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Photographs by  Daphne Youree

Photographs by Daphne Youree

MEET | Bec Donlan

Featured 10.7-10.13.19 | Born with what she describes as “a bit of a white girl butt,” Bec Donlan wanted to beef up said (ass)et, so she designed her very own booty-building resistance band and named it “The Cakemaker.” Clearly, this quirky-cool (and now curvy) beauty is not your average fitness pro. Turns out the Aussie-born New Yorker is a head turner who can also turn a phrase (her maxims include more glitter, less bitter and cheeky but never half-assed. See what we’re saying?) Though not particularly athletic growing up in Melbourne, the teenage Donlan became fascinated with nutrition and would later parlay a certification from the Australian Institute of Fitness into a personal training business. She worked odd jobs to supplement her income, including door bitching (which we now know is the Australian term for nightclub bouncer, or as she says, “hot girl with a list and a clipboard”), but still felt frustrated and limited by her geography. So in 2013, she entered a green card lottery (yes, that’s an actual thing), and won. Donlan made the move to New York City and racked up more certifications — from Kettlebell to ViPR loaded movement training to metabolic precision nutrition coaching. And it was her über-popular Babes & Bands class at Equinox that started to build a loyal following for what would become her personal brand: Sweat with Bec, offering nutritional consultations with custom meal plans as well as one-on-one and group training, both in-person (in the NYC area) and via Skype. But what has her most stoked today is seeing her very own CBD-infused chocolates, vegan protein balls and spreadables — because who doesn’t love low-guilt chocolate and cookie dough? — on the shelves at Urban Outfitters. Donlan began mixing up CBD chocolate in her kitchen a few years ago as a way to manage pain from serious injuries sustained from a work schedule that was simply unsustainable. She partnered with Magic Mix founder Jil Larsen and launched Go Basic to fill a hole in the healthy-snack market — all of her products are organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo and seriously yummy! So, pop an edible, jump on the dang bandwagon, grab a Cakemaker and kiss those saddlebags goodbye. Welcome to Bec’s week.