About Mubarakah Ibrahim

Mubarakah Ibrahim is a certified personal trainer and the owner of BALANCE fitness Studio for women in the city of New Haven, CT. She offers personal training, fitness boot camp and fitness education. In addition, she lectures, promotes and conducts workshops on alternative health, fitness and healthy living throughout the United States. In her fitness career she has gained a reputation as a leader in innovative fitness for women. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show “Thirty-something in America”,( July 2008) in addition to dozens of local and national appearances. Her recognition includes multiple appearances on ABC affiliate WTNH News Channel 8, CBS radio Affiliate WELI Morning Show and has contributed to Prevention Magazine on an article and fitness program for fitness for women over 40 ( November 2008 issue). She was voted among the best of CT’s best personal trainers and BALANCE fitness Studio for women New Haven County’s Best All Women’s Health Club by the New Haven Advocate’s Readers’ Poll for 4 consecutive years, winning first place more than once. Including 2011 Best Personal Trainer in New Haven County.

Her innovative fitness studio functions on the philosophy of “whole fitness”, the belief that physical, mental and spiritual well being is intertwined, the strengthening of one, strengthens them all and the weakening of one, weakens them all. It is with the philosophy of “whole fitness” that Mubarakah (pronounced moo-ba-ra-ka) has worked with women and wellness related issues for the past twelve years.

Her fitness education was earned through the internationally recognized Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor. She also holds several other certifications, including pre/post natal certification, Group Resistance Training, and both beginner and advanced Mat Science Instructor certifications. In addition she has studied both core training and women specific training through the C.H.E.K. institute. Mubarakah received her academic education at Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT), majoring in English as well as Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT), majoring in Exercise Science.

As a “serial Entraprenuer and business woman Mubarakah has founded and run multiple successful businesses which includes her recent position as President and founding partner of Eco-Urban Pioneers llc Construction Company founded on the Philosophy of building buildings that sustain communities. A business founded on the philosophy of construction being a viable solution to local employment challenges and economic viability of urban communities.

Mubarakah’s commitment to CT and New Haven is reflected in her community involvement. Mubarakah Currently sits of both her local Whalley Avenue Special Service District Board (WSSD) and a the city wide business board, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a non-profit organization whose goal is to attract and retain business in the city of New Haven. Her involvement in local activities such as the Arts and Ideas festival each year, in addition to showing initiative to help improve the health of the residents of CT by recently hosting the first CT fitness challenge, to help New Haven County residents lose weight to reduce their chances of developing diabetes. The Ct Fitness Challenge was hosted and funded by BALANCE fitness studio and all the proceeds received through competitors registration went directly to the American Diabetes Association.

Mubarakah is the daughter of Shareef and Atiyah Ibrahim, two reverts to Islam.  As a wife and mother of four children, she is the second generation of 4 consecutive generations of Muslims in her family born and raised Muslim in America. She is married to Shafiq Abdussabur and raises her children four children as practicing Sunni Muslims.

She has been a resident of New Haven CT for 19 years and is an active member of the Muslim community locally, regionally and internationally. She is a member of Masjid Al-Islam (New Haven CT). She served as former president of the New England Muslim Sister Association (NEMSA), Islamic Circle of New England’s (ICNE) first and longest existing umbrella organization for Muslim women. She has lectured on Women in Islam, Muslim youth, Islamic principles and being Muslim in America since the young age of 12 yrs when she was an active member of the NEMSA Youth group which promoted “teens talking teens” by going into area high schools talking about Islam.

Media Appearances

Cover Stories

The Inner City Newspaper     October 2006

The New Haven Independent     October 2006

The New Haven Independent   April 2006

The New Haven Independent WELI Morning Show (CBS Affiliate)     March 2006

News Channel 8 (ABC Affiliate)    June 20056

News Channel 8 (ABC Affiliate)    June 2005

New Haven Advocate Cover Story     February 2005

The Electric Drum Radio Prog.    July 2004

Oprah Winfrey Show: Thirty-Something In American      July 2008

News Channel 3 (CBS Affiliate)     January 2007

News Channel 8 (ABC Affiliate) The Inner City Newspaper

Cover Story: Hartford Current Newspaper    Agust 2007

Talking Point: Bridges TV    August 2007

Cover Story: Chicago Tribune Newspaper    August 2007

Cover Story: New Haven Advocate     April 2008

Prevention Magazine Contributing Expert    November 2008

New York Times: Muslim Women and Exercise

Community Involvement

Whalley Avenue Special Service District (WSSD) Member 2007-2010

Whalley Avenue Special Service District Board (WSSD) Member 2008-2010

Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board Member – City of New Haven 2008- Present

Honors & Awards

Community Service Award – Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church April 2007

Award of Recognition – Women of Strength of Family Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) July 2007

Business Woman of the Year – The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women March 2008

Proclamation of the City of New Haven – Mayor John Destefano Jr. March 2008

Positive Community Example Award – Al-Aziz Islamic Center – March 2008

Official Citation of Office of the CT Attorney General – March 2008

Best All Women’s Health Club: 3rd place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2007

Best All Women’s Health Club: 1st place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2008

Best All Women’s Health Club: 1st place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2009

Best Personal Trainer: 2nd place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2008

Best Personal Trainer: 1st place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2009

Best Personal Trainer: 2nd place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2010

Best Personal Trainer: 1st place – New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll 2011

Mubarakah can be contact at mubarakahibrahim@gmail.com 

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