motion exhibit, a massive Jaguar Land Rover indoor driving course and much more. Stay tuned for the excitement! #AutomotiveRhythms #WAS18 #MyDCcool #ThrottleLife

Mr. Fit Father Training Video: 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Are you one  of the fittest fathers in the Maryland, DC and VA area and ready to be crowned Mr. Fit Father? Well, bring your heart and your family to Fit Fathers Day and show us your bravado. Watch this short training video which breaks down the exercises of the contest execution. Contestants will be timed on the circuit to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

● Sprint Up and Back

● 25 Push Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 20 Sit Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 15 Ball Slams (50 lb)

● Sprint Up and Back

● 10 Burpees

● Sprint Up and Back to FINISH!!!

Sponsored by Gym Source, the winner of the Mr. Fit Father competition will receive a brand new set of Yokohama tires amongst other prizes from Nike and Road Runner Sports. Tag a father that you think can be the top finisher and hold the crown of Mr. Fit Father on June 18th at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD at 10AM. You know what to expect, so get out there and train and we will see you at the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration! RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com

2017 Kia Niro: A New Hybrid Hero

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the Melissa McCarthy ad spot with Kia’s new hybrid crossover dubbed “Hero’s Journey” where the comedic actress attempts to the save the eco-friendly attributes of the planet while using the vehicle’s key features. Whether you find it amusing or not the underlying theme is that Kia has introduced another green machine to the marketplace for individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint. With an introductory price of $22,890, fuel economy of 52 city MPG, and a 595-mile range the Niro FE may just be my new hybrid hero! [Read more…]

Daddy and Daughter Holiday Retreat: Hello Fort Lauderdale!

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Well, this is the second of such trips where I split my two girls up for a one-on-one session with their Fit Father to create individual memories and experiences. I leave all work behind while letting them choose the destination and timing, as well as their respective itineraries. It’s all about them. [Read more…]

Ready to Live Health & Wellness Mixtape!

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The 10th Element of Hip Hop mixtape “READY TO LIVE” is specifically tuned for my brothers and sisters looking for health promoting Hip Hop aka Fit Hop with the same flow and flavor we have come to love. Why bang in these streets when you can run these streets? Yes, literally run as in three to five miles like myself more than a few times a week. The choice is simple and is poignantly presented to us by way of Hip Hop Is Green and RBG Fit Records.

Executive produced by Stic of dead prez, the mixtapes features Nas, KRS-One, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, Zayd Malik and many others. Please make sure to become familiar with Coach Nym as he dissects some of your favorite tunes like “Paid In Full” with new age, life-enhancing lyrics. Featured with five lively sets, Nym is as versatile as any rapper I have heard from. He can flow with NY’s state of mind or travel coast to coast with the chill vibrations of Cali cruising. No longer do we have to sit through songs of rappers promoting gun violence, syrup, sex and drug money. Finally, conscious music for my thought provokers has arrived. Lift of your conscience people because it’s a movement. So continue to eat clean, stay active and energize your life! 

For download and videos visit http://www.rbgfitclub.com/rbg-fit-records/.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Fit Family Approved

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

There are not many large, luxury SUVs that are absolutely, positively incredible. Most offer pure opulence but no bravado while others focus only on the macho elements of utilities in a world where only a small percentage of customers take their pride and joys off road. Well, the refreshed and re-dubbed prodigy from Mercedes-Benz proposes the best of three worlds — lavishness, technology and stoutness — in one complete package.

Like a visit to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the contributions of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS including the reinvigorated interior are pretty magical. My experience test-driving the GLS range — including the AMG GLS63 — in Gateway, Colorado was impeccable to say the least. Tagged as the S-Class of the M-B SUV line due to an altered naming convention, the luxurious touring utility is fit for influential families looking for advanced technology, three rows of seating (standard), 4-MATIC AWD (standard) and diverse engines (four in total) to choose from including an economical diesel and the potent, hand-built 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo with 577 runaway horses. With this authoritative AMG variant I doubt parents have to worry about arriving late to the kids’ practices.

