Fit University is a college student’s go-to source for all things health and fitness.

We help college students get fit and stay fit by teaching them the truth about health and fitness. How do we do it? Well, a few different ways…

By debunking fad diets and health myths...

with scientifically-backed info. Your freshman year bio class may actually start to come in handy here....

By building a community of like-minded students...

across the world. Have you met the #fitufam? You should, they’re great.

By sharing content that pushes the boundaries...

and shares stories that you, as a college student, can relate to. We keep it real.
Why do we do it?

The media has taught us that health and fitness look a certain way – toned bodies, six pack abs…you get the idea. These messages aren’t helping anyone, and have even caused many to take extreme measures in an attempt to attain this “ideal” image of fitness. These extreme measures don’t work and often leave the person worse off than when they started (physically and mentally). Similarly, the media has created stigmas around many mental health disorders, leaving those who struggle feeling alone and without hope for recovery.

At Fit University, we want to break down these stigmas and open dialogues about all things physical and mental health. Lifelong habits are created in college; Fit University helps college students form realistic, achievable, and sustainable health habits they can continue to practice well beyond graduation. Fit University is a credible, reliable source for college students to find information, motivation, and support.

The best part? Fit University is a community of college students across the world who believe in our mission and are spreading it to their friends, classmates, roommates, and workout buddies.

Meet Our Team

We are the team behind Fit University and we call ourselves HQ. We believe in building the best community for healthy and fit college students around the world.

Sarah Gaines

CEO + Founder

Sarah is the eyes, ears, and brain behind Fit University. Seriously... this whole thing started as a personal blog her sophomore year at Northeastern! Now, she oversees the vision behind it all and decides how we spread our mission to students nationwide. A self-proclaimed ``marketing meathead,`` Sarah spends part of her days strategizing how to connect brands with students in fun, engaging ways. Other notable things about Sarah include sneaker collection, affinity for nail art, and arguably bad habit of breaking into song or dance without warning.
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Nina Stepanov

Co-founder + Head of Operations

Nina is the Queen of all things operations. She focuses on making sure that Fit University can grow and scale by building the processes and structures behind all that we do. Whether it's how our Ambassador program functions or which method we use to communicate with our community, Nina is the girl to get the job done. Nina is also a CrossFitter with a deep affection for weightlifting and cheat meals.
Marisa Lopez

Marisa Lopez

Business Development

Marisa is an OG here at Fit University, and started as our second ever social squad ambassador back in the day. Now shes tackling our sponsors and partnerships front. From getting product samples out to our community, or brand partnering at one of our signature events, Marisa is working to get our ambassadors in front of fitness brands, and fitness brands in front of our ambassadors. Marisa is a marathon runner turned powerlifter, and when she's not working behind the scenes at Fit University you can usually find her in a squat rack or saying hi to every dog she sees.

Molly Carbin

Boston Community Manager

Molly is our Boston homie! She's the community manager for our largest community, aka the Boston #fitufam. She's graduated from University of Maine - Farmington where she played lacrosse and is now a personal trainer at Beacon Hill Athletic Club.