#CommitToYou in MISSBISH Apparel | Saria Chen

Author: Kristen McCloud / Photos: Christina Choi
04.09 / #CommitToYou

For the latest in our #CommitToYou campaign, we spoke with fitness trainer and model Saria Chen. While outer beauty is a key component of modeling, Saria acknowledges that it's not the end all be all solution to happiness, and is committed to caring for her mind and body from the inside out. While sporting MISSBISH apparel, Saria let us in on how Pilates has changed her life along with some tips for others who are struggling with their fitness journey. Get to know her below and shop our collection here!

How do you #CommitToYou?
To commit to yourself, you need to first understand yourself. Be honest with your limitations, but leave your excuses at the door. Once you have a grasp of who you are (your likes, dislikes, insecurities, strengths, comfort zones, fears) create a positive lifestyle that you can commit to--something that requires discipline but still allows you to enjoy life and ultimately be happy with the person you are constantly becoming.

Fitness is an important aspect of your life, how did you begin your fitness journey?
In Taiwan, girls aren't often encouraged to workout to stay fit, but rather often control their bodies by simply eating small amounts of food. As a kid, I was always the one that loved PE class and enjoyed running around and being out in the sun, but never really focused on a particular sport or activity. When I moved to the US via New York City about 8 years ago, I took my first mat Pilates class. I was really lucky to by chance have a great instructor, who explained every movement very clearly which allowed me to understand how each movement would impact different parts of my body. This had a significant impact on how I view exercise. It is not simply about how you look, but also about understanding your body on a deeper level. That's what led me to become a trainer and here I am. :)

What are some struggles you've faced as a model and fitness guru? How do you overcome them?
In modeling, you often deal with setbacks/criticism that you have absolutely no control over. For example, I am often considered too short to do any type of fashion/editorial work. I try hard to understand what I do not have any control over, which helps me to understand things that I (and most people) DO have control over, which is diet, exercise, and attitude.

"No one is perfect and it is required that you fail once in a while to become the best version of yourself."

What's you're number one tip for young women out there struggling to commit to themselves and put themselves first?
To be honest, it took me a long while to better know myself and to commit to myself. I used to be too scared to express myself because I had often been too concerned about how people would perceive me. This was because I was preoccupied pleasing others by being a version of myself that others wanted to see. But that gets exhausting! My advice isn't anything groundbreaking, but just be brave and stay true to yourself. Don't fear mistakes. No one is perfect and it is required that you fail once in a while to become the best version of yourself.

How about advice for others trying to find a fitness routine that works for them?
You really just have to commit and do it.

Commit to it and stay consistent. Consistency is everything. I get frustrated when I see the number of quick fixes or extreme diet fads that pop up non-stop. If you want to look good and feel good, discipline and consistency are crucial, but be realistic with yourself! One small, positive adjustment to your lifestyle that sustains itself forever is way, way more powerful than some extreme program that promises to solve all of your problems in 4-6 weeks.

What's your favorite way to workout?
I enjoy Pilates classes, but going to classes all of the time can really add up financially. As a result, I developed a workout routine, inspired by Pilates, that relies on very minimal "stuff." I mainly use bodyweight exercises or resistant bands that can be easily done in my living room or in my hotel room when I travel for work.

Gym bag essentials?
Resistance bands, gliding disks, water bottle, and my jump rope.

What does MISSBISH mean to you?
It is someone who leads with love and respect, but also someone who knows themselves and expresses it with strong confidence. This person also is a lifetime student, and never gets complacent with what she (or he) knows at a certain time in life.

Who's your MISSBISH?
It would have to be my mom. She had to be really strong for us growing up, and I learned a lot from her.

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