Transformation Forum Panelist - Kamila McDonald


Kamila McDonald can be described as a dynamic certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist with an inspiring story of self-discovery and reclamation. Drawing from her own health and fitness struggles, she created a program which utilized the philosophy that a healthy, physical lifestyle can only begin with a sound emotional and spiritual foundation.

Having completed a Masters in Journalism from University of Berkeley, and B.A. from Stanford, California, Kamila returned home to Jamaica to work in health and communications. She designed a plant-based nutrition program and an efficient complimentary workout and fitness regime to serve as the foundation for a lifestyle change.

Her work in this space has made Kamila one of the most recognizable fitness and wellness personalities in the Caribbean and in the Diaspora. She has empowered people home and abroad, not only to lose weight, but to embrace a healthy lifestyle fueled by self-love.

Her Jamaican/Caribbean inspired fitness brand is one of the most organic and beloved a story riddled with achievements of seemingly impossible goals. Having lost 60 pounds on her way to become the first Miss Jamaica World contestant, Kamila also pushed the boundaries being the first with dreadlocks. Overcoming a life-changing period in her life, she gave birth to a new determination and the realization of the connectivity between the physical health and emotional wellness. In light of her challenges, it’s remarkable that this dynamic fitness guru, entrepreneur, author and mom of a beautiful daughter, Kailani-belle, clawed herself out of her own dark place to find peace, health, and happiness.

Kamila’s fitness method is based on the wellness of the spirit and mind while building the body. The program encompasses the magic of Reggae music and organic foods inspired by her lush, island home of Jamaica, and her “High-Intensity Interval Training” workouts. However, it is more than just food and exercise that makes her program unique. It’s the human connectivity and peer support, during her annual fitness tours and weight loss challenges - Kamper’s within the Kamp Kamila movement -connected by an unbreakable bond that is rooted in love, support and common struggle.

Karen Vick