Emily Abbate is an eternal optimist and total badass. She talks to CEOs, leaders, and inspiring people regularly on her podcast, Hurdle, inspired by her own hurdle moment. Somehow managing to be both superhuman and entirely approachable. Emily is a powerhouse in the fitness and body acceptance world and an important voice to listen to.

Question Highlights:

  • What inspired you to change your life and what was the transformation experience like?
  • What helped you navigate your path?
  • What are some foundational steps women can take to get into better shape or continue to challenge themselves?
  • What are some of the lessons you’ve learned while trying to build your freelance career?
  • How do you structure your days and weeks?
  • What is your relationship with social media?

Your best work will come when you get to work with people who you enjoy working with.”

-Emily Abbate


  • Emily’s body journey and finding what wellness means to her
  • Focusing on nutrition and exercise
  • Getting comfortable with your body
  • Taking steps to get fit
  • Building a path for yourself
  • Emily’s daily routine
  • Creating a healthy relationship with social media


Helaine Knapp

Founder & CEO of CityRow Go. After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. However, months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, and pairing it with total body sculpting moves, her mind was changed and the concept for CITYROW was born. With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CityRow has grown from one studio in New York City to a national, omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked, on-demand, global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business. Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.


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