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Shortly after landing into Grand Junction Regional Airport an assortment of GLS models were awaiting for evaluative drives in route to the enchanting Gateway Canyons Resort nestled within the enthralling Red Rock Canyons. Life is so pure, simple and beautiful in Western Colorado that it was almost difficult to focus in on the task at hand. Well, until I was handed the key to my German chariot. This is what you call double the pleasure. Obtainable in four models — GLS350d 4MATIC, GLS450 4MATIC, GLS550 4MATIC and the aforementioned AMG GLS63 — Mercedes has positioned itself smartly for the diverse group of core, large-sized SUV buyers. Especially in correlation to pricing which can range from $67,050 for the 255-horsepower (457 lb.-ft. of torque) 3-liter V6 Turbo Diesel to $124,100 for the AMG.

Some of the noticeable differences with the GLS in comparison to the old GL (launched in September 2012) are a bolder front and rear fascia (especially the menacing chin spoiler), the new dash and interior including the 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a newfangled grille, new bumpers, new LED taillamps, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with wheel-mounted paddle shifters and DYNAMIC SELECT with its assortment of transmission driving modes. The AIRMATIC air suspension with Adaptive Damping System has also been enriched to respond more adeptly to various road conditions. Working in concert with the transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT allows the operator to pre-select the setting most appropriate (up to six settings) for the task at hand whether for sporty driving or tackling snow-covered roads. You can also raise the suspension up to 12.5″ with the Off-Road Engineering package. A bevvy of new light-alloy wheels is also at your disposal. I became fond of the unique 21” spins standard on the GLS550 as well as the stationary and illuminated running boards. Another favorite is the 7,500 towing capacity from the factory available Trailer Hitch ($575). It’s a must for dads such as myself that bike often with the family and occasionally tow small trailers.

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Some may say I was hustling backwards since I began the tour from the airport in the AMG then subsequently dumbed-down my options to the GLS550 and lastly the GLS450. Well, I didn’t mind starting off in greatness. Inclusive in the full price of $131,470, my Lunar Blue Metallic AMG GLS63 was endowed with a Carbon Fiber trim ($1,590), Porcelain/Black Exclusive Nappa Leather, 22” AMG Matte Black rims ($1,750), AMG Sport Suspension, quad pipes, the Power EASY ENTRY ($400) one-button, flip folding seat technology for entering the third row area conveniently and the Rear Entertainment System ($1,950) with 8.3″ screens located on the seat backs of the powered, heated, ventilated, multicontour and massaging front row chairs. With the force of hurricanes powering the 5,754 lb. AMG the vehicle blows from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Honestly, it was challenging keeping it under 60 mph, even when applying light pedal pressure. Imagine that!

Day two would see us cruising to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah then on to Sorrel River Ranch for a healthy lunch. A $99,105 ($93,850 MSRP) Iridium Silver Metallic GLS550 4MATIC would be my ride over and a $78,550 ($68,700 MSRP) GLS450 4MATIC would escort me back to Colorado. Power in the 550’s 4.7-liter V8 Biturbo engine was impressive as the 449-horsepower felt more like 500, even in the higher altitudes. In this vehicle I paid more attention to COMAND’s infotainment and navigation features, the harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround system and Apple CarPlay. Of course I love how the interface of your smartphone is replicated on the 8” color COMAND screen such as music and audiobooks, but keep in mind Apple CarPlay also overrides the vehicle’s own apps and functions so you won’t be able to use any of them except the radio. Lane Keeping Assist is pretty aggressive and feels like a jolt when you drift outside the lane without signaling so stay focused. Although the 9-speed transmission is pretty efficient the mileage on the 4.7-liter is not. Expect only 13 city and 18 highway estimated mpg in the GLS550. This is why I would personally opt for the 362-horsepower 3-liter V6 Biturbo in the GLS450. In this case the GLS achieves approximately 17 city and 22 highway mpg.

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Available now (diesel coming at a later date) the GLS will help fortify Mercedes-Benz’s position in a growing utility market that is eager for grander products which present car-like agility, artificial intelligence and sport utility adventure